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Wilder
     

Wilder

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by Rebecca Yarros
 

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I'm Paxton Wilder.
Motocross phenom&adrenaline junkie.
I have more tattoos than scars.
And I've never seen a stunt I couldn't pull off--
Or a girl I can't get off.
Until she walks in.

My new tutor is sexy, smart, more stubborn than I am, and one hundred percent off limits.
That's right--the only rule this semester is Don't Touch

Overview

I'm Paxton Wilder.
Motocross phenom&adrenaline junkie.
I have more tattoos than scars.
And I've never seen a stunt I couldn't pull off--
Or a girl I can't get off.
Until she walks in.

My new tutor is sexy, smart, more stubborn than I am, and one hundred percent off limits.
That's right--the only rule this semester is Don't Touch the Tutor.
For the first time in my life, I want someone I can't have.
She's the girl who obeys every rule.
I'm the guy who breaks them.
Our biggest risk is falling for each other,
but I live for risk...

Each book in the Renegades series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Wilder
Book #2 Nova

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2016-09-07
Yarros (Ignite: Legacy, 2016, etc.) offers a shipboard romance between an extreme sports athlete and his ambitious tutor. Incredibly wealthy Paxton Pax Wilder and three of his friends are the original Renegades, performing extreme sports stunts for their YouTube channel and dominating the X Games while finishing their college educations. Eleanor Leah Baxter is a senior at Dartmouth with a 4.0 GPA, majoring in international relations and planning for graduate school. When Leah is assigned as Paxs tutor for a yearlong educational program onboard the ship Athena, she plans to use a businesslike approach. After all, her scholarship eligibility is tied to his grades as part of her contract, and continued funding for the documentary the Renegades are filming also relies on Paxs academic success. When Pax pushes her into zip-lining at the ships launch party, her anger at his arrogance creates some distance. But soon, the spark between them becomes impossible to ignore. While negotiating the hazards of their new romance, they also must keep up with their studies, work on new stunts, provide documentary footage, and look for a traitor among Paxs innermost circle. Unexplained accidents and rigged gear make this not only a betrayal of trust, but also a safety risk. There are other acts of treachery among the group members. And eventually, Pax will have to face the devastating consequences when Leah learns his secret. Pacing is swift and sure, foreshadowing is light and effective, and believable plot twists abound; the story races to its explosive, emotionally satisfying conclusion. Liberal but judicious use of profanity and love of wordplay (Im sure as hell not your beck-and-call girl. Especially not the call-girl part, for example) enliven the narrative. And the chemistry between Leah and Pax absolutely sizzles. The tale, told in first person by each of them in alternating chapters, allows a deeper look at the characters fears, feelings, and ghosts. In Yarros skilled hands, these shifting viewpoints dont feel contrived but like an essential device for enriching the plot. Even secondary characters are well-developed and their motivations explained. The exotic settings (Istanbul, Madagascar, etc.) and extreme sports stunts (parasailing, BASE jumping, etc.) never overwhelm the story; caught up in the events, readers enjoy an emotionally nuanced thrill ride. This escapist treat remains a page-turner until the end. Intelligent and fun, this fast-paced tale delivers kaleidoscopic settings and an adventurous love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633757134
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
09/19/2016
Series:
Renegades , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
439
Sales rank:
6,992
File size:
2 MB

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Wilder

The Renegades


By Rebecca Yarros, Karen Grove

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Rebecca Yarros
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-713-4


CHAPTER 1

Leah

Port of Miami

The elevator was hot and humid despite the air conditioning, filled with four other students, their luggage, and the unmistakable taste of excitement and salt water.

With a ding, the doors opened on the tenth floor, and the bellboy got off with my luggage. Wait. Were they called bellboys on cruise ships? Cabin stewards? I should have probably known that, seeing as this ship was my home for the next nine months.

"Wait," I said, following him. "This isn't my floor."

"No mistake," he promised, tossing a cute grin over his white-uniformed shoulder. "Your room is right this way, Miss Baxter."

I flipped through my file folder while trying not to trip over my feet or the other students crowding the narrow hall during move-in day. "See?" I asked, waving the paper from my "room and board" section. "I'm supposed to be on the fourth floor."

