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Peek Inside Renegade

When Walker Kincaid offers to help his best friend, Gemma Ward, learn how to please a possible lover, he never dreams he’ll lose his heart in the process.

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Gemma Ward, an outgoing and strong-willed wedding photographer, goes through men like she goes through thongs, forever looking for a guy who can handle her. She’s about given up on love when she meets Declan, the sophisticated father of one of her clients. He’s perfect for her, if only she can convince him she’s not too young and inexperienced to meet his singularly erotic tastes.

Then, like an answered prayer, Walker Kincaid shows up, looking for a place to stay while he investigates allegations surrounding the death of his SEAL brother, Liam Prescott. If anyone can tutor her in the art of the kind of power play Declan wants, it’s Walker, her best friend and partner in crime since high school.

But what starts as friendly lessons in forbidden pleasure soon turns into something more…leaving Gemma to wonder if the lover she’s been looking for has been right in front of her all along.

Each book in the Phoenix Rising series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Rogue
Book #2 Renegade


“A really hot read!” --Denise P., Goodreads

“A steamy romance with characters that have chemistry for days. This book is basically a must read if I ever seen one. Couldn't put it down at all!” --Melinda S., NetGalley

“Their story had me hooked from the first chapter which might I add was freaking hilarious!. It was absolutely seamless, the chemistry was off the charts both in and out of the bedroom!” --Kodie M., NetGalley

“A fiery romance by Ms. Blake. I have just found myself a new favorite author!” --Lori B., Goodreads

“Loved this book! It's sweet, sexy and edgy.” --Bunny F., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640631656
Series: Phoenix Rising, Book 2
Release Date: Aug 28, 2017
Page Count: 238
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, fake relationship, friends to lovers

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By Mindy Lou's Book Review August 17, 2017

3.5 Stars!

Renegade is a friends to lover story that has a suspense plot started in the first book of the Phoenix Rising series. Each book is focused on a different couple but continues the same plot of discovering what really happened with Liam, a brother, a friend and a navy seal. I would recommend ...more

By Nicola July 19, 2020

Three books featuring three deliciously dirty SEAL’s and three ladies who discover a fondness for the less-vanilla end of the bedroom antics scale make up this series, and taking us to destinations full of heat in more ways than one, there’s no scrimping on said antics.

description Kink starts here.”

Whils ...more

By Tina "IRead2Escape" March 15, 2019

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

Renegade has it all people! - Action? Yep. A great plot? For sure. Friends to lovers? Tons. All kinds of kinky hot love? Oh Yeah!!!

This series is so good and can I just say I knew it! I mean I didn't know it but as I read on this series I just had a feeling. And then the end ...more

By Ofelia August 18, 2017

Omg what a cliffhanger. This is the first book I've read from Brynley Blake and I am hooked. I started reading this book and I couldn't put it down. It had a bit of everything romance, mystery, very kinky steamy scenes and trying to cross certain places in a bucket list. Brynley Blake did a beautifu ...more

By Nerdy Dirty & Flirty September 03, 2017


This is the second book in the Phoenix Rising series and we while I know we are closer to the uncovering of the secrets behind the "bucket list" I still feel like there are so many pieces still missing. The overall story arc is unfolding around Gemma and Walker. We met them in the last book but I do ...more

By Natalie August 28, 2017

This is book 2 in the Phoenix Rising series. Walker is best friends with Gemma. He introduced her to his best friend Liam's sister and they became roommates in college and partners in business since college. Walker is a Navy Seal and his best friend Liam was killed in action. Now there is rumors tha ...more

By Heather August 28, 2017

This is another one of those series where I'm glad I didn't give up after not liking the first book in the series. This book redeemed the series for me and I can't wait to read the next one! I'm dying to know how it all ends up!

The characters were built and developed well. I liked the back story be ...more

By Mia April 24, 2018

Great read-loved the romance, loved the intrigue. And what a refreshing change to read the lighter side of BDSM. Two thumbs up. ...more

By Ayekah August 02, 2017

I am officially hooked on this series after only two books! Renegade is all consuming and hard for me to put down. This is Walker and Gemma's story.

