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Riding the Wave (Pacific Blue #1)

3.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Signet
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2 Stars! More like riding a ripple, nothing epic!

I’m sure there’s an audience for this book, but unfortunately it wasn’t for me.

Tanner was the only redeeming character, my heart ached for him; he was the only one I had feelings for. The way I see it, he lost so much time with his family, because he tried to do the right thing, and in the end was vilified for it.

Avalon, not my favorite heroine, and there was no chemistry between her and Tanner. She was wishy-washy and with no backbone. She had
I was in the mood for some California sun and surf with my romance so I eagerly grabbed up this ultimate summer beach read. It doesn't matter if you're into surfing or not with this one since the characters, plot and setting are the main event and at its heart it's really 'the prodigal come home small town romance' theme with the small town just happening to be a beach town hosting a surfing tournament. While I enjoyed many things about this book, I can't say that I ever really got into it.

The s
Mikki _At_A Bookish Escape
Riding the Wave is the first full length novel in Lorelie Brown's new series, Pacific Blue. This was my first time reading a book written by Lorelie Brown. Riding the Wave was a fast-paced, fun-in-the-sun kind of read :)

Tanner Wright has been away from San Sebastian for years. When he comes back for the biggest competition of his life, he comes back with a secret that could destroy his family. When Avalon comes face-to-face with her best friend's brother, she can't deny that he makes her feel al
I was so excited to read this when I read the blurb for two reasons, one being that it contained one of my fave tropes, little sister's best friend and the other being surfers something I hadn't read about before. However the book fell flat for me for mainly because of the hero and heroine. The hero was an ass, for most of the book he obsessed over two things, his issues with his father and the secret he'd been keeping for ten years and the championship while his interest in the heroine took a b ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Asheley rated it liked it
Read my full review HERE at Into the Hall of Books.

I can't imagine a much more appropriate fun, summer-y contemporary romance than a book set on in a beach town with a backdrop of surfing with plenty of romance and a little bit of drama to boot. Riding The Wave is the first book in a new series by a new-to-me author, and even though it took me a little while to get my bearings with this one, once I did, it took me right to one of my happy places while I was reading - to the beach.

Riding The Wav
May 25, 2014 Mona rated it it was amazing
A ride not short of Amazing.Loved this book..
When Tanner Wright came home to San Sebastián
after being gone for so long, he was also recovering from an accident.
A hidden secret he was keeping from his family. It was his fathers
and if his mother and sister found it, well he just could not
fathom it.
He ran into Avalon Knox who was living with his family.
his mother sort of adopted her after she had some issues with
her mother.

Avalon Knox could not believe Tanner was back home she had such a crush o
Jul 06, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Since it's finally July, I've been looking for some books that make me feel like it's really summer, full of sun, sand, and surf. A story about a surfer who lives on the beach in California and an old family friend who gets to photograph him for a magazine sounded like a great novel to lay out under the sun and read the day away with.

Tanner Wright has finally returned home to California to try and win the surfing world championship after he won it 10 years ago. What no one knows, though, is tha
Jul 13, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014, own, adult
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed the setting in this book. I know nothing about surfing but it made me want to go at least drift out on the water.

The romance was a nice and very sexy, although for some reason I didn't buy into them as a HEA couple until he very end. It seemed more chemistry than a solid foundation.

Avalon was kind of annoying. I understood her insecurities and she had good reasons but (view spoiler)
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
(Originally posted on Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks)

Warning: Mild spoilers.

After reading the first chapter of Riding the Wave, I knew I was going to like it because the writing was really good. So, I settled into my couch (although I would've preferred to read it at the beach to set the perfect reading mood) and kept going.

Riding the Wave is the first full-length novel (there's a novella-length story before this one) in Lorelie Brown's new series called Pacific Blue. It's set in Southern
The Bumble Girl {Margie}
RIDING THE WAVE is a wonderfully written summer story, with good family drama, a hot romance and a handsome main character.

Tanner Wright is a pro surfer that has come home to win the World Championship, and also face what he's been running away from for the last 10 years. A family secret so hurtful that the burden of keeping it has caused him a lot of distress and to push away his love ones in fear that he might slip and tell. But his father is gone now, and that might make it easier for him to
Mikki _At_A Bookish Escape
Riding the Wave is the first full length novel in Lorelie Brown's new series, Pacific Blue. This was my first time reading a book written by Lorelie Brown. Riding the Wave was a fast-paced, fun-in-the-sun kind of read :)

Tanner Wright has been away from San Sebastian for years. When he comes back for the biggest competition of his life, he comes back with a secret that could destroy his family. When Avalon comes face-to-face with her best friend's brother, she can't deny that he makes her feel al
I love the ocean and beach, in theory. No, I actually do love it. It's really the last great mystery on earth, so beautiful and wild. I respect those who set out to explore it, and those who set out to conquer its waves. What I don't like about the ocean is swallowing so much salt water that I get sick, though it's good for clearing the head. And I don't like getting sand all up in my bits, especially since I'm responsible for cleaning my two little kidlets. That is one of the reasons why I so l ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it liked it
Recommended to Alexa by: Estelle

This was so fun to read! My favorite part definitely has to be the chemistry between Tanner and Avalon (who have awesome names, by the way). I enjoyed reading their romance, even when it got super steamy. There was a touch too much drama for me at one point, and I was a teensy bit annoyed by it, but overall, very fun!


If I'm in just the right mood for a romance, they have the tendency to really work for me - and that's what happened with Riding the Wave. It's the first book
Ginger at
3.5/4 stars

Even though I didn't feel a strong connection to these characters, I still enjoyed this story. It definitely delivered in the hot & steamy factor! If you're looking for an adult summer romance to entertain you for an afternoon, I recommend checking out this book.

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This is one wave you don't want to miss! Lorelie Brown creates an addicting, and oh so steamy story about a guy who's surfing career may be on its way out, while the girl is just starting to get her toe
Nov 09, 2014 Tressa rated it it was ok
I liked the setting and the surfing in Riding the Wave, but I became frustrated with the characters. I felt that they all could have communicated better. Also, the pacing in the story felt off for me. I ended up not finishing this book, but I do plan on reading another by Lorelie Brown.
Aug 21, 2015 Barb rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Author has a limited vocabulary and the words she chooses are inappropriate. She uses too many dirty words when a more subtle approach would have worked just as well. It feels like she wrote the book and it ended after 50 pages so she threw in one sex scene after another to get her page requirement.
Apr 17, 2015 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: sports-romances
I've gotta read more books from this author. The book flowed so well that I barely realized how quickly I got through it.

Although, I had hoped the next story would be Jack and Sage's.
Dec 13, 2014 Josephine added it
Shelves: dnf
Unfortunately, while I quite liked Tanner, I didn't believe that there was any chemistry between him and Avalon. I stopped reading after about 25%.
May 05, 2014 Danielle rated it liked it
A new series that I am looking forward to!! I think I have a thing for surfers now!!
Jun 21, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it
*3.5 STARS. Full review to come.
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Jul 07, 2014 Deelylah Mullin rated it really liked it
Great read - full review to come July 10, 2014
Nov 24, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
An okay read. For the storyline, I was hoping this would be a little grittier, perhaps, but nope, it's just a nice romance with a few rough parts.
Aug 24, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
LOVED this! Review to come!
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