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Love Me Back

(The Basso Brothers #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,578 ratings  ·  235 reviews
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’ ...more
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Published April 22nd 2013 by Michelle Lynn
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Jennifer Kyle
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

”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.”

Love Me Back is a well written story with a very high level of angst. It is a sweet but very frustrating story. This is a love triangle told from the perspective of our main character, Maddy Jennings.

I absolutely loved the way the book switch from past to present. A reader enjoys the age of innocence, first
I wish I could rate this more than two stars because I truly did like the story, even with the excessive flashbacks. The execution was just lacking. The bad grammar and sentence structure as well as incorrect word usage (usually resulting in saying the opposite of what was intended) were very distracting.
Lydia H
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"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
Trinity Hanrahan
Disclaimer: Through an unusual means, I was given this book through a Read 2 Review and asked to provide an honest review by the author.

What do I think of this?

Hmmm....... Well, to start with, it was kind of a long read, but I found I couldn't put it down. It bounced back and forth between time frames; one second you're in the present and the next you're back when she was 11, etc. Normally that doesn't bother me, but in this case it was a constant thing and you just want her to GET ON WITH IT! I
Kelli Spear
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 se
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received a copy of this book for an honest review

Wow!! This book was really and truly amazing. For the first time (in what feels like forever), I have found a love triangle book that doesn't absolutely kill me with angst. This is the story of Maddy and her love for two brothers, Trent and Gabe (huge Gabe fan!!). The book spans a fourteen year history between the three. The way this book is set up was such a breath of fresh air. The author alternates chapters between past and present. While you
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review -- thank you so much, Michelle!

4 1/2 stars

I knew from the first chapter, featuring Maddy and her best friend Kenna playing repeated games of MASH, that I would enjoy this book. The story is well-written, heart-wrenching, and was over much too quickly. I fell in love with these characters, even at their worst.

Obviously, there a very significant love triangle situation here... with brothers no less
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Triângulo amoroso: heroína nub que aguenta tudo nessa vida; um irmão que é um filho da puta egoísta; e outro irmão que deveria ser canonizado.
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Love Me Back is a coming of age romance. It is a love triangle that involves Maddy and the boys next door. Maddy, Trent and Gabe all come back home to Belcrest for her older brother’s Jack’s wedding. He schedules a week packed with activities for the wedding party, forcing Maddy to spend time with the two boys who have her heart. This story jumps between the present tense and the past, giving a history of the rolls each of them have played in her life.

Jack and Maddy had a broken home life growin
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Maddy (Madgirl) Jennings lives in a small town (just over 1000 people) where everyone is already fated to their partner from birth. It’s the same town where the Basso brothers (Gabe and Trent) happen to be the most wanted men and Maddy just happens to be best friends with the youngest Basso brother Trent.

Love Me Back tells the story of Maddy and Trent over a 25 year period going back and forth in time and this type of storytelling works really well in this
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading about 6:30 last night and at 1:40 this morning I was in tears! Love Me Back has it all! Young love, old love, high school drama, adult drama, heart breaks, first times, stupid teenage decisions and bad parenting! I really like that regardless of how Mad's mom deserves the worst parent award, she still turns out to be a fine young woman. She has positive influences from her best friends parents who consider her their daughter. There were a few times that I wanted to shake some s ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
well, where do I start! there was parts of this book that I loved and some parts i had to stop reading for hours, i normally find a book and read it in a couple of hours.

The flash back bits got a bit too much, when the main storyline got to a good bit it would flash back, some flash backs were helpful but some...
Enough about bad points! I Loved Gabe, kenna, bryan and jack. in the end i added shaun to that list. go shaun! who knew you was that awesome -youll see what i mean at the end of the boo
Kayleigh Davies
I can't really understand how this has such a high rating to be honest, i can only assume there are a lot of teen reviews and they like this kind of thing.
I just really didn't enjoy it, the writing style was kind of immature ( no offence intended, i give kudos to anyone who takes the time to write a book) and the main character Maddy was just so unlikeable, i have to agree with Caroline from the book as i saw no redeeming features about Maddy - she came across to me as one of those silly little
Robin Shawn
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not usually a huge fan of triangle books, but I really thought this one was done well. I loved the slow reveal of the entire back story. It kept me up later than I wanted just dying to know what happened next. And the best part, NO CLIFFHANGER!!!!
This was very well written and I really look forward to more from Michelle Lynn. Perhaps a book for (view spoiler)
Seeshel kettler
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. I love love triangles, but between brothers this was great. The ending was perfect. Not to emotional just enough. Highly recommend this book? Looking forward to the next one! Your awesome!
Elizabeth O'Hanlon
i really enjoyed this, but i wish there was a sequel, i didn't get enough gabe and Maddy and wish there was another one set in the future focussed more on them. but oh well, i still really enjoyed it. and it was so easy to read.
Carolyn DePaul
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved it! Heading straight to my favorites shelf!
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Love Me Back, this book left me wanting MORE !! In a good way, I never wanted it to end. I read the last page and was like NO!!!!!!! Gabe !! Maddy!! Trent!! COME BACK!!!

