Series: The Moorehouse Legacy #1
Published by Harlequin on 7/1/2005
Genres: Adult, Romance
From #1 New York Times bestselling author and USA TODAY bestselling author J.R. Ward, writing as Jessica Bird. The classic tale of a man who always got what he wanted...until he met the one woman he couldn't afford to lose
\r\nNate Walker has never shied away from the hard road. Even when it meant leaving behind his family's wealth...and the fiancee who only wanted a rich man. Nothing was going to stop him from opening his own five-star restaurant.\r\n\r\nAnd he was on his way--until his car broke down on a dark road in the Adirondacks, leading him right to White Caps Inn...and Frankie Moorehouse.\r\n\r\nSuddenly Nate has a job he doesn't really need--and an affair that has to end when summer does. Except Frankie has a way about her. She gets under his skin. She even makes him want to do what he never thought he could: stay forever.
I picked this book up on a whim since I’m already a big fan of J.R.Ward and Jessica Bird is the pseudonym that she writes contemporary romances under. “The Rebel” was originally published in 2005 under the title “Beauty and the Black Sheep.”
After spending an evening reading this book I was left with the same blah feeling I get watch a Lifetime channel movie. There was nothing surprising about this book, nothing to make you want to turn the pages. Each plot twist (if you could even call them that) was telegraphed so loudly that I think my husband sitting in the next room heard them.
Yes I just wrote “heard them” in a book review. I kept waiting for him to call out and ask who I was talking too. Heck, I think I read half this book using the cheesy movie trailer voice.
In a world where she struggles to make it in the fast pace B&B world, he’s there waiting to chop and dice a way into her life… he is the REBEL CHEF!
Sorry, digressing…. Back to the review….
Frankie is the owner of a failing B&B and restaurant. She inherits the place when her parents die in a boating accident. Along with the house she also gets her siblings and elderly grandmother to look after. The B&B has been her family’s home for many generations but has now become run down and no longer able to attract the clientele it needs to survive. Her chef quits unexpectedly and in walks the “rebel” of the book, Nate Walker. Nate rebels against his parents and instead of becoming a lawyer he goes on to culinary school and cooks for a living. Wow, what a rebel… Anyway, so the book progresses with the normal romance formula. He helps her out, she tries so hard to not fall in love, he makes a life change to stay with this woman and love her forever. Again while most romances follow this, I had all the main plot points figured out within the first third of the book.
On a side note, Bird also throws in the sister and brother’s love interests in the book. To me these did nothing to promote the story line and read like a publisher had her throw them in last minute to set up the books that follow this one in the series.
All in all this book makes me glad that I read the books by JR Ward first and not Jessica Bird. While it wasn’t flat out horrible, hence the two star review rather than a one star, it was just to meh for me to enjoy it.
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