Jennifer Bernard ~ The Renegade ~ Release Blitz / Giveaway / Excerpt / ARC Review

Today we’re celebrating the release of THE RENEGADE by Jennifer Bernard. Check it out and grab your copy now!

Title: THE RENEGADE
Series: The Rockwell Legacy
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: December 4, 2018

About THE RENEGADE

The last thing she expected was a billionaire under the mistletoe …

As a trauma surgeon, Isabelle Rockwell has devoted her life to helping others. Her life is too crazy for romance…despite a powerful attraction to a stranger during an unexpected layover in Italy. But there’s no time to obsess over the mystery man. Recurring dreams of her mother are calling her home to the family lodge, where a surprise guest is staying for the holidays—who else but her airport hottie!

Battling a takeover, billionaire Lyle Guero has been asked by his board of directors to lay low. What better place than Rocky Peak Lodge, his latest silent investment, home to the woman who’s haunted his thoughts since Rome? Independent, fascinating, equally career-focused, she’s the perfect temporary distraction.

But he didn’t count on the holiday spirit, the zany Rockwell family, or the danger lurking in the snowy shadows of the Cascades. How far will two renegade hearts go for a chance at love?

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Excerpt:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that two strangers stranded in an airport have no choice but to close down the airport bar and spend the rest of the night flirting,” she murmured out loud. “There’s one more for you, Jane. Shocker, huh? I’m sorry if this offends your British sensibilities, but it can’t be helped. You’re lucky you’re dead and don’t have to worry about modern romance.”

A fork in the trail loomed up ahead. One direction led back to Rocky Peak lodge, the other toward Majestic Lodge, which had ski lifts and access to black diamond downhill runs.

As a girl, she used to ski all the way to Majestic and sneak onto the chair lift. She knew all the secret access points and backcountry shortcuts. And she hadn’t been on a downhill run since that last trip when she’d met Lyle…

“Goddamn it, get out of my head,” she muttered out loud. “It was one night. It’s not worth thinking about after all this time. Here’s the problem, Jane.” She pictured the author, in her tidy sun bonnet, turning a quizzical look her way. “I’m a doctor. I have a medical degree and I put it to use saving victims of heartless wars in poverty-stricken countries that don’t have good medical care. I’m passionate about what I do and I’m extremely good at it. I care about the world. I care about people. I have amazing friends, a crazy but generally acceptable family, and I have better things to think about than some random billionaire who just happens to be unbelievably attractive and also rather enigmatic and funny and…”

Midway through the fork in the trail, something slammed into her. Something big and hard and very male. She lost her balance and windmilled her arms to keep from toppling over. One of her ski poles whipped against the man who’d just skied into her, making him grunt.

“What the—” Big hands grabbed her before she tilted too far off her center. Their skis tangled together, making it even harder to regain her balance. His were the fiendishly expensive G3 Zenoxide Carbon 105’s, which she’d been ogling in the last edition of Backcountry Magazine. Odd the details you noticed when you were in the midst of crashing.

Finally she gave up the fight to remain standing and chose the best way to reach the ground—she plopped her butt down in the snow. Snow sprayed against her face and into her half-open mouth.

The other skier didn’t crash, which she found highly irritating. Instead he crouched down next to her. Almost afraid to confirm her initial suspicions, she looked up at him.

Yup, Lyle Guero. Wide broad shoulders, a boxer’s build, rough good looks with an edge, those deep gray eyes, the nose that had been broken at least once, the scent of leather and money and sexy man.

Shit. Lyle Guero, the man she’d been trying to avoid since he’d gotten here, and the man she’d been talking about—out loud!—just a few seconds ago.

He hadn’t heard all that, had he?

“Do you always talk to yourself when you ski?” he asked.

Crap!

 

 

 

My ARC Review:

This was my first book by Jennifer, I’ve read it as a standalone without reading any of the other books in the series, and to be honest I really felt I was missing out on a lot of the plot points, the family connections and history, etc., so while it can be read as a standalone I would advise reading the others in this series first – saying that when I did get into the story I did enjoy it!!

Isabelle is a trauma surgeon working for Doctors Without Borders, and has gone back home to the family at Rocky Peak Lodge, which is in the process of being renovated, for Christmas. The person helping fund the renovation is none other that Lyle, a billionaire she met in Rome and had a bit of a thing with, who left an imprint on her in both good and bad ways. She’s trying everything she can to stay out of his way!!

Lyle has thought about Isabelle non-stop since Rome, and was more than willing to help funding the renovations when he found out it was her family. He’s at the Lodge while there is a bit of a ruckus going on with his business, he is there out of the way while someone he thought of as his family challenges him for his CEO.

Lyle and Isabelle come from completely different backgrounds, she brought up surrounded by a big family that are a little crazy – the antics in here and the Christmas traditions will have you laughing and leave a smile on your face! Lyle was brought up in foster homes, knows nothing about families or relationships, having just lived to work. But Isabelle brings something out in him he has never experienced before and wants more of it.

I enjoyed their highly charged interactions, Lyle was adorable in his unique knack of putting his foot in it around Isabelle!! Good reading, pity I hadn’t read any of the others first though!!

 

 

 

 

About Jennifer Bernard

Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name that she’s happy to share with the curious.

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