Double Up by Vanessa North was a sweet treat that made me crave summer. It’s the first in her Lake Lovelace series, though I read the second one (Rough Road) first.
Okay, so yes, I read Rough Road before this one but that’s because I’m an idiot. I saw it on NetGalley and I had to have it. So, obviously, both of them can be read as standalones but I’m so glad I got to read Double Up and find out some more of the history of the characters I fell in love with in Rough Road.
Especially Kinky Eddie! 🙂
Alright, down to business.
Let me start by saying I don’t know jack about wake boarding. Though, after this, I think I’ll be looking up some YouTube videos to check out what these boys were doing. It sounded like a lot of fun!
Davis’s family tree confused me a bit but I think it was because his mom was referred to as his step-mom once by accident in the beginning. It wasn’t a big deal except then I wasn’t a hundred percent sure who Davis’s brother lived with/who was keeping him from Davis.
While it’s a touch insta-lovey, I couldn’t help but fall for these two as fast as they fell for each other. Shy guys who turn out to be toppy as fuck? That’s awesome in my humble opinion. Then, for Ben’s…hang-up in the bedroom to be handle so well. 😉
Plus there’s an age difference! Yummy, yummy goodness.
Unfortunately, I did feel like this was a book about Ben and that I didn’t get to know Davis very well–which happens with first-person sometimes. The initial premise seems to be about Davis and his brother, but most of the book ends up being about Ben and his issues.
Still, you absolutely cannot go wrong with this, or any other, Vanessa North book. Double Up was about love and loyalty and family. Now excuse me while I go read Kinky Eddie’s book again. 😉
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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.