Riding the Wave by Lorelie Brown (Pacific Blue #1)

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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?

Source: eARC from publisher (thanks!)

Tanner returns home after 10 years, six months after his father’s death, to compete in a surfing competition.  He is faced with holding in the secret of his father’s infidelity, the reason he’s been gone and cut his father out of his life.  What Tanner encounters is a reason that he has to tell his mother and sister about the infidelity, though it’s the last thing he ever wanted to do.  But now, Tanner has someone in his corner to soothe his heart.

Avalon is Tanner’s sister’s best friend and an honorary Wright because the family welcomed her into their lives as a teen because Avalon doesn’t have much in the way of parental love and responsibility. Avalon had always worshipped Tanner, the famous surfer who is 7 years older than her and her adopted family’s pride and joy.  Now she’s tasked with following Tanner around with her trusty camera for a magazine spread and hopes her subject will finally elevate her photography to a level that makes her a big name in the business.

Tanner and Avalon’s chemistry and attraction to each other was immediate and electric.  This book does not hold back with the sexual tension and sex scenes, which sometimes bordered on erotic and made my eyes pop just a little (and I am no stranger to sex scenes in books).  Tanner was everything you would expect a pro-surfer to be, a bit arrogant, but always able to back it up.  He was a little angsty due to the unfortunate situation he was forced into, but he’s totally forgiven because he was such a good man & so hot.

Avalon was an easy character to like.  She was completely devoted to Tanner and his family and I was sympathetic to her regarding her family.  I do love a book where one of the characters has a long-standing crush on the other and they get to finally indulge in some loving from said crush.

The writing was very dramatic and descriptive, sometimes overly so, but it didn’t detract from the fantastic story.  I was intrigued by the surfer environment and the plot with the father was actually really well done and not something that I’d seen before in a book and it kept me turning pages to find out how it would all play out.  I enjoyed this book.  It’s perfect for a lazy summer day in your backyard or at the beach.  Just don’t forget your sunscreen and a cold beverage, because you’re gonna need it.

3.5/5

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