Series: The Renegades #1
on September 19th, 2016
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HeÔÇÖs Paxton Wilder.
Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.
Five time X Games medalist.
The world is his playgroundÔÇöespecially this yearÔÇöand for the next nine months IÔÇÖm stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.
HeÔÇÖs too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.
But if I canÔÇÖt get him to take academics seriously, IÔÇÖll lose my scholarshipÔÇªif I donÔÇÖt lose my heart first.
Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons arenÔÇÖt taught in the classroomÔÇªbut in the heart.
Rebecca Yarros kick starts her new Renegades series by introducing us to Paxton Wilder. This adrenaline junkie will make your heart race and his antics will make your palms sweat. Seriously, this boy is afraid of nothing in the stunts world. In fact, Paxton and his group of Renegades might just be certifiable.
The story line has a unique premise. Leah Baxter is hired to tutor Paxton during a Semester at Sea. There’s a lot going on in this scenario; a movie in the making, stunts to be attempted, hearts to be broken, etc. The reasons why may not be fully disclosed to Leah upfront either. Nevertheless, she’s along for the ride but Pax definitely presents a challenge. And poor Leah gets dragged into the action from the moment she decides to stay.
The story line progresses at a good rate and Leah gets pulled into the life of the Renegades and earns a cute nickname (Firecracker) in no time. There are a few conflicts introduced into the story that really up the mystery aspect. Just who is messing with the Renegades equipment? What tragedy has Leah experienced? What is Pax’s secret and why will it matter to Leah?
While these questions are rolling around your head, we do get to witness have some fun and sexy times as the chemistry and tension between Leah and Paxton builds. The story unfolds from both of their perspectives so the lust & joy, fear & doubt is fully covered. There is a big moment that made my jaw drop and my heart ache. These two connect, but there is something that may ruin any chance they may have together.
It was very easy to root for Leah and stand in Pax’s corner. Wilder is a fun read that will make you feel like you’ve explored the Mediterranean (via the cruise ship), that you’ve jumped out of a airplane, or even attempted a base jump . I actually felt my stomach drop a few times (my fear of heights is unrelenting). 4.5 Stars and once again, Wilder is a great start to this new series and a read I am happy to recommend.
~Review by Cyndi