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.
“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.”
4 Star Review by Ashley
Once again Adriana Locke has rocked me happy. Sway, the first book in her Landry sibling series brings the humor, heat and heart in equal doses. I fell for both of the main characters from the first moment I met them and loved reading this one in dual POV. I loved getting both sides of the story and seeing the different reactions to the same situations.
Alison Baker. That woman had me rooting for her from page one. She is strong and as sassy as she is sensitive. She hides her frustrations and fears behind sarcasm. And for good reason too, she has been more than burned by the actions of others in her past. She has to look out for number one, her son Huxley. But all it took was once chance encounter with the sinfully sexy Barrett Landry to shake up the stability in her life. WOW oh wow Barrett- I don't even know where to start with him. Swoon isn't enough of a word for his yumminess. He is fiercely loyal to what and who he holds dear; namely his family. I loved his relationship with his siblings. It was realistic and had the teasing with love vibe to it that you can only get with family. But what I loved most about his was how taken aback he was by Alison.
There was no denying the chemistry between them. Even when Alison tried to Barrett was having none of it. Seeing how he went out of his way to show he listened and cared and making time for her amidst both of their hectic schedules made me fall for him even more. The sweet, quiet moments between them are what sealed the deal, though the big gestures didn't hurt. But when someone who I shall not name here puts everything Barrett has been building- both professionally and personally at risk, it is game on. The gloves came off and yet another side of Mr. Landry was revealed.
So much happened in the last quarter of this book that I had no idea what was going to happen. My head was spinning just as much as Alison and Barrett's. Kudos to Adriana Locke- I can honestly say that I didn't see the twist that changed it all coming and I can usually spot them coming. Sway made me laugh, sigh, swoon and smile. And that ending- le sigh- it was everything I was hoping for from page one but didn't know if I was going to get. It was a fantastic start of what is sure to be an amazing series. The siblings are all so different but they are family- they come together and take care of their own. I absolutely can not wait for more from this family and series.
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.
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