Taming the Rebel
Rebel Hart should be at home taking care of her father after his breakup with his boyfriend, not tromping through the woods at summer camp. He’s had his heart broken beyond repair, and the way she sees it, there’s only one person to blame—the boyfriend’s son. So when that infuriatingly gorgeous quarterback turns up at the same camp, she plans to make him pay. Justice Brody isn't happy about trading training camp for actual summer camp. But if he wants to stay on the football team, he has to show that he can be drama-free. He welcomes the anonymity that comes with summer camp…until he realizes the one girl who knows him better than anyone is there, too. Rebel is off-limits, impossibly beautiful…and trouble with a capital T. Still, he can’t stay away. And even as Rebel exacts her revenge, in several very embarrassing and painful ways, neither can she. Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains pranks, adult language, and kisses that will make you wish for a summer romance of your own.

Taming the Rebel Details

TitleTaming the Rebel
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 14th, 2017
PublisherEntangled Publishing, LLC (Crush)
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports

Taming the Rebel Review

  • katwiththehat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this cute summer read by Dawn Klehr! Gosh, this was so cute! This is the perfect book for anyone looking for a light beach read featuring frenemies turning to lovers. Rebel and Justice are adorable as a couple just in their own right... I love a good sassy female lead, and Justice has a heart of gold.But I particularly loved the way both characters are working on their own issues, and Klehr hwas woven in deeper themes. R Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this cute summer read by Dawn Klehr! Gosh, this was so cute! This is the perfect book for anyone looking for a light beach read featuring frenemies turning to lovers. Rebel and Justice are adorable as a couple just in their own right... I love a good sassy female lead, and Justice has a heart of gold.But I particularly loved the way both characters are working on their own issues, and Klehr hwas woven in deeper themes. Rebel still obsesses over safety, to the point of some serious anxiety after the death of one of her fathers. Justice has been kicked off the football team. And additionally, one of my favorite things was the way Dawn Klehr looked at their acceptance of their father's decision to date. Rebel, who has always had two dads, sees it as a non-issue. Justice has had an entirely differently experience, a dad who was married to his mother for twenty years and has only just now come to terms with who he truly his, which obviously takes more time for Justice to get used to. That contrast of the two teens in different circumstances was really nice to see illustrated. Really good book, recommended for teens! 4.5/5 stars.Please excuse typos. Entered on screen reader.
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  • Genni Eccles
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Entangled: Crush for providing me a galley of Taming the Rebel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. This review was originally posted here on my blog!Taming the Rebel is part of Entangled: Crush's Endless Summer trilogy, which is a companion series written by three different authors. The other two books are Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy and Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas. I've read the latter and really enjoyed it. Coming Thank you to Entangled: Crush for providing me a galley of Taming the Rebel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. This review was originally posted here on my blog!Taming the Rebel is part of Entangled: Crush's Endless Summer trilogy, which is a companion series written by three different authors. The other two books are Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy and Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas. I've read the latter and really enjoyed it. Coming into this book, I knew that it wouldn't have too much substance. Taming the Rebel isn't a hard hitting read. Yes, there are important messages, but it's mostly a quick and fun book I easily read in a day.  Taming the Rebel was such a cute book. Rebel goes to a summer camp every year, but is shocked to find out that her dad's ex-boyfriends son is also going to be there. Rebel thinks that the reason that their dad's broke up was because of Justice, but that isn't the only reason she is mad at him. She goes to the camp with one thought in mind: revenge. All of that changes though as she realizes she might have misread the situation.  A romance ensues between Justice and Rebel, and it was hot. Taming the Rebel isn't the steamiest YA I've read, but the chemistry is sizzling. I loved all their interactions together, and they were quite honestly the best parts of the book. They fit so well together, and weren't too immature. I hate scenes where the love interests just don't talk to each other, get jealous or petty over every little thing, etc. There weren't too many instances of that, only one if I remember correctly. This was really refreshing and I never got annoyed.  Taming the Rebel also has a lot of gay positivity! What holds Rebel from wanting to be in a full fledged relationship with Justice isn't because of a miscommunication, but his unwillingness to fully accept his father as gay. The story arc and development of Justice was handled so well and with so much poise. I don't remember there being any stereotypes about gay men enforced, and it also showed how people can (unfortunately) have such an adverse reaction to a person coming out. The diversity never felt forced and seemed to really flow naturally into the story (as it should).  My biggest complaint about Taming the Rebel is that there is so much history between Justice and Rebel. They were essentially strangers to each other before their dads started dating, they became very good friends, they both liked each other, and then Justice ruined the whole thing by acting like an ass. All of this is brought up throughout the book, but I would have liked to actually have seen that happen. Whether it be in flashbacks, or have this story be a duology,  I don't know. I would have loved if Klehr had actually shows us their past instead of just telling us about it. Because it was only told through dialogue and inner thoughts, Justice and Rebel felt more like two kids who met at a summer camp most of the time instead of two people who have known each other well for a year or so.  Also, little side note - this book is marketed as a revenge novel, but not a lot of revenge actually happens. Rebel pranks Justice a couple times, but it is too prevalent in the book. I didn't mind that the revenge plot wasn't too important, but if you are coming into this with a revenge plot, that's not what you're going to get.  Taming the Rebel was a super fun and quick read. The book isn't going to stay with me for a long time, but it was fun while it lasted. It is the perfect summer read. The chemistry is off the charts, and the message about inclusivity was very apt. There wasn't the x factor in Taming the Rebel that made me love the book though, but it was cute! I recommend it. :) Taming the Rebel is out in a mere week, so go and get it! It is only $2.99 (US dollars) for the Kindle edition! With that, I give Taming the Rebel  3.5 out of 5 Stars! My initial thoughts This was such a cute, quick, and fun YA contemporary. It's not too hard hitting, but is the perfect summer read. If you want out of a reading slump, I would highly recommend this. Full review to come closer to the publication date!