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This book goes from past to present, and I thought it might get a little confusing, but it didn't it left me wanting to know what happened in the past, but also what was going on now in the future, I wanted to read this book so quickly but wanted also to savor it. Yeah, it is one of those
Lorena  Ramírez
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando leí la sinopsis de Love Me Back me pareció un historia interesante, no demasiado complicada, la novela perfecta para pasar el fin de semana, ¡qué ilusa fui!

Terminé en mi cama con los ojos rojos y rodeada de kleenex, con un dolor en el pecho porque la historia de Maddy, Trent y Gabe plasma muy bien los increíbles sentimientos del primer gran amor, la estúpida e inexplicable agonía de un corazón roto y el difícil camino para encontrar el perdón.

Me encantó. Lo leí dos veces para comprobar
This was definitely an intriguing story that kept me captivated from start to finish. I found myself not wanting to put put the book down needing to know what was going to happen? Who Maddy would choose??? Let's be honest for me stories with true love triangles are really hard to read. By true love triangle I mean you get to know the story of all three people involved. In this book although it's written in first person from only Maddie's POV you get her story with both the leading men Trent & ...more
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I rated Love Me Back with FIVE LEAVES! HAVE to read this book! First off, I want to say that I haven't found a book in a long while that I've had a hard time putting down. This book was SO hard to walk away from. It was torture not to read the next chapter to see what was going to happen. I was on the edge of my seat from the beginning. We got to find out
Lisa A
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly don't know how Love Me Back got on my kindle. It must have been a freebie that on of my book blogs recommended. I am really glad they did. I really enjoyed Love Me Back. I loved the characters and the story. It is told from Maddie's POV in both past and present time. Maddie is going home for her brother's wedding. She comes from a small town. All the people in her brother's wedding party are part of her past including two of the three Basso Brothers. Trent has always been Maddie's lov ...more
Lesley Koke DeWig
I absolutely loved this book. I won a free e-copy of this story and tore threw it in one afternoon. My first initial thought was it's a typical girl loves boy, loses boy and falls in love with said boys older brother. While in some aspects that's true but Maddy, Trent, and Gabe have known each other their whole lives. Trent and Maddy are best friends since they have been kids. So it's only natural that Romantic relationship will develop. That is all well and good until Maddy and Trent go off the ...more
Janis Glass
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I loved this book. Apart from the main Chars you got to know a little about their friends and family which opened up the story. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that it was missing the Umph factor. You all know what I mean when I say this. It lacked one of the following:-
1. A shocker
2. A tear jerker
3. A Giggle
Every book should have one of these, and the best stories have all. Sadly this book had none and from the start I knew the ending. Still good read but still not up there with the Thoughtless (Thoughtless, #1) by S.C. Stephens S
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An easy 5 stars. I love, love, love this book.
One of the best books I've read in a while.
I love how this story ended. All the way through I kept changing my mind to which Basso it should be.
I love a story that keeps you guessing, and this book definitely kept you guessing. I kept trying to guess all the way through about the 'incident' and it wasn't what I expected for some reason and I loved it, cause books lately are so predictable.

I'll definitely be recommending this book out. Thank you for
Bridger Bitches
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, camryn
This had to be one of the hardest reviews to write ever! Seriously, it is so hard not to ruin this review by giving spoiler after spoiler! The story of Maddy and Trent is such a roller coaster ride of emotions that you don’t know if you want them together or not… then you throw Gabe in the mix and your emotions will be a total mess of confusion! This book was beautifully written and should not spend time sitting on a TBR list! It was a great read and caused a book hangover! I give this book 5+ s ...more
Hated Maddy. Hated Trent. Loved Gabe and Ian. I started reading Michelle's books because, hey we have the same name. And I've been glad to read most of them. This was the most intriguing of them but also the biggest let down, especially when compared to some of her others. I can't stand women who act like weak little door mats. I was actually cheering Gabe on when he was telling her off. That coupled with the lack of contractions made it less than perfect for me.
Don't get me wrong, I still enjo
Samantha Lawson
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome book. The character were well developed. At times throughout the book I was a complete nervous wreck. I wanted her to be with Trent then with Gabe. I just couldn't make my mind up. The further I got in the book the more I wanted to sucker punch Trent in the kidney. He was a complete douche puddle. Gabe was so careful and loved Mad with everything. Great book! Michelle Lynn is my new favorite author :)
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Let me start of by saying that I am not normally a huge fan of love triangles, they make my heart hurt. With that being said, I LOVED this book! The relationships between Maddy, Trent and Gabe were filled with heartache but were written amazingly! I absolutely love Ian! He reminds me a lot of one of my best friends!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who can handle a love triangle!
Sharon Dunn
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg! What an awesome, awesome story! My heart was literarily hurting though this book as is I was the one this was happening to! A love triangle like no other and I was biting my nails, neglecting my family and drinking coffee non stop until I got to the end of this book! Wow, what an ending! I loved it! A must read for anyone who loves falling in love!
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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.

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