In steerage. I laughed to myself, dodging a sweaty guy with frat letters on his sleeveless tee as he manhandled a suitcase into a room on my right.

"I have you on this deck," he answered, correcting my terminology. "Do you know if your roommate is here yet?"

"She came down with mono three days ago." And I already missed my best friend. Guilt sank my heart. Was her mom taking care of her? Was she getting enough rest? She'd taken such good care of me when I needed her the last two years, and I'd just left her. She told you to.

Considering I hadn't left the house without Rachel pushing me in the last two years — hell, at first getting out of bed had been nearly impossible — I could barely believe that I'd actually come without her.

But she'd been right — living my life didn't mean I loved him less, it just meant I loved myself, too.

"Oh, no. Did she get a refund?" he asked, waiting for another group to cross in front of us into their room.

"No, she'll be here at the start of next term." Thank God the Study at Sea program worked on the trimester system, otherwise Rachel would have had to wait until January to come. Instead, she could join us in Abu Dhabi in November.

Abu Dhabi. Being accepted to this program — a full academic year studying on a worldwide cruise — had been surreal. But now I was actually living it. I was really in Miami, saying good-bye to the U.S. for nine entire months. I just never imagined — or wanted — to do it on my own.

But that was why I'd agreed to this program, right? It was time to step out of the comfort zone I'd walled myself into the last two years, and it would look killer when I applied to graduate programs for International Relations.

Besides, Rachel couldn't hold my hand for the rest of my life.

"Here we are," the cabin steward said, fumbling with the card key as we reached the back — aft, I corrected myself — corner of the ship.

Two girls in short dresses bumped into me, apologizing as they passed. They giggled with a lightness I slightly envied and entered the room on the opposite corner from mine.

"Sorry," the cabin steward apologized. "It's only my second day on the ship, and I don't have the hang of these locks yet." He sighed in relief when the door clicked open.

"It's okay," I said as he held the door for me. "Thank you, Hugo," I added after reading the green tag on his shirt.

"No problem," he said as I passed him, walking into the entry hall of the suite.

Holy. Shit.

"Yeah, that was my reaction, too," he said with a soft chuckle.

"Oh, I said that out loud?" I asked, more distracted by the marble floors and the sheer size of the suite.

His brown eyes danced with laughter. "It's your room. Feel free to swear as much as you want. Hall closet is here." He pointed to a door on the right.

Hall closet? My entire room should have fit in there.

I tuned him out and simply walked. There were two bedrooms off to the right, connected by a large bathroom with double sinks, a shower, and a jetted tub. Seriously?

I picked my jaw up off the floor as I made my way farther into the suite. There was a dining area set up with a table to seat six and a living room with supple, buttery leather couches and a big-screen TV. But it wasn't the space that had me speechless — it was the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows that lined the exquisite suite. What would it be like to wake up every day here for the next nine months? To walk through those huge doors to the balcony and bask in the sunlight?

To be the kind of person who could even think about affording this?

It was perfect, but it wasn't mine.

If this place was on my bill for even one week, I could kiss every dollar of my savings good-bye.

"Hugo, I'm not supposed to be here. I'm in the work-study program. I'm supposed to be on deck four."

He stopped inspecting how my mini-fridge was stocked and looked up at me. "Right. I know." He shook his head. "I mean that I know you're in the program. I am, too. But you're supposed to be here, I promise. You're a tutor, right?"

I nodded. That had been the offer that had woken me up, brought me back to life this year: if I tutored one student on the Athena, not only would my tuition, field-studies, and room and board be paid, but the program would do the same for Rachel. As soon as I'd made sure that it wasn't some cruel joke, I'd pinched myself and signed the papers. With my parents under a Hollywood-Hills-house amount of medical bills, and Rachel's uber-uptight parents declaring that she couldn't go if I didn't ... well, everything had fallen into place perfectly.

"Well, then this is your room."

"No way," I protested, looking up at the chandelier. Seriously? A freaking chandelier? "Is every tutor in a suite? Even with a ship that caters to rich kids, I have a hard time thinking the program is this hard up for tutors."

