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Peek Inside Trusting Tanner

Tanner is tall, dark and sinfully sexy—and he and Juliana fit together like parts of the same puzzle. That is until the flick of a “send” button shatters their hope for a future together. But Tanner isn’t one to give up on what he wants—and he wants Juliana.

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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.


"This was a very enjoyable read. Tanner was perfection. Smart, funny, sexy and determined to get past Juliana's walls." - Bette H., reviewer

"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!!" - Red's Romance Reviews

"Hot, hot, hot! Definitely looking forward to future books in this series!" - Victora A., NetGalley review

"I flipping loved this story. Tanner and Jules were an absolutely breathtaking couple!!" Julie H., review

"Omg Tanner is sexy sweet." - Obsessed by Books

"I call this a perfect "beach" book...This author's specialty is bringing the characters close and making you wait, so when they finally do get their crap together and find each other, it feels well earned and satisfying." - Virginia Brasch, review

"This book prevents you from doing anything else until you finish. Not only is it beautifully written, but a wonderful love story." - Naughty Smut Readers

"Tanner was the kind of boyfriend I think most girls in college would love to have, and I loved how he focused on Julianna and winning her over." - Amanda, review

"Quite enjoyable NA story. The writing was very good and the issues Juliana has are believable. And oh Tanner, I really liked Tanner." - Janet, NetGalley review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757974
Series: The Collins Brothers, Book 1
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Page Count: 394
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult
Tropes: friends to lovers

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By Jennifer May 18, 2017

Juliana Shea was burned in the past by a relationship so badly, that she refuses to get involved again, so any man is immediately put in the friend zone. When she meets the sinfully hot, Tanner Collins, she feels an attraction, but she believes that he's way out of her league. Tanner, however, knows ...more

By Reckless Readers May 08, 2017

I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. From the very beginning you are hooked and don’t want to put this book down. This is a sweet contemporary romance with an amazing plot. Juliana is a girl who has a huge heart even though she has been repeated hurt in the past. She is guarded and only has ...more

By wendy May 28, 2017

Omg Tanner is sexy sweet. Juliana is trying to move on from a horrific relationship, and with the help of her bff Devon she might be able to if she can survive her crapy college roomate. Juliana isn't planning on dating but when classmate Tanner keeps trying to sweep her off her feet , it's getting ...more

By Margo April 20, 2017

Trusting Tanner is a quick, fun, NA read. If you're looking for a book to escape into for a couple of days, this is it. Jules is believable as a main character. Her damage from past romantic troubles manages to creep out at the most unfortunate times and causes problems for her. Anyone who's had a b ...more

By Jody November 07, 2016

I love this book. Not just b/c I am fond of the author, but because the writing is excellent. I had the privilege of reading this book at different stages and I can say with certainty that Tanner is a book boyfriend that sticks with you. There were moments in this book that made me laugh out loud, m ...more

By Kristen May 09, 2017

Trusting Tanner is a story about love and trust and the complications of relationships. It's about how the past can linger and hurt us long after its over and how one small question of trust can spiral out of control and leave us questioning everything. It's about giving to much attention to outside ...more

By Marieke ~ Marieke's Books May 17, 2017

Although my college years are long gone, I remember those years with all the life questions and decisions that had to be made and the drama… Trusting Tanner is the first book in the new ‘the Collins Brothers Series’ by Lexi Lawton. It’s the story of Juliana and Tanner, who meet at college and gradua ...more

By Mayu May 10, 2017

Where do I even start I don't know..... If I have to explain in one word (umm.. phrase) everything l am going to write in this moderately long review then I would say I loved Trusting Tanner. Right from the characters to the story line this novel touched my heart and tugged at all its strings possib ...more

By Valeen May 14, 2017

Trusting Tanner is a great start to a new series. Juliana hasn't had an easy life. She doesn't trust easily, and she lets very few people in. She's got Devon, her best friend, but even he doesn't know her as well as he could. Now she's a junior in college, with a new roommate and about to meet Tanne ...more

By Rhi May 16, 2017

Juliana Shea has no desire for a relationship: her heart was broken over six months ago when she found her then boyfriend cheating on her. With only one friend - Devon - she is content to focus on her studies. However, her plans for the semester are thrown into disarray with her new roommate and Tan ...more

By NICUnurse May 08, 2017

Review of “Trusting Tanner” by Lexi Lawton

I was asked to give an honest review so here it is…. *drum roll sound*

This is the debut novel by this author. The story, as a whole, was a good one. There were parts that really frustrated me and characters that really frustrated me, but this was not my stor ...more

By Reviews from the Heart May 07, 2017

Trusting Tanner by Lexi Lawton is emotional, sweet and will have you wanting to throw your eReader all at once. A little bit of everything.