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  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    That was such a fun and sweet summer-time romance. I don't know if it was the enemies-to-more trope that worked so well in this story or the fun camp setting, but I found myself devouring this book while a huge smile graced my face.Rebel won my heart from page one. She loved her dad so fiercely, she was going to wage war with the boy, who she blamed for the demise of his romantic relationship. How do you not back someone with that type of family loyalty? Rebel was smart and sassy, but it was rev That was such a fun and sweet summer-time romance. I don't know if it was the enemies-to-more trope that worked so well in this story or the fun camp setting, but I found myself devouring this book while a huge smile graced my face.Rebel won my heart from page one. She loved her dad so fiercely, she was going to wage war with the boy, who she blamed for the demise of his romantic relationship. How do you not back someone with that type of family loyalty? Rebel was smart and sassy, but it was revealed that she was sort of wounded and actually wore her angst as armor. This girl was not afraid to be herself, and I was team Rebel from the start. Well, until I knew a little more about Justice.Rebel described Justice as your a self-centered jock, but as I got to know Justice better, I learned that there was a lot more to him then met the eye. He was dealing with tons of unresolved issues. Some issues were relating to his dad's, his anger mis-management, and from his not so happy past. Justice was dealing with so many complex emotions, and he often made poor choices to protect himself from these feelings. But he had such a sweet side, and he melted my heart when he let it show.I adored the dynamic between Rebel and Justice. I knew right away that I wanted this ship to succeed. They had so many delightful bouts of verbal sparring, but then they would have these really swoony. They also had some really honest talks, and bared their souls to each other. There were hijinks and many comedic moments. I couldn't help but enjoy myself.The setting for the bulk of this book is a mountain summer camp. I never went to summer camp, but have always been fascinated by it. I loved all the traditional camp elements that Klehr built into this story. It absolutely added to the fun. The dances, the activities, and the lake all played a little role in the story, but my favorite were the pranks. I loved waiting to see what Rebel or Justice would do next.I also have to talk about the survival guide. In order to alleviate some of her anxiety during her first year of sleep-away camp, Rebel's dad gave her Wolf Wilk's Guide to Surviving Any Disaster. This was not only her handbook for surviving life out in the woods, but it became her guide to life. It also served as Rebel's security blanket, odd but true. I thought it was a lot of fun getting peeks into this book, and the random facts were amusing as well.This was an adorable story, filled with lots of fun moments, but also a lot of tender and sweet moments. There were some really strong friendships as well as touching family ties.**I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copies of this book.BLOG|INSTAGRAM|BLOGLOVIN| FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Deniz
    January 1, 1970
    This took me forever to read, simply because I found barely time to read. I was traveling on my own in Europe and Taming the Rebel was my traveling companion. In those moments when I found time to read, I savored my time with this cute & fluffy. And let me tell you, it's a great travel companion and a fab summer read. It was my companion in the city of love- aka Paris, I felt it was super appropriate to read about their budding romances their little adventures..I wouldn't have wanted to read This took me forever to read, simply because I found barely time to read. I was traveling on my own in Europe and Taming the Rebel was my traveling companion. In those moments when I found time to read, I savored my time with this cute & fluffy. And let me tell you, it's a great travel companion and a fab summer read. It was my companion in the city of love- aka Paris, I felt it was super appropriate to read about their budding romances their little adventures..I wouldn't have wanted to read anything else but something super cute. Taming the Rebel is just that. Cute. Lighthearted. Swoony. It's well written with a good dose of humor and alot of insight. To be honest, at first I felt a bit like Klehr is doing the let be open-minded kind of thing, when I found out about Rebel's family. I didn't mind but I didn't care for it either. But as the story went on, I actually liked how she handled the situation and how she showed Justice's struggles with it. She managed to show the difficulties he faced without being judgmental or opinionated. It was just stated. And in fact this is what endeared me to the book even more at the end. Because while, this theme is often picked up these days, I think it is seldom dealt with so elegantly and without putting the authors opinion into it. Really well done.I adored Justice from the get go. His POV is awesome, I could connect with him instantly. Rebel, not so much. I found her extremely opinionated, though she is a stickler for being open minded, which is exactly what annoyed me. I found her hypocritical in many ways and though she claims to be open, she did only see her point of view, in my opinion. But as the story went on, she grew on me, alot. I ended up loving them both and was invested in their story.The story line is probably the usual usual- well except for the family situation- enemies to lovers being one themes, there are a few more popular YA themes in here. But the romance was cute and there were some super cute moments, so I didn't care that it wasn't the most inventive story out there. I might have even sighed a few times.... Tested and proved to be a great travel companion and perfect summer romance. A must read for lovers of the genre.
