Unlikely Allies by Tiffany King
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.
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.
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.
Before I started my blog I was really into YA Paranormal... I hate to admit this because I'm so over it but after reading Twilight, I realized how much I enjoyed YA Paranormal books. Obviously that has since changed and now I find myself more into Adult Contemporary, New Age Adult Contemporary, and yes even some YA Contemporary. With that said, I have read numerous books by Tiffany King and I absolutely loved them... none quite as much as I loved Unlikely Allies. The message in this book, the characters, all of it kept me rooting for the happy ending these two kids deserved!
Kimberly has grown up thinking her dad had passed away, but once she learned he is indeed still alive and runs a camp for foster kids, she knew she had to take the time to meet and hopefully get to know him. Kimberly is a character I can admire, yes she is young and still has some insecurities along with making mistakes... but you can see her trying to learn and grow from all the experiences thrown her way... she tries to make herself a better person and in the end she more than does. I was proud of every accomplishment, every decision, and every sassy remark she made.... especially those sassy comments that were made to Mason.
Mason was... well... one big jerk to Kimberly, at least until he decides he is no longer going to fight the attraction and respect he has for her. Then he becomes this sweet yet very hard headed man that had me feeling like I could either kiss him all over or smack him upside the head. Talk about conflicted feelings!
Their relationship didn't exactly start off on the greatest level but it turned into something sweet and romantic, even if the situation was far from sweet and romantic. So when the tragedy leaves them recovering I felt my heart break because of decisions that I understood but really didn't want to see them go through. Which makes me ask... Why in the world are men such hard headed babies? Why do they feel blows to their egos when they feel like they can't control something? And as if those questions aren't hard enough to answer.... Why do we as women still feel the need to put them and their feelings ahead of our own?
I definitely recommend Unlikely Allies... not only is the love story something special but the message behind the Camp Kimberly's dad has created is something that touched my heart and had me googling camps that provide the same kind of atmosphere. It definitely made me want to make a difference in my own way... even if it's just donating money!