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Red-Hot Renegade (Bennett Family #5)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  295 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews

In desperate need of protection, Jianne Xang-Bennett reluctantly turns to her estranged husband, martial arts expert Jacob Bennett, for help. But there are problems: they've been separated for twelve years and cannot be in the same room together without arguing or ripping each other's clothes off--often at the same time
But Jacob will go to extremes for those he loves, and
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Mills & Boon
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A married couple who are separated are reunited twelve years later. When hero Jacob finds out that heroine Jianne has a suitor/stalker who could prove to be dangerous, Jacob offers her his protection. This means Jianne would have to move in with Jacob. Will they be able to fight the feelings that each still has for the other?

This was just an okay read. My main problem with the story was that once Jianne moved in with Jacob it was as though they were never separated. It seemed like the problems t
The last Bennett book about Jake, the sensei master who runs a dojo and raised his siblings after his mother died and father kind of checked out. Jake's life is simple, he has his work and now a boy Po who he is helping and then the heroine comes back into his life. They both share a complicated relationship and have been estranged for twelve years. They were young when they got married and both made mistakes, the heroine was young and unsure in a new place and had to deal with his siblings and ...more
3-1/2 stars. The last book in the Bennett family series. It was okay and good to finally see what was up with Jake's failed marriage. It was good to see that what had broken them up was a real problem. They are old enough now 12 years on to deal with the problems. One of the things I disliked was that even though she was Chinese, there was not a real sense of her being of a different culture. Also although you know what happened in the past it wasn't quite pinned down like a butterfly under glas ...more
Nicola Marsh
Jan 12, 2011 Nicola Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've never read category romance, do yourself a favour and start with this book.

An Asian heroine, a tough martial arts hero, suspense thrown in and loads of fabulous, characteristic Hunter charm.

Her characters are rich, vibrant and emotionally complex.

This review can also be found on Portable pieces of thought-blog.

Last night, after finishing this book, I made a few notes on what I wanted to write in my review. This morning, I looked at those notes and couldn’t think of anything meaningful to say. This book is forgettable. Entertaining but forgettable.

There were things I liked. I liked what Hunter did with the fragile Japanese bowls to show how Jianne could be both delicate and durable that she couldn’t be broken as easily as Jake thought. I
Jan 22, 2013 Estara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series and Singapore
Recommended to Estara by: I wanted to check the book I already bought in February last year in the same series
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2013
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I am almost certain I've read this before, but since I can't find any record of it anywhere (damn you, past Jess), I'm marking it as a new read.

My neurotic recording keeping aside, this is a really good capstone book. The heroine is Chinese, and it's set in Singapore, and is about a reunion of a failed marriage. Jake is a GREAT caretaker alpha and the entire thing is about them renegotiating a second chance, both of them being utterly aware of what made things fall apart the first time.

I reall
The final Bennett book, and possibly the only one of the series that can't be read as a standalone - in a way, I'm glad I discovered Kelly Hunter so late, as I could read the whole series in one go!

Jianne and Jake's relationship was so intense, yet their story was leavened with the humour that I've come to expect in Kelly Hunter's books. I'm a sucker for marriage-in-trouble plotlines - it's the shared history and what-could-have-beens that always gets me, and this book delivered angst and romanc
Apr 03, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice end to the Bennett family series. I admit that I really like reunion stories, probably because the author has to spend less time introducing the H/h to each other. Maybe it's just because I'm nosy, I would have liked a little more background about how Jake and Ji met (please correct me if I missed this in one of the previous books).

Is it wrong to hope that in a few years there can be a book with Po as a 20-something-year-old martial art/human rights lawyer?
Putri Septiana
Second book I read from Bennett series. I know it's the last one, but because I read Untameable Rogue as my first book, why not read the last first then jump for the first book? Beside, I really want to read this book after read Luke's story.
The story didn't dissappoint me at all. I thought Jake is kind of cute in the previous book, and since then developing a soft spot for him :D I really curious why they separated, and satisfied when it's not some small matter like any other hlq presents stori
Wow... I have no idea that it's part of Bennets Family series.

Well, it's not important, the most important question is What's exactly Luke does for life? I mean everytime Jake called him, he always be there, ready and available.

Haha... asides from that, I kind of like this story, as usual Kelly Hunter typical, rich family with complicated love issue, which is not that complicated actually. You will understand me when you've read some of Kelly Hunter's works, you would be able to see the pattern
Dec 14, 2012 Kaetrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, contemporary
Why I read it: Previously (also?) published under the title Red Hot Renegade, it's a book I've heard from a number of blogger/Twitter friends is worth my time. Kat from Book Thingo is a big fan of this book and she even mentioned it in the recent DBSA podcast with Sarah Wendell. So I picked it (and 10 or 11 other Kelly Hunter books) up from the recent eHarlequin 50% off sale. I'm so weak.

What it's about: (from Goodreads) In desperate need of protection, Jianne Xang-Bennett reluctantly turns to
This may well be the best category romance I have ever read! I LOVED Her Singapore Fling.

I don’t read a lot of category romance mostly because I find the names of the books sooooo contrived and frankly it turns me off buying these books. I will pick up the occasional category romance by one of my favorite authors like a Blaze by Jill Shalvis or Lisa Renee Jones or an Intrigue by HelenKay Dimon or a Super Romance by Sarah Mayberry but I’ve never read a Harlequin Presents Extra - and my question i
Lu Bielefeld *Book Whore Brazil*


Li em inglês, portanto não sei se a versão em português está integral.

Gostei muito do livrinho, fazia horas que não lia nada tão interessante. Os lançamentos estão deixando muito a desejar.

Ele faz parte de uma série, mas não achei os outros ainda, contando a história da família Bennett.

O mocinho, Jake, é o mais velho da família e é o encarregado de criar uma penca de irmãos menores, os quais sempre tem prioridade na sua vida, seguidos pelas artes marciais, ficando as ne
Lu Bielefeld *Book Whore Brazil*

O mocinho, Jake, é o mais velho da família e é o encarregado de criar uma penca de irmãos menores, os quais sempre tem prioridade na sua vida, seguidos pelas artes marciais, ficando as necessidades e sentimentos da esposa relegados a um segundo plano.

Entre os vários problemas que eles enfrentam como as diferenças culturais (ela é chinesa e pertence a uma famíla muito rica e tradicional)e a responsabilidade de lidar com os irmãos menores e dirigir a casa e etc... Jianne não se sente amada e por i
Jianne and Jacob have a history, but truly it wasn’t filled in a lot here. Jianne comes to Jacob to help w/ a stalker that can’t seem to back off of her. Yet, again, the stalker thing wasn’t fully backed up either. Apparently it had been going on for years, but no examples or reasons were really given.

It seemed that before Jacob wanted to take care of all, but not really because Jianne doesn’t voice things or needs to him, and Jianne can pay for EVERYTHING which seems to be a problem for Jacob.
Dorothea Müller
Nach zehn Jahren treffen sich Jianne und Jack wieder. Sie sind immer noch verheiratet, doch leben seit 10 Jahre getrennt. Jianne hat einen sehr aufdringlichen Verehrer und bittet ihren Mann um Hilfe. Immer noch können sie ihren Finger nicht von einander lassen, doch das war noch nie ihr Problem.

Das ist man eine andere Geschichte, in Singapur spielt es. Nicht nur Jianne und Jack wachsen einen schnell ans Herz, sondern auch die restliche Familie Bennett. Eine liebevoll, leidenschaftlich und unbere
Feb 03, 2013 Hilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 'second chance' romance fans
4 stars.

This was a pleasant surprise! The final (unless Po gets a book -- and I hope that he WILL!) Bennett sibling's story is moving, real and vivid. The characters are engaging and nearly believable, not too far into cartoon-land. The backstory is reasonable, if sad, and the current romance is quite touching. I liked it.

I was glad that Ji&Jake were trying again. Moreover, they are people - adults! - with whom I wouldn't mind spending more time. I liked them.

Very satisfying book. I'd recomm
Kat at Book Thingo
Click here for my full review at Book Thingo.

