Wednesday, September 18, 2019

ARC Review: Flash Rip by Keira Andrews

The most dangerous current is between them.

Training to be a lifeguard at an Australian beach is tough work, but Cody Grant loves a challenge. He spends long days in the sun and surf rescuing swimmers from treacherous rip currents while trying not to lust after senior lifeguard Liam Fox—who is deeply, painfully closeted.

Liam was supposed to be a football legend. Now in his mid-thirties, it’s been over a decade since his dream shattered along with his knee. Fans still recognize him regularly, and he's terrified his sexuality will be discovered and his conservative parents will reject him. He has strict rules to protect his secret and keeps everyone at arm’s length. Liam never acts on his need to surrender after being shamed for it years ago by the first and only man he trusted.

Out and proud Cody fascinates Liam—and tempts him to break all the rules.

Cody is practically half Liam's size and age, but has the confidence and compassion to take charge and give Liam the release, affection, and acceptance he desperately craves. But how long can a secret affair satisfy their hearts? As if saving lives isn’t hard enough, Cody faces his greatest challenge yet convincing Liam to trust him and find the courage to live out loud.

Flash Rip is an M/M gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring a slow burn, an age gap, scorching first times, and of course a happy ending.

Dani's rating:

It took me a few chapters to really get into the rhythm of this story. There's a lot of Aussie surfing talk that went over my head at first, but it didn't take me long to become fully engrossed in Australian lifeguard culture in general and the story of Cody and Liam specifically.

Liam is a former AFL footie start and a veteran lifeguard. Cody is a new trainee, just learning the ropes.

Liam's parents are bigots. His dad throws around homophobic slur like candy and has a shrine dedicated to Liam's former athletic glory. Liam is so terrified of being outed, he dares to hook up only overseas. Never mind that a former hookup left him ashamed of his more submissive desires.

Cody comes from a family of academics, but all he's ever wanted to do was be in the surf and sun. He takes his new lifeguard role seriously and is a quick learner. Cody is smitten with Liam almost instantly, but doesn't dare dream that Liam could return his feelings.

Cody and Liam's clandestine hookups are insanely hot! Liam loves it when Cody takes charge, and Cody teaches Liam you're not less of a man if you like to submit.

I loved the camaraderie between the lifeguards and their acceptance of Cody when Cody first comes out by casually referring to his ex. I liked the scenes where the men rescue people from drowning (fans of Keira Andrews will immediately spot a cameo appearance by one of my favorite couples!).

All the secondary characters are well developed, including Charlene the dog. Liam's fear of coming out and his parents' reaction are realistic. There is some mild relationship drama that leads to a sunny HEA for the men.

I definitely recommend this one! Keira Andrews never disappoints.

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An ARC of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Download links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of or affiliation with the book, author, publisher, or website listed.

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