Tumble (Dogwood Lane, #1)
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 unexpected step. Neely’s back in Dogwood Lane for barely a day when she sees the man she ran from nine years ago: the bad boy next door who was her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak.Devoted single dad Dane Madden knows he hurt Neely in the worst way. He’s got a lot to make up for. And as passionate as their reconnection is, it’s a lot to hope for. Having her back in his arms feels so right. But falling in love all over again with a woman who wants to live a world away is bound to go so wrong.What’s it going to take for Neely to give him—and Dogwood Lane—just one more chance?

Tumble (Dogwood Lane, #1) Details

TitleTumble (Dogwood Lane, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherMontlake Romance
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance

Tumble (Dogwood Lane, #1) Review

  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    “Neely isn’t someone I can gamble with. There’s no kissing and forgetting. There’s only wanting more. Needing more. Desiring more. And not being able to have it.”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 “Neely isn’t someone I can gamble with. There’s no kissing and forgetting. There’s only wanting more. Needing more. Desiring more. And not being able to have it.”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 left Dogwood Lane for college with a broken heart and never came back. Dane broke that heart. He’s sorry, but he wouldn’t take it back for anything.I know some readers will have issues with their past and why they are a second chance, but to me it feels real and makes the characters real. If someone stays away for ten years, then their break up has to have been major. I like that the author made the reasons so heavy and hard. Makes Neely staying gone understandable.I spent the half the book smiling and the other half swapping between sad tears and happy tears. There’s a great cast of characters along with the mains. You really get that small town vibe from this one which if you like those stories you know what I mean.Tumble just feels real. It’s predictable in that feel good way. You know there will be a happy ending just how will we get there. It’s an emotional ride that will bring you smiles and tears. What’s better than that in a contemporary romance?https://instagram.com/p/BtYi5ptApkD/^ fan edit on IG!
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  • Cee Cee Houston
    January 1, 1970
    Tumble is the first book in a brand new ‘Dogwood Lane’ series by Adriana Locke. I have to admit, the series title threw me for a bit as I thought this was a street name rather than the town. But, that aside, I freaking adored this book and every character within its amazing pages. Well, nearly every character, there were some who deserved a throat punch, but thankfully not the ones that matter.Right from the first page, I knew this was going to be a good ‘un. The wholesome, small town feel, the Tumble is the first book in a brand new ‘Dogwood Lane’ series by Adriana Locke. I have to admit, the series title threw me for a bit as I thought this was a street name rather than the town. But, that aside, I freaking adored this book and every character within its amazing pages. Well, nearly every character, there were some who deserved a throat punch, but thankfully not the ones that matter.Right from the first page, I knew this was going to be a good ‘un. The wholesome, small town feel, the quirky characters, including Blue, the hound dog all just mixed together to create something special. Something uniquely Adriana.Dane Madden and Neely Kimber were once high school sweethearts, they were completely in love and meant to be together, but when it came time to leave, only one got in the car and drove away, with a broken heart and a misunderstanding that led to them spending the last ten years apart. Neely has been in New York carving out a career for herself but at the expense of a loving relationship. Dane has been hard at work building his father’s business up and making a life for himself and his child.When they bump into each other for the first time, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. The writing was that poignant and filled with old feelings, both good and bad. Neither has forgotten the other or what made them split up and it takes some time before they get over it. This new relationship grew slowly and organically. It was sweet and tender, and there were so many scenes where I just smiled happily or swooned, but when you add in their interactions with Dane’s young daughter, Mia, then it tops the ‘awww’ scale. Watching them become a unit was simply lovely and even though they hit a slight bump in the road, I just knew it would end well.Who is up next for a wander through Dogwood Lane? I don’t know, but I bet they have an absolute blast while they are there. I know I did.This is one new series NOT to be missedARC supplied by the author, through NetGalley for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars Tumble is a small town, second chance romance with a single parent story-line. After quitting her job in the big city, Neely comes home to the Tennessee town she grew up in. She hasn’t been back since she left for college, and a bit part of that is her ex-boyfriend, Dane. She loved Dane, and Dane loved her, but he broke it off with her when she went to college. Though she’s moved on in many ways, her heart has never been the same. And seeing Dane again, she’s not sure if it ever will be 4 stars Tumble is a small town, second chance romance with a single parent story-line. 
After quitting her job in the big city, Neely comes home to the Tennessee town she grew up in. She hasn’t been back since she left for college, and a bit part of that is her ex-boyfriend, Dane. She loved Dane, and Dane loved her, but he broke it off with her when she went to college. Though she’s moved on in many ways, her heart has never been the same. And seeing Dane again, she’s not sure if it ever will be again. Dane regrets a lot about his life. His biggest regret will always be letting go of Neely. He’s got a great job, and a daughter her wouldn’t trade for anything, but something has always been missing for him. Or someone. When Neely comes back to town, Dane is sure he doesn’t have a shot. But maybe, just maybe, a second chance is in order for the both of them. There was a lot about this story I really loved, a part of the story-line I wasn’t crazy about (view spoiler)[ the fact that Mia’s mom was Neely’s bff from high school… WHY. It could have been anyone else :/ (hide spoiler)] but overall, I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading more in this series! I’m hoping either Dane’s brother or best friend are next!!
