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On Australia's hottest beach, the most dangerous current is between them. Training to be a lifeguard is tough work, but Cody Grant loves a challenge. He spends long days in the sun and surf rescuing swimmers from treacherous rip currents while trying not to lust after senior lifeguard Liam Fox—who is deeply, painfully closeted. Liam was supposed to be a football legend. Now On Australia's hottest beach, the most dangerous current is between them. Training to be a lifeguard is tough work, but Cody Grant loves a challenge. He spends long days in the sun and surf rescuing swimmers from treacherous rip currents while trying not to lust after senior lifeguard Liam Fox—who is deeply, painfully closeted. Liam was supposed to be a football legend. Now in his mid-thirties, it’s been over a decade since his dream shattered along with his knee. Fans still recognize him regularly, and he's terrified his sexuality will be discovered and his conservative parents will reject him. He has strict rules to protect his secret and keeps everyone at arm’s length. Liam never acts on his need to surrender after being shamed for it years ago by the first and only man he trusted. Out and proud Cody fascinates Liam—and tempts him to break all the rules. Cody is practically half Liam's size and age, but has the confidence and compassion to take charge and give Liam the release, affection, and acceptance he desperately craves. But how long can a secret affair satisfy their hearts? As if saving lives isn’t hard enough, Cody faces his greatest challenge yet convincing Liam to trust him and find the courage to live out loud. Flash Rip is a gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring a slow burn, an age gap, scorching first times, and of course a happy ending.


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On Australia's hottest beach, the most dangerous current is between them. Training to be a lifeguard is tough work, but Cody Grant loves a challenge. He spends long days in the sun and surf rescuing swimmers from treacherous rip currents while trying not to lust after senior lifeguard Liam Fox—who is deeply, painfully closeted. Liam was supposed to be a football legend. Now On Australia's hottest beach, the most dangerous current is between them. Training to be a lifeguard is tough work, but Cody Grant loves a challenge. He spends long days in the sun and surf rescuing swimmers from treacherous rip currents while trying not to lust after senior lifeguard Liam Fox—who is deeply, painfully closeted. Liam was supposed to be a football legend. Now in his mid-thirties, it’s been over a decade since his dream shattered along with his knee. Fans still recognize him regularly, and he's terrified his sexuality will be discovered and his conservative parents will reject him. He has strict rules to protect his secret and keeps everyone at arm’s length. Liam never acts on his need to surrender after being shamed for it years ago by the first and only man he trusted. Out and proud Cody fascinates Liam—and tempts him to break all the rules. Cody is practically half Liam's size and age, but has the confidence and compassion to take charge and give Liam the release, affection, and acceptance he desperately craves. But how long can a secret affair satisfy their hearts? As if saving lives isn’t hard enough, Cody faces his greatest challenge yet convincing Liam to trust him and find the courage to live out loud. Flash Rip is a gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring a slow burn, an age gap, scorching first times, and of course a happy ending.

30 review for Flash Rip

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I'm a total Keira Andrews fan-girl, so I was hoping, hoping to love Flash Rip... and I did. So much. One of my favorite books of 2018 was Honeymoon for One, so it seems as though Keira Andrews writing books set in Australia is like my own personal brand of crack. Heather-crack! I couldn't put this book down, and stayed up until 3 am to finish. What do you need to know? Well, there is a power-dynamic here that I loved, something not quite dom/sub but close to it. Plus, we get the younger, smaller I'm a total Keira Andrews fan-girl, so I was hoping, hoping to love Flash Rip... and I did. So much. One of my favorite books of 2018 was Honeymoon for One, so it seems as though Keira Andrews writing books set in Australia is like my own personal brand of crack. Heather-crack! I couldn't put this book down, and stayed up until 3 am to finish. What do you need to know? Well, there is a power-dynamic here that I loved, something not quite dom/sub but close to it. Plus, we get the younger, smaller one in the dominant roll, and MY BODY WAS HERE FOR IT. There is also an age gap. Not a huge one, but it's enough for those who enjoy a little May/December happening in their romance. We also have an extremely closeted MC with horrible internalized homophobia, and, to be honest, that may be off-putting for some readers. If I have to pinpoint anything that may divide opinions about this story, that would be it. However, I felt for Liam, and I really understood where he was coming from. It took a little while for me to warm up to this story, but once I was in it, I was really, really in it. I loved the two MCs together, and I felt like the story just got better and better over time. With Aussie men, a hard-fought romance, an emotional coming out journey, and dirty talk, Flash Rip was exactly what I wanted it to be and more. Keira Andrews has another winner on her hands. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  2. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    ~4.5~ It took me a few chapters to really get into the rhythm of this story. There's a lot of Aussie surfing talk that went over my head at first, but it didn't take me long to become fully engrossed in Australian lifeguard culture in general and the story of Cody and Liam specifically. Liam is a former AFL footie star and a veteran lifeguard. Cody is a new trainee, just learning the ropes. Liam's parents are bigots. His dad throws around homophobic slurs like candy and has a shrine dedicated ~4.5~ It took me a few chapters to really get into the rhythm of this story. There's a lot of Aussie surfing talk that went over my head at first, but it didn't take me long to become fully engrossed in Australian lifeguard culture in general and the story of Cody and Liam specifically. Liam is a former AFL footie star and a veteran lifeguard. Cody is a new trainee, just learning the ropes. Liam's parents are bigots. His dad throws around homophobic slurs like candy and has a shrine dedicated to Liam's former athletic glory. Liam is so terrified of being outed, he dares to hook up only overseas. Never mind that a former hookup left him ashamed of his more submissive desires. Cody comes from a family of academics, but all he's ever wanted was to be in the surf and sun. He takes his new lifeguard role seriously and is a quick learner. Cody is smitten with Liam almost instantly, but doesn't dare dream that Liam could return his feelings. Cody and Liam's clandestine hookups are insanely hot! Liam loves it when Cody takes charge, and Cody teaches Liam you're not less of a man if you like to submit. Even though the sex is on the kinky side, the tenderness is what really made the scenes so damn sexy. I loved the camaraderie between the lifeguards and their acceptance of Cody when Cody first comes out by casually referring to his ex-boyfriend. I also liked the scenes where the men rescue people from drowning (fans of Keira Andrews will immediately spot a cameo appearance by one of my favorite couples!). All the secondary characters are well developed, including Charlene the dog. Liam's fear of coming out, as well as his parents' reaction, are realistic. There is some mild relationship drama that leads to a sunny HEA for the men. I definitely recommend this one! Keira Andrews never disappoints.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Keira Andrews

