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Riptide (Boys of Summer) by Jordan Ford

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He’s after the ultimate rush. Can an unexpected relationship with a girl he’s never seen stop this adrenaline junkie before he takes things too far? Jace is a restless soul, seeking to fill the jagged wound inside of him by doing one reckless thing after another—extreme sports, drunken parties, running from the cops. He’s after the ultimate high…the thing that will kill the angst inside of him. When he’s given a business card promising him the thrill of a lifetime, he takes it. All he has to do is email the guy and apply for this chance, but an email error pulls him into something else entirely—an internet relationship with a girl who might be the only person to truly understand his pain. Can his sweet, anonymous email buddy be the voice of reason he so desperately needs, or will his family drama tip him over the edge? Riptide is a Boys of Summer novella. If you like surf, sun and bad boys then you’ll love this adrenaline-filled ride. Infused with sweet romance and heart-wrenching character growth, you won’t be able to put this novella down. This is a novella in the Boys of Summer series, a collaboration between several YA authors. They are all standalone stories that take place in the same fictional town. Escape to Sterling Beach today!

4 out of 5 (very good)

Jace - or Bass as he is known throughout most of this book - is a thrill-seeker. He is the ultimate paradox - a bad boy who doesn't actually try to be bad, and has a heart. He makes stupid decisions based on hurt feelings. His story is completely understandable and heartbreaking with how he feels. Ms. Ford has done a magnificent job of bringing him to life, to make his quandary completely relate-able.

And that's the thing with this book. As a reader, I got it. I could see where Bass was coming from, and why he behaved the way he did. Would I make the same decisions? No, but then I'm not a sixteen-year-old boy with the same experiences as him.

With no editing or grammatical errors that jolted me, I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, and can't wait to see what happens when he goes to Ryder Bay and meets up with SnapDragon.

As a standalone, this is a great read. As a prequel to the next Ryder Bay story, it's fantastic! Definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Jordan Ford is a young adult romance author. “Writing high school romances brings me the greatest joy. My heart bubbles, my insides zing, and I am at my happiest when immersed in a great scene with characters who have become real to me.” Her first series, The Big Play Novels, is based on a high school football team in the fictional town of Nelson, Idaho. "I've totally fallen in love with this team and the girls that win their hearts." Her second series, The Brotherhood Trilogy, delves into romantic suspense and she's enjoyed delving into more intense stories still soaked in romance.

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