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Rex

(Dakota Kekoa #2)

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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  34 reviews
In seventeen year old Dakota Kekoa’s line of work, a job can go bad in a split second.

And when a job goes bad, people die.


Suspended from working as a tax collector in her draconic family’s protection racket, Dakota is assigned a secret mission from her grandfather. A foreign queen has offered a grave insult to Dakota’s grandfather by running a vampire dinner cruise off th
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Paperback, 430 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Rita Stradling
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Lakshmi C
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this book like an impatient Pygmy Puff and was on cloud 9 when I got my hands on this.

All the things that made Rex an Amazing read :

Savvy Dakota
She was an incredible female lead and a former soldier in her grandfather's organization. She was tough, gifted with unique dracon aspects and caring.

Family, Always and Forever
Dakota had a strained relationship with her mother & loved her sisters.
She had a special bond with her grandfather, who was supportive, encouraged her t
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Grace
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Henchgirl, and this sequel was even better.

Dakota was once again embroiled in a dangerous situation, and the author kept her (and me) guessing the entire time. The action is fast paced, the stakes are high, and it's hard to put the book down once you start reading. I finished it in one sitting.

The characters were one of my favorite parts of Henchgirl, and they still are in this sequel. I loved seeing more of Wyvern and Dakota's family, and there are new characters who quickly became fav
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Gretel
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Stradling's creativity is unparalleled--her ability to take a classic story and make it all her own continues to impress me.

Rex is a seamless follow-up to Henchgirl. I took the time to re-listen to Henchgirl before diving in to this installment, and I am glad I did. I definitely benefited from a refresher of the details in book 1 (and I think I even liked it a bit better the second time around).

What I loved:
Wyvern: He is so unique and brilliantly done. He's a character you both love and hate...
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Koeur
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Publisher: Vicotry Editing

Publishing Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9780991082216

Genre: Fantasy

Rating:2.4/5

Publishers Description: Suspended from working as a tax collector in her draconic family’s protection racket, Dakota is assigned a secret mission from her grandfather. A foreign queen has offered a grave insult to Dakota’s grandfather by running a vampire dinner cruise off the coast of the Mabiian Islands, and his retribution must be swift.

Review: This is m
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Rabid Reader
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This exciting sequel to Henchgirl kept me captivated from start to finish. Dakota Kekoa's life is complex; her contract with Wyvern Rex not only continues to cause restrictions and complications in her life but it also tears at her heart and puts her at risk. She wants her independence but at the same time she remains inexplicably drawn to Wyvern. Her caring nature, strength and the conflicts she feels comes through well in this book, especially after a job she is on for her grandfather goes awr ...more
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a really great book with the same awesome characters from the first book. I really liked that Dakota Wyvern and her grandfather were a central part of the book; I'm so glad Dakota was once again the narrator as I love her as a charcter especially her kick-ass attitude. I also liked that characters referenced in the first book were revisited such as Pax who is Dakota's great grandfather. The plot was really good altho
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Celeste
I’m not even sure I want to write a whole review or just put a heart here and be done with it, because I LOVE this series! Sure it has its tiny little issues that would bother me if I wasn’t so taken in with the whole story but I have a craving for more Harrison, more Wyvern, more Dakota, more everything!
Now I didn’t re-read Henchgirl before I started this and it’s been awhile since I read that so my brain was a bit fuzzy on what was going on initially. The characters aren’t really reintroduced
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Mel
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of this series! This book added soo much more depth to the world Dakota lives in! I devoured it! I am already waiting for the next one to come! I love Wynvern and love Harrison. I love the twists and turns that came and while I predicted how the book would end, I didn't enjoy the ride there any less. If you loved Henchgirl, then Rex will be that much better for you! I'm happy the series is being expanded on! Love Dakota's story and this series!
Jenn : Godzilla is King
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and just love all the dragons involved in their dragon form. Wyvern Rex and Pax are my favs. I would totally love having cool dragons like that around.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review
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*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Publishers Description: In seventeen year old Dakota Kekoa's line of work, a job can go bad in a split second. And when a job goes bad, people die.