    My new lifeguard romance is out today! You can borrow in KU for the first three months before it goes wide. Amazon US: https://amzn.to/309iipO Amazon universal: https://rxe.me/X9V86D Liam and Cody totally ate my brain after I was in Australia earlier this year, and it was so much fun to create my own beach (I set it in the Perth area). I love an age gap (you can probably tell by looking at my books, heh), and I loved writing the dynamic with Cody being confident, sex-positive and toppy, and Liam My new lifeguard romance is out today! You can borrow in KU for the first three months before it goes wide. Amazon US: https://amzn.to/309iipO Amazon universal: https://rxe.me/X9V86D Liam and Cody totally ate my brain after I was in Australia earlier this year, and it was so much fun to create my own beach (I set it in the Perth area). I love an age gap (you can probably tell by looking at my books, heh), and I loved writing the dynamic with Cody being confident, sex-positive and toppy, and Liam being repressed, terrified, and incredibly pent-up. :D I hope you enjoy Liam and Cody's journey of discovery, acceptance, and happily ever after. <3

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    Keira Andrews skillfully navigates her way through a complex closet case romance set in the twin macho worlds of Australia's AFL and Lifeguards. Liam is a former AFL star who could have been one of the greats when injury forced him into retirement after four years at the age of just 24. He's been a Lifeguard for ten years and he's hiding a deep secret which is severely affected when 20-year-old Cody joins his team as a trainee. After an incident with an ex, Cody's also out and accepted by the rest Keira Andrews skillfully navigates her way through a complex closet case romance set in the twin macho worlds of Australia's AFL and Lifeguards. Liam is a former AFL star who could have been one of the greats when injury forced him into retirement after four years at the age of just 24. He's been a Lifeguard for ten years and he's hiding a deep secret which is severely affected when 20-year-old Cody joins his team as a trainee. After an incident with an ex, Cody's also out and accepted by the rest of the squad and it puts Liam in fear of his own outing. I thought the way Keira worked through the incredibly deep and painful internalised homophobia Liam suffers from was excellent. It never becomes over self-flagellant, it's not turned into a masochistic streak of internal monologues but instead, it presents a forbidding representation of how damaging toxic masculinity can be. Liam also hides another secret which he thinks makes him less of a man and I just wanted to hug him so hard as this is revealed. And while everything takes place in a relatively short time, it never feels rushed or too instant love. The connection between them is compelling and the sexual trust is volcanic. Keira has a serious talent for this type of relationship and here I think she's outdone herself. As Liam learns that submitting doesn't make him weak, Cody's dominant side gets an unexpected awakening. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's a bit of a different take on the age gap, sports romance. As a PS I loved the brief cameo from Keira's Honeymoon for One couple Ethan and Clay. Totally sweet. #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    Not sure why it took me so long to read this one. Definitely a slow build between Cody and Liam. And there was a lot of life guard speak towards the beginning of the book. But I was never bored. I'd say the book is a bit on the long side too. I'm not a big fan of when one of the MCs is in the closet. And Liam was buried rather deep. He frustrated me at times. But, alas, it worked out in the end. Really liked the side characters so I hope we get more books related to Barking and the other Not sure why it took me so long to read this one. Definitely a slow build between Cody and Liam. And there was a lot of life guard speak towards the beginning of the book. But I was never bored. I'd say the book is a bit on the long side too. I'm not a big fan of when one of the MCs is in the closet. And Liam was buried rather deep. He frustrated me at times. But, alas, it worked out in the end. Really liked the side characters so I hope we get more books related to Barking and the other lifeguards. Plenty of steam in this one and low drama - both a plus for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    BWT (Belen)

    Keira Andrews has the wonderful ability to bring characters to life. And in Flash Rip the setting, not just Australia, but the beach, is another character in this book. I liked that because Cody is Canadian it allowed Andrews a way to explain Australian colloquialisms in a way that's organic to the story. I loved Cody, I loved the team, I even liked Liam when he wasn't panicking... My problem with the story is the romantic relationship between Liam and Cody felt unexplored. I honestly don't Keira Andrews has the wonderful ability to bring characters to life. And in Flash Rip the setting, not just Australia, but the beach, is another character in this book. I liked that because Cody is Canadian it allowed Andrews a way to explain Australian colloquialisms in a way that's organic to the story. I loved Cody, I loved the team, I even liked Liam when he wasn't panicking... My problem with the story is the romantic relationship between Liam and Cody felt unexplored. I honestly don't remember if Liam and Cody have anything other than their job in common. I don't remember any on page dates between them where they talk about their hopes or dreams. I mean, I would have liked at least one deep conversation between Liam and Cody, something other than sex to show that these two are going to go the distance. I felt like most of the story was lifeguard duty, hot sex, and Liam freaking out, and I don't feel like I got the romantic payoff I needed, even though this has a happy ending. I just kept thinking even up until the last chapter, "Where is the relationship building in this?" Regardless, it's a smooth read and I liked the dual POV because it provided insight into Liam's fear, but overall this just didn't give me the romance I craved. Advanced Review Galley copy of Flash Rip provided by the author in exchange of an honest review. This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ariana

