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(Riptide #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  61 reviews
That's all she is.
Nothing more.
Nothing else.

And that's why she's wanted,
And in danger.

Lauren Owens is so much more.
She's everything.
Falling for her was never my intention.
But, I couldn't resist,
Her charm,
Her vulnerability,
Her spirit and drive,
And her unimaginable innocence.

And that's exactly why my father wants her,
For his own gain.
Now, it's up to me to take him down
Published 2018
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Jade Violet
Rush was a promising start to a new series. It takes place against the back drop of the Alabama shore and beaches of the Gulf of Mexico in a Spring Breaker type of town off season. Lauren and her best friend, Marcy, have travelled down from Michigan to the beach town to stay at Marcy's grandmother's house to get away from the problems and decisions that plague Lauren back home and take it easy.

Vance is the local hot guy, as in Hot with a capital T. He's definitely the alpha of his group and runs
Paperback Princess
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!

This is my first book from this author and I can honestly say that I really liked this a lot. I found myself glued to this story from the beginning to the very end. I can’t wait for book 2 to see what happens next with Vance and Lauren.
Dora Koutsoukou
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it

....mixed feelings....
Oct 03, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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That's all she is.
Nothing more.
Nothing else.

And that's why she's wanted,
And in danger.

Lauren Owens is so much more.
She's everything.
Falling for her was never my intention.
But, I couldn't resist,
Her charm,
Her vulnerability,
Her spirit and drive,
And her unimaginable innocence.

And that's exactly why my father wants her,
For his own gain.
Now, it's up to me to take him down,
Stop him once and for all,
Protecting her every step of the way.

Saving her would mean
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh where to start. This is a fantastic read I couldn’t put it down and wanted to scream “NO!” at the end of this first book in the Riptide series, what a cliffhanger. Brooke’s style of writing just keeps you wanting more. The characters are believable. With their owe venerable traits.
Lauren just wants to get away! Her best friend Marcy’s cousin who is special to her asked her to move in with him. And she didn’t know what to say she loved Colby but wasn’t in love with him. So Lauren and Marcy jum
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book opens with Vance making a deal to work from the inside to bring down his father's human trafficking ring. In order to do so, Vance has to do some really despicable things, and is out looking for the "Dove", the perfect, innocent, woman his father wants. Vance has to constantly remind himself why he is doing this, as his actions weigh heavy on his conscience. Then he meets Lauren, the perfect "Dove", only he cannot allow his father to have her. How does Vance protect Lauren, while conti ...more
Deborah Willborn
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omg from the first page to the last you just had to Wonder how was Vance going to go through with the inevitable to bring his father down. Riley the FBI agent to whom Vance signed a deal to bring his father and his team of sex traffickers down. Night after night Vance along with two others were on the hunt to bring girls in..... Until he met up with the one woman he had no business being around or catching feelings for. Lauren a young troubled girl visiting her friends grandmother on the beaches ...more
Tami czenkus
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! hold on for one crazy ride with Rush!!
Brooke Page knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat with her angst filled stories that you devour!!
Vance and Lauren.......... SIGH......... Both damaged from their upbringing they find solace when they least expect it with one another.. but demons are always lurking and strike when you least expect them to.
I felt all the emotions throughout this entire book and I didn't want it to end, I can't wait to what happens next on the coast of The
Jamie Mounts
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rush is the first book in this series and I couldn't put it down. The story of Vance and Lauren is very heartfelt. Lauren is a nineteen year old girl trying to figure out her life. Her and her best friend Marcy travel to The Shore in Alabama so she can try to figure out her future. She needs a break from her crappy life. Vance is a man trying to get revenge for his mother's murder. This father, Marcus, is the man who was behind that. Vance is working with the FBI to bring him down but Marcus wan ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Holy moly!!! That end had me in shatters, I really need the second book asap.

Both Lauren and Vance, our main characters, are so mature for their age. With moms as addicts and ugly pasts they were forced to grow up faster than other children their age. It shocked me how humble Lauren is and always putting her mother first even if the "favor" was never returned. At this stage she needed but also didn't need Vance in her life. But at the same time they are so good together!!

