The Rebel’s Return by Victoria James
Aiden came back to Red River to help his father through 8 weeks of radiation treatment for prostate cancer. He never had a close relationship with his father while growing up, but he’d won, or rather lost the coin toss with his brother Dylan, so he got to be the lucky one and return home from the city. Shortly after arriving home Nat–Natalia walks in unexpectedly, his high school sweetheart, the one he thought he’d marry one day, and could never forget. She has been bringing his father a healthy meal from her parents bakery, oh correction her bakery; daily. Unfortunately because of the way he left her & town, 10years ago, she hates him.
Natalia has always played by her well-intended Italian family’s rules, but hates the saying “family is family”, because it seems that saying gives them a free pass to crap on you! Her parents have retired so she runs the bakery now. After her cousins bridal shower, where she’s thrown under the bus yet again for always being the bridesmaid instead of the bride, she looks forward to her afternoon deliveries. Unfortunately one of her deliveries are to Mr. McCann, Aiden’s father, the one guy who broke her heart 10years ago. But when he left she knew he had no intentions of ever returning to Red River. At least that’s what she thought until she ran into him standing in his father’s living room, when she delivered Mr. McCann’s lunch. Ugh she has her business plan, worked hard to get her life on track. She won’t let him derail her hard work, nor near the heart he shattered in the past. But is that even possible when she hasn’t ever gotten over him? Aiden was her first everything.
Aiden wants Natalia, always has! He’s always regretted leaving her, but would she ever forgive him? Natalia has always loved only Aiden. But if she gives him a second chance, will he just break her heart again? This is not only my 1st Red River story, but my 1st Victoria James book. I LOVED it!! This is DEFINITELY a 5 star YA romance story that I plan on reading again. Although each book in the series is a standalone HEA, next time in order to get the full-complete story of all the characters in Red River I’ll be starting the series from the beginning with Book 1. I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for a blog tour review.
Book #1: A Risk Worth Taking
Book #2: The Best Man’s Baby
Book #3: The Doctor’s Fake Fiancee
Book #4: The Rebel’s Return