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Peek Inside An Officer and a Rebel

Kelsey Cooper is the girl police officer Nate Walsh never allowed himself to want. She’s his brother’s ex, after all. But when he finds trapped in a snowstorm and she agrees to stay with him until it passes, he definitely finds himself wanting the gorgeous, tattooed woman. Too bad Nate’s sure his brother is still in love with her. Despite her issues with authority figures, Kelsey has to admit that Mr. Serious looks pretty hot in his uniform. Unfortunately, she’s sworn off relationships—and she’ll never be the girl for a nice guy.

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Doing the wrong thing has never felt so right…

The last person police officer Nate Walsh expected to discover stranded in a snowstorm is his brother’s ex—and former town rebel—Kelsey Cooper. His complete opposite in every way, Kelsey’s the girl he never allowed himself to want. But when she agrees to stay with him until the storm passes, he definitely finds himself wanting the gorgeous, tattooed woman. Too bad Nate’s sure his brother is still in love with her…

Kelsey had only meant to drive through her tiny hometown, not end up spending time there. With a cop. But despite her issues with authority figures, even she can admit Mr. Serious looks pretty hot in his uniform. Unfortunately, she’s sworn off relationships—and she’ll never be the girl for a nice guy.

Previously released as part of the Stranded with a Hero anthology. Now available individually!

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By Jaime November 23, 2017

Sweet, easy read

This was a quick, fun read. I love the whole idea of the rebel girl with the good guy. It totally works for these two. ...more

By Andrea July 27, 2019

Cindi Madsen is a favorite of mine, and I love her Accidentally in Love series. Remember Wes from Falling for her Fiance? Nate is his cousin, so I think that is pretty much all I need to say to convince fans that An Officer and a Rebel is worth the read.

As always, Madsen has created a story that ma ...more

By Rita July 21, 2014

This was a very quick read. It did not take long at all for me to finish this story.

Kelsey dated Nate's brother years ago, and Nate always had a crush on her. Kelsey's personality is very different from Nate's, and she thought he didn't like her. Not many people in their small North Carolina town u ...more

By Kim Reads July 28, 2014

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by Kim

This was my first time reading a book by Cindi Madsen. I don't know what I was thinking by waiting so long. An Officer and a Rebel is a second chance romance for the ages.

Nate Walsh is a police officer in his small hometown of Marion, North Carolina. ...more

By Silvana [The Book Voyagers] March 19, 2015

So damn cute!!!! What can I say? Cindi's writing just makes me swoon so hard.

Nate and Kelsey were so adorable together and my heart gave loud thumps every time they grinned at each other, yep. I'm such a sucker for romance. Nate was the king of cuteness and I wanted to bear-hug him forever. I wante ...more

By Irene July 09, 2014

I read this novella when it was part of the Stranded with a Hero anthology book.
An Officer and the Rebel was a fun and enjoyable read :) ...more

By Fanny July 20, 2017

Cute novella. Nothing much to say, it's very short so there is no real character development, but in a novella, that's not a problem. ...more

By Seeshel November 21, 2017

Cute and quick. ...more

By Jill M December 27, 2017

This was a short and sweet holiday novella. It was a quick read to get you in that holiday spirit. It was just like those Hallmark Christmas movies, cheesy but cute. A sexy cop and a rebel what more could you need for an entertaining book. A sweet easy read! ...more

By Melyssa October 03, 2014

I should start this review off by saying this is a novella though I have not read the others in the series it is a part of and I did not feel I missed anything as it pertains to this couple in not reading them. This can definitely be read as a standalone and after reading it, I have to say, it’s def ...more

By Home. Love. Books. September 22, 2014

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Another Christmas novella! I should warn you folks, my love for all things Christmas is kind of overwhelming, I love Christmas (I literally just bought four new ornaments for my tree months in advance of December). I'v ...more

