Loving The Rockwell Legacy series by Jennifer Bernard. With The Renegade Isabella, the oldest girl in the family, is at bat. Each book in this series leaves you wanting more. Continue reading for the meet cute between Isabella and Lyle, my full take on the book, and a fun giveaway!
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that two strangers stranded in an airport have no choice but to close down the airport bar and spend the rest of the night flirting,” she murmured out loud. “There’s one more for you, Jane. Shocker, huh? I’m sorry if this offends your British sensibilities, but it can’t be helped. You’re lucky you’re dead and don’t have to worry about modern romance.”
A fork in the trail loomed up ahead. One direction led back to Rocky Peak lodge, the other toward Majestic Lodge, which had ski lifts and access to black diamond downhill runs.
As a girl, she used to ski all the way to Majestic and sneak onto the chair lift. She knew all the secret access points and backcountry shortcuts. And she hadn’t been on a downhill run since that last trip when she’d met Lyle…
“Goddamn it, get out of my head,” she muttered out loud. “It was one night. It’s not worth thinking about after all this time. Here’s the problem, Jane.” She pictured the author, in her tidy sun bonnet, turning a quizzical look her way. “I’m a doctor. I have a medical degree and I put it to use saving victims of heartless wars in poverty-stricken countries that don’t have good medical care. I’m passionate about what I do and I’m extremely good at it. I care about the world. I care about people. I have amazing friends, a crazy but generally acceptable family, and I have better things to think about than some random billionaire who just happens to be unbelievably attractive and also rather enigmatic and funny and…”
Midway through the fork in the trail, something slammed into her. Something big and hard and very male. She lost her balance and windmilled her arms to keep from toppling over. One of her ski poles whipped against the man who’d just skied into her, making him grunt.
“What the—” Big hands grabbed her before she tilted too far off her center. Their skis tangled together, making it even harder to regain her balance. His were the fiendishly expensive G3 Zenoxide Carbon 105’s, which she’d been ogling in the last edition of Backcountry Magazine. Odd the details you noticed when you were in the midst of crashing.
Finally she gave up the fight to remain standing and chose the best way to reach the ground—she plopped her butt down in the snow. Snow sprayed against her face and into her half-open mouth.
The other skier didn’t crash, which she found highly irritating. Instead he crouched down next to her. Almost afraid to confirm her initial suspicions, she looked up at him.
Yup, Lyle Guero. Wide broad shoulders, a boxer’s build, rough good looks with an edge, those deep gray eyes, the nose that had been broken at least once, the scent of leather and money and sexy man.
Shit. Lyle Guero, the man she’d been trying to avoid since he’d gotten here, and the man she’d been talking about—out loud!—just a few seconds ago.
He hadn’t heard all that, had he?
“Do you always talk to yourself when you ski?” he asked.
By Jennifer Bernard
(The Rockwell Legacy #4)
The last thing she expected was a billionaire under the mistletoe …
As a trauma surgeon, Isabelle Rockwell has devoted her life to helping others. Her life is too crazy for romance…despite a powerful attraction to a stranger during an unexpected layover in Italy. But there’s no time to obsess over the mystery man. Recurring dreams of her mother are calling her home to the family lodge, where a surprise guest is staying for the holidays—who else but her airport hottie!
Battling a takeover, billionaire Lyle Guero has been asked by his board of directors to lay low. What better place than Rocky Peak Lodge, his latest silent investment, home to the woman who’s haunted his thoughts since Rome? Independent, fascinating, equally career-focused, she’s the perfect temporary distraction.
But he didn’t count on the holiday spirit, the zany Rockwell family, or the danger lurking in the snowy shadows of the Cascades. How far will two renegade hearts go for a chance at love?
Isabella Rockwell, trauma surgeon, is back for the holidays. It’s the first time in years that all the brothers and sister are together again. Though to her surprise there are some extra new folk around as well. Including that hot billionaire she met in Rome. Queue the fireworks!
That dynamic in the Rockwell family is so on point. From the grumpy dad, to the teasing between the siblings, and all the love they have for each other. Two of the brothers now have significant others who fit in perfectly. Since this novel spans the holidays, I loved seeing all the Rockwell’s sometimes crazy family traditions.
Now Lyle pretty much grew up without a family. It’s even his adoptive brother who’s trying to make him lose his business. So getting thrown in with this lot is exactly what he needs. If by any chance in the meantime he can convince Isabella to give them a real chance, now that’s a Christmas wish I support.
The Renegade is an excellent addition to the Rockwell Legacy series. I loved Isabella. She’s a strong, charming, independent women, who is not afraid to also show her more vulnerable side (but only to those she loves). While Lyle is more reserved, I liked seeing him opening up more. The man is a sweetheart.
I feel the best way to read this entire series is one a cold day, snuggled under a fluffy blanket, with some hot chocolate win reach. Already am I looking forward to the next instalment. Jennifer Bernard left us with a huge tease at the end, and I love how everything is turning out completely different from what I was expecting.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
About the author
Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called "an irresistible reading experience" full of "quick wit and sizzling love scenes." A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn't adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name that she's happy to share with the curious.