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 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 Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 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 decides to finally return home hoping she can at least avoid the man who broke her heart so badly she hasn’t recovered, one Dane Madden. Of course life is never so kind or so easy. It doesn’t take long before these two are drawn to one another and even though Neely knows it’s a bad idea, she can’t seem to stay away from Dane.So, the good. It’s well written. Side characters are engaging and bring life to the story. The kid, Mia, is great if a bit too put together for a ten year old. Dane will certainly capture some readers’ hearts and Neely has a good dose of humor at times.Now.............stop reading this if you hate spoilers.Let me say again, spoilers ahead mate.************************* SPOILER ALERT *******************************Let me get right into it. This book made me want to scream. I have to go the spoiler route so you understand why I feel this way. Yes, Dane broke her heart. How? He slept with her best friend AND got her pregnant!! The kid Mia? Yeah, that’s the kid he had with Neely’s best friend!! Oh it gets better. Why, oh why, would he do this to the girl/woman he loved oh so much? For her own benefit. Yep. Hand to God his rationale for breaking up with her was so she would go to college since all he wanted to do was stay in town and work at the mill. He put up this oh so grand sacrifice for her of course. Kill me now.Oh and he 1000% tried to pull a Ross excusing his sleeping with and impregnating her best friend by saying they were broken up. And then, then folks, he said he always thought she would be back and he could pick up with her then so he actually has the flipping gall to be angry with her and give her a guilt trip when she shows up in town still pissed at him. So what does she do? Tell him to pound sand? Nope. Make him beg for forgiveness? Nope. She apologizes to him!!!!!! I thought I was going to bust a blood vessel reading that.The book goes on with some angst about her leaving town again. The kid is cute. He acts (kinda) like perfect Dad and boyfriend. But I can’t get over that part about what he did. I just can’t. Guess my petty game is strong.Ultimately there is a HEA and they all live happily ever after. Dane, Neely, and the constant reminder of his betrayal, the cute kid Mia - who he wants Neely to be a mother to. Yeah sure why not. She already apologized to him for his betrayal, left her entire career for him, and agreed to everything he wanted. Step-mom too! Bring it on.This is yet another second chance book I didn’t like even though I’ve given them honest tries again and again. This trope is clearly not for me.I think people who like this trope will likely be more forgiving than me. They’ll likely love these two together. The writing is quite good, the town, characters, and dialogue are all very well done. It’s rather sweet in general with a medium to low heat level.. So my rating may be an anamoly but it is what it is. This wasn’t the book for me.Two stars.
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  • Tracy ♥️♥️ Book Cravers Blog ♥️♥️
    January 1, 1970
    Dane and Neely are swoony! This second chance romance has so many feels. Each think they should stay away from the other to stave off future heartbreak, but they are drawn back together over and over. With a bit of help from the whole community, who know that Dane and Neely belong together, they manage to let themselves experience the love that never really went away. Another great romance from Adriana Locke!
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    If I've learned anything, it's that Adriana Locke knows how to deliver these emotionally engaging, adorable, and deeply romantic stories. I can't think of a trope she can't work with, and she absolutely delivered on this second-chance romance.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 If I've learned anything, it's that Adriana Locke knows how to deliver these emotionally engaging, adorable, and deeply romantic stories. I can't think of a trope she can't work with, and she absolutely delivered on this second-chance romance.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 complete sucker for a single dad and a small town setting - so imagine my delight at getting these two things in one pretty package. I fell almost as in love with Dogwood Lane as I did with the characters themselves? And Dane's daughter? Scene-stealer extraordinaire. The whole thing - from the setting, to the set-up, to the engaging way it's written - just works as this lovely, slightly angsty, package of swoony delight! ~ Shelly, 4 Stars
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  • Tanya Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    NOPE.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 NOPE.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 who are on the verge of cheating before they get their shit together and don’t follow through. But this guy? Dane? He cheated on the heroine by sleeping with her best friend and knocking her up!. WHAT. THE. FUCK. how is this romantic? It doesn’t even break my heart. It makes me see red. And now she’s back after 10 years and he’s raising that kid he had alone and she’s all “I’m mad at you but shoot... sorry, you obviously hurt way more than me... my bad”. The fuck?How could any sane woman forgive that act? It’s the ULTIMATE betrayal. You’ve been betrayed by your BF and bestie in one fell swoop. And he’s all “we were on a break”. Bitch I don’t care. Sticking your dick in your ex’s best friend is disgusting. And speaking of, her best friend is a bitch! She slept with her besties man! WHO DOES THIS?!!I can’t finish this book. Just no. Apparently they get a HEA. don’t know how any of that is happy. Guess she raises her man’s kid who he had with her bestie behind her back. Wow.... good times. There is no coming back from that... according to me. Surely others will be much more forgiving. I am not. Beautiful writing though. The author knows what she’s doing. I feel slightly bad getting all zena the princess warrior on this book... I just. Don’t. Do. Cheating. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dilek VT
    January 1, 1970
    Not my cuppa!!! Contains douche-bag hero and stupid heroine!(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 Not my cuppa!!! Contains douche-bag hero and stupid heroine!(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 raising another woman's child.Then, who is a better choice than the heroine? Ha ha, although she was angry at his betrayal years ago, she finally apologizes to him for reasons I cannot comprehend and has her HEA with the douche-bag hero, with the constant reminder of his affair with her ex-best friend. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: February 26, 2019 Genre: Second Chance Romance Actual Rating: 4 starsTumble 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 Release Date: February 26, 2019 Genre: Second Chance Romance Actual Rating: 4 starsTumble 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 and to me they felt as real as the person standing beside me. I am so excited for the next book in the series!!Without getting into the plot and spoiling why Neely and Dane broke up 10 years ago I will simply leave this review short and sweet. I think many readers are really going to love this one especially considering all the amazing tropes it encompasses: single dad romance, second chance romance, small town romance, etc.