In the first book we ge
Hanna's Book Obsession
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
{I received this as an ARC in exchange for an Honest review}
This book was so Amazing!! I was a little apprehensive at first because this book does deal with a really serious and dark topic but I thought it was really good! Vance and Lauren are everything!! I love them so much!! Their relationship is so sweet, even with the darkness all around it. This story is dark and passionate and so amazing!!

Vance is working with the FBI to help bring his dad and his entire empire down. First he has to find
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Stars!

Lauren runs away from her life, mainly her addicted mother, with her best friend (Macey) to the only place she has ever felt safe - Macey's grandmothers house. She's not ready for a relationship, so she is shocked when she meets Vance and instantly feels the pull toward him. Vance is not a good guy ... he's trying to be, but his father doesn't make it easy. His father's business is to lure lost girls into becoming whores or his special "dove" and he wants Vance to follow in his foots
Heather Martin ogden
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is a time when a author enters your world and breaks every barrier of your soul and completely devours you with their words. Brooke has giving a a devastatingly haunting tale that has you head first into the world of human trafficking. Vance is man that has been raised in the world of all things evil(drugs, guns, and human trafficking) the monster in his world is his father, Marcus. After everything his father has done to him nothing compares to losing his mother. Now Vance only seeks veng ...more
It's okay- the pace, the plot, the way everyone puts themselves (and others) in compromised situations...

It's written well enough, not too many typos. Most of the characters are easy to sympathize with, the pace is kinda slow, but sort of picks up towards the end...and I can see how some people read this, then jump right into the next after hitting the cliffhanger...but I just wasn't one of them.
An addict that doesn't want sobriety- only uses the people that support them financially as enablers
Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
This book had me hooked!

Nineteen year-old Lauren is going on a road trip with her friend Marcy, to get away from her life for a while. A life which involves looking after her Mum, working in a job that she does to get by and hanging out with a man that’s in love with her….but whose love she doesn’t return…..

They stay at Marcy’s Grandmothers house and not long after arriving meet some local young men. Lauren is completely drawn to one of them….but YaYa (Marcy’s Grandmother) warns Vance off her. B
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is so much to this story it's hard to know where to begin. You've got Lauren who is running from the stress of taking care of her drug-addicted mother who uses sex (and putting herself in situations where she is abused) to get money to pay bills and get more drugs. She goes with her best friend, Marcy, to the grandmother's house. There they meet Vance - someone with a dark past and very evil father - someone who is into the human sex trafficking business, among other things, and is respons ...more
Ashley Jasper
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Well color me shocked and dismayed. I was so excited to see a book from Brooke Page that I didn't read the blurb. BIG MISTAKE! Rush was a whirlwind of a dark and twisted ride.

I had a love-hate relationship with Vance. A good guy hidden under the layers of schemes and deception. His intentions were in the right place but how he went about getting what he needed made me twitchy. Especially when it came to Lauren. She was so kind and vulnerable. Which A- made her the perfect target. B- called to Va
Marisela M. Chavez
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rush is my very first book I've read of Brooke Page and it definitely won't be the last.

Rush was beautifully written and I couldn't put it down. I needed to know what was going to happen between Vance and Lauren.

Vance has one mission in life is to take down his father. And that means he has to work with and destroy everything. Working under cover to take down is operation. But he never intended to find some one that means th world to him. And the one girl he wants is the one his father wants f
Michelle Mulvey
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rush was a great read. When I first picked up the book and started reading, I must admit, I was skeptical. Within the first 2 chapters or so I put the book down a few times. I’m not really into the human trafficking books but this book was so much more. The characters were great....most of them anyway. There’s always one or two that you don’t like. In this case, that’s putting it lightly. I’d like to go after one of the characters and beat him bloody.

To see how Vance really is behind the scenes
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lauren had grown up with a drug addict mother who made extra money by bringing men into her house. Lauren couldn't handle the thought of moving in with a close male friend. So she and a friend ran away to the ocean to relax. There they met 3 men, Vance, Colt, and Tucker, all very different than what they knew, they came from a world of drugs and human trafficing. Her friend fell for Colt and Lauren for Vance, but Vance's dad Marcus, was the head of the drug ring that the men were involved in. Ho ...more
Jolene Ko
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ends with a cliff hanger

3.75 stars - would of given more stars if it didn’t end in a cliff hanger. Story includes some underlining issues with human trafficking, mainly Vance’s father operation which he is preparing to take down with the help of the FBI.

