Monday, February 15, 2016

REVIEW/RELEASE BLITZ: Wherever It Leads by Adriana Locke

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Smooth. Sexy. Irresistible.

Those qualities equal only one thing.

Big. Freaking. Trouble. 

Brynne Calloway knows that anything that seems too good to be true usually is. Fenton Abbott and his cashmere voice, Adonis body, and a magnetism like no other clearly falls into that category. But what’s life without a little risk?

It was supposed to be a rebound, an uncomplicated escape from reality. But nothing ever goes as planned. Fenton turns out to be so much more … in ways Brynne never sees coming.
~Book Review~
3.5 Stars

Losing her cell phone is just one more headache in a string of disasters for Brynne Calloway, 24.  That is until good looking Fenton Abbott, 29, finds it in the produce section.  The story pulled me in right off the bat—I felt some initial chemistry and their dialogue was interesting—I had hopes for an engaging romance.
“‘I’d have to say I’m partial to alpha males that make me laugh. And confidence and intelligence are always, always hot.’” -Brynne
“‘I’m four for four.’” -Fenton
But then their first date takes a high speed turn. (As in any kind of steady build goes off like a rocket.) So it’s seems that Fenton is a busy businessman, taking calls during their dinner and ending it abruptly.  A little strange but it’s fleshed out as the story progresses so I would have probably gotten over that in the long run.  But his pushy proposition to Brynne—to accompany him on a business trip where he’ll spend most of the time working and she’ll have to entertain herself except when he’s not working and then he wants her full attention, sex, and to dictate her wardrobe—didn’t exactly sit well with me. Mind you, she’s just met him earlier that day! The whole set up screamed ‘bad idea’ instead of ‘romantic.’  I enjoy a confident hero but Fenton comes off extremely cocky in certain parts, not to mention possessive for a guy that’s not interested in commitment.

Brynne, meanwhile, well she’s not looking for love either. Fenton is supposed to be her rebound guy and at times she holds her own with him, but then other times I felt like she still left the men in her life pull her strings.

It’s mainly told via Brynne’s first person point of view with select sections told by Fenton.  There is a mystery aspect to this story that while transparent after a certain point, did make for an interesting side story/background story.

I had a few picky beefs—the many times his voice is described as cashmere—we get it already; and the lack of discussion or use of condoms for two basically strangers who are only engaging in a fling.

For the most part, I enjoyed the resolution, and felt the story picked up a bit towards the end. I liked the thought provoking discussions/definitions of love throughout the plot. Personally I think if Fenton would have been toned down a bit in the beginning and there’d been a little more build up before he suggested her going away with him, I could have gotten into their romance so much more.  If that type of thing doesn’t bother you though, then you’ll probably enjoy the story to its fullest. Wherever It Leads is a standalone. 


The plane begins its ascent, the engines roaring to life. Fenton whips out a file from his briefcase and gives it a once-over. Again, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do and it's killing me. 

I pull my Kindle out of my bag and try to become invested in a second-chance romance about a rock star, but it's nearly impossible sitting next to him. Each time I become engrossed in the words, he moves and my senses are assaulted by his proximity. The third time this happens, I search the ebook for 'cock' and start reading a sex scene. I need some form of undoing and if that has to be done via fictional character, so be it. 

The heroine is taking the hero into her mouth when a low rumble radiates beside me. Startled, I look up and see Fenton smirking. 

"What?" I push the power button on my e-reader and place it on my lap. I realize the jet has leveled off and it's quiet in the cabin. "What are you looking at me like that for?" 

"Just wondering what you're reading." 


"Because," he says, his eyes darkening, "your entire posture changed. Your lips parted, your breathing became labored. I'm intrigued." 

"I don't think you'd be interested in this." 

"Trust me—if it gets that kind of reaction out of you, I'm definitely interested." 

Dragging in a lungful of air, I remember Presley's pep talk and decide I have nothing to lose. 

I switch on the tablet and find the page. "She drew his cock into her mouth, stroking his shaft as she licked a pool of semen from the tip." I glance over my shoulder and his eyes are wide. I wink. "A growl escaped his throat as she stroked his velvety length, running her tongue—"

"Enough." He snatches the Kindle from my grasp and places it on his briefcase. "Fucking hell, Brynne. Do you want fucked right here?"

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. 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.

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