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  • Rejane
    January 1, 1970
    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👇👇👇👇👇👇https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Why authors are somehow trying to push this forgiveness bs down our throats?? Forgiving is one thing, now pick up a relationship after is just not possible IMOSo the heroine apologizes to the hero because he slept with her best friend, impregnated her and it seems it was heroine’s fault. Isn’t something wrong with my sentence?? In honor to my friend Paula I ask: “Under what moon the author wrote suc 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👇👇👇👇👇👇https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Why authors are somehow trying to push this forgiveness bs down our throats?? Forgiving is one thing, now pick up a relationship after is just not possible IMOSo the heroine apologizes to the hero because he slept with her best friend, impregnated her and it seems it was heroine’s fault. Isn’t something wrong with my sentence?? In honor to my friend Paula I ask: “Under what moon the author wrote such stupidity?”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...And then there’s Lu’s review. I have to agree with her: “hell is full of well meaning people “. You know, hero breaks heroine’s heart sleeping with her friend for her own good. What a generous loving man. NOT https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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  • Betul
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**"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 **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**"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 sucker for second-chance romances, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read this book. Tumble was a no-drama fun and light contemporary romance. I was expecting some cliché things to happen, but I was really happy when the author didn't take the usual route. I loved that the couple didn't get back together right away, and it took some time for them to get over their old hurts. This made the romance feel much more organic and made it easier for me to connect to them. Both Neely and Dane are great characters, and I especially loved both their interaction with Dane's daughter Mia. Neely is a very strong and independent woman, and I really liked her personality. I loved all the characters and I am really hoping for everyone to get their own HEA. They were fun and great friends to the main characters, and I am looking forward to many more books in this series. I do have to mention that the epilogue in my opinion was just a regular chapter, and it kind of left me wanting a real epilogue. Overall Tumble is a book I recommend to any romance reader, and especially readers who like me love single parent/second-chance romances.
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  • NiCoLeTa E.
    January 1, 1970
    ***4 "Erect!!!" stars (Bahahaha!!!)*** 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 a gi ***4 "Erect!!!" stars (Bahahaha!!!)*** 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 a girl and a boy who sacrificed their love for the wrong reasons, but when you are young, it's inevitable to not make these kind of mistakes, even though they could change your future!!! “Life isn’t fair. If it was…” He looks around the porch before coming back to me. “If it was fair, you and I would’ve ended up together.” Well, Neely returned in her hometone, at Dogwood Lane, Teneessee, after ten years of absence, because she quit her job and she was seeking something else to ease her mind...But her idea to return back home, maybe is not so good after all, since in there, they are people who made her run away from... and specificaly, there is Dane.Her first love, her first heartbreak.... Someone who never forgot and who can't never forgive... "It's the second time he's burned me. It'll be the last." Dane had his own problems... When he let Neely leave, he made some mistakes that he couldn't take back... But he never truly forgot her.... Now, he is working very hard and he has another one person to take care... And when Neely is coming back in town, after all this time away, he can't seem to stay away from her, even though she is still angry with him and even though, he can't afford to let her in his life... “I broke her heart. I broke her heart in the worst way I could, and the fact she didn’t tell me to fuck right off is more than I really deserve. It’s more than I would’ve given me.” So, what will happen with those two???Will Neely forgive and give Dane a chance???Will Dane take the chance to let her in, when he already know that she is with one foot out of the door???Neely didn't plan to stay long... Just a couple of weeks, until she could find another job... After all, her job is her dream, or not??? “I had just about forgotten you.”