Author: Rebecca Berto
Series: The Rental #1
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: 22nd September 2014 indie
At first, Rick Delaney watched Vee Wyland with the hungry eyes of a fox as if she were a rabbit … his rabbit. But one day, he slunk away without notice.
Months away from graduating high school, Vee’s life is on the verge of crumbling. At home, dire finances and long hours test her family. Her boyfriend hardly pays attention to her. And she can’t shake her feelings for his older brother, Rick.
Then, all in one night, tragedy tears her teetering life into shreds.
When Rick and Vee reunite, the sparks fly. However, she unwittingly signs away a future for both of them. In his world, a place called The Rental, she becomes Victoria and Rick becomes Rhett. One part of her watches with fascination, while the other unfurls and embraces her sexual awakening. It began as a game, but the consequences are real.
Following their heart’s desire is forbidden, but walking away could strip their hope for a future.
The Rental is an erotic romance that explores how sex isn’t purely physical; sometimes, it’s a gateway to your soul.
**An eCopy was provided in exchange of an honest review.**
When I read the blurb for this book, I was immediately hooked and just had to read it, so I was very happy when I got a copy of this book. The whole going away and then reuniting thing is something that I love in books, add the fact that the guy coming back is the boyfriends older brother, and I was totally sold.
Rick and Vee always had something for each other. Stolen glances here and there, whispered touches and feelings neither of them could deny yet couldn't act upon because of the age difference between them, and then Rick leaves suddenly, and his younger brother, Justin takes his place. When Rick returns, tragedy strikes Vee’s family, and to support them, she has to join an escort service where Rick works as a body guard. Any relationship between them is forbidden, but soon, they succumb to their feelings, putting more than their futures in danger.
I was really excited to read this book. I couldn't wait to delve into it, and as soon as I had the chance, I started it. My excitement was wavering from the first few chapters though, and disappointment was taking its place. The alternating between the past and the present was confusing me, and it felt awkward at times. The text and writing wasn't flowing and I felt like snippets and sentences where missing in several places. This continued on throughout the whole book. It really annoyed me, and I had to take pauses between reading because I couldn't find the will to continue. The whole thing with Justin, her father and even The Rental, felt loose and didn't sit tight or well together.
My other issue was Vee. I couldn’t really relate to her and most of the time, I was frustrated by her actions. While I understand that she had just graduated and wanted a life like any other teenager, to go to college, to party and have fun instead of working several jobs to help her family, I still felt that some of her actions were just childish and selfish. Especially when it came to Rick. I really loved the guy, he's sweet and bossy and submits only to Vee, which is why I wanted to hit her most of the time she was around him. The guy wanted the best for her, and she was only thinking of herself. There was one scene where he was forced to watch her work on another guy and she felt empowered, but when a women touched him, she was burning with jealousy and cried. It drove me crazy that it turned her on when he watched others touch her, but as soon as a girl touched him, she'd turn into a heartbroken girlfriend.
Though I have to admit, the sex scenes where some of the hottest I've ever read. They were scorching hot,as in somewhere between I-need-a-fan hot and oh-my-gosh-I'm-melting hot. It was one of the few things I loved about this book and that made me want to continue reading.