Rebels (The Safe Lands #3) by Jill Williamson

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In the third and final installment of The Safe Lands Trilogy, Rebels, Omar and Mason have learned that liberation means being sent to the lowlands to work prison or the remainder of their days. Levi continues to try to lead and inspire his people while mourning the loss of his brothers. Shaylinn continues to focus on her pregnancy but longs to help with the rebellion and Jemma becomes the new Safelands queen when she is captured at the harem.

While Omar, Mason, and some others they meet in the Lowlands try to figure out a way to inform those in the Highlands and Midlands of the true meaning of liberation, Levi and the other outsiders are trying to live underground with a group called the Kindred—a group of people who are divided in their opinions of this new group of people invading their lives. Shaylinn’s babies threaten to come early and Jemma finds out good news which is manipulated over the airways to angry and place seeds of doubt in Levi’s mind.

The final book in this series is a quick read because there is so much going on. The point of view varies between five or six characters throughout the book (although mainly the three brothers—Levi, Mason, and Omar). I personally got a little frustrated with all of the love triangles and some of Omar’s decisions made me angry. The story came to a nice resolution even though I would have preferred a little more about the brothers and their lives once the rebel cause was no longer needed.

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All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

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Kat Varland feels stuck in her boring life. She longs to create more with her passion for baking but working in her aunt’s cupcake shop in small town Louisiana has keeps her in a box. Unhappy in her job and in a family where every other member has thrives at what they do, she dreams of having more but fear of failure and rejection keeps her where she is. When her best friend, Lucas Brannen, signs her up for a reality baking show, Kat is faces with more competition than she realized–and not only by the other contestants on the show.

Lucas Brannen wants nothing more than to coach the high school football team, remain in Bayou Bend, Lousiana, and marry Kat. He also knows that Kat questions her abilities and wants to prove to her that he believes in her. When she drags him to California to be her helper in the cupcake competition, things really start to heat up…and crumble in their relationship. Is he willing to let her go and live her dream or will he finally tell her about his own dream?

This book was a fun, quick read. The behind-the-scenes of the cupcake competition was as fun as the back and forth banter between Kat and Lucas. Yeah, there were times I just wanted to scream at the too of them and yell, “Just talk to each other. Tell him/her the truth” but the tension between the main characters is what kept me turning the pages. I rooted for Kat and was happy to watch her confidence in herself grow as she progressed in the competition. Just like taking that final taste of a delicious cupcake, this book left me wanting more.

****Zondervan fiction provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for either a negative or a positive review.