Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 12 Mar 2019

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5 Getting that Second Chance Stars!!!

There's nothing I love more than a new world created by one of my favorite authors and Ms. Locke has brought us to Dogwood Lane with this first book in this new series and it's the quintessential small town where everyone knows everyone and their business.

Dane and Neely were together ten years ago and Dane being the man that wants the best for his girl literally breaks her heart by pushing her away because he thought it was what's best for her....yeah not so much. Fast forward those ten years, Neely is back and their overwhelming chemistry is still firing on all levels. The only difference this time is that Neely is only back in town for a short time and Dane now has a sweet little girl Mia that he wants to protect on all levels from getting hurt.

This book is so well written. The characters are lively and charming with a few quirks and Dogwood Lane is a town I'd love to live in. There's an overall caring for everyone by everyone. Even though Dane knows he's risking getting hurt he just can't stay away from the only woman he's ever truly loved. Neely isn't sure what to do with her feelings for this man either. She still loves him but can't risk her heart again.

There isn't one thing about this story I didn't love. Ms. Locke has completely captivated me with her writing once again. I fell in love with our H/h, Mia and all the other secondary characters. This one is a perfectly charming story that I was sorry to see come to an end when I turned that last page. I can't wait to visit Dogwood Lane again!!
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4 stars 

Tumble by Adriana Locke drew me in from the first page and held my interest until the end. 

The writing is beautifully done, the plot well paced and the storyline brought out all the feels.
I enjoyed watching Neely and Dane reconnect and forgive past mistakes and open their hearts to each other. 

Overall, Tumble is a good start to The Dogwood Lane series and I highly recommend it.

*Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for the ARC.*
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This is a second chance story that is fun and interesting. Neely Kimber decides to quit her job in NYC after she found out that the concept she had created and worked on was being handed to someone else when she should have been the one given the job. Neely hasn't been home to Dogwood Lane for the last 10 years after she found out that she was betrayed by the person that loved her. 

Dane Madden was the love of Neely's life until her betrayed her. Dane is now a single dad who adores his little girl and would do anything for her. When Neely first met Dane's daughter, she didn't know she was is so it was a shock to find out that information. While Neely tries to figure out what to do next in her professional life, she decides to help out at the gymnast place that she took lessons at when she was young. Dane and Neely are constantly thrown together so they finally talk about what happened in the past. Their love and attraction is still there but neither one wants to take the risk of getting hurt again but love prevails and they restart their romance, even it is short term since Neely is determine to go back to her life in NYC. But as Neely gets into the routine of life in Dogwood Lane, she starts to realize that what she had wanted in her professional life maybe isn't what she really wants in life. When an opportunity comes for Neely to return to NYC to the job that should have been hers, she must decide how to deal with her love for Dane and his daughter and her professional goals.
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Tumble is a swoon-worthy small town second chance romance with so much heart! It's utterly human and plausible with the the perfect timing of a great romance novel. It quickly became one of those books that I stayed up way too late to finish reading! And that's saying something, especially for this type of story: I usually shy away from single-parent romances, but Adriana as the author convinced me to give this one a shot, and I'm so glad I did.

Neely and Dane's chemistry jumps of the pages, and the emotion runs deep, too. Things aren't immediately and easily fixed--instead, both have to work to process their feelings and figure out where things truly stand. Neely's sports writing backstory gives awesome depth to her character, and I loved getting to know a bit about her professional life as well as her personal one.

A pet peeve of mine is when authors try to mix too much religion into romance, and Tumble's got a noticeable amount of prayer references... but they honestly work. They're well-timed and add a spiritual level to the characters that makes sense, especially for the small town setting, without being awkwardly woven into the romance parts.

Overall, I highly recommend Tumble, and I plan to continue the Dogwood Lane series of interconnected standalones.
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I love a good second chance romance. Throw in a single dad and swoon! 

This was a sweet and fun start to a new series from Adriana Locke. Dane messed up years ago and now Neely is back in town for a visit after quitting her job in NYC. But can she forgive him for past mistakes and move forward or should she continue on with her life in NYC and leave Dane in the past? 

