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(Dogwood Lane #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  3,098 ratings  ·  610 reviews

She wants something real. He wants something now. Together they’re trouble in USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke’s sexy and funny twice-in-a-lifetime love story.

With his shameless grin and let’s-play swagger, carpenter Penn Etling leaves women wanting in Dogwood Lane. What do they get? Avery Perry knows: a one-night stand. She’s been there. She remembers every

Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Montlake Romance
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OMFG. I FLOOOOOVED Penn so much! This guy! The cockiness, the swagger, the tattoos, the eight inches....

HIS. HEART. I didn't know I'd feel so much for this guy, but he swept me off my damn feet immediately!

I loved the banter, not only between him and Avery, but the guys too! I adore a good bromance, and nobody does it like Adriana! I always feel like I want to be a part of the gang!

The sexual tension between Penn and Avery gave me the biggest case of blue balls I've had in awhile. But let me t
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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This is the book in Adriana Locke's Dogwood Lane series that I've been waiting for. I was intrigued by Penn Etling from the moment I met him. He's the fun-loving best friend who's never going to settle down. That is, until he meets his match in Avery.
Avery has captivated my attention. I don’t know what that fucking means, but I’m here for it.

Avery is new to Dogwood Lane, but it's not the first time she's been here. It's been 10 years, but she visited her aunt in this sma
My Pink Fairytales
Here comes trouble ⭐️

I’ve been waiting to read Penn’s story since July, last year!!! I was elated last night when I got an arc of my most anticipated novel of the year. I didn’t even care it was already 1am and i knew i wasn’t going to sleep.

First of all, where’s Grace? 🤔 After Tangle I was sure Penn and Grace were destined to be together. Don’t get me wrong, Avery is awesome (yes, I know people don’t use this word anymore 😋). After knowing the whole story, I truly understand why it was Avery,
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love the Dogwood Lane series and was seriously intrigued about fun-loving Penn Etling who just stole the show in Tumble & Tangle! However, I had no idea that I would end up putting him on the Locke Men pedestal right next to Fenton Abbott and Lincoln Landry!

Trouble is the story of Penn and Avery, two people who have such chemistry, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other. However, Avery knows good and well about Penn’s past and doesn’t want to get into trouble, again.

Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly
I am utterly smitten with Dogwood Lane.

A sucker for these sort of quirky, small town stories - my heart is delighted every time I get to go back and visit this charming little town and its colorful cast of delightful characters.

And then?

Enter Penn Etling.

And now my heart doesn't even know what to do with itself. It's in a full-on swoon. And that's despite the fact that I wanted to knock him upside the head a couple times (an urge that was satisfied by some equally wonderful secondary characte
4.5 Stars

Trouble is the third book in the Dogwood Lane series and tells the story of Penny, and I have to say that this book was a pleasant surprise and I really enjoyed it. I think it's easily my favorite in the series so far!

Penn is a cheerful, fun boy who can't be disliked. A stud from the small town they live in who is afraid of commitment. In his brief appearance in previous books I confess that I didn't put much faith in him, but here, knowing him better, he won my heart.He is a boy with
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
**Trouble generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

4 "Gotta roll with it." Stars

Penn and Avery were great in this friends to lovers, contemporary romance from Adriana Locke, her third installment of the Dogwood Lane series. This book can be read as a standalone within the series as it features two new main characters. Told from dual perspectives, Trouble finally gives us Penn's story. And he definitely meets his match since Avery gives as good as she
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Penn was incredibly gorgeous, a terrific person, and a consummate flirt. He lived for today, took nothing seriously, and he was absolutely allergic to relationships. It's not like he didn't know how to love because he adored his friends/family. He just couldn't picture and seriously avoided an actual partnership with a woman. That sort of arrangement came with expectations and he had no doubt he'd fail. With his background and inability to see his own greatness, he was his own worst enemy. Avery ...more
Leisa Ann
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is why I love Adriana Locke...You fall in love with the town, the people and her characters. I knew Penn’s book would be special because Penn doesn’t see himself the way others do and I knew I’d be rooting for him from page 1 and I was right. I absolutely adore the banter between Penn and Avery. I love the realness of the friendship between Penn and Matt. I can’t wait to catch up with Avery and Penn in the next book of this series.....there will be another book....won’t there??....plea ...more
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3.5 stars

An enjoyable and funny and fast read. Easy going characters and nice small town setting. No major drama, no angst, just a few insecurities and self doubt that got handled pretty quick.
Penn is the town playboy, no commitments only night stands, but otherwise he is a pretty cool and polite guy. Avery is running away from her spotlight life in LA and her fucked-up family.
They play a bit of mouse and cat game, but in the end both found what they needed in eachother.

