Author: Skye Jordan
Series: Renegades #6
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Available: 12th May
When pro surfer Zach Ellis isn’t traveling the world-wide competition circuit, he works as a Renegade stunt double for the hit TV series, Hawaiian Heat. After years of tangling with the ocean, his body has paid the price. So when he gets a shot at a star roll on the show, Zach’s all in. He celebrates the career opportunity by taking a chance on a woman who’s not his usual island-girl type, only to discover he can’t bear to let her go.
Tessa Drake belongs mired in legislation battles in Washington DC, not standing on the sidelines of a filming set in Maui like a wannabe starlet. But even more important than her law career, Tessa needs Zach Ellis’s signature on legal papers. Papers that relinquish his parental rights so Tessa can adopt the girl who already calls her mommy. When she discovers Zach has slipped out of town before she makes contact, Tessa takes solace in the sexy star of Hawaiian Heat. A man whose warmth and dazzling grin makes her Mensa-level IQ vanish into thin air.
After an electrifying night together, Tessa is horrified to discover just who rocked her world. Zach is stunned to learn he’s a father. And both find themselves caught in a riptide pulling them in the opposite direction of their dreams.
Source: ARC from the author
Take one sexy surfer in a gorgeous location, throw in a smart woman with one thing on her mind, then add the cutest kid and the Renegades family, and you end up with another hot, enjoyable ride from this great series.
I really liked both Zach and Tessa, and not just because their chemistry was off the charts. Zach might be a rootless surfer who has slept with more than his share of women, but he’s not a player and he’s not careless, he’s just been having fun. He has goals and loves what he does, but he’s never planned on settling down. Yet when Tessa and Sophia drop into his life, he takes the responsibility seriously. He’s a good guy who just hasn’t had the chance to show how amazing he could really be before.
Tessa is amazing. She’s smart and competent and is a pro at looking after those who matter in her life. But she’s also used to being taken for granted and not having anyone to lean on. I appreciated the way she tried to let Zach in, even as I understood how she struggled. Sure, she doesn’t exactly go out of her way to find a way for Zach to fit in with their lives, but considering what she was expecting when she tracked him down, I could understand her needing a few days to reassess her options.
Because all of this happens pretty quickly. The chemistry, the revelations, the relationship between Zach and Sophia, the pull of real life. I actually didn’t mind how quickly feelings developed between them and how they all get swept up in everything. But I do wish a few more things had been explored a little deeper – like the money issue, everyone’s plans and hopes for the future, maybe a bit more about Zach’s family and things with Abby. One or two things are mentioned but quickly brushed aside in favour of the main drama. Which is good in one way, but I’d have liked a little more detail in some cases.
Overall, though, this was great – smoking hot sex one minute, adorable sweetness the next. Zach and Sophia are seriously cute together, while Tessa is like a superhero with the way she copes. I also loved getting to see so much of the other Renegades too – but don’t worry if you’ve never read a Renegades book before, this book stands alone perfectly well.
So if you’re looking for something sexy with a side-order of surprising sweetness, give this a go. It’s cute and easy with good characters finding a way through a tricky situation, with the occasional help from a giant stuffed turtle and Pegasus. A little more Zach in action might have been nice, but it’s still a great addition to the series.
Riptide is out 12th May.
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