“I had forgotten you.”“You hadn’t forgotten about me,” he says. “If you had, you wouldn’t be reacting like this.”“Like what?”“Like you know just how good it is between us.”“It was good between us,” I admit. “Was being the key term.”“I have a feeling it would be even better these days.” Well, this was a wonderful story and near to the end, it became too much emotional... My heart was aching for everyone...Neely was a stong and independent woman... Her heart was broken because of Dane, and i have to admit that she was a little bit cruel to him, some times, but i can give her justice!!!! She had always big dreams and Dane let her go because of that, but he made that damn mistake and their chances together had vanished...I think that Neely after heartbreak, she really forgot how it was in Dogwood Lane and that trip made her reevaluate everything in her life... And if she could add Dane and Mia in the equation, they were too many things that she could abandon when she would return back in the city... So what will she choose??? "I've wanted this my entire life, Dane. How am I supposed to not take a chance of a lifetime?""This," he says, motioning between us, "was what I've wanted my entire life. This was my chance of a lifetime.""Don't say that.""You have your truth. I have mine." "You have waited your whole life for this... But which moment do you mean?" I really liked Dane... He was doing his best with his child. He was a wonderful parent...Neely was his dream, as long as he was remembering his self... But she was unreachable!!!! And then, she came back, and hope flooded him, but will she abandon everything and choose him??? Will be for the best to let her in his life and mess up not only his life, but Mia's??? "The only thing i can't get around is my Achilles' heel. The chink in my armor. The one thing that screws me all up every time: Neely."“Despite everything my heart is telling me to do, I don’t have a choice with Neely. I have to let her go.” Before i close my review, i would like to talk to you about some other persons...I loved Mia. She was adorable!!!! And a very clever girl!!!I liked all Neely's friends... Especially crazy Penn and Matt... Claire and Grace...I liked Hailey and her romantic side!!!I loved Neely's mom so much!!!! And Dane's dad!!!As you can see, there were very loveable people in here, except the main couple...And of course, I'm praying for the next books to be about Hailey, Penn, Matt, Claire... Adriana make good matches, please!!! Bahahaha.... “She’s not moving in, but she did turn down a job offer,” I say with a hint of smugness.“Yes!” Haley fist pumps. “I’m so invested in this.”Claire shakes her head. “This is the way things should be. Neely back home, living with you. Pregnant, but I’ll give you some time on that.”“Gee, thanks,” I croak.” "I know you love her. Heck, I do too... But she's not really our family..."But she is our family," Mia insists. "I feel it in my heart." ***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
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  • Fancy Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Tumble was exactly what I needed to get me out of a book slump! I have always enjoyed Adriana Locke's books but this is by far my favorite. This story combined 2 of my favorite tropes , second-chance romance and a single dad. SWOON!. Neely returns to her small hometown in Tennessee after she quits her job trying to find direction. It doesn't take long for her to run in to the one person she doesn't want to see. Dane was her high school love and the one that not only broke her heart, but shattere Tumble was exactly what I needed to get me out of a book slump! I have always enjoyed Adriana Locke's books but this is by far my favorite. This story combined 2 of my favorite tropes , second-chance romance and a single dad. SWOON!. Neely returns to her small hometown in Tennessee after she quits her job trying to find direction. It doesn't take long for her to run in to the one person she doesn't want to see. Dane was her high school love and the one that not only broke her heart, but shattered it. Neely has no intention of staying in Dogwood Lane. Her life and any opportunities to live her dream as a female sports writer are in NYC. Dane knows he shouldn't get closer to Neely because she isn't here to stay. He has had enough women leave him to put himself or his daughter through it again. Fortunately, you can't fight chemistry. Dane and Neely are like magnets; there is no stopping the attraction. Can the high-school sweethearts stick to the friends with benefits agreement they decide on or will it be harder to say goodbye than they think? I adored the straightforward story without misunderstandings or silly arguments. Tumble was a story of a devoted father, a passionate and driven writer, a precious little girl and most importantly of how love conquers all.