I loved that Dane's daughter was a gymnast and Neely had roots at the gym too. Growing up in the gym I could connect to this part. Also, really enjoyed Dane's grand gesture :) 

I wasn't a huge fan of their reason for breaking up years ago and wished Dane was a little more apologetic for it all. But all in all a good read and I'm looking forward to book 2!
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I'm a fan of small town romances and I really loved this one. Heroine came back into town after she lost her dream job, only to find a man she never forgot right in front of her not only a day after she came home.

I liked the side characters in this story: friends Penn and Matt, Claire, Grace etc. I love how connected they were to each other, how they made fun of each other, and even though Neely was gone for nine years, it was like she never left once they got together. Penn was by far my favourite side character.

I adored little Mia, she got along great with Neely. She was so fun and adorable!

As for Dane, damn. The chemistry between them was scorching hot!

My first book by this author and definitely not the last. It's how the readers would say - unputdownable!

5 stars.

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Great story and great characters. I found myself giggling and swooning the whole time! Amazing first read by this author!
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New series. New characters. New town. Tumble is a second chance romance with a single dad that regrets many things about his past and what he did to cause heartbreak for himself, but one thing Dane doesn’t regret his daughter. We meet him as a single dad running into the one that got away. Neely is returning home after years of being gone, dealing with the aftermath of leaving a job that disappointed her. Going home also means confronting her past. 

Neely isn’t prepared for their meeting any more than she’s prepared for how he still affects her. Dane too is rocked by seeing Neely, but he isn’t ready to give up a second chance at the girl he never forgot. But can two people who experienced such heartache once, find happiness in the now?

Painted in the backdrop of a small Tennessee town, Tumble is full of heart, laughter and all the things you want in a happy ever after! There is angst and laughter and passion. Good friends, sweet daughters and mommas that bake pie. There is also a fight to find and acknowledge what really makes us happy. 4.5 stars
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Tumble is a small town, second chance romance with a single parent story-line. 

After quitting her job in the big city, Neely comes home to the Tennessee town she grew up in. She hasn’t been back since she left for college, and a bit part of that is her ex-boyfriend, Dane. She loved Dane, and Dane loved her, but he broke it off with her when she went to college. Though she’s moved on in many ways, her heart has never been the same. And seeing Dane again, she’s not sure if it ever will be again.

Dane regrets a lot about his life. His biggest regret will always be letting go of Neely. He’s got a great job, and a daughter her wouldn’t trade for anything, but something has always been missing for him. Or someone. When Neely comes back to town, Dane is sure he doesn’t have a shot. But maybe, just maybe, a second chance is in order for the both of them. 

There was a lot about this story I really loved, a part of the story-line I wasn’t crazy about, but overall, I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading more in this series! I’m hoping either Dane’s brother or best friend are next!
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A second chance romance that definitely has it share of angst. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect with Tumble. I’ve found that I’ve always enjoyed the books I’ve read by Adriana Locke. She seems to do the small town romances so well and her characters always seem to draw me in.

Tumble is no exception. The beginning had me intrigued as it’s clear that Dane and Neely have a past. There’s a ton of hurt surrounding that past and I was so curious as to what could have possibly happened to drive these two apart. 

Let me tell you it’s a doozy. And my heart just about dropped when it’s revealed. I’m still not even sure how I feel about it, if I’m being honest. The hurt is raw and rough and it lingers even with me. 

That being said I wasn’t sure if I would be ok with these two moving forward. I’m all for second chances, but this one had me definitely teetering on the edge and whether or not I wanted these two together or not.

I mean we all make stupid mistakes when we are young. I will say that I do love the characters in this. It’s a small town romance that gives those giddy feelings that I love when I’m reading. 

