Review: Enjoy the Ride by Rebecca Sharp

December 29, 2018

Title: Enjoy The Ride
Series: Winter Games Book 3
Author: Dr. Rebecca Sharp
Genre: Sports Romance, Enemies-to-Lovers, Second Chance
Release Date: December 11, 2018

“Sharp has once again produced an absolute Masterpiece. Enjoy the Ride has it All.” ~ Goodreads Review
“Rebecca Sharp has done it again. Enjoy the Ride is as angsty, heartbreaking and steamy as the previous installments in the series. I could not put this book down.” ~ Goodreads Review

The Wheel of Fortune (Card 10): Things tend to go in cycles. Good times then bad.
Do you know what it’s like to lose everything? I do.
Eight years ago, Jessa Lynn Madison and the title ‘Best Snowboarder in the US’ were both mine.
And then she betrayed me and the mountain had followed suit. 
No matter how much I drank, the truth was hard to swallow when it meant choking on my pride.
And no matter how much I screwed, the truth was that I still wanted her.
Anger. Rage. They don’t even begin to describe how I feel.
I was never going to be able to compete again, 
but life had given me the perfect opportunity to have Jessa. 
And to break her.
Misery loves company. And Jessa was about to be my company.

The Fool (Card 0): A symbol of potential and new beginnings.
All I wanted was a fresh start in the town I once called home.
Too bad home was littered with memories of him. Chance Ryder. 
The man I’d loved. The man I’d left. 
The man who was now my patient. And my roommate.
I know he wants to use me. I know he wants to hurt me.
But I also know that I can’t stop myself from wanting him.
And wanting him has always been my downfall.
Now all I can think about is how to tell him the truth and beg his forgiveness.
I, of all people, should know that explanations and apologies won’t matter.
When it comes to Chance, he’ll hold onto his pride
like he should be holding onto me.

Enjoy the Ride is the third book in the Winter Games series by Dr. Rebecca Sharp. It's a second chance sports romance between two soulmates broken apart by a single act of betrayal. Why would soulmates betray each other? Well, let's just say one of the characters felt the need to save the other from themselves by forcing their hand in a major life decision. 

The result of this convoluted attempt at selflessness was two heartbroken individuals unable to move on and be truly happy in their life. Sure, they seemed to have moved on. Both parties relocated to different cities and dated and slept with other people, but no matter how hard they tried, they couldn't make space for anyone else in their heart. They already belonged to each other, and no amount of time or distance could change that. 

Stuck just going through the emotions, they carry on living for eight years until fate brings them back together. Jessa begins a new job at a rehabilitation facility in Colorado, and Chance, a competitive snowboarder, seriously damages his knee. When he finds out Jessa is an employee at the facility he's been referred to, he specifically requests her to be his physical therapist. She ripped out his soul with one kiss, and now that she's back, he's going to make her pay for her sins. 

Enjoy the Ride is a super steamy tale of true love gone wrong. It's also a prime example of why two people in love need to communicate, trust, and respect one another enough to make their own decisions. There was so much faulty logic going on between the characters in this book it was kind of mind blowing. I wanted to reach inside the story and bash some heads. 

Oddly enough, I felt more for Chance than I did for Jessa despite going through a trauma similar to hers in my own life more than once. I guess it's because Chance is given no real say in decisions she unilaterally makes in a misguided attempt to protect him from himself. He was left a heartbroken shell, and then when light is shed on some important truths, he feels guilty for not questioning things that happened more and for decisions he made as a result of having his heart ripped out.  

That being said, I still enjoyed the story overall. I would recommend it to readers not easily aggravated with conflict revolving around assumptions and poor communication. The romance is heavy on the heat too, so if you're looking for something to fog up your kindle, this is a safe bet. 

The side characters we're introduced to in this one peaked my interest enough to make me curious about their stories. Frost is especially intriguing to me, but his heroine's journey may be problematic in my case. I'll wait to make a decision on that one when I have more information. In the meantime, if this sounds appealing to you, I'd give it a shot! Sports and second chance romance fans, this one's for you!

Rebecca Sharp is a dentist and International Best-Selling author living in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, the love of her life. After graduating Cum Laude from Lafayette College in 2011 with two degrees (one in Business & Economics and one in French), she pursued her doctoral degree at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Graduating in 2015, she has since been working in her family’s dental practice that has serving the local community for over 60 years.

While she enjoys the practical and challenging academic aspects of her career and the fulfillment of providing care to her patients, Rebecca desired to pursue something more creative in her free time. Starting with her love of Jane Austen, she began writing. While she enjoys all types of books, romance novels have always held a special place in her heart. (True story: She listed a Sabrina Jeffries novel on her 8th grade summer reading list. Much to her surprise, the teacher didn’t even notice!) She has currently published numerous contemporary romance titles.

When she isn’t taking care of her patients or writing/publishing her next book, Rebecca loves to read, cook, draw, and snowboard. She has a small addiction to coffee and the TV show ‘Friends.’ She and her husband are avid travelers, determined to visit every corner of this beautiful planet!


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