Hunter does beautiful things with this couple. Their bedroom scenes are hot and rough and tinged with desperation, and I found them utterly moving. The way Jacob and Jianne work through their guilt and find the courage to claim what they need from the relationship is so subtle it’s bordering on not enough information. I love this.

Sexy, angsty and deeply moving, this story is everything we love about category romance. Oh, and the heroine? She’s the tyc
Karina Díaz
Mar 31, 2014 Karina Díaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encanta la idea de que el amor es más poderoso que las adversidades. Pero más hermoso es ver que luego del tiempo indicado el verdadero amor florece con más fuerza y es más brillante que nada.
Jun 13, 2012 Bluecreek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ir-aw
I really enjoyed this IR novel. Jacob and Jianne were together early in their lives before they really were ready to handle the stresses that would be placed on them by their situation. Now that it is years later, they are in a position to make it work the second time around. Jianne is sweet and kind and has never stopped loving Jacob. Jacob is certainly more bitter, but he also reconizes his part to play in why their relationship failed the first time, and grows and takes steps to make sure the ...more
The conclusion to the Bennet Family Series, and my favourite book.

It's nice to see a reunion story, when the reasons for the break-up were good, not some stupid misunderstanding, which can be common. That is one of the reasons I don't usually like the reunion themed books. The way that both Ji and Jake admit they were to blame for the way things ended was mature and I sympathized with them.

And I do know I'm repeating myself, but I love the Bennets, the way they support each other, although I wo
Tracy Zullo
Sep 04, 2016 Tracy Zullo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great conclusion to the book. Jake and ji each learn to reach out
Aug 11, 2011 Sabine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two things I have to say about this book. First: They are married but have been estranged for 12 years and then they just hop into bed with each other again without protection or even talking about check ups/ contraception/ former lovers etc. This is so not on for me in a contemporary romance.

Second: This sentence "Sometimes, it simply suited a woman to do as she was told." (That's from the heroine's POV. Not some alphole hero.) Yeah. GO FUCK YOURSELF! Seriously. WTH.

Apart from that? Not all tha
I liked this book a lot. Hero and heroine are married, but they've been estranged a long time--not living together--and never did anything about it. Now they're back in the same town, and it turns out, she's having trouble with another man who won't take no for an answer. So she moves back in with her manly-man husband. And the sparks fly. It's not a perfect story--the heroine's a little passive, the hero's awfully "strong but silent"--too silent. But I still liked it an awful lot. It's a really ...more
Melissa Maxwell
Feb 19, 2013 Melissa Maxwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh I so loved their story though I so thought their story would have been earlier like book three not five. I loved Ji and Jake because they were soul mates that in order to let the other spread their wings let them go. Like the saying "If you love someone let them go if they come back it was meant to be but if they don't it never was" works so well. I loved how they ended up together and the epilogue though I would have loved to know who had kids and how many.
Oct 25, 2012 Ms_prue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reasons why this book is awesome (not comprehensive and in no particular order):
- it's about a Chinese/Australian couple
- living in Singapore
- nothing feels forced about the relationship development or the plot
- Ji is 100x cleverer than every other romance heroine I've read so far, as demonstrated by one event in particular which is probably a spoiler
- it's just brilliant, okay?
Aug 22, 2011 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hp, romance, contemporary
this book is sold as HER SINGAPORE FLING in the U.S. another of the bennett family bookos, also set in singapore, and this book seemed to flow so much better than her last. it took forever to find out why the hero and heroine were estranged for 12 years, and never really did go into what the heroine had done for that time, but i still enjoyed this book
Vanessa Kelly
Mar 10, 2012 Vanessa Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite contemporary romances. The writing is smart and sexy, and Jake is a truly swoon-worthy hero. Ji is an engaging heroine, the Bennett family is wonderful, and Po is an absolutely heart-wrenching and sympathetic depiction of a troubled young boy coming into his own. There is nothing about this book that I didn't love.
Lori Baldi
Jul 25, 2011 Lori Baldi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Very good story. It took me out of my comfort zone which is good. I've not read about that type of environment before: Martial Arts in southeast Asia. This story was pretty sophisticated and I really liked that it was so different. I'm wanting to read the stories about the rest of the Bennett Family now. I'm on the hunt.
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