Just Released + Official Review! Resplendent Rush by Bella J

Always & Never

TITLE: Resplendent Rush

SERIES: Resplendence, Book #2)



Lexi is a vivacious, quirky, and fiercely independent woman with enough attitude and wit to intimidate even the most confident of men. Levi is a sexy-as-hell, cocksure, smoldering hot marine blessed with smooth swagger and cool confidence to charm his way into any woman’s bed. The one thing they have in common, though, is their disinterest in finding love. She’s determined to not let love interfere and dictate her life. And with his career, he doesn’t need the emotional ties and baggage of love, and dreams of white picket fences.

But a few chance encounters have these two tangled up in one wild, passionate, explosive ride which neither of them expected, and which leaves them completely and utterly addicted to each other. Already in too deep, Lexi stubbornly fights her growing feelings for him and refuses to become vulnerable against the power that love seems to yield. She has witnessed firsthand how loving someone can destroy a person, leaving him defenseless against a life of emotional turmoil. She refuses to let it happen to her.

Levi knows that Lexi is holding back. He knows that she is keeping a part of her heart guarded. He’s determined to burn down the walls she so desperately clings to, and make her surrender her all to him. But with his long-lost brother’s unexpected return comes an inexorable danger that he will do just about anything to protect her from—even if it means losing her, and in the end, breaking her heart.

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Official Review

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Resplendent Ruin, the first book in the series, I knew that I was going to adore Lexi and Levi together. Their personalities charmed me and left me waiting impatiently in anticipation to read their story. Levi and Lexi are funny with their quick wit and sexy banter and make you fall in love with them immediately. Bella J outdid herself with this dynamic duo and their antics. They pull you in and won’t let you go. Resplendent Rush is sexy, full of humor, and the suspense is not for the faint of heart!

Lexi Mason or “petite”, as Levi likes to call her, is feisty in every sense of the word. Being small does not stop her from having a big personality with quick come backs and she can stand toe to toe with anyone, including Levi and his military ways. She has a big heart, sexiness, and humor that makes Levi fall head over heels right from the beginning. Lexi is an intelligent business woman who can handle herself and will not bow down to anyone. She tells it like it is and when she loves, she does it with her whole heart. I might have a little bit of a girl crush on this vivacious character.

My crush on Lexi does not even compare with how I feel about Levi. He is an honorable, off the charts sexy man who knows how to handle his business both in and out of the bedroom. Being a military man has made him both fierce and loyal combine that with rugged good looks and you have a lethal combination on both Lexi and the reader’s heart. He made my heart pitter patter every time he laid those emerald green eyes on Lexi and opened that delicious mouth to show her who was boss and let’s not even get started on the rest of his body.

Resplendent Rush had me falling completely in love with the Resplendence series and has my curious piqued for what Bella J will give us next. She gives her readers the perfect combination of steam, humor, and suspense to keep them coming back for more. I highly recommend if you are looking for heart stopping action and intrigue along with passionate characters.



She hardly knew the guy—but got very well acquainted with his body within the span of three hours. Three hours! The man had become a legend in Lexi’s eyes.

Then the Legend opened those beautiful green eyes. A contented smile appeared on his face as he closed his eyes and stretched his arms under the pillow, his ass cheeks puckering into curved shapes of hard muscle—which she wanted to squeeze so freakin’ bad.

“Hey, Petite.”

“Hey,” she said back and pulled the sheet up.

One of those green orbs opened and looked at her. “It’s a bit late for modesty, don’t you think?”

“Who knows, maybe you were too drunk to see anything.”

“Oh, I saw everything, believe me.”

She snorted. “I doubt that.”

Then like one of those freaky fast, stealthy ninjas, he moved, and she was pinned beneath him. Blood rushed to her cheeks.

“I made sure I saw every inch of you,” he whispered against her lips. A warm fuzzy feeling spread across her chest.

His hand toyed with the top of the sheet that still covered her, and slowly he moved the fabric down while his eyes followed the movement.

“Like this little spot”—he stopped and kissed the little dark beauty spot just above the swell of her breast—“right here.” She closed her eyes, unable to stop the tingle that spread all over her skin.

While she had been busy enjoying the tingles, he suddenly hooked his arm beneath her leg and jerked her thigh up.

She gasped. He shifted.

