Review: Rebel by Zoe Archer

Filed in Review , The HEA Lover , Zoe Archer Posted on November 2, 2010 @ 11:00 am 3 comments

Format Read: E-Arc
Number of pages: 438 pages
Release Date: November 2nd, 2010
Publisher: Zebra
Formats Available: Paperback, eBook, Kindle
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s WebsiteAmazon, Book Depository US, Book Depository UK

Book Blurb:

On the Canadian frontier in 1875, nature is a harsh mistress. But the supernatural can really do you in…

A Lone Wolf, Nathan Lesperance, is used to being different. He’s the first Native attorney in Vancouver, and welcome neither with white society nor his sometime tribe. Not to mention the powerful wildness he’s always felt inside him, too dangerous to set free.

Then he met Astrid Bramfield and saw his like within her piercing eyes. Now, unless she helps him through the harsh terrain and the harsher unknowns of his true abilities, it could very well get him killed…

And The Woman Who Left The Pack, Astrid, has traveled this path before. Once she was a Blade of the Rose, protecting the world’s magic from unscrupulous men, with her husband by her side. But she’s loved and lost, and as a world-class frontierswoman, she knows all about survival. Nathan’s searing gaze and long, lean muscles mean nothing but trouble. Yet something has ignited a forgotten flame inside her: a burning need for adventure, for life–and perhaps even for love…

My Thoughts:

You can’t go wrong with this series! Rebel is once again a great addition to The Blades of the Rose series. I loved Warrior and Scoundrel and I can now add Rebel to the list. Zoe Archer took us to Mongolia and Greece, this time we’re going to the wilderness of Canada.
We learned about Astrid’s existence through Catullus (I <3 Catullus)  at the end of Scoundrel. We only knew that a few years ago she decided to leave everything and everyone behind to grieve her husband’s death. We find her, an hermit, living by herself in a nearly deserted part of Canada. She only interacts with the trappers when she has to. She is a strong and independent woman who survived the horror of loosing her husband in a battle. I really liked her, she thought herself dead inside and refused to get attached to anyone ever again. Nathan Lesperance is an attorney, the only native attorney in Canada. He’s been taken from his family, his tribe, when he was a child, to be brought up by the government. As a result he is an outsider, neither belonging with the Indians nor the White men.  I really liked Nathan, he is strong and intelligent.  When he meets Astrid, something awoke in him. (But I won’t say more, so I won’t spoil anything *wink*). 
When Heirs shows up, Astrid and Nathan are forced to work together to stay alive and search for a Source to protect. Their quest for the Source won’t be an easy one. We discover a side of Canada that I’ve never seen, the wilderness is breathtaking. Once again I felt like I was there with the heroes. It’s really something amazing about Zoe Archer’s writing. 
I felt that the romance took a less important part in the book. I mean it’s definitely there…but early in the book it already felt like being set in stone. I’m not saying there isn’t some very hot smex scenes (coz there are! LOL). But for once, I was so engrossed in the adventure that I didn’t mind that it was a little bit less smexy than in the previous books. Rebel is an action-packed story with a very cute romance. Astrid and Nathan really deserved their HEA. They both found a haven in each other. 
Now…I know he’s not the hero of this book but I couldn’t not mention Catullus. I love this character and he’s playing a big part in Rebel. I cannot wait to read his book, Stranger which comes out in a month *sob* A MONTH!!! You will love Catullus, but be warned that he’s MINE and I’ll wrestle you all to keep him for myself if I have to lol.

I give Rebel 4 1/2 bookies.

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About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • LSUReader November 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    This is the second great review of Rebel I've read today. Zoe Archer has a real winner with this series. I can't wait to read her Rebel.

  • pattepoilue November 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    @LSUReader This series is pretty amazing because it's different from anything I've ever read. The mix of historical romance and paranormal adventure makes it pretty unique. The last book is gonna be fantastic I can already feel it…I just love the hero so much!

  • Emily November 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I've heard a lot of great things about this series and have it waiting for me on my Kindle. I definitely need to clear my review list so I can get to it. Nice review!

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