What can I say about Rough Waters? It was the perfect sequel to Chasing Forever Down, one of my favorite books. Taking place a year later, the story follows Haley Sullivan back to Crescent Cove to her new Drenaline Surf family, Hooligans, and her attempt at living her forever.
I loved Rough Waters and getting to go back to my favorite beach town, Crescent Cove, to hang out with a group of characters I wish were real. Nikki Godwin does such an excellent job with character development, and I enjoyed how real the relationships—the good and bad—felt between the characters. My favorite interactions were between Haley and her roommates, and I have to warn you, if you read late at night, be careful because my laughter nearly woke up the neighborhood. I also did some yelling and cooing, because I just had so many feelings. I couldn’t put Rough Waters down.
As a California native, I also enjoyed the setting. Crescent Cove reminded me of the beach town I used to live in and stirred a lot of fond memories for me. Nikki’s world building is phenomenal. I wish I could actually live in Crescent Cove. Rough Waters and the rest of the series is a perfect beach read for any time of the year.
There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about Rough Waters. It was fast-paced, well written, and I can’t wait to read the next book. If you like young adult contemporary novels, beach reads, more real-life like relationships, and an endless supply of hot book boyfriend surfers, you should definitely check out Rough Waters and the rest of the Drenaline Surf series.
1. I love how Haley has A.J., Reed, and Alston as her roommates. If you could choose three roommates from Drenaline Surf, who would they be?
I’d love Haley’s roommates! But if I had to choose, I guess it’d be Colby (because I have a huge weakness for the guy), Enchanted Emily (because she’s based off my sister who does live with me and she’s awesome), and Theo (because I’m a sucker for the broken souls).
2. If Shark were still alive, what advice would he have given Haley the moment she officially moved to Crescent Cove?
“Hang on tight. You’re in for a wild ride.” (As much as I love Shark, I don’t see him being all professional and wise-worded lol)
3. Team Colby or Team Topher?
LOL! Personally, I’m Team Colby, because I adore him. But as far as “for Haley” goes? Not Colby… I can’t say much without spoilers but she does end up with a Brooks brother in the end.
4. Without sharing too many spoilers, what was your favorite scene to write?
My very favorite scene was the conversation between Reed and Haley when you find out Theo’s back story.
5. You mention Haley’s prom with A.J. attending instead of Vin. Can you please add this to the huge list of things you’ll write about? I’d really love to read a scene about this event.
I’ve struggled to come up with short stories for the Drenaline Surf world, so this is an excellent idea! *adds it to her list*
6. What’s your favorite quote from Rough Waters?
There are a few that I really like. I love this one: “There is no amount of alcohol to wash that away. That’s why he breaks. That’s what makes a Hooligan cry.” (which is from my favorite scene) But I also really like this one: “He’s a cracked shell of a dreamer, and I’m sure there’s no beautiful pearl inside.” (which is about Colby)
Thanks so much for taking the time for this interview! I had a lot of fun reading Rough Waters, and I look forward to reading Always Summer, the third book in the Drenaline Surf series.
If you haven’t read any of Nikki’s books, I highly recommend you do. She always sweeps me into a world I don’t want to leave. She also writes a lot of fun crossover stuff that is fun to spot.
Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her favorite surfer is Gabriel Medina. If you ever get her started on surfing or music, she’ll never shut up. You’ve been warned.