Resisting the Rebel
Lisa Brown Roberts
Disclaimer: This book contains a villain pretending to be a hero, a hero pretending to be a villain, a disco-dancing heroine, two overprotective sidekicks, a little bit of bad language, and a whole lot of swoony kissing.
Spirit committee leader Mandy Pennington is secretly in love with her best friend, Gus, but when he hooks up with her archenemy at a party, she decides to win him over once and for all. She just doesn’t know how. But who better to help than hot loner Caleb Torrs?
Caleb’s got his own problems, but when he sees Mandy pining over Gus at a party, he thinks she’s finally smoked the spirit stick and lost her mind. Maybe he has, too, because he just asked Mandy to be his fake girlfriend.She’ll get her loser friend’s attention, and he’ll get his stalker ex off his back.It’s a win-win.
But soon one fake date blends into the next and before he knows it, he actually wants to kiss Mandy. For real. Too bad their plan is working, and Gus is finally noticing the one girl Caleb just might be falling for…
DISCLAIMER: I received an e-galley of this book (through NetGalley, and also from Lisa) in exchange for honest review. This book was released just a few days ago, so you better go grab your copy now!
First off, I want to say that I am a huge fan of Lisa's books, and when she began sharing teasers for this one on her Instagram, I could not wait to get my hands on it.
Following Mandy through her life with her disabilities was a wonderful change in reading. Along with being fun and extremely entertaining, I learned a few things I did not know. Mandy's disability is amongst people on the famous list. Michael Phelps and Justin Timberlake for instance. (I saw what you did there Lisa. J.T. *WINKS*)
People, Caleb likes writing. In Lisa's previous release, The Replacement Crush, there were major bookworm and blogger relations going on, and this one is right up there as well. I love that Caleb offers to help Mandy with her essay on his favorite book, The Catcher and the Rye. Of course, this is after they have been fake-dating for a few days already. Caleb gives off to be an asshole. Excuse the word, but it is the only accurate description and it is right there in the book. Mr. Tall, Dark and Broody is mysterious, but like all misunderstood characters, there is more to him than meets the eye.
The characters' journey is fantastic. Especially the prom-posal. I saw it as a movie in my head. I wish there was way to take that scene from the book and make it a short film, just so I can see it like a movie for real. As a matter of fact, this book should be a movie. Absolutely want it to be a movie. :D
My Rating:300 of 5 Stars.
Lisa, if you are reading this, I caught that Warren Peace reference and I totally agree. He's Caleb. When I first caught sight of the cover, aside of wanting to know this mysterious non-villain, I couldn't stop wondering about the model in the cover. He looks familiar and I can't put my finger on it. I even got my brother to stare at him for a while (because my brother and I are really good at making connections when we put our heads together). We didn't reach a conclusion, but he kind of looks like YouTuber Brent Rivera.
Caleb is definitely my new CRUSH/book-boyfriend. I have to say that I would have rooted for Gus at the beginning, because I like friends-turned-lovers type stories. But it was evident who the real anti-hero was and if I ever happen to score myself some SWAG related to this book, you can bet your last Power Ranger action-figure that I will have him everywhere!
Good visual for Caleb and Mandy, don't you think? *WINKS*
Tune into my blog next week for an awesome post related to the release of Resisting the Rebel. You won't want to miss it! Have you read any of Lisa's other novels? If so, which one, and which one is your favorite?