Monday, May 16, 2016

Sway ~ Adriana Locke ~ NEW RELEASE & REVIEW

Title: Sway
Series: Landry Family #1
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: May 16, 2016


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.

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“I want a chance to win you over,” he breathes, peering at me. The way his eyes search mine make it seem like time stands still. “Will you let me try?”

He forces a swallow and the look of hesitation, the internal fight he’s having, isn’t lost on me. It’s there, right beneath the surface, and when I add my concerns to the mix, it’s enough to make me balk. Just a bit.

"I'll think about it," I whisper, holding on to the little strand of courage I have left.

“Say yes.”

Instead of responding, I ask, "Where'd you get that scar over your right eye?" I reach out and press gently on the raised skin. I expect him to pull back, but he doesn't.

My hand shakes as I touch his warmed skin. His forehead is silky and smooth. I'd like to run my hands over every inch of it, feel it ripple beneath my fingertips.

The corner of his lips twitch. "Lincoln hit me in the head with a baseball."

"Bad reflexes on your part?"

"Wicked curveball on his," he says, his face breaking out into a full smile.

“I thought he played center field?”

“He does. But he pitched some growing up.”

We stand inches apart, my hand gently brushing down the side of his face. Although I feel like he'd stand here all night and talk to me, it’s not possible.

"I really need to get back to work," I say, trying to unlock my eyes from his.

“Dinner? This week?”

I can barely resist the look in his eye, the one that implores me to say yes. The one that makes me believe he really does want to have dinner and spend a few hours with me.

I need to get away, put some space between us while I can.

“We ran into each other tonight,” I shrug. “If we’re supposed to see each other again, then I guess we will.” I start to turn away before I completely buckle under his gaze.

“How am I supposed to get ahold of you? I don’t have your number,” he calls after me.

Heading up the steps to the Savannah Room, I glance at him over my shoulder. “You’re the Mayor. Figure it out.”

Elizabeth's Review

4 Stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

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If you are a fan of Adriana Locke's early work (The Exception, The Perception) then you will absolutely enjoy Sway. Don't get me wrong, this is NOT a repeat of those earlier works, but is definitely in the same vein.

In Sway, we meet the Landry family who are part of the Savannah elite. While we get glimpses of all 6 siblings, the focus is on Savannah Mayor, Barrett Landry, as he is approaching election day in the race for Governor. His unexpected lady love is single mom Alison.

These two are so much fun to watch! I loved that she was a challenge for Barrett and didn't immediately fall into bed with him. I also appreciated the fact that Barrett's attraction ended up being as much emotional as physical. Alison is wary of Barrett with good reason, both because of her personal history and his reputation. She is fairly typical of Locke's heroines in that she's a little wounded, but willing to try again. She's strong when she needs to be, but also isn't afraid to lean a little bit too.

I think one of the best things about Sway was the fact that while Barrett and Alison didn't have an easy time reaching election day and the decisions that came with it, their reactions to the road blocks thrown at them weren't what would have been easy or expected. I really felt like Ms. Locke challenged herself to give us a story that took more work, but ended up being stronger for not being predictable. Throw in Alison's scene stealing son, Huxley, and Ms. Locke has another winner in Sway. I am looking forward to seeing where she takes the Landry siblings next.

Author Bio

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.

For sneak peeks, giveaways, and more, please join Adriana's Facebook Group, Books by Adriana Locke, or her Goodreads group, All Locked Up.

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