"It’s clear what Penn
Stormi (Bewitched Reader)
Trouble by Adriana Locke is a fun small town, second chance romance and is the third standalone in the Dogwood Lane series. I have enjoyed reading this sweet and steamy series since I first picked up Tumble, book one in the series. Staying up to date with all of the previous characters while delving deeper into each of the newer characters is my favorite aspect of series' like these.

Penn Etling has been one of my favorite Dogwood Lane characters from day one, so finally getting my hands on Trou
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book! Penn is swoon worthy, Avery is hilarious, as is Penn, their chemistry is on fire, and it makes you feel the whole spectrum of emotions. I don’t think there is much else you’d want out of a book! Definitely a must read! Ps. Penn I think took the lead as my new favourite 😱
Karlyn Weldon
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adriana Locke has done it again! I fell in love with her writing a long time ago when I first discovered how amazing she is by reading "Swing". She has the ability to pull you into her stories from the very beginning. Her characters are so realistic, raw, imperfect, make mistakes and most have done things in their past that they aren't proud of. Meaning, her characters seem like actual people that you not only would know in real life but people that you would also want to be friends (or A LOT mo ...more
S.L. Scott
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Romance, heart, and small town charm are the hallmarks of Locke's writing. The author paints a vivid picture that makes me want to live in Dogwood Lane. Penn's southern charm had my heart swooning and his sense of humor is spot on to delight not only the reader but Avery. Avery Flynn is a breath of fresh air and Penn Etling has taken notice. She's a great balance to this sweettalker and adding in that this is a second chance romance (unknown to Penn - trust me on this original plot twist) and Lo ...more
Bethany Lopez
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trouble by Adriana Locke contains every element I love in Romance. I laughed, shed a tear, and grinned while ready Penn and Avery's story. Penn is sexy, funny, and arrogant with a heart of gold, and Avery is strong, resilient, and hesitant about giving in to Penn's appeal. But chemistry is hard to deny and these two have it in spades.
Dogwood Lane is the perfect setting for this Small Town Romance. With colorful residents and a charming backdrop, it's the ideal place for these two stubborn, rela
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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TROUBLE (Dogwood Lane Book #3) by Adriana Locke is another great contemporary romance in the Dogwood Lane series. This romance has another of the lifelong friends meeting their match with all of the fun, sex and emotional angst I have come to expect in Ms. Locke’s romances. This book can be read as a standalone romance, but being set in a small-town all of the main characters crossover.

Penn Etling had a rough start growing up, but
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "Roll with it…" Stars!

New author to me; Adriana Locke gives the perfect blend of chemistry, banter and sexy-times in book three; Trouble from her Dogwood Lane series.

I loved Penn and Avery, and because of that was rooting for them from the get-go to get together. The writing style was easy to get along with and the drama/angst was kept very much on a low boil, add in an entertaining cast of secondary characters and I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this book!

