Series: The Renegades, #3
on August 28th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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She'll defy his every expectation.
She’s Penna Carstairs. The Renegade they call Rebel. FMX-treme Magazine’s sexiest female athlete of the year.There’s no rule in extreme sports she hasn’t broken,No gender barrier she hasn’t demolished.
She’s the woman I met in a bar in Vegas.The woman I illegally BASE jumped for.The woman I spent one insane, incredible night with.But now I’m screwed.Or rather…not screwed.
Because the woman I can’t get out of my head is the one woman I can never touch again.I’m Dr. Cruz Delgado—the youngest professor on this campus,And Penelope Carstairs just walked into my class.
As an “original” and a female in the Renegades crew, Penelope Carstairs is an enigma. Tough as nails and a risk taker to the extreme, Penna’s story focuses on her emotional recovery from betrayal by her sister Brooke while she falls in love for the first time. This is also the story of Rebel (Penelope/Pennas’ alter ego) as she works to become the first female to complete a double back-flip.
When we catch up with the Renegades, they are continuing their Studies at Sea program and the documentary that is filling aboard the ship. In this 3 month stretch focused on South America and the Caribbean the crew is joined by professor Cruz Delgado, a man who experienced a too brief encounter with Penelope. Their connection drives this delicious forbidden romance story-line.
I love the teacher student trope and Rebecca Yarros delivers some serious angst in Penn and Cruz’s romance. There’s a lot a stake, much more than grades and pride. Cruz is keeping a secret that could mean imprisonment and possibly life or death, while Penna finds herself keeping secrets from the only “family” she trusts. The time that Cruz and Penna fight their feelings for each their, trying to play by the rules, makes for a steamy and fun read. The story is well paced and Yarros is so great at filling out the characters, giving them backstories that make you understand their decisions and what motivates them. The story is told from both their points of view and we quickly recognize Cruz as a noble and genuine man.
Once again the action is phenomenal and I felt my stomach do flips as the team does some base jumping/flying and Penna attempts her jumps.There are a few harrowing moments when his predicament creates anxiety I hadn’t imagined Penna could withstand, and vice versa. These two adrenal junkies are a perfect match. 4.5 Stars are recommendation!
“Oh God, don’t do that.”
“That.” He pointed toward my mouth. “Everything I told you in Vegas is still true. You’re still gorgeous, still sexy as hell, still everything that draws me in like a damned magnet, but you’re also everything I can’t have. Don’t you get that? When you pull shit like that on the dance floor, you successfully drive me batshit crazy, watching you in some guy’s arms.” A small laugh escaped him. “Like that kid has any idea what to do with you if he actually managed to catch you.”
“And you do?”
His eyes darkened. “Don’t challenge me like that.”
The tension stretched between us for a quiet moment until I broke the silence. “I didn’t kiss him.”
“I’m well aware, because if you had, I’m not sure if I could have let him walk out of here, and that’s dangerous, Penelope. You are dangerous to me.”
“I’m sorry,” I said truthfully. “Logically, I know nothing can happen between us. I get it. But I see you, and all I can think about is the way you kissed me in Vegas. The way you touched me. I can’t just erase those memories, Cruz. Like I said, somehow you make me do stupid things.”
“You? I make you do stupid things?” he nearly yelled, and I was thankful for the loud, driving beat of the music beyond the office doors. “Woman, I got into a strange car for you. Illegally BASE jumped off a Ferris wheel to stay close to you. Went to jail for you, and I make you do stupid things?”
He stalked forward, his movements smooth like a predator, and a low hum filled my stomach, growing stronger with every step he took.
“I let you stay in my class. Stupid. I look for every reason to run into you, while simultaneously praying you’ll stay far away because I need this job. Stupid. I take one look at you in that fucking dress, and I’m so hard I’m afraid I can’t hide it in a room full of students. Stupid. I can’t stop thinking about the way you taste, the way you open up under me, the way your nails left little half-moons in my shoulders when I found how wet you were for me.”
If he got his hands anywhere near me, he’d find out I was just as wet now. God, his words were the biggest turn-on I’d ever experienced. Next to his abs. Or his arms. Or his mouth. Crap, the man was one giant sex package begging to be unwrapped.
“Cruz,” I whispered as he cupped my face with one hand, his thumb rubbing over my lower lip, while he caged me against the desk with the other.
My tongue licked across the tip of his finger, unable to help myself.
“God, Penelope. You could cost me everything, and yet I’m still in here with you. And this might be the worst choice of all.”
His mouth met mine in a kiss that sent my senses reeling. His tongue swept in, claiming every curve he might have missed last time, until it felt like my mouth belonged to him.
DON’T MISS THE FIRST TWO RENEGADE BOOKS
Book 1 – WILDER
My new tutor is sexy, smart, more stubborn than I am, and one hundred percent off limits.
That’s right—the only rule this semester is Don’t Touch the Tutor.
For the first time in my life, I want someone I can’t have.
She’s the girl who obeys every rule.
I’m the guy who breaks them.
Our biggest risk is falling for each other,
But I live for risk…
Book 2 – NOVA
He’s Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.
Four-time X Games medalist—
They say a girl broke him once—
That’s why he’s so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.
But I’m that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth—
He’s the one who destroyed me,
And I’m not the sucker who will let that happen again.