Published: June 16, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Format: via NetGalley
She’s in over her head and he’s in hot water…
Visiting her friends Ellie and Charlie in Hawaii was supposed to be a much-needed vacation for journalist Justine Simms. But when she learns the notoriously reclusive pro-surfer Chase Ryder is coming out of retirement for a competition, she knows she’s found the perfect exclusive to save her career. Of course, then she learns he’s the gorgeous, secretly nerdy guy who broke her heart a year ago.
Will Davenport—aka Chase Ryder—doesn't do interviews. He keeps his real name out of the papers and doesn’t mix his public life with his private. That is, until the still-heartbroken Justine blackmails him into giving her an exclusive. Seeing Justine, stunningly beautiful as ever, brings back all the feelings he had before. But despite their smoldering attraction, nothing has changed since he had to leave her the first time.
When I started this I wasn’t aware that this was a part of a series, but believe me although this is a novella it totally reads fine as a standalone. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not reading the other books but it does make me curious to some of the backstory.
Justine escapes to Hawaii to get away from everything and especially Will. It’s been awhile since they have talked, she thought there was something there but after not hearing from him she thinks maybe it was all one sided. While there she tries to get a scoop for her paper about a local surfer Chase. Well little does she know Will is Chase, and now this story has a more personal connection than she ever predicated. Not only does she want to know what’s with the dual personas she also wants to know why he left her. Was the connection real or just her imagination?
This is a quick cute and ideal beach read. It has just enough romance and the chemistry between the characters is so real you can’t help but root for them. This is definitely the read for an afternoon at the beach or by the pool.