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  • ~ Althea ~
    January 1, 1970
    // Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review // "You can't help anyone if you don't help yourself first." A classic. . . not so cliche . . .but actually is . . . story.The survival tips before every other chapter or so in this book is so creative and cute. It's like saying that every teenager needs tips to survive (which is true). The plot is very relatable, and even though the first part was pretty much cliche, towards the end it started to talk more about life topics and // Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review // "You can't help anyone if you don't help yourself first." A classic. . . not so cliche . . .but actually is . . . story.The survival tips before every other chapter or so in this book is so creative and cute. It's like saying that every teenager needs tips to survive (which is true). The plot is very relatable, and even though the first part was pretty much cliche, towards the end it started to talk more about life topics and it was a good transition. I did not find the writing style boring at all, I actually dig it.A character named Rebel was something very. . . uh. . . unique. Though I didn't know she was a character in the story for quite some time while reading it.Essentially, the whole idea of the book is on of those cliche stories that has it's own creativity and uniqueness and somehow keeps it from being too cliche and cheesy all together. I enjoyed this version of the bad boy - good girl trope. "sometimes love is inconvenient" - do what you want but rememebr that there are other people in your life as well
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  • Emily Fiaretti
    January 1, 1970
    **I had received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review by the publisher through Netgalley. However, all opinions are my own.I'm giving this book a 4/5 stars. It was a solid read. I enjoyed it but it wasn't the best thing I ever read and definitely didn't scream the best book I've ever read. I did really like Rebel as a character, she acted tough to hide her past pain. Also the inclusion of both Rebel and Justice's dads being gay was a good inclusion into the story. I felt the conc **I had received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review by the publisher through Netgalley. However, all opinions are my own.I'm giving this book a 4/5 stars. It was a solid read. I enjoyed it but it wasn't the best thing I ever read and definitely didn't scream the best book I've ever read. I did really like Rebel as a character, she acted tough to hide her past pain. Also the inclusion of both Rebel and Justice's dads being gay was a good inclusion into the story. I felt the concept of Justice struggling with his dad being gay was really expressed well. However I can't say much on that subject as I'm certainly not an expert. Justice annoyed me a lot tho. And sadly he was a part of a huge trope of the hottest, muscular guy. I don't know, this just brought down my liking of this book. I just felt kind of let down as i felt like a concept I have read over and over. What about the other non perfect guys in the world???Then here I go thinking about why I never get these kinds of guys. Like where's my summer camp swoon guy???!!!!Even with this I am a sucker for hate-to-love tropes no matter how cheesy or old they are. So that was a plus. I did enjoy the switched perspective between Rebel and Justice. Also the writing style was really good. There was humor and insults, it just made reading this book more enjoyable. Anyone who is looking for a mindless summer read, this is perfect for you.This review is also on my blog:https://emilysbooklife.wordpress.com/...
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  • D.M.