Throw in Mia, Danes daughter who just stole my heart and I was sold. I’m looking forward to the next book.
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Love this book. The characters are fun and loveable. This is a second chance romance that was endearing. Cute story without too much heartache. Can’t wait to read about the other characters.
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I liked this story very much. It's a second chance romance story but with enough angst, funny moments, drama, doubts, passion, great secondary characters and hot as hell chemistry between Dane and Neely to make this story an incredible read! I also loved Dane's little girl, she made this story awesome too! This is a great start to the new series, "Dogwood Lane" and I can't wait for the next story ;)
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I liked this book. I thought the reason for them staying apart so long was kinda just thrown out there so while I wasn't expecting it, it seemed like it came out of nowhere. Overall, I did like the premise of this book and I was looking for one with low drama and felt once the main characters started communicating, the rest of the novel was pretty straightforward.
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I love Adriana Locke!!!! Like I mean I love everything this woman writes. Tumble was absolutely no exception. I absolutely loved Neely and Dane. The story was great, I flew through this one honestly!!! Great development the story didnt feel rushed at all. I love this world and can't wait to read more from it! Top notch work!!!
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Looking for a small town second-chance romance with lots of laughs and plenty of feels? Then this is the book you’re looking for!

Aside from Graham (Switch), Dane is right up there as my favorite Adriana Locke hero. This man… He’s amazing, but he’s not perfect. He’s made his mistakes but he owns them. He’s a stand-up guy dripping with charm and oozing sex appeal, but he’s still down to earth, a simple guy trying to do right by his daughter.

Neely is...complicated. She's stuck on the past and her anger often leads her astray. But that doesn't make her a bad person, it makes her human. And to see her true personality come through as the story goes on is beautiful. She’s funny and sweet, sassy and extremely stubborn.

I love the back and forth from these characters. You can feel the history, the chemistry, and the hurt that binds Dane and Neely. It bleeds from the pages. And with a supporting cast like this one, you never find yourself short of laughter or a smile, which makes this a perfectly balanced book. I have so much love for this story. AL always packs in plenty of feels to her stories and Tumble is no exception. This one gets all the stars from me.
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Dane and Neely's story was really a heartfelt small town romance. These two get a second chance at a love that they lost years before when Neely comes home for a few days. Things are the same yet different. These two get to know each other again and realize they still love each other.

This town has great characters that we have come to expect from Ms. Locke. The characters are well written and a close knit family group. I loved getting to know each of the characters and can't wait to get all of the different stories from this group. It was a great second chance romance. Of course Dane's daughter, Mia, stole the show. Well written and a great read.
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On the whole I Enjoyed this book it is a sweet small town second chance  romance.  The story is quite predictable but It’s one of those books that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling with a HEA if you don’t read too much into the characters 

On the negative I’m not sold on the character of Dane.  I think he often comes across as quite selfish and expects quite a lot from Neely considering the timeframe of this book is only a few weeks.   

I like the character of Neely but I don’t think I would become as forgiving as she is.  Seems like every other character in the book expects her to instantly forgive Dale which is unfair considering what he did.  This does make her come across as quite weak.    I would have liked to have seen her still keep her career alive in some way as it seems she is the one who has had to give up everything.

On the positive I would read another book in the series as some of the other characters were fun.
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***4 "Erect!!!" stars (Bahahaha!!!)***

What do you have to give up to get what you want?"

This was my first book by Adriana Locke, even though a have a couple books of hers in my TBR list, and it was a lovely reading...
It was a second chance story, with a heroine that in a point in her life, she lost herself and the things that actually meant something and a single dad who had made several mistakes in his life, but by THE result, he couldn't regret them!!!!
This was a wonderful story about a girl and a boy who sacrificed their love for the wrong reasons, but when you are young, it's inevitable to not make these kind of mistakes, even though they could change your future!!!

“Life isn’t fair. If it was…” He looks around the porch before coming back to me. “If it was fair, you and I would’ve ended up together.” 

Well, Neely returned in her hometone, at Dogwood Lane, Teneessee, after ten years of absence, because she quit her job and she was seeking something else to ease her mind...
But her idea to return back home, maybe is not so good after all, since in there, they are people who made her run away from... and specificaly, there is Dane.
Her first love, her first heartbreak.... Someone who never forgot and who can't never forgive...

"It's the second time he's burned me. It'll be the last."

Dane had his own problems... When he let Neely leave, he made some mistakes that he couldn't take back... But he never truly forgot her.... 
Now, he is working very hard and he has another one person to take care... And when Neely is coming back in town, after all this time away, he can't seem to stay away from her, even though she is still angry with him and even though, he can't afford to let her in his life...

“I broke her heart. I broke her heart in the worst way I could, and the fact she didn’t tell me to fuck right off is more than I really deserve. It’s more than I would’ve given me.”

