Riding the Wave (Pacific Blue #1)

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This is the first time reading a novel by Lorelie Brown. I had received this book from a friend of a friend-who I now consider a friend. I was a little apprehensive about reading this novel. The friend of the friend stated that she absolutely loved the novel and she thought I would enjoy it. This kind of hype always makes me nervous. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I did enjoy reading this novel. Here is a brief background on this novel provided by Goodreads: 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?

I thought this novel was an okay novel. It was not the best novel I have ever read. I personally did not agree with Tanner’s decisions and really thought there could be more character growth. I understand that some people (children) would keep their parents secret, however, I am not one of them. I believe that it was wrong for him to keep the secret that his dad has been cheated for over ten-year. (The cheating and keeping the secret). It was simply wrong in my opinion. And it was all to keep the “family” together but you can’t really be a family if you were missing for 10 years. I also did not like that the whole secret was moved to the back burner. Tanner tells the family within the first few chapters the secret he has been holding for 10 years! Okay, I simply cannot get over that part. Everything else was great. I really enjoyed Tanner’s passion and drive to follow his dream. And I enjoyed seeing Avalon try to find her passion in her photography. I was an interesting development.

As for the sex scenes, I thought they were okay. They were written well, however, they were really long. It took 6 chapters to write a sex scenes. I find that way too long. I feel that some of that could be condensed. They were good, don’t get me wrong, but something was missing. I don’t know what. The other scenes were short and well written. I thought they were great. They really added to the story.

Overall, I thought this novel was a good summer read. It was a novel I would read once, but I probably wont read it again. It was a little bit more on the surface. Something was missing for me, I know others might enjoy. So I give this novel about 3.5-4 out of 5. Happy readings everyone!

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