Sunday, June 17, 2018
Review for Ramping Up by Zoe Dawson - 4 out of 5
SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -
Helena “Lena” Mavrick is ready to prove that she can play with the big boys. Working at her father’s internationally renowned agency, Mavrick Allstars, Lena sets her sights on one of the most coveted phenoms out there: a twenty-four-year-old surfer caught ripping it in a viral skateboarding video. Signing him would be a huge win—and his marketing appeal isn’t the only thing that makes Lena’s heart skip a beat. Trouble is, fraternizing with the client is against company policy.
Professional surfer Gunner Smith lives under the absolute control of his coach—until he takes the ultimate risk and starts over as a skateboarder. Gunner swore he wouldn’t give up his freedom again, but Lena’s out-of-the-blue offer makes him think long and hard. She’s smart, she’s bold, she’s got sponsors lined up around the corner—plus she’s drop-dead gorgeous. He’s just not sure his coach will let him get away that easily, because he’s not just Gunner’s coach, he’s also his father.
Gunner is used to hiding his tortured past. But when his steamy affair with Lena threatens their future, he must decide whether he will sacrifice everything for the woman who’s stolen his heart.
MY REVIEW -
Really sweet story! The romance between Lena and Gunner is adorable! They have great chemistry, and I liked how their relationship develops. Plus, they have some steamy moments! The skateboarding aspects were great too! I know about skateboarding a little, but the author also has a glossary of terms that was helpful to look up the tricks if you wanted. The skateboarding aspect was lots of fun, and I haven't read very many books that focus on that sport. Lena is a sports agent, who signs ex-pro surfer Gunner when she sees him skateboarding in a video. Gunner has some personal issues with his dad, so he doesn't want anyone to get caught up in his drama, but he can't resist the pull he feels towards Lana. Lana needs to keep things professional though, so her job isn't affected, but she too is finding it very hard to resist Gunner. There were some weird transitions with the writing, but overall, the story is entertaining. I liked both Lena and Gunner, and I liked the side characters. It seems like this series will have books with some of the side characters, so I'll definitely check those out!