So, what will happen with those two???
Will Neely forgive and give Dane a chance???
Will Dane take the chance to let her in, when he already know that she is with one foot out of the door???
Neely didn't plan to stay long... Just a couple of weeks, until she could find another job... 
After all, her job is her dream, or not???

“I had just about forgotten you.”
“I had forgotten you.”
“You hadn’t forgotten about me,” he says. “If you had, you wouldn’t be reacting like this.”
“Like what?”
“Like you know just how good it is between us.”
“It was good between us,” I admit. “Was being the key term.”
“I have a feeling it would be even better these days.”

Well, this was a wonderful story and near to the end, it became too much emotional... My heart was aching for everyone...
Neely was a stong and independent woman... Her heart was broken because of Dane, and i have to admit that she was a little bit cruel to him, some times, but i can give her justice!!!! 
She had always big dreams and Dane let her go because of that, but he made that damn mistake and their chances together had vanished...
I think that Neely after heartbreak, she really forgot how it was in Dogwood Lane and that trip made her reevaluate everything in her life... And if she could add Dane and Mia in the equation, they were too many things that she could abandon when she would return back in the city... So what will she choose???

"I've wanted this my entire life, Dane. How am I supposed to not take a chance of a lifetime?"
"This," he says, motioning between us, "was what I've wanted my entire life. This was my chance of a lifetime."
"Don't say that."
"You have your truth. I have mine."

"You have waited your whole life for this... But which moment do you mean?"

I really liked Dane... He was doing his best with his child. He was a wonderful parent...
Neely was his dream, as long as he was remembering his self... But she was unreachable!!!! 
And then, she came back, and hope flooded him, but will she abandon everything and choose him??? Will be for the best to let her in his life and mess up not only his life, but Mia's???

"The only thing i can't get around is my Achilles' heel. The chink in my armor. The one thing that screws me all up every time: Neely."

“Despite everything my heart is telling me to do, I don’t have a choice with Neely. I have to let her go.”

Before i close my review, i would like to talk to you about some other persons...
I loved Mia. She was adorable!!!! And a very clever girl!!!
I liked all Neely's friends... Especially crazy Penn and Matt... Claire and Grace...
I liked Hailey and her romantic side!!!
I loved Neely's mom so much!!!! And Dane's dad!!!
As you can see, there were very loveable people in here, except the main couple...
And of course, I'm praying for the next books to be about Hailey, Penn, Matt, Claire... Adriana make good matches, please!!! Bahahaha....

“She’s not moving in, but she did turn down a job offer,” I say with a hint of smugness.
“Yes!” Haley fist pumps. “I’m so invested in this.”
Claire shakes her head. “This is the way things should be. Neely back home, living with you. Pregnant, but I’ll give you some time on that.”
“Gee, thanks,” I croak.” 

"I know you love her. Heck, I do too... But she's not really our family..."
But she is our family," Mia insists. "I feel it in my heart."

***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
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I’m a sucker for single dad books and Adriana Locke didn’t disappoint here. Tumble is a super cute, second chance novel that brings out all the feels. The way Dane interacts with his daughter seriously made me melt. Their bond was absolutely adorable. The connection that Dane and Neely share is deep. Nothing, not even the trouble from their past, could douse the fire between them. I wanted to shake some sense into Neely. I mean obviously she was still hurt over the way things ended in the beginning but I felt like Dane was nothing but sincere in regards to his feelings for her. I’m glad she was able to see past all of her hurt in the end to go after what she truly wanted in life.
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I don't think I can properly review a book where we get to have a man like Dane as the hero. First of all the "we were on a break" excuse is not a good one. Even when you are on a break you don't have sex with another woman if you love the person you are on break with. And the other woman is Neely's best friend. Couldn't he at least have done it with another preferably random woman? He wanted to shove Neely out of his life, but did he had to do it in that way? And the worst of all things is that he got the best friend pregnant and his now expecting Neely to be a mother to that child. Are you serious dude? Neely should have found another man who would appreciate her and not throw idiotic excuses to her. I would touch that man with a 10 feet pole no matter how many years had past. This was not a book for me. 

The book had some good qualities and that's why I will give a chance to the series and read book #2.
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