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Like You Love Me

(Honey Creek #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,086 ratings  ·  494 reviews
Two childhood friends are playing house—and maybe playing for keeps—in this sexy, and unpredictable marriage-of-convenience romance.

To save her Tennessee bed-and-breakfast, Sophie Bates needs a fast-cash miracle. Holden McKenzie, her childhood best friend, needs to prove to a prospective employer that he’s a committed man. Their fortunes on the line, Holden proposes…a solu
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 284 pages
Published February 16th 2021 by Montlake
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Ali Only one sex scene, not much heat.
Ali Late twenties, nearly thirty. No exact ages were said that I remember but there is a line where the hero is referred to as being thirty and he replies…moreLate twenties, nearly thirty. No exact ages were said that I remember but there is a line where the hero is referred to as being thirty and he replies that he isn't just yet.(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another triple S (soft, sweet, swoon) friends to lovers story with arranged marriage theme. The characters were sweet pies. The story’s development may be a little predictable, a little drama, angst, but mostly safe, entertaining, easy to read, heartwarming, relaxing.

Yes, there are some cliches but there are so many awww moments put so many lovely smiles on your face which break your dark cloudy mood.

The agreement was simple: friends with benefits theme. No! They don’t plan to sleep together.
Ilsa Madden-Mills
Adriana Locke can write a grocery list and I'll read it. Characters that jump off the page, a small-town setting that makes you feel as if you are THERE, tangible chemistry, and one of my fav tropes eva!!!! Fake marriage... SWOON. ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Like you love me has two things that make me swoon every time I come across them in a book- a small town setting with kind, supportive, quirky in their own way inhabitants, and my favourite trope- friends to lovers. There's nothing more romantic than falling in love with the person you've known and respected for years....
Holden, a.k.a. Dr Holden, aka Dr McKenzie comes back to a small Tennessee town where his grandfather runs a veterenary prctice. Holden has just lost both his dream job (through
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*sigh* Like You Love Me, the first book in Adriana Locke's Honey Creek series, kicked off with a bang with Holden and Sophie's story. And what a story it is!!! I fell completely in love with both of these characters and all the characters in this small town!

Sophie agrees to childhood bestie Holden's idea to get "married" (for real, but temporarily) to help them both out. Sophie needs money to save the B&B she inherited from her Gran and Holden needs a wife to prove to a prospective employer that
Leisa Ann
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this new series by Adriana Locke. It’s a small town feel good book that is low drama. This book reminded me of the Doc Hollywood movie with Michael J Fox. Holden has big dreams and big plans but this small town and a girl he spent summers with as a kid makes him question all of that. Sometimes life isn’t about getting to what we think is our destination but instead it’s enjoying the journey and opening ourselves up to the possibility of a new destination. Sweet story with all the feels. I’ ...more
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was exactly what I needed right now, it was SO cute, fun and charming! I sped through this because I just couldn't put it down and I couldn't stop smiling!

This is a friends to lovers, PLUS marriage of convenience and I was 100% here for it. Sophie and Holden were so cute, their chemistry was strong from the very beginning and I literally just could not get enough. The banter, the charm, the FLUFF, I loved it all. I will definitely be keeping my eye out to see if there's going to be more bo
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Adriana Locke has done it again, creating a sweet and heart-warming small-town romance, but also speaking about difficult subjects that people face in everyday life. Sophie and Holden were two people who thought they’d never find happiness with someone else, for different reasons, but fate stepped in and proved them wrong.

Holden McKenzie has returned to Honey Creek, Tennessee for a couple of weeks to look after his Pop’s vet practice, a place he used to spend his summers as a teen. He has left b
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
I officially want to move to Honey Creek! I instantly fell in love with this small town and the people in it.

Holden and Sophie grew up spending the summers together, they were best friends and they could have been so much more, however, life had other plans…until recently when Holden found himself back in the small town he once visited.

I loved the chemistry between Holden and Sophie. The banter between them had me laughing. I loved their friendship and just how easy and natural everything felt
Lucia Robles
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is exactly what I look for in a small town romance, specially adding in a marriage of convenience trope.
It was sweet, swoony, and the chemistry of the MCs was palpable.
The great dynamics of Sophie with her family made me excited for the next books.