    *3,75 stars* First – the title is great! Not that I had any idea what a flash rip is. For all those other readers out there who are also not savvy in the way of Australian beaches – it is an unexpected, strong current that pulls swimmers away from the beach. But I loved that it also held some symbolism for the relationship that develops between 20 year-old ‘rookie’ life guard Cody and in the closet 35 year-old Liam. Tbh, ‘in the closet’doesn’t quite describe how Liam feels about being gay and *3,75 stars* First – the title is great! Not that I had any idea what a flash rip is. For all those other readers out there who are also not savvy in the way of Australian beaches – it is an unexpected, strong current that pulls swimmers away from the beach. But I loved that it also held some symbolism for the relationship that develops between 20 year-old ‘rookie’ life guard Cody and in the closet 35 year-old Liam. Tbh, ‘in the closet’doesn’t quite describe how Liam feels about being gay and coming out. Cody describes it at one point as "internalized homophobia”. Basically, Liam hates himself for being gay and sees it as the sure means to ruin his whole life and how people see him. And his fear of coming out is so intense I would call it a full-blown phobia. I think I can safely say I’ve never seen any character as deeply lost in this super-sized, pitch black, self made closet. His self-denial and self-hatred are of epic proportions! It was also pretty awful to see that the little experience Liam had with being a gay man has been predominantly negative. As for positive sexual experiences – nope, nothing whatsoever. And it’s utterly heartbreaking to watch him beating himself up for just wanting to be himself. Which of course, he won’t allow. Until Cody, that is. Cody is a positive character through and through. I loved his enthusiasm for his job, his kind and patient nature and his joy for life. And he is unapologetically gay. Something Liam can only watch in wonder and awe. It was touching to see how young experienced Cody lets older, insecure (to put it mildly) Liam explore what he likes sexually. And just to be clear here, they are little bit into power play, touching upon dom/sub territory, but no worries (if that’s not your thing), it’s all very mainstream and easy to read. The sex is pretty sizzling , which comes down to exactly that element. Liam’s story of breaking down the walls he has built around himself all his life is painful and slow, and for me that is the best part of the book. I was moved to tears toward the end and it’s been a while since a book made me grab for a tissue. However, the first 30% are too slow. There is simply too much life-guarding, too much trade jargon and too much pulling people out of the water. As admirable and awesome and wonderful and recommendable as this is. I did skim over some of that stuff. And, for me, there are too many characters. Apart from the numerous lifeguards, and all their back stories, their nicknames on top of their real ones, we get Cody’s family and Liam’s family and all the people that are getting saved. My head was spinning. Argh. Still, if you can get through the first third of the book, you will surely enjoy Liam and Cody’s story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    If Keira Andrews writes a thing, Sheri wants to read the thing. It doesn’t really matter what it is but if she fills it with sexy men protecting a gorgeous beach in Australia while trying (unsuccessfully) not to fall in love, this want becomes a need. I needed this book. It bounced into my reading schedule like a bright tennis ball with a golden retriever puppy attached and I couldn’t help but smile. Granted the beginning was a bit overwhelming (Aussie speak plus surfer speak felt like a foreign If Keira Andrews writes a thing, Sheri wants to read the thing. It doesn’t really matter what it is but if she fills it with sexy men protecting a gorgeous beach in Australia while trying (unsuccessfully) not to fall in love, this want becomes a need. I needed this book. It bounced into my reading schedule like a bright tennis ball with a golden retriever puppy attached and I couldn’t help but smile. Granted the beginning was a bit overwhelming (Aussie speak plus surfer speak felt like a foreign language at times) but it didn’t take long and I was holding on, waiting, knowing the current was going to pull me under. When it took me down I easily went with it, trusting Andrews to take me wherever she saw fit. Such a beautiful thing when you have faith like that in your go-to authors. I was delighted with the happy ending and already look forward to the next KA book I can dive into. Technically a flash rip happens quickly and without warning and that’s exactly how Liam fell in love with Cody. Here, come on! Let me tell you some more….. What's to like: White sand, blue skies, and glistening bodies…what’s not to like? Seriously though, Andrews is really pushing a trip down south up on my bucket list. I wanna visit, yesterday! Then she really brings it with these guys! Cody is easy to like. He’s young, determined and ready to snag his dream. All his life the ocean has called to him and he’s finally ready to answer. A summer of training with the best lifeguards down under will prove if he can make it…or break it. He doesn’t need distractions. His eye is firmly on the prize, securing a spot with the team, and nothing else matters. That is until Liam catches his gaze and holds it. Liam is an enigma. Cody can’t quite figure him out but wants to. You see, Liam did snag his dream but it was mercilessly ripped from him. Protecting the coast was not the future he envisioned but it has become his saving grace. When an injury stole his footie career before it truly began he lost more than the ability to play soccer. He lost his purpose and began to pull the threads of his old life further and further apart. He hates his misfortune, his parents’ homophobia, and his own desires. He spends most of his time in the brightest of places but his life is dark. Until a radiant young man breezes into his space and brings light and hope with him. Gahhhh! This…this takes me to what I loved! What's to love: Opposites attract is one of my weaknesses. I also absolutely adore it when love blossoms but not strictly between two people. Liam doesn’t really like himself much, let alone love himself. Cody demonstrates the power of either surrounding yourself (inside and out) with love or hate. I despised the fear and anxiety Liam battles on a daily basis. But I loved watching Cody break down his walls one by one. I cursed the hiding and the guilt forced on Liam. But I loved witnessing Liam find his strength in the power of submission in the bedroom. I loved spending time with them at the beach. I loved a…flash from the past rescue. I loved the joy of accepting your true self. I loved how feelings were brought to the limelight and courageously kept there. I loved the balance of sweet and salty, tender and tenacious, and sexy and well, sexy. Guess you could say, I loved it a great deal. I hope you do too. Beware of: A deeply closeted man with a fortress around his heart. The urge to study up on Aussie slang. And a wild ride that will knock you around before delivering you safely back to the shore. This book is for: Beach lovers, Aussie lovers, and KA lovers….or anyone else looking for a ripper romance. Book UNfunk

