Overall: 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 2/5 🔥🔥
~QD Story Details~
Tear jerker: ❌
Character age range: late teens, early 20s
Love interest(s): 5 — Vance
HEA: 💖 – Cliffhanger
~QD Book Info~
Kindle Unlimited: ✅
Series: ✅ – The Riptide Series
1. Rush — releases 09/25/18
2. Resist — releases 10/05/18
3. Rebel — releases 10/15/18
Sex/kink type: Loss of virginity, penetrative, oral, manual
Possible triggers: Human trafficking, misogyny
SPOILERS AHEAD –
Quick read but I had difficulty connecting with the characters.
Lauren is a 19 year old in a dead-end job who heads to Alabama with her best friend after being spooked when her boyfriend-but-not-boyfriend asks her to move in with him. She happens upon hot kite-surfer Vance who she instantly connects with. She proceeds to ignore all the red flags thrown her way and falls for him after a few encounters.
Though Vance eventually reciprocates her feelings, he holds all the cards because he knows things she doesn’t, which I expect will blow up in his face in the next book. He and his two cronies recruit women for his mob boss father’s prostitution/ human trafficking ring and he initially planned to recruit Lauren as a “dove” (a woman who would be sold to some of the worst men even amongst those who purchase women).
What are supposed to be his redeeming factors are that 1) he hasn’t been able to recruit any women since he met Lauren, 2) he’s doing it for a “good reason”. Vance recruits to get an in with his father in order to ultimately take him down and avenge Vance’s mother’s death; and lastly 3) he’s now decided he isn’t going to let Lauren be a dove because he loves her.
Personally, I feel like if you want me to connect the character has to have redeeming qualities that outshine their darkness. Enough that it tips the scales in their favor. You’re a killer, but you killed to protect her? Sure. But I’m not sure that applies here. Vance has made some horrendous decisions and deciding he’s simply going to stop isn’t enough of a redeemer for me. Considering there’s another book there will likely be a continuation of their coupledom but I can’t say that I whole heartedly believe that he won’t put his interests first again.
I’m vested in seeing their relationship through the end of the series but I’m hoping the second book turns Vance around for me. I’m not liking him a whole lot right now.
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That’s all she is.
And that’s why she’s wanted,
And in danger.
Lauren Owens is so much more.
Falling for her was never my intention.
But, I couldn’t resist,
Her spirit and drive,
And her unimaginable innocence.
And that’s exactly why my father wants her,
For his own gain.
Now, it’s up to me to take him down,
Stop him once and for all,
Protecting her every step of the way.
Saving her would mean only one thing:
I won’t get to love her.
Brooke Page is a contemporary romance author who loves writing romantic suspense novels that will lead her readers through twists and turns with each page. She wants her readers to feel like they are a part of the thrill, making their hearts race from not only passion but also the intensity of the story. Brooke has a craft for weaving steam and mystery, giving her readers a story they won’t want to put down.