There’s no way Lydia–oldest and most responsible of the tight-knit Rodriguez clan–is going to let her nosy family find out about the uncharacteristic work screw-up that landed her a paid suspension. To keep busy and avoid panic, she enrolls in a life enrichment class. The first guest speaker is a handsome artist with a wicked smile and eyes that melt right through her.
Even the “ice princess” can’t help but feel an immediate spark that lights her blood on fire.
Isaac Ortiz is unquestionably the sexiest man Lydia has ever met. The talented son of a famous Spanish artist, he’s constantly moving from one new glamorous city to another, working if and when the muse visits him.
He also has a stare that makes Lydia’s heart race and hands that look more than capable of making her scream with pleasure. She shouldn’t be attracted to this free-spirit who makes all his own rules–but she is.
There’s just one hiccup….Isaac is nineteen.
Lydia has lived her entire life firmly inside the box, and being with a younger man is definitely outside the safe confines she enjoys.
So why can’t she stay away from him? And why is she seriously considering his proposition to take off to a place she’s never been…just because?
When Lydia is invited back to work with a cleared name, she should be overjoyed.
But the reality is, Lydia doesn’t know what anchors her life anymore…or if she wants to be anchored at all. Should she travel the world with Isaac? Or continue down the road that she’s worked long and hard to pave for herself? Choosing one means losing the other, and Lydia isn’t sure if she’s ready to drift with the current that’s pulling her by the heart.
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.
Genevieve Rodriguez is less than thrilled when her older brother’s best friend, Deo, runs off and marries Whit, the girl who doesn’t even deserve him. At least that’s what Gen believes. And so what if everyone thinks it’s just a stupid crush? She’s had a thing for Deo for as far back as she can remember.
Freshly heartbroken and downright annoyed, Genevieve is also one ‘D’ away from getting kicked out of school. In other words, life could be better for the rowdy, youngest Rodriquez sibling. Her only hope of passing physics is her quiet, nerdy tutor, Adam.
Adam isn’t her type at all. He’s too quiet, too polite, and he’d rather stare at lab charts than bother to notice the bustier top so sexy, it turned the head of every guy in a five-mile radius.
When Adam tells Genevieve that he won’t be back after winter break because his visa is about to expire, the words drop out of her spontaneous, heartbroken mouth before she has the time to think…
Thinking it’s a joke, Adam gives Genevieve a firm no. But when the joke turns into something more, all bets are off and all limits are broken. Adam may not notice a perfect bustier, but he can’t resist a good argument. And Genevieve has been arguing to get exactly what she wants her entire life.
Review copy received for an honest review.
I am in love with this series! I like that you don’t need to read the previous books (even though I of course have ) and it’s awesome to be reintroduced to earlier characters. It is fun to see where their stories led and how they are entwined with the new characters.
This latest book in the Lengths series introduces us more in depth to Cohen’s sister, Genevieve. She is a gorgeous girl who flaunts her stuff in flashy clothes and high heels. Genevieve seems like the black sheep of the Rodriguez family and feels like she can’t do anything right, including passing school. Enter….sexy scientist/tutor/teacher’s assistant Adam Abramowitz who is at risk of being sent back to Israel when his Visa runs out. Adam is Gen’s tutor and he sees so much potential in her, if only he could get her to see it too.
Genevieve is not only working through school issues but personal ones as well. She has been hung up on Deo (sexy surfer boy from Lengths, her brother Cohen’s best friend…) and has a hard time dealing with the fact that he is now married. One night Gen has too much to drink and Adam finds her sulking in a closet, he takes her away from the situation.
Adam and Genevieve start to spend time together outside of school and I could see that there was a connection with them, although neither one of it would actually act on it. Each of them thought that the other wouldn’t be interested.
Cohen Rodriquez, Deo’s hilarious, über responsible best friend in LENGTHS got dumped by his longtime girl because he’s ‘not impulsive enough,’ and he’s burned up.
But maybe, just maybe, she’s more right than he wants to admit. So he starts to date.
But no one really feels like the one. And the more girls he dates, the more Cohen’s convinced she isn’t really out there.
Luckily he has Maren—the girl with the sexy voice who always cracks the best jokes. They’ve been talking daily for a year…on the phone. What started as all work soon blooms into friendship. Then she asks him.