He stood and smiled. "Nope, just you. Why don't you pick out a bedroom? Or check out the balcony? I'll give Mrs. Trenton a buzz if it makes you feel better."

"That would be awesome, thanks." I opted for the balcony. The afternoon was winding down — the air still heavy with sultry heat as I opened the heavy glass door and stepped onto the polished wooden surface. Miami in August was hot as hell, and wearing jeans wasn't helping. I pulled my thick hair into a messy topknot to get it off my neck and moved toward the smooth railing, testing my limits. After all, that's what this trip was for, right? But my chest constricted with every step, and as the water came into view stories below, the roaring that filled my ears sounded too similar to a California canyon wind and not enough like the Miami breeze. Not now. God, not now. I heeded my body's warning, backing away from the nauseating height. Guess you're not quite ready. But I had nine months on this ship, and maybe if I tried a little each day, by the end I could do it. Until then ... well, I'd hang back here.

It was a gorgeous space with a fleet of cushioned lounge chairs and an unencumbered view down to the right — starboard — side of the ship.

Another student leaned against the railing about twenty feet away, his very tanned, toned, tattooed body on display in nothing but a pair of dark blue Hawaiian print board shorts that hung low on his hips.

I openly ogled the cut lines of his muscles, from his worship-worthy washboard abs to the way his biceps flexed, tattoos rippling as he pushed off the railing and sighed, running his hands over his midnight-black hair and lacing his fingers behind his neck.

He was hot. And not passingly hot, but more like I-can-make-you-come-with-a-look hot. Hell, I was halfway there, and he hadn't so much as glanced in my direction.

What the hell is wrong with you?

I shook my head and tore my eyes away. What was the point of looking, wanting, when he was so far out of my league that we were playing different sports? And besides, what kind of sport gave a guy a body like that? Where every muscle had a purpose?

My gaze drifted back to the stranger, appreciating the strong angles of his face that I could make out from here, the tattoos that moved with his skin.

Not for you. Yeah, obviously, but one more second of gawking wasn't going to hurt me. Hell, at least it reminded me that my sex drive still worked ... and was currently in overdrive, apparently.

He looked pensive, like he carried some impossible, Atlas-worthy weight on his shoulders, and while part of me wondered what someone like him could possibly have to worry about, the other part instinctively wanted to soothe him.

Then he caught me staring.

I ignored my flight reflex and forced myself to hold his gaze across the distance. He cocked his head to the side, like he was trying to decide if he knew me, and smiled softly.

Yep. The old sex drive is definitely working again.

Damn it, he wasn't just hot, he was beautiful.

The door opened behind him and a goddess with long blond hair and longer legs floated onto the deck. He turned to her, his entire presence morphing into one word: cocky.

"You ready?" she asked. Even her voice was gorgeous.

I turned away from the obvious couple and was saved by Hugo opening the door. "Miss Baxter?"

"Leah," I corrected him.

"Leah, Mrs. Trenton is here." He held the door open, and I walked through, mentally kissing all this opulence — including the hot stranger — good-bye.

A middle-aged blond woman in a pencil skirt leaned over a folder of paperwork at my dining room table. The table, not yours. Don't get used to this.

"Miss Baxter." She greeted me with a smile and an outstretched hand, which I shook. "I understand that you don't like your room?"

My cheeks heated instantly. "No, it's gorgeous. I love it, but I'm supposed to be in an inside cabin on the crew deck. Is there another Leah Baxter?"

"No, this wasn't a mistake. The student you're tutoring asked that you be put here so he could have easier access to you as his schedule is quite demanding."

"Who would do that?"

"Paxton Wilder," she replied, her smile still firmly affixed to her face.

"Miss Baxter, which bedroom did you want?" Hugo called from the entry hall, my luggage in hand.

"None!" I called out. Easier access? Did this guy think I was going to be at his beck and call? Hopefully not, because I was no one's beck-and-call girl.

"Nonsense, give her the bigger one since her roommate won't be joining her until November."

"Absolutely not. This is Rachel's dream and she would deserve the bigger one."

"Perfect. Give her the blue room with the bigger balcony," Mrs. Trenton answered.