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  • Lu Bielefeld *read.laugh.love*
    January 1, 1970
    2 ⭐⭐ - Meh!==============>Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.<==Review in Portuguese and EnglishEu gosto muito da escrita da autora e acompanho o trabalho dela desde os primeiros livros dela.Esta é uma história de segunda chance e reencontro.Neely volta para a sua cidade natal, Dogwood Lane, após 10 anos de ausência. Ela não tinha planos de voltar, mas uma mudança em suas metas profissionais a faz tomar esta decisão.De volta pra casa 2 ⭐⭐ - Meh!==============>Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.<==Review in Portuguese and EnglishEu gosto muito da escrita da autora e acompanho o trabalho dela desde os primeiros livros dela.Esta é uma história de segunda chance e reencontro.Neely volta para a sua cidade natal, Dogwood Lane, após 10 anos de ausência. Ela não tinha planos de voltar, mas uma mudança em suas metas profissionais a faz tomar esta decisão.De volta pra casa ela tem que reencontrar Dane, seu grande amor e sua grande decepção amorosa.Ambos se amavam e tinham uma vida inteira planejada, mas Dane acaba o relacionamento e a trai com a melhor amiga dela e o que é pior, a engravida. Traição total em minha opinião, porque ele poderia ter sexo com qualquer outra, mas escolheu a melhor amiga dela para isso.Lembrei de Ross e Rachel no seriado Friends e a desculpa de que estavam separados.O fruto desta traição é Mia, uma garotinha carismática e também carente de amor maternal.Nosso herói tentou fazer dar certo a união dele com a mãe de Mia, Kate, mas foi abandonado com um bebê para criar. Ele teve outro relacionamento sério com Sara, inclusive moraram juntos, e pensou que ela seria a parceira dele para criar a filha. Mas Sara não estava preparada para criar a filha de outra mulher e o deixou também. Então temos um herói receoso e tentando proteger os sentimentos da filha dele. Mia ficou devastada quando foi abandonada por Sara.Nossa heroína teve relacionamentos casuais, mas nada sério. Ele sempre foi o grande amor dela e por isso focou mais na carreira e deixou a vida pessoal de lado.Quando nossa heroína demonstrou toda a sua raiva e frustração com a traição dele e falou palavras duras para Dane, confesso que gostei dela. Pensei que teríamos uma heroína forte e que o faria trabalhar duro pelo perdão dela.Mas não foi o que aconteceu. Penso que o reencontro deles foi rápido demais e ela ainda se sentiu culpada por estar brava com ele e acaba se desculpando. Não gostei disso, porque foi ele que agiu errado e ele que tinha que rastejar mais. A partir dali a história foi ladeira abaixo para mim. Ela se mostrou fraca!Ela está em uma encruzilhada profissionalmente e sente que algo está faltando na vida dela. Este reencontro a faz questionar o que ela realmente deseja para o resto da vida dela. Será que a vida profissional é mais importante que a pessoal? Vale a pena arriscar novamente e ser ferida? Todas estas questões a fazem se sentir vulnerável e incerta. Mas ela nunca encontrou outro amor igual ao que sente por ele e isto mexe com ela.Dane é pintado como um ser perfeito que quebrou o coração dela e cometeu aquela grande traição em nome de boas intenções. Veja bem, o inferno está cheio de bem intencionados. Eu não perdoaria tão facilmente! Mas sou uma pessoa que guarda rancor e cínica.Mas se está bom para nossa heroína eu tenho que me conformar e aceitar, mas realmente não entendo heroínas tão bondosas e misericordiosas.Nosso herói ficou com a garota e ainda de bônus uma mãe para a filha dele.No mais uma leitura ok e que não ficará na memória.------------------------------------------I really like the author's writing and I follow her work from her early books.This is a story of second chance and reunion.Neely returns to her hometown, Dogwood Lane, after 10 years of absence.She had no plans to return, but a change in her career goals makes her make this decision.Back home she has to see Dane, her great love and her great heartbreak.They both loved each other and had a life in common already planned, but Dane ends the relationship and cheats with her best friend and worst, he gets her pregnant.Total betrayal in my opinion, because he could have sex with any other, but chose her best friend for it.I remembered Ross and Rachel on the Friends show and the excuse that they were on a break. The fruit of this betrayal is Mia, a charismatic little girl and also much in need of maternal love.Our hero tried to make it work with Mia's mother, Kate, but was abandoned by her with a baby to raise.He had another serious relationship with Sara, even lived together, and thought she would be his partner to raise his daughter. But Sara was not ready to raise another woman's daughter and left him too. So we have a worried hero trying to protect his daughter's feelings. Mia was devastated when she was abandoned by Sara.Our heroine had casual relationships, but nothing serious. Dane has always been her great love and so she has focused more on her career and left personal life aside.When our heroine demonstrated all her anger and frustration at his betrayal and said harsh words to Dane, I confess that I liked her. I thought we would have a strong heroine and that would make him work hard for her forgiveness.But that's not what happened. I think their reunion was too fast and she still felt guilty for being angry with him and ends up apologizing. I did not like that, because he was the one who acted wrong and he had to grovel a lot more.From this point the story went downhill for me. She was weak!She is at a crossroads professionally and feels that something is missing in her life. This reunion makes her question what she really wants for the rest of her life.Is professional life more important than personal?Is it worth risking again and being hurt?All these issues make her feel vulnerable and uncertain.But she never found another love that matched her feelings for him and this messes with her.Dane is painted like a perfect guy, even though he was the one who broke her heart and committed that great betrayal in the name of good intentions.You see, hell is full of well-meaning people.I would not forgive so easily! But I'm a bitch who holds a grudge and a cynic.But if it is good for our heroine I have to conform and accept, but I do not really understand such good and forgiven heroines.Our hero won the girl and still as a bonus a mother to his daughter.In the end it was an ok reading and it will not stay in memory.Highlights:“Why are you negotiating with a dog?”“You know what they say—sunshine brings opportunities.”My thighs clench together as I consider what Dane could do to me now. With that body. With those lips. With that damn smirk.“She’s just a girl from my past. I ran into her. People run into their exes all the time.”I broke her heart. I broke her heart in the worst way I could, and the fact she didn’t tell me to fuck right off is more than I really deserve. It’s more than I would’ve given me.