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(Mason Family #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  4,078 ratings  ·  612 reviews
Blaire Gibson knows better than to have one-night stands.

She prides herself on her decision-making skills. It’s the one asset that has never let her down. But even the best thinkers have weaknesses.
Hers is a delicious business mogul with a quick tongue.
Unfortunately for her, that tongue is good for more than just talking.

Holt Mason doesn’t need to justify anything to an
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published August 3rd 2020 by Umbrella Publishing, Inc.
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Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
One chapter with Holt Mason and I was smitten! By chapter 4 I was consumed and couldn’t put this book down till I consumed every last word!

Finally getting Balire’s story has me on cloud nine! I have wanted the Gibson sisters story since Walkers book and my goodness it was everything I wanted and more! Blaire and Mason are the perfect balance! Not complete opposites but also not too much alike! They challenge and help the other be the best version of themselves!

Holt is straight forward and no n
Melanie Helms
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eeekkkkk so i read a small snippet eons ago it feels like and she answered our prayers and gave us a book for Blair the sister from her Gibson family books and im here for it. It kicks off her new family series, the Mason family. And i can't wait!! Im not sure how she does it but i cant wait for all the rest of the men's books. Like i needs. I loveeeeee Holt. Gah. And we got to see Sienna and Walker which made me so happy i lovedddd that. But seriously cant get enough of this family already! Now ...more
Adriana Locke
Jul 06, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars


Blaire Gibson is a workaholic on her first vacation in forever. She meets Holt Mason and sparks fly from their first meet. Though Blaire thinks it can never go anywhere, the more time she spends with Holt, the more she realizes she might want it to… as impossible as it may seem.

Holt is smitten with Blaire from the start and only wants to spend more and more time with her. You can tell from the beginning, he has it bad. I loved this couples chemistry and their banter. They both are
UPDATE 2: They are getting their own book!!!! And their book kicks off a new series! Woho!

UPDATE: They don't have their own book and I'm so sad now. :(((((

I loved this! It felt like a sneak peek though so I hope we're getting more of Blaire and Holt. I mean, it kind of ended with a cliffhanger so they have to have their own book. I need to go through Adriana's books and look for their book. I'm gonna be so sad if there's no book for them
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review 2018:
Damn. This was too intriguing to be this short. There’s got to be more to this story... right? Can’t just have stopped like that.... right?
This is short story about the sister from the Gibson brothers series. No HEA dammit! Please Ms Author, give me more!!

Update 2020:
3.5 stars. So when I heard the author wrote a full length story to complete the short story that I reviewed above in 2018, I jumped on it straight away. This was sweet and nice and gave me the follow up I asked for.
No n
Cassandra Taylor
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!

Blaire and Holt’s story is everything!!!

Blaire is a workaholic as is Holt but when Blaire’s siblings force her to take a vacation in Savannah she meets Holt, she was not expecting to be so drawn to him and finds herself opening up more and more and developing feelings she never thought she would.

Holt is all about his family business he doesn’t have time for anything other than work but when he meets Blaire he finds himself distracted more often and does not know how it would be possibl
Mandi Beck
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A meet cute for the record books and one that will keep you smiling throughout the story. I loved the journey that I felt I was on with these two as they learned so much about themselves and each other. The way Holt lusted after Blaire’s mind over anything else was so refreshing and made him even hotter to me. But if Holt is hot then Blaire is MAGMA! In and out of the bedroom!
From her brain to the way she’s navigating, and for once living life outside of the courtroom. She did it in a way all
Jessica Alcazar
OMG, I am the worst! So of course, it’s my day to be part of the Blog Tour and I come to get my review and guess what? ...

