Book Review : Swink (Landry Family #5) by Adriana Locke

July 24, 2017

Title: Swink
Series: Landry Family #5
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: A Standalone Bad Boy/Good Girl Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2017

I’m that guy.

Camilla Landry rustles against me, the silky fabric of her overpriced lingerie slipping along my bruised rib. The porcelain perfection of her skin is even more innocent against the colorful ink dotting my own. It’s demure meets damage, pampered meets punctured.

So, yeah, it’s obvious I’m that guy. Dominic Hughes. Her attempt at rebellion. Her bid to see what the other side of the tracks feel like. I’m okay with being used because, from where I’m sitting, the other side of the tracks have never looked so good. 

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There's a reason why I have always rooted Adriana Lockes writing. There's a reason why even after several re-reads, I keep on coming back for more of her works re-reading over and over. And there's a reason why I am so thrilled with her every release. This reason just summed up Swink. This book had me nuts for waiting a long time that when i had it finally, I could not put it down. Man, Adriana's words just felt so real with this last installment of Landry Series and I am so in awe how every time she had a book release, she slayed it. She always hit perfection and that went straight to my heart. Swink is not just your ordinary last book of a series, it's not just merely about poor hot alpha man meets rich goody two shoes woman, hell - it's not just even your Adriana fix because you're so hell bent on looking forward to her new release. Swink is the heart of this series. It doesn't just focus on Cam and Dom but wrapped up everything and portrayed what this series is all about. As I said... HEART!

Dom and Cam's journey have been my obsession ever since there were hints on their relationship from the previous books on this series. I was not just thrilled to get my hands on it but it became my addiction the moment I started reading it. Be still my beating heart but this book owned me. I love it to bits if pieces. The charcaters - it was INSTA LOVE! I had a connection immediately as if I was one of them or just maybe I am a friend. I can feel the realness deep in my bones and I appreciate how Addy has written it in a way that it feels unique and different from her other characters. For a while, I was scared. Scared that it wont top or even make a difference considering I was rooting for those Landry men. But no, this book was equally written like the others. But if I may tell you, this one is much more special to me. In fact, it's my favoritye Landry series. It feels more than just alive. Emotions were seeping through the pages and what the characters have been through just felt genuine. Honestly, the story was simple. Poor fighter man, rich woman, A famous family and all the in-betweens but what makes it unique is how the story was written. Once I started reading it, I forgot the simplicity of the book. Instead I was looking forward on how Addy will write it that it will make a difference. 

And yes, she did it. Heart -- it's always the heart and I am in awe of Addy on how she managed to put into writing a story that will not just exude simplicity but above all write it excellently and uniquely as possible. Cam and Dom's relationship felt doomed right from the very start. A lot of factors affecting what could have been a great relationship from the very beginning and not just booty calls that felt real in hiding for 10 months. I felt Dom's hesitation and I pained for him. I was hurt because I can feel it. I understand where his coming from but I was touched on how he fought over his feeling to not mess up whatever they have and would love to have. I love his guts and even with what he experienced and living with his whole life, his sincerity coupled with alpha male hotness and concern was killing me. I rooted for him. That's why I was so glad that he was paired up with Cam. This woman was just his perfect fit and she's a true definition of what a woman should be. Her optimism and her drive to stand for what she believed in and her fierce nature to fight for the one she love made me love her even more. For Doma and Cam, Yes, "It's demure meets damaged, pampered meets punctured." 

But who cares when you're what makes you both happy? It's true, "The support. The shoulder. The ear that listens. That's where the love and respect and true collaboration lie. Not anything else." So, fuck if you're not fit to somebody eles's word. Fuck monetary issues. Fuck pasts that wasn't even a problem anymore. Because really, People are perfect each other for different reasons. It's one person's weakness supplemented by the other's strenghts and vice versa. 

Overall, I will highly recommend this book. It's a good story of love's journey perfectly imperfectly crafted. Dom and Cam's story was the highlight of my day. I laughed and cried but more than that I fell in love BIG TIME.

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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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