Saturday, November 2, 2019

ARC Review: Flash Rip by Keira Andrews

Flash RipFrom the blurb:

On Australia's hottest beach, the most dangerous current is between them.

Training to be a lifeguard 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.

Heather's rating:

I'm a total Keira Andrews fan-girl, so I was hoping, hoping to love Flash Rip... and I did. So much.

One of my favorite books of 2018 was Honeymoon for One, so it seems as though Keira Andrews writing books set in Australia is like my own personal brand of crack. Heather-crack! I couldn't put this book down, and stayed up until 3 am to finish.

What do you need to know? Well, there is a power-dynamic here that I loved, something not quite dom/sub but close to it. Plus, we get the younger, smaller one in the dominant roll, and MY BODY WAS HERE FOR IT.

There is also an age gap. Not a huge one, but it's enough for those who enjoy a little May/December happening in their romance.

We also have an extremely closeted MC with horrible internalized homophobia, and, to be honest, that may be off-putting for some readers. If I have to pinpoint anything that may divide opinions about this story, that would be it. However, I felt for Liam, and I really understood where he was coming from.

It took a little while for me to warm up to this story, but once I was in it, I was really, really in it. I loved the two MCs together, and I felt like the story just got better and better over time.

With Aussie men, a hard-fought romance, an emotional coming out journey, and dirty talk, Flash Rip was exactly what I wanted it to be and more. Keira Andrews has another winner on her hands.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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