Do you want to meet?
He’s scared out of his mind to ruin the one easy, fun relationship he has going for him. But he takes the plunge, and things are just fine, totally easy and comfortable.
Except that they both sense it’s not strictly platonic…there is an undeniable attraction and absolute raw chemistry between them…and every time they’re in the same room, that attraction gets deeper and harder to ignore.
Maren could be the best thing that’s ever happened to Cohen… Or she could send his carefully compartmentalized life into a tailspin.
Cohen has to decide if he’s ready to let go of his comfortable fantasy and embrace the one girl who might be able to change his luck in love.
Well, I was glad to see Cohen get his own story! I absolutely loved him and his friendship with Deo in Lengths. He was so down to earth and was always talking sense into Deo, trying to guide him in the right direction. Cohen finds himself single and is still working for his parents at the furniture store. Maren also works for them, offsite at the warehouse. I was instantly jealous of the relationship that Cohen and Maren had with each other. I thought this was kind of off though because they had never actually met in person. They were so comfortable with one another during their phone conversations it made me want a friendship like that. They confide in one another and talk about life and what they have going on. I loved his reaction the first time they finally meet at an A’s game.
“She’s a short little thing, curved in all the right places, dark hair twisted in two shiny braids. Her eyes are wide and a clear light blue. She smiles like she’s thinking something she shouldn’t, and for a stupid blip of a moment, I hope she’s thinking whatever she’s thinking about me. Something about her is…familiar.”
I loved the instant ease that they have together. It doesn’t seem awkward, until they meet their dates in the stadium. When Maren’s boyfriend seemsoverly comfortable with Cohen’s date things get weird. This guy Jason is a jerk and Cohen knows it but he is too much of a gentleman to do anything. He wants Maren but he will not do anything while she is with another guy, even though said jerk is a douchebag in this schmexy girl’s opinion. It became frustrating to me for awhile because Cohen wanted Maren but not this way and then Maren wanted Cohen but she also wanted the safety and familiarity of Jason…ugh, enough already!
Nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad leaves her conservative Pennsylvania home for sunny California, looking for independence, a fresh start, and a place to stash her grief. She promptly finds a job at a tattoo parlor, a craptastic first apartment, and one friend—Ryan—who is a little less friend, a little morebenefits.
Deo Beckett is a soulful surfer with a passion for tattoos and beautiful women. On the eve of his twenty-second birthday, he finds himself living with his grandfather, recently unemployed, and seriously adrift. He doesn’t know much about what he wants out of life, but he does know his current situation isn’t cutting it.
When Deo meets Whit, she’s all sexy makeup and fierce, smart-ass fun. It doesn’t take him long to see past her tough shell. And when he gets a good look at what’s under all the superficial stuff that usually gets his attention, it leaves Deo wondering if there might be more to life than living fast and free.
Too bad Whit has a past she doesn’t plan on sharing—no matter how hot Deo is. She might want him, but she knows better than to let her guard down.
Deo falls for Whit, and falls hard. But everything about her, down to that mysterious tattoo and the way she thrashes in her sleep, tells him that the girl he loves is hiding something. And the more he pushes for answers, the more Whit pulls away.
Having your guard up is one thing, but are the lengths Whit goes to to protect her secret worth throwing away the second chance she has at happiness with Deo?
I absolutely loved Whit and Deo in this story. Deo is what I consider to be a typical California “surfer dude”. Riding waves and chasing girls, not a care in the world. Whit seems like a tough cookie, she is independent and quite a smart ass. Deo had this immediate attraction to her and makes it his mission to spend time with her. As soon as he feels like they are going somewhere with the “relationship” Whit freaks and backs off or just simply takes off.
Whit has some serious secrets that she is hiding, things that she blames herself for. As I began to piece together what she was hiding I could not understand how she was at fault. She has such a big heart but won’t let Deo in.
“Deo…Deo is someone who could mess up my whole plan.”
He wants to help her, hell he holds her every night and comforts her through her nightmares. There seems to be nothing that Deo wouldn’t do to help Whit.
“There’s no limit to the lengths I’d go to to make you happy doll.”