Juliana Shea is getting over a very bad relationship. She is wrecked and broken. Her confidence was shaken to the core. As she gets ready to start the new schoo ...more

By Gigi May 09, 2017

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 want ...more

By Kim May 05, 2017

This was a quick read but was really good. Jules a girl who has lost everyone in her life and feels alone in the world, just got out of a horrible relationship last year at school which didn't help her self esteem any. Returning to start a new year her best friend trys to make her get out more and m ...more

By Page May 08, 2017

This was a surprisingly good romantic story. I enjoyed the slow build from attraction to friendship to lovers. Juliana was struggling with a past betrayal from her ex-boyfriend that shadowed the possibility of trusting someone enough to give her heart away again. She needed someone patient and kind ...more

By Debbie May 12, 2017

I enjoy a good friends to lovers romance and was looking forward to picking up Trusting Tanner. Lexi Lawton packs in a variety of characters in this college set romance. Our opening is Juliana returning to campus and walking in on her new roommate, Rebecca. Not too much time in we meet Jules' best f ...more

By Sara May 16, 2017

4 Stars!

Jules and Tanner take us on quite a ride in Trusting Tanner, a sweet new adult romance.

After a bad breakup, Jules decides she is done with dating. She just doesn’t trust guys anymore. She has been through a lot of crummy relationships and it has jaded her. Jules is a bit immature at times, b ...more

By The Book Fairy Reviews May 08, 2017

Craving love. Craving a connection. Craving to be wanted. Jules has been wanting those things since she was 9 years old. Having lost the ones that gave that to her freely, left the void that has yet to be filled. In her journey to find the person to fill it she was burned and scarred. Vowing to set ...more

By Bookgyrl May 08, 2017

When Juliana arrives at campus she is still upset over the breakup with her boyfriend six months before. He cheated on her and - combined with trust issues she has from her childhood - that is more crushing for her than losing him. She meets another pre-med student, Tanner Collins, and he is immedia ...more

By Virginia May 07, 2017

I received a free ARC of this book for review. I call this a perfect "beach" book. It's a fun, light, and easy read that you could finish in a single day on the beach (as long as the kids have a sitter, that is.) It immediately brought me back to campus life.
Juliana meets her heinous new roommate R ...more

By Nicole May 17, 2017

I felt a little iffy about this one at the beginning, but I quickly got caught up in the story. I really enjoyed this one. I so loved Tanner. I thought he was the perfect guy for Juliana . My heart goes out to Juliana because the way she got treated by her ex and later on by another person. That a l ...more

By Lori July 27, 2019

What an emotional rollercoaster of a story! Poor Juliana went through so much in her short life and it seemed she would not find her happy ending. But Tanner was perfect for her. I loved how he made her feel special, loved, and treated her beautifully. I hate the angst they went through, the sufferi ...more

By Katie October 06, 2017

Wickedly Good Book

Lawton drew me in from the first sentence and kept me hooked to the end. I was actually annoyed when the book was finished...I wanted more.

Lawton draws realistic, compelling characters with relatable flaws. I felt like I'd crawled into the heroine, Jules's, skin and became her. Law ...more

By Andrea Hanzel May 08, 2017

This is a story that is firmly in the new adult romance genre, taking place in a college setting.

Tanner and Juliana meet at college, having a few classes together. They didn’t just fall into bed together, Juliana made Tanner work for it. When a bitchy roommate comes between them, there is trouble fo ...more

By Amanda June 23, 2017

Juliana thinks that Tanner is out of her league so she is determined not to have feelings for him because she feels it is doomed to fail. What she does not know is that she is all he has ever wanted. Suddenly everything changes and he is rushing to try to get her back. It comes down to trust and wil ...more

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Lexi Lawton

About the author

Lexi Lawton

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. The Collins Brothers Series is her first publication—but it won’t be her last! She also writes young adult novels under the pen name Kara Leigh Miller. Today, Lexi lives in Michigan with her husband, a herd of kids, and what could probably be considered a zoo of dogs, cats, and fish.

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