Crap. Did I inadvertently accept the room? "I can't afford this," I said quietly.

"Well, I'll look into that with the bursar's office. Now, here's your ID. It doubles as your room key as well as access to all your VIP privileges such as early disembarkation for field-study days, so don't lose it. Hopefully the lanyard helps in that department."

VIP? Unless that stood for very impoverished person, there was no way. She handed me the card and, yep, there it was — Eleanor Baxter, VIP. It said so right next to the cringe-worthy picture I'd taken in the cruise terminal. Fabulous, my normally tame brown hair was pretty much the before picture on an intervention makeover show.

"Enjoy your year with us."

How was I going to enjoy it if I couldn't pay for it? Before I could sputter an intelligent response, Mrs. Trenton was leaving.

"Hugo, you'll take good care of her?"

"Yes, ma'am," he replied as the door shut behind her.

"What does she mean take good care of me?" I asked.

"Your work-study is to tutor Mr. Wilder. Mine is to be your butler. I'm here to help you."

Butler? That was it. I was in some kind of parallel universe. I tried to crank my jaw up off the floor and found some semblance of a coherent thought. "Which room is Mr. Wilder in?" I managed to ask.

"Ten thirty-two," he answered.

I was in the hallway, my ID around my neck, before he finished. "Ten thirty-two," I mumbled to myself as I walked two doors away to the other corner suite and knocked.

Loud rock music blared from inside, and I knocked again, this time harder.

"Hold on!" came a loud male voice.

A moment later, the door opened and a beefy, bald guy answered. "Can I help you?"

"Umm ... I'm looking for Mr. Wilder?"

He looked me up and down and then smirked. "Not his type, honey. Sorry."

If my cheeks had warmed earlier, now they were on fucking fire. "I'm not looking to score him; I'm his tutor." I lifted the lanyard from my neck and dangled the attached ID.

His eyes widened. "Oh, Miss Baxter? He's getting ready, but come on in. Wilder!" he yelled as he shut the door behind me. "I'm Little John, by the way."

"Nice to meet you," I said, and bit my tongue when I wanted to ask where Robin Hood was hiding.

Wilder's suite was bigger than mine, which was absolutely mindboggling. What would someone need with all this space? We cleared the hallway into the huge living area, and I snorted. There were at least a dozen bikini-clad girls lounged over his couches, drinking out of red Solo cups. I guess you needed that much room when you traveled with your own harem.

Don't get judgy.

Too late.

I couldn't help it. I was here for serious academics and travel, and he was, well ... apparently not.

Looking up, I watched him come down the stairs. I might have been blown away by the fact that he had a two-story suite if I hadn't been stunned by Mr. Out of My League walking toward me with a grin. No way. No. Fucking. Way.

"Balcony girl?"

Oh God. He had seen me. And that voice. It was deep, slightly gravelly, and sexy as hell. Almost as sexy as the dragon tattoo that wound itself from his heart to where the tail dragged along the lickable line of his abs. Not lickable. Nope. Not one bit.

"Uhh, hi." Oh my God, that was up there with I carried a watermelon. "I didn't mean that."

His incredibly sexy grin widened. "You didn't mean to say hi?"

I blinked. "No, of course I did."

"Then I don't see an issue."

One of the partygoers knocked me off-balance — and right into Wilder. He caught me easily, his fingers flexing on my waist. I should have worn a thicker tank top — the silky material of this one let the heat from his hands right through to wake up every nerve ending in my skin.

"Are you okay?" he asked, turning the full force of his incredibly blue eyes on me. Magnetic. Glorious. Hypnotizing. Those were all better words to describe the insane variations of color there, or the way he pinned me in place without a single ounce of effort.

My first impression had been right. He could probably make me come with one look ... and that exact look was trained on me with all the accuracy of a guided missile straight to my thighs.

I didn't believe in love at first sight. I wasn't that stupid. But science? Chemistry? Pheromones? Yeah, lust at first encounter, I believed that all day long.

Words, Leah. Find them.

"Oh, you found your tutor," Little John said with a slap on Wilder's back. "We have to go soon, so get ready."

Wilder stiffened and carefully set me away from him. "You're Eleanor Baxter?"

