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(Local Beats #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  25 reviews

When there’s no way to prepare for love, will they be daring enough to earn it?

When a cute guy literally fell out of the sky and into my world, I couldn’t resist the challenging glint in his eyes. Gavin was the opposite of the kind of man I thought I was looking for, but maybe there was something more to him than just a daredevil who worked for a rock star.


Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published December 3rd 2020
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Amy Stauffer
4.5 Stars

Opposites are things that shouldn’t work, but sometimes do. These two men couldn’t be more different. One’s a daredevil, one’s risk-averse. One’s a ball of sunshine, and one’s a bit uptight. But...what if they do have some things in common? As they get to know each other, they discover that, underneath the surface, there are things that connect them, and allow them to deepen the connection.

Despite trying to go on with life, after meeting, these gentlemen can’t stop thinking about the o
Madhu MaBookYard -
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book follows our two main characters: reserved, stoic and slightly shy Elliot; and adrenaline lover, unexpected with a heart full of weight Gavin. It's an unexpected meet and love story with lots of supportive character moments, contrasting personalities and great chemistry.
First, I absolutely loved Gavin and his recklessness. I mean the character portrayal of him was in such a way, that it made me want to try some of the things he did. And Elliot was such a sweetheart with so muc
Sharing The Book Love
The blurb sounds awesome but I struggled to read through the first half, it just seemed long BUT after reaching maybe the half way point the 2nd half of the story starts to flow and is easier to read.

The characters are likeable but again I didn't fully connect with them and I'm not really sure why.

I did read an ARC and believe it was a final proof copy but there was a few errors still throughout the book. They didn't detract from.tje story at all.

I read this as a standalone not having read book
Heather (AllTheJuicyBits)
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, favourites
I have officially fallen in love with Zoe Lee's Local Beats Series. Ex-Daredevil is the second book in the series, following the story of the small in stature but huge in personality, Gavin Sycamore, and straight-laced, buttoned-up Eliott Navarre.

Gavin and Eliott meet in the perfect way for them, when Gavin almost crashes into Eliott's sensible station wagon during a landing while skydiving. The attraction between them is intense from the start, but they could NOT be more different. Even down to
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What is the perfect way to spend your afternoon—if you’re a straight-laced and practical lawyer? Having an uneventful drive might be a good start. However, Eliott’s car ride takes a turn for the worse, when a skydiver nearly lands on him. Missing him by a small margin totally freaks out, and infuriates, Eliott.
Gavin, the wayward diver with the streaked purple braid, finds the whole incident amusing, and loves the adrenaline rush caused by the near-miss. Eliott can’t believe this guy! Who takes s
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Just a few pages in that’s all it took for me to feel a strong connection with these two lovable men.

Quietly driving his car minding his business Elliott happens to see a person barreling through the air towards him, towards his windscreen.
What happens after is one of the best stories I have read .
Elliott a lawyer who takes no chances in life , until he meet Gavin who parachutes into his life .. They have complete differences not only in dress , their view points are poles apart .
As you read
Joyfully Jay
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3 stars

Ex-Daredevil follows Ex-Bandmates in the Local Beats series, but works fine on its own. The book opens with Gavin and Eliott meeting in an unexpected way and the attraction is heated from the start. Even though Eliott isn’t one for random hookups, he can’t say no to the most beautiful man he has ever seen. Gavin then leaves abruptly, maybe a little too abruptly, but his thoughts on the initial meeting do get worked into the story.

The guys are opposites with Eliott b
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ex-Daredevil by Zoe Lee is the second book in the Local Beats series. I have not read the series before and I was not lost starting here. This story is written in Dual POV and for me was just okay. It is not really pulling me in emotionally. But it is not a bad read either.

Eliott likes to be in control of himself and his environment. Having a skydiver almost land on his car, more than shakes him up. He can be uptight, but he is a good kind caring person.

Gavin can come off as uncaring about the r
Sarah Mitcham
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly Perfect for each other

When Eliot had started his drive home from his sister's he'd not imagined for one minute nearly having a skydiver crash land on his car! It was a near miss and Eliot was relieved the person managed to land safely on land next to the road. He pulled over to the side of the road and went over to the person, he wasn't in the best of moods as it was after having to spend all his time at his sister's birthday party stopping them arguing with each other!
He thought at fi
Mari  Cardenas
3.5 Stars

I know I'm probably in the minority here, but I had a hard time connecting to Elliott and Gavin. I just didn't quite like like either of them from the start and the story didn't flow like I would've liked. It felt... forced, maybe? *shrugs* I don't know, I can't really put my finger on it.

The story had all the elements that should have made it a great read for me. Opposites-attract, instant attraction, hot sexytimes... unfortunately, as I said before, the fact that I didn't like either
Anna Torres
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Total opposites attract in this tale of two men whose idea of fun is so different you'd wonder how they could agree with each other, but they do. Their chemistry when they are together is totally awesome. Gavin brings out the "daredevil" attitude from Elliott who never takes risk with DANGER in it. Even falling in love.

