Book Review: Double Up – Vanessa North

Double Up“ Fifteen years ago, Ben Warren was a wakeboarding champion: king of big air, ballsy tricks, and boned grabs. Until a career-ending injury left him broken in ways he still has no hope of fixing. Now he takes his thrills where he can get them, and tries not to let life hurt too much.

Then Davis Fox arrives in Ben’s sporting goods store with a plan to get in touch with his estranged brother by competing in the annual wakeboarding double-up contest. The catch? He’s never ridden before. It’s crazy, but Ben’s a sucker for the guy’s sob story—and for his dimples, too—so he agrees to coach Davis.

Davis is everything Ben isn’t: successful, confident, and in love with life. And he wants Ben to love life—and him—too. But before Ben can embrace a future with Davis, he needs to remember how to hope.”


What I really loved about this book is how realistic Ben Warren’s character was portrayed. There was no inhibition into his character and it was an honest to goodness look to someone who’s in his situation. How would you feel if a freak accident took that one thing that makes you really happy? I mean, it may not be “that” extreme happiness but you can’t help but think of all the what if’s. In this story, there are those realistic “what ifs” and Ben was a prime example of someone who’s just going through life – though obviously, he’s still holding on a little part of his old self.

I do loved Davis here because he’s what Ben needed – someone who’s confident and does not easily takes shit from others. I also loved that his character is a sensitive one. He’s someone who views having a partner as a sacred thing. Although it feels like the reason he’s enrolling for the tournament was a bit forced – I thought the story smoothly transitioned into their romance and its development towards the end was truly heartwarming. This was a beautiful summer story that I’d always place on my reread list.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Riptide Publishing

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