Title: Chasing Forever Down (Drenaline Surf #1)
Author: Nikki Godwin
Date of Publication: March 14, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA romance with sports
After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she's more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he's been dead for years. Knowing he's very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he's Colby Taylor, the west coast's biggest professional surfer.
If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she'll have to get past his four intimidating bodyguards who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the perfectly corporate future that's been planned for her. But dealing with these bodyguards isn't exactly what Haley imagined it'd be. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of them might just be worse.
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“This is my fault,” Reed says. “I’m the one who lied and sent you out with A.J. today. It’s just…you’ve gotta understand. No one has ever ridden with A.J. Most girls don’t come back around after they meet him, and if I’d thought for a second that you’d really get on there with him, I wouldn’t have sent you out there.”
“I’m not most girls,” I say. I push him out of my path with my shoulder, but he spins around and stops me again.
“I know that. Most girls don’t care about paper stars. I know there’s more to it with you, but I can’t do anything about it,” he says.
This time I don’t try to leave. I don’t know what he knows about North Carolina or paper stars or Colby Taylor’s trip back home to interrupt my boring little world, but he knows I’m here to find surfer boy.
“You’re just doing your job, right? Keeping the naïve teenage tourists away from your guy? Well, you can tell Colby Taylor he needs to think about that before he drags a random girl off to watch cover bands and talk about chasing forever and then leaves paper stars behind because he’s too damn scared to show up the next day like he said he would,” I say.
The summer sun blazes through my veins again. Warmth burns my cheeks, and I bet I look like Medusa on fire with my snaky hair sprouting from its clip and my black swamp creature eyes pouring down my face. I’d turn and run toward the parking lot if I weren’t afraid of tripping over my own feet and making a bigger fool of myself.
“Haley, I’m done,” Reed says. His eyes go sad, like how I’d imagined Dexter’s if someone stole that hot pink Frisbee. “You don’t have to fight me anymore. If you can get through Alston and A.J. and – Get through the other guys then Taylor’s yours. I’m not standing in your way.”
If Reed is surrendering, I’m another guy down. Alston is so preoccupied with Linzi that I doubt he even cares about fighting me off. He’s totally in this “just for the chicks.” I think I’ve proven I can handle A.J. more than anyone thought I could.
“Who is the fourth guy?” That’s the real question.
Reed inhales and looks past me. “You can meet him tonight. I owe you anyway. There’s this really awesome diner on the edge of town. I’m paying. Meet us here at seven?”
“It’s a date.”
(*Received a ecopy for this tour. I'm not a paid reviewer. All thoughts expressed are my own*)
I Love Love Loved Chasing Forever Down. It was a fun fast summer type read that had me wrapped up in its waves and sandy beaches taking in the sun along side the characters. I CAN'T wait for the next installment in this series. Nikki's form of writing is simple, easy to understand and will captivate your attention on page one.
Chasing Forever Down is a story about a girl named Haley who is Chasing her Forever Down..Meaning she is trying to find herself and her dreams. Which leads her to California. She meet this mysterious guy who shows her what Chasing Forever Down can be like in a way. After helping her escape a boring party, he takes her to see a cover band who was covering a band that sings her favorite some..which so happens to be the title Chasing Forever Down. He asks her to meet him the next day but he is a no show. which ends up sending her on this big adventure to find this guy who told her to Chase her Forever. In this adventure she finds out truths between lies and find herself, the true self she wants to be. She finds her forever. She find new friends, new love, and a new life. Which will be waiting for her once she graduate high school. Which leads to the second book. Which I need ASAP. Just when things started to get good for her and her new love, Vin, she has to leave to go back home. Nikki's wrote so many awesome characters, never a dull moment when A.J was around. Then Vin, *sigh*..so many wonderful characters that help the story flow well.
All in all I really enjoyed Chasing Forever Down and most definitely will pick up the second book and any other book of Nikki's. Wonderful Author, Amazing Read! Don't Miss out on this one,,Must Read!!
About Nikki Godwin
Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult/New Adult author from the southern USA. She is a city girl who can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, Hawthorne Heights, and candles from Bath & Body Works. When not writing, she's not-so-secretly internet-stalking her favorite bands. She may or may not completely love One Direction.
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