Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: The Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope

Title: The Rules of Rebellion
Author: Amity Hope
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/YA
Series: None
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
Synopsis1. Skinny dip (her idea)
2. Stargaze (his idea)
3. Prank someone (her idea)
4. Go on a date (his idea)

Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so when he discovers the girl with a flair for candy making has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?

Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “a first date” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.

But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.

The Romance Review

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Breaking the rules has never felt so good.

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Kylie is tired of being the good girl. The one who never breaks the rules and spends her time alone in her room, reading her fantasy novels and not really living up her teenage years. She's now a senior and hasn't even had her first real kiss. But no more. She is determined to make this last year one to remember and she's even made a list of trouble to get into. And then she accidentally loses her list...

Leo found Kylie's list. And if anyone is going to help her to fulfill the items on that list, especially the one about her first kiss, it's going to be him. He's had a crush on her for years and he sees this might be his one opportunity to show her just how great they could be together. There's just one problem. Sins of another threaten his future with Kylie. If she learns of his secret, she may never look at him the same way again. And all secrets eventually come to light...

I think this book would be better titled "The Checklist of Rebellion" because that's what it was. A list of things our heroine typically wouldn't do, most of which were on the rebellious side. Like pulling a prank. Or skinny dipping. And I love the idea of our hero helping our heroine to get to know her naughty side. It sounded like a fun ride. And it was. But it also had a bit of a darker side to it, as well. I won't give away what the secret is, but I will say that it took me by surprise.

Leo was such a sweetheart. We see that from the beginning. I actually wish we had opened with a chapter from Leo's point-of-view first, so we could have seen his infatuation with Kylie before we learn about her quest for rebellion. Instead, we have to hear in his thoughts that he's had a far away crush on her for years. I think it would have been more believable to see it, first. But that aside, I found Leo to be charming and adorable. I rooted for him, immediately.

Kylie was a pretty good heroine. Her relationship with her sister was cute and believable. I loved her obsession with making candy. No lie, I was craving sweets while reading this. The plot was great and I looked forward to each and every item on the list. I felt terrible for the pair once the twist was revealed and I loved the ending. The pacing was mostly steady and the couple had pretty good chemistry. I have few complaints. It was enjoyable!

In closing...
Meg and Luke's story looks interesting and I may pick that one up in the future. Four suns!

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