Review: Tumble (Dogwood Lane Book 1) by Adriana Locke

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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?

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

I loved this book.  Neely was home after quitting her job.  She hasn’t been back in ten years.  As the reason is revealed, I can completely understand.  Nothing like a totally shattered heart.  I liked Neely’s character. She is a strong and smart character.  She is completely conflicted about what she thinks she needs, Dane or her career.
The story centers around what happened and what Neely thinks is her path.  The ending is predictable, but I liked how it developed.  Dane’s actions were sigh-worthy.
Neely was a great person as she accepted that little girl with love and understanding.  She enters pretty flawlessly into the girl’s heart.  The struggle is realistic and understandable.  Neely is worried she will regret the decision she has to make.  It is a difficult choice.

The author really shows how the two characters care and what they have to do to come together again. Both characters are good people placed in bad situations and making tough decisions.  It was a great read.  I loved it.  I give it a 5 out of 5.

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