Review: The Renegade by J.R. Ward

Posted January 21, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: The Renegade by J.R. Ward
The Renegade
by Jessica Bird

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: September 14, 2015
Series: The Moorehouse Legacy #2
Published by HQN Books
Pages: 267
Format: eBook
 

“I love the small town feel of the books even though they are not the typical small town romance.”
~ Under the Covers

Yes, shocking!  This is a J.R. Ward book and it’s getting a 3.5 star rating.  Not to say I didn’t enjoy it, it just wasn’t as wonderful as I was expecting it to be.  Let’s rewind a bit and say that I’ve read the first two books in this series and I’ve enjoyed them quite a bit (the second being my favorite so far).  I love the small town feel of the books even though they are not the typical small town romance.  They mix in a bit of the traditional Harlequin billionaire romance (some of them) and feature some hot alpha males.

I think that’s what was lacking a bit with this one.  Our hero Alex Moorehouse is all alpha gruffness.  He’s a sailor, spends most of his days out at sea and is a legend really in his own world.  He’s been in love with his best friend’s wife since the first time he laid eyes on her.  It eats at him, it almost makes him feel dirty.  Then a storm and an accident leaves him badly hurt and not knowing if he will get to keep his leg, and his best friend dead.

Cassandra has dealt with some of the grief of losing her husband and has some unfinished business to settle with Alex. While visiting she ends up getting the job of reconstructing the Moorehouse bed & breakfast.  That puts her in constant contact with Alex.  The more she sees of him, the more she wants him.  And he’s never liked her.  Or so he thinks.

I thought I was going to love Alex more than I did.  I was really into the plot.  I was really into the setting.  I was really into the cast of characters and mostly on the romance.  I just wished some of it would’ve developed differently.  I’m not going to to into details and specifics as to not ruin the book, but things could’ve been dealt with better by Alex owning up to that alpha gruffness a bit earlier.  He was just too soft in his interactions with Cassandra.  Too much of putting a woman on a pedestal and not wanting to taint her.  And on the other hand, they could’ve both done with some better communication.

But all in all, I really enjoy being in this world and I’m left actually itching to get the next few stories.  The last book in this series will be about a couple that is introduced in this book, and then the spin off series will continue with the O’Banyons.  I am very excited to read through all that!

It is safe to say this is not the BDB.  Nor is it The Bourbon Kings, which still has a very Ward stamp to it.  This is a contemporary romance written before Ward got into all that.  Sweet contemporary romance with hot alpha males, but a bit more on the sexy than scorching scale.  And while there still is a small glimpse to that writing style and the way she narrates this story is still a beautiful and complete picture, I think it’s good to go in with the mindset that this is something completely different and not draw parallels.  I’ve enjoyed all her old books I’ve read, but I’ve never gone in expecting the same.

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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world. The books in her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the top 5 on the USA Today bestseller list. Prior to her writing career, Ward worked as a lawyer in Boston and spent many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard’s world-renowned academic medical centers. Ward currently lives with her family in Kentucky where she has learned to enjoy and appreciate all things Southern. Connect with her online at www.jrward.com, Facebook.com/JRWardBooks, and Twitter.com/JRWard1.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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Thanks for the review Francesca

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Thanks for the review.

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Disappointed it’s not up to her usual standard, but still interested to see how it goes!!

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I read a jessica byrd book and thought it was just ok…may try another if I ever find time