“You always were a gambler.” He winks. “Were a gambler. Were. Past tense. Trust me,” I say. “Gambling is for the young and dumb, and I am not either anymore.”“I have to stop putting all my hopes on the line without some safety net. It’s too big of a gamble. I’ve fallen too hard, too many times.”A part of me will never forgive him for what he did. I may have found the pieces of my broken heart, but they’ll never fit together the way they did before that Saturday morning when he destroyed it.“There’s nothing sexy about a grown man being called daddy—sugar or not.”“You know I didn’t mean to hurt you.”"I bet you were thinking that while you screwed Katie. I bet you were thinking, ‘Boy, I hope this doesn’t hurt Neely.’”“You didn’t mean to have a baby with my best friend while we were on a break.” You’ll be here playing house or whatever it is you do with Katie and your kid.“Probably not. You probably ruined our relationship for a one-night stand, didn’t you? Good work.”“Everything happens for a reason, huh?” I ask. “I don’t know what caused you to sleep with Katie, but that’s your problem. I won in the end.” His eyes darken.Dane as a father. Dane as Mia’s father.Then when Sara moved in after our dating for a year, a woman I really liked and saw a potential future with, Mia latched on to her like a leech. And when six months went by and she left us, too, saying she wasn’t prepared to raise someone else’s child, Mia was broken.Right or wrong, I broke up with her. I gave her hope we’d work some kind of long-distance thing out. I slept with Katie. I had a kid.I’ve been with a few women since Sara, but those relationships have been a hookup here and there.“You’re what I want Mia to be.”
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  • Lauren Hutchinson
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic start to a new series. 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.
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  • Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Penn. I can't wait to come back to Dogwood Lane and read more of them!You can find me here: | INSTAGRAM
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  • Escape into a Booksite
    January 1, 1970
    *5 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. 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 *5 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. 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 boy oh boy do I love that little town. The characters in this story were fantastic. All our secondary characters were lots of fun and had well developed personalities, and I really can't wait to read more about them in future books.Dane and Neely of course have much to go through and discover about themselves and each other, and seeing them reconnect, and also meeting Mia, was wonderful. I fell in love with everything as I was reading this story.The ending was also swoony and perfect and I highly recommend. Can't wait for the next one in this series.Review also on my blog - Tumble by Adriana Locke Follow me on:FacebookTwitterInstagram
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  • Fallon
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure where to start... 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.
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  • Mandi Beck
    January 1, 1970
    Full review coming soon! Absolutely loves this book and wish I could move to Dogwood Lane!
  • Jewlsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    A determined career woman, a sexy single dad, and his precocious little girl-I was sold on this book by the blurb alone! 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. A determined career woman, a sexy single dad, and his precocious little girl-I was sold on this book by the blurb alone! 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...or embracing a sweet homecoming, the likes to which she didn’t even know she wanted, much less needed?I love a good second chance romance and I wasn’t disappointed! This was my first time reading Adriana Locke and I was impressed. I liked her writing style, the angst level was mellow, and I loved the characters. Neely, Dane, and his daughter Mia won me over with love, laughter, and a sweet chance at starting something new. The secondary characters were also absolutely hysterical with their small town, nosy charm and unwavering support! And the romance! I loved how Dane and Neely didn’t jump right back into things and took their time, which had me fully invested in the outcome. My only complaint was the epilogue. It was okay, more of a happily for now (HFN) kind of chapter rather then an HEA, so I am hoping to catch glimpses of these guys in future books! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Pamela Lilley
    January 1, 1970
    Oh wow! I love a good old second chance romance and Tumble is truly adorable, as is Dane Madden. He’s the ultimate scrumdidlyumptious single dad, and a perfect book boyfriend. Living in Dogwood Lane, Tennessee, he has a wonderful Southern drawl too (the author describes it perfectly). Neely Kimber on the other hand has New York in her blood, after all, she left without a backward glance all those years ago, admittedly with a broken heart, but surely she’s over Dane now. Maybe not, because if she Oh wow! I love a good old second chance romance and Tumble is truly adorable, as is Dane Madden. He’s the ultimate scrumdidlyumptious single dad, and a perfect book boyfriend. Living in Dogwood Lane, Tennessee, he has a wonderful Southern drawl too (the author describes it perfectly). Neely Kimber on the other hand has New York in her blood, after all, she left without a backward glance all those years ago, admittedly with a broken heart, but surely she’s over Dane now. Maybe not, because if she hadn’t just quit her job I’m sure she wouldn’t be anywhere near Dogwood Lane, she also has every intention of returning to New York when once she sorts outtake mess that is currently her career. Such lovely, interesting characters, from Neely and Dane to Matt, Penn and of course Mia, who truly was the star of the book. A wonderful story, great writing and so very addictive once I warmed up to Neely (I have to be honest and say it took me a good few chapters to warm up to her), but I did. I am so looking forward to more from Dogwood Lane. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    An adorable second chance romance. Our hero and heroine were childhood sweethearts, but one night sent it all crashing to the ground. Broken hearts all around. Adulthood getting tougher. Years later our heroine has taken a hard knock at work in NYC and finally goes home. Can she ever forgive him and where does true happiness live?