    January 1, 1970
    Rebel loves her dad more than anything. When he breaks up with his boyfriend, she holds a grudge against Justice (her dad's ex-boyfriend's son). He sends her off to camp for the summer where she comes face to face with Justice. She is happy to take action, and engage in a little juvenile revenge.Justice is having a hard time coming to terms with his families change in outlook. He isn't ready to tell the world his Dad is gay. He needs clarity, and to come to terms with his situation before he los Rebel loves her dad more than anything. When he breaks up with his boyfriend, she holds a grudge against Justice (her dad's ex-boyfriend's son). He sends her off to camp for the summer where she comes face to face with Justice. She is happy to take action, and engage in a little juvenile revenge.Justice is having a hard time coming to terms with his families change in outlook. He isn't ready to tell the world his Dad is gay. He needs clarity, and to come to terms with his situation before he loses everything.This is a sweet teen romance read about accepting what you can't control. It has some pranks, hot kisses, and forgiveness.I really liked Justice's character he is complex. He is an athletic type but has the usual teen hang ups. He comes across as confident, but actually, he is just trying to find his way.I wasn't too sure about Rebel when I started reading this book. She has a negative outlook and is afraid to live life. Her dad means everything to her, and she was willing to give up everything to make him happy. Luckily he sent her to camp where she manages to start working through her issues. She grew on me by the end of the book, but I didn't love her. I would recommend this book for the prankster's lovers. It's an easy bedtime read.3 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for a fair review*
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, romantic, coming-of-age about accepting the choices of your loved ones and finding the strength to stand up for them.Rebel is cut up about her father's broken heart. Worse, she's being shipped off to summer camp when all she wants to do is help him recover from Stephen. But then Stephen's son and the reason for the break-up, Justice, turns up at summer camp. And so Rebel begins her plot of revenge. The only problem? Justice seems to like it. A lot...This was a sweet read. It was pacy, it w Cute, romantic, coming-of-age about accepting the choices of your loved ones and finding the strength to stand up for them.Rebel is cut up about her father's broken heart. Worse, she's being shipped off to summer camp when all she wants to do is help him recover from Stephen. But then Stephen's son and the reason for the break-up, Justice, turns up at summer camp. And so Rebel begins her plot of revenge. The only problem? Justice seems to like it. A lot...This was a sweet read. It was pacy, it was realistic, it was full of the immaturity of youth, and it made for a lovely read. But beneath the light and fluffy touch lie important themes of acceptance of yourself and your loved ones. This is easy to get wrong, but was deftly handled. Recommended.*Thank you to the publisher for my free review copy via NetGalley.
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  • Sara Morley
    January 1, 1970
    ** This book was digitally given to me by Netgalley to review and these are my honest opinions**Release date : 14th August 2017Rebel is a young, recently heartbroken, girl who has finally accepted that her dad has now come out as gay, he has just broken up with his boyfriend so Rebel feels like she needs to be there for him but he has other ideas and sends her off to camp where she has been going for a few years. Justice is still accepting that his dad is gay and from past trauma is worried to t ** This book was digitally given to me by Netgalley to review and these are my honest opinions**Release date : 14th August 2017Rebel is a young, recently heartbroken, girl who has finally accepted that her dad has now come out as gay, he has just broken up with his boyfriend so Rebel feels like she needs to be there for him but he has other ideas and sends her off to camp where she has been going for a few years. Justice is still accepting that his dad is gay and from past trauma is worried to tell anyone about this, however he can not help it when the person who he dates is Rebels dad. When they both get sent to summer camp will they because close friends or closer enemies?I personal felt at times the writing was a little bit hard to follow (I have read this on my Kindle so unsure if it was the pages on there or not) but I found that whilst the chapters switch main characters, which I love to get different perspectives, It was in the first and third person I.e Rebel – Rebel said this, in the next sentence, I thought this. It was a little confusing to follow who’s point of view I was reading. Other than that I found the writing to be very detailed, I also found that the issues Dawn wrote about were very realistic and is happening more than any of us know, it helps people over come what they are feeling and how to embrace themselves for who they are because you don’t need to feel ashamed or embarrassed for who you like or love.Justice was a great character, he has the issue of when he was younger he was bullied and that is why he doesn’t want to admit that his father is gay, along the way he fell in love with Rebel and things started to happen again his feelings got in the way and he was more interested in his image than who he loved. The characteristics that Justice had reminds me of people at our own schools / collages when people rely more on image than them selves. Rebel was the complete opposite and this in its self was an excellent chose in characters to fall in love with, opposites do attracted, I loved how she was the one how was all confident on the outside but we got to see how insecure and in need of help she was and it was beautiful.Having the plot based at a summer camp was a good idea that you don’t see often, mostly the plots are set inside schools or on summer brake and this was just refreshing to read. Furthermore it was different to read about the male being more insecure and a little hold back on everything rather than the female and I enjoyed that.Overall I would give the book a good 3.5 verging onto a 4** rating partly because of the point of view.
