I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Double Up by Vanessa North
Series: Lake Lovelace #1
Published by Riptide Publishing on August 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
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Fifteen years ago, Ben Warren was a wakeboarding champion: king of big air, ballsy tricks, and boned grabs. Until a career-ending injury left him broken in ways he still has no hope of fixing. Now he takes his thrills where he can get them, and tries not to let life hurt too much.
Then Davis Fox arrives in Ben’s sporting goods store with a plan to get in touch with his estranged brother by competing in the annual wakeboarding double-up contest. The catch? He’s never ridden before. It’s crazy, but Ben’s a sucker for the guy’s sob story—and for his dimples, too—so he agrees to coach Davis.
Davis is everything Ben isn’t: successful, confident, and in love with life. And he wants Ben to love life—and him—too. But before Ben can embrace a future with Davis, he needs to remember how to hope.
There’s something touching about this story and how true each character seems to be to his nature.
While on the surface, Ben and Davis may seem to be incompatible, they end up being just what the other needs at this stage of their lives. I could just feel Ben’s physical pain from his boarding injuries they were so vividly described. And, the decisions he faced were realistic, making the story edgier. Davis’ commitment to his younger half brother was admirable and brave, which was a perfect compliment to Ben’s life view.
I really liked the story, the romance (the steam rocks!), the conflicts presented and how they were integrated into the characterizations and relationships. It’s meaty without being weighed down and I learned just enough about wake boarding to get it. I like the author’s style and plan to read more of her stories.