Suspended from working as a tax collector in her draconic family's protection racket, Dakota is assigned a secret mission from her grandfather. A foreign queen has offered a grave insult to Dakota's grandfather by running a vampire dinner cruise off the coast of the Mabiian Islan
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Alex
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Great read.
Faster paced than book 1, logical since there are fewer new introductions of characters.

Only detail that bugged me was i found a few mistakes - grammar, spelling and Sophie talking about Sarah but saying Sophie.
Sandra
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, own-it
Ok I really enjoyed this until the very end when it seems as though things are being set up for a love triangle in the next book. Please no. Please don’t take this awesome YA UF and ruin with this over used cliché.

So I really liked that we get some decent progression in the romance between Dakota & Wyvern. And by that I mean the Wyvern finally stops ordering Dakota around and is making a real effort to actually compromise and build something real. Dakota has stopped lying about her real fee
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Anindita,  A Bohemian Mind at Work
Rex, the second book in the young-adult fantasy series Dakota Kekoa, is a well-paced, action based, romance novel.

Review originally appeared in http://bohomind.com/rex-rita-stradlin....

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for honest review.

This book starts with some emails written by the lead character and the book's namesake, Dakota. I found the letters an interesting and unique approach, bridging this book with its predecessor by showing us residual feelings between the heroine and
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Jennifer
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, ng-review
Book details:
Rex by Rita Stradling; Victor Editing; Oct, 2016

Source:
*ARC received for free through Netgalley for an honest review.*

Summary:
In seventeen year old Dakota Kekoa’s line of work, a job can go bad in a split second. And when a job goes bad, people die. Suspended from working as a tax collector in her draconic family’s protection racket, Dakota is assigned a secret mission from her grandfather. A foreign queen has offered a grave insult to Dakota’s grandfather by running a vampire din
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Beverly Laude
I usually find that the second book in a series is a great letdown. But, since I wasn't totally thrilled with the first book, this one was actually much better!

Dakota Kekoa is still trying to avoid a relationship with Wyvern Manderson when her sister and uncle are both "cursed" by someone or something. Also, her grandfather is lying in a coma, near death. Will Dakota be able to save them? Also, she meets a handsome vampire, Harrison, who might be a better fit for her than Wyvern. However, the tw
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Jessica Squires
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Henchgirl and Rex, was even better! I didn’t think that was possible but it is amazing!
Our girl Dakota is getting herself into dangerous situations still and the plot twists in this one will have you on your toes constantly! The stakes are even higher in this book and you get to see a lot more of both Dakota’s and Wyvern’s family and learn about the connections each person has with each other.
Wyvern is not with Dakota for a good portion of the book, you get to meet Harrison though, a p
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D.M.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Henchgirl which I loved and this book didn't disappoint. I would definitely recommend reading book one before this one. Both books are free for kindle unlimited readers.

Dokota is back and after telling the Rex she needs space she finds herself thinking about him more and more. She is still invested in the family business and a job that sounds fairly straightforward turns out to go disastrously wrong. She is left with no choice but to ask for the Rex's help. He's a controlling alpha
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Lelouch
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

I read the first story in the series (Henchgirl). Rex is a good sequel following it in style and the plot naturally flows from the first novel. The romance was a little iffy, so I'd say this is definitely more YA than romance. I'm a little put off by the love triangle, but YMMV.

I thought the narrator did ok, but I felt she over-emphasized her non-chara
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Vega_girl
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Knew it!!!

This book was so freakin' good!! I knew it was going to happen and then it did and I am still reeling.....now I have to go stalk Ms. Stradling to find out about book 3!!
Mandy Stump
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow

Loved this book. New to this author read a ARC and then decided to buy the second book. Loved the story and characters. I cannot wait until there is a next book. I think she has a thing for Harrison but doesn't want to admit it.
Paul
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and new

Me Stradling has managed to turn the standard supernatural novel on its head, add in compelling characters, and wrap everything into a mystery inside of another mystery.
Very well written and has me on the edge of my seat waiting for another installment.
Zori Amber
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Rex is the second book in Rita Stradling's Dakota Kekoa series with Henchgirl being the first. I read Henchgirl and really enjoyed the spy meets dragons meets Pride and Prejudice. Henchgirl wasn't perfect but like with all first books in a series I eagerly waited for the next installment hoping that some of the flaws in the first book would be fixed in the second book. That wasn't necessarily the case with Rex.

