Excerpt + Book Review : Lucky Number Eleven by Adriana Locke

September 8, 2017

Lucky  Number Eleven

A standalone best friend’s little sister romance by USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Sports Romance
Cover Designer: Kari March Designs - www.karimarch.com
Release Date: September 7th, enrolled in Kindle Unlimited

Series: Complete STANDALONE


People say not to believe the things you read in magazines, but you know what? Most things you’ve heard about me are probably true.

I totally banged the reporter in the locker room after the championship game last year.

Those pictures in Expose from last summer? Those were not modified.

I’m also not really six-foot tall. (But let’s keep that between us.)

Now, I know you’re wondering about that last Expose headline—the one about me and my teammate (and ex-best friend) Finn Miller’s sister, Layla James. That one is a little more complicated.

Here’s the thing: I’ve played football my whole life. If there’s one thing I know, it’s how to adjust when the game changes. And if there’s one thing I always do, it’s find a way to win.

Granted, the stakes are higher. The playbook has changed. There’s more on the line than (another) MVP title. But guess what hasn’t changed? Me. I’m still Branch “Lucky” Best and I’m not about to fumble this one.
Grab a seat and a subscription to Expose. I’m about to make some headlines. (Again.)

A sexy, swoon-filled standalone novel.

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“Everything in life is on some unseen, coordinated timing mechanism. Think about it. Everything is circling, staying in perfect harmony every day despite what humankind wants or needs or thinks. The Earth circles the Sun, the Moon circles the Earth, even our heartbeats are timed."

As always, Adriana Locke managed to make my reading moment just perfect with this sweet, sexy, flirty and feels good story of Branch and Layla. All the goodness seeped through the pages of this book that I had no difficulty of connecting to the story and of course with the characters. First few pages and I know I will be in for a great treat and I wasn't wrong! I finished this book in one sitting and even now I am still on a high because of Branch. Yup, you read it right! I am  #Branched!!!!

Lucky Number 11 is part of Expose Collection of Romances but you can read it as a standalone. Following the story of Branch Best and Layla James Miller, this book will not just ruin the bromance but ruined what was left of my ovary. Gahd! That cover!!! I may have drooled way overly because of it because who wouldn't with that abs? But more than that, I loved how Addy portrayed Branch and Layla. It wasn't forced instead, a flawless delivery of their characters that in the end just made their chemistry strong and off the charts.  It felt like they're just made for each other. Their easy going and witty banters together with their flirty inuendos put a smile on my face. I love reading it because it connected with me. Add up the heated scenes and I was, "This is just sooooo good, I don't want it to end." I felt that the moment I started reading the book and it never waned until I finished it. There might be some push and pull that made me want to punch throat the characters, but I could not deny the fact that I love them both. I was invested in their jouney that I savored it and I am glad I did. It was wonderfully crafted and I had a lot of fun reading it. 

Lucky Number 11 is not your usual sports romance story. I mean, if you're looking for some action in the field, you will not get it here. More like the book focuses in a forbidden-ish romance due to younger sister and best friend relationship, the possible outcome on dating a play boy, the in betweens and of course how life is not just about how you adjusts when the playbook's changed. It was brilliantly written what with Adriana Lockes' football analogy. Clear enough how much she loved football. Other than  that, the story no matter how light hearted had depth in it. The words of wisdom Addy incorporated in this wild journey that is so fitting is a proof of that.

Lucky Number is more that just dating a player, it is more than just the play book. More like everything in life was written in perfect timing. Because Layla and Branch's journey? They did not planned it out. Who would have thought, a weekend of witty banters and heated moments will turn out to be more? It's really fitting,
Life is timed to a watch we don’t control. Things happen today to set up things later that we can’t predict or see or imagine. Don’t fight it. Embrace it.” And they did.

I highly recommend this book! If you want lighhearted, swoony-filled romance without angst but with full of sense of humor and witty banters? Then this book is for you.


“One question,” Poppy interjects, looking at Branch. “What position are you?”
“I typically like the bottom so I can watch—oomph,” he says, getting another elbow from Finn. “Wide receiver. Why?”
Looking at Poppy, I can’t help but laugh as her eyes light up.
“You got a problem with wide receivers?” Branch asks.
“You do,” Finn interjects, giving me a narrowed glare. “They aren’t any better than quarterbacks.”
Branch looks from me, to Finn, and back to me. “Why do we not like quarterbacks?”
“My sister was dating Callum Worthington.”
“No shit?” His face puckers like he just bit into a lemon. “How in the hell did that cocksucker end up with you?”
“He didn’t. We’re not together anymore.”
Branch’s eyes heat, the look causing my pulse to quicken. “I’m not a bit sorry to hear that.”
“You better forget you heard any of that,” Finn warns. “This is my sister, Branch. Not a cheerleader or reporter or some chick from a dating app. Got it?”
“Finn, relax,” I say, shoving a swallow past the lump in my throat. “I appreciate the big brother spiel, but I can handle myself.”
“I know you can,” he says, pulling his gaze away from Branch. “But you can’t handle him.”

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USA Today and Amazon Top 10 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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