Monday, July 13, 2015

Sacrifice - Adriana Locke - NEW RELEASE!

Title: Sacrifice
Author: Adriana Locke
 Release Date: July 13, 2015


My life changed forever the night my husband died.

I was left with a shattered heart, a heap of bills, and our daughter, EVERLEIGH. I don’t want to rely on anyone, least of all CREW GENTRY. He’s my first love and the man who almost destroyed me, the man who has let me down every time I’ve needed him.

But when tragedy strikes a second time, Crew just might be my only hope.

My life changed forever the night my brother died.

I was left with a guilty conscience, a pile of mistakes, and little else. I take care of JULIA GENTRY, my brother’s widow and the love of my life, and their daughter. I know she doesn’t want my help, but she gets it anyway. I owe her that. When another disaster hits, I’m given the opportunity to make things right. I’m taking it. I'm willing to sacrifice it all.

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“She’s been missing him a lot lately.”

Julia’s voice is barely a whisper and my chest constricts. Our conversations don’t normally make it to discussing Gage unless we’re already arguing. The fact that she just brought it up shocks me and I’m not comfortable with it. I don’t know how to take it. I feel my jaw pulse with frustration and scramble to change the subject again. “Why is it so chilly in here?”

Her smile disappears and she tugs her sweatshirt nervously. “I didn’t know it was.”

“How can you possibly not know?” I start to the thermostat across the room when she clears her throat.

“The heater isn’t working right. I asked Lane to come by and look at it earlier this week.”

“And he hasn’t been here yet?” I shoot her a look and she shakes her head. “He’ll be here tonight.” I dig my cell outta my pocket.

“Crew, don’t. Please. The last time you called my landlord he was a complete jerk to me for a couple of months. I just got on good terms with him again.”

I scroll through my contacts list, looking for his name.

“Crew ...” I know her doe-eyes are pleading with me. I also know if I look up at her, I’ll be somewhat inclined to give in. So I don’t.

Author Bio

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.

Adriana resides in the Midwest with her family. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. She loves to be outside in the sunshine and always has a piece of candy in her pocket.

Her first novel, The Exception, was released in 2014. The followup, The Perception, was released in March 2015. Both books follow the same characters, but can be read as standalone novels.

Sacrifice, a novel unrelated to the others, will go live on July 13, 2015.

Please contact Adriana at She loves to hear from readers.

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Elizabeth's Review

5 stars

Review Copy provided by author

I’ve been reading more independent authors lately and have discovered that they really like to throw us for loops and don’t spare any punches when telling their stories. This is so very true for Adriana Locke’s Sacrifice.
The family at the center of this book is Julia and Everleigh Gentry and Crew Gentry, their brother-in-law/uncle. To say that Julia and Crew have history and baggage together is like saying the Titanic had a little accident. He is both her first love and the reason she is a widow with a young child. When we first meet this family, he is adamant that he help her and she barely tolerates it.
When tragedy strikes, Julia has no choice but to lean on Crew even though it scares her. Watching the changes that both Julie and Crew go through is heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time. Heart wrenching, because the reason is horrible and the potential outcome is terrifying. Heartwarming because feelings that Crew has had buried for years come to the surface and Julia begins to open her heart again.
Ms. Locke does a wonderful job of introducing us to these two troubled people and the wonderful little girl they both love. We are eased into the story and really get a glimpse of who they are and the struggles faced just to make it through the day. Then the roller coaster ride begins. It’s gradual at first, like a gentle ride that almost anyone would like. Wonderful story telling takes us through the highs and lows related to rediscovering love, being terrified for someone you love, and being willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Then the bottom drops out and that gentle roller coaster is suddenly an intense vertical ride. We get built up and up and then crash back down – I literally had a physical reaction to this book. I loved every minute of it!

This was my first book by Ms. Locke and I promise I will be going back to read more. 

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