"Leah," I corrected him automatically and dug my thumbs into the belt loops of my jeans.

"Holy shit." He closed his eyes.

"Are you okay?" I turned his words around on him.

He nodded, his eyes squeezed tight. "Just moving you out of the fuckable category in my brain. I'm going to need a minute."

Wait. He had categories? Scrap that. I'd barely met the guy and he's already friend-zoned me? Out of your league.

"Leah," he said, opening his eyes with a slight smile, like he enjoyed saying it. "So what can I do for you?"

"You can explain why I'm in a crazy-huge suite that I can't possibly afford and ask them to move me, since apparently you have the power over where I sleep." I crossed my arms under my breasts, well aware that I was fidgeting.

"Oh, do I?" he asked with a suggestive smile.

Apparently friend-zone was still flirt-zone to him.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Wilder by Rebecca Yarros, Karen Grove. Copyright © 2016 Rebecca Yarros. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight&Glory series, which includes Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for fourteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat- pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

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Wilder 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
UnapologeticBookAddict More than 1 year ago
So I’m not going to go into a description of the book, you can read it that on goodreads, I’m just going to jump right into why this book was so awesome! So here we go…….. This book was unique. I’ve read well over 200 books in the last year, and this was by far one of the most memorable and unique of the bunch. The attention to detail, and how it was so well written kept you engrossed and wanting to read nonstop until you were finished. I was up until 3AM the night I finished it. So why was this book so unique you ask…….. It was everything. The plot, the characters, the setting. Everything set it apart from other books I have read recently. It’s not a book you will read and forget about. Also Rebecca has a very distinct writing style that draws you in and gets your attention. She makes you care about these characters and does such a fantastic job of setting up scenes you feel like you’re right there. The setting: The main thing I loved about the setting was the study abroad aspect of it. It’s set on a cruise ship called “The Athena”, and they dock at different ports as part of their study program. I’ve read study abroad books, but none like this, where there are so many places they visit, and so much detail added in about each destination they go to. It made me want to travel to Mykonos to Kalafatis beach! (Where one of my favorite scenes takes place The Characters: These characters were so amazing! You have Pax, who is an adrenaline junkie, always attempting the next biggest stunt. Leah is Pax’s tutor aboard the Athena. A girl looking to break out of her shell and start living her life again. From the moment she meets Pax, she has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. The whole first scene where they met was intense, fun, and really pulls you into the book. The secondary characters were just as amazing as well. I loved all of the Renegaes, and can’t wait for more of their stories in later books! The plot: I’m not going to give anything away, I’ll just say the big reveal towards the end totally caught me off guard and I LOVED it! I really don’t think there was a single thing I didn’t like about this book. The story, characters, and all the details throughout the book were just so well written. I absolutely loved Rebecca’s Flight and Glory series, but The Renegades is a WHOLE other ball game! I think this series is going to take off, and I hope you enjoy Wilder as much as I did.
hrschic 5 months ago
What a fabulous new series! I had a terribly hard time putting this one down, (you know for things like food or sleep). The characters draw you in almost instantly and through the whole book I just kept thinking "What's next?!?" The plot is intense and there are a whole lot of ? hm where is this going? What's going on? It is hard to root for two people on opposite sides, but Rebecca Yarros some how manages just that. And then once they are on the same side, things really heat up. Well worth the $, and a second or third read!
Lisah01 6 months ago
Great Book! I finished in about 36 hours. I happened to look for (hopefully) Landon's book next and lucky me....it came out today!! Yay!!! So I guess you know what I will be doing now :-) I have not read a book about daredevils before so not only was this interesting to me but so was the relationship between Paxton and Leah. Her needing to be his tutor. Plus I couldn't believe all the stuff he had to worry about that comes along with being a Daredevil. How did he even have time to study, have fun and breathe? Great book! Now onto Nova's book!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great story , interesting and captivating .
mkcooke More than 1 year ago
