Double Up (Lake Lovelace #1) by Vanessa North

DoubleUpKnowing 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.

Have you ever passed a book over the first time you saw it but gave it a second look when the next book in the series came out? Yeah, that’s what happened with Double Up. When the ARC for Rough Road caught my eye I realized I needed to play catch up. I’m glad that I did, because there was a lot more to Double Up than I expected.

Double Up had pretty much everything you could want in a hot summer romance. A hot younger guy. A not so much older sports legend. A crazy, over protective best friend and crazy family issues. Like I said, there was a lot more to this story than the obvious. Both Ben and Davis’ back stories had their fair share of heart break. Ben was devastated by his sports injury in more ways than one and Davis had to go to extreme measures to re-connect with the only family he had left that he cared about. I’m not sure which one of these two I fell in love with first, but by the end I loved them both.

Rough Road, the next book in Vanessa North’s Lake Lovelace series, features Ben’s best friend Eddie. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for him. 😉



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