Helena “Lena” Mavrick is ready to prove that she can play with the big boys. Working at her father’s internationally renowned agency, Mavrick Allstars, Lena sets her sights on one of the most coveted phenoms out there: a twenty-four-year-old surfer caught ripping it in a viral skateboarding video. Signing him would be a huge win—and his marketing appeal isn’t the only thing that makes Lena’s heart skip a beat. Trouble is, fraternizing with the client is against company policy.
Professional surfer Gunner Smith lives under the absolute control of his coach—until he takes the ultimate risk and starts over as a skateboarder. Gunner swore he wouldn’t give up his freedom again, but Lena’s out-of-the-blue offer makes him think long and hard. She’s smart, she’s bold, she’s got sponsors lined up around the corner—plus she’s drop-dead gorgeous. He’s just not sure his coach will let him get away that easily, because he’s not just Gunner’s coach, he’s also his father.
Gunner is used to hiding his tortured past. But when his steamy affair with Lena threatens their future, he must decide whether he will sacrifice everything for the woman who’s stolen his heart.
Let’s just take a moment here while I inhale and prepare to keep myself from absolutely rambling over this book. Seriously, Ramping Up by Zoe Dawson, was one of my favorite books last year. I’ve actually hoarded the ARC and read it a few times since.
Zoe Dawson was a very new-to-me author and to say I fell in love with Ramping Up would be an understatement. I’m still on the edge of my seat waiting for the rest of the series. That being said, about the book itself, Ramping Up is a standalone novel that starts the Mavrick Allstars series. It does have an HEA.
I went into this one like, “Oh! Yeah! Something different!” Boy, was it ever. You have a great plot with complex characters. Lena and Gunner (I love his name!), have that instant chemistry that sparks flirty banter. They were an absolute gem to read because the dialogue between them was fantastic. Even when they were fighting the attraction.
I actually want to go into some detail about the MC’s but I’m afraid I’ll give out spoilers and to be fair, the plot of this book needs to be read for it to hit you just right. Not have someone tell you about it in a review. What I will say, is that you have a sports crossover that from a guy that actually wants nothing to do with any of it. He’s just trying to live. You have a girl that sees something in him, something great. It makes for a wonderful read.
After reading it for the third time, I can definitely say I’d give it a full 5 stars, possibly 5 and a half because I fell in love with the characters that weren’t even the MCs and you actually don’t see a ton of them in this book. Would I recommend Ramping Up? You bet I would!