There is something to be said about a book that completely takes you within its grasp in every way possible way from the very first word until the very last. Those are the kinds of books you feel every ounce of. Those are the kinds of books that you LOVE whole heartedly with every breath in your body. Those are the kinds of books that give you experiences and characters and moments you’ve never met before, yet know from the very first time you live and experience their world with them, that you NEED more of them all in your life. Books like that give me life. Books like that are why I am a reader. Books like that are unforgettable in every way, shape and form. Wilder by Rebecca Yarros is a book like that. It’s a book like that and more. When I tell you that this book is everything, I mean it. It’s everything. And then some. It’s swoony, it’s emotional, it’s full of feels and spark and adrenaline that will have you feeling and breathing and just in awe of it all. It’ll take your breath away, give you life with every turn of that page, while simultaneously having you fall in fierce, all out love with two extraordinary characters. This story will make you, it will bring you to places you never thought you’d get to go, and along the way it’ll give you one helluva story that will turn your world, and your heart, upside down in the best possible way. Now if there’s one thing I know in life, it’s that Rebecca Yarros knows how to write a darn good book. I have read everything she’s written, and let me tell you, this author knows how to write. She knows how to thrust you into it all in the most all-consuming way to the point that you will literally not be able to put the book down. She knows how to connect you in every way possible to the authentic and completely realistic world she creates, and more than that she allows you to understand what it’s like to live the lives her characters do. She also knows how to create some wonderfully distinctive characters that will steal your heart from the very first time you meet them. Bottom line: Rebecca Yarros puts you in her books, heart first, and lets you get, feel, and understand it all through every turn of the page, and that is just part of what makes reading a book with her so exceptional. From the very first page of Wilder, I was hooked, lined, and sinkered into everything Rebecca Yarros so exceptionally crafted with these two. From those first moments of getting to know Leah and seeing her firecracker self burst off of the page, to getting to experience the literal spark that is Paxton Wilder, to getting to be there as these two got to know one another and then being there as it all started to change between them…I was beyond smitten with everything I was getting in this story. Through every new chapter in this book, Paxton and Leah become closer and closer, and I just continued to fall harder and deeper for the two of them, and the possibilities of what could be. There truly is something undeniable about the two of them. There is a tangible spark between those two that fires off the page like the most brilliant and mesmerizing fireworks show you’ve ever see and experienced in your life. You FEEL that spark in your bones while reading Wilder because that’s how real and authentic and visceral it feels. I said it before, and I’ll say it again…Wilder is everything. And then some. That is just a fraction of what makes it such an exceptional read!!
KaraS More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Yarros does it again. This is a new series and boy does it start with a great story. Paxton Wilder is any woman's dream. He's a stunt rider who leads the Renegades and also a five-time X Games medalist. Leah Baxter agrees to tutor him while they participate in the Study at Sea program. You know this is going to be the start of a beautiful friendship...or not. Leah has some extreme fears which are in direct contrast with Pax's lifestyle. A lifestyle that he pushes her to actively participate in. He told her upon their first meeting that it wouldn't be easy - and he was not wrong!! I have to say that any author that can reference "Dirty Dancing" is going to have me in their corner!! And then add a Star Wars reference as well - totally geeking out as only Rebecca can make me do!! "I get it now...Why all the girls chase him. That kind of intensity is captivating." His adventurous attitude is well captured in the book. Leah and Pax are definitely totally opposites on paper, but their chemistry is off the charts good!! And when he asks for a future second chance - SWOON!! You just know there is going to be some heartbreak in their future. The secondary characters are well developed as well and you will totally want to read the rest of the books in this series. I'm betting the theme will continue - love is its own extreme sport!!
aligator79 More than 1 year ago
Love this book! There are no words. Such a different story line, I couldn't put it down. Love this author! All her books are incredible.
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
