Title: Double Up
Series: Lake Lovelace #1
Author: Vanessa North
Genre: MM Romance
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.
Double Up is such an awesome story! It has everything needed: a hot and broken ex-wakeboarding champion, a hot and lonely architect with freckles, dimples, a dead father who accepted him, a homophobic mother and stepfather, and a little brother he is not allowed to see. (Okay, Dave might look a bit cliché from the outside, but his personality is great. Well, actually too great to be true, but who cares? He is amazing!)
Oh, and a flamboyant best friend! I loved Eddie!
Ben and Dave’s story is captivating, perfectly balanced with angst, romance, sex, sport, humor, family drama, and appearances of secondary characters (though I wouldn’t mind a bit more of Eddie).
I adore Dave and I understand Ben. The story is told from Ben’s viewpoint – I loved it! His narration is so genuine and touching.
When I see Dave hurting, it’s bigger and scarier than any wake I’ve ever hit.
The chemistry between them is sizzling, the sex scenes are steamy and surprising, peppered with just the right amount and right quality of dirty talk.
There is something incredibly sexy about being ordered around by a guy who blushes when he does it.