Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Loved Surfaced by Michelle Lynn

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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5- Oh, My Drama... -Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

For some absurd reason, I thought Tanner had the same desires for me as I do for him. I thought we were in this forbidden affair together, but I guess I'm alone, and that's what upsets me the most. I trusted him, only to be pushed aside for my brother time and again.
Why do I continue to disappoint myself, thinking I could be more than second-best in Tanner's eyes?

I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book, this is EXACTLY how I like my romances! Packed with drama and tears, sexual chemistry that will leave you climbing the walls, love, friendship, family, childhood crushes, and did I mention drama?? We get to follow Piper and Tanner through both phases of their relationship-from crossing that friendship line for the first time, through the heartbreak of betrayal, to Tanner doing whatever it takes to win his girl back. There will be douchbags, catty bitches, over-protective brothers, sneaking around, deceit and forgiveness, and oh-so-sexy sexy intimate times. I was glued to this book from the very beginning, these two had my full attention and my heart in their hand til the very end-I loved them both. They had such fab personalities-drive, loyalty, persistence, strength, charm, humor and intense chemistry. I do have to admit that I didn't have a whole lot of love for Brad. That man was incredibly selfish and so far up his own ass he couldn't see what he was doing to those around him. With that said, I still would love to see him get his own story if for no other reason than to see if he could change, and it doesn't hurt that I loved Taylor. This was surprisingly my first read from Ms. Lynn but I can say with absolute certainty that it won't be my last. She has slammed her way onto my One-Click-Addiction List one blush, tear, and breast-stroke at a time and I cannot wait to see what she brings us next.

I never thought I'd be a girl who needed a guy, but I need Tanner. These past two years were torment for me, not seeing him or hearing his voice. I desperately craved his sweet kisses, gentle touches and contagious laughter.  

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.

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