Author: Tess Oliver
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: August 21, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
A passionate tale of unrequited love and second chances from New York Times bestselling author, Tess Oliver.
For a long time, I thought of that kiss, the kiss that unraveled everything, the kiss that changed the course of history, as a split second decision. But there was nothing split second about an obsession. And while she might have been impetuous and wild, there sure as hell wasn't anything split second about Rebecca . . . the girl I called Rebel.
Rebel Love is a standalone romance.
Rebel, Rebel, how I wanted to love you so…. but alas I did not. I’m bummed because friends to lovers and second chance romances are my jam. Tess Oliver is a new to me author, but the cover (he is so cute to me and he is the perfect Joshua) and synopsis caught my eye. I love that good build up and push and pull that these types of books usually have but Rebel Love just missed that mark. It’s frustrating because I actually liked the story concept and I could dig the characters but the execution of the story felt a bit disjointed.
The story centers around Rebecca aka Rebel and Joshua. It’s been a few years since they last seen one another, but they’ve know each another since they were teenagers. Joshua was Rebel’s step-sister, Emily’s boyfriend (that was a tongue twister, did you get all that?), throughout high school and into college. While Emily and Joshua dated, Rebel and Joshua became good friends. Joshua was a few years older and always protective of Rebel. They had an effortless friendship. They just seemed to click and understand one other. Over the years they began to develop feelings that neither acted on until they shared one kiss. I hate to sound dramatic, but that kiss really did change everything.
The story is told from both Rebel and Joshua’s POVs. We also get glimpses of their past. You always got the sense that there was much more to Rebel. She was a extremely loving and caring, but there always seemed to be something that she was possibly hiding. The first half of the story left me with so many questions. Why haven’t they seen each other in years? Who is this mysterious person that Rebel is looking for? Where is Emily? And what happened after that kiss??!!
The first half of the book seemed to rush by and there was very little interaction between the two characters. When they were together, I liked them as a couple. They worked but I wish their relationship and the issues with their past had been further explored. I just wanted more from this book. Would I recommend it? Ehh maybe. Different strokes for different folks. Would I read this author again? Yeah, I probably would. It was interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading, I just wanted more.