Series: Landry Family #1
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2016
BARRETT LANDRY has it all.
Power, prestige, and plenty of women, the dapper politician’s life is pretty phenomenal. But in the midst of the biggest campaign of his life, he needs to focus. The last thing he can afford is a distraction.
ALISON BAKER is a work-in-progress.
As a single mother to HUXLEY, she’s rebuilding life on her terms. She’s focused on family, faith, and a future for her son that can’t be taken away. Putting her child first means not being careless, no matter what.
A chance encounter forces Barrett and Alison to redefine what they really want out of life. But everything comes at a cost … and sometimes, even for love, it’s a price too steep to pay.
After reading Wherever it Leads, I knew that all Adriana Locke books had to move up on my “To-Be-Read” list. So, when a new series was announced, I didn’t even need to read the synopsis. With no hesitation I dived straight in and in one sitting, I was able to witness a beautifully moving love story. Filled with love, laughs and lots of Landry’s there was nowhere else I wanted to be.
Set on the backdrop of a political campaign we meet Alison Baker and Barrett Landry. In two different stages of their lives, their unlikely paths cross and an instant connection is made. Working at a political event, Alison bumps into Barrett Landry, the Mayor of Savannah and candidate for Governor; he’s sexy, funny and so much more than she ever thought he could be. As enamored as she is with him, it seems Barrett can’t get her off his mind either. But as Barrett pounces with determination, Alison is adamant that they will never work.
Perfectly balanced, Adriana Locke delivers the story in dual perspectives. Continuing with her ability to break characters out of the expected clichés, Locke brings to life a leading man that has heart, soul and a whole lot of love to give. With no cockiness, arrogance or self-importance in sight, it is easy to understand why Alison Baker’s walls break down for him. As she juggles motherhood, school and employment, Alison Baker is my version of a real life wonder woman. Making ends meet and determined to do it herself, you can’t help but be proud of the woman she is and inevitably, we see why Barrett Landry wants nothing more, than this refreshingly beautiful woman in his life.
With insecurities surfacing, truths being questioned and the perfect amount of drama, Adriana Locke successfully captures your heart. Having you invested in both the love story and the politics, she showcases a great collection of secondary characters. Giving extra spotlight to Lincoln Landry and Huxley Baker, Adriana Locke ensures that they serve their purpose, in showing the importance of family. As each character manages to capture a piece of your heart, Sway is the perfect cornerstone for this new series, You will laugh, you will smile and you will cry, but above all else you will want more.
“I want a chance to win you over,” he breathes, peering at me. The way his eyes search mine make it seem like time stands still. “Will you let me try?”
He forces a swallow and the look of hesitation, the internal fight he’s having, isn’t lost on me. It’s there, right beneath the surface, and when I add my concerns to the mix, it’s enough to make me balk. Just a bit.
“I’ll think about it,” I whisper, holding on to the little strand of courage I have left.
Instead of responding, I ask, “Where’d you get that scar over your right eye?” I reach out and press gently on the raised skin. I expect him to pull back, but he doesn’t.
My hand shakes as I touch his warmed skin. His forehead is silky and smooth. I’d like to run my hands over every inch of it, feel it ripple beneath my fingertips.
The corner of his lips twitch. “Lincoln hit me in the head with a baseball.”
“Bad reflexes on your part?”
“Wicked curveball on his,” he says, his face breaking out into a full smile.
“I thought he played center field?”
“He does. But he pitched some growing up.”
We stand inches apart, my hand gently brushing down the side of his face. Although I feel like he’d stand here all night and talk to me, it’s not possible.
“I really need to get back to work,” I say, trying to unlock my eyes from his.
“Dinner? This week?”
I can barely resist the look in his eye, the one that implores me to say yes. The one that makes me believe he really does want to have dinner and spend a few hours with me.
I need to get away, put some space between us while I can.
“We ran into each other tonight,” I shrug. “If we’re supposed to see each other again, then I guess we will.” I start to turn away before I completely buckle under his gaze.
“How am I supposed to get ahold of you? I don’t have your number,” he calls after me.
Heading up the steps to the Savannah Room, I glance at him over my shoulder. “You’re the Mayor. Figure it out.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today 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.