REVIEW: Tumble (Dogwood Lane, #1) by Adriana Locke

Title: Tumble
Series: Dogwood Lane
Author: Adriana Locke
Publication Date: 
February 26, 2019
Contemporary Romance
Pages: 279
Add It: Goodreads
Rating: 4 Stars!

From USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke comes a witty romance about first love and second chances.

After being burned by her dream job in New York City, sports journalist Neely Kimber suddenly finds herself jobless and paying a long-overdue visit to her hometown in Tennessee. Her plan? Relax, reset, and head back up the corporate ladder. There’s just one unexpected step. Neely’s back in Dogwood Lane for barely a day when she sees the man she ran from nine years ago: the bad boy next door who was her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak.

Devoted single dad Dane Madden knows he hurt Neely in the worst way. He’s got a lot to make up for. And as passionate as their reconnection is, it’s a lot to hope for. Having her back in his arms feels so right. But falling in love all over again with a woman who wants to live a world away is bound to go so wrong.

What’s it going to take for Neely to give him—and Dogwood Lane—just one more chance?


Adriana Locke has a knack for writing small town romances full of southern charm. Tumble is the first book in her Dogwood Lane series and I am already excited to see what else is in store for this series!

This is a book that is heart wrenching, yet so healing with that second chance romance in the air. Neely and Dane have a rich history that is colored with both painful and happy memories. They both made mistakes, but they are hoping that this time around they can do things the right way. This was a very nostalgic book about coming home and finding your peace in the world among people who care about you.

I loved the almost slow burn feel in this book because Neely and Dane didn’t rush into anything, which I really liked. They both took their time to figure out if they could truly make it work without resentment or the past getting in the way. Dane is the ultimate southern gentlemen who is sweet, protective, and willing to put Neely and Mia, his beautiful little girl, first in his life. Neely is an ambitious woman who is the woman every mother wants their son to bring home to meet her.

Together, they are a match made in heaven. They knew from a young age that they would be together forever, but sometimes life throws you curveballs that you don’t expect. I really felt these two needed those curveballs to become the people they were always meant to be.

I also really loved the other characters in the book and look forward to their stories.

Rating: 4 Stars!

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