Gemma is best friends and business partners with McKenzie and Charlotte. It's Kenzie's brother Liam a Navy SEAL who is KIA'd during a rescue in Afghani ...more

By Kodie July 25, 2017

So this is my first read in a hot minute!. A week of camping craziness with no signal has had me feeling deprived. I must admit I'm super happy that this is the first book I read after what felt like years. Dramatic, maybe. But for me who reads everyday without fail it was torture and this was exact ...more

By Selma August 28, 2017

4 kinky stars

Renegade is the second book in the Phoenix Rising series by Brynley Blake. I would strongly advise you to read Rogue, the first book, prior to this one in order to understand what's going on. This book is romantic suspense with a little touch of BDSM. While the first one was heavy on th ...more

By Valeen September 09, 2017

Renegade is the continuation of the Phoenix Rising series. This time it's Walker (Liam's SEAL brother) and Gemma's story of best friends-to-lovers. Walker is in town on his continuing quest to investigate Liam's death. He and Gemma have been best friends since they were teens. She helped him learn t ...more

By Eva August 28, 2017

book 2 of the phoenix rising series, renegade, picks up right where rogue left off. kenzie and noah are off in malaysia trying to find clues to liam's bucket list, while walker follows up with gemma and charlotte on things at home.

liam's bucket list takes walker and gemma to the west coast. where th ...more

By LJT August 16, 2017

I liked Renegade by new to me author Brynley Blake, however, I felt that some pertinent details were lacking from the intriguing subplot. After perusing some of the reviews and the synopsis of book one, I believe reading this series in order will provide the greatest enjoyment.

Wedding Photographer G ...more

By Miriam August 30, 2017

This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

While I did not read the first book of the series, I was able to understand the plot of the story and kept engaged in the story. I think that after reading this story, I want to read the first book and see how Noah and McKenzie met.

I liked that Gemma an ...more

By Barbara August 26, 2017

What a great book 2 in the series! The author has once again done an amazing job at writing a great storyline with characters that the reader can totally relate to as well as feel their every emotion.

While Mckenzie is still off conquering her deceased brother Liam’s Bucket List, back home his best f ...more

By Read.Review.Repeat December 29, 2017

"This is book 2 in the Phoenix Rising series. Walker is best friends with Gemma. He introduced her to his best friend Liam's sister and they became roommates in college and partners in business since college. Walker is a Navy Seal and his best friend Liam was killed in action. Now there is rumors th ...more

By Lori January 01, 2018

What a great continuation from the first book as far as the secondary plot goes! We learn a little more of what has happened to Liam, McKenzie from the first book's brother. And it is a doozy! But this book 's love story is for Gemma and Walker. I love friends to lovers theme stories. This one does ...more

By Milena August 13, 2017

I received an ARC of Renegade from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Renegade is the second book in Phoenix Rising series and is best read after the first book. This book is centered around a new couple, Gemma and Walker, but the mystery of missing guns and involvement of ...more

By Mags January 26, 2019

Renegade was an enjoyable story that drew me in and kept me engaged throughout. As the characters were likable and the story had plenty of heat. It was just unfortunately lacking in suspense. Especially compared to the first book Rogue. And as this is a continuation of that story, just with the focu ...more

By Nicki July 21, 2017

I am totally hooked on this series. This fast paced story was so well written that I could not believe I had put it down since page one. Walker and Gemma's chemistry was off the charts as they worked through their version of BDSM, while at the same time trying to get answers to the mystery that they ...more

By Sharing My August 25, 2017

This book was so hard to put down! It had suspense, romance, dominant/submissive, and plenty of steamy scenes. I loved Gemma and Walker! I loved their chemistry, and I loved that they were friends first who denied their feelings. This is the first book I have read by Brynley Blake, and I definitely ...more

By Kim July 19, 2017

In my opinion it would be best to read this series in order. Renegade is book two, Rogue is book one.
Walker is a fantasy man for me. Meaning I can't wait to have dirty fantasies about him. Gemma is a very lucky woman, and a plus is that he's also her best friend. Both Gemma and Walker are beginners ...more

By Tami July 27, 2017

Best friends to lovers trope. This another of my favorite tropes. The action in the back story is pretty awesome too. I started following this author after I found the #1 in this series and fell in love with it. She won't let you down in her second in the series either.

This review is based on the AR ...more

By Carey’s Reviews October 13, 2017

This is book 2 in this trilogy. I recommend reading book 1 before reading this book as both book 1 & book 2 end in semi-cliffhangers, which I hate but I got hooked & have to finish reading to the HEA!! I really liked this book! Some light BDSM & some hot sex scenes too! This series is worth checking ...more

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Brynley Blake

About the author

Brynley Blake

A lifelong reader with a taste for adventure, Brynley Blake writes the writes the kind of books she likes to read: steamy contemporary romances featuring smart, sassy heroines with a sense of humor and strong, dominant alpha males who love their women a little feisty. She lives in Texas with her family and an assortment of pets, and loves rainy days, hot coffee, cold beer, red wine, traveling, and spending time with her family. She writes contemporary and erotic romance as Brynley Blake and Brynley Bush.

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