I had no idea if I had been accepted onto the tour for Riptides or not, so when I received the email with my tour date and my review copy of the book I may have gotten a bit over excited....like happy dance sitting on the couch excited. I love how easy it is to fall into this series, every time I pick up a book it's like returning to old friends rather than starting all over again. Every time I read a book in this series I fall in love with the male lead, deeming that person the best book boyfriend, until I read the next book and change my mind again.
Riptides is a novella in the Lengths series, and is a fantastic filler while I impatiently wait for the next book. Although Riptides is Enzo's story, we also get to see the rest of the gang, even Hattie and Ryan.
Jessica is Enzo's love interest, and throughout the book she is hiding something from Enzo. He has his life mapped out for himself and Jess, yet she is unwilling to allow him into hers, and when her secret is revealed I was shocked, but also hurt and upset for Enzo. I'm not a violent person (if we don't include sibling fights) but I seriously wanted to slap that b%#@h for what she did with Enzo. Things may not have been perfect for her and may have been complicated, but she had no right to stomp over Enzo's heart like she did.
One thing that is consistent with these books is the bromanship between the characters, and I love how it still carries over into Riptides, and while there are still a few kinks to work out between Ryan and Deo, they are genuinely a great bunch. Riptides had me laughing at a lot of things, especially when the girls flipped on the boys for the push up competition, and also for the pranks they played on each other. The characters make it easy to fall in love with them all and having them feel like friends rather than characters makes me that much more emotionally attached to them all.
However I do have an issue with Riptides, it ended far too soon. I was happily reading the book, keeping any eye on how much I had left to read. When I suddenly found myself at the end of the book with more pages left to go. Yes these pages are for a spin off series for Lengths which I will definitely read, but I was gutted that the book ended far too soon. I thought there would be more left to read.
I was tricked!!!!!! I thought I had another chapter to read....and it's ended. Nooooooooooo!!!!! @stephcampbell_ @lizreinhardt #Riptides
— Michelle (@MuchLovedBooks) September 21, 2013
Regardless of the too soon ending, Liz and Steph have once again worked their magic to make this novella just as engrossing as the rest of the books in this series. I am looking forward to reading more about Enzo's adventures, but also more from the Lengths series itself. Each book just gets better and better and this is a series I really don't want to end.