Release Blitz and Review: Sway

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.”

5 Hearts

If asked, I would tell you that SACRIFICE by Adriana Locke is by far my favorite that she has written.  I mean, Crew Gentry people!  Well now I'm going to have to do some re-arranging.  This book grabbed me and hooked me and would not let go.  I was talking about it during break time, I was sneaking tidbits during work time and I stayed up and finished it all in one day.

I'm still having a hard time figuring out what it was that made this so wonderful, and I think of all the things, the bottom line is the writing makes this outstanding.  Ms. Locke has crafted a  world that has musty old Southern "royalty", baseball, little boys, a strong willed single mom, hot mayor, intrigue and politics.  It is chuck full of family and sense of duty.  What happens when we choose to do what is right instead of what is expected of us?  In the end, family has our back always.  The rest of the world can pass judgement how they see fit, but family keeps us grounded.

Now it also helps that Barrett Landry is a good man and once his head gets screwed on straight by Alison, his actions will make your heart melt.

Barrett:  "I typically stay in complete control of situations, but this little vixen in the form of an innocent mommy, has me whipped into a mess."

The rest of the Landry family also bring flavor to the story and I look forward to seeing them each find their HEA.

So Sacrifice is going to stay in it's own column of favorite reads. Sway, and I suspect the rest of this series, will just start their own special little favorite book list.  Read this one!

*ARC received for an honest review

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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