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  • book bruin
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of Adriana Locke's books, but I just could not get on board with this one. I feel like this book will be very polarizing for readers. One side will see a beautiful single dad/second chance romance, while the other will want to scream and throw their kindles across the room. (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 I am a huge fan of Adriana Locke's books, but I just could not get on board with this one. I feel like this book will be very polarizing for readers. One side will see a beautiful single dad/second chance romance, while the other will want to scream and throw their kindles across the room. (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 happened in the past to drive them apart is pretty unforgivable to me. I don't need to rehash it here, since there are several reviews which detail what happened. I was happy Neely addressed the elephant in the room (though she did say some low things in the heat of the moment), but any respect I had for her disintegrated when she apologized the next day for something he caused/for hurting him. To add insult to injury, Dane's response to his past actions is basically "I never meant to hurt you" and "we were broken up." This had Ross and Rachel from Friends written all over it. I understand that something earth shattering had to happen to drive Neely away for a decade, but this instantly made me dislike the hero and not believe in their love. They both frustrated me and I felt like the rekindling of their relationship was rushed. I know they've known each other since childhood, but the events in the epilogue take place weeks from the start of the story. It just didn't feel believable, undeniable connection or not. I would have liked to see more development between them as they got to know each other again, instead of falling back into familiar habits. There was also no angst or tension that she might not stay in Dogwood Lane. Everyone knew it was going to happen - the characters and the reader.I did not like the notion that Neely's life was unfulfilled because of her focus on work. Everyone is different and to each their own. I just felt like there was a lot of judgement and negativity towards choosing a career/professional goal over a personal one. I understand that it was part of Neely's character arc to realize that for her, the professional life wasn't going to be enough, but it still irked me. Why can't we have it all? Instead of supporting her, everyone basically guilts and shames Neely and tells her they can't understand why she would give up a possible life with Dane to chase her professional dreams. Even when she quits and decides she would rather go back to Dogwood Lane and make a life with Dane, her boss basically tells her that devotion to his work cost him everything, so now all he has left is this job, and how happy he is that she's not making the same mistake! (hide spoiler)]I did enjoy the wonderful fictional world Locke created (how cute was Dogwood Lane?!) and awesome set of secondary characters who added humor and heart to the story. I really liked Haley, Matt, and Penn was a hoot! Unfortunately, this one was a miss for me, but I'm sure others will really enjoy it!*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
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  • Bookphenomena (Kindling Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful surprise this turned out to be. I’ve been meaning to try out Adriana Locke for a while because I’ve heard good things, so I jumped at this opportunity at an early read. The blurb appealed with a second chance, small town romance and it delivered on that very well.This book was a grower, it slowly simmered to a boil with a story that drew me in more over the pages. Dean grabbed my heart fairly quickly, I just knew there was more to the issue, I just didn’t know what. Mia was pre What a delightful surprise this turned out to be. I’ve been meaning to try out Adriana Locke for a while because I’ve heard good things, so I jumped at this opportunity at an early read. The blurb appealed with a second chance, small town romance and it delivered on that very well.This book was a grower, it slowly simmered to a boil with a story that drew me in more over the pages. Dean grabbed my heart fairly quickly, I just knew there was more to the issue, I just didn’t know what. Mia was pretty likeable and Neely, like the story, grew on me. Neely was the one to return to her home town, down on her luck but a career and NY girl at heart. This book had a rich bunch of friends and family that made this read a little deeper than expected.I did a fair bit of highlighting in this story and when I looked at what I’d highlighted, it was mostly Dean’s dialogue. He was written in such a belieavable way and the way he was trying to hold back on his affections just made me all heart eyes. “She fit right back into that spot - her spot - in my life.”This is an ideal escapism read with a small town theme and gorgeously romantic. I truly enjoyed Adriana Locke’s style of writing, it had just the right balance of the physical with far more focus on the emotional. I will be reading more from this author without a doubt and I’m looking forward to more from this particular series.I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.
