The only heart he wants is the one he already broke…
He’s Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.
Four-time X Games medalist—
They say a girl broke him once—
That’s why he’s so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.
But I’m that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth—
He’s the one who destroyed me,
And I’m not the sucker who will let that happen again.
***NOVA can be read as a standalone***
Having Wilder as a top fave of 2016, I was very pumped up to jump in to Nova.
In a nutshell, Landon left Rachel for The Renegades. Now, Rachel’s back for Study At Sea program with her best friend, Leah (from the previous book) and this shocked Landon. Landon is decided to win Rachel back but Rachel isn’t having any of that.
You see, the thing about a manwhore hero is that he’s very challenging to write but it’s a whole other ball game for him to be loved by the readers. But a reformed manwhore? Now that I got to see. And that ladies and gentlemen is Landon Rhodes AKA Casanova, Nova for short. I cannot say I love him on the onset because he admitted of the faults he did which really annoyed me because I am so not a fan of this type of hero, but he’s… okay. Wilder still has my vote though. But I admired how persistent he was and really determined to have Rachel back even when he had to do the extremes to prove his love. And he really should considering how badly he ruined Rachel.
Rachel whom I never expected to be that intense, fierce and vulnerable all at once. I understood her pain like it was my own. She’s been through a lot because of what Landon did but she survived that phase and it made her stronger. I loved how Rachel put up a very brave front and she really made Landon grovel hard. Her pain was excruciating that I could feel it, especially after all the conflicts have been revealed. I was glad the author didn’t downplay her feelings.
However, I wasn’t invested much in the story (even the grand gestures felt a little flat to me) and the characters than I would’ve liked and than Wilder (which is still my favorite Renegade) because I lost my interest on Nova the moment I knew about his I-fucked-everything-with-a-skirt ways when he left Rachel. And then when he knew Rachel was back on board, he suddenly stopped fucking another women which by the way he’s been doing for two freaking years. Yes, I got the whole self-medicating thing but he really could’ve made a move to win her over even before she got in there if he really wanted do. Which he didn’t. (There’s a reason behind this that was revealed later on but for me was overdone. It was like lies within lies on top of lies. And Rachel’s in the middle of that hurricane lie.)
I liked the Renegade-y stuff the story was packing, though. It still has the adrenaline, all the danger, exotic setting like I was travelling the world with them and I have to give it that to the author because she picked her places very well.
The book was more focused on mending the bond between Landon and Rachel which I tell you to be one epic of grovelling. But I loved that there was more to it than that. Like Rachel’s quest for her real parents. (She was adopted.) And how a tangled of mess and lies finally made sense. The beginning was really slow but the grovelling was there so I forgive it. However, the additional conflicts seemed to be over the top though it was woven good enough for my taste. It was just too much, I guess. My most favorite part was when Rachel’s parent came clean and I got to see the lengths of their love for Rachel. It was more painful and emotional (I didn’t cry at this though, I know, shocking–only to the abovementioned fave part) but the characters needed that for them to grow up and the author did deliver one hell of a second chance romance.
Overall, I couldn’t say I hate this book but I wasn’t all over it either. It was fine to say the least. Anyway, I would very much like to see how the author will write Rebel’s story.