Amazon have done me
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Throughout the series so far, I've been waiting for Penn to finally meet his match, and Avery is definitely the one. I mean, I wanted to punch him even while I understood why he acted like a jerk. But I loved how his good memories and his friends played a big part in the story, and helping him realize he deserved love! Avery is absolutely awesome, and I'm glad they got this second chance! Now, I can't wait for Matt's story (and any other planned in this incredible little town)! ...more
Erika's Book Blog
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: small-town
Since I first met Penn, I was in love with his ridiculous swagger, and never thought in my wildest dreams he would settle down, let alone make me swoon the way he did. So many parts of this book had me giggling, even one part I read and re-read a dozen times because it was so funny!! The progression of this couple was both maddening, and intoxicating, I wanted it so bad for them, but boy...they made me work for it. The characters are so crisp and clear, the story so engaging, I felt as if I was ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always think I’ve found my favorite Addy character and then in her next book I’m proven wrong. Penn, oh wow. He’s got himself a heart of gold. And I think my favorite thing about Penn is that he doesn’t even know how special and amazing he is. And Avery, she’s a sweetheart and just what Penn needs in his life. And not to mention this town. I love the towns that Adriana writes. That probably sounds kind of ridiculous but I can’t help it. When I’m done reading her books I want to go jump between ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adriana rocks my world with her light, lovely stories!
Penn and Avery are an excellent combination
Living, learning and loving!
Thanks for another "awesome" (is it still used?!) story...
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a teenager our heroine tried out the 'goth look' briefly. While visiting her grandmother in Dogwood Lane she takes a long walk and comes across a teenage boy by the pond. One thing leads to another and she deposits her v'card with him. She also gives him a false name so he won't automatically associate her with her famous and absent parents. The next day her parents remember her and collect her.
Now, years later, she is back. She has changed in looks and he has grown into a hot, charming 'lo
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trouble. That's Penn Etling to a tee. His ego is big enough to fill a football stadium and he's about as deep as a toddler’s wading pool. At first glance, that is. His easy charm and swoony smile let him get away with most everything and makes all the girls in town vie for his attention. But as we get to know him, the multitude of layers peel back and his unrepentant, devil-may-care attitude hides the part of him who's still that little boy his parents couldn’t love due to their own inadequacies ...more
Meegz Reads
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
*4.5 Stars*

ARC kindly received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have been looking forward to Penn's story from the start. He's the loveable flirt of the group, so I was curious to see what we would get from him.

Penn and Avery are both quite independent characters, but with completely opposite views about what they want from life. They have an instant connection, and plenty of chemistry and sparks fly with all the banter that goes on between them.

Penn being the commitment phobe
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Dice CROWNS

DOGWOOD Lane is one of my favorite small towns. With a wide range of characters, charming and irresistible heroes, I always enjoy visiting.

Penn and Avery are so much fun. The friendship they have is fantastic, the joking and bantering allows as to see the Seth to depth their characters. The chemistry between them is subtlety potent ( yes, that is a contradiction) because it isn’t in your face and yet you still feel it.

The premise of the plot is so great & orig
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trouble is book 3 in the Dogwood Lane Seris by Adriana Locke. Its the one I have been waiting for since I first read Tumble! Trouble was amazing!! Penn's story was everything I had hoped it would be and more, he's my new favourite but that's just between you and me (Don't tell Lincoln)! Penn is the charmer everyone knows it, full of one liners, cheeky innuendos and trouble (in a good way) with a capital T. But he has met his match with Avery who is the only person he has never managed to charm f ...more
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Just like the first two books in Dogwood Lane, Trouble was cute enough. In it, you will meet Penn and Avery. They were cute enough and I liked that Avery made Penn work for everything - like her attention. It wasn't easily given and there was nothing insta-y about their relationship. As a couple, they were it, goals, and more. Wasn't expecting to like them so much but glad that I got this ARC!

Definitely fell in love with th
Charmane Phillips
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think Penn might be my new Locke hero.
The southern twang to the tone is the kind of thing that dreams are made of. A smile that touches my lips as I revel in the idea of living in a place where voices can almost be forplay. Just one of the many quotes I highlighted. I enjoyed Penn and Avery's story so much.
Heather andrews
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Penn is quite the...he's...well he's one of a kind that's for sure, “I’d eff a unicorn.” Penn looks around the table. “What? I would.” Penn's wooing is quite unique, “I hope your dreams are as sweet as your ***.” I liked this book, I adored Penn.
2.5-3 Avery & Penn Stars

This was a sweet, funny read. Avery escapes her awful parents in L.A. and moves to Dogwood to stay with her maternal aunt with whom she has always been close. The last time Avery was there she spent the night with Penn , he was also 18 and they each stumbled across a special connection at a time they both needed it. But real life separated them and now 10 years later, Avery is stunned to see the man that Penn has become. Unfortunately Penn doesn’t seem to remember her alt
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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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