Trouble (Dogwood Lane #3) by Adriana Locke

by Adriana Locke

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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?

Been there, done that

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Adriana Locke is the USA Today bestselling author of the Gibson Boys series and Tumble and Tangle in the Dogwood Lane series. She lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana created her own. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, two dogs, two cats, and a bird. 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. Besides cinnamon gummy bears, boxing, and random quotes, her next favorite thing is chatting with readers. She’d love to hear from you! Find out more at

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Here comes trouble ⭐️

I’ve been waiting to read Penn’s story since July, last year!!! I was elated last night when I got an arc of the most anticipated novel of the year (sharing the #1 position with Angry God) for me. I didn’t even care it was already 1am and i knew i wasn’t going to sleep.

First of all, where’s Grace? 🤔 After Tangle I was sure Penn and Grace were destined to be together. Don’t get me wrong, Avery is awesome (yes, I know people don’t use this word anymore 😋). After knowing the whole story, I truly understand why it was Avery, not Grace. So don’t panic like I did. 😄

So, Penn Etling and Avery Perry. We’ve known Penn ever since Tumble was published. He was in both previous books in the series and there’s absolutely no way anyone could not fall for this guy!

“That’s okay. I’m used to women falling for me.”

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, imagine Penn as the fun “boy-next-door”, full of mischief, very good looking and with a predisposition to use innuendo as an actual language.”. He made me laugh almost with everything that came out of his mouth.

Avery is an artist and a hairdresser. She’s been living in LA all her life, with her famous mother and having fake, shallow friends, a douche of a boyfriend and a family interested in being in the spotlight more than actually being a family. So she had enough and moved with her aunt in a small Tennessee town, where I would definitely move too, btw. Plus, she refused to engage in another relationship that had an expiration date set from the start. She wanted so much more and was not willing to compromise.

Penn and Avery actually met before, ten years ago. They shared a night none of them could forget. Now, she recognized him immediately, but he didn’t. He felt the connection, felt like he knew her, but it was the pure unadulterated lust that drew him to her.

It was hilarious seeing the playboy used to his harem being turned down so many times by Avery. Don’t imagine the worst about him, please. Maybe I should rephrase this or you could simply read his story and decide for yourself.

”You’re talking about monogamy, aren’t you?”
“I’m allergic.”

Actually, he’s not! He has a baggage we all carry, big walls protecting his heart and soul and really believes he’s not good enough to have a family and nobody would love him long term.

They start off as friends, but having that sizzling chemistry and attraction floating around them, you can be sure their relationship will progress at some point. Maybe a slower pace than i would have liked, but I actually admired Avery for her strength to resist him. I know I couldn’t.

Their witty banter, his innuendoes, the self discovery on both parts and the actual falling in love are what make this story simply amazing and not to be missed.

“You know, most guys that talk that much about their tape measure are trying to distract you from the fact that they can’t use it. It’s just another tool they play with”.

I don’t have enough words to describe how wonderful this novel is! Actually, there hasn’t been any from this author that I didn’t love. Adriana Locke, please never stop writing! You make my heart sing with every story you put out there and I would happily have many more sleepless nights just enjoying your works. ❤️

Trouble is the third book in the Dogwood Lane series. It can be read as a standalone, but trust me, you’re missing out big time if you’re not picking Tangle and Tumble too.
Trouble will be released on February, 4th, so go ahead and preorder it or mark your calendars. I will for sure be available of Kindle Unlimited!😉