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Thursday, April 14, 2016

REVIEW: RESPLENDENT RUSH (RESPLENDENCE, BOOK 2) BY BELLA J










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Lexi is a vivacious, quirky, and fiercely independent woman with enough attitude and wit to intimidate even the most confident of men. Levi is a sexy-as-hell, cocksure, smoldering hot marine blessed with smooth swagger and cool confidence to charm his way into any woman’s bed. The one thing they have in common, though, is their disinterest in finding love. She’s determined to not let love interfere and dictate her life. And with his career, he doesn’t need the emotional ties and baggage of love, and dreams of white picket fences.

But a few chance encounters have these two tangled up in one wild, passionate, explosive ride which neither of them expected, and which leaves them completely and utterly addicted to each other. Already in too deep, Lexi stubbornly fights her growing feelings for him and refuses to become vulnerable against the power that love seems to yield. She has witnessed firsthand how loving someone can destroy a person, leaving him defenseless against a life of emotional turmoil. She refuses to let it happen to her.

Levi knows that Lexi is holding back. He knows that she is keeping a part of her heart guarded. He’s determined to burn down the walls she so desperately clings to, and make her surrender her all to him. But with his long-lost brother’s unexpected return comes an inexorable danger that he will do just about anything to protect her from—even if it means losing her, and in the end, breaking her heart.

Find out if two opposites might just end up being perfectly imperfect for each other.

 




REVIEW:       5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Resplendent Rush, book 2 in the Resplendence series, was a well-written, deliciously hot story that had me cracking up and left me wanting more.  This story focuses on Lexi, Juliette's vivacious and colorful sister, and Levi, the ultra sexy Marine who becomes captivated by her.  Levi and Lexi are two people who are in no way looking for love.  When they crash (literally) into each other one night at a party, they begin an unexpected journey that neither of them saw coming.

I loved Lexi's character from book 1 of the series, and I couldn't wait to read her story.  She had such an outgoing and likeable personality and I loved how carefree and independent she was.  Her loyalty to her sister Juliette and her refusal to conform to her family's expectations made me fall in love with her instantly.  In this book, the author goes back to when Lexi and Levi first meet, and I love that she went back in time rather than have the reader try to fill in the pieces.  The best part of any love story for me is the initial meeting and the build up of tension between the characters, and I appreciated that she gave that to her readers.  And the beginning of their relationship was filled to the brim with sexual tension.  The attraction between them was instantaneous, and I loved that neither of them made it easy for the other.


The author does an incredibly good job writing her characters. Levi and Lexi's interactions were so great to read, and I found myself looking forward to each one as their story went on.  Even after being together for a while, their chemistry was insanely hot, and their banter was so entertaining.  These were two extremely passionate people, and that came out in everything that they did.  There were so many laugh out loud moments, and even their fighting had me cracking up.  The couple was hit with some unexpected things during the course of the story, namely, Levi's troubled brother Jax, and it created some pretty big obstacles for them.  They were forced to deal with issues in their relationship, as well as from outside forces.  Even through their struggles it was evident that their connection was solid and their love for each other was unwavering. I adored Levi and the way he was with Lexi: protective, possessive, and so dedicated.   Lexi was his in every sense of the word.  He was an alpha male through and through, and Lexi made sure to challenge him at every turn, which made for some seriously entertaining scenes.

The suspense level grew pretty strong towards the end of this book, as the author set the stage for Jax's story.  As with the author's other stories, she threw in some incredible twists that I did not see coming. We were left with quite an ending, and I can't wait to dig into Resplendent Rage to see how things will play out with Jax and Kim, who will be the focus of that book.  This is a fantastic series and I am so glad that I was introduced to this author.  I absolutely loved Levi and Lexi's story, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys sexy, funny, and suspenseful romance.





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