Monday, October 28, 2013

Maverick by Anna Cruise

Author: Anna Cruise
Title: Maverick
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Kellen Handler is in deep.

Ever since he can remember, he’s wanted to be a professional surfer. And he made it, rising to the top of the ranks, traveling the world and riding every break he’s ever dreamed of. His good looks and reputation for living on the edge—both in and out of the water—have made him an international superstar. But when his best friend dies in a tragic accident, Kellen wipes out big time, spiraling so badly that everything he’s worked for starts to disintegrate.

Tour officials scramble to do damage control and demand he work with a public relations company to clean up his bad boy image. It doesn't help that the person assigned to him, Gina Bellori, has her own demons associated with the surfing world.

Against her better judgement Gina accepts the job and concentrates on repairing Kellen's tattered reputation, despite his protests and despite the pain it causes her. With her past colliding with her present—and Kellen in the thick of it—she begins to realize that some secrets can't stay hidden.

And suddenly, Kellen Handler is no longer worried about losing his career.

He's more worried about losing his heart.

I gotta say this is my first surfer novel and I was not disappointed, Anna Cruise has done a great job really giving her readers the wounded hero to fall in love with - and for animal lovers... kittens.
This book is easy for anyone that has lost a good friend to relate to on a personal level for how much that loss can affect your personal life and sometimes your professional one as well.
Kellen loses a close friend in an accident and takes it so hard that his life begins to spiral out of control, after a few incidents he's forced to repair his image.
In comes Gina - who has a few ghosts of her own and her own reasons to hold a grudge against the surfing industry but as for her relationship with Kellen I really thought Gina was perfect because I felt that Kellen really needed her sternness to keep his butt in line as well as open up that broken place in his heart.
I really don't think the story would have worked unless Kellen had a female lead that could relate to what he was going through and someone that was strong enough to stand next to him. No simpering, weak females could have held onto him. Gina was none of those things, Gina was perfect.
A great redemption finding read.

Until next time book lovers...

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