Friday, June 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Familiar Ground by Michelle Lynn


ad·dic·tion noun \ə-ˈdik-shən, a-\
: a strong and harmful need to regularly have something or do something
: an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something

Leah and Adam have never met.
However, they live parallel lives.
Lives plagued by addiction.

When a tragic, but common demon, surfaces between their siblings, Leah and Adam’s worlds collide, never to be the same again.

Adam loses his sister forever.
Leah’s brother returns.
Both gain a niece, neither knew existed.

Now they face an obstacle to raise a niece together while Leah’s brother struggles to free himself from the grip of drug addiction as Adam’s family grieves for the sister and daughter they lost.

A commonality is discovered.
Deep wounds begin to heal.
Lines blur as their lives entwine.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

Familiar Ground is about addiction and the effects that it has on those close to the person who is addicted.    But what I loved about this story is the uniqueness to it.  This is a love story but not about two people who are fighting a drug addiction. It is about two people who love someone who is addicted and how they found each other through their siblings addiction. 

Adam loved his sister and has always wanted what was best for her.  When she needed him he was there for her, mostly for financial purposes.  But in the end he could not save her and part of him feels that her death is his fault.  That he could have done more to help her.  Leah has had to deal with the same feelings of guilt that Adam has.  Her brother is also addicted to drugs and she has done her best to give him what he needs.  She has been there when he needed money or a place to stay. 

When you have a sibling who is addicted to drugs, like Adam does, the one thing you dread in life is that one phone call.  That one call that can destroy you and your family.  Unfortunately Adam did get that call and while he wanted so much to blame Shane, her boyfriend he knew that his sister was to blame for her choices.  Adam soon learns that he has a niece who he never knew anything about.  He had seen his sister on and off when she would come to him needing something. But she never told him she had a daughter.  It is through his niece that he meets Leah, the woman that he has had his eye on for the past month, but yet knew nothing about her.

Leah’s brother Shane and Adam’s sister had a daughter together.  Shane needs to get clean for himself and his daughter.  He needs to be the father that she deserves.  So he asks his sister Leah to take care of his daughter while he goes to rehab.  Just like Adam, Leah had no idea that she had a niece.  But she is more than happy to help her brother in his journey to sobriety.  Leah and Shane have no family, it is just the two of them.  Well there is also her boyfriend Jason, but he was quite the jerk so we really do not need to mention him.  So Leah reaches out to Adam for help with taking care of their niece Dani and this is how their love story begins.

Leah and Adam share a common bond, not only were both their siblings addicts but their siblings were in a relationship that neither one of them knew about and they also share the same love for their niece, Dani.    There is no denying the physical attraction between the two of them.  But right now Dani is what is important, plus Leah is still with her boyfriend.  As time goes by and these two spend more time together they realize that feelings are starting to surface.  They are both falling for each other but afraid to be together because in the end if things don’t work out what will that mean for Dani?  She has grown to love her Aunt and Uncle and has become attached to them.  With two parents who are addicted to drugs, Dani’s life was not the best.  She loves her father so much, but losing a mother and not really understanding at that age why is tough for a little girl.  But she begins to come out of shell with Leah and Adam. She begins to live like a child should live, by laughing playing and having fun.  Adam and Leah have to do what they feel is best for Dani.  Will Adam and Leah be able to keep things platonic or will they give into their feelings for each other?

I loved Adam and Leah together.  First of all Adam is just sexy and sweet and loveable.  The love he has for Dani and the relationship they have together will just melt your heart.  I am such a sucker for a cute guy taking care of a child and Adam is just adorable with Dani.  Leah was a great hero and I loved her.  Her and Adam were so good together.  They understood each other, they both had that common bond because of their siblings and Dani, but it was so much more than that.  It was like it was just meant to be with them.  Familiar Ground is certainly a love story but it also deals with the heavy topic of addiction and what effect it has on family.  We see addiction from a different perspective, the family.  We see how the guilt eats away at them, how at times they feel helpless and at the same time how it can bring two families together.  Michelle Lynn has done a wonderful job with this story.  I laughed and cried right along with these characters.  I simply fell in love with Dani.  She is such a sweet and amazing little girl.  Definitely a must read!




“Do you want to talk about it?” I hesitantly ask, running my own finger along the steering wheel.

“I’m not sure. It’s just all so crazy in my head. Nothing makes sense. Nothing is going as I’ve planned.”

“Sometimes the best things that happen are the ones you least expect,” I say, like some damn philosophy professor.

She turns to me with a serious face. “Adam, what if Shane doesn’t get clean? What if he can’t do it?” A tear clings to her lashes before falling from her eye and trailing down her cheek.


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 twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.


Twitter: @michellelynnbks



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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for participating in the blog tour! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Familiar Ground :)


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