Hollis Remington is slinking home to San Clemente, California. Needing to hide out at her grandmother’s beach cottage to lick the wounds from her latest professional failure, she’s stunned to find her ex lover and professional surf god, Kadan Carson, lounging in the only bed. Naked. Hollis can’t afford a hotel, and no way will she let her family or friends know she’s broke, but Kadan’s refusing to leave. He does, however, agree to share…
Professional surfer Kadan Carson is recuperating after his third ankle and foot surgery, and while it’s highly possible his professional career may be over on the brink of his most lucrative corporate sponsorship deal, he’s determined to fight the inevitable effects of age, gravity, and injury on his body in private. No fans. No nurses. No distractions. Until Hollis shows up, who has always been one hell of a distraction. Six years after she walked out for the last time accusing him of infidelity, she’s still the one woman he hasn’t been able to exorcise from his heart, head or body. And he doesn’t really want to.
There’s no way Hollis can forgive, but she also can’t forget. Kadan was and is her first and only love. Can she help him to heal without losing her heart again?
Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
Can there truly be a second chance for a pair of lovers struggling to cope with injury, life-changing circumstances and the crushing weight of insecurity? Especially when trust is shaky at best? That’s the premise of this book, and to be honest, even though I enjoyed it, I’m still not entirely convinced their relationship would last.
Not because of Kadan – no, I really liked him. Even wounded and falling apart, he’s a nice guy. Popular and good looking, of course, but the way he treats Hollis is so lovely. At the start he’s still angry at her, but he still manages to treat her decently – if a little cockily at times. He’s a nice guy, behind all the sex and swagger, and I really liked him.
Hollis, ah, Hollis was different. Despite having control of the POV for the majority of the book, I don’t feel I got to know her particularly well. Probably because she doesn’t know herself too well, or what she really wants. She’s too caught up in what other people think and what they’re doing, and how badly Kadan has betrayed her, that she rarely stops to pay attention to what’s right in front of her. Such as the person Kadan actually is and how he’s never lied to her. No, instead she prefers gossip, non-incriminating photos and her own imagination. It’s almost as though she’s afraid to be happy, so has to sabotage everything. And, my word, that gets tedious.
Yes, she has reasons for her insecurities and her issues, but to be honest I was left wondering what Kadan sees in her. She’s so negative and tightly controlled, whereas he’s completely the opposite. Opposites do indeed attract at times, but the way she continues to think the worst of him for so long was frustrating. Almost as annoying as her sudden switch the other way. I know this is only a short book, but she put up so much resistance for so long for to believe she could ever change her mind without a prolonged campaign of Kadan proving himself over and over – which he didn’t deserve to go through.
Yet, despite that, I did enjoy this read. It passed quickly, has a nice amount of heat and – as I’ve already said – Kadan is a hero worth reading. However, your mileage may vary depending on how much patience you have for an insecure heroine prone to placing blame where it doesn’t belong. Regardless of any of that, it definitely made me interested in knowing more about these bad surfing boys. I think I’ll be planning a return to San Clemente some time soon.
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