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  • Jill M
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a sucker for a small town romance. Add a second chance romance too and I’m in. And who can’t go wrong with a sexy single dad and his sweet daughter? All the elements for a great feel good romance. Adriana checked off all my boxes on my kind of romance. She writes characters to make you swoon and fall in love. 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 I’m a sucker for a small town romance. Add a second chance romance too and I’m in. And who can’t go wrong with a sexy single dad and his sweet daughter? All the elements for a great feel good romance. Adriana checked off all my boxes on my kind of romance. She writes characters to make you swoon and fall in love. 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 entertaining and romantic with emotion and heart. The characters with adorably cute and sexy and pulled on those heart strings. Even the side characters touched my heart.This was an all around sweet small town second chance romance that will warm your heart on a cold afternoon. I look forward to more in this quaint small town. I claim Dane and I know I’ll be fighting off the women cause he’s that damn swoony sexy.
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  • Jackie Kiwibooknerd
    January 1, 1970
    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 CharactersThis 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 ne 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 CharactersThis 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 never gotten over the fact that he hurt his first love over 10 years ago. He thought he was doing what was best for her at the time and the repercussions of that decision hurt both him and Neely dearly.A decade later when she strolls back into Dane and his daughter's life, even though he knows she is only home for the short term, he still can't help himself from pursuing her.Along with a fantastic host of secondary characters, this second chance romance was absolute perfection and once again Adriana Locke has hit a home run.......:)
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  • Mari's Struggle is Real
    January 1, 1970
    Neely and Dane were meant to be together, but Dane makes a mistake and breaks Neely's heart in the process. Neely not wanting to see him ever again moves to New York to pursue her dreams and doesn't return to Dogwood Lane for 10 years. 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 Neely and Dane were meant to be together, but Dane makes a mistake and breaks Neely's heart in the process. Neely not wanting to see him ever again moves to New York to pursue her dreams and doesn't return to Dogwood Lane for 10 years. 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 happy again. I loved this book. It is a great second chance novel. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
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  • Jessica Florence
    January 1, 1970
    This small town story was the perfect book that I didn't even know I needed to read. I connected so hard with the heroine it was like I was living the story alongside her. This romance had heat, heartbreak, and all the sugar like the best sweet tea. It reminded me of my childhood southern home and that sometimes the best life is the unexpected one right in front of your eyes. Well done Adriana, this was my first book by you and I am so excited to go back and devour the other because I need more This small town story was the perfect book that I didn't even know I needed to read. I connected so hard with the heroine it was like I was living the story alongside her. This romance had heat, heartbreak, and all the sugar like the best sweet tea. It reminded me of my childhood southern home and that sometimes the best life is the unexpected one right in front of your eyes. Well done Adriana, this was my first book by you and I am so excited to go back and devour the other because I need more of your words. 5 Stars <3
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  • January 1, 1970
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comTUMBLE (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 Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comTUMBLE (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 out of a promotion. She quit and returned home to Dogwood Lane and her childhood home to lick her wounds and regroup. She is happy to be home with her mom until she runs into the boy, now man, who broke her heart and is the main reason she stayed away for so long.Dane Madden knows he is the reason Neely has stayed away. He hurt her in the worst possible way, but it gave him his daughter, Mia so he cannot regret it. Now she is back in town and she ends up helping at the gym were Dane’s daughter is a junior gymnast. Even though Dane knows Neely is only home for a short time, he cannot stop himself from pursuing her and letting her get close to Mia. Is a career in New York City really what this small town girl’s heart really wants? Can the past be forgiven and this couple become a family?I have to say that I was having some difficulty in the first few chapters liking Neely, UNTIL I found out what Dane had done. I felt that Ms. Locke’s handling of all the strong emotions is well written and realistic. There is only one sex scene not behind-closed-doors and it is not overly explicit. The secondary characters are all entertaining and I am looking forward to reading their stories in future books in this series. Thank you to Montlake Romance and Net Galley for allowing me to read this eARC.
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  • Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
    January 1, 1970
    ***AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW***5 Home CROWNSLORD, 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 ***AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW***5 Home CROWNSLORD, 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 for the heroine. Neely is a great heroine who is torn between returning and staying in the small town or going back or the big city to her dream job. It is through her that readers see the themes grow and develop, where we see the importance and family and love of work and how goals and dreams shift and change, which is okay. This story is just pure second chance romance perfection. Seriously. The sweet moments where they rekindle their romance, the hard moments where they deal with the hurt of their past mistakesC and the cute family moments where we see glimpses of where their future will make you life and swoon. I enjoyed every character and every moment. Again, the conflict is clear early on, but the scenes were written with such emotion, that it didn’t really effect my enjoyment of it all. I’m loving the start of Adriana Locke’s new series, and I can’t wait to spend more time in this town. ARC received in exchange for an honest review
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