Lauren and her friend Marcy decides to take some time off and end up at Marcy’s grandmother YaYa at some beach town called The Shore.

Even though YaYa warned Lauren about Vance’s father, she didn’t ask for any info. I supposed that she was too lov
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first experience with this author. While the premise is a little dark for my normal taste (human sex trafficking), the author does a great job of giving you the details of what is going on.

I love the instant attraction between Vance & Lauren. They both come from similar backgrounds of drug-addict mothers and are trying to make a better life for themselves; even if Vance has taken the somewhat dark way to get there.

I like that Vance sees something more in Lauren and want to do whatev
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really had a difficult time with the theme of this story line but I did love the way the author built up the characters, flaws and all. It was easy to see how much Vance disliked the "job" he had to do for his father at the shore while trying to bring him down in retribution for everything that he did to Vance's mom. Lauren and Vance are total opposites but their attraction to each other felt real and the author did a good job developing the characters.

I'm looking forward to reading book 2, as
Deborah Harrell-jones
Two damaged souls find solace in one another

Vance and Lauren didn't know that their meeting would change their lives forever. Vance is living his life by trying to get revenge and Lauren is just running away from her life. When they meet the chemistry is intense and they try to fight what's happening. When Lauren catches the eye of someone of dark intentions, Vance must do what he can to keep her safe. The storyline I love but it was a slide starter. There is a cliffhanger so beware all your que
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

What a spectacular first book in the Riptide series! Rush was GOOD. The kind of GOOD I love talking about. This story had me utterly engaged and flipping the pages way too quickly because I couldn't seem to want to put it down. The characters interested me right from the start and the plot had my heart racing and that ending...WOW, WHAT A CLIFFHANGER!

I feel like I got everything and then some with Rush. The writing was superb and the story flowed just right and
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vance is both a bad boy and a good guy. He is trying to put an end to his dad’s illegal activities.

Then Lauren comes along. She is young, only 19, and overwhelmed with her life. She decides to escape to her Ya-Ya’s house with her BFF Marcy to escape her life.

Will Vance get sidetracked by Lauren? Will Lauren find herself with another issue in the form of Vance?

I would love to say read this and find out but it ends without answers in a cliffhanger. Can’t wait for part two.

I would like to thank the
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW....i could not put the book down. From the first page to the last....i was I patiently wait for book 2. Vance is tough on the outside soft on the inside. Lauren bless her heart has had it rough and Colby my heart hurts for him. It's a triangle and I can't wait to see how it all plays out. I want Lauren safe and with Vance but part of me is not sure she will be safe with Vance until his father is behind bars and maybe not even then. I am torn as she has the passion for one but th ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Rush is the first book in the Riptide series and ends on a cliffhanger.

This was an okay read for me. I liked the premise and loved the depth to Vance. I really felt that this was his story, more so than Lauren's, who felt more like a secondary character than anything else. His struggle to fight his way out of the family business felt real and it made for a dynamic character. Loved the inclusion of kite surfing, which I didn't know much about.

I received this book from the author in exchange for
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Wow that is about all I can say right now. What a crazy good read this is, already dying for the next book!
Lauren had had such a rough childhood, with her mom being an addict.
Vance has lost his mom to her addictions.
So much sadness in common, and so much chemistry.
Vance is at war with himself, he has finally found someone he wants to keep for himself. With the business he is in with his dad it's dangerous for Lauren to be near him, yet he can't stay away.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book is amazing. I need to read the next book like right now. Lauren and Vance are amazing together. I hope they get to over come every thing that stands in there way to be together. They make each other try to be the best they can be. I can’t wait to read the next one to find out what happened. Sorry no spoiler here if you want to know what I mean you need to pick up this book and read it. You won’t be able to put it down I couldn’t.
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