I wished it had more interactions with the MCs since it seemed kind of insta-lovey and many of their chapters were spent with their own thoughts.
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
💁 I just did an Emma Watson "Oh, I need romance." 🙄 ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love me a sweet, small town romance. This story gave me Doc Hollywood vibes...a movie from long ago (80's maybe 90's lol) when Michael J Fox stumbles into a small town and becomes the vet to help fix his cute. Wholesome, pure romance. Friends as kids, loved each other through it all without even knowing it. Adriana Locke captures the small town feel, friends to lovers trope perfectly and with a connection to both the heroine and hero that keeps you cheering them on from the sidelines. ...more
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was just super enjoyable and I can't believe I read it so fast, guess that's what happens when a story sucks you in. It's small town, friends to lovers, marriage of convenience. And even though they've known each other for years, the love story moves fast. Like it did not take Holden and Sophie any time at all to fall hard. But I think maybe they were always drawn to one another and it was fate. This was sweet and made me smile, with just the right amount of humor and emotion. I loved these ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this sweet romance! Oh, how I love small towns. I always wanted to up and move to a place where everyone knows everyone. It seems so amazing.

That is exactly what happens here. Holden moves to help his grandfather at his Vet practice while he is between jobs Holden has been coming to visit here since he was a kid. He and Sophie has been friends since then. Always a spark between them is now going to be a blessing and a curse when a fake marriage surprises everyone. I loved their chemistr
3.5 stars

This was a sweet small town romance-add in friends to lovers AND marriage of convenience = SOLD!

Sophie and Holden are childhood friends. She stayed in the town they grew up in and he has returned home to help out family. She needs money to help keep her B&B open and he needs a wife to help impress a possible new boss who is a big family fan.

Getting married -to each other- just works. It will help them both out and they won't catch feelings, right?! Right?!!

Such a charming read. Lookin
Damn, this book was good.

This has ALL of the childhood Friends to Lovers goodness that I want. The shared memories that come up throughout this book from Holden and Sophie's childhood are perfection. Some funny, some sweet, always endearing. The sudden awareness of how sexy the pother has become when "grown up". The friendship that lays the basis of the romance. It's all there in LIKE YOU LOVE ME.

And this book also hits you with all of the quirky, small town charm. I loved the interactions betwe
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
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“That’s marriage for you. Taking two people and their hopes and wishes and passion and creating on life out of all of it.”

Sweet, swoony and a little saucy. If you’re looking to escape into low angst, friends to lovers marriage of convenience romance with a small-town setting, then Like You Love Me, the first book in the Honey Creek series by Adriana Locke might be just the ticket to make your heart flutter.

“Second chances are the most romantic of them all.”

The last time Holden McKenzie
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📚 Hello Book Friends! LIKE YOU LOVE ME by Adriana Locke was a sweet and romantic story. Perfect for a Valentine’s feel-good read. I love the chemistry between Sophie and Holden. I love that they were friends since childhood. The story is filled with heat and tension. It is a beautiful love story with a terrific ending.

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Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
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"I always thought I wanted all these different things in life. But there's only one thing I've ever really wanted. I've just wanted someone to look at me like you look at me."
"How is that?"
"Like you love me."

This was a really cute book and I can't wait for the next one.

4 stars
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ah so much heart, check out my full review as always on my BLOG -> CLICK HERE
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Like You Love Me
Honey Creek Series #1
Adriana Locke
Release Date 02/16/2021
Publisher Montlake


Two childhood friends are playing house—and maybe playing for keeps—in USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke’s funny, sexy, and unpredictable marriage-of-convenience romance.
To save her Tennessee bed-and-breakfast, Sophie Bates needs a fast-cash miracle. Holden McKenzie, her childhood best friend, needs to prove to a prospective employer that he’s a comm
Jeeves Reads Romance
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-arcs
Quietly adorable, laidback, and a sweet, feel good read, this was just what I needed. It's more understated than a lot of this author's work, leaning into its charming, heartfelt feel, but the story is exactly the kind that I like in a small town romance. These two are childhood friends who lost track of each other until recently, and their very adult selves might just fit perfectly - whether that works for their current plans or not. They're both genuinely good people who openly care for each o ...more
Becky Burrier
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Like You Love Me by Adriana Locke is the first book in the brand-new Honey Creek series.