Okay, so let me review *shakes head*

I haven’t read a whole lot of this author’s work in the past, so I was pretty much going in blind and I mean I had the greeeeatest time reading this story! I was captivated from the beginning. I wasn’t even done with the first chapter before I craved to read how it would all end. It was sexy and emotional with an overall flirtfest vibe to i
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Please, pretty please tell me we will get more Holt and Blaire? This was so great, but I need more...lots more!
Dora Koutsoukou
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
3,5 💘💘💘⭐️s

A nice and well written romance read.
I liked Holt and Blaire being in their thirties (I assumed since the exact ages were not mentioned), and their strong and independent personalities. Both of them had trust issues and were so dedicated to their jobs that didn’t have the time to regard romance matters.

Their families and the relationships among them were fantastic and were nicely integrated into the story.
I would have liked a lengthier development of the main characters’ relationshi
Melanie (mells_view)

This story isn’t terrible, and Blaire and Holt sort of have a sweet story. Two closed off workaholics falling in love after what is meant to be a ONS. So yeah, it has good bones. There was just a ton of phone discussions and emotional baggage discussions with other people, so it just got a little tedious to read in my opinion. I wish it focused a little more on the couple, and a little less on them discussing what they did or didn’t feel for each other with others.
Jeeves Reads Romance
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Every time a book by Adriana Locke hits my Kindle, I have to get my grabby hands on it immediately. And that was the case with this one too. Though the personalities of these characters weren’t a perfect fit for me, I thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish and read it in one sitting. These two workaholics may start their relationship in an unconventional way, but it's clear from the start that they are perfectly suited for each other.

The story follows Holt and Blaire, two strangers wh
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Adriana Locke

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I stayed up till midnight so i could finish this story! I could not go to sleep without knowing what happened between Blaire and Holt.

This story is everything!
It will hold you captive !

I love the little snippets of previous characters, it made me all swoony and want to do some rereading.

To say I can’t wait for the next book is a understatement! I’m so ready for all these guy stories !! This is going to be another
Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Landry lovers and Gibson lovers rejoice! There's something for everyone in this story - and a whole new band of brothers to fall in love with!

Admittedly, I was a little slow to warm to Holt and Blaire's story. There was something about their prickly edges and the decidedly physical nature of their attraction toward each other that kept me on the outside looking in for a little bit. Luckily Adriana Locke writes in such a way that even though I wasn't attached emotionally from the get-go, my brain
Jul 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I would have rated it 4 star if my previous novel wasn't 'Drive Me Wild' whose around 90% of the content matches this book.

All in all an enjoyable read with predictable twists. I look forward to read more of Adriana Locke's books!
J.M. Kelley
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Dare I say, this one is my new favorite now. I know, I know, I say that every time, Adriana Locke releases a book. Sorry, NOT sorry. This book hit me with all the feels. It was so wonderful to be back in Savannah. The cute little glimpses we get from some of the Landry family were everything. And Claire and Sienna’s friendship really tugged at my heart strings. Restraint had me hooked from the first chapter. Holt and Blaire’s chemistry was electric from the star
Lauren Rowe
“One chapter with Holt Mason and I was smitten!” - Patricia, Words We Love By Blog 
· sexy CEO in a suit
· badass heroine
· steamy one-night stand
· and has a family of five (delicious!) brothers that will make you smile and swoon.
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Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes! Blaire and Holt's story is finally here and it was worth the wait! The first book in a brand new series but characters that we have already met and if your like me love! I was completely hooked from the minute I started this and I didn't want it to end.

I've been needing Blaire's story since she first appeared in her brothers books ( The Gibson Boys Series is a must read) and then when we had the brief short story featuring Blaire and Holt I just knew I was going to love them.

You are going
3 stars - novella version, read in March 2018

4.25-maybe 4.5 stars(I haven’t made up my mind) - full length version, read in September 2020

I don't want to paint too harsh of a picture, but I'm glad I have read this author's material before & knew enough to stick with it, as I've previously enjoyed her loosely connected family series of the Landrys & the Gibsons to this new Masons series. I liked Blaire & Holt's very first meet-cute well enough, however, the way the ONS portion read that followed
Tiffany Remy
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I needed this book more than I thought.

Blaire and Holt thought that life was just fine without love or complications. One night stand was the way to go.. or was it?

