I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Riding the Wave by Lorelie Brown
Published by Penguin on 2014-07-01
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Source: the Author
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The gray-green swells of San Sebastian haven’t changed in ten years, but Tanner Wright has. The last thing he expects to find back on his home turf is the love of his life.... With a make-or-break world championship on the line, professional surfer Tanner Wright has come back to the coastal California hometown he left a decade ago, carrying only his board and the painful knowledge of his father’s infidelity. Now that Hank Wright is dead, Tanner intends to keep the secret buried to spare his mother and sister the burden. The last time Avalon Knox saw her best friend’s brother, she was fourteen and he was a twenty-year-old surfer god. She’s never understood or respected the way Tanner distanced himself from the family that has embraced her. But now she has the professional chance of a lifetime: to photograph Tanner for the competition—if he’ll agree. Out on the waves, they find in each other passion that’s impossible to resist. And Tanner’s not the only one trying to move forward from his past. As the competition heats up, secrets get spilled, and lust takes over. How close can Avalon get to this brooding surfer...without getting burned?
Once again I have to applaud the hot read from Lorelie… She has a winner on her hands with this one in that Tanner and Avalon not only have heat but there is such a wonderful love story in the way they finally found each other.
Tanner has been away for many years in order to spare his mom and sister the pain of his dad’s secret life. He’s arrogant but at the same time hiding so much pain that it will take your breath away to read. His arrogance leads him to do something that he believes is best but by doing so will it cause him to not only lose the family he loves but the woman who becomes everything to him. I liked his intense love of his family but also agreed with something said by his mom in the book. He needs to learn to let go and as much as it hurts not try to play God even if it is with the best of intentions. As you watch him work thru this issue you are also treated to seeing the heat that sparks between he and Avalon but what I loved most was seeing the feelings that develop as they discover one another.
Avalon was a treat. She is strong, sarcastic and has so much love to share with the world that you can’t help but want anything to make her happy. As she opens her heart to the man that has always held it you see someone who struggles with not believing in herself enough to stand up for what she deserves. She keeps secrets but I understood why even as I knew it would cause her so much pain when it was discovered. I loved her ability to sacrifice something vital in order to try to heal a family that means more than everything to her. Her willingness to push Tanner was refreshing even as we know it hurts her to do. As she finds out everything about the secret he was hiding you feel her pain in the betrayal of the man she thought of as a surrogate father but more you feel the pain as she struggles to understand how she might be able to help everyone heal.
I loved this story and am looking forward to more from this series… My guess as to who Sage is going to end up with will hopefully prove true as watching that fight should prove fun. If my guess proves out the reactions will prove to be priceless…
Thanks to Lorelie for sending me a copy of this with no expectations of review let alone expectations of a good one.