[ARC REVIEW] “Rebel” By: Laura Pavlov

Today is my stop on the blog tour for the third book in Laura Pavlov’s Montgomery Brothers series, Rebel!

Official Synopsis:

JACK
I’m always down for a good time. I’m that guy.
I love women. I love sex. And I love my life.
Go big or go home, right?
My father’s death is a constant reminder of why I like to keep it simple.
Life is short.
Emotional attachments make you weak.
Grieving sucks. And I have no interest in caring deeply for anyone outside of my family.
I’m not looking for complications.
Monroe Buckley is a complication.
She’s driven.
She’s focused.
And she’s my best friend’s little sister.
Not happening.
But once we’re forced to spend time together…I only want more.
Too bad she’s the one woman who is off-limits.

MONROE
I don’t trust most people, and I have my reasons.
I’m passionate about my work, and I came here to do a job.
Not date the boss.
Getting hired at the top media company in the city is the break of my life.
But it means working for Jack Montgomery.
My one-time crush.
My brother’s best friend.
And the current thorn in my side.
He’s exactly what I want to avoid.
Yet he’s everywhere I turn. Even when he’s not there—he’s in my head.
He’s a magnet for attention.
A heartbreak just waiting to happen.
And my heart is something I fiercely protect. At all costs.
They say the heart wants what the heart wants…
But my heart isn’t allowed to make that decision anymore.
There’s too much to lose.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Review:

I don’t typically read a series out of order, but when an ARC was offered to me and I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to join the blog tour! (So big thanks to Laura Pavlov for providing me with an ARC!) I did read the blurbs for the first two books, and those characters are featured heavily in “Rebel” — still, I was able to read it pretty easily without reading the others, although I’d recommend reading the first two before reading this one!

The book is split into two POVs, Jack’s and Monroe’s. I really liked both of them as narrators. Jack was described as being a playboy, which typically means that, as the love interest, he’d also be a jerk, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that that was not the case. Jack was really sweet, not only to Monroe, but to his sisters-in-laws as well — not to mention, with his nieces! Monroe was a great strong, independent character, and it was fun reading how she held her own against all of the obstacles that came her way. 

One thing that was distracting was how often any given character’s head fell back in laughter — nobody laughs that hard, that often, but aside from that, it was a really fun book! Monroe goes undercover a few times, and I definitely thought that she was going to be recognized when she was undercover from when she was undercover before (so that was stressful) but it kept me on my toes! I’d recommend this book for 18+ due to sexual content, but overall it was a fun new adult read!  

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