Adriana has be begging for Blaire’s story since she was first introduced earlier in the Gibson Boy’s series (which is amaze balls if you haven’t read it) and she nailed it.

This book had the trifecta- steam, sexy, and all the swoon. But you also get feels, smiles and laughter. I mean who doesn’t need a good book that makes you feel a
Melissa, Book Boyfriend and Husband Make Three
This all new small-town series started off with a bang! Holt and Blaire ran into each other and you could immediately feel the chemistry between them along with an immediate banter and that was all it took for me to be invested in them.

Blaire was beautiful, feisty, intelligent and extremely strong but I loved how Holt respected her for everything that she was and also the things he knew that were below the surface. Holt was all the things I love about a suit wearing CEO, wealthy, cocky, alpha bu
Aundi Living That Book Life
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Savannah Crowns


I’ve been dying for Blairs story ever since I first picked up Crank and got lost to the world that Adriana created. I needed to know all about this powerhouse of a woman and what makes her tick. I always knew there was more underneath her need to take care of her rowdy and tumultuous brothers and I was not wrong. Blair and Holt will tug at your heartstrings and show you that even the most closed off person can open up when the right opportunity presents itself.

Blair is
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Two words was all it took for me to get hyped for this. Blaire. Gibson. I've been wanting to find out about her since reading Crank 2 years ago. While this is the start of a new series (Yay) and you don't need to read Crank or any other story to enjoy this, why wouldn't you?! This author is the bomb dot com and it needs hype. From start to finish this had me hooked, just like almost every other AL book. She transports me to wherever she needs me to be (in this case Georgia/Chicago) and I love th ...more
K. Bromberg
One chapter with Holt Mason and I was smitten!” - Patricia, Words We Love By Blog 
· sexy CEO in a suit
· badass heroine
· steamy one-night stand
· and has a family of five (delicious!) brothers that will make you smile and swoon.

Live now on Amazon and FREE in KU:
PP's Bookshelf
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Restraint by Adriana Locke is an impossible collection of emotions. I just cannot imagine she created every single kind of feeling possible in romance in a single story! Sweet? Sexy? Heartaching? Angsty? Small town?Billionaire bad boy? Sassy heroine? Big family charm? Name it and you have it!

Blaire didn't know she will meet the absolutely charming and stunning yet emotionally unavailable Billionaire Holt Mason on her forced three day vacation to Savannah. They are basically a lot similar in pers
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Swoon-fest! Wow! I absolutely loved Holt and Blaire's story. Adriana Locke wove a tale that gave me so many feels. I love it when an author can transport me into the setting of the book and that's exactly what Locke did.

One of the best parts of this book was the strength of both characters. And the side characters, well, they were fantastic! I enjoy a strong family dynamic and Restraint had it in spades.

Well done, Adriana! I can't wait for more.
Anne OK
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it

A great start to a new series with lots of southern charm and five hot brothers -- Wade, Holt, Oliver, Coy and Boone are the Mason brothers. I couldn’t put this book down. So good that I read it in one sitting. And I’m so excited that the second one is ready and waiting on my Kindle now.

The family dynamics lend authenticity and add to the story’s appeal. Locke has included all the right elements perfectly balanced in every aspect of this story. It was a delight to read.

While in Chicago on busin
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every time I pick up one of Ms. Locke’s books I fall so fast and so hard into it. And Restraint is no different! I read Blaire and Holt’s short story and I couldn’t wait when I found out they were getting more to their story! And I have to tell you, their story is one of my favorite kinds. The strong headed people who don’t know what hit them when they least expect it. I couldn’t put this book down. I just got home from vacation and yesterday was our last day out and about. We went back to our r ...more
L.J. Shen
“One chapter with Holt Mason and I was smitten!” - Patricia, Words We Love By Blog 

· sexy CEO in a suit

· badass heroine

· steamy one-night stand

· and has a family of five (delicious!) brothers that will make you smile and swoon.

Live now on Amazon and FREE in KU:
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USA Today and Washington Post 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

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