Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Review of LOVE SURFACED by Michelle Lynn & $50 Amazon GC Giveaway!!

The equations are simple.

Piper Ashby + Brad Ashby = Twin Siblings
Brad Ashby + Tanner McCain = Best Friends
Piper Ashby + Tanner McCain = Off limits

Tanner and I abided by the rules. We stayed on our designated sides of the relationship circle.

Ignoring swarming butterflies.
Brushing off skipped heartbeats.
Settling on lingering stares.

Here’s the secret … a hand extended over that invisible line once, exponentially changing the equation. I was convinced we could make our relationship work until Tanner broke the trust he embedded in me from the age of seven.

One deceit of mega proportions and the relationship we built for that short month vanished. I swore never to speak to him again and it’s worked. Until now—two years later, when my brother’s wedding places me face-to-face with the best man—Tanner McCain.

Leaving one equation to be solved. Can love surface twice?

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Oh, how I love these types of books.  It is a taboo story of a man falling in love with his best friends sister, not only that, but she is the twin sister of his best friend.  Just by reading the synopsis I knew I was going to like this book.  You could just tell there would be plenty of angst and heartbreak to go around and I was not wrong.

Piper has loved Tanner her whole life.  Not only is he her twin brother's best friend, he is also her neighbor.  They grew up side by side and knew each other better than anyone could imagine.  While she thought Tanner put her in the "strictly off limits" category, she couldn't help but want him in the worst way.

Tanner knew he shouldn't want Piper, after all if her her brother found out he would be furious and it could possibly cost him his friend.  However, he can't betray his heart and Piper is his heart.  When he finally concedes that he doesn't want to live without her and goes for her heart, he is the happiest he has ever been. 

Just when their relationship is taking off and they are ready to let everyone know they are now an item, their HEA comes to a screeching halt.  With one act Tanner protected his best friend, but lost Piper and his heart.  Would they ever be able to overcome this obstacle?  Will Piper forgive Tanner and accept him back into her life?  Will Tanner fight for the one thing he wants more than Olympic gold?  To find out you will need to read this one.  

This was a wonderful book about love and loss.  Piper and Tanner love each other so much, but Piper holds back from giving Tanner her heart after he lost it once.  When they are thrust back together after several years apart, the one thing that is obvious is that their desire for one another has not faded.  Tanner will stop at nothing to win Piper's love, even go toe to toe with her new beau.  

I loved these two characters and couldn't stop reading this one.  I understood Piper's hesitancy over giving Tanner her heart again; however, how can you give someone something they never gave back.  No matter what happened between them, Piper still loved Tanner.  Tanner wanted Piper in his life regardless of what it would do to the relationship with her brother.  When he makes an obvious play for her heart in front of everyone, no one is surprised.  Tanner is one of the sweetest, most loyal men that I have ever read.  Even when his reputation was going to be destroyed, he didn't waiver in his support of his friend.  I love him for that alone.  This was such an enjoyable read from the beginning to the end and I'm so happy they got their HEA.  I can't see what happens next in Brad's ploy to win back the heart of the only woman he has ever loved!

Soon, I’m unable to focus, and I have no choice but to take a break to recoup some energy. Gripping the side of the pool, I toss my goggles on the cement and lay my head on top of my hands, leaning over the edge of the pool. Mentally tormenting myself on my recent obsession with Tanner McCain, I’m surprised when the echo of someone else in the pool alerts me.
There goes my therapy for today, I think to myself.
I hastily grab my goggles and rest them on my head. My eyes glance up to see if the person is one of my teammates, but what I find halts my breathing. Tanner snakes into the water, gracefully picking up each plastic rope and ducking underneath, until he reaches the lane right next to me. I gulp down the last of my saliva when he casually swings back and forth on the lane separator closest to me.
He’s breathtaking with his goggles resting on the top of his head and his strong biceps holding his body up in the water. “I thought I’d find you here.” His classic smirk from last night is back in place.
“You did?” Immediately, I hate my timid and unsure voice. Even worse, the hopefulness it’s laced with.
“Want to race? Loser chooses Truth or Dare?” He doesn’t make eye contact with me. Rather, he peers across the empty pool.
“So I can lose?”
Every swimmer from here to California beats themselves up on their workouts, imagining their fingertips on that tile wall before Tanner’s.
He chuckles. “You know I only use half of my energy when I go against you.”
I cup my hand and drag it across the pool, splashing his face. He shakes his head, water droplets spraying off his divine features.
“Jackass,” I say, my back against the tile wall. I purposely don’t allow my body to win the fight to break the distance between us.
“I’m kidding. Come on.” His head nods toward the other end of the pool. “One lap.”
Then, out of nowhere, a confident creature rises within me. I want to pick his brain and dig through the layers to discover exactly why he sought me out in this pool so early in the morning and why his hands roamed places on my body they never ventured before last night. Most of all, I want to know how he left me without even a good-bye.
“What do I get if I win?” I raise my eyebrows at him a few times for competition.


Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.  She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write.   With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends.  But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.

Twitter: @michellelynnbks

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  1. Thank you for participating in the blog tour and your beautifully written review! :)

    1. You are welcome! I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to read Brad and Taylor's story!!