Series: Landry Family #3
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 20, 2017
4.5 UNPLANNED CROWNS
Adriana Locke has seriously hit the jackpot with the creation of these Landry men. Each one of them is simply delectable, and I want to lay claim to them all. Not only do I love them, but I love the whole Landry family. Graham and his story, though, are my favorite by far.
Graham is so much more than the serious, all business CEO that we read so much about in the romance world. Underneath that mask, readers get to see a boy who loved and was burned, and it shows in how he interacts with those that are not his family. He likes control because he didn’t have it, he likes to be there for his family because he didn’t feel that he was, and he doesn’t love because he was damaged. These motivators make him not just a complex hero, but it also makes the reader fall for him. I also love that he doesn’t falter when he decides to take a chance on love again. He doesn’t shy away from correcting his mistakes, but more importantly, he attacks love the same way he does business, which is just HOT!
Mallory is just fantastic. There is no better way to describe her. She is kind, so incredibly kind to everyone, a little lost in her direction in life, which is to be expected with her upbringing and age, and she is so smart, which she owns. I enjoyed watching her develop and grow and really take a more introspective role in her life. She begins to consider what she really wants in her life, and seeing her final take that leap and jump is extremely rewarding. What really earned my allegiance to her as a character is in the final section of the book. I just wanted to cheer for her and what she did for Graham, and from that moment on, I loved her.
I really enjoyed this story so much. It is sexy, layered, and filled with complex characters that find peace and love with each other. Their journey makes them better for themselves, better for each other, and results in a better life filled with real love, a love that accepts all parts of a person, even the tarnished and flawed facets. The plot progression and development of their relationship is perfection, conveying an authentic relationship that develops from lust to more, and Adrian Locke gives the reader so much more!
The whole Landry family owns my heart! I love every single one of them! Each story is sexy and fun, and I enjoy the scenes with the family as much as I enjoy the moments with the main couple of each book. Adriana Locke has certainly created a family I wish I could called my own, and I cannot wait for more good and steamy times with these Landry siblings!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Mallory Sims is late for her first day of work.
After spilling her tea, she discovers she has no gas in her car. Add that her arm keeps sticking to her dress from syrup left on the console of her car, flustered feels like an understatement.
Then she sees her new boss.
Graham Landry is the epitome of NSFW in his custom-fit suit, black-rimmed glasses, and a look so stern her libido doesn’t stand a chance. Being flustered is just the start of her problems.
Her punctuality is only the start of his. With a pink slip in hand, he’s been waiting on his new secretary to show up only to let her go. Then she rushes in with her doe eyes and rambling excuses, smelling like bacon and lavender. The termination paper falls to the side as she falls in his arms.
This is a disaster in the making. Not because of his pinpoint exactness or her free spirit, but because when they’re together, the sparks that fly threaten to burn the whole place down.
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Her skin is pale and creamy, a soft framework for the deep chestnut hair cascading across her shoulders. A dress the color of moss in the summer showcases toned arms and a long, lean line from her shoulders to her calves. A thin rope belt cinches her trim waist, one that I can imagine digging my fingers into.
I clear my throat. “Can I help you?”
With something besides getting out of that dress?
“I think you probably can,” she breathes, then blushes a pretty shade of pink. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it like that. What I mean is …”
She’s flustered. It’s adorable and sexy at the same time. I should say something, interject, help her out, but I don’t. I like this entirely too much.
“I’ll stop talking now.” She flashes me a pretty smile, one that catches my attention in ways it shouldn’t at eight-sixteen a.m. Taking a step towards me, the toe of her shoe catches on the water bottle she didn’t pick up and she comes barreling my way.
Before I know what’s happening, I reach out and catch her under a spray of loose leaf paper.
“Omph!” she heaves as she lands in my arms and I’m surrounded by a sweet, earthy scent.
I should let her go. I should back away, direct her to the front desk to get directions to wherever she’s going, and retreat to my office. Regardless of how sexy her breasts feel pressed against me or the way her ass pops as my fingers lace together at the dip at the bottom of her spine, I have things to do today. Important things. Lots of them. Even if I can’t pinpoint one at the moment.
Large, nearly golden-colored eyes peer up at me. They’re crystal clear, almost like I can see all the way to the depths of her soul. They’re incredible tones of the purest gold and I can’t look away.
The feel of her body against mine sparks something inside me—a carnal, visceral reaction that’s led by feeling rather than intellect. “Are you okay?” I ask, trying desperately to use the brainpower I’m known for in most circles and not the cock I’m known for in others.
“I think so.” She pulls her gaze away from mine. A connection is actually snapped between us and I’m almost certain she feels it too because her features fall. “I’m just running late …”
Hell. Fucking. No.
I’m afraid to ask the next question. If the answer is what I think it is, I’m going to kill my little sister.
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BARRETT LANDRY has it all.
Power, prestige, and plenty of women, the dapper politician’s life is pretty phenomenal. But in the midst of the biggest campaign of his life, he needs to focus. The last thing he can afford is a distraction.
ALISON BAKER is a work-in-progress.
As a single mother to HUXLEY, she’s rebuilding life on her terms. She’s focused on family, faith, and a future for her son that can’t be taken away. Putting her child first means not being careless, no matter what.
A chance encounter forces Barrett and Alison to redefine what they really want out of life. But everything comes at a cost … and sometimes, even for love, it’s a price too steep to pay.
*Author’s note: Sway is a deliciously sexy, full length standalone novel. It packs a heavy dose of steam and has no cliffhanger.
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USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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