This story was addictive and I couldn't stop turning pages, eager to stay on the adventure! It was sexy, funny, sweet, romantic, suspenseful, and filled with great locales and extreme sports! First, we meet Leah, who has been a bit of a recluse for 2 years and is pushing herself out of her comfort zone by doing a school-year on a cruise ship, School at Sea. In order to participate in the otherwise-too-expensive program, she's doing a work-study in order to get a scholarship for herself and her best friend, and tutoring an assigned student. Enter, Paxton Wilder. Energy surrounding him is frenetic and, as hot as he is, his cocky attitude irritates Leah. Then, she winds up being pressured into ziplining with him onto their cruise ship. (Haha, and this is just the first few pages!). She needs him to pass all of his classes in order to keep her scholarship. And he needs to pass all of his classes in order to continue his life of extreme sports. Because, you see, Paxton Wilder is the leader of a group of extreme sports atheletes called The Renegades, comprised of his oldest and best friends, and then some "junior Renegades" to round out the group. From the moment these two meet eyes, sparks fly and their chemistry practically burns the pages. Yet there really isn't an "InstaLust" situation here, at least not one that detracts at all from the rest of the story. Over the course of the book, their relationship develops in this slow, but very genuine and deep way. Paxton may be a playboy, but he is also incredibly sweet and I really loved how patient he was with Leah. There's a bit of a game of her giving him permission before he closes the distance between the two of them, which I actually thought was really refreshing because so often in romance consent is a bit less implicit (not in a bad way, but it showed how much Pax respected Leah that he gave her control). His honesty and confidence were endearing AND sexy, two fantastic traits in a leading man. There are a lot of great moments between these two, and I really loved how they helped one another to grow and become more self-confident. And that scorching chemistry between the two of them is ridiculously HOT and contributes some wonderfully steamy scenes. This had some twists that took awhile for me to see (I did see them coming, but not right away!), and I liked how everything was slowly revealed. This was really expertly paced, never feeling like anything dragged, though also not speeding through everything that it lacks depth and genuine emotion. The mystery and suspense were fantasticly blended in. There was one point in this that had me a bit frustrated, which was Leah's drama over Paxton's mistake that caused a rift between them. It felt silly and unnecessary to me, and I couldn't help but side with Pax in the "Seriously? How can she doubt him after everything?!". It's resolved quickly enough, fortunately. I also really liked the supporting characters in this, particularly the other Original Renegades. I am excited to read their stories, though I'm not entirely sold on Landon's love interest. I'll definitely read the next one though, since this first book was an absolute joy to read! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my review. My opinion is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Take a chance and buy this book. Can't wait to read about Nova and Rachel.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "You had me from the first moment." Stars! Rebecca Yarros starts her new The Renegades series in outstanding form. I couldn’t put this book down, and I pretty much fell in love with every character that you are introduced to, Renegades specifically. There is a little amount of set-up going on in Wilder you are introduced to the Renegades team and their hangers-on as a whole, and their particular brand of crazy that comes in the form of adrenaline fueled stunts, tricks and high jinx. Each member of the team has their own particular skill-set, as well as their own set of personal demons that they are battling with. "I’ve never been a relationship guy… but I’m ready to take that risk." Paxton Wilder, will have your thong elastic twanging from the first page, and it doesn’t take Leah Baxter long to realize that her panties are edging in the same direction as many, many women before her. Difference being, she’s not ready willing and able initially, and as such proves to be a bit of a challenge to the front man of the Renegades. The sweet and sexy relationship that develops between them as he tries to prove to her he isn’t just looking to add her as another notch to his bedpost was wholly engrossing especially as the story being told is set against such a new and unusual backdrop, and that they are also dealing with their own personal relationship demons they they are both initially reluctant to talk about. It was time to step out of the comfort zone I’d walled myself into the last two years. Study at Sea allows the Renegades to travel around Europe, whilst performing their most daring stunts in various capital cities, and Leah is tasked with keeping Wilder’s grades up as his tutor, and interested in his education otherwise her place on the ship is forfeit, as well as fighting off her attraction to him, and dealing with the possibility that there may be someone in their midst who is trying to cause potentially life threatening accidents by tampering with equipment. There is a massive amount going on in this book that plays out around Wilder and Leah’s developing relationship, and I am amazed at how the author pulled everything together cohesively to be honest with you, this is a story you need to pay attention to as I think that a lot of what was revealed in relation to the other team members will bear importance in the future books, but a lot of what happens in the first half of Wilder then has even more relevance in the latter stages of this story. I was literally on the edge of my seat as the author threw