The RebelTitle:  The Rebel
Series:   The Millionaire Malones #3
Author:  Victoria Purman
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 20, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Two people, who regret their missed chance, just might get another…

Sexy Australian pro surfer Cooper Malone lives his dreams on beaches all over the world. While surfing is his passion, he can’t quite suppress the longing for a permanent home with the one woman he let slip away.

World traveler Maggie MacLean first laid eyes on Cooper in a crowded bar on the island resort of Bali six years ago. The sparks and sizzle nearly scorched her bikini, but she never had a chance to explore that intense attraction. Later, when Maggie’s pregnant by a man who wants nothing to do with their child, she puts her passport away and heads home to California to be the best mom she can be.

But when a possible career ending injury sidelines Cooper from his beloved waves, he moves in with the one friend he’s been able to count on. Maggie and Cooper have ignored the burn of attraction for six years. Maggie’s not willing to risk their friendship or her son’s heartbreak when Cooper inevitably leaves to compete, but what if this time Cooper stays and Maggie allows their second chance at love to flame?

Read on for my thoughts on The Rebel.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Rebel is such an enjoyable read.  It’s the down to earth story of two people who might have been more, but circumstances placed them in each other’s  lives as friends.

Once she was a woman who took risks, lived her life like the wind settling in one place only long enough to earn the fare to the next destination.  Now Maggie is content  staying in one place, earning her living from an office at home and making a good life for herself and her son.  For about six years now she and Cooper had been good friends.  Friends, without benefits.   Cooper had been there for her and her son from the beginning.  They were a vital part of each other’s life but that is about to change.

Cooper has had his share of injuries.  Riding the waves, competitions all over the world for all of his adult life, he had added to his inheritance, build a good investment for the future.  Surfing was as necessary to him as the air he breathed.  It had saved him long ago and had given him a good life, fame and brought one special woman into his life.  Surfing was also why he was here in Maggie’s home, staying with her since he could barely take care of himself after the last stunt.  His knee just couldn’t take the abuse any longer.  And depending on his doctor’s evaluations and suggestions, no her ultimatums for his health, his days riding the waves could very well be over.

Cooper had flitted into and out of Maggie’s life over the last few years.  He always came home between competitions, but she knew he’d never stay long.  Now with Cooper recuperating at her home they were practically living together.  And they both were dealing with emotions that went beyond friendship and more into acknowledging the love that they felt for each other.  This was their second chance, now what were they going to do with it.

The Rebel is such a sweet journey for Cooper and Maggie.  There are no dramatic highs and lows, simply two people who were attracted to each other from the first moment.  A simple event kept them from exploring romance, even if only for one night.  The decision of a selfish man, once Cooper’s friend would leave Maggie as a single parent raising her adorable son Evan on her own.  Cooper became the bedrock, the man who would be there for the firsts in Evan’s life and a constant friend to Maggie.  They never lost the attraction, but had settled into the best of friends life and neither wanted to rock that boat.  When life changes for Cooper he finally takes the biggest risk of his life – for the biggest reward, Maggie and Evan.

A lively romance full of fun, sexy and adorable moments provided by five year old Evan.  The Rebel is a perfect story for those who enjoy a simple love story with realistic people living life and finding a love to last a life time.

*I received an e-ARC of The Rebel from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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