Holden and Sophie are childhood friends. They were friends that never crossed that line into more. Now years later, Holden is back, and he needs help. Coming up with what he thought was an amazing plan, he has NO IDEA how much his life is about to change.

There are NO words to adequately describe how good this book is. It is adorable, easygoing, and a sweet story that brings a lot of feels. There was a specia
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it


Adriana Locke delivers another low angst, small town romance that will charm readers.

Sophie and Holden are just an adorable couple from beginning to end. Their chemistry was fun and palpable. It lends itself to the over feel of the book.

The town has that small town charm that calls to readers, and while I would never personally want to live in one, I always love the characterization of the towns Locke creates. From the secondary characters to the buildings and town
Bookgasms Book Blog
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Y'all Like You Love Me was the book equivalent of a warm fuzzy. It had all of the charm of small town romance, complete with lovable nosy townspeople and well-intentioned meddling family members, with a heap of sparky chemistry and a sweet, heartfelt romance to boot.

Holden and Sophie were adorable! This story was pretty low angst, and I enjoyed my time luxuriating the sweet heat of emotion these two inspired. Their romance bloomed quickly, but with the foundation of childhood friendship it buil
Mel S
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Adriana Locke never disappoints. The thing I loved about this book was that while it was her quality of writing it had a new and different feel and style. Not better, not worse, just different somehow. Her characters were well formed and deep, you could feel their internal struggles. The story was great and I can't wait for the rest of the series. I'm so glad I stumbled on this author a while back because she is just wonderful. ...more
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ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

This was my first Adriana Locke book -I know , I know, I've been living under a rock for the last number of years.

What a cute and adorable way to pop my Locke cherry.

Holden and Sophie's story is full of small town sweetness and light.... and gossips!

You knew where this story was going to end up, and there were no big twists or surprises, however there were lots of smiles.

I loved the residents of this town, and the vibe that they all give off. They l
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
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Childhood friends reconnecting and a marriage of convenience... sounds like a match made in heaven if you ask me!

3.5 | I think the blurb sums up what's going on here pretty well; Holden is coming back to the town where he spent some of his summers to help his grandfather at his vet clinic while keeping his sights on his dream job. Sophie is trying to run the bed-and-breakfast that her grandparents left, but a failed marriage has her financially troubled.

And just like that a marriage of convenien
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"A whole new series by one of the most romantic romance novelists? Yep sign me up stat!!!
Adriana Locke is fabulous at the small town romance novels, and she definitely proves it with Holden & Sophie’s book. A truly magnificent slow burn story that had me positively enthralled from start to finish. And with small town romances you usually find that some of the minor characters add so much to the storyline that you can’t help but want to see them with their own story in the future.
Now I think I kn
Romance  Recs
Like You Love Me is the first book in the all-new Honey Creek Series by Adriana Locke. Adriana Locke is normally a one click author for me. I have come to depend on her unique take on small-town romance novels. Her heroes are usually swoon worthy nice guys, while her heroines are kind and strong.

The blurb summarizes the plot perfectly. Holden McKenzie is back in Honey Creek for a change and because his grandfather asked him for help running his veterinarian clinic while he is away. Being that H
Jaxi Martin
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story is everything I didn’t know I needed. All the warm and fuzzys. All the small town feels. And all the romance one could need when involving a marriage of convenience.

Adriana is the QUEEN of small town romance, && this one does not disappoint. Holden and Sophie have a beautiful story. From childhood best friends, to drifting apart as adults, to when Holden McKenzie comes back to town. The connection is still there between him and Sophie.

Holden and Sophie are both needing something only
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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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“I always thought I wanted all these different things in life. But there’s only one thing I’ve ever really wanted … I’ve just wanted someone to look at me like you look at me.”
“How is that?”
I grin. “Like you love me.”
“I most certainly do.”
“I was finally right where I wanted to be – on the precipice of acquiring everything I ever wanted.
So why does it feel like I’m about to lose something in the process? Any why does that hurt so damn much?”
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