Eighteen-year-old Kimberly gets the shock of her life when she learns the father she thought was dead is not only very much alive, but never even knew she existed. Angry with her mother for lying all these years, Kimberly flies to Colorado to meet the father she knows nothing about before heading off to college in the fall.
Her father’s world turns out to be nothing like she expected. Rather than the typical nine to five lifestyle, Kimberly’s father runs a summer foster camp that teaches young children skills to build their confidence and self-esteem. The Colorado Rocky Mountains are a different world than the sunny shores of California, taking Kimberly completely out of her element, and causing her to second-guess her spur of the moment decision.
Never being one to quit anything, Kimberly is determined to show her father that a surfer girl can fit into this rugged mountain wilderness. That is if she can deal with Mason, an arrogant nineteen-year-old guy who has made it his mission to point out every mistake she has made since her arrival. While she would love nothing more than to rub it in his know-it-all face, Kimberly can’t deny the feelings he stirs up inside her, or the chemistry between them, even during their verbal assaults.
When a tragic accident leaves them stranded in the mountains, Kimberly must use her shaky skills to save Mason and survive the elements. Suddenly, fighting is the last thing on their minds as they must rely on each other if they want to live. In their struggle for survival, they realize what they thought they knew about each other isn’t true after all.
I went into this thinking I was going to read a story about a girl coming to grips with the truth of her paternity and how her relationship with the father she never knew develops. And while that’s certainly a subplot, the main thrust of the story is some seriously sizzling unresolved sexual tension between Kimberly and super hot Mason. This is where the story really, really works — the tension is palpable.
The story is interesting, engaging and moves along without any extraneous side trips. There are a few subplots that move the main plot along that are also interesting in and of themselves. One is a young camper who is having difficulty at home. The other is her relationship with her estranged father. There were a couple of things I found a little to convenient. One is the relationship with her mother doesn’t seem to suffer at all despite the fact that her mother lied to her for her entire life about her father. The other is the nice neat ending. While I’m all for happy endings, it was a little to clean and neat to be believable.
The characters are well developed and the chemistry between the two main characters sizzles and you know almost immediately that Kimberly (aka Beach Bunny) and Mason (aka Greeky) are meant to be together, if they could just get over themselves long enough to accept it. The supporting characters were also well developed and not just thrown in for a plot point.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and even though a few of the plot points mentioned above made it something less than a five-star read, I still highly recommend this book. Tiffany King is a master at generating heat between her characters without being overt in her treatment of sexual elements.
Title: Unlikely Allies
Author: Tiffany King
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Category: Young Adult/New Adult, Romance, Adventure
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Links to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble