Exciting third installment of a riveting New Adult, sports-romance series
Reading Level: New Adult
Release Date: June 12, 2020
Pages: 174 pages
Source: Booksprout ARC
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
This novel is the third book in a four-book series. Reading these books sequentially is important in order to be able to experience the full benefit of the overarching story of the romance between 18-year-old Jordan, female skateboarding phenom, and 25-year-old Beck, a world-champion, professional skateboarder.
Book 2 ends with a cliffhanger, and this book picks up moments after the events of Book 2 conclude. Jordan has had a bad crash in a professional skateboarding competition due to a panic attack causing her to lose focus at a crucial moment. She is devastated when doctors inform her she should not get on a skateboard again for months so as to allow her body to fully heal. As a result of her injuries, most especially a concussion, and the long time needed to recover, Jordan is suffering both anxiety and depression. And this is on top of the traumatic stress she was already enduring before her wipeout as the girlfriend of Beck, a gorgeous skateboarding champion whom countless female fans adore.
In the midst of her emotional and physical pain and confusion, Jordan withdraws from her previously committed, loving relationship with Beck, and she pulls out of her contract to represent the Blaze skateboarding-gear company, which is a startup of Beck’s best friend, Griff, who himself retired from professional skateboarding a while back due to an career-ending injury. Jordan has no emotional strength left to endure being part of the high-profile and high-stakes lifestyle of Beck and Griff. All she wants to do now is drop out of her university, go home to live with her parents and, basically, hide from the world.
I raced through the pages of this novel in order to find out the answer to these compelling story questions:
Will Beck and Jordan get back together?
Will Jordan recover from the depression that is negatively impacting her self-esteem, her relationship with Beck and her skateboarding career?
Jordan has a difficult, but ultimately inspiring, personal-growth journey in this book. The story this time around is much more focused on her internal life than on exciting skateboarding scenes, which dominate the previous two books. But even so, Jordan continues to be a fascinating, sympathetic, inspirational, female protagonist.
Beck also remains a highly sympathetic romantic hero. He has integrity and compassion in spades, and is continually faithful to Jordan. He is not just a sexy lover, but a true friend and helpmate to her in her time of need.
In this book there is a continuing cast of wonderful subcharacters who are Jordan’s close friends and who are present throughout the series. Ms. Dean does a wonderful job creating fully realized, loving, loyal, female friends, in particular. They act as a positive, supportive family of affiliation to her.
I was rooting for Beck and Jordan as a couple and for Jordan’s future as a professional skateboarder all the way through to the satisfying, upbeat conclusion of this installment of the Brazen series. I look forward very much to reading the fourth and final book, Brazen Tricks. According to the author, this book will release September 12, 2020.
I received an ARC of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I rate this book as follows:
Personal Growth Plot: 4
Romance Plot: 4
Skateboarding Plot: 4
Overall: 4.5 stars rounded to 5