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leta Blake

    Absolutely loved this book with the younger Dom/older sub dynamic. Mmm, good stuff. The emotional journey was believable and satisfying. The romance was tender, and the action scenes of lifeguarding remarkably entertaining. I wasn't prepared to enjoy that aspect as much as I did! Sex scenes were off the charts hot! And I absolutely loved the character arc for Liam, who had a lot of history and fears to overcome. Disclaimer: I worked as an editor on this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    .Lili.

    Keira Andrews is an auto-read for me; her ability to switch from genre to genre, historical to contemporary is one of my favorites things about her writing. In Flash Rip, she takes us to Australia and introduces us to Cody and Liam. Cody is 20 and new to the lifeguard team, and Liam is a former AFL player in his mid-thirties. There was a lot to love about Flash Rip, so, some highlights. -Age gap. -Slow burn. -Size difference. It wasn't just the size difference though- it was the sexual exploration Keira Andrews is an auto-read for me; her ability to switch from genre to genre, historical to contemporary is one of my favorites things about her writing. In Flash Rip, she takes us to Australia and introduces us to Cody and Liam. Cody is 20 and new to the lifeguard team, and Liam is a former AFL player in his mid-thirties. There was a lot to love about Flash Rip, so, some highlights. -Age gap. -Slow burn. -Size difference. It wasn't just the size difference though- it was the sexual exploration that went with it. How Cody helped Liam overcome some of his hangups- taught that it some of the things he enjoys don't make him less of a man. -Rendezvous. I love hook-ups in romance, and they are equally hot and tender. -Angst. Bigoted family and Liam's fear of coming out because of them. -Great cast of secondary characters. -Action -A secret cameo ;) -All tied up with a HEA. Flash Rip had it all. 4.5 Stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Another wonderful romance from Keira Andrews. Liam really struggles with his internalized homophobia and his very real fear of being found out. The new, young lifeguard, Cody, fascinates him from the start. The story starts a bit slowly, setting the scene and introducing characters. I definitely enjoyed seeing the characters at their job and the secondary characters brought a lot of humor to the story. Cody is just what Liam needs to start breaking down his barriers, which are thick and sturdy, Another wonderful romance from Keira Andrews. Liam really struggles with his internalized homophobia and his very real fear of being found out. The new, young lifeguard, Cody, fascinates him from the start. The story starts a bit slowly, setting the scene and introducing characters. I definitely enjoyed seeing the characters at their job and the secondary characters brought a lot of humor to the story. Cody is just what Liam needs to start breaking down his barriers, which are thick and sturdy, and start exploring everything he's been denying himself his entire life. There are moments of angst, and Liam's family is a big stumbling block, but the scenes between the two MCs are all fantastic. There is a bit of power dynamic in the sex scenes that gave them that extra heat. There is also a realistic ending with a HEA for the two. I'd love to revisit this world again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Another winner from Keira Andrews!! I will admit, it took me a few chapters to get into it. There were a lot of Aussie-isms and time spent getting to know life as a lifeguard. But once things started to pick up, I was all in. I loved Cody and how supportive he was of Liam and his journey. And my heart hurt for Liam and all the years he's spent living a shell of a life because he's terrified of anyone finding out his secret. Not to mention all the shame he feels because he's been surrounded by Another winner from Keira Andrews!! I will admit, it took me a few chapters to get into it. There were a lot of Aussie-isms and time spent getting to know life as a lifeguard. But once things started to pick up, I was all in. I loved Cody and how supportive he was of Liam and his journey. And my heart hurt for Liam and all the years he's spent living a shell of a life because he's terrified of anyone finding out his secret. Not to mention all the shame he feels because he's been surrounded by homophobia his whole life (courtesy of his parents!). I enjoyed Cody and Liam's story and getting to know all the supporting characters. The lifeguards on Barking Beach are a great group!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bookreader87(Amanda)

    Foxy and Chook 3.5 stars Cody is a young trainee lifeguard working on a busy beach when he meets Liam Fox a former AFL player turned lifeguard. Cody is immediately attracted to Liam and Liam is the same. The two start a sexual relationship that turns into more. However, Liam is so deep in the closet that he let's the fear of being found out control his life. I have to be honest I couldn't help but think of Baywatch with all the lifeguard business going on lol. Also, I had to google quite a bit of Foxy and Chook 3.5 stars Cody is a young trainee lifeguard working on a busy beach when he meets Liam Fox a former AFL player turned lifeguard. Cody is immediately attracted to Liam and Liam is the same. The two start a sexual relationship that turns into more. However, Liam is so deep in the closet that he let's the fear of being found out control his life. I have to be honest I couldn't help but think of Baywatch with all the lifeguard business going on lol. Also, I had to google quite a bit of the slang used. I did know a quite a bit due to reading NR Walker books lol. Overall, a solid read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    haletostilinski

