Title: Body Surf
Author: Darien Cox
Publisher: Phaze Books
Characters: Joe Amato, Cameron
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tired of running wild and drifting without direction, Joe Amato craves some stability, wanting to belong to something, someplace, or even someone. When he sees Cameron, a gorgeous blond lifeguard working the beach near his sister’s house, suddenly he knows exactly what he wants to grab onto.
Swamped with suitors, Cameron seems unattainable, so Joe can’t believe his good fortune when the lifeguard seems to fall for him too. But there’s Natani, a former lover of Cameron’s who refuses to let go, and her persistence quickly turns to stalking and crazy antics.
Cameron struggles to dissuade her, desperate not to ruin things with Joe, but Natani has a secret, one that could destroy their happiness forever.
Darien Cox is a new author for me and I really liked his easy style of writing and ability to really make me care about his characters. I loved the kinship and the sizzling chemistry the two heroes had for one another and enjoyed the story they told.
Joe is unsure about what he wants to do in life. He’s restless and although he knows he should have his future all planned out; instead he is living with his sister in Cape Cod and working for his brother-in-law until he’s able to make a decision. Despite his sister’s good intentions and support, Joe is still lonely. So when he sees a handsome lifeguard at the beach, he immediately captivated by him. But as Joe continues to watch the sexy lifeguard, he begins to believe that the man might be a little bit of a player and is straight by the way females hang all over him. Even though this bothers him, he can’t help but feel a little flattered and hopeful when the sexy lifeguard seems to be watching him almost as much as Joe does.
Cameron can’t help but notice the sexy stranger watching him at the beach, so when he runs into the man, Joe, as he was surfing a day or so later; Cameron is excited to meet him. There’s something about Joe that really fascinates Cameron and he’s thrilled when Joe agrees to go out with him. But as the two men start to get know each other, problems arise. Cameron has a woman who is practically stalking him and her lies soon bring trouble into the two men’s’ lives. Will they be able to work through all of the miscommunication between them so they can have a future together?
I loved Cameron and Joe. I thought there were both well-written, likeable heroes that lived and breathed off of the written page. Both men have a lot of things going on in their lives and things they must overcome if they want to have a happy relationship together, and I thought the author did a great job at tackling these issues head-on, so these men could find their happy ending together.
The story itself is fast-paced and an easy and sexy read. There is a twist to the story that I didn’t see coming, and the author surprised me at being able to work through it in an interesting and realistic manner. I particularly enjoyed the heated chemistry between Cameron and Joe and I thought they were a good and solid couple together. If you are looking for a sweet and sexy read about two men looking for love while doing some serious soul-searching of themselves, Body Surf is definitely a book you should consider. I’m looking forward to reading more from Darien Cox in the future. Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi