Saturday, May 3, 2014

✯Review✯ 'Love Me Back' by Michelle Lynn


Growing up in small-town Belcrest, Maddy Jennings always thought she was destined to be with her childhood sweetheart, Trent Basso. Throughout the complicated road she has traveled with Trent, someone else has had a strong presence in Maddy's life. Trent’s older brother Gabe has always been someone she could count on, therefore neither of them can be blamed when lines blur from friendship to something more. However, promises made between brothers threaten to ensure that neither of them will have a permanent place in her life. 

When Maddy returns to her hometown for her brother’s wedding, she is forced to face both Trent and Gabe for the first time in two years. While the two Basso brothers fight to win her heart, she is busy struggling with a past that won't seem to let her go. Whether she wants to or not, Maddy must decide to either forfeit her own happiness or forever tear a family apart.

18+ due to adult language and situations


"When you were destroying me, he was picking me up."
I'm not kidding when I tell you that there hasn't been a book by Michelle Lynn that I didn't absolutely love!! This is Michelle's debut book & you wouldn't know it. She is definitely a freaking rock star!! She could write anything and it would be a 100% for me. Michelle makes you feel everything the characters are feeling. This book was no different!!

This book revolves around Maddy and her relationship with the very fine Basso bothers Gabe & Trent. They all grew up together. Maddy & Trent are the same age and Gabe is 3 years older. It also revolves around her older brother Jack getting married. She also has a lot of unresolved issues with her mother that have been there her whole life.

Maddy never thought she'd ever go back to the place she grew up in. She also thought she'd never see Gabe or Trent again. But, her brother is getting married & set up a week long of events for everyone in the wedding party. We learn rather quickly that Maddy & Trent fell in love when they were 11yrs old. 

The book bounced back and forth between past & present time frames. Which I absolutely loved!! Michelle did a fantastic job of filling in the gaps of their childhood. 

Maddy & Trent are best friends. They are also each other 1st for just about everything. Maddy is Trent's rock. Maddy is the one person that is always there for Trent. Unfortunately, it's not like that the other way around.

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

When Trent & Maddy are getting ready to go off to  college Trent breaks Maddy's heart. While Trent is at college living it up. Maddy is all mopping around until she gets a knock at the door from the person she least expected. Gabe. Gabe and Maddy soon become very close rather fast. It's nice because for once in her life, Maddy comes 1st. Gabe and Maddy are trying to fight the feelings that they are starting to have for the other one. When they all head home for the holiday Mrs. Basso sees what is happening & puts a stop to it rather quickly. Poor Maddy is left heartbroken again!!

Maddy and Trent try again. But, of course Trent is Trent and it doesn't work out. Gabe hates the way his brother treats Maddy. But, he also can't stand being number 2 all the time. None of them have spoke in years. Until now.

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

Trent wants to come back & win Maddy back because he says he has finally realizes how much he loves her. And, that he now knows how much he took her for granted. Gabe also wants Maddy. He is tired of listening to his mom. Tired of not wanting to hurt his brother. He's tired of his heart hurting without her. Maddy on the other hand. She wants to go to her brothers wedding. Stay as far away from her mother as possible.She wants Gabe & Trent to become brothers again. And, she wants to move on.

But, of course its not that easy!! There are a lot of secrets that have gotten out. People have changed. Now, Maddy must finally choose who or what will make her the happiest. 

”I thought this time would be it but you just embarrassed me again. Make me look like a jackass, following you around begging you to be mine. I should have known you would always pick him.”

 Everybody has at 1 time or another been torn between 2 guys. I personally could not imagine being in love with 2 fine, sexy brothers. They are both excellent guys. Both brothers were there for her at different times. Both picked her up at her lowest times. Now Maddy needs to decide to either finally pick a brother. Or walk away from them both. This is one decision I'd hate to make. Especially, between these brothers!!

There wasn't anything I disliked about this book! I loved the characters. I loved how it bounced back & forth between past and present times. There were times that I was yelling at either Maddy or between the brothers. Other times I was crying with  them. It was written very well. And, I for one can not wait for what's next!!!

"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

1 comment:

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your review Stefanie! Thank you so much for your kind words and the quotes you pulled out were some of my favorites!!! :)