Tumble (Dogwood Lane Book 1)
By Adriana Locke
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?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
TUMBLE is the first book in a small town series, Dogwood Lane. It’s a standalone with a fabulous cast of characters.
Neely Kimber needs a place to recoup after quitting her job in New York. So after ten long years, Neely returns to her hometown in Dogwood Lane, Tennessee. She’s happy to revisit her old friends and her Mama. The only thing she’s unsure about? Running into Dane, her high school sweetie and the man she wanted to marry. Dane is a single dad to the uber adorable Mia. He missed his moment with the love of his life, Neely, but when he runs into her again, he desperately wants a second chance. Can these two wayward lovers put their past behind them to find happiness?
So, let me first admit that I seriously debated between 4 and 5 stars. And I can’t really tell you why! Not without giving away THE REASON Neely and Dane broke up because that’s a humongous part of the story. BUT…I know that a lot of readers will be disappointed in Dane. Here’s my advice: DON’T GIVE UP ON HIM! He wormed his way into my heart and I was cheering him on by the end of the book.
Now, here’s why I settled on 5 stars. Ms Locke has the uncanny ability to completely draw you into her stories so that it seems you’re experiencing all the emotions just like the characters are. It keeps you invested until the very last page! I’m not going to make excuses for Dane’s horrible behavior but at the same time, I know what it’s like to make a colossal mistake. Also, I was especially impressed with Neely’s ability to forgive. She was tough but she had a huge heart and I loved her willingness to make amends and to place blame exactly where it needed to be. Then there’s the amazing side characters that give the story that extra pizzazz! I can’t wait for their stories!
Overall, this was a tantalizing read with characters that felt real, flaws and all. My emotions ran a whole gamut, from aggravation to appreciation, from happiness to sorrow. Sigh…! Told from dual POVs with a sweet ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
USA Today and Amazon Top 10 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 weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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