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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.




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.


The moment Tanner waltzes into Juliana's world he shakes it up, she is attracted to him, and there is some serious chemistry there, but he is currently attached to her roommate Rebecca and so far out of her league. So, she reluctantly puts him in the friend zone and tries to go on about her business, but when there is trouble in paradise for him and Rebecca, and they split, he starts to make his interest in Juliana known. She knows dating him could only lead to trouble, so she continually pushes him back in the direction of the friend zone, and tries to be adamant that there is will he will be staying, but he fights her every step of the way!

The moment I met these two I knew they were meant for each other, but with Juliana's past heartbreak, and Tanner's meddling ex girlfriend I began to wonder if they'd ever find their way to one another. As with all relationships there is always something in the way, and if you truly want to be together, you will have to find a way to work around it, and I am happy to report these two found a way to conquer their demons, so to speak. Their touching story made me laugh, made me swoon, and left me with a happy heart...and a little book boyfriend crush too!! I highly recommend you give this one a try, the moment Tanner walks onto the page he will steal your heart, and keep you captivated until the last page is swiped!!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.

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.”

Playlist for Trusting Tanner


Lexi Lawton

One of my favorite things to learn about other authors is what’s on their writing playlist. And I totally geek out when I get to the end of a book and there’s a playlist that corresponds to specific scenes. I will find the song and listen to it while re-reading whatever scene or chapter it’s been matched with, and I’m always in awe of how perfect the music and the words go together. 

Unfortunately, I’m not that cool. Lol. Yes, I love to listen to music while I write, but I can’t ever pair one song with one scene/chapter. I don’t know why… Maybe it’s because I’m so easily distracted. Or maybe because I know I would agonize over finding that one perfect song that I would never actually write any words. So, I tend to listen to specific artists or genres that help set the mood. Here are the top 5 musical inspirations for Trusting Tanner…

Luke Bryan – I can listen to anything by this man. His voice is so soothing and just makes me happy. It’s an added bonus that he has some fantastic love songs. 

Lady Antebellum – They have a great mix of slow love songs and faster “pop” style songs. Their new one, “You Look Good” is amazing!

Anything from the 80s – Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Poison. 

“Say Something” by A Great Big World – I listened to this song on repeat while writing the big black moment. 

Twenty-One Pilots –My 12-year-old daughter is a HUGE fan, and I recently took her to see them in concert for her birthday. Wanting to be able to actually enjoy the concert I was spending big bucks on, I figured I might as well start listening to some of their stuff. I was surprised by how much I liked it! They’ll more than likely have a permanent place on future playlists. 

What are some of your favorite artists / songs to listen to while writing?


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