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An all-new, sizzling stand-alone romance from New York Times best-selling Author Kendall Ryan....

Holt

Six years ago, Eden barged into my life and turned everything upside down.

We spent one scorching-hot night together, and then she disappeared into the sunset with the golden jock everyone adored. Which makes sense, right? A girl as beautiful and brilliant as Eden Wynn doesn’t end up with a rebel like me.

I expected them to live happily ever after, but that's not what happened. She's back in my life - and tempting me like no one else has. And while I'm certain I'll only tarnish her shine, I want her.

I'd heard the old notion that one night held the power to change everything. I just never believed it.

Until now.

Eden

I’m public enemy number one.

Turns out, the East Coast is protective of their hockey team and very vocal about not wanting a young female owner. Well, too bad, because this team is all Grandpa Wynn left me, and I have no intention of walking away.

Enter my new head of security, Holt Rossi. My history with him is...complicated. Chemistry reignites between us while the world waits for me to stumble.

He’s supposed to protect me - but who will protect my heart from him?

Warning: This romance contains one growly, broken hero; a bunch of rowdy hockey players; and a smart, hardworking heroine whose life hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows. This is a no-cheating, scorching-hot love story with a guaranteed HEA. 

©2021 Kendall Ryan (P)2021 Kendall Ryan

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.... IT WAS OKAY

This was a low-angst, easy-going romance where Fate and Destiny gives Eden a second-chance to choose right.. and, when she and Holt are finally brought together again, it’s a sweet and sentimental climb.

At 21, Eden had a crush on the College Hockey star Alex, but the bad-boy never noticed her amongst the sea of women throwing themselves at him. However, there was one man who couldn’t take his eyes off her - Holt.. and, when rejection hits Eden one emotional party night, it’s Holt’s arms and Holt’s bed that Eden will fall into for an ‘almost’ one-night sexy hookup. Fast-forward six years and during that time Eden had won and lost the love of bad-boy Alex, she’d moved on from their romance and she’d been left the Boston Titans Hockey Team (who Alex now plays for). She’d also been appointed a new Security Firm in the wake of bad press and threats.. and surprise surprise it’s the very memorable Holt who owns it. A wealthy heiress following her Grandfather’s footsteps but struggling to make a name for herself and a man who feels he’s not worthy of her.

Worth a credit? It’s a 50/50 depends what you’re looking for.. for me, this book was an easy-going, low-impact, layer-free ‘meh’ listen that was enjoyable but it never really hooked me in and I think it’ll be easily forgotten. I’d preordered this and I was really looking forward to it.. but sorry, this time I just didn’t love the storyline, I didn’t much like the heroine or some of her actions and I didn’t think the story had much depth. However, on the plus side, I loved the kind, thoughtful, swoon-worthy loyal, loveable hero AND of course the excellent dual POV narration by the talented Vanessa Edwin and Jason Clarke who did an excellent job bringing the hero, the heroine, the heat and the heart to life.

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Could not finish...

This book became so boring. It was great at putting me right to sleep. I kept re-listening to the chapters to see if I missed something good because my mind kept wandering. Sorry I used one credit on this

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Swoooooon!!

I always think every time I read a new Kendall Ryan book that it’s my new favorite.
Her writing style is so addictive and she makes even the surliest man swoon worthy!
Holt and Eden are AMAZING!
Jason and Vanessa were absolutely incredible and really made the story that much better!

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Eden and Holy

Eden is the new own of a NHL hockey team Holt is the head of the security firm hired to keep the team safe. They met back in college and had one night of amazing sparks of passion but didn’t let it get to far out of hand. She left with the Hockey star he went on to open the security firm. But even after all these years their attraction and chemistry is still there. The what if it rather for her the what if because she is the one who walked away . He knew she was special and knew there was something but also knew that because of his past they really shouldn’t be together . But now there was something different. This is a great second chance at love. The passion and feeling these two have is great. I love that they try to have respect that Holt tries to help Eden anyway he can. But I also love that there isn’t a lot of drama between the two . This is an adult relationship they talk they do have a few issues but work them out. I can’t wait for the next books
I read this book but I also listen to it on Audible if you like audibles I would suggest that as well Jason Clark is amazing as well as Vanessa Eden.

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Great start to a new series!

The Rebel was a fantastic start to Kendall Ryan's Looking to Score Series. I loved everything about this hockey, lady boss, bodyguard romance. Jason Clarke and Vanessa Edwin narrate this audio book.

This second chance romance is full of steam and passion. I love how Kendall Ryan creates characters with ambition, but also lets us see their insecurities and doubts. With plot has a slight role reversal, with the lady boss, rich heroine and the under paid bodyguard. Kendall smashes these stereotypes, and proves no matter how much money you make, or your family history, that sometimes given a second chance, love conquerors all.

Jason Clarke and Vanessa Edwin portrayed Holt and Eden perfectly. Vanessa Edwin has such a decadent voice that instantly makes you fall in love with Eden, but feel her uncertainties at the same time. Jason Clarke's performance of Holt is pure alpha male hotness. Jason's signature growly voice makes you feel protected with Holt, the bodyguard.

Overall I really enjoyed The Rebel. I am looking forward to The Rival, and getting Alex's story. Kendall Ryan does an amazing job getting us ready for the next book in the series.

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I love Kendall Ryan but this book didn’t work. It feels like she ran out of ideas and threw something together. The narrators were fine but the story wasn’t great

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Great story

The Rebel is an easy listening happy ever after. He’s her hero, she’s is dream girl. After meeting in college they go their separate ways until meeting again years later and realize the spark between them is still there. Jason Clarke does an amazing hero, Vanessa Edwin is great as the heroine.

