She’s a soft-spoken loner. He’s a wild-eyed rebel. Can two virtual strangers find a way to click? Lettie keeps her nose in a book and her thoughts to herself. After her best friend dumped her on the first day of their freshman year, the only person she can still confide in is her mysterious email buddy. But when a cute troublemaker saves her from a speeding car, she hopes she’s found someone worth knowing in the real world. Jace longs to put his bad reputation and his friend’s horrific accident behind him. But despite his best efforts to ditch his reckless ways, he still manages to land himself in the principal’s office. If only he could pour his heart out to his online crush in person… As Lettie and Jace struggle to balance their real-life and virtual connections, they fear that sharing how they feel could leave them completely alone. Can Lettie and Jace see beyond fantasy to discover love that’s just a touch away? Wipe Out is the fourth standalone book in the sweet Ryder Bay YA contemporary romance series. If you like deep characters, timely social issues, and relationships where opposites attract, then you’ll adore Jordan Ford’s enchanting tale.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
And here it is! Wipe Out is the fourth book in the Ryder Bay series, and it is the one that ticked all my boxes. It doesn't matter which series of Jordan Ford's I am reading, there is always one that shines just that little bit more for me. In this series, it's this one!! Now, don't get me wrong. I have thoroughly enjoyed ALL of the other books, but this one though... Sheer perfection!
We first met Jace, also known as Bass, and Lettie (Snap Dragon) in Riptide, which is part of the Boys of Summer series by various authors. We find out that Jace is struggling to cope with life's changes, and as such, searches out for that elusive adrenaline rush. Lettie is still struggling with her mother's death, even though she is told that three years is enough time, and she should move on. These two find something in the other that soothes their souls.
In Wipe Out, we learn more about them. We see Jace move to Ryder Bay, and start off by having just as much 'fun' as before. We see Lettie struggling with the new school year after being dumped by her best friend. And these two still connect - either in email form, or in person. I adored how both of them were concerned about cheating on their on-line personas.
There is a bit of everything in here - so many emotions, feelings, situations to deal with. I loved the ending with Reed, although I won't say anything further because, you know, spoilers!
All in all, this is a fantastically written book, with plenty to get your teeth into. There were no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed, and the pacing was oh so very smooth. For me, this is the best of the series so far, but I reserve the right to amend that once I have read White Water, the Ryder Bay Epilogue! Absolutely 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.