Blog Tour: Riptides: Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt

Riptides (Novella #4.5)
Enzo and Jessica's story
expected October 15, 2013
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Enzo Rodriguez doesn't take much seriously--unless it involves waves, boards, or good beer.
When too-hot-to-handle Jessica Mills strolls into his life, Enzo is willing to forego all of those things for every second he can spend with her.

But Jessica has a huge secret--and when it’s revealed, it not only crushes Enzo, but has the last person he wants to ask a favor of--his brother-in-law Adam--bailing him out of jail.

Enzo is convinced that the only way to mend his bruised ego and heart, is to pack his bags and leave the turbulent waters of Silver Strand...for good.

Other books in this series:
Although the stories are about different couples and can be read as standalones.

Lengths (Book 1)
Deo and Whit's story
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Depths (Book 2)
Cohen and Maren's story
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Kim's 4.5 star review

Limits (Book 3)
Genevieve and Adam's story

Ties (Book 4)
Hattie and Ryan's story

Drift (Book 5)
Lydia and Isaac's story
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Expected release November 12, 2013

The tides are shifting, and I'm coming out a better man on the other side.

Riptides is largely Enzo Rodriguez's story but also brings all of our friends and family from this series back together again. Enzo has always been the wild card. He lacks direction, is spontaneous, and does not really have a set life plan. He is the easy going, fun guy in the crowd. But he is seeing his brother, sister, and friends all pairing off and settling down.

One meeting with an outspoken, intelligent, politically minded woman knocks him on his ass. Jessica and Enzo have an immediate connection, the ability to really talk and relate, and great sexual chemistry. Enzo is suddenly re-evaluating his life.

And suddenly the rush from that incredible wave is pulled under by a riptide of jealousy over the fact that these two assholes have something I want so damn badly. Something I can't yet call mine, because I have yet to crack the code to Jess's heart. 

Jessica owns a bakery and has her own life. And she also has secrets and issues that keep affecting her ability to open up and progress with Enzo. I really liked her in the beginning as she and Enzo had such a great rapport and seemed so good together. But as it went on and it was obvious she was holding something back, I got a bit frustrated. There was mystery involved in what exactly she was not saying. 

I hope it's from pent up emotion, but something about this feels sad. I can't put my finger on why, but the shape of her, the press of her body against mine has this desperate feel, like she's caught in a riptide and trying to decide if she should cling to me and go where I go or swim like mad back to the shore.

Enzo was so sweet, attentive, and caring. He knew what he wanted without hesitation. Seeing him mature, his improved confidence and understanding of his needs, and his devotion to his family was something that really touched my heart. This is really a story of a man in transition. He is figuring out what he wants out of life, trying to progress and change, and open up to new experiences. 

But once all of her secrets are revealed will Enzo be able to cope or will he find himself wanting something he cannot have?

This book brings back all of our friends and family from the previous stories. It focuses a lot on his brother Cohen and Maren's wedding. We see more in the continuing stories of Hattie and Ryan, Deo and Whit, Gen and Adam. I loved seeing how the newer members of this group Ryan, Hattie, and Adam continue to bond with this family. The whole Rodriguez-Beckett clan is at the heart of this story and this series. They tease, torture, fight and fuss, but are fiercely loyal and love each other without question. This novella like the rest of the series has humor, sweet romance, steaminess, heartbreak, and pain. I will say that this novella surprised me. And I am still not sure if I am upset or happy about it. There is definitely more story to tell and I am looking forward not only to Lydia's upcoming book Drift, but also a spin-off series that will begin with a book titled Almost Lover and will feature a familiar character. 

Thanks to Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt for providing me an arc in exchange for an honest review. Quotes are from arc copy and are subject to change. 

Steph Campbell Website/Facebook/Twitter

Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls the Northeast home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession. She's repped by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Steph's works include Delicate, Grounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never Last; My Heart for Yours and My Fate for Yours (with Jolene Perry); A Toast to the Good Times (with Liz Reinhardt) and the bestselling new adult LENGTHS series with Liz Reinhardt: Lengths, Depths, Limits and coming soon: Ties & Riptides.

Liz Reinhardt Website/Facebook/Twitter

Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.

She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.

She is the author of the Brenna Blixen series (Double Clutch, Junk Miles, Slow Twitch), the Youngblood series (Fall Guy, Perfectly Unmatched), and co-writes with the awesome Steph Campbell in the Lengths series (Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties, Riptides).


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