Love Surfaced Series #2
by Michelle Lynn
Taylor Delaney is the love of my life.
She’s also the one I've hurt the most.
Two years ago, I made a disastrous mistake.
One I’m not sure I can make amends from.
But I have to try, because I’m nothing without her.
Brad Ashby's here, in my hometown, asking for a second chance.
All those unresolved feelings for him have resurfaced.
Not that they ever went away.
I know I should run him out of the town, but I can’t.
He needs to know that I wasn’t the only one who was deceived.
Even if we gave our relationship another try, how can we rebuild what’s been destroyed? If we weren’t strong enough then, what makes us strong enough now?
** CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE. **
I'm a cheater. There. I said it. Two years ago, I fell into a hole, and as fast as my fingers clawed to escape, the dirt continued to pile on me. I'm not saying it's an excuse. I'm not even saying she should forgive me. Although, I hope she does. But I can't live without her anymore. I tried. I found a girl and proposed to her, while imagining the delicate finger I slid the ring on belonged to someone else. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't go through with marrying anyone but her. For sure, I never thought I'd say this, but I'm nothing without her. She brings out the good in me. That's why I'm here, in some small-ass town, to grovel my way back into her heart.
She's different now, and I'm not referring to the disappearance of her bleached blonde hair back to her natural brown. I loved her as a blonde, but the dark suits her better. I wouldn't care if she had rainbow-colored hair. I'm not sitting outside the hospital where she works, watching her walk to her car like some stalker, because she’s gorgeous. I’m here because of her heart and kindness. That’s what I’m fighting to get back. The package it comes in is just an added bonus.
Her ponytail swings back and forth as she laughs with what I hope is a co-worker, unless she's turned lesbian in the last two years. She waves good-bye to the girl and throws her purse into the passenger seat of her Jetta. The car has a little more rust than it did back in the day, but it's held up well. Still, it’s old and she deserves something newer.
She pulls out of her parking space, and my heart constricts as I watch her drive away from me again. I should duck down so she doesn’t see me, but my eyes won't veer from her. The beat-up Jetta passes and my stomach clenches. My hand itches to yank the car handle open. My feet beg to disobey and run to her. I don't have to, because she slams on the breaks and her eyes are locked on mine. Hope pours from mine while hers fume with anger.
★✩★✩★ 5 – Secrets, Changes & Second Chances – Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review MAY CONTAIN minor spoilers~
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm nothing without her. She brings out the good in me. That's why I'm here, in some small-ass town, to grovel my way back into her heart.
Love Surfaced was my first read by Michelle Lynn and is the book that started my addiction with her particular brand of suffering, so when I saw the email for this book – I was ALL OVER IT. Brad played a big part in the first book, and not in a good way, so I was anxious to see where his story went. I was desperate to see the man pull his head outta his ass and maybe find some peace, some happiness, and his place in the world. Nothing could have prepared me for the journey Ms. Lynn was about to take me on. I'm going to have to be very careful about what I say because we get delivered a HUGE twist, an explosive secret that gets revealed almost immediately and completely changes the tone of the entire book. I never expected it and quite honestly, it soured my opinion of certain characters. My heart went out to Taylor for the way Brad shredded her heart, but it was soon clear that she wasn't the sad little miss innocent we were always lead to believe. She didn't have a close relationship with honesty herself, and as much as what Brad did to her sucked, BIG TIME, I'm not disputing that, what she did was so much worse in my opinion. But the part that really pissed me off was how her deceptions were conveniently overlooked, or glossed over, by not only her, but most of those closely involved. Taylor and friends were so hard on Brad and what he did, so quick to continue to judge him, always ready to point out how easy it would be for him to betray her again – but nobody stopped to question what she did. Nobody got in her face and said “Hey. What you did was totally fucked up.” Brad was so eager to get back in her life, even he pretty much just let it slide off his back when I felt he had the biggest reason to be pissed as all hell. Now I'm not saying things would have been all sunshine and roses had she been honest from the beginning, I understand (to a point) her reasoning and Brad wasn't exactly in a good place at the time, but I still don't agree with what she did and I do think she should have done a helluva lot more apologizing than she did. Brad was the only one doing any kind of groveling and that was just bullshit.
Okay. Rant over. Sorry, I just had to get that all off my chest.
As for the rest of the book, griping aside, I still loved every minute of it. Getting inside Brad's head, seeing the man he is today, was so much different than the selfish bastard we met in book one, it was impossible not to love him. And Taylor, for as much as she pissed me off, was still a pretty incredible woman in her own rights. These two really did belong together, they just had a closet full of baggage to work through in order to get where they needed to be. There is plenty of laughs, smokin hott chemistry, lots of tears and anger, but most of all – there is hope, and love. I adored getting to spend some more time with Tanner and Piper, as well as the rents, and after this book I'm desperately hoping we will get to see Dylan and Bea's story next. In the end, if you love a good second chance romance chock full of some pretty amazing characters and a whole lotta cuteness to level out the angst, then give this book a read. And if you haven't read Love Surfaced, grab that right away too. They can technically be read as standalones, but you will understand Brad a whole lot better if you follow him through both books. The difference between the two for him is drastic to say the least. Besides – you just HAVE TO experience Tanner first hand.
“He looks like the Incredible Hulk,” Piper comments. I laugh because he does, but his absurdity doesn't phase-out the fact that he's found his place. The best part is, I'm a part of it.
Love Surfaced Series #1
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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USA Today Bestselling author, Michelle Lynn 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.