By Victoria James
Natalia Puccini has spent her entire life playing by her overbearing but well-intentioned Italian family’s rules…except the one time she took a chance on a bad boy and fell hard. She’s worked to get her life back on track so when Aiden McCann comes sauntering back into town with his heart-stopping smile, Natalia vows not to fall for him again. There’s no way she’ll let him mess with her perfectly planned life…and there’s no way she’ll let him near her heart again…
Now reformed and a self-made success, Aiden is tormented by regrets and secrets. He left Red River years ago filled with anger and resentment and a promise to never come back. But when his ill father needs help, Aiden knows it’s time to face the mess he left behind, and face the one woman he never got over. It doesn’t matter how beautiful or intriguing she is, though, because he’ll never be able to give her what she needs. As soon as his father is healthy, Aiden is leaving Red River…for good.
THE REBEL’S RETURN is a second-chance romance between Aiden, who left town ten years ago, and Natalia, who was left heartbroken in the process. I have to say that for a novella, there was a lot of story packed into it. Not only do we have Aiden and Natalia dancing around each other, but we also have Natalia dealing with a cousin-from-hell’s wedding, while Aiden is dealing with his sick father with whom he doesn’t have a good relationship. The story takes place over about a two month period and moves pretty quickly, especially when you have two back stories running alongside the romance. Overall, this was a nice and fluffy read that won’t take up a lot of your time. THE REBEL’S RETURN is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.
The Rebel’s Return (Red River # 4)
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