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, and 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.
This is a standalone novel.
For Mature Audiences. 18+ only
Familiar Ground. I have so much to say and so many feelings in my head I need to get down. This was such a freakin emotional read. Holy moly I was NOT expecting to feel all of these crazy emotions. Reading the synopsis I knew this was gonna be a good one. I didn’t think I would be crying the all the way through.
Just with Chapter 1 alone, I was saddened by the event that was taking place. Adam, a “hot” construction worker, is dealing with the loss of his younger sister. Poor Cassi was a drug addict and overdosed on drugs and now Adam is putting his sister 6 feet under, having to watch his parents bury their daughter. It is such a tragedy.
Now we have Leah; a college student and dance instructor. Her brother Shane also a drug addict was dating Cassi and he is now in rehab after dealing with Cassi’s death. But before he leaves for rehab, he leaves Leah with his 3 year old daughter Dani to care for. And guess what, Leah had NO idea cute little Dani even existed. This poor innocent child who was subjected to drugs and unfit parents and who knows what else. And now everybody’s lives are about to be rearranged and changed forever.
This is where Adam and Leah meet. Leah needs help raising Dani and calls upon Cassi’s brother for assistance. Leah has no idea when she has to meet the “uncle” for the first time, she’s meeting Adam, the construction worker that she sees from time to time on her walks to school. The drop dead gorgeous construction worker is Dani’s uncle and now they need to co-parent this child together.
In a nut shell, Adam and Leah form a quick bond because they have so much in common; they have dealt with siblings with major drug addictions. They use this familiar ground as a form a communication and bond in such a beautiful way during such a hard time in their lives. And is happens quickly. But its not just the bonding, its the chemistry; the sexual chemistry.
Truthfully, as much as I want to talk about Adam and how he is drawn to Leah, and how much he’s been pining for her, wanting her, its the connection with this little girl that really gets me. Adam and Leah are forced to become interim parents and share responsibly. And to see two people who know nothing about children and parenting put their lives on hold to care for this little girl is endearing. This book had me in tears a number of times. It tore open my heart.
“We’re bonded forever by a little blonde haired girl, and I won’t risk losing Dani for whatever this is between me and Leah.”
Its just reality, and the words on the page felt so real. All my emotions were just raw. Only 20 percent into reading this and my eyes are consistently welling up. It is the kind of story you NEVER want to stop reading. And I didn’t stop. I just read and read until my eyes were bleeding. I was glued to my iPad.
And these characters are so real and caring and go through such craziness. Problem is with Adam and Leah, they are afraid to get intimate because God for bid it doesn’t work; how will Dani handle it? And when Leah’s brother gets out of rehab, what is to happen? Will be relapse? Will Leah and Adam have to change their live around to make room for Dani?
You just fall in love with this HOT man, all he ever wants is to make his new found niece so happy, all the while he’s falling in love with Leah. And he needs to find a happy medium. So many different issues they need to battle before any kind of relationship develops, and they are so confused on how to make it all work.
“I’m not sure what I want. I just feel so damn lost-lost in the world and so alone.” She backs up and places her head in her hands.
“Adam, I don’t think I’ve ever felt my body respond to someone like it does yours. No one has ever understood what I go through, the trials of enabling an addict. ” Her eyes fill with determination. “I need you.”
And the love between these two is just too much. I felt their connection so deeply. It was just all real emotions. I think maybe its Adam, and the thing he says to Leah that were melting me. And their love making was breathtaking.
“That was incredible. So fucking incredible.”
I laugh. “Yes, it was.”
“Sorry, you were probably expecting something romantic.” His face falters slightly before that devilish smile reappears.
“When I say incredible, I mean you. You know that, right?” His thumb brushes across my lips. “For the first time in my life, words can’t reflect what I’m feeling.” He picks up my hand and kisses my palm.
“You’ve brought so much into my life. Thank you, Leah.”
And just when it can’t get any more emotional the book just takes this turn and the angst had me jumping out of my seat. Literally!!!
This was such a great story, its heart felt, heart breaking, heart warming and heart mending. All of those things packed nicely into another amazing book by Michelle Lynn. This book had my attention from Chapter 1 until the very last word. So of course Familiar Ground gets my 5 HOLLAS!!
About Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn has always been a reader, but her passion has become a full-blown addiction since her husband bought her a Kindle for Mother’s Day. She’s pretty sure that he regrets this on a regular basis. Especially when she has it propped up next to the stove while she cooks, which often results in a burnt dinner. Or when he loses sleep because the glow from the screen wakes him up when he rolls over at three in the morning. He does agree, however, that she uses this gift more than any other he has ever gotten her. She joking counters that, because of some of the steamy novels she reads, he also benefits more from this gift than any other he has gotten her. ;)
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.