From the blurb:
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.
Loved it!! I have yet to meet a Vanessa North book that I haven't adored! This author is fast becoming a favorite of mine.
Damn, this is one of the best novellas that I've read in a long time.
Crap load of emotion in only 118 pages? Check!
HOT sex with a toppy top (my FAVE)? Check!
Accurate yet not overly technical sports writing? Check!
I'm getting all overly enthusiastic about this story, but it was just that good! One of my biggest pet peeves in a novella is that the characters tend to feel under-developed. Not so here. I got such a complete sense of both Ben and Davis, and even the side characters came to life. I could even see offshoot books with Eddie as the MC and even the younger brother. This book was full-to-bursting with potential.