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HBIC meets Tough guy

It's wonderful to see how Eden and Holt reconnect. I love how the hold back just a little but are also vulnerable and open. Holt doesn't give up. I was rooting for them all the way!💕

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THE REBEL ❤

Kendall Ryan tells the most amazing stories ❣ Holt and Eden's story gives you all the feels and much much more ❣

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  • 07-26-21

A great start to a new hockey series!

This is Book 1 in the Looking to Score Series and this audio was killah! Jason Clarke did not disappoint with his deep, raspy voice whispering in my ears *swoon* and I’d forgotten how much I love Vanessa Edwin, because it’s been a while since I’ve listened to her. She’s fantastic! Love her male voices, which by the way I think is so important for female narrators. She does a great job and has a lovely soft female voice that I was happy to listen to for literally hours!!!! This in my opinion was a rockstar pairing of narrators.

OK now onto the story. I loved it. There’s one night at university that was never forgotten by Eden or Holt, but life got in the way and it was years before they were reunited. They begin meeting secretly and although Eden let’s Holt have her body, he wants her heart and he goes after it like his life depends on it. It’s a bit of an emotional push and pull and I was here for all of it. She wants to keep him a secret but he wants to shout his love for her from the rooftops. There was some melty, bedroom goodness that made me want to just listen and leave that stop button alone. I devoured this book in just 24 hours, could not put it down.

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  • Sarah
  • 11-14-21

Great audio. Book was enjoyable

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Really enjoyed the audio. Good listen.

I thought the book was enjoyable. I didn’t understand as a owner how she didn’t talk to her ex and then expected to look for him.

I liked that it was about female empowerment.

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  • Kristie-Leigh
  • 04-10-21

This story has me so conflicted!

I’d like to start off with saying that I did enjoy the book as it was a steamy second chance romance but I couldn’t help but over analyse so many factors. But first I want to talk about the positives. The relationship between Holt and Eden was fast paced and began quickly in the story. The book was super steamy as Eden & Holt had lots of chemistry.
Holt was so sweet & caring. He was super protective and romantic. He would literally do anything for Eden. I struggled to connect with Eden. I did feel sorry for how things went bad with Alex but I couldn’t help but feel she was selfish in her choices. Although I liked her character I just felt like she used Holt firstly to distract her from Alex and then again when they reconnected I felt the same. I just really found myself feeling really sorry for Holt majority of this book. Narrators were amazing I really enjoyed there performance of the book.

I’m going to go into detail here about the things I couldn’t stop over analysing so there might be some spoilers... stop reading now if you don’t want to see them!

1 - I can not for the life of me get over the fact that Holt was the second choice and she only gave him the time of day because Alex left her & their paths just happened to cross again. She was madly in love with Alex and absolutely shattered that he pulled away from her. She says that her night with Holt was nothing but a fling that she left in the past and never gave him a second thought. But then all of a sudden she’s telling Holt that she never stopped thinking about their night together and that the real mistake was that she didn’t chose him... well of course you’re saying that now because your first choice left you???

2 - Holt never explains to Eden the extent of his feelings for her that he developed back in college. He never tells her that he literally grieved for her when she left with Alex or that he had pined for her for 6 years. Also why didn’t he make his move back then before she even thought of Alex if he was into her? He never told her he just sat back and let her go. I get that he didn’t feel worthy of her because they come from different walks of life but still. He let her go and then loved her from afar for 6 fricken years. It just broke my heart!

3 - This book was quite uneventful. The big problem at the end was seriously not even a problem at all. She just freaked out over people knowing she was with Alex which I thought was really just another blow to Alex if anything. He already felt unworthy like she was going to leave him again. I honestly thought there would be more drama. I thought Alex would have been more of a problem considering he was such a large part of the story. Not in a love triangle kind of way because Eden is completely done with him but he’s just a big part of the story. I thought for sure it would have been revealed that he was the one who released the photo but no. I just feel like there was no climax to the story & we don’t really get much of an Epilogue. It’s just yepp she chose Holt and so far so good but there was no future happily ever after or anything like that.

4- Alex.. so many unanswered questions. I realise they will all be answered in the next book but seriously so many comments or scenes where somethings going on with Alex but we don’t know what he’s feeling or why he turned up at Eden’s house randomly for example. I just wish there was more on this before the book ended. I don’t really want to read Alex’s story because he was such a douche in this book & I know I’ll struggle to like the character in the next one.

I just feel unfulfilled and disappointed because of the loose ends I think.

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  • gala
  • 04-07-21

It was a slow listening experience

I love the story but the female narrative was tedious and so breathy. I had to speed it up just to tolerate it.
The story would have been better with more detail at the end of the story before thanks giving. A taste of the next book.... even 5 minutes would have also been lovely.

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  • Felicity
  • 09-16-21

AMAZING

This was a great audiobook! I always love reading books by Kendall Ryan and her amazing romances, and this is a great example of why. They totally leave you feeling amazing after it with just the right amount of heartbreak in the story to level out the amount of sappy love. This is a story between two past acquaintances from college who find themselves crossing paths again, with the same sparks of attraction as before. The romance is forbidden at the start and does hold a lot of those aspects, however, there is a guaranteed HEA. This is a series with a continued storyline, however, this book contains the full romance between Holt and Eden with the next book holding different character perspectives. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who thinks they might like it. I hope that you find it as amazing as I do. Enjoy!

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 04-02-21

Loved it 💙💖

This was a beautiful story . I loved the characters and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the team . They all are gorgeous hot sexy hilarious hockey 🏒 player . It’s going to be perfect . More please . 🤎💜💖❤️💖🤎