Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Renegade is the first in Laramie Briscoe's new contemporary romance series, Moonshine Task Force, which is set in the town of Laurel Springs, Alabama and is about the five members of the local police who are part of a small task force focused on the illegal distribution and selling of moonshine, which happens to be a booming business in their area. This is my second Laramie Briscoe read, and I'm as happily satisfied as I was with my introduction to her writing, Trick. Renegade puts to very effective use the falling-for-your-best-friend's-sibling trope by giving it the creative twist of the ten-year age difference between Ryan "Renegade" Kepler and his best friend's older sister, Whitney Trumbolt, plus taking the story in an unexpectedly different direction from the usual fare readers have come across time and again. It's a lighthearted love story with just enough angst to give any ol' heart a tug or two.
Ryan Kepler has had a crush on his best friend's older sister since he was fifteen. Ten years later and the opportunity to make a few of his teenage fantasies come true lands in his lap when a drunken Whitney Trumbolt shares with him what she wants a man to do to her. Devastated by her acrimonious divorce, Whitney finds herself saying "yes" to her younger brother's best friend's offer to fulfill her desires. She's known Ryan since he was a teenager and saw him grow up after he returned from his deployment. She's never looked at him other than as Trevor's best friend, but Ryan makes good on his promise, and remains a gentleman even as she stresses theirs was just a one-time thing. But six weeks and one pregnancy test later, and Whitney realizes their lives are forever changed. Now, Ryan's ready to prove to the woman he calls "Princess" that he'll treat her life a queen for eternity.
Major book boyfriend points for Ryan because this guy was just picture perfect, not only in terms of how he chose to pursue Whitney, but also how he handled the ramifications of what happened between them with as far as his friendship with Trevor was concerned. Let's face it, seeing how two best friends deal with one of them being in a relationship with the sibling of the other is one of the most interesting parts in a story like this one, and I'm glad it wasn't brushed off easily. I also liked that Trevor played a bigger role than I would have expected and that we get a hint of his story and who he shares it with her, leaving me quite looking forward to what happens between them in Tank, the second book in the series. Laramie Briscoe has whipped together a story with charm and character and a whole lot of love--both the romantic and familial kinds--and has left me sated. Pew, pew! Five stars for Renegade. ♥
Release Date: 09 March 2017
Date Read: 09 March 2017
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