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Rebel Heir // Bad boy and meets good girl

Rebel Heir (Rush Duet, #1)Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars






From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, comes the first book in a new, sexy duet.

How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.


Overall 3.5 stars.
A very easy and quick read. There are some romances that it feels like there was not editor involved in the writing process. That is not Rebel Heir.

This book follows Gia, an aspiring author living in a rental share home int he Hamptons. When she takes a shift for her friend Riley at a bar, she meets Rush, a mysterious bad-boy that hires her as the bar/restaurant’s hostess. They both realize there’s a strong connection between them. Rush prefers casual hook-ups to the relationship. Gia is the opposite. Rush drives himself crazy trying to resist the connection between them until he gives in. But Keeland has a plot twist planned for the readers…and it will upend Rush and Gia’s entire relationship.


Gia had a one night stand with a guy that gave her a fake name and number prior to meeting Rush. Now 3 months later, she discovers she’s pregnant! The speed of their romance is completely halted. Rush is scared of being a child’s father, a child that isn’t his even, given that his dad is basically a POS. Gia is scared to be a mom because her mom walked out on her and her dad when she was little. Rush slowly steps up to the plate to assume the role of supporting Gia in the pregnancy, even if it means being a father to a child not his. The major wrench in the plot twist awaits at the end of the book however…

The good
I loved the romance. The complex character of Rush was just….swoon. Gia is sassy in every way, giving Rush a run for his money.

The Bad
Perhaps not bad, but I was so disappointed with the plot twist. Finally, relationship. Awesome. Some steamy anticipated scenes to come, so I thought. But all the inner monologue of Rush explaining the steamy things he wants to do to Gia never occurred. That was a let down in itself. Then plot twist, Rush is put off and nearly runs away from Gia. He gets over his fears and resumes their relationship, but again, it really puts a damper on their romance…And from what I’ve read in the sequel’s reviews, it seems the steamy romance scenes Rush thinks about consistently are just going to be left to nothing.

But the story line is very cute and building. Just perhaps not all that the cover makes it seem. Though the cover is nice eye candy. Perhaps not a book I would reread, but I will definitely be checking out the sequel to this duology.

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