Elliott brings the best out of Gavin. After an instant hookup right after Gavin nearly crashed into Elliott's car, the times they come together just makes it more sweeter and more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

An enjoyable opposites-attract romance from a new-to-me author. I loved watching prickly straight-laced Elliott and flashy daredevil Gavin learn to open up and trust each other, in spite of their differences. And the secondary characters were a blast - I plan on keeping an eye out for their stories.

But I just couldn’t connect with Elliott and Gavin for the first half of the book. Their banter was fun, and the boring date/daring date setup was a great idea, but the writing style tended t
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 in the Local Beats series. You can read it as a stand alone though. The characters in book 1 are just mentioned a little bit and are friends of one of the MCs. The common theme running through these books is the name of the bar where the guys hang out, Local Beats. This book was a lot of fun! Gavin is a major adrenaline junkie and he dares straight laced lawyer Eliott to do things that he never would have on his own. They are such complete opposites. These two are introduced in on ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 in the Local Beats series and can be read as a standalone.

This was aan adorable and fluffy opposites attract.

Gavin and Elliott are poles apart in their personality. One is grumpy and straight laced and theoyher is an ecstatic ball of sunshine and sweetness.

This story swept me up and I absolutely adored reading to Gavin and Elliott getting along.
The slow build towards their relationship was delightful and enjoyable.

If you like a sweet low angst contemporary grumpy versus sunshine,
Ida Umphers
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is about as "opposite" as an opposites attract story can get. Elliott never takes risks and Gavin seems to do nothing but. Their meeting definitely fits Gavin's style more than Elliott's but they recognize their attraction even if they don't understand it. Their bet which leads to different styles of dates teaches them not just about each other, but about themselves. This is a book about self discovery and learning to see things from a different point of view. The author has done a wonderfu ...more
Amber Antus
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like with the first book it starts good, slows down, but then picks up at the end. Just stick with this and you will not be disappointed. I liked Eliott and Gavin together, I think that they were a good fit. I loved watching them discover that they weren't as different as they first seemed and learning new things about themselves along the way. I really enjoyed the story line and the first time that they meet each other when Gavin literally falls out of the sky in front of Eliott's car. I would ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Both Gavin and Eliott have plenty of doubts, in themselves and in each other, but they are both able to work through everything and realize how much they care about each other. I also loved the relationship between Gavin and his boss, Barley. He's a legendary rock star who's slightly older than Gavin and Eliott, but who has been around the block enough times to see how they feel about each other even before they do... Awesome read ...more
Rock N Read
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just love the dynamic of opposites attract stories, even more so when the author chooses something other than physical appearance to write about.

Adrenaline junkie, Gavin meets conventional Elliot in the most ridiculous of ways; and it sets the tone for the book.

I struggled with the start of the book, after the first chapter, it was a bit more slow-going for me than the first in the series. HOWEVER, as the book went on, and picked up speed towards the sweet ending, I was glad I pushed through.

Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites of Zoe's books! Two men who are comfortable (or at least complacent) with their own way of living, but are thrown off by meeting their opposite. It's quite enjoyable to watch them challenge each other to try their respective hobbies (daring or boring) while also learning how to develop a relationship that can flourish somewhere in the middle. You will come to love both men as well as the other dynamic, intriguing characters that overlap in the Local Beats series. Highly recom ...more
Elaine Gray
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An easy to read book with a great flow to it involving Gavin and Elliott. Gavin is a daredevil and Elliott is straight laced but takes a chance of being with Gavin. They are as different as night and day, but they make their relationship work. The book is funny, romantic, the snarkiness between these is great to read. The is the second book in this series and enjoyed it.
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this opposites attract story. With Eliott being a lawyer and Gavin a free-spirited, you would think that these two would never connect. What really happens is that they bring out the best in each other.
Their connection and chemistry is off the charts. I really enjoyed the banter between these two.
Janet Hunt
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eliott nearly crashes into Gavin’s car while out skydiving. The two have instant chemistry. The author created two deep complex characters with great secondary characters. I really enjoyed this story. I‘m voluntarily leaving a review form an advanced copy that I received.
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mm
Let me start by saying, the second half of this story is amazing. Gavin and Eliott were great characters... I just didn't feel their connection until 30% in. And, it just gets better from there. ...more
Lyndsay TC
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Daredevil, Gavin turns straight-laced, Elliott's world around when he almost crashes into his car. The two men have a steamy encounter and continue to have steamy encounters throughout the whole book. Of course they fall in love along the way and bonus, the author gave us a full year of their relationship. ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet case of opposites attract. Gavin and Eliott have so much chemistry and a fun banter that makes them so great together. Elliott doesn’t take risks and can be so serious, but he’s also very funny. I love how Gavin gets him to loosen up without trying to change him. The ending was so sweet and just right for these two guys. It was great to catch up with Asher a Lucas a bit as Gavin and Eliott found their way to a HEA.
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Zoe writes contemporary romances and believed everyone will get extraordinary love stories since before she ever fell in love. She lives with her family near the mountains in Colorado, where she writes while listening to music, never drinks coffee, reads books in one sitting, and watches too many movies and tv shows. She’s been writing since she was a kid, but luckily she knows how grown-ups work ...more

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