His Rebel Heart
Amber Leigh Williams
Harlequin SuperRomance, Jul 1 2015, $6.75
After being away for over seven years, James Bracken returns home to Fairhope, Alabama, a town in which he vowed never to come back. His neighbor florist Adrian Carlton is irate and afraid of James being next door. When he left town, James abandoned her and their unborn child. When James meets Adrian’s child Kyle, he knows by the age and especially the blue eyes that he is the father and demands time with his son. Instead she tells him to stay away from her and her son as he has no rights.
Filled with regret for what he did to Adrian and Kyle, and the lost opportunity to share a dream with his late dad, James opens up Bracken Mechanics. When he learns that Adrian married abusive Radley, James struggles with not battering the SOB. As James and Adrian realize they remain in love, Kyle comes first; but Radley has other plans for his ex.
Though the theme is not new and Radley the psychopath has no redeeming quality whatsoever, His Rebel Heart is an enjoyable second chance at family drama. Readers will root for the mama bear protecting her cub at risk to herself and the remorseful rebel with a cause to come together.