Saturday, August 10, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: "Love Me Back" by Michelle Lynn

Love Me Back


Growing up in small town Belcrest, Maddy Jennings thought she was destined to be with her childhood love Trent Basso. Their friendship blossomed into love as they weaved in and out of each other’s lives, from school aged to young adulthood. During her complicated path with Trent, another love interest seems to be her constant. The problem is the other love interest is Trent’s older brother. Trent’s brother is bound to keep a promise to him even if it means keeping his distance from Maddy, but it doesn’t stop him from being a friend she can count on. 

When Maddy returns to her hometown after two years for her brother’s wedding, she will have to face not only Trent but his brother as well. As the two Basso brothers fight to win her heart, she struggles to forgive her mom and accept her apology, in order to mend their relationship? 

She must decide to either forfeit her happiness or tear a family apart.

5 Stars 

"You are more my girl than his girl."

"Love Me Back" is an angst-filled emotional roller coaster that hooked me from page one.
I can honestly say I fell in love with this book!! So okay...
It basically takes us through one hell of a ride Maddy Jennings calls life. Life with the Basso brothers in it. Meet Trent and Gabe.
Since they were little, Trent and Maddy had been best friends, but then they took things to the next level, becoming on and off boyfriend and girlfriend throughout the years. Where as Gabe is Trent's older brother. 

"You are my brother's girl. If he can't be here, then I will take care of you."

Life caused Trent and Maddy's relationship to be FULL of ups and downs, not only relationship wise, but friendship wise as well. The important thing here is that during each and every one of those "downs," Gabe was somehow always there for Maddy. Granted he was there as a friend, but of course, things started to change... feelings started to bloom.  FYI, there isn't any cheating in this book. :) 

"When you were destroying me, he was picking me up." - Maddy

"Believe me, Mad, you are every guy's type." -Gabe

Sometimes I absolutely loved Trent and other times, I absolutely hated his guts. He could really be a jerk and yet, he could really make up for it. The way Michelle Lynn wrote and developed his character, made it very hard for me to actually stay mad at him. I guess you could say I had a love/hate relationship along the way. Where as with Gabe? I kind of always loved him!!!! 

"I want to be the reason for your smiles and laughter. I want to make you happy and feel loved." - Gabe

I loved the fact that this book went back and forth in time. We had alternating chapters between the present day and several key moments during Maddy's life. You know how some authors publish prequels AFTER they release the actual novel and when you read that prequel everything you read in the novel has a deeper meaning or simply put, makes more sense? Well THAT'S what the flashbacks in this book were for me. They made everything in the "present day" chapters fall into place... they made me understand even more Maddy's actions and reactions.

Thank the Lord this book didn't have multiple POVs because that would've just KILLED me! To actually know what these boys were feeling and thinking would've broken my heart even more for them. So for once, I think I'm glad a book was solely in the heroine's point of view. 

"I'm not willing to sacrifice you for him." - Trent

"I am sick of waiting for the time to be right. I want you to be mine." - Gabe

Maddy deep down always knew her choice...but things happened, life happened... And boy, did it.  While reading this book I laughed, swooned, cried, and I definitely squirmed. I literally had a "WHAT!!! This canNOT be happening!!!!!" moment and a "Ohhh no....." heartbreaking moment.  I really believe this book is a true page turner. I was very antsy while reading wanting to find out more and more. 

The secondary characters were very well developed and simply amazing! They helped make the story line anything but boring. I really loved McKenna, Bryan, Jack, and Ian. They were so funny and had an amazing chemistry with each other.
The ending was... wonderful!!!! Two thumbs up!!! I finished reading with a huge grin!!

Okay, seriously... Go read this book! I loved it and I highly recommend it!
Michelle Lynn, I'm a fan!

"When you're around, no one else exists"



About the Author:
Michelle Lynn

Michelle  Lynn

Michelle Lynn has always been a reader, but her passion has become a full-blown addiction since her husband bought her a Kindle for Mother's Day. She's pretty sure that he regrets this on a regular basis. Especially when she has it propped up next to the stove while she cooks, which often results in a burnt dinner. Or when he loses sleep because the glow from the screen wakes him up when he rolls over at three in the morning. He does agree, however, that she uses this gift more than any other he has ever gotten her. She joking counters that, because of some of the steamy novels she reads, he also benefits more from this gift than any other he has gotten her. ;)

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. OMG...what can I say? I literally have tears in my eyes reading your review! You did an AMAZING job and I'm so happy you felt what I was trying to portray in the book! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  2. Oh no... thank YOU!!! Loved your book!!!!