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Title: THE REBEL
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Series: The Rockwell Legacy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: September 4
About THE REBEL
What would you do for love?
Ever the rebel, Kai Rockwell happily risks his life on a daily basis as a rescue paramedic. What he refuses to deal with? His impossibly stubborn father, “Mad Max” Rockwell, who runs the historic Rocky Peak Lodge deep in the Cascade Mountains with an iron fist.
But when his family faces an unexpected threat at Rocky Peak—in the form of a beautiful woman—Kai knows it’s time to go home.
Fiercely protective nurse Nicole Davidson would do almost anything to take care of her disabled sister–even accept a hefty offer to ask a few harmless questions at the charming old lodge where she’s working. Until the outrageously sexy Kai Rockwell shows up and sets everything on fire—most especially her.
Equally determined, equally passionate about protecting their families, Kai and Nicole don’t know if they should be enemies or lovers—or both. All they know is they can’t resist each other…no matter the price.
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A voice was calling Nicole’s name in the darkness. A voice she loved, even though she couldn’t pin down who it belonged to, or even what it was saying. She didn’t recognize the name it was calling, but she knew it was hers.
And she knew she wanted to follow that voice.
It was warm and male, filled with worry, resonant with hope, vibrant with urgency.
“Nicole. Can you hear me?”
Everything snapped into focus. The voice belonged to Kai. She was in her car, which she’d driven off the road. And she hurt.
“Kai,” she said weakly. “Hey you.”
“Hey yourself.” His voice softened. “We need to get you out of here. Can you move your fingers and toes?”
She frowned. “What does that matter?” Everything was so strange. Her head was sideways, or tilted or something. It was so confusing. She could hear Kai but couldn’t tell where he was. A light kept shining in her eyes.
“Just humor me. Try.”
She wiggled her toes, feeling them brush against the inside of her shoes. Then her fingers. The knuckles of her right hand felt as if she’d tried to punch out a brick wall. “Hurts, but they wiggle.”
“Good.” She heard relief in his voice, and realized things must be really bad. Ridiculous that it took so long to understand that. Her brain was moving so sluggishly. One minute she’d been rehearsing what she wanted to say to Kai, the next she’d been swerving and sliding and…
She started to cry. “I’m sorry, Kai. I’m so sorry. I didn’t want to hurt anyone. I just wanted to take care of Birdie.”
“Shhhh. We’ll talk about that later, love. Can you unbuckle your seat belt?”
He’d called her “love.”
“You called me ‘love.’”
“That’s right. You heard me. Did you also hear the part about unbuckling your seat belt?”
“Oh. Right.” With her right hand, she reached for the latch. Her left arm seemed to be pinned beneath her. The buckle sprang open easily, which made her feel much better. Powerful. “Got it.”
“Okay good. Now I want you to cover your face with your arm. Got it, love?”
“You said it again,” she said from behind the crook of her elbow.
“Keep covered.” In the darkness, she heard a series of weird sounds—glass breaking, a thud, a curse. A blast of chilly air rushed into the car.
Then Kai was back. “Okay, I got an escape route for you. I just need you to lean toward me and I’ll do the rest.”
She leaned forward, toward Kai, toward that voice that she loved with all her heart. His hands came through the window, along with part of his torso, squeezing past the metal frame and shards of glass. And then his hands were under her arms. With a strength that took her breath away, he lifted her free.
About Jennifer Bernard
Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name that she’s happy to share with the curious.
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