    This was really good, a solid 4 star read for me. I don't think I've ever read a book with a character as closeted as Liam is. I mean, there have been really closeted characters...but then there's Liam. It's so bad that he doesn't even sleep with anyone in Australia, he goes on vacations to whole other countries and has meaningless sexual encounters with men there. Part of it is that he use to be a footy star in Australia before an injury ended his career. But a lot of is him just being deathly This was really good, a solid 4 star read for me. I don't think I've ever read a book with a character as closeted as Liam is. I mean, there have been really closeted characters...but then there's Liam. It's so bad that he doesn't even sleep with anyone in Australia, he goes on vacations to whole other countries and has meaningless sexual encounters with men there. Part of it is that he use to be a footy star in Australia before an injury ended his career. But a lot of is him just being deathly afraid of coming out. His journey in this book was a long, tough, but important one. To see him get from where his is in the beginning to the end was a great journey to read. It's hard not to feel so frustrated with his character throughout this book, but at the same time feel so sympathetic towards him at the same time. I felt exactly like Cody throughout this book, who was very understanding but then started to get a little frustrated with Liam, but then guilty that he got frustrated and angry. Because with Liam's parents, especially his father, and their attitude towards LGBT+ people, and what he'd grown up hearing from him, would affect anyone. And what he went through the one and only time he'd asked to be fucked by a guy...just because he's 6'3" and muscly, he's looked at as someone who shouldn't want to be fucked, that it's not "manly." But Cody was special, and helped Liam immensely. Not that it all was or should be put on Cody to make him better, but him being in his life changed things for Liam, for the better, and put a lot of things in perspective that Liam hadn't let himself think about, ever, really. Did Liam's journey go a little fast? Yeah, I think it did. He spent his whole life deeply in the closet, but within about 2 months or so, he was ready to come out to his family? I didn't one hundred percent buy it, but he was making enough progress in that time for it not to be 100% unbelievable, and with everything that happened, it started to make sense. I still wish it had happened over a longer period, like maybe the therapist Liam had at the end could have been something he got before he came out. I think it would have felt more realistic for him to have been in therapy to get to a place where he was ready to come out to his family. But how it happened still worked in this, and I liked how even after Liam came out he wasn't "cured" of his internal homophobia and fear of being out, that it was something he was working on day in and day out with his therapist. That went a long way for me for forgiving how quickly he got to the place to come out to his family. I wonder why on earth Cody's ex showed up randomly in the story and tried to get back with Cody only to disappear for the rest. Why was he introduced but then nothing came of that? The guy was an asshole, but it didn't make any sense, in my opinion, why he popped up trying to get back with Cody for all of one scene and then stayed away. What was the point? Anyway, aside from those niggles, this was a good story, and these two were scorching hot together. They had such great chemistry and I had to fan myself with the heat coming off the pages. I do wish we had gotten a few more romance scene, but I still felt their love for each other at the end, so it wasn't too bad. Overall I definitely recommend this, it was really good. Yes, Liam and his situation is frustrating to read, but it is worth it, especially when you think about how it was and is like this for many LGBT+ people throughout the world. Two thumbs up from me!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    So................good! I mean, is Keira Andrews, I expected nothing else but still. Everything was great. The characters, the romance, the tension, the sex (seriously, that was hot). 2 things made me remove a star. The fact that the beach rescue scenes got repetitive after a while (seriously, in almost every beach scene there was a rescue, I understand they are lifeguards but damn) and that about, I suppose?, 80% the author started doing time jumps, even skipping and glossing over important things So................good! I mean, is Keira Andrews, I expected nothing else but still. Everything was great. The characters, the romance, the tension, the sex (seriously, that was hot). 2 things made me remove a star. The fact that the beach rescue scenes got repetitive after a while (seriously, in almost every beach scene there was a rescue, I understand they are lifeguards but damn) and that about, I suppose?, 80% the author started doing time jumps, even skipping and glossing over important things towards Liam’s journey (his first interview when he came out to the public? Skipped and glossed over. Yikes!). Also my Puerto Rican ass had to visit Saint Google multiple times because a lot of the Aussie talk hand me pausing and reflecting. Calling flip-flops “thongs”? That took me so long to figure out. I wish the author would add a page with the Aussie words she used and their meaning. Oh well. In a personal note, this story resonated with me in ways only a handful of people can imagine. Liam is deep in the closet, and I mean DEEP. He even travels halfway across the world to hook up with guys (hook ups that always leave him empty and ashamed). When he starts having sex with Cody, he is a nerve-wreck and I feel that. Up to a point, but I feel that. I myself am in the closet (both my parents and older brother are extremely homophobic and religious and so is the rest of my family from both sides). For my own, already fragile, mental health, I cannot come out of the closet to my family and I never will (is a decision I already made and it will not change). Not because I am afraid of disappointing them but my own mental stability could be in danger if I come out (I wouldn’t put it pass my mother to tell her pastor to pray for me and do an intervention). I already lost a relationship that I very much enjoyed and loved having to this so I understand Liam so much. I remember my ex girlfriend pressuring me to come out to my parents because she had come out to her mother and brother and it had gone perfectly. I was terrified. I knew I was losing her and after a few weeks of her insisting, she finally broke up with me. I was devastated, crushed and I haven’t dated ever since. That was more than 8+ years ago. I am afraid to date, all I think about is “I don’t want my significant other to go through this. They wont understand and I’ll end up broken hearted again. Is not fair to them nor to me.” I am out to my friends and out of my house I am open and happy. I kissed her in public, I held her hand without shame but she couldn’t meet my parents. I suppose she felt like a dirty secret and I hated that. I know some people found Liam’s internalized homophobia (Thankfully I don’t and had never experienced this) and unwillingness to come out off-putting but you gotta understand, like Cody says “It’s easier said than done”. It’s a constant anxiety that something you’ll say or do will out you to your parents and everything as you know it will change forever. As we see, Liams parents never came around and so that relationship was broken forever. It makes you think twice about what could happen and so you stay in the closet where you are not happy but safe and that out-weights the coming out part. Even if you lose someone you love deeply. The brain is funny like that. I am sorry I rambled, is just that....this story made me cry a little okay. I saw myself in Liam.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    3.5 Stars - May-December romance (Liam 34, Cody 20) - Internal homophobia, older guy is deeply closeted - Family drama, homophobic parents - Definitely kinky but I wouldn’t call it true BDSM I liked it but I didn’t love it. I thought it was sweet how Cody helped Liam with his fears in this slow burn romance. It wasn’t always smooth sailing but there wasn’t a ton of angst. Personally, I found the steam awkward and I didn’t buy the BDSM vibes going on. I was all for Liam being submissive, which was a 3.5 Stars - May-December romance (Liam 34, Cody 20) - Internal homophobia, older guy is deeply closeted - Family drama, homophobic parents - Definitely kinky but I wouldn’t call it true BDSM I liked it but I didn’t love it. I thought it was sweet how Cody helped Liam with his fears in this slow burn romance. It wasn’t always smooth sailing but there wasn’t a ton of angst. Personally, I found the steam awkward and I didn’t buy the BDSM vibes going on. I was all for Liam being submissive, which was a nice change from the norm, but the way it was written was off for me. They seemed to flip a switch with Cody turning into a “Dom”, which didn’t seem believable, and the dirty talk was so awkward it made me cringe. And normally, I would’ve been all over what they were doing so I’m chalking it up to the writing. I liked them together but I didn’t fall in love with the characters or their relationship. I do love the world this book is set in so I definitely plan to read upcoming books in the series. Hopefully, we will get to see Cody and Liam again as the epilogue here wasn’t extensive. Sweet, a little sad, a troubled hero, family drama, and a HFN ending.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mia Sciberras