I had been eagerly looking forward to Rex for months and was beyond excited to finally
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Helen Wawrejko
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. Henchgirl, book 1, was very good. Rex, the sequel, outdid it. Excellent worldbuilding. Unique dragon storyline. Dakota is a soldier for her grandfathers empire. Gifted with "magical" aspects, she is sent on a mission with her sister and uncle. It goes horribly wrong. Betrayal, blood oaths, mystery, a race against death. A stupendous story. Clean. Read in one sitting, looking forward to the next book.
Jacquie (Rattle the Stars)
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, ya
I loved Henchgirl! I was beside myself waiting for the release of Rex. It appeared on NetGalley and I HAD TO HAVE IT! But, with any highly anticipated follow-up, I was worried that it wouldn’t be as good as or better than its predecessor. There’s nothing worse than getting super excited about a book and then being let down. I know because it’s happened a few times this year. Thankfully, Rex more than lived up to expectations. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, than seriously DO IT ...more
Mary Jarwood
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A book I requested on Netgalley as it looked interesting; the second in the series (I really should have looked into this) and I can honestly say that I enjoyed the book and didn’t feel lost in the events taking place.
Rex doesn’t actually follow the Rex believe it or not (I’ll come back to who he is soon), it follows Dakota, the Rex’s betrothed - I think that’s the best way to describe them. Dakota is a seventeen year old who works as a tax collector in her family’s business. Oh, and did I for
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Vroom
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Although I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel, it lacked the gritty reality checks of the first volume. Dakota was transformed from girl struggling to support her family at its most basic needs, due to the mental/emotional impairment of the sole custodial parent and the violent death of her beloved father, to a "pretty pretty princess" story, where her big challenges transformed into "which hot guy will be her boyfriend".

Still enjoyed it but a step down in quality.
Ramona Plant
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rita continues the story of Dakota beautifully in this second book of the series. If you haven't read the first one, this one definitely can stand on its own, but if you considering reading this one I would recommend reading the first one first. What i really enjoy about this book and the series, is the fact that Rita covers a paranormal subject that is not often covered and has a unique spin on it. The plot is intriguing and captivating, which makes it difficult to put the book down.

Dakota cont
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Andrea
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
The story contained in Rex is a good one while the writing at times was rough and unformed. The beginning of the book is a series of vague emails between two characters that unknown to readers who have not read the first book. In fact the beginning of the book almost caused me to stop reading but I'm glad I stuck with it. That is just one reason the writing is rough and unformed. The author also used a lot of terms that were unique to the world portrayed in series without any explanations. It wa ...more
Danielle Fox
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
2 stars

Am I reading the same book as everyone else? I admit I rated the first book in the series 1.5 stars so I wasn't exactly expecting much but, I was hoping to be a bit more impressed by this follow up.

Wyvern is back and I just don't get the love for him. Bossy controlling male who thinks he can do whatever he wants, including invading Dakota's privacy. Yeah, he is not for me. Another, character is introduced in this book, Harrison. A brooding vampire *rolls eyes who clearly likes Dakota. So
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Shira

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

Great world building, characters, story, pacing. I could not put this book down! This is a great addition to the dragon books that have been coming out in the last couple years. I love how the characters and relationships from the first book changed and developed. I also enjoyed the mystery. I can't wait to see what comes next.
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Rita Stradling has a BA in Art History and a particular interest in modern and medieval art.

Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California. Her seven year old son wants to be an astronaut when he grows up.

She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.

Other books in the series

Dakota Kekoa (3 books)
  • Henchgirl (Dakota Kekoa, #1)
  • Princep (Dakota Kekoa, #3)