Review: Double Up by Vanessa North

Posted August 25, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 3 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Double Up by Vanessa North
Double Up

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Genres: M/M Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on August 25, 2014
Pages: 139
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Certain books just scream ‘Summer Read’ to me and this one did.  It has a quality that can be enjoyed during any season to be sure, but a new romance and wake boarding at the lake?  That’s summer fun to me.  This was my first time with this author and I have to say that I’ve definitely been missing out with the way she tells a story.  I really identified with the main character even though we have little actually in common and I was taken with how his thoughts and feelings had a genuine aspect that were heavy at times, but yet didn’t make reading the story a drag.

The book opens with former star and wake-board champion, Ben Warren, being approached by a wealthy younger man wishing to take lessons.  Ben takes one look at Davis Fox and pigeonholes him into a certain category and not one he likes.  At first, he has no desire to take Davis on as a student, but then he learns what is motivating the man.

Davis came out to his mom and step-dad years ago and was rejected never allowed to stay in contact particularly with his younger brother.  He had good years with his dad while he was alive, but now he wants to re-connect with Ridley in the only way he knows how since Ridley is an up and coming wakeboard star preparing for the tournament held at the end of the summer on the local lake.

Ben is strongly attracted to Dave so it isn’t long before they have something good going between wakeboard lessons and time together.  Ben’s friend, Eddie, helps out, but pushes Ben to tell Dave the whole truth since things are getting serious.  Ben lays his most dirty secret out there though not all of it holding his breath to see what Dave does with it.  For the first time in his life, Ben is attached and knows how big a blow it will be if Dave rejects him and sends him packing.

The book read fast and easy even though there were some pretty serious themes presented.  These themes gave the story depth and heart particularly in how they related to the character development.  The story really only has a main character, Ben, and is told from his first person perspective.  His character telling the story didn’t hinder the ability to know the other characters, Eddie, Dave, Tina, and Ridley.  Ben was easy to root for and read from his perspective.  As character’s go, Eddie, was probably the most memorable.  He is flamboyant with a heart of gold and a head full of wisdom.

The attraction is nearly instant, but the romance began forming almost immediately.  It was engaging the way the two men tripped around and worked to get things right.  Misunderstandings were a big part in creating bumps in the road, but it didn’t get angsty when it happened.  Ben is a decade older, but Dave is pretty mature so that doesn’t really factor in much.  He does get himself into a stew about who is in charge in the bedroom, but again, not the big thing that finally breaks them.  The biggest thing that broke them up was hard to read because I saw both sides though I was more put out with Dave because he really shut poor Ben down at a tough time. I was also antsy about where things would go from there, but the author didn’t fill up unnecessary pages with unnecessary actions, thoughts and emotions.  The flow and the pacing were perfect. It stayed tight and resolved in a good way.

As soon as I set this one down, I started perusing the author’s backlist and adding a couple to the ever growing wish list because I was so enthralled with this story.  It went by fast, but wasn’t forgettable.  Those who enjoy quick, poignant and hot m/m contemporary romance should grab this one up.  Those looking for an engaging summer read; this is for you too.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

About Vanessa North

Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Braine TS
8 years ago

It’s the wakeboard! Oh I felt relaxed already, I had a long day and the sound of this book feels so much like a vacation.

Sophia Rose
8 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

It does to me too. The lakeside community there where the locals all know each other and hang out in their small town or by the lake was fun. The wakeboard tourney just made it exciting.

Braine TS
8 years ago

It’s the wakeboard! Oh I felt relaxed already, I had a long day and the sound of this book feels so much like a vacation.