    Sun, sea, and sand mixed with lifeguards, closets and two men determined to live their lives their way... Liam and Cody need to find a way to move forward because going back is no longer an option. Quite possibly the Aussiest of Aussie gay romances out there, which is quite an impressive feat considering the author is Canadian! You can tell Keira did her research on Australian beach culture, the AFL, and what it is to be an Australian gay man... She obviously also indulged in watching a fair bit Sun, sea, and sand mixed with lifeguards, closets and two men determined to live their lives their way... Liam and Cody need to find a way to move forward because going back is no longer an option. Quite possibly the Aussiest of Aussie gay romances out there, which is quite an impressive feat considering the author is Canadian! You can tell Keira did her research on Australian beach culture, the AFL, and what it is to be an Australian gay man... She obviously also indulged in watching a fair bit of Bondi Rescue 😀 Keira has delivered a great romance that fair twangs in an Aussie accent broader than a Hemsworth, and is just as sexy. 5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  18. 4 out of 5

    jazmin

    age gap where the younger one is the dominant? yes please no but seriously, I loved this book. it was the perfect balance between steamy and emotional, and cody is a character I really fell for. bonus points for a cameo by ethan and clay! keira andrews is definitely one of my favorite authors.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    I don't know what to say. I guess I'm getting really picky with my MM books. I really didn't like Liam's internalized homophobia. It made me mad, made me mad with Liam. And I know that's not fair. And it sure's not fair being so afraid to be living your own truth, living your own life. Damn those parents that should love their children uncondionally... But because of Liam's personal turmoil, it prevented me from connecting with him. And with Cody for that matter. I didn't really feel their I don't know what to say. I guess I'm getting really picky with my MM books. I really didn't like Liam's internalized homophobia. It made me mad, made me mad with Liam. And I know that's not fair. And it sure's not fair being so afraid to be living your own truth, living your own life. Damn those parents that should love their children uncondionally... But because of Liam's personal turmoil, it prevented me from connecting with him. And with Cody for that matter. I didn't really feel their connection. So, I'll just post a pic of well..

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 stars Flash Rip is a great coming out story set in the exciting world of professional lifeguards, with a bit of an age gap twist. I really enjoyed the depictions of the daily life of the lifeguards on the busy Australian beach. I can’t even imagine the research Andrews must have done to provide such extensive detail and create such interesting encounters for the rescue team. Everything from the dangers of the currents, to the variety of rescues, to the lingo the A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 stars Flash Rip is a great coming out story set in the exciting world of professional lifeguards, with a bit of an age gap twist. I really enjoyed the depictions of the daily life of the lifeguards on the busy Australian beach. I can’t even imagine the research Andrews must have done to provide such extensive detail and create such interesting encounters for the rescue team. Everything from the dangers of the currents, to the variety of rescues, to the lingo the lifeguards use is so well developed, Andrews really brings this story to life. I found it all totally fascinating. I spend a lot of time at the beach, but my Atlantic coast beach in the US is nothing like the intensity of where these folks work and I really enjoyed the detail and the way the setting enhances the overall story. Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I've yet to read a Keira Andrews books I haven't loved, no exception with this one :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie

    Another good one from Keira, and I’m not surprised at all. I’ve at least liked everything I’ve read by her. That being said, I always really struggle with reading about deeply closeted people (because I get frustrated), and Liam was basically cemented behind the back wall of his closet; so that took a little steam out of my sails. Fortunately, there’s a whole lot of good going on elsewhere. I loved the beach setting and rescues(even the sad ones). I loved the guys’ lifeguard friends - all funny Another good one from Keira, and I’m not surprised at all. I’ve at least liked everything I’ve read by her. That being said, I always really struggle with reading about deeply closeted people (because I get frustrated), and Liam was basically cemented behind the back wall of his closet; so that took a little steam out of my sails. Fortunately, there’s a whole lot of good going on elsewhere. I loved the beach setting and rescues(even the sad ones). I loved the guys’ lifeguard friends - all funny and supportive. I loved the D/s vibes during the steam. It’s especially nice to see the stereotype broken of a “macho” guy always being the dominant partner. Cody was super comforting and understanding of Liam’s hesitancies and desires; they had a great connection. Also we get a cameo from another Keira couple; so that was nice as well. 👌 Definitely recommend for fans of Keira’s past work. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    Sweet and sexy. Keira Andrews is always solid for heartfelt.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bibliophile

    3.5 Stars. Reading this story felt almost like stepping back in time. It's been a long time since I read a story that featured a character so deeply in the closet. I can still remember growing up in a time when this storyline was typical and in which all gay romance movies I saw usually ended in tragedy of some sort of another. Like others, Liam's fears frustrated me at times, but they were also understandable. But on the plus side, I loved that this story centered around lifeguards and I 3.5 Stars. Reading this story felt almost like stepping back in time. It's been a long time since I read a story that featured a character so deeply in the closet. I can still remember growing up in a time when this storyline was typical and in which all gay romance movies I saw usually ended in tragedy of some sort of another. Like others, Liam's fears frustrated me at times, but they were also understandable. But on the plus side, I loved that this story centered around lifeguards and I enjoyed the fact that the author made Cody the dominant in the relationship. The side characters, too, were nicely fleshed out and added to the story. Overall, a recommended read. :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    CrabbyPatty

    Keira Andrews has given us some interesting depictions of Australia in Honeymoon for One and The Station and in "Flash Rip" Andrews dives into the lives and loves of lifeguards on fictional Barking (think Bondi) Beach. Andrews gives us some great secondary characters and shows us the closeness and friendships between the lifeguards, as well as insight into what they have to deal with daily, and along with all the crazy Aussie slang, the first part of this book is really a fun, interesting read. Keira Andrews has given us some interesting depictions of Australia in Honeymoon for One and The Station and in "Flash Rip" Andrews dives into the lives and loves of lifeguards on fictional Barking (think Bondi) Beach. Andrews gives us some great secondary characters and shows us the closeness and friendships between the lifeguards, as well as insight into what they have to deal with daily, and along with all the crazy Aussie slang, the first part of this book is really a fun, interesting read. In pondering why this book does not work for me, I finally realize that I don't want to read about the romance between senior lifeguard Liam Fox and the new recruit Cody because 1) the lifeguard part is really interesting and 2) their relationship is so dysfunctional. Liam (imagine a gorgeous Hemsworth or two) is deeply unhappy ... and deeply closeted. Liam spends all his time hiding his sexuality with a set of a crazy rules and essentially takes sex vacations to hook up with people unaware of his former celebrity status (he was an AFL footy star until he blew out his knee) and then shows them the door quickly afterwards. Liam is also afraid to ask for what he truly wants during sex; because of his build it's easy to assume Liam is a top while he's a hungry bottom. Finally Liam isolates himself from his family because he is unable to cope with his deeply homophobic father. While there's plenty of really hot sex between the two, it does not translate into a healthy relationship. I realize other readers may not feel the same way, but I cannot get past this issue, and my rating for "Flash Rip" is 3 stars. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue~Always Reading~

    I am always excited when Keira Andrews has a new release, she’s one of my favorite authors. I was looking forward to reading this story about lifeguards on the beach in Australia, one who is deeply closeted and the other who is younger and takes charge in the bedroom. Unfortunately this just didn’t live up to my expectations. Cody is a trainee lifeguard on Barking Beach in Australia and he is out and proud. Liam has been a lifeguard for 10 years after his AFL career ended due to a devastating I am always excited when Keira Andrews has a new release, she’s one of my favorite authors. I was looking forward to reading this story about lifeguards on the beach in Australia, one who is deeply closeted and the other who is younger and takes charge in the bedroom. Unfortunately this just didn’t live up to my expectations. Cody is a trainee lifeguard on Barking Beach in Australia and he is out and proud. Liam has been a lifeguard for 10 years after his AFL career ended due to a devastating injury. Liam is gay but he is so far in the closet that he has to go to other countries to hook up. He is a big guy, about 6’3” and muscular and because of his size most men assume he’s a top. He craves to be taken and because of being shamed by one previous hookup he has never again asked to bottom. Cody and Liam find that they are compatible in the bedroom with Cody taking a dominant roll and also showing Liam that he is not less of a man because he likes to bottom and be dominated. Cody was sweet and gentle and a really great guy. He was so patient even though Liam constantly looked over his shoulder and had a set of “rules” that he usually followed so that no one would ever know he is gay. A few things didn’t work for me and the first was that so much of the story focused on their job. It was interesting to read about their rescues at first but I felt that after awhile the story focused more on them than on the relationship. In fact I didn’t feel a spark between Cody and Liam at all. Cody was the only out gay man that Liam knew and it seemed like because of that he just happened to be attracted to him. There was no real build up or backstory that I connected with before they hooked up. It was more of “we’re both gay so let’s hookup!” My other issue was Liam. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where a character has so much internalized homophobia. There is quite a bit of background on where this comes from and I understood why he felt this way but he seemed to hate the fact he was gay so much that his constant jumping at noise and hiding behind closed doors and curtains at Cody’s place took away from their story. He didn’t treat Cody that well and Cody was so understanding. The story just dragged between all the rescues and Liam’s internalizing. I was tempted to stop reading but I pushed through. The secondary characters were great, they saved a lot of the story for me. The fellow lifeguards were funny and also accepting. Cody was my favorite character and I kind of wanted a better relationship for him. Even if things worked out in the end I didn’t feel the connection between him and Liam at all. ARC received from the author in exchange for review

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anabela.M.