By Carrie December 14, 2014

Not-so-bad girl Kelsey Cooper is on her way to spend Christmas at her mom's when she takes a detour to the small town where they once lived and runs off the road in a snow storm. The police officer who comes to her rescue turns out to be a former boyfriend's sexy older brother. Can a lawman and a ru ...more

By Joy July 28, 2014

Full review on The Bookshelf Intruder

Novellas are tricky pieces. They’re short and the author has limited space to work with. They have to cram everything and make it seem unhurried and still meaty like full-length novels. It’s tough but because Cindi Madsen is amazing, she still managed to pull off ...more

By Heather Anne August 16, 2014

I just love a story set during Christmas to read during the hot summer months. One of my favorite things about this book is that Cindi has it set in the Carolina mountains which isn’t too far from my hometown. There’s something about knowing exactly where the author is talking about that adds to the ...more

By Robert February 02, 2017

This is my first time reading Cindi Madsen and I can already tell I’ll be tracking down all her other books to read. This may be a novella, but it hit all the right buttons for me.

It seems I’m a sucker for winter romances, and An Officer and a Rebel was no exception. I was reading this one during a ...more

By Kame July 26, 2014

Between a 3 1/2 and 4

Kelsey decides to drive a little out of her way to drive through her old hometown. She narrowly avoids hitting a deer but ends up teetering on a guardrail. When she didn't think it could get worse her ex-boyfriend's brother happens to be the one help her.

Kelsey is a free spirit ...more

By Linda July 28, 2014

Every second around this girl was asking for trouble and he'd never wanted to be in trouble so bad in his life.

AN OFFICER AND A REBEL by Cindi Madsen is a sweet and sultry Christmas-in-July romance. I do love reading about snow in our summer heat :-). This novella is part of Cindi's Accidentally in ...more

By Lea July 26, 2014

This was a quick, fun, light read. In this opposites attract story the town good boy and the wild child are reunited in a snow storm when they’re all grown up. There is great chemistry between them and plenty of history (she dated his brother in high school) which generally brings about what angst t ...more

By I.Heart.Romance April 30, 2015

A short, and clean story about Nate, a sweet and sexy cop and Kelsey, the former rebel of the town. Nate had a thing for his brother's girlfriend from afar until she moved away. Now she's back briefly and forced to stay with him during a snow storm. I love it when a good guy falls for an unconventio ...more

By Marita January 22, 2015

Gahhh, this story was so sweet, I have a toothache! I loved both Nate and Kelsey and how he'd secretly been in love with her for ages and how it took her awhile to realize she'd be ruining his life by staying out of it instead of keeping herself in it. I loved the grand romantic gesture in the end a ...more

By Mariel August 13, 2014

*Received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley from the author/publisher*

This was short, quick and fun novella about second chances. Cop Nate and rebel Kelsey get a chance to explore what they really feel about each other beyond the brothers ex-girlfriend designation. The dialogue was ...more

By Allison July 27, 2014

This was a really fun, sweet book! I've read the other books in this series and loved them as well, but this could be read as stand alone as well. Kelsey and Nate go way back-from when she dated his brother and he had a crush on her. This is a sweet book about fate leading you in the right direction ...more

By Lenore December 04, 2015

Super cute little novella.... Nate was so sweet and adorable, and Kelsey was spunky and fresh and real. They had some hilarious dialogue, and their whole Christmas Eve was just the stuff that makes my tummy feel warm. I'd forgotten that I've read the first book in this series, and this one totally f ...more

By Jessica July 19, 2014

Short, sweet and predictable. This book has made me want it to be winter already, this is the perfect book to read during the winter time. I loved the connection between the two, I loved that there was both point of view. If you are looking for a short escape into a book with a bit of romance then t ...more

By Melissa January 26, 2015

This was a great fast read. I love all these entangled series.
Kelsey and Nate had a history. Which I liked. I enjoyed their banter and how easily they clicked. She was a little dramatic when she though he was embarrassed of her. That it couldn't work out between them. Very dramatic. He was a bit to ...more

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Cindi Madsen

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USA Today Best Selling Author

Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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