Title: Double Up (Lake Lovelace #1)
Author: Vanessa North
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 25th 2014
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Really loved it. The writing was just floating, and the characters were very well-sketched.
What I liked most about the book though was the way the author gave voice to a recovering addict and alcoholic. The inner voice of Ben was so honest, it brought tears to my eyes. How scared of a relapse he was or how he did not trust himself.
I have to say that I did not know shit about the sport but the author explained it so well I didn’t even have to google it.