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... (from Goodreads)
Genre: Romance - Contemporary
Why I Picked This Book: I've read 2 Maisey Yates books before this one (okay 1 novella and 1 book) and enjoyed them both. There were mentions of Gage West in the previous book and I was curious about his story.
My Impression: This is the 3rd Maisey Yates book and I'm starting to know what to expect when I open the book. There will be compelling stories with a little bit of grit to them, relatable yet complicated characters, and writing that will hook me from the beginning. Last Chance Rebel is definitely not an exception in this!
At the beginning we meet Rebecca Bear. Rebecca is running a successful souvenir store on Main Street in Copper Ridge. Her life has settled into a pattern that she's happy with. She has her store, her home, 2 days off from the store to enjoy her home, and a small group of friends. But when it comes down to it she's still angry about the accident that happened years ago and left her with scars and changed her life forever. Gage West has his own issues. His entitled reckless behavior had devastating consequences and he had the rug pulled out from under him when he found his father wasn't who he thought he was. Gage fled Copper Ridge years ago to make his way in the world and now he's come back to deal with fall out he didn't even realize he created.
I found Rebecca's anger easy to believe. She has a chip on her shoulder a mile high but it's hard to think of a way that she wouldn't given everything that's happened to her. She's angry at Gage, she's angry that Gage feels remorse, she's angry that Gage is inserting himself into her life and she can't stop it and she's just angry about things that are out of her control. Gage has carried around guilt for years and wants to help and to make it better but this isn't a situation that you just slap a band aid on and it's all better. Gage also has to deal with the anger of his siblings for his walking away so many years before. This really blindsided him and he has to come to terms with the fact that when he walked away lost in his own confusion and anger they see it as an abandonment and he finds himself having to make amends he didn't expect to have to make.
I was worried at the beginning that their attraction would not work for me but I ended up being on board. With Gage Rebecca can be herself and isn't afraid to let him see her scars like she is with other men so that kind of removes the awkwardness she typically has with men. There is an anger element on her side and a guilt element on his side that wouldn't generally work for me but Yates makes it work and it never strays over to ick territory. I think it helps that they both have their share of damage and together they can make each other stronger.
If you like contemporary romance with some heat and complicated characters this is a series you really shouldn't miss!
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Would I Recommend this Book?: If you like a contemporary romance series with some heat and a little bit of grit this would be a good fit!