Friday, June 17, 2016

Ramping Up by Zoe Dawson ~ New Release and Review

The world of extreme sports just got a little steamier! Zoe Dawson’s pulse-pounding, emotional series follows the wily young female agents of Mavrick Allstars as they chase their dreams—and meet the chiseled athletes who make them come true.

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.

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Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review Copy provided by Publisher via Net Galley

This is a book that I really wanted to like and I did enjoy parts of it, but I didn't love it.

Gunnar Smith is an appealing character. He is an early 20's professional surfer who hates it. He is surfing to appease his abusive father and protect his mother and sister. When he finally has enough, a video taped skateboarding outing sends his life in a completely different direction.
He meets Lena, a sports agent, and sparks fly as she helps guide his career in a new direction.

Okay - Love the premise of the book. We have an athlete leaving a sport he doesn't enjoy for one he loves and along the way he finds a romantic relationship too.

My problem is in the execution. The discussion about skate boarding are way too technical for your a novice reader. I found myself board and skimming through parts of the book only to come back because I missed something.

My other issue is that this is Book #1 in a series, but there seemed to be times where it was assumed we knew information we didn't. Ms. Dawson is a newer author for me, so I don't know if some of the characters have been introduced before or not. I felt like I was missing pieces of the puzzle.

Overall, this is an okay book. I liked Gunnar and Lena and their relationship. There were several things that I felt like could have been executed more smoothly, but a lot of that has to do with the technical skateboarding discussions.

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