Jul 26, 2011

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Review: The Rebel by JR Ward (The Moorehouse Legacy #1)

Contemporary Romance
July 1 2005 (re-released June 28 2011)
Mass Market Paperback
298 pages

Yummy Man – Nate Walker
Kick Ass Chick – Frankie Moorehouse

From Goodreads
Nate Walker has never shied away from the hard road. Even when it meant leaving behind his family, wealth, and the fiance who only wanted a rich man. Nothing was going to stop him from opening his own five-star restaurant.

And he was on his way until his car broke down on a dark road in the Adirondacks, leading him right to White Caps Inn and Frankie Moorehouse.

Suddenly Nate has a job he doesn’t really need and an affair that has to end when summer does. Except Frankie has a way about her. She gets under his skin. She even makes him want to do what he never thought he could stay forever.


The Rebel by JR Ward was originally titled Beauty and the Black Sheep and was published in 2005 under JR’s ‘other’ name, Jessica Bird.  I think the original title suits the book a little better, but the cover of this re-release is definitely more appealing.  It’s what caught my eye when I was in the store and after reading the blurb, I bought it.  I know, shocking!  I didn’t run to Goodreads to check reviews before buying it, nor did I try to annoy my friends to see if any of them read it before.  I figure JR Ward has a great romance writing voice…so how bad can it be.

Turns out it was actually quite cute.  A really quick and light read without violence or insane villains, and sometimes it’s nice to read a book like that.  The biggest obstacle that Frankie and Nate face is that Nate is leaving at the end of the summer to pursue his dream of becoming a hot-shot restaurant owner/chef in New York City while Frankie is to stay put where she is, running the B&B and taking care of her sister and grand-mother who suffers from dementia.

Frankie is a stubborn lady who is trying desperately to keep her B&B afloat.  The place is falling apart and business is down.  And just when you think things can’t get worst, they do.  She was very real in how she handled her situation and I appreciated that.

Nate grew up in a wealthy family but dreams of being on his own.  He just happens to walk into the B&B at the right time and has what it takes to at least salvage a little bit of the business.  I liked that he didn’t just walk in and fix everything though.  I think if he did, I would have gagged a little.  The chemistry between Nate and Frankie was strong and they fit well together.

I found the ending to be a little rushed but the little twist near the end did surprise me.  And one more thing about the ending – it’s all fluff.  I may have experienced a sugar rush all the while thinking:  ‘Really.  The car?’  But getting to that point was fun and since the ending is rather quick, you only have to endure the über sweetness for a couple of pages.  And who knows?  Maybe you’ll love the sweet hit.

There are three books in this series and they will all be re-released.  The Player is coming to stores in January 2012 and The Sinner is coming out after that.  I’m not sure if I will pick them up because I’m undecided about Joy.  She is Frankie’s 27 year old sister who is responsible for caring for her grand-mother and who has had a crazy crush on Gray for years and he is suddenly seeing the teenager for the lady she has become.  Yeah…not sure about that one.  The third book will be about Alex, the brother in this family, and his story of being in love with his boating partner’s wife.  Oh, the boating partner is now deceased.  Yeah…not sure about that one.  Then again, reading the back of this book, it sounded kind of hokey.  But sometimes that’s what you want out of a contemporary romance read.

Is this a new concept for a romance story?  Absolutely no.  But it was told well and the characters were quite likable.  I especially liked Nate.  Definitely deserves a ‘yum’ after his name.  Overall, an easy read that left me feeling good.

3.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’You need some help?’  He smiled as she shook her head.  ‘I didn’t think so.  How about I phrase it like this.  I like to mow lawns.  I’d like to mow this one.  How can you stand in the way of my dream?’”

  1. Hehe…the quote made me laugh so I may have to pick this one up…I’ve been debating it and I love contemporary light romance…. Great review, Julie!

  2. Thanks for the review. I am not a big fan of contemporary, and I didn’t realize that this one was… So glad I read your review before I just went out and got it.

  3. I didn’t know anything about this book. I knew J.R. Ward had books written under another name but I never checked them out.
    I’m not sure this book is for me. As always great review.

  4. Great review Julie. I finally have th BDB on my calendar for reading so as soon as I’m done with those and then her fallen angles series I’ll look into checking this one out. It’s all dependent on how I feel about the others. I’m glad that you did enjoy this one even though you aren’t sure you will continue on with the other books since you didn’t click with the characters.

  5. Oh I forgot to write something (which I notice minutes before bed 😉

    Did not know about this book by her

  6. Christi – I think you’d think is was okay. 😉

    twimom – I’m glad you read it too. Would suck to start reading and think “where are the vampires?” lol

    Bookaholic Cat – It reads differently than ‘today’s’ contemporary romance books. 🙂

    Deanna – She is better known for her PNR than her contemporaries.

    blodeuedd – I didn’t know either until I spotted it at the store. Made me go “Hmmm” 😉

  7. Whoa! I didn’t even know this book existed! I think I’ll just stick to her BDB series 🙂 Great review!

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