each new piece of the puzzle at me, and pretty much all of them came out of left-field because I was so engrossed in the reading of it, to sit back and try to figure out the relevance of things as they cropped up. "Are you ready for an adventure?" Buckle up your Kindles, because I think the Renegades series is going to be a bumpy ride, but in such a good, good way. The world is literally Rebecca’s oyster with this series, seeing as the team travel around by cruise ship. I am dying to see who gets their story next and where we travel to in the telling of it. "I’m not just anyone… Don’t you know who I am." ARC generously provided by Sassy Savvy Fabulous PR, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A "wild" start to a fun new series! In real life I can take or leave both the X Games and reality TV, but Ms. Yarros makes both of them seem like one heck of a ride with the Renegades! You couldn't pay me enough to even consider doing a third of the stuff they're doing (except for the cruise ship. I'd be all over that part of it, even the classes and tutoring portion) but I'd happily sit here and read another couple hundred pages of Pax, Landon, and Penna doing all of that crazy stuff :) Fortunately, that's going to be possible, seeing as it's the first in the series and all ;) Pax and Leah were a fun couple--she started out a bit on the stodgy side, but she definitely had her reasons. Pax did a great job of helping her figure out how to start living again, and she somehow kept him focused just enough on his classwork (even though there wasn't a lot of page time devoted to them actually doing schoolwork, thank goodness) so that the cruise will (hopefully! That part isn't quite guaranteed yet) continue for another adrenaline-filled semester. Seriously. How can we sign up for this type of work study program? Do they have it for graduate students, by any chance? Maybe in the MLIS field? ;) Knowing Pax had a secret was making me a little crazy--I'm not going to lie--and I didn't have a clue what it was until it was revealed, though a few things from early on made a lot more sense once you knew the whole story. The saboteur, too, came as a total surprise--never in a million would I have suspected that person. There goes my idea for a future series book...but hopefully Ms. Yarros is all over that and has a much better HEA in mind for the person who isn't getting one in the way I thought they might. See? No spoilers here. ;) If I had to make a complaint, it's that we see far more of the story from Leah's POV than Paxton's--but yeah, really, that's about it. Not that I didn't love Leah, but...Paxton, ya know? ;) Nova's next--bring. It. On! Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
If I could give this book more than five stars I would! What an amazing start to a new series!! Leah Baxter is stepping out of her comfort zone to study abroad on a yearlong cruise. Her scholarship depends upon the success of her tutoring subject, Paxton Wilder, but she is determined to be successful so she and her roommate can make the most of this experience. She's hidden behind fear for too long to fail. Paxton Wilder is only interested in passing this year so that The Renegades documentary will be funded. The Renegades and chasing the next extreme adventure are his priorities. Neither Leah nor Pax can risk their chemistry getting in the way of their goals. I don't think any review can really do this story justice. It was the most unique book I've read in really long time. College on a cruise ship? This needs to be something offered in real life! This author did an amazing job connecting readers to all of the characters in the book. I felt every emotion the characters had from the very first page. I'm really looking forward to the rest of The Renegades stories!!! *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Bouscher99 More than 1 year ago
Yarros has a true talent for writing emotions and the perfect connection between her characters...You can feel it instead of just read it! It's amazing and it’s why she’s one of my favorite authors! Leah has suffered a major tragedy during her lifetime and is on a mission to take her life back and start living again. First step, spend a college year at sea with the Study at Sea program where she will tutor daredevil Paxton Wilder. I love the setting for this story…it’s original and the way Pax and Leah hit it off from the start was fantastic. He unknowingly pushes her out of her comfort zone when they first meet and Leah quickly realizes that Pax is someone that can help her to start living again. They start to form a strong friendship right away. “I don’t want to be scared anymore, Pax. Will you help me? You’re never scared.” There’s a bit of humor, quite a bit of action, suspense and a whole lot of heartwarming moments in this book. I swear that Pax can make you melt by just opening his mouth! He’s determined to make Leah his and will do anything it takes to make that happen. He’s got his work cut out for him because Leah is skittish and afraid. "Feel us. Feel what we can be like together. I do, and it’s nothing like I’ve ever known." The Renegades team is truly a family with an unbreakable bond. It makes for an amazingly well rounded story, everything just flows perfectly and this was such an awesome read. I’m anxiously awaiting more from this series!