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Title: The Rebellion
Series: Standalone
Author: S.L. Scott
Release Date: May 11, 2017
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SYNOPSIS:
Sinfully sexy rock stars are the cornerstone of New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott's prolific career. The Rebellion is the newest STAND-ALONE that brings soul-searing romance mixed with heartfelt emotions to fans of this genre.
I met my muse at fifteen. I’d just gotten busted for smoking behind the school gymnasium. She inspired me with her laugh and nonjudgmental attitude and, before I knew it, we were inseparable. Then I left to pursue my rock star dreams—dreams she encouraged.
I got over Jaymes Grenier no problem. I never think about that little bow at the top of her pink lips, or the way her green eyes admired mine. Nope, I barely recall the way she fit so perfectly in my arms when I held her at night. The sweet way she would whisper she loved me has long faded from memory.
These are the lies I regularly tell myself in hopes of believing them one day. Yeah, I was told I’d get over my first love.
I didn’t.
Derrick Masters marked me the moment we met back in ninth grade. He called me over—all bravado and bad boy mystery wrapped in a James Dean-esque package. Dark hair and blue eyes with a rebel without a cause charisma. He was everything I was warned about, but I couldn’t resist. I was his from that moment on.
His career took off almost as soon as he did. I knew it would. I just thought I would be beside him as his partner in crime, best friend, and lover. That’s what we had always been … before he left me behind to fend for myself.
Fend? Fight is more like it.
I’ve been fighting ever since.
Fighting for survival.
Fighting for a better life in a world determined to keep me down.
I don’t have the luxury of letting my head live in the lure of La La Land. His dreams may have come true, but mine were extinguished. These days I fight for something bigger than me, bigger than we were ever meant to be.
When his dreams come crashing back into my reality, is this a second chance at that fairy tale ending or another heartbreak in the making?
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"Life can be pretty damn sweet if I look at the bright side. The only problem with my bright side these days is that my head is overrun with memories of a girl I left with a broken heart and out of tune guitar."

Full of heart and heartbreak, The Rebellion is a second chance romance between a sexy, sweet rock star and the high school sweetheart he left behind. Derrick Masters jetted off to Hollywood, running away from one thing to run toward another. The casualty of that war was the love of his life, Jamie, who was left to survive the dangerous neighborhood Derrick had no choice but to escape. While Derrick rose to superstardom as the lead guitarist for The Resistance, touring city to city with groupies to keep his bed warm, he had no idea what his one true love was left to endure in his absence. 

"Yes, The Resistance is my life, my future. But in my heart of hearts, I know it’s Jaymes I’ve been thinking about for all these years."

I was completely riveted by this storyline. Completely. Riveted. The obvious second chance romance element would've absolutely been enough to hold me captive. I was pulled in right away, heartbroken for the young love that was cut short, desperate to see these characters, whose lives took them in such different directions, find their way back to each other after years of longing and loneliness and emotional strife. But more, I was completely taken by this unknown torment that had Jaymes ensnared. This story evolves slowly, the events of the past and the predicaments of the present revealing themselves to the reader at just the right moments to allow for a page turning story I couldn't put down. 

SL Scott's writing is BREATHTAKING in this book. I've loved her previous work but something about her writing in The Rebellion felt more lush, more vivid, more... just more. I hung on every word. The emotion and the heartache and the sheer romanticism bled from these pages and I couldn't get enough. This story is woven together seamlessly through alternating points of view and perfectly placed gut-wrenching flashbacks. I was brought through the wringer with this book but it was so beautifully done. I truly have a new appreciation for this author after having read this story.

The Rebellion is layered with intrigue and heartache and steam on every page. This is as much a sexy rock star romance as it is an emotional story of second chances and forgiveness. I felt so much while reading this book. Sadness. Anger. Frustration. Joy. I ached for the devastating course these lovers endure, I felt high off the blissful romance that bleeds from each page. The Rebellion took me back in many ways reminding me of all the reasons I fell in love with Johnny Outlaw and The Resistance while sweeping me away all over again by Derrick and Jaymes' story. 

"She’s always been my muse, but now she’s the melody that plays in my heart, the one that made it worthwhile to go back to the start."

Jessica's Rating:

On the front porch, leaning against the wood column in all his newfound glory, stands the most breathtaking man I’ve ever seen. As a teenager, I thought he was the best-looking boy I’d ever seen, and based on how I’m struggling to breathe just from looking at him now, I think he still holds the title. But now he’s a man.

Ace is talking about what some kid named Shiloh got in trouble for today at school, but I’m still staring at Derrick Masters.

Derrick Masters.

My very own Perseus, though right now I’m thinking he was more my Achilles heel in the grand scheme of things.

Derrick Masters is standing on my mother’s front porch like he belongs there. A smile that shines like the star he’s become appears and he waves. Not sure if it was the grin on his face or the wave that sends me tripping flat on my face into the grassy lawn, but I’m cursing the curb when I lift up and look right into the dark blue eyes I’ve tried to despise.

“Are you okay?” he asks, trying to help me up. His voice is deep, the timbre the same one that always made my heart beat a little faster. It’s not that thought that runs through my mind. It’s his hands on me, grappling to help me to my feet.

He’s touching me.

Derrick Masters is touching me and I consider lying there longer just to savor the feel of his calloused fingers again. Ace tugs at my ankle like that will help me up. “Mommy, you fell.”

Mommy.

Mommy.


Derrick knows I’m a mommy.

Oh my God. What does he think?

Does he hate me? Disappointed in me? Happy for me? Or not care at all?

I would care if I found out he has kids.

Maybe he already knew . . .

Maybe I’ll just lie here as long as I can until he goes away.

Ace lies down next to me and rests his face on my hand. Looking at me with wide eyes, he asks, “Are we playing a game? This is fun.”

“Yes, I quite like it here.”

I hear Derrick chuckling just above me, enough to feel his warmth covering my body like sunshine as I lie in the cool grass. I might be mistaken but it sounds like he’s behind me now. On the ground with me.

Ace’s eyes look over my head. “My friend is here too.” He giggles. “See? Right there.”

Lying like a dead fish, I smile at my cute son not quite ready to face Derrick Masters. “What’s your new friend’s name?”

“Derrick. He plays a guitar like you, Mommy.”

After a tap on the back, Ace’s new friend speaks, “Hi.”

I miss Derrick’s hands on me, even if it was just helping me up. Ace is a ball of laughter and gets up. I watch until he runs behind me. “I’m here now. We’re all here. This is fun. Oh look, the moon.”

I can’t avoid him forever and the grass is grounding, literally, and settles my anxiety over just this kind of thing happening. I’ve embarrassed myself and he’s found out I’m a mother in the course of one sexy smile and a wave. I shake my head and close my eyes annoyed with myself for acting so foolishly in front of him. He was once my everything. When I roll onto my back, the top of our hands meet in an innocent touch that neither of us bothers to retreat. Finally building enough nerve, I turn my head and look straight into his eyes again. “Hi,” I whisper.

That devastatingly charming smile reappears, and he says, “It’s good to see you, Jaymes.”


S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.

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2 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh this sounds so amazing! I love second chance romances!

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  2. I'm looking forward to reading this!

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