Series: The Renegades #1
Genres: New Adult
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Nova, Rebel
Also by this author: Nova, Rebel, The Reality of Everything
He’s Paxton Wilder.
Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.
Five time X Games medalist.
The world is his playground—especially this year—and for the next nine months I’m stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.
He’s too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.
But if I can’t get him to take academics seriously, I’ll lose my scholarship…if I don’t lose my heart first.
Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons aren’t taught in the classroom…but in the heart.
Paxton Wilder is a daredevil extraordinaire! Leah is a girl with so many fears she is drowning in them. She wanted to go on this year at sea voyage to see some of the places she loves; he wanted to film his stunts all over the world and make a movie of it. Leah has to do a work study in order to afford the trip and her assignment is to ensure Wilder makes the grade.
I loved the dynamic between these two. You know that there is something tragic in Leah’s past. You get hints and glimpses along the way but don’t get the full story until about 40-50% into the book. And while Paxton might seem like a fairly open book, he has secrets as well. But, watching Paxton fight for Leah was really touching. He is determined to get her to open up to him and to give their relationship a chance.
The setting of the book is beyond cool. Getting to spend 9 months sailing around the world would be cool enough, but the places that Leah and Pax go really play an important role in the story. I loved getting to see these places through their eyes.
There is also an undercurrent of mystery throughout the story. First, someone has been tampering with Wilder’s safety and parts for his stunts. His brother appears out of the blue and you get the impression its not a friendly hello. This all weaves under the surface of Leah and Paxton falling in love and adds to the tension because it creates a very real danger for Paxton. And I will say, I did not guess the secret Paxton was hiding! Not what I expected at all!
You do have a bit of the new adult drama-llama at times. The push/pull of the relationship, the secrets, the lies. However, if anyone can pull off new adult drama without it being whiny and childish, its Yarros!
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- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: famous, college
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within what will be an interconnected series
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The Hashtag Series by Cambria Hebert, The Fallen Crest Series by Tijan…then you will probably like Wilder!