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  • Victoria Bunce
    January 1, 1970
    Please note: I received a copy of TAMING THE REBEL via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.Dawn Khler rocked this book! Five stars and here’s why:TAMING THE REBEL is a fast-paced, summer read that has the right amount of humor sprinkled with issues teens face today. I love a great enemies to lovers or frenemies story because there is so much fodder there to work with and this book knocks it out of the park. I work with teens, particularly LBGTQIA, an Please note: I received a copy of TAMING THE REBEL via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.Dawn Khler rocked this book! Five stars and here’s why:TAMING THE REBEL is a fast-paced, summer read that has the right amount of humor sprinkled with issues teens face today. I love a great enemies to lovers or frenemies story because there is so much fodder there to work with and this book knocks it out of the park. I work with teens, particularly LBGTQIA, and they need to see real people like they are in books – even if they are secondary or peripheral characters. What’s particularly wonderful about this story is that the heroine, Rebel, is full of sass and spunk, but there’s a vulnerability to her as well. She obsesses about safety after the death of one of her dads and it borders on an obsessive-compulsive, anxiety disorder where everything she does is weighed against a survival guide that’s become her bible. Justice is the all-American, hella-hot football star with a heart of gold, but you can’t judge a book by its cover because what’s simmering below the surface of his quarterback persona is a guy battling not only the typical teenage insecurity of navigating relationships and all that high school drama entails, but also someone coming to grips with his father’s recently coming out. Justice’s dad ripped his family to shreds with the news he’s gay when he falls in love with Rebel’s dad. Whereas Rebel embraces the idea of two dads, Justice is shamed by it for a host of valid reasons. While sequestered away at summer camp, these two characters engage in a love vs. hate war against each other as they get to know each other better and hilarity ensues as they fall in love. Highly recommend.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book . I loved it. It was a perfect story for teens, it has everything, love, heartbreak, summer camp, friendship. The story is based on teenage girl Rebel Hart who blames her father's recent breakup on his boyfriends son, Justice. Rebel's only escape from Justice is when she goes to summer camp unknowing that Justice has also been sent there by his football coach to curb his temper.Rebel is bent on making Justice's summer hell Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book . I loved it. It was a perfect story for teens, it has everything, love, heartbreak, summer camp, friendship. The story is based on teenage girl Rebel Hart who blames her father's recent breakup on his boyfriends son, Justice. Rebel's only escape from Justice is when she goes to summer camp unknowing that Justice has also been sent there by his football coach to curb his temper.Rebel is bent on making Justice's summer hell and with her friend Audrey plans a series of pranks but when the first prank ends up with Rebel in Justices bed the sparks start flying. You will have to read the book to find out what happens but I promise you won't be disappointed.
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  • Briana
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!This book was such a cute read!It only took me one day to finish and was a fresh new storyline for a YA romance. I loved the ever present theme of acceptance throughout the book as well as the summer camp setting and the enemies to friends to more storyline. Rebel kept me on my toes- I never knew what sassy thing she was going to do next, which made the book that much better. Justice was not only swoon worthing, but his character development throughout the book ke Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!This book was such a cute read!It only took me one day to finish and was a fresh new storyline for a YA romance. I loved the ever present theme of acceptance throughout the book as well as the summer camp setting and the enemies to friends to more storyline. Rebel kept me on my toes- I never knew what sassy thing she was going to do next, which made the book that much better. Justice was not only swoon worthing, but his character development throughout the book kept me reading!Overall, this is a cute, summer YA romance that can be read in one sitting. It has a fresh new storyline that I have not read before.
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  • EmmiK
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely a cute, light read which will entertain you for a few hours. Although full of teenage angst and highly emotional responses, Taming the Rebel is filled with comedy, strong friendships, delightful rapport between characters and charming intimacy. Digital copy received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
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  • Nina Rossing
    January 1, 1970
    This was sweet, often funny, and though a bit predictable it didn't follow all the typical tropes of summer camp books.
  • Sue @crushingcinders Holmes
    January 1, 1970
    *Complimentary review copy provided by the publisher.A quick, easy romantic read full of angst and stereotypical characters.
