Series: Dogwood Lane #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Dogwood, TN
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Tumble, Tangle
Also by this author: Wherever it Leads, Tumble, Tangle, Restraint
She wants something real. He wants something now. Together they’re trouble in USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke’s sexy and funny twice-in-a-lifetime love story.
With his shameless grin and let’s-play swagger, carpenter Penn Etling leaves women wanting in Dogwood Lane. What do they get? Avery Perry knows: a one-night stand. She’s been there. She remembers every hot pulse as if it were yesterday. But Penn? He doesn’t remember a thing. Now he’s making new moves, and Avery’s not falling for trouble…again. Is she?
How could the beautiful stranger resist him? Avery is going to be a challenge for the bad boy. She’s the kind of woman who digs deep—deep enough to see there’s more to Penn than meets the eye. But first she has to give him a chance. She has to say yes. Could she also be the woman to make him change his playboy ways?
When these two come together, it’s hard to pull them apart. But with love and trust on the line, can Avery and Penn get what they both want? This time for keeps?
Trouble by Adriana Locke is a twist on a second chance romance. Not gonna lie-the beginning of the story had me cringing in uncomfortable-ness. Penn is such a man whore he doesn’t even remember sleeping with Avery. He hits on her during their “first” meeting and it was so over the top I was a little uncomfortable. Like, if a guy acted that way in real life, I would be creeped out because it was nothing but innuendo and double entendre.
Penn is a little difficult to like. He really just seems to think that life is one big party and monogamy is a bad word. However, you do see that when no one is watching, he isn’t always THAT guy. Avery is much more relatable as a character. She is running from her problems back in Hollywood. I think that Avery was a little like Penn when she was living in LA but she has realized that life doesn’t work for her. And I felt so much sympathy for her when she realized Penn didn’t even recognize her.
Obviously, Penn is trouble, but this is a romance, so even the bad boys can be brought to their knees by the right woman. While I found Penn kind of cringeworthy at times, the story is interesting and its a unique twist on a second chance story. Plus, if you haven’t met the townsfolk of Dogwood, you are in for a treat! They are perfect secondary characters that provide lots of entertainment.
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: second chance
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone (within an interconnected series)
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