Sunday, June 1, 2014

Book Review : Riding the Wave (Pacific Blue, #1) by Lorelie Brown

Riding the Wave
Pacific Blue, #1
by Lorelie Brown

Release Date:
July 1st, 2014



ARC received for honest review


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?

Pacific Blue Series

One Lesson (Pacific Blue, #0.5)

Riding the Wave (Pacific Blue, #1)


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 alive. As days go by and they grow closer together, the secret that Tanner has been hiding might be the only thing that will tear them apart.

I really liked this first installment in the Pacific Blue series. I had only read one other book about surfing and it left me wanting for more. I was really happy when the opportunity to read Riding the Wave came along. This book really focused on Tanner's profession and passion. I really liked how it blended in with Avalon's passion for photography as well. The detailed description of how he felt while surfing was incredible! I really felt like I was on the beach while reading this book :)

The secret that Tanner has been keeping from his family and Avalon plays a big role in this story. I understood his POV on why he's been keeping this secret for so long, but I felt that his family deserved to know what his dad had done. Tanner made some mistakes, but in the end he learned some valuable lessons. There was a character in this story that I loved to hate. His involvement in the story was a great addition. I won't say more about it because I don't want to use spoilers in my review.

Avalon and Tanner were sexy, flirty and passionate. It took me some time before I actually connected with both of them, but I can't deny that their sexual chemistry was hot! What I enjoyed about this story is that there was not insta-love. How they slowly fell for each other is what really caught my attention. Their romance was different and I kind of actually liked that.


I give, Riding the Wave, by Lorelie Brown 3 enjoyable stars!

About the Author 

After a semi-nomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she’s settled north of Chicago. Because going from California warmth to northern snow seemed like the proper order of events... 

Lorelie has three active sons and a tiny shih-tzu who thinks he’s son number three—not four, he’s too important to be the baby. Writing romance helps her escape a house full of testosterone. 

In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie co-writes contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter. You can find out more about the “Vegas Top Guns” and “Club Devant” series at or at @MsKatiePorter.


  1. Glad you enjoyed. A good beach read is always nice.

  2. I don't think that I have read a story yet that contains surfing, but your review makes me interested in this one. :)
    I enjoy books with either the slow burn of romance or insta-love. I also love the friend's brother. ;)
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


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