Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Blog Tour: Trusting Tanner by Lexi Lawton

Trusting Tanner

by Lexi Lawton The Collins Brothers #1 Publication Date: May 8, 2017 Genres: Adult, Entangled: Embrace, Contemporary, Romance



Tanner Collins is the embodiment of perfection—tall, dark, sinfully sexy—and completely out of Juliana Shea’s league. Knowing she’d never survive a repeat of her last disastrous relationship, she parks Tanner firmly in the friend zone. But man, he’s hard to resist. Juliana is exactly what Tanner wants, and he’s determined to win her over with his kindness and humor… But one night—a night he can’t even remember—threatens to take it all away. With the flick of a “send” button, their hope for a future together is shattered. But Tanner isn’t the type to give up on what he wants—and he wants Juliana.


The swarm of butterflies from earlier reappeared in her belly, and she took a slow breath. She’d never been on a non-date with a guy she liked as much as she liked Tanner, and she had no idea what was supposed to happen now. A hearty handshake and a good night? A pat on the back and a see ya later?
“When you get lost in your thoughts, your brows furrow.” He tilted his head, studying her intently. “Not a lot, but an adorable little pull right here.” He ran his finger between her eyebrows and down her nose. “Want to tell me what you were thinking about?”
“No.” Absolutely not. No way in hell.
“Hmm.” He pursed his lips thoughtfully. “It’s really a shame this isn’t a date.”
Don’t ask. “Why?” Seriously, what was the point of having a rational inner voice if she was never going to listen to it?
“Because if this were a date, I could give you a kiss good night. And believe me, you want a taste of this.” He swirled his finger around his lips. “But I should warn you, one taste won’t be enough. They’re like potato chips.”

“Did you just compare your lips to potato chips?” She had to have misheard him. But the upward curve of his mouth told her she hadn’t. She laughed. “You really ought to seek some professional help for your lack of self-confidence.”


Trusting Tanner is a story about love and trust and the complications of relationships. It's about how the past can linger and hurt us long after its over and how one small question of trust can spiral out of control and leave us questioning everything.  It's about giving to much attention to outside influences rather than trusting our instincts when it comes to our relationships. 

Julianna has been hurt in the past, she's gone through life alone for the most part, and her last serious boyfriend hurt her in many ways, but mostly by cheating on her. Because of this history, she's sort of sworn off men(boys) and decided to focus on school.  When her best friend, Devon's frat brother takes a liking to her - Julianna fights hard against it - not wanting to get hurt again, but Tanner isn't going away easily.  

Tanner liked what he saw the first time he glimpsed Julianna. He was determined to win her over, starting with friendship. I liked that he pushed himself towards her from the start but also tried to move at her pace a little.  Tanner didn't understand fully why Julianna was so put off by a relationship - but he did understand to win her over, he'd have to be careful and slow.  I liked Tanner for the most part, but I didn't fully understand his issues with trusting in Julianna's friendship with Devon. 

As their friendship grew, so did their feelings and eventually there was no denying there was more than friendship between them. Julianna and Tanner went through a lot in this book, mostly struggles with having faith and trusting in each other. At times their trust issues frustrtated me because it was clear how they felt about each other, but I also understood where those issues stemmed from.   Their growth from strangers to friends to more moved at a steady pace and was realistic and pulled me into the story. 

What Tanner and Julianna never expected was for obstacles to get in between them, for there to be someone out to hurt them both.  When a final event happens to tear them apart it was easy to see how lost and hurt both Tanner and Julianna were; how they struggled to be apart, but also that there was so much to work through before they could be back together.  The lack of complete trust between them does more harm to their relationship as it allowed for them to take info from outside sources to deepend the damage of one night. 

Trusting Tanner delivered a story of two people finding something right with one another, finding their other half, but also being fool enough to not trust their instincts.  Tanner and Julianna had to fight for each other, they had to give in to trust, believe in each other and believe in their feelings.  I really enjoyed watching as this played out, because it wasn't an easy road for them, not from teh start. Julianna's trust issues were fully relatable and believable, she sold her heartbreak and the impossibility of losing Tanner while wanting nothing more than him by her side. 

Being the first book in the series, Trusting Tanner also introduced us to Tanner's brothers, who were a fun addition to the story. Not only is their love and familial bond with their brother enjoyable but they added a little bit extra to the story; Drama at times, and humor at others. The most important thing to see was their closeness as a family and how they would do anything for each other. 


  Born and raised in Central New York, Lexi Lawton is an only child who found companionship in books. When she was old enough to put pen to paper, she began writing her own stories of love, suspense, and heartbreak. She hasn’t stopped since. Represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, Lexi is actively pursuing her dreams of publication. Today, Lexi lives in Michigan with her husband, three kids, three pit bulls, and two cats. When she’s not writing, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family and friends, and obsessively listening to anything by Luke Bryan. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Newsletter | Amazon Author Profile


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