  • KirstieE
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute #YA read , predicable story line , and was cute in places, but I would've loved at bit more build up to Justice and Rebels relationship , more back story as I felt it was rushed in places. Perfect read for anyone who loves quick , ya stories and a summer romance 3 ⭐(Published today!) ARC received through #Netgalley This was a cute #YA read , predicable story line , and was cute in places, but I would've loved at bit more build up to Justice and Rebels relationship , more back story as I felt it was rushed in places. Perfect read for anyone who loves quick , ya stories and a summer romance 3 ⭐️(Published today!) ARC received through #Netgalley
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Taming the Rebel by Dawn Klehr is a fun and delightful YA contemporary romance. This book takes place over the summer at a camp, while our couple works through their feelings. Aww young love. This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    **Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review**First, I'm not going to lie...I really liked the play on the main character's name - Rebel Hart! Okay, now on to the rest of the review....This is a cute, light read. I think it has some good messages in it - taking chances and second chances, communication, listening to your heart ...and so on. This book surprised me, I didn't think I was going to like it as much as I did. It took a bit longer than some books to draw me in, but I **Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review**First, I'm not going to lie...I really liked the play on the main character's name - Rebel Hart! Okay, now on to the rest of the review....This is a cute, light read. I think it has some good messages in it - taking chances and second chances, communication, listening to your heart ...and so on. This book surprised me, I didn't think I was going to like it as much as I did. It took a bit longer than some books to draw me in, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
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  • Traci
    January 1, 1970
    https://bookplusheart.com/2017/08/19/... Received an ARC from Netgalley on behalf of Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honesty review.Rebel Hart (yes that is her name) is an only child. She is already different then many kids at school because she has (had) gay parents. One of her fathers died years back from cancer and now it is only her and her dad Trevor. She has no problem being who she is and saying what she thinks. However she does live with fear. Fear of things she cannot control. https://bookplusheart.com/2017/08/19/... Received an ARC from Netgalley on behalf of Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honesty review.Rebel Hart (yes that is her name) is an only child. She is already different then many kids at school because she has (had) gay parents. One of her fathers died years back from cancer and now it is only her and her dad Trevor. She has no problem being who she is and saying what she thinks. However she does live with fear. Fear of things she cannot control. She lives life with the aid of Wolf Wilks’s Guide to Surviving (not a real book or if it is I couldn’t find it). She is cautious with everything in her life. She doesn’t take unnecessary risk. Her knowledge of random death statistical facts can be spouted off at the drop of the hat. With all this knowledge she allowed one thing to happen a not to long back. She allowed her heart to get tangled up with a boy. After he dropped her she swore she would not allow her heart to be shattered again. Then Justice Brody enters her life, which made things complicated.Justice had the perfect family. A mother, a father, and a sister. When his dad came out regarding his sexuality it tour the family apart. What made it worse was his dad began to date one of his classmate’s fathers. He had no problem with Rebel, she was good to look at and everything in-between, but the backlash at home and the problems he began to have with his fellow teammates was making his life a living hell. So now he is known as the son of a gay man and being bullied about it. His football coach is tired of Justice’s fighting with his teammates and tells him to have no drama this summer and work on his anger issues. Now he is stuck at a summer camp, which he didn’t want to real go to.When Rebel and Justice cross paths at summer camp, she is determined to make his life a living hell, just like he did to her. The problem becomes more apparent when the two of them give in to their underlining attraction for each other. The sparks fly and the chemistry sizzles. Summer camp hasn’t looked so much fun until now.The story's premise is intriguing and I enjoyed the dynamic of having a gay parent come out. I think that isn’t address that often in Teen YA. It is common in real life, so we need some more stories like that. Regardless of that I had a difficult time getting through this book. I liked parts of it, and the dialogue was not too bad, but for some reason I felt the story fell a little flat. I’m usually in love with most Entangled because they are just so fun, but this one I couldn’t get through fast enough.I would give it a two star because I just was whatever about the book, but because of the topics of fear, anger, and gay parents I am giving it 3 hearts.Parental Advisory: Mild or active swearing (some F* Bombs), discussion about virginity, witnessing two individuals having intercourse in the forest, gay parents, divorced parents, fear and self doubt.
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  • Deama
    January 1, 1970
    3.5⭐ rating.This was an easy book to get through and overall I did enjoy it. A light summer read which can easily get you out of a reading slump or become a welcome replacement for a book you DNF much like it did for me. Rebel and Justice are the cutest and I loved the romance between them. Although it was a light summery read I think it still had room for improvement. For one I would have loved to see more of the friendship between Rebel and Aubrey as the snippets of times they appear together 3.5⭐️ rating.This was an easy book to get through and overall I did enjoy it. A light summer read which can easily get you out of a reading slump or become a welcome replacement for a book you DNF much like it did for me. Rebel and Justice are the cutest and I loved the romance between them. Although it was a light summery read I think it still had room for improvement. For one I would have loved to see more of the friendship between Rebel and Aubrey as the snippets of times they appear together in the book are fresh and full of humour and a lovely friendship. Maybe more on the Aubrey/Eli pairing as well. I also loved the relationship between Rebel and her dad. If was so cute and I wish he was more present throughout the book. But of course I can't always get what I want and the story had to follow its natural course. That is, Rebel's and Justice's stories. It was also nice to see a dual POV in third person and allowed the reader to explore more in depth the characters of Rebel and Justice. Both characters put up a front of being strong on the outside -which we see more with Justice- even though they had many insecurities within. But whereas Rebel would lay her insecurities out forefront, Justice's had to be weaned out of him. There was much miscommunication and misunderstanding between them at times but all ended well. I feel like the back story between Justice and Rebel would have made a stronger plot. As in the reader getting to explore Rebel's and Justice's families as Rebel's dad starts a new relationship (we aren't even told how many years have gone by since Rebel's other dad died or even how - it would be nice to see how they both coped) and Justice showing us with his own eyes what happens when his family breaks up and how it all falls apart. And then the introducing of the new possible family, Rebel and Justice falling for each other in an impossible situation, and more of Rebel's guy friend Connor and Justice's sister April. I'd just be interested in the family dynamic of it all. That's just my thoughts though. But I did enjoy the book as it was easy to get through and not boring in the least. Received an advance reader copy via Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Gill
    January 1, 1970
    This story was a cute, fluffy read that was a good way to kill a couple of spare hours. I would’ve enjoyed it more than I did, had I not despised one of the main characters. Where to begin with Rebel…she was a petulant child. She reacted to every situation with pure emotion and no logical thought. She thought she knew everything, wouldn’t hear people out etc. I just found her to be annoyingly juvenile. Justice was a really complex and interesting character, he totally restored my interest in th This story was a cute, fluffy read that was a good way to kill a couple of spare hours. I would’ve enjoyed it more than I did, had I not despised one of the main characters. Where to begin with Rebel…she was a petulant child. She reacted to every situation with pure emotion and no logical thought. She thought she knew everything, wouldn’t hear people out etc. I just found her to be annoyingly juvenile. Justice was a really complex and interesting character, he totally restored my interest in the story. He appears confident and sure of himself but we soon find out he has all the usual teenage inhibitions to deal with. As well as trying to wrap his head around his dad’s homosexuality and trying to navigate high school once it becomes public knowledge. He seemed like a fully fleshed out character to me, he had layers and flaws. He was really likeable and engaging. They both develop as the story goes on, they learn about what it takes to forgive someone, how to take a step back from things you can’t control, all while having some sweet romance moments. I would’ve liked to have seen them have more interaction once they were actually getting along though, I feel like it spent so long on Rebel hating him and them pulling pranks, that the relationship build up was kind of a wash out. It was too rushed in the end, I wanted more from it.
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  • Alison Rian (LovelyAlisonReads)
    January 1, 1970
    Enemies turned lovers with some humor along the wayRebel has a score to settle with Justice, after all he's the reason why their dads broke up right? But what happens when she realizes he will be at the same summer camp as her? Can she get over her dislike for him or even more, will she fall for him?I will say I liked the idea of this story, I really connected with Rebel. I got her, and I loved her personality. She wasn't afraid to be herself.I didn't quite see things from Justice's point of vie Enemies turned lovers with some humor along the wayRebel has a score to settle with Justice, after all he's the reason why their dads broke up right? But what happens when she realizes he will be at the same summer camp as her? Can she get over her dislike for him or even more, will she fall for him?I will say I liked the idea of this story, I really connected with Rebel. I got her, and I loved her personality. She wasn't afraid to be herself.I didn't quite see things from Justice's point of view and I definitely didn't feel connected to him like I did with Rebel. I'll put it this way, if I was a teenager and hung out with them I would be on Rebel's side.I wasn't a fan of the third person narrative. I would have much rather it be from each of their point of views. In fact, I was a little confused when I started to read the story, it was written like it was in their point of views, but yet the wording wasn't.Over all, it was a cute summer read, with humor, pranks and teenage angst.*an arc was provided by netgalley and the publisher for an honest review*
