Blog Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): Love Surfaced by Michelle Lynn



Title: Love Surfaced
Author: Michelle Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 414 pages
Rating: 4 stars


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?

Grace Review

As the popular saying goes, “Bros before hoes.”

What if that girl isn’t a hoe, but off limits, being your BFFs twin sister?

What if it is impossible to stay away from her? Where an attraction isn’t something that grew overnight, but has only built up in intensity as the years pass.

This story is about what happens when two people, who are clearly soul-mates, cross that line. Are friendships ruined or do they find a way to make it work?

As nearly every other romance book out there, the path Piper and Tanner take isn’t an easy one. Interestingly enough, broken trust is what tears them apart and the motto I mentioned in the beginning comes to play in a big way.

It took me a long time to understand what Tanner did wrong two years prior to break Piper’s trust. When it is finally revealed, I completely understood her anguish and why she couldn’t get over what he did. However, things aren’t always as they seemed. The bigger reveal was upsetting because of Tanner’s decision making. Was it as bad as Piper had thought? No, yet in some ways, it was worse. The thought plaguing her – when would he put her first?

Despite Tanner making some poorly thought out decisions, I liked how she was always in his heart. Unable to move on with anyone else. Piper on the other hand made the mistake of moving on and choosing poorly. I never warmed up to him, and although Piper was torn with seeing Tanner again, you could tell her heart was never in with douche, and I’m not sure why she dragged it out.

Ultimately, everyone gets their priorities in line and the right priorities are made. I loved the connection between Piper and Tanner and never doubted them as a couple. They just had to take a risk in each other, and put the relationship before a friendship that had some challenging moments on its own.

So, the question remains, Piper.  Why the hell do you care so much?
Because your one act took me to a fork in the road, and I made the wrong choice.

And speaking of that friendship, Brad was on my shit list for most of the book. He’s a bit of an ass and as you learn more about him, self-centered and selfish. Thinking of himself first with little thought to the consequences. While I wasn’t a fan of his, I am hoping that he and Taylor get a story. I think there is a lot there that we are missing and I always like a good redemption story. So dear author, get on that.

Overall, I enjoyed this second chance love story. There was a nice blend of angst and sexy times, with a love story that was years in the making.

– Grace *An ARC was received for an honest review.




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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  1. Nice review!

  2. Thank you for participating in the blog tour! I almost spit out my drink when I read your first two lines! LOVED it! 🙂

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