Series: Copper Ridge #6
Published by HQN Books
Publication Date: August 30th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
The prodigal son of Copper Ridge, Oregon, has finally come home
The man who ruined Rebecca Bear’s life just strolled back into it with one heck of an offer. Years ago, Gage West’s recklessness left Rebecca scarred inside and out. Now he wants to make amends by gifting her the building that houses her souvenir store. Rebecca won’t take Gage’s charity, but she’s willing to make a deal with the sexy, reclusive cowboy. Yet keeping her enemy close is growing dangerously appealing…
He’s the wild West brother, the bad seed of Copper Ridge. That’s why Gage needs the absolution Rebecca offers. He just didn’t expect to need her. After years of regretting his past, he knows where his future lies—with this strong, irresistible woman who could make a black sheep come home to stay…
I’m not sure what I expected when I started reading this book but the synopsis was eye-catching enough that I knew I had to read it. LAST CHANCE REBEL is an angst-filled and emotional story of healing, growth and love that will break your heart and put it back together. And yes, it’s a tear-jerker too.
If life has taught Rebecca Bear anything, it’s that she cannot depend on anyone but herself. After being injured in an accident and having her mother abandon her when she needed her most, she has slowly rebuilt her life and Gage West’s return to Copper Ridge after seventeen years threatens all her efforts.
Gage’s return means he has to face his past but he is not expecting forgiveness or to have the welcome mat rolled out for him. What he also does not expect is that Rebecca would be nothing like he pictured her.
Truth is, for me it was not a very pretty story. It was painful and heart breaking. I can’t say that I loved or even like the characters, but I admired them because facing their issues and dealing with them was a hard but cathartic process for them and required them to peel back layers to get to the heart of the issues.
It felt like both Gage and Rebecca had been frozen in time since the accident and needed to grow and deal with their feelings. She’s bitter and filled with rage, but she’s a fighter and she’s created a comfortable life for herself. And if the means to do so was from Gage? Well, she is not willing to be indebted to him.
Gage was a young man who made a terrible mistake and all the time he has spent away did little to heal him. Returning home was what he needed and in addition to facing Rebecca, he also needed to forgive himself and also deal with the rift his leaving had caused within his family.
Kudos to Ms. Yates for pulling off a believable romance between these characters and I think that the ending makes up for all the drama and angst.