The only heart he wants is the one he already broke…
The Renegades #2
Releasing February 20th, 2017
Rebecca Yarros has ripped my heart to shreds with Nova. The pain, the tragedy, and the heartbreak felt by Rachel and Landon absolutely gutted me, and I loved every single torturous minute of their second chance romance.
These Renegades are something special. They have this allure that I cannot resist. Maybe it is their zealous nature to take risks with their stunts, their alpha ways with their significant others, or their hearts that show their passion for all avenues of their lives, but I love every single one of them, and I don’t see it changing any time soon. What I enjoy most about them is the relationship between the originals. They are a family, even if it isn’t blood. They love and support each other, and they sacrifice for each other without question. There is never any doubt about the family nature of this group, and the plot line that drives this whole series is one that has captivated me, creating immense excitement to see where Ms. Yarros takes this group over the next two books.
What makes this story, in particular, so gut-wrenching is the characters and the trauma they have endured from a love gone wrong. Landon is a womanizer, a true Casanova, but what the reader comes to understand is that he is attempting to forget, losing himself in women to attempt to lessen the pain that radiates from his heart through his whole body. This pain is about more than what he has done to Rachel, but about what he has done to the whole group. Watching him attempt to forget in this manner only serves to increase reader sympathy for him, literally making readers’ hearts ache for his pain. But, Landon is more than his pain, and when he makes a plan to win back Rachel, the only girl he has ever loved, he does so with all the passion and dedication of a Renegade. He never yields, but what I love is that he never bulldozes her. He takes into account what she needs from him, how he has hurt her, and he calculates the best way to show her he needs her, loves her, and wants her for infinity. He is man not just of words but of actions, and both had me falling head over heels in love with this hero.
Rachel is broken, even though she tries to hide behind her walls, she has never healed from the loss that is Landon. What makes her pain more palpable is watching her Landon behave and act as Nova. Every single time she witnesses this whether it is happening in the present or someone from the past returns, it broke her heart, and mine along with it. Readers will want her to heal, they will want her to take a chance on him again, but most of all readers will want her to be brave, to finally let down the walls. There are moments of frustration with her character as she is incredibly stubborn, particularly with Landon, but I found I couldn’t blame her. How can you blame someone who had their soul shattered for trying to protect herself from the man that broke it? You can’t. The eventual courage she exhibits in order to break down her wells and allow herself to truly love and trust Landon again had me in complete awe of her! She is truly a complex character with so many layers, and I admire every single one.
This story is a slow burn. It has a completely different tone from Wilder, but it is beautiful just the same. Rebecca Yarros will strip you down to your soul with Landon and Rachel’s love story. Within the opening pages, my heart ached for these characters. Her words so poignantly conveyed their emotions and pain that I felt it in my own body. Each word and act only serves to destroy readers piece by piece, as the author takes the time to flesh out what went wrong with their relationship, and she makes her characters pay penance for their errors, crushing reader’s hearts right along with the characters. But what I love most about this story is that it also about healing. It is about letting go of the past and moving forward, and just as readers’ hearts will break with Landon and Rachel, it heals with them as well. Their faith is restored with each word and act from Landon, and even when it all falls apart, as it inevitably does, readers are rooting for them to find a way back to each other, because there is not doubt that these two are each other’s forever. This story is the epitome of a well written romance that gets down into the soul of its readers and shows the power of real and passionate love. This is the romance women and girls dream about, to be loved so deeply and purely.
What readers will also enjoy about this story is that there are so many secrets that are revealed about what occurred in the past. Through the plot development, readers find that there is much more than they ever understood about Landon and Rachel. In the interest of preventing spoilers, that is all I will say, but know that there are so many layers to their romance that allows for forgiveness and understanding.
Rebecca Yarros writing is absolutely flawless. Her stories, her words, and her characters always find a way to burrow into my heart, and I find myself living each and every moment with them. Her talent astounds me, and I will automatically one-click anything she writes because I know it will be brilliant, beautiful, poignant, just AMAZING.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
The only heart he wants is the one he already broke…
He’s Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.
Four-time X Games medalist—
They say a girl broke him once—
That’s why he’s so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.
But I’m that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth—
He’s the one who destroyed me,
And I’m not the sucker who will let that happen again.
***NOVA can be read as a standalone***
“How many have there been, Landon? How many memories are in your bed nowadays?” She forged on ahead, her eyes glossing over with a layer of what I was hesitant to call tears. “Can you remember them all?”
Heat rushed through my veins, a nauseating mixture of anger, shame, and the bitter taste of regret. My brain screamed at me to retreat and lick my wounds, to try again with her when she wasn’t on offense.
My heart reminded me that I was going to have to fight for this woman with every weapon in my arsenal if I wanted her.
And damn, I wanted her. Craved her. Needed her.
She was the only one I’d ever felt connected to—the only one my heart woke up and shook off the ice for. The only woman who challenged me and took me down in the process.
I stepped forward and clamped both of my hands on the table, boxing her between my arms. She craned her head to keep my gaze, unwilling to back down. It was the quality that both frustrated the hell out of me and turned me on faster than anything—her constant refusal to yield for just a fucking second. “Can I remember them all? Probably not.”
“You want to know why?” I didn’t wait for her to answer. “Because blonde, redhead, brunette—I saw their features for a millisecond. The moment I had one of them in my bed, they all had eyes the color of dark chocolate and hair so black it was almost blue…” I glanced at her hair. “Or purple. I never needed to remember them, because they were always you.”
“Don’t say things like that,” she begged. As if I could physically see her walls start to crumble, she softened. “You don’t get to say things like that to me. Not anymore.
Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fourteen years.
When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.