Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: The Rebel (The Millionaire Malones #3) by Victoria Purman

Book Blurb:

Two people, who regret their missed chance, just might get another…

Sexy Australian pro surfer Cooper Malone lives his dreams on beaches all over the world. While surfing is his passion, he can’t quite suppress the longing for a permanent home with the one woman he let slip away.

World traveler Maggie MacLean first laid eyes on Cooper in a crowded bar on the island resort of Bali six years ago. The sparks and sizzle nearly scorched her bikini, but she never had a chance to explore that intense attraction. Later, when Maggie’s pregnant by a man who wants nothing to do with their child, she puts her passport away and heads home to California to be the best mom she can be.

But when a possible career ending injury sidelines Cooper from his beloved waves, he moves in with the one friend he’s been able to count on. Maggie and Cooper have ignored the burn of attraction for six years. Maggie’s not willing to risk their friendship or her son’s heartbreak when Cooper inevitably leaves to compete, but what if this time Cooper stays and Maggie allows their second chance at love to flame?

My Review:

The Rebel by Victoria Purman is a well paced, heart filling friends to lovers romance.

Cooper and Maggie have been friends for almost six years, neither of them ever acting on the hidden feelings they have for each other. Maggie is a single mother living in California, and Cooper is a professional surfer from Australia. The times they have together are full of friendship and comfort. For different reasons, they both are unwilling to risk anything more than friendship. When circumstances change, will they have the courage, love and strength to open their hearts to more?

I enjoyed feeling like I was part of Cooper and Maggie's journey. I really liked these two characters. Victoria gave me a clear picture of what their relationship was like. Their connection, the dialogue between them, and the obvious care they have for one another was realistic and believable. I really felt for both of these characters, and could ache for what they were going through past and present. Their situations were well explained, and I felt like I understood where they came from.

I liked the water theme (surfing) and what it means, how it makes Cooper feel, and how Maggie understands this.

I really liked Maggie's son Evan and he plays an important role in The Rebel. Maggie's mother is a less visible secondary characters, but her place in The Rebel is valuable and necessary. The Rebel is book #2 of The Millionaire Malones, but it can easily be read as a stand alone.

An easy to read story filled with heart and hope, I'd recommend The Rebel to any romance reader.

4/5 stars

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