Monday, August 25, 2014

Double Up by Vanessa North


Title: Double Up
Author: Vanessa North
My Rating: B+


Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Ben and Dave
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot



Story Overview:
Knowing he’s loved can make any man fly.

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.


My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. This particular theme...wakeboarding...was a new setting for me and I loved that ingenuity as a back story to the book. 

The book is about Ben, a former wakeboarding champion who now runs a shop and does lessons. When Dave walks into his shop never having done this at all before, Ben isn't so sure. But then he hears Dave's reasons...he wants to connect with his younger half-brother who promises to be the next champion. During the lessons, Ben and Dave become friends and then much more. Ben has never done a relationship. Dave doesn't know how to do anything else...he doesn't do temporary. But despite those differences, they make it work...except Ben hasn't disclosed all his secrets...and they are pretty big ones. 

I liked these two guys together. I love how Ben has always been a risk-taker except when it comes to relationships. Dave brings all that out in him as they get closer and closer. Ben has never trusted another person like that. But even with all that, Ben doesn't trust that he won't lose Dave when Dave finds out all his secrets. 

My heart hurt as the details of everything that Ben has had to deal with all came out and I could definitely understand his reticence about both his decisions and revealing his secrets. But I could also see Dave's side of it. He was hurt that Ben didn't trust him. I love the way the story developed and was completely engrossed in every minute of it. I loved the addition of Eddie, both as Ben's friend and boss, but also that he acted as Dave's confidant too. 

The book was a great read and I am so glad that I agreed to read it for review. It was fun to read a story with a completely new setting to me and even though I am not a water girl, I loved getting a bit of insight into the wakeboarding world. It was a quick read, but completely fulfilling and entertaining. I recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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