Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Double Up by Vanessa North

I received a copy of Double Up through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.  I was excited for the chance to read another book by Vanessa North.  Here is the cover and the Goodreads blurb:

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.

I will start this review out by letting you know that there is pretty tough discussion of addiction to pain medication in this book. If this is a trigger for you, please be aware. I love the way that Vanessa North creates her characters. Ben is so sweet, surly and interesting. Davis is such a light in Ben's life but Davis' life isn't always full of life. They both have things that hurt them. I liked the way that Vanessa North kept the book from sspiralingdown out of control into an abyss of sadness. She kept just enough light in her story to keep readers hopeful that better days were coming. It's hard to watch Davis and Ben work their ways past their problems but it's worth it to get to see that sunny day at the end. I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to more from Vanessa North.

Author Vanessa North can be found on her website, her blog, Twitter and Facebook. You can click here to add Double Up to your Goodreads. I give Double Up 4 Fairies for a great story of overcoming obstacles and learning to let others in.

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