Thursday, July 3, 2014

Review: The Return of the Rebel by Jennifer Faye from Harlequin

The Return of the Rebel
by Jennifer Faye
Published:  July 1, 2014
Publisher:  Harlequin

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The guy from the wrong side of the tracks… 

Being promoted should be a dream come true, only it means working closely with Cleo's childhood crush, Jax Monroe. Jax may no longer be the rebel she remembers, but he still gets her heart racing like no other. 

Jax cares too much about Cleo to let her get too close—but keeping his distance is proving impossible! As Jax reveals the extent of what he's been through, will Cleo show him that some things are too precious to put off until tomorrow?

My Thoughts:  This is my fourth Jennifer Faye book and I can honestly say that I have truly loved them all.  Jennnifer Faye has such a talent for writing those feel good romances that just warm your heart and make you smile, and The Return of the Rebel certainly falls into that category.

The main characters, Cleo and Jax, are unknowingly thrust together as a result of Cleo's job.  To say it takes them by surprise is an understatement, especially since Jax is trying to keep a low profile because of some things going on his life.....things which add a little danger to the story.  Jax is Cleo's first crush, first love, even though he was too old for her back then.  Seeing him again stirs up all kinds of feelings she doesn't want to have.  For Jax, seeing Cleo again brings up memories he had tried to bury, and stirs up feelings for an all grown-up Cleo that he's having a hard time resisting.  Both have secrets that are haunting them, causing them to have reservations about pursing any kind of long-term relationship.  Despite this, the chemistry between them is undeniable and this former bad boy and the girl next door can't deny it, no matter how hard they try.

The Return of the Rebel is a sweet, fun, heartwarming romance with a little touch of suspense thrown it.  The story is told from a third person point of view and you get both Cleo and Jax's perspectives, which I enjoyed.  Jennifer Faye has a wonderful writing style that flows beautifully, and The Return of the Rebel is well-written, interesting, and kept my attention the entire time.  If you are a fan of contemporary romance, then Jennifer Faye's The Return of the Rebel falls into that classic heartwarming romance category that Harlequin is so famous for.

You can read chapter 1 here.

About Jennifer:  As far back as I can remember, I’ve had my nose buried in a book. When at last I had the opportunity to once again put pen to paper, I couldn’t stop. As an unpublished writer, I’ve gone on to win/final in nearly two dozen contests including Harlequin’s “So You Think You Can Write” Contest (2-time finalist).  
I currently reside in Pennsylvania with my very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When I’m not glued to my laptop (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, I like reading, cross-stitch, embroidery, quilting, knitting, hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and gardening. 


  1. I really enjoyed this one too. It was definitely my favorite. I especially adored sweet Jax. Great review, Ellen!

  2. Yay! I am glad you read and loved this one as well Ellen. Jennifer really is a great writer and this was my favorite one yet.

  3. Feel good romance sounds really good right now. Love that fun cover too.

  4. I enjoyed Jennifer's other two releases, and I look forward to reading this one.


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