Review: Rogue Wave by J. Bengtsson

Posted March 21, 2019 by Amber in New Releases, Review / 0 Comments

by J. Bengtsson
Genres: Romance

Rogue Wave

By J. Bengtsson

Release Date March 19th, 2019

Genre: Romance


A love story that survives the test of time.

Keith McKallister is the king of the stoners. You know the type. Every school has one – the hot, fun, dopey guy beloved by the student body but despised by, well, just about everyone else. He spends his early mornings in the ocean and his days trying to get to class on time. Life is as easy as it gets until one poor choice too many catches up with him and he’s forced to reevaluate his path. 

Samantha Anderson sits in the front row. You know the type. Every school has one – the quiet, faceless, studious girl who fears the taunts of her peers and fades into the background. Life has never been simple for Samantha, and it’s about to get a little more complicated when Keith slides into the seat beside her with a partnership plan designed for his benefit only. But what Keith brings to the table is more than either of them could imagine. 

Sometimes the person you least expect to make a difference will change your life forever. Sometimes the person you love the most might be better off without you.

Amber’s Review:

I’ve come to the conclusion that J. Bengtsson can write no wrong! 

When I first picked up the audiobook of Cake, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. After listening, I did not want the book to end and quickly picked up book 2 – The Theory of Second Best. Again, a fabulous book.

I’ve since been a huge fan of J. Bengtsson and will immediately pick up her newest release. All the books in the Cake series are great. They are all very unique, but Jill’s humor and wit as well as her writing style shine through in each.

Rogue Wave is the eldest McKallister sibling’s story and the one family member who I’ve been dying (figuratively) to learn more about. And in her previous books, each one presents an opportunity to touch base with the previously introduced characters. 

Rogue Wave and Keith’s story is presented as a flashback of sorts. When Keith has previously been involved in the past books, he was already an adult. The reader did not know his backstory and how he became the loveable yet easily lost surfer/stoner. In Rogue Wave, we go all the way back to his beginning…back to a critical decision moment in junior high that sent Keith on his journey. 

This is a fantastic book and the way in which Keith’s story unfolds is captivating. Now, hopefully readers will one day get in depth with Quinn and Grace!



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