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    as the titular rebel in taming the rebel, rebel hart's name might be a bit too on the nose. she's always marched to the beat of her own drummer. growing up with two dads outside of atlanta she kind of had to make her own way. and it's always worked for her. so she just doesn't get justice brody. she's pretty sure he's the reason his dad broke up with hers. and blowing her off seems to be his thing. and now that they've ended up at camp together he can pretty much expect all out prank wars.and it as the titular rebel in taming the rebel, rebel hart's name might be a bit too on the nose. she's always marched to the beat of her own drummer. growing up with two dads outside of atlanta she kind of had to make her own way. and it's always worked for her. so she just doesn't get justice brody. she's pretty sure he's the reason his dad broke up with hers. and blowing her off seems to be his thing. and now that they've ended up at camp together he can pretty much expect all out prank wars.and it's true that rebel doesn't understand justice's side of the story. he certainly hopes he's not the reason their dads broke up. but now that they have it's less weird to pursue rebel and his feelings for her. and she's never been subjected to the kind of verbal abuse and teasing he's experienced in the football locker room at school. so when he doesn't want to talk about his dad and his relationship with rebel's dad, it's not a rejection of her, it's more about protecting himself. because he wasn't always the hot football player. he was the skinny undersized kid with the big arm who was kind of a dork.and as they spend time together at camp, rebel comes to see that justice isn't the jerk she imagines him to be. their connection strengthens the more they have a chance to talk. and while rebel needs to learn to be more empathetic and patient, justice needs to learn to be less insecure and a little more brave. not easy things when you are a teenager. but when they take a moment and stop being ruled by their emotions, they realize that what they share is something actually worth fighting for.**taming the rebel will publish on august 14, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (crush) in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    ******Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley.While I enjoyed this book, I will say it took me a little longer to get into it. The book is told from two POV, Rebel and Justice. I was glad for both views because Rebel on her own might have been a little much at the beginning. What I did like about Rebel was her loyalty to her dad. She also grew on me towards the middle of the book once I learned more about her. Justice as a character w ******Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley.While I enjoyed this book, I will say it took me a little longer to get into it. The book is told from two POV, Rebel and Justice. I was glad for both views because Rebel on her own might have been a little much at the beginning. What I did like about Rebel was her loyalty to her dad. She also grew on me towards the middle of the book once I learned more about her. Justice as a character was sweet if a little clueless at times. His character growth only made him more likable.This book was enjoyable for the summer camp setting, pranks, spunky girl characters, and sweet football players! Perfect for a fun summer read!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you netgalley for an Arc in exchange for my honest opinion. I really enjoyed the story. Rebel and Justice had a great realistic banter and difficult relationship. Forming a bond while their fathers dated, they are now at summer camp together trying to navigate their emotions. Their father's breakup and who is to blame is a bit confusing, which leads to some interesting emotional conversation. Rebel is dealing with the aftermath of a terrible relationship and Justice is dealing with a rough Thank you netgalley for an Arc in exchange for my honest opinion. I really enjoyed the story. Rebel and Justice had a great realistic banter and difficult relationship. Forming a bond while their fathers dated, they are now at summer camp together trying to navigate their emotions. Their father's breakup and who is to blame is a bit confusing, which leads to some interesting emotional conversation. Rebel is dealing with the aftermath of a terrible relationship and Justice is dealing with a rough year athletically and emotionally. I really liked both of these characters and the development of their relationship. The story is full of swoonworthy moments and has a lot of heart. I really enjoyed this one!
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  • Jennifer Shanahan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an ARC from NetGalley. I haven't read the first two books in this series but they seem to be standalones. This book was pretty good. I didn't love it or hate it. Rebel was a great character: independent, proud, smart, funny but she also had fears and worries. Justice was super- insecure in spite of his social status. I like how they managed to become closer slowly throughout many obstacles. Justice is really embarrassed that his dad just came out and tries to hide that fact wh I received this as an ARC from NetGalley. I haven't read the first two books in this series but they seem to be standalones. This book was pretty good. I didn't love it or hate it. Rebel was a great character: independent, proud, smart, funny but she also had fears and worries. Justice was super- insecure in spite of his social status. I like how they managed to become closer slowly throughout many obstacles. Justice is really embarrassed that his dad just came out and tries to hide that fact while Rebel is super proud of her dad. The whole situation is a little odd but the story was decent and I wanted to find out what happened at the end. It wasn't SO super good or exciting but it was cute and sweet. Good beach read as I read it really fast!
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  • Nicole Bell
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair reviewThis novel was such a light summer romance read. Cute and spunky through and through!The characters were developed really well. They weren't perfect, both it seemed with underlying anxiety issues, but they knew that and I loved every second of them embracing who they were. The only con I have with this book is more of a reading preference than something done wrong. I would have liked to see it written more first person POV instead o *I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair reviewThis novel was such a light summer romance read. Cute and spunky through and through!The characters were developed really well. They weren't perfect, both it seemed with underlying anxiety issues, but they knew that and I loved every second of them embracing who they were. The only con I have with this book is more of a reading preference than something done wrong. I would have liked to see it written more first person POV instead of third to really understand and get into their heads more, but again that's more of a reading preference I have.Definitely a cute teen romance read!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Very cute and light summer read! I like how Rebel and Justice fought their battles differently and it was great to see them work things out between their issues. This was a nice break from all the historical romance I've been reading lately.
  • Beneath The Covers Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Full review can be found HERE --> https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...~Alison
  • Jodi Crouch
    January 1, 1970
    Cute fast read
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