“And like this little spot right here.” His lips found another little beauty mark right on the inside of her thigh, and she thanked the Lord for all the little buggers she had across her body and hoped like hell he planned on going on a treasure hunt.

Her breathing became more labored when his lips continued in an upward motion—slowly, deliciously making their way up her thigh. Her body responded by moving, searching for more. Just as she wanted to reach for his hair with her fingers, he went completely ninja on her ass and turned her onto her stomach with one swift move of his arm.

Dear mother of all baby ninjas everywhere.

He hovered over her naked back and then settled his weight on her.

Okay, seriously, there was about to be one hell of an explosion right in the middle of Manhattan, and Lexi totally blamed the hot little ass currently kissing trails up her spine.

Okay, there was nothing little about him, at all.

“Oh, I remember these little beauties perfectly,” he said softly. She felt him smile on her skin as his lips continued all over her back, and her shoulders, and then down to the area just above the curve of her butt.

Oh, good Lord, her brain was about to turn into mush. Soon—very soon—there would be nothing left of her mind but a whole big bucket of mushy lust.

She writhed beneath him, unable to keep still for one second longer. He firmly placed his hand on her hip, stilling her.

His lips moved over the curve of her behind. “Does Petite want more?”

Um, what kind of a question is that? Stupid, stupid, stupid question.

He moved up, and the length of his body covered hers. His heat flowed over every inch of her skin, and it rendered her incapable of thinking about anything other than having him right then and there. In fact, her body demanded it.

She bucked her hips a little and heard him inhale sharply.

She smiled. “Does that answer your question?”

He nipped her ear between his teeth. “Oh, hell yes.”

-What dream are you living in--

Make sure to grab your copy of the first book in Bella J’s Resplendence Series




Juliette thought she had love. She thought she knew what it felt like to be loved. And to finally marry her fiancé, Daniel, was a dream she refused to let go of—until Knox Taylor showed up and made her question everything she thought she knew about life and love.

Juliette Mason had it all—the perfect job, the perfect home, the perfect fiancé. She lived the perfect life. Until everything started to slowly fall apart.

Daniel, her attractive and success-driven fiancé, was the love of her life. For years she wanted nothing more than to finally walk down the aisle, to be Mrs. Daniel Clarke. But as time went by, the cracks in their relationship started to come to the surface, and Juliette found herself in a place she never imagined she would be. It was a place where she started to question everything about her life and her dreams, a place where nothing about her life made sense anymore—a place where she found Knox Taylor.

Knox didn’t count on falling in love. In fact, Knox didn’t count on anything really. He was blissfully happy living a fast life of reckless behavior, impulsive decisions, and beautiful women. He lived the perfect life of a flourishing bachelor—but then she happened.

Content Notes: Spicy, Contemporary

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Oh man, what a book. For a debut novel, I’m screaming from the rooftops to get your copy. This book knocked my socks off. That cover sucked me in and then the world painted for me kept me turning page after page… and before I forget “Knox is Mine” – NEED EPIC READS


Resplendent Ruin was really an enjoyable, emotional read! I got all caught up in the emotions Juliette went through and was drawn right into her dilemma. – LUV MY BOOKS


Instant love with the Author Bella J after reading her debut novel Resplendent Ruin. She knows her Alpha male and she knows it too well. The story was honestly just addictive! It’s the kind of story where you start the book and then suddenly realize that you’re halfway through and you have barely stopped. It was thrilling, emotional, romantic, hot, sexy, a lot of drama, just what I was looking forward to. – BOOK LATTE


Instantly Infatuated! I love this debut novel! Bella J wrote such a fantastic, nail-biting, gut-wrenching love-triangle drama with so many surprising twists! Such a compelling, sweetly-heated contemporary romance that kept me glued to every page and tugged real hard on all my heart-strings! – ROMAZING READER


This story had me feeling the pain all the way around in this story of secrets, revelations and betrayals. I felt Juliette’s pain as she tried to work through her feelings for both Knox and Daniel, not really knowing until the end which way things were going to go. And that journey? This story was so full of highs and lows that my heart needed a break by the end. – GIVE ME BOOK


About the Author

Bella J lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband, two kids, & chihuahua. Her love for writing started in eighth grade when she received her first writing assignment—which she flunked. But the positive side of her failure—her newly found passion for writing. The negative side—now she’s completely spaced out half of the time living in her little pretend world of romance, love, & insanely hot heroes


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