Restraint by Adriana Locke

Posted August 3, 2020 in review Tags: ,

Restraint by Adriana LockeRestraint by Adriana Locke

Series: Mason Family #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Savannah, GA
Source: ARC, Publisher/PR
Also by this author: Wherever it Leads, Tumble, Tangle, Trouble

Blaire Gibson knows better than to have one-night stands.

She prides herself on her decision-making skills. It’s the one asset that has never let her down. But even the best thinkers have weaknesses.
Hers is a delicious business mogul with a quick tongue.
Unfortunately for her, that tongue is good for more than just talking.

Holt Mason doesn’t need to justify anything to anyone.

He wants Blaire. He pursues Blaire. And he gets Blaire because that’s how his life works.
Until it doesn’t.
What begins as a single night in a hotel room spirals into an unusual agreement. As late nights provide the space to trade secrets and walls come tumbling down, more is shared than just pillow talk.

They both should’ve known better. They should’ve shown restraint. Because when guards are dropped, hearts get shattered.

A one-night stand turns into something more in this heart-filled, steamy romance from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke.

Workaholics have a one night stand that leads to more? Restraint is that story! Of course it’s never just one night though.

Blaire is driven and focused on her job. Her life has been about restraint until she meets hottie Holt. Neither of them are looking to have an actual relationship because they are both far too busy for that mess. Now they just have to convince their feelings to get on board.

I liked Blaire. I love attorney heroines-they are whip smart and well spoken. She really loves what she does and doesn’t have a problem with lots of work. I also love that she is wary of the whole alpha male thing and expresses her fear that its toxic.

I see men like him every day. My office is full of them. That controlled, alpha vibe stops being attractive when you peel off the suit. They’re just like other men–overgrown children who want a woman to fight for them.

Preach sister!

Holt is dedicated to his job as well, but he puts some serious work into getting Blaire. I always love that in books. I love a man who pursues! However, even when he realizes he is falling for Blaire, she lives in a different state and he isn’t willing to leave his family business. Holt and Blaire aren’t sure how to make it work, but I love that they both agree to try!

Sweet and heat combine as is common in Locke’s books and Restraint fits the bill! While it wasn’t a perfect book for me, I enjoyed it! It’s fairly low angst and has great secondary characters to lighten things up! If you like more mature characters, fun family dynamics, and steamy times, Restraint is a perfect weekend read!


  •   POV: dual 1st
  •   Tears: no
  •   Trope: one night stand, billionaire
  •   Triggers: none
  •   Series/Standalone: stand alone (previous characters from others series are mentioned, but you don’t need to know their story to enjoy Restraint)
  •   Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
  •   HEA: View Spoiler »

Join the Club by Lani Lynn Vale, Dirty Charmer by Emma Chase, Baiting Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds…then you will probably like Restraint!





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