From USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke comes a witty romance about first love and second chances.
After being burned by her dream job in New York City, sports journalist Neely Kimber suddenly finds herself jobless and paying a long-overdue visit to her hometown in Tennessee. Her plan? Relax, reset, and head back up the corporate ladder. There’s just one unexpec...more
I read Tumble all in one sitting. I will admit at first I was having a hard time getting into it. I’m one of those if you don’t grab me from the jump then I get antsy, but once Tumble started rolling (I had to) then I couldn’t put it down! This is a small town, second chance romance that is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. Neely ...more
Right from the first page, I knew this was going to be a good ‘un. The wholesome, small town feel, the ...more
Tumble is a second chance book. Ten years ago, Neely left the tiny town of Dogwood Lane, Tennessee for New York City with a broken heart and a vow to not return. And yes, the town is named Dogwood Lane. Took me a few chapters to figure out it was not the street she lived on but the actual name of the town. I digress. So after quitting her job due to being passed over for a promotion she deserved, she dec ...more
Spoilers ahead. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
you know why I read romance? Cause it makes me feel good. I like feeling the love. I like the escapism. I like falling in love with the characters and watch them battle obstacles and fight, no matter how gritty it gets to their HEA.
You know what I don’t like? Fucking cheaters. I think, I think I could find a way to forgive if it was only a kiss, and even then the author would have to work real hard to earn my forgiveness. I almost can’t come back from H’s ...more
(view spoiler)[The hero and heroine are sweethearts and then they have problems and the hero ends the relationship. Then he goes and sleeps with her best friend and gets her pregnant (wow -choosing her best friend is a low blow! unprotected sex? ultimate stupidity!)
He tries to make the relationship work with the mother of his child but nope, she leaves him. Then he finds another girlfriend but she is also not ready to devote her life to ...more
I loved it. It was interesting. The chemistry was sparky and intense. And the little twists and turns that the storyline took kept me on my toes, tugging at my heart, and occasionally doling out those delicious butterflies in my heart and tummy.
I'm also a ...more
Genre: Second Chance Romance
Actual Rating: 4 stars
Tumble is the first book in the Dogwood Lane series by Adriana Locke and she really kicked the series off to a great start! This book had me feeling a range of emotions. The characters are honest, raw, flawed, and as realistic as they come. There is a bit of a twist or reveal of a secret that will leave readers breathless, but the way it was handled was impeccable. I love how Adriana writes these characters an ...more
"There's a wall between us we can't skirt. It's built with just as many tears and just as much betrayal as it is any good times we shared."
It has been almost two years since I read my last book by Adriana Locke, and I am really happy that I decided to read Tumble. The blurb was exciting enough for me to give it a try, and I have to be honest and say that the single dad part really was the deciding factor in this case. Also I am a suck ...more
What do you have to give up to get what you want?"
This was my first book by Adriana Locke, even though a have a couple books of hers in my TBR list, and it was a lovely reading...
It was a second chance story, with a heroine that in a point in her life, she lost herself and the things that actually meant something and a single dad who had made several mistakes in his life, but by THE result, he couldn't regret them!!!!
This was a wonderful story about ...more
I was hooked from the beginning till the end. I absolutely loved this book so so much. I was disappointed that it ended. The characters really touched my heart and really pulled at my heart strings especially Mia. It has a fantastic storyline with plenty to keep you wanting more. I can't wait for the next one.
(view spoiler)[The writing was awesome as usual, but I couldn't connect with Dane or Neely and had a really hard time liking them. Dane seemed to be a great dad, but overall, he was way too selfish. What happe ...more
With real characters and a plot filled with emotion, family, and love that you won't be able to put it down, Adriana Locke has delivered a good start to a new series that I will be definitely reading.
The last book I read by Locke was not a favorite so, I'm going to be honest here and say that I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. The main couple was good, but it was the secondary characters the ones that made this book for me—Mia, Grace, Haley, Matt, and Penn...Gawd I loved Pe ...more
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I haven't read many books by Adriana Locke as yet (on my TBR!), but this one definitely makes me want to catch up on all those that I have missed.
Neely and Dane's story was fantastic. To each other, they're both basically "the one that got away" and there are plenty of unresolved feelings and issues attached to their story.
After a huge decision in her New York life, Neely ends up back home visiting her Mum in Dogwood Lane, and bo ...more
The writing for this book was really good, I think it had amazing potential with me.
I was excited about the second chance romance with a single dad. However, when the truth was revealed about their past, I checked out.
I could not bring myself to liking Dane at ALL!! I felt angry for Neely, and hated how when she expressed her anger, which faded to quickly, he played the upset victim. She ended up being the one to apologize.
This is a NO for me.
Neely is back home after an unexpected...hiatus from work. And of course, the Fates are laughing at her, because the first person she sees is Dane. Dane, who she split up with over a decade ago, leaving him over a mistake Neely couldn’t forgive and neither one could forget. So, what’s a girl supposed to do when she’s faced with a dilemma of going after a job she always wanted. ...more
TUMBLE (Dogwood Lane #1) by Adriana Locke is a second chance contemporary romance that is the first book in a new series set in the small town of Dogwood Lane, TN. The hero and heroine have some issues that are still as fresh today, 10 years later, as they were when the heroine left town for college and then on to New York City to work in sports publishing.
Neely Kimber was on track to achieve her dream job until she was cheated ou ...more
5 Home CROWNS
LORD, oh LORD. How does Adriana Locke always make me swoon? This small town romances just melt my heart, and they make me want to pack up and move to these fictitious places.
Dane is single dad goals. The protective way he loves his daughter does something to me. He is the perfect blend of hard and soft, and I enjoyed the interactions between him and Neely. His daughter definitely softens this emotionally cold man, makes him lovable until he softens f ...more
This book was exactly what I needed for my rainy day Sunday read....It ticked all the blocks and I devoured it from start to finish....
* Second Chance Romance
* Single Dad
* Hot Alpha Male
* Kick-Ass Heroine
* Fantastic Secondary Characters
This book lacked nothing in my opinion and I highly recommend it.
Neely has recently lost her job in New York City and has decided to go home to Dogwood Lane to spend some time with her mother and get some perspective on her life.
Dane is a single dad, who has ...more
Ms. Locke wrote an engaging romance to keep me on my toes with a swoony man and a confident woman. I love a good slow burn with lots of build up and intense chemistry. The story was ent ...more
Dane knows he made a mistake but he can't regret it completely since it brought Mia, his daughter, into his life. They still have amazing chemistry between them, and if only Neely is willing to forgive the past and look towards a future between them, they could be ...more
4 amazing stars .....It was a sweet/ cute story of love, a beautiful, heartwarming book about second chance love!! I absolutely loved the chemistry between Neely and Dane. Mia was adorable!! Although the story is good, you can feel from the start how the story would end! Overall it was a fantastic read.... I'd totally recommend this story!!
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