Bea Zanders’s interest penetrated me.
I tried to ignore her unwavering eyes and lasting touches.
But my willpower failed me.
Our one-night affair was mutual.
No expectations, no exchanging of phone numbers, nothing.
The next morning, she sauntered out of my life as fast as she had entered it.
I claimed Dylan McCain as soon as I saw him.
His disheveled dark hair and tattooed arms screamed bad boy.
Finally, I won, and he claimed me in return.
But in the light of day, he changed.
His smile further dented those dreamy dimples.
His panicked green eyes held layers of kindness.
Making sure the rules were clear, I walked away, showing him how little relationships meant to me.
Now, two months later, we come face-to-face again—as coworkers.
Love Emerged is a standalone in the Love Surfaced Series.
I’m a huge fan of Michelle Lynn, and loved the 1st 2 books in the Love Surfaced series, so I was really looking forward to Love Emerged. I was definitely not disappointed. Bea and Dylan’s story may just be my favorite in this series.
We all know that Bea is Piper’s best friend, but didn’t really know much about her life until now. While from the outside she seems to have it all together, we quickly learn that she wears her tough exterior as a shield to cover a lifetime of hurt from the people that should love her the most. Due to her past, she has a hard time letting people in for fear that they will see who she truly is. She wants to feel wanted, but vows to not let feelings and emotions become involved. This has worked for her for years, but then she meets Dylan.
Dylan is Tanner’s younger brother, and has been hurt in a relationship for being “too nice.” He has a hard time understanding why a woman wouldn’t want a guy who treats her like a princess. His heart is on the mend from this recent breakup, and he has promised himself that he won’t let another woman hurt him that way again. What he doesn’t anticipate is taking a new job in a new city and finds himself working with Bea, who he had a one-night stand with after his breakup.
Bea and Dylan seem like complete opposites, but share many similarities, the main one being their career goals. While working for the same advertising agency, they realize that the chemistry they felt months earlier has not diminished. They can’t help but to be drawn to each other, but they each feel that a relationship is not what either of them wants or needs. Dylan wants to stay focused on his career, and Bea feels that she is unlovable and can’t put herself out there to be rejected. But when Dylan overhears what could be a life changing situation for Bea, the nice guy side of him wins out, and he puts a plan in motion to help Bea out and get her what she needs at the time. This leads to a sequence of events that will have a major impact and change the both of them.
One of the things that I love the most about this book is that isn’t not all rainbows and sunshine. Dylan and Bea dealt with real-life problems, and they talked to work through them. They each knew that the other and what they had was worth fighting for, and that’s exactly what they did, even when the person that they had to fight the hardest was their own self.
Love Emerged shows us that you should never change for anyone. One day, someone will love you for you, and you’ll be exactly what they need. It also shows that the ones that fight love the hardest are the ones that need it the most.
I absolutely loved this book and cannot recommend it highly enough. 5 well-deserved stars.