    Right from the first page of 𝑭𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒉 𝑹𝒊𝒑 I was drawn in by the story and by Cody's fascination with Liam,his eagerness to start the trainee program and his nerves for becoming one of the close knit group of lifeguards. I really need to mention how amazingly Keira Andrews has depicted Barking Beach,the ocean,the people and the work of the lifeguards:their focused vigilance,the complete dedication to their purpose and how much they care about each other. It was fun to read about how Cody found his Right from the first page of 𝑭𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒉 𝑹𝒊𝒑  I was drawn in by the story and by Cody's fascination with Liam,his eagerness to start the trainee program and his nerves for becoming one of the close knit group of lifeguards. I really need to mention how amazingly Keira Andrews has depicted Barking Beach,the ocean,the people and the work of the lifeguards:their focused vigilance,the complete dedication to their purpose and how much they care about each other. It was fun to read about how Cody found his own spot among the group,nickname included. How right it feels for him to be there in the middle of the action,experiencing the adrenaline rush of saving  lives. And,of course, the highlight of his days is working with Liam. Liam,who has gutted me with how deeply he's ashamed of his sexuality,fears and anxiety clogging his air supplies, desperate and trembling with need ,so scared to ask for what he really wants. Liam,who is slowly more and more captivated by Cody,who  "𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕, 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑳𝒊𝒂𝒎 𝒆𝒙𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒆𝒅, 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒅𝒆𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆, 𝒂 𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒌 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒏 𝒐𝒏. 𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒊𝒆𝒓𝒄𝒆, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒍𝒆. 𝑭𝒖𝒏𝒏𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒖𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍—𝒔𝒐 𝒅𝒂𝒎𝒏 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍 𝒊𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝑳𝒊𝒂𝒎’𝒔 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉." Yes,Liam is falling in love, but is it enough to help him overcome his fear of exposure? Is Cody's love the push he needs to finally tell his family the truth about himself? You should definitely read 𝑭𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒉 𝑹𝒊𝒑 and find out. The story is stunningly written, everything about it is engaging and real:the characters, the nature and most of all,the feelings. This book is now my favorite one by Keira Andrews and I can't recommend it enough.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    First of all, I want to say how perfect I think the models on the cover are for Liam and Cody! This is the third Keira Andrews book I have read and I am definitely a fan of her writing. Honeymoon for One was amazing and like this one, I loved that it was set in Australia. (I still had to look up a ton of slang, but that's part of of the fun of it.) Liam had a lot of internalized homophobia which was pretty toxic to his well-being. Cody came through and started knocking through those walls to First of all, I want to say how perfect I think the models on the cover are for Liam and Cody! This is the third Keira Andrews book I have read and I am definitely a fan of her writing. Honeymoon for One was amazing and like this one, I loved that it was set in Australia. (I still had to look up a ton of slang, but that's part of of the fun of it.) Liam had a lot of internalized homophobia which was pretty toxic to his well-being. Cody came through and started knocking through those walls to help Liam start healing. There were great secondary characters as well. I would highly recommend this book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    AussieMum

    It’s likely me, not the book. I have some issues with this one since I live a little south of this fictional beach. I’m willing to overlook most of them but do wonder if this was Beta read by an Australian. Case in point: AFL is played on a “field” not a “pitch”. That being said I didn’t mind the setup here but the amount of angst Liam deals with regarding his sexuality far outweighs any romantic or emotional payoff. There’s too much relationship building off page, too much lifesaving and too It’s likely me, not the book. I have some issues with this one since I live a little south of this fictional beach. I’m willing to overlook most of them but do wonder if this was Beta read by an Australian. Case in point: AFL is played on a “field” not a “pitch”. That being said I didn’t mind the setup here but the amount of angst Liam deals with regarding his sexuality far outweighs any romantic or emotional payoff. There’s too much relationship building off page, too much lifesaving and too much sex to actually balance out the pain here. The ending was rushed and although it was nice Liam finally go to where he needed to be I just wasn’t that invested. YMMV.

  30. 4 out of 5

    dbbks3

    Pulled into the story quickly and loved it. There was so much to this story. The life and duties of the life guards was interesting. The descriptions of the tides and other possible dangers informative. I could feel the ocean's power. I once was caught in a massive rip tide in a beach area surrounded by rocks and no life guard. The situations were real. Lisa's fear and turmoil got to my heart. His loneliness tore my heart. Cody was stronger and more mature than his actual years. He was a person Pulled into the story quickly and loved it. There was so much to this story. The life and duties of the life guards was interesting. The descriptions of the tides and other possible dangers informative. I could feel the ocean's power. I once was caught in a massive rip tide in a beach area surrounded by rocks and no life guard. The situations were real. Lisa's fear and turmoil got to my heart. His loneliness tore my heart. Cody was stronger and more mature than his actual years. He was a person who truly loved humanity, his career choice and Liam. A good read. Enjoy it.

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