RENEGADE HEARTS is Book 1 in the REBELS OF SANDLAND series by Nikki J Summers. It is a New Adult standalone. (But you really want to read the entire series in sequence to be sure to get the most out of it and TOTALLY RECOMMEND the audiobooks, narrated by Shane East and Faye Adele!)
I absolutely loved this book! Let me tell you the background to this. I read The Psycho. I got it on audio. I fell in love with the characters all over again. I was dying for the next audio to come out and the day it got released, I got it. Same narrators, same author, and I am not disappointed. It's absolutely brilliant!
And even though I am more akin in age to the parents in this story and have three children of my own in that generation, I could really relate to the characters from my own life experience and I found Emily and Ryan both wonderful. Their friends make great additions to the plot and the parents, well, I loved to hate Emily's and loved Ryan's dad. Such a lovely man!
The story itself has all the elements of a great love story and doesn't go short on surprising twists, either. It's a slowburn but considering what happens and that Emily doesn't have any experience as yet, it is definitely the best way to write this and perfectly fitting. I wouldn't have liked it any other way for those two. Still, the book doesn't lack longing and passion that are all too palpable and once the two young adults get going, the steam is there full-on. Absolutely well-deserved five stars! Can't wait for the next one!
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Nikki J Summers
Nikki J Summers is a British author who was born and raised in Birmingham, the home of the Peaky Blinders. She currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two children, a cavapoo called Poppy, and two guinea pigs, Cookie and Blaize. She writes U.K. based new adult and dark romance stories about morally grey heroes who would burn the world to save their heroine. Those heroines usually save themselves, but the heroes are always by their side holding the matches. Much like her soldiers, she wears many masks; schoolteacher, romance writer, wife, mother, daughter, sister... the list is endless, but she loves wearing every single one of them. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her curled up with a good book or bingeing a Netflix box set. She loves to hear from readers, so please feel free to reach out.