Book Review: Skater Boy (X-Treme Boys #1) by Kay Manis

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Skater Boy (X-Treme Boys #1) by Kay Manis Title: Skater Boy
Author: Kay Manis
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: September 19, 2013
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 344
Format: eARC
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Related Books: My Skater Boy

Sometimes it takes a broken person to make you whole.

For 25 year old attorney, Hindley Hagen, life is all about staying one step ahead of the game. Avoiding surprises and keeping people at a distance is the only way she has to protect herself from the painful scars of her past. When she is offered a new position at her prestigious Austin law firm as sports agent for pro skateboarder, Rory Gregor, she’s ready for the new challenge, but completely unprepared for the man who captures her heart. Suddenly, Hindley is thrust into a world where protecting all their secrets could cost her everything—her family, her career, maybe even her life.

Professional skateboarder and X Games royalty, Rory Gregor knows what it’s like to be at the top. But after two years of bad decisions and one-night-stands, he’s working for a comeback he never anticipated. Hiring a new agent may be what his team thinks he needs to rebuild his career, but what if it costs him his heart in the process? Just when he thinks he’s posed for success, secrets from his past threaten to ruin his chance for gold and a new love.

In a sport where trust means everything, this time... it may not be enough.

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SKATER BOY is not a standalone book. You can read the conclusion to Rory and Hindley’s story in MY SKATER BOY, Book 2 in the X-Treme Boys Series, available now.

Just looking at the cover and title of this book, I was immediately transported back to the early 1990’s when the motto was “Sk8 or Die” and Tony Hawk ruled the world with his board. My older brother and his friends spent their summer days Sk8ing the half-pipe in my backyard thus beginning my love of Skater Boys!

We are introduced to Hindley’s character and quickly get the feeling she is looked down upon by many, especially by her stepsister, Geneva. When totally out of character, Hindley has a few too many while at the wicked step-sisters bachelorette party, she literally stumbles upon Rory Gregor. Rory has no clue who this Drunk Girl is, but felt a need to protect her in her from a possibly dangerous situation.  It was refreshing in a world of “love at first sight” romance books, that Rory and Hindley did not start out in that fashion.

There was obvious attraction between the two, but when the law firm Hindley works for takes on a new client, professional skateboarder, Rory Gregor, everything comes to a halt…or does it. With both their careers at stake, Rory and Hindley cannot seem to ignore the growing passion. However, with passion comes jealously, insecurities, and the ability to hurt.

Throughout the story, the author leaves us a yummy trail of Resse’s Pieces – bits and clues as to the troubled pasts both Rory and Hindley. Two broken, imperfect people who together are “imperfectly perfect”.  Although we don’t learn as much about Hindley’s past, her insecurities lead us to assume, when we find out, it’s gonna be big!

The sex scenes were a bit of a tease – foreplay was described in detail, and right when things were getting good, cut scene and jump ahead to afterglow.

While reading I did get a feeling of emotional whiplash. Both Hindley and Rory seem to suffer from the dreaded “I’m-not-good-enough-for-you” syndrome.  The constant internal monologue both of them had going on frustrated me and at times made me wonder if they both had multiple personalities. Oye! However, the story was told in a way that still had me rooting for Rory with all his flaws enough that I had to read the next book to discover what would come of SK8R Boy & DRNK GRL!

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–Hindley–

Sensing my anxiety, Skater Boy headed toward my bedroom door but I didn’t want him to leave, not yet. I had an overwhelming need to touch him so I reached out and caught him by the arm. His muscles were defined and hard and I held on longer than I should have. His eyes looked down at my hand then back up to me.

“Hey, I just wanted to say thanks for last night. I really appreciate you taking care of me,” I said. I could see him working hard, trying to figure out if I was telling the truth or not. I’d been right about his height. He was tall, over six feet, but my five foot eight stature seemed to match his perfectly.

“Why do I feel like that might have been one of the hardest things you’ve ever had to do?” I raised my eyebrows in disbelief, shocked at how well he already knew me. I prided myself on not needing anything from anyone, so words of gratitude from me were few and far between.

“Probably because it was,” I answered, pushing past him and through the door on my way to the bathroom, feeling every bit as vulnerable now that I was fully dressed as I did lying next to him in nothing but my underwear. Somewhere deep inside, I wished I was back there, though, back in bed with him, relishing how beautiful he was.

About Kay Manis

Kay Manis lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter and five pound Chihuahua affectionately named “Tiny.” When not writing or researching you’ll find Kay reading a good book, eating out with friends or napping.

Kay’s biggest goal in writing is to amuse, inspire and entertain. If she’s done that for you then she says she’ll always consider herself a success.