Review of Taming the Rebel by Dawn Klehr

  • Title: Taming the Rebel
  • Author: Dawn Klehr
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (Crush)
  • Publication Date: August 14, 2017
  • Pages: 198
  • Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
  • Series: Endless Summer

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

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ARC of Taming the Rebel was provided through NetGalley for an honest review.

Taming the Rebel was a unique read for me. I have never read a book that involved summer camp or having gay parents, it just wasn’t something I had come across before. But both of these really gave this book a twist that kept me interesting all the way through.

Rebel is definitely one of a kind, and she owns it. She’s not afraid to be who she is, which entails a few twisted interests, a skill for being prepared, a strong sassy attitude, and being the daughter of a gay father. Rebel is proud of it all and I love that about her. She is such a strong character that you can’t help but admire and respect. Her only flaw is the walls she’s built up around her heart, but honestly, you can’t blame her for that.

Justice was just as interesting because he was so much more than just a football player, though that was a big part of him. He has a past that makes him so different from other jocks, and like Rebel, his father is gay too. Unfortunately, that fact seems to be something he has a harder time dealing with, along with missing training camp. It’s great to watch as he sorts his feelings about his father’s sexuality, his future in football, how to handle drama and the ever alluring Rebel.

If you’ve never been to summer camp but always wanted to then you should check this book out. While reading it I felt like I was there myself, experiencing the great outdoors, camp counselors, bonfires, pranks and summer love. I truly couldn’t put this book down, but if I’m being honest I felt like it was missing something. I’m not quite sure what, maybe it just needed a little more…. I don’t know, something. More something. No matter what though it was still an awesome read and I definitely recommend it. Tthe chemistry between Rebel and Justice was off the charts. Mix that with their witty banter and fun pranks, and you’ll be just as hooked as I was.



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