Thursday, November 10, 2016

Release Blitz: Detoured By Love by Michelle Lynn

Title: Detoured by Love
Author: Michelle Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 10, 2016


Carly Lincoln is just months away from claiming her overdue promotion. The plush corner office, the view, the prestige is finally within her grasp. She’s worked her entire life to make her dream, her reality. But when an unexpected boulder blocks her perfectly paved path, Carly is forced to reevaluate her goals.

Bryant Garrity is just months away from another season. Last year, the star quarterback crumbled to a mere mortal on the games biggest stage. The blood. The sweat. The tears. He’s back and ready to return to his spot among the elite. His sole focus is one last shot at glory. But the detour on the road ahead, might cause him to alter his route.

Love isn’t on either of their radars, but Carly and Bryant’s paths are about to collide.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Detoured By love is a new stand alone from Michelle Lynn.  I am a big fan of Ms. Lynn's, having read most of her books.  While I loved them all I think that this is by far my favorite book. I loved the characters, the story line, the emotions it brought out and the twist that I didn't see coming.  

Carly had love once but when she had to choose between love and her career she chose her career.  All though there may have been a bit more to that decision but I won't get into that.  Carly loves her job as a travel agent for corporations.  I mean honesty what's not to love?  She makes a good living traveling to beautiful places.  Her job is what's most important in her life right now, working hard, hoping that she will get the promotion she has wanted and deserves.  She travels a lot for her job and therefore has not been interested in finding love.  She does not have the time for relationships. But when she meets Bryant Garrity while away with clients she never expected to fall for the NFL star.

Bryant is a NFL star who injured his knee last season.  He plans on coming back this year and winning the Super Bowl. He may not have many years left in him so this is his year.  He has never been one for relationships because in his mind football and love just don't work.  He can't see himself making it work while he is constantly on the road and training.  But when he meets Carly Lincoln his stance on love and relationships may just change. 

There is certainly an attraction between the two of them and you can feel the chemistry. But they both know that it can never work between them. They leave the island, both going their separate ways. Until they meet again at a charity event and can no longer deny the physical attraction. They both like each other and decide to give it a go.  But it seems that so many things are against them, their jobs, the fact that Bryant's life is highly publicized and then there is that one surprise that they never expected.  Will these two be able to give love a chance? And will love be enough for their relationship to survive?

I love this book so much. First of all I loved Carly and Bryant.  He really is not the guy you would expect him to be. He is not your typical womanizing football star.  He loves his job and that has always been his life for so long, until he met Carly.  I loved how he was the one that wasn't afraid to jump in and give it a try.  He gave into his feelings for this woman. He knew she was special and he did not want to lose her.  I loved the flirting between them, and the pace of their relationship.  Maybe they fell in love a little quick but it never felt rushed between them and it never felt like insta-love.  It was more of you know when you find the one.  They took it slow in the beginning and I loved that. Bryant is the ultimate book boyfriend who is sweet, sexy and has a huge heart.  And Carly was such a strong and amazing heroine.  She made decisions that maybe I didn't agree with and trust me it hurt but at the same time it as such a selfless decision.  You see her strength in this book as well as her heart and passion.  I love the two of them.  

I loved the story line but it was so much more than a sports romance. There was a moment in this book where I though I had it all figured out.  I thought I knew what would happen next but Ms. Lynn completely surprised me with what happened next. This book took a direction that I didn't expect but one that I loved.  It was emotional and real and that is what I loved about it. The moments where my heart hurt for the both of them.  The moments where I really had no idea how this story would end.  And then the moment where I just fell in love with the two of them even more, especially Bryant. 

In addition to Bryant and Carly I loved the supporting characters.  they truly were the best friends and family that these two needed in their life.  And while I may not have loved his dad at first, that man completely redeemed himself.  What an amazing love story that was both beautiful and emotional!!    

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His citrusy, musky cologne alerts me to his presence first. Probably some expensive brand that I’ve never heard of, but damn if it’s not like honey to a bear, and I’m the bear.

“So, we meet again,” he says, stopping next to me at the end of the plank.

The scent of his cologne intensifies, pouring that honey into buckets.

I glance over, and his eyes are solely on me. That damn grin is splashed on his lips.

“Don’t worry. I left my weapon in the room.”

“And your gray sweatshirt, I see.”

Too bad he replaced it with a nice pair of slacks and a polo shirt. The blue in his shirt only causes his aqua eyes to become more vibrant and alluring.

He leans close to my ear, and my breathing hiccups quickly. “NFL quarterback by day, abductor at night.”

I square my shoulders, turning my eyes directly at him. “I’m sorry, okay? But what did you expect a woman to assume? It was dark, and you were some random guy sitting alone on a beach, trying to hide your face. That bubbling personality of yours wasn’t exactly exuding when I walked by.”

I cross my arms over my chest, and his eyes focus on my pushed up breasts.

“I suppose I see your point.”

“Plus, you’re a big guy, and I think you could have handled me pretty easily,” I add.

That damn smirk grows. “So, the thought of us together crossed your mind, too?”

My face instantly heats. “I meant, you pinning me to the ground.” Once the words leave my mouth, I wish I could grab them back, but he’s too quick.

His eyes flash with excitement, and he widens his stance.

“What?” I ask out of pure annoyance to the fluster this man brings out of me.

“I’m just waiting,” he says with his classic flirtatious tone.

“For what?”

“To hear how you wish last night would have turned out.”

“Ugh. You’re impossible. A typical pro athlete who believes every girl is for your taking.”

“I’m just going along with what you’ve been telling me.”

“Let’s just get through this dinner. Then, you can go to the pool bar and use your charm to pick up a random girl for the night.”

He chuckles that hearty laugh, rolling back on his heels. “You’re one of those then?” He purses his lips and nods, as though he has me all figured out.

“One of who?”

“The girl who acts like she’d never resort to sleeping with a pro athlete.”

“First off, I’m a woman, not a girl.”

My arms clamp tighter together, and again, his vision dips to my breasts.

“My apologies. You’re definitely a woman.” The side of his lips tip up as he glances down once more.

I let my arms fall, and his eyes float back to my eyes.

“I’m not playing a game, Mr. Garrity. I assure you, I don’t want you for a night or ever.”

He steps closer, and my heartbeat speeds up, but I stand my ground, meeting his eyes and trying everything in my power to be unfazed by his nearness.

“Oh, Miss Lincoln, I think you haven’t accepted what you want, but the night’s early.”

Author Bio

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.  She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write.   With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends.  But after chasing around two kindergarteners all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed. 

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