Haley Sullivan has waited impatiently for her return to the west coast, her California friends, and most of all, Vin Brooks. But she isn't the only new face in Crescent Cove this summer. When Colby Taylor's parents finally track him down and interrupt his surf competition with a dramatic entrance, the surf star spirals out of control, dragging Drenaline Surf's reputation through the muddy shoreline with him.
As Colby's secrets dominate the tabloid headlines and plaster themselves on the covers of surf magazines, Vin feels the pressure to keep Drenaline Surf afloat. Haley volunteers to play damage control, but it isn't easy when Colby breaks everything he touches, Topher breaks the law, and Miles breaks his leg.
Instead of chasing dreams of forever, Haley spends her summer chasing the unraveling careers of the hottest new faces in the surf world. With the shifting tides, Haley feels her relationship with Vin drifting further out to sea, and she's not sure if this sinking ship can be salvaged. And it doesn't help that his super cute brother is paddling her way with a lifeboat...
(Rough Waters is a sequel to Chasing Forever Down and is the second book of the Drenaline Surf series.)
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I loved Rough Waters and getting to go back to my favorite beach town, Crescent Cove, to hang out with a group of characters I wish were real. Nikki Godwin does such an excellent job with character development, and I enjoyed how real the relationships—the good and bad—felt between the characters. My favorite interactions were between Haley and her roommates, and I have to warn you, if you read late at night, be careful because my laughter nearly woke up the neighborhood. I also did some yelling and cooing, because I just had so many feelings. I couldn’t put Rough Waters down. As a California native, I also enjoyed the setting. Crescent Cove reminded me of the beach town I used to live in and stirred a lot of fond memories for me. Nikki's world building is phenomenal. I wish I could actually live in Crescent Cove. Rough Waters and the rest of the series is a perfect beach read for any time of the year. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about Rough Waters. It was fast-paced, well written, and I can’t wait to read the next book. If you like young adult contemporary novels, beach reads, more real-life like relationships, and an endless supply of hot book boyfriend surfers, you should definitely check out Rough Waters and the rest of the Drenaline Surf series.
At First Sight I didn't need to see this book to know I was going to read it. I could have had no cover at all and I was going to read it no matter what. Rough Waters is the 2nd book in the Drenaline Surf Series and where Chasing Forever Down was my favorite book of 2013, there was no question as to whether or not I would be reading this one. That being said, I like the cover of the book and it looks great side by side with Book 1 Chasing Forever Down. Characters and Relationships One of the main things I love about Nikki's books are her characters. You can't help but fall in love with them...or maybe hate them depending on the character, which is okay in my opinion because you need to feel the emotion that each character brings to you. The relationships that were built in Chasing Forever Down were flawlessly continued in Rough Waters. I have always loved the friendship between Hailey and AJ, the gang of surfers known as The West Coast Hooigans, and the relationship that Hailey and Vin started to build in Book 1. I particularly enjoyed getting more insight into Topher, who you can't help but love and want to be around all the time. His energy is contagious (even if it does come from Ocean Blast Energy Drink and sugar cubes) and the way he cares about his friends is as authentic as you will ever find in a person. I also loved getting to know some new characters, Clover in particular, who will hopefully show up in future installments as he was a heck of a lot of fun. Is This A Kissing Book? Nikki doesn't write a whole lot of romance, which doesn't bother me in the least. No one tells a story quite like Nikki and you are so involved with the characters and what's going on that you won't miss it (at least I don't). That being said, there is a real whopper of a kiss in this one and I'm leaving it at that. Don't Leave Me Hanging This series is far from over which thrills me to death. Bring on as much Crescent Cove and Drenaline Surf as you want! The Best Gems ~Surf Competitions ~Carnival Rides ~West Coast Hooligans (because they are always the best) ~A Tie and A Black Dress ~Conversations in Hospital Waiting Rooms ~AJ (Yeah, I have a real love for AJ, he gets to be one of the best things always!) ~Understanding Colby Better ~Shark ~ ALWAYS Shark The Sum Up I was ready for this book the minute that I finished with Chasing Forever Down. That book touched me in a way that none had for a long time. I couldn't wait to see what happened with the characters that I had come to love and find out more about the ones I didn't know quite as well, and Rough Waters, didn't disappoint. This book made me FEEL just as Chasing Forever Down did. There are so many layers written into this series that is so beautifully written it takes me on a ride from happy, to sad, to smiling, to crying. Nikki never ceases to amaze me with her ability to not only weave a story but to make it so much more.