TITLE – Love Me Back
AUTHOR – Michelle Lynn
GENRE – New Adult Romance
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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.
Love Me Back was even better than I was expecting or hoping it would be! The premise sounded good, but I've been tricked before. I'm happy to report that this time, I was pleasantly surprised.
This is the story of Maddy, a girl with an unconventional family and her trek into true love. She is an extremely relatable and likable character. It was a nice change of pace to not find the girl in a book annoying. I enjoyed rooting for her this time around. The story starts when she's 11 and we get to see her interactions with Trent Basso, aka her soul mate. They're adorable together and you really think he's amazing and they'll end up together. But you realize SOMETHING is wrong from their present relationship status. Fast forward 14 years and she's heading home for her brother's wedding. Maddy is reluctant because her relationship with Trent (and his mother) is strained. Enter his older brother, Gabe, and SWOON!! He is hot, sweet, and you just know he has feelings for "Madgirl". Yes, he nicknamed her!!! I can't lie, both brothers have their strengths and things that make them great. I thought I'd be torn between the two and I was for awhile. I mean, Gabe is hot and caring and seemingly genuine, but how does that compare to first love?
But there's more to the story of what went wrong between Maddy and Trent. You can sense he screwed up, but it's not clear how. As the story jumps past to present, secrets are revealed and you'll definitely be able to choose between the guys. Or at least I was able to. Somewhat reluctantly, but one edges out the other.
Love Me Back is a sweet story and a glimpse into small town life. We get to see a beautiful girl who has choice of the town's most wanted men - the Basso brothers. We get to watch her mend her non-existent relationship with her mother. It is fun, fast paced, and easy to get hooked on once you begin. Even the supporting characters are well-developed enough that you'll appreciate the story even more. You'll laugh, get frustrated, and probably angry. You'll be a cheerleader for one guy and maybe want to punch the other.
A great journey into letting go of the past and finding true love.
10 Things We Don't Know about Michelle Lynn
1. I have boy/girl twins
2. I moved 8 times from birth to 18 (I'm not a military brat)
3. I cry at heartfelt commercials
4. I graduated with a degree in Social Work
5. I'm an aunt to triplets
6. I'm extremely impatient
7. I love my family
8. I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter
9. I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen
10. I always see the good in people
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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