Flash Rip (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Flash Rip
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 19, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Gay Romance, Age Gap, Coming Out
Page Count: 350
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

The most dangerous current is between them.

Training to be a lifeguard at an Australian beach is tough work, but Cody Grant loves a challenge. He spends long days in the sun and surf rescuing swimmers from treacherous rip currents while trying not to lust after senior lifeguard Liam Fox—who is deeply, painfully closeted.

Liam was supposed to be a football legend. Now in his mid-thirties, it’s been over a decade since his dream shattered along with his knee. Fans still recognize him regularly, and he’s terrified his sexuality will be discovered and his conservative parents will reject him. He has strict rules to protect his secret and keeps everyone at arm’s length. Liam never acts on his need to surrender after being shamed for it years ago by the first and only man he trusted.

Out and proud Cody fascinates Liam—and tempts him to break all the rules.

Cody is practically half Liam’s size and age, but has the confidence and compassion to take charge and give Liam the release, affection, and acceptance he desperately craves. But how long can a secret affair satisfy their hearts? As if saving lives isn’t hard enough, Cody faces his greatest challenge yet convincing Liam to trust him and find the courage to live out loud.

Flash Rip is an M/M gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring a slow burn, an age gap, scorching first times, and of course a happy ending.

This had so many things that I love in a romance… It had an older sub and a younger Dom. It had so much Australia in it that I was practically swooning. There was a ton of fun and lifesaving shenanigans. But, in the end I was left wondering what happened to the romance.

Cody is one of the newest lifeguard trainees at the major beach in Australia. And there is nowhere else he feels more at home. The sun, the water, saving people… what could be better. Well, his hot, older lifeguard trainer could turn gay and lust after him, right?

Liam was living his dream of playing footy professionally until he blew out his knee. His family life was never really the same after. And he was living such a closeted life, there was nothing that even seemed real about it. Then he met Cody. It took some time, but he found a place for him and couldn’t let go.

I really enjoyed the first part of the book as we got a good glimpse into the lives of lifeguards and how much variation of excitement they see on any given day. But I was ready for the love. And then I just kept waiting. I felt like I’d missed something somewhere when it came to Cody and Liam’s relationship… like what kept them together other than the physical?

I also had a hard time reading about Liam’s hatred of himself for being gay. He was so in the closet he couldn’t even handle walking next to Cody without freaking out. This dynamic just didn’t work for me in the long run.

The group of lifeguards that all worked and played together was fun and I enjoyed their back and forth banter and nicknames. They really added to the appeal of the story for me.

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Galley copy of Flash Rip provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday