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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2020 Adriana Locke (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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oh, Penn...

Penn and Avery's story was always going to be entertaining.
That's just Penn in a nutshell - funny, quick-witted, continuous innuendo, a good time.

Avery, however, was a tough nut for him to crack.
After having her life be so public, feeling like people have used her to get a foot up in her L.A. world, she is looking for a real connection.
NOT a playboy, which Penn's charm and playfulness allude to.

Deciding to be friends, they become closer. So, we are granted the pleasure of seeing all the different layers that help make up Penn.
While Penn is uncertain of his value, he knows he has a good thing with Avery. But, he is his own worst enemy.

I loved the banter, the playfulness throughout this book. The way this group of friends teases each other is just so much fun.
I was a little disappointed that the narrators were different, but they did a good job.

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Roll with it and win.

A return back to Dogwood where Pen doesn’t know what hit him. Avery came to Dogwood Lake to live with her Aunt to escape LA and found Pen. This story has it all fun characters, great interactions, heart and strong sexual energy.

This is a book in an interconnecting series, so no prior reading is needed. If you have read the other books. You already know about Pen but in this book you get another side of him and really get to know him.

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Penn Owns My Heart

Hands down this is my favorite book of the Dogwood Lane series and maybe of all of Adriana Locke's books. I love beautifully broken characters and both Avery and Penn have been broken by their upbringing and families. While Penn has always been the one-night stand kind of guy, what he finds in Avery-a girl who helped him on his darkest night in the past-is more than he is prepared to accept.
He sees himself as unworthy and unlovable but Avery sees the man beneath, as do all his friends and neighbors.
Avery has secrets of her own, but refusing to divulge she's been in Penn's life before causes a great deal of turmoil in their lives. As a couple they are explosive and happy, apart they are both miserable, so Ms. Locke does what she does best: mend the characters and their hearts and giving them their HEA.
I listened to this amazing story and was totally pulled into the story by Laura West and Rock Engle, who may very well be my new favorite narrator. His rumbling voice and smooth Southern edge gave Penn just the right characterization. Ms. West was equally enjoyable as Avery. I hope to listen to more from this duo, together or separately.

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I love Penn!

Penn Etling. Man, where have you been my whole life?

Dogwood Lane, apparently. Out there living his own life, refusing to believe he could fall in love, yet subconsciously holding on to the memories of a girl from long ago.

Penn broke my heart while simultaneously making me fall in love with him. His humor, his heart, his...ability to love and care for others (not where you thought I'd take that, now was it?!).

Because he does have a huge heart on him. He'd give you the shirt off his back. He'd fix your steps without you asking.

Because he's that kind of guy.

You want this story.
No one does small town romance like Adriana Locke.

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Small town romance

I love the hometown feel of Adriana Lockes Dogwood Lane books. The small town comfort of everyone knowing each other & the casual banter between close friends is fun. Although I liked Penn as the fun friend in previous books, I had some trouble connecting to him as the romantic lead. I guess I’ve known too many man/child Romeo’s to see his appeal, but that’s just me. On a whole it was a good book from an entertaining series. Narration a little too heavy on the southern charm.

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Bored to tears

Seven chapters in, absolutely nothing has happened, nor hint of anything pending, I’m done. The dialogue is dry, narration sounds congested (recommend Sudafed), repetitive ruminating not only irritating but serves to stall progression. The h perpetually vacillating on what she wants from life, groan worthy.

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Awesome story

The female narrator swallows or something. It gets irritating.

The rest is brilliant, but if you have misophonia -avoid.

I laughed out loud at Penn’s antics. A nice mixture of deep and funny❤️

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I Liked This...A Lot!

Having enjoyed the first two books about Dogwood Lane, I knew Penn's book was going to be great fun. Yep, he delivered in style. Penn is absolutely trouble on two legs...attached to a smokin' hot bod and charming smile. Avery is a fun, flirty, and still whip-smart character who knows not to tangle with this man. But. Hormones.

Together Penn, Avery, and the rest of the friends from Dogwood Lane create a mostly light-hearted, completely delightful story. It was just what I needed. BTW, if you're new to this series, no problem. This can easily be read as a stand-alone, although all of the stories are well worth your time.

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loved it

I really enjoyed reading this book. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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Loved the story not so much the narration

I really enjoyed this story and would have loved it so much more if it hadn't been the narration. Penn is awesome but the narrator for him just didn't fit him. The book itself definitely gets a 5 star rating.

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  • Kelly Farrand
  • 03-19-20

OK

this would of been so much better if they kept to the same narrator's as previously because these narrators ruined it totally they made then sound stupid with the slow southern drawl omg I've never heard anything so annoying I sent the book back as they ruined Penn for me!

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  • Jade B
  • 05-06-20

Trouble

This book is funny, and sweet and all the things a good romance book should be. I really enjoyed it!