Title: Sacrifice
Author: Adriana Locke
 Release Date: July 13, 2015




My life changed forever the night my husband died. I was left with a shattered heart, a heap of bills, and our daughter, EVERLEIGH. I don’t want to rely on anyone, least of all CREW GENTRY. He’s my first love and the man who almost destroyed me, the man who has let me down every time I’ve needed him. But when tragedy strikes a second time, Crew just might be my only hope.

My life changed forever the night my brother died.

I was left with a guilty conscience, a pile of mistakes, and little else. I take care of JULIA GENTRY, my brother’s widow and the love of my life, and their daughter. I know she doesn’t want my help, but she gets it anyway. I owe her that. When another disaster hits, I’m given the opportunity to make things right. I’m taking it. I’m willing to sacrifice it all.

I received an ARC of this book from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s release promotions.

There’s this common plotline about “my-ex-girlfriend-who-is-now-my-brother’s-widow. I’ve read several stories like that. Sometimes, it’s not a brother but a best friend. Anyway, it’s always the same, the brother/best friend is dead and the hero is now the one taking care of the widow. Most of the time, there is a child involved and the main characters almost alway have a past that keeps the tension between them very palpable.

Sacrifice is truly a story of scrifice. What are you willing to sacrifice for the people you love? I liked how Crew stepped in when things got hard. I mean, he was a jerk back then, and he deserved everything he got, especially losing the girl he loved to his brother.

Lots of things were really heartbreaking in this story. However, there were lots of touching scenes too. I liked how strong the heroine was. She tried to stand on her own even though things seemed impossible for her. She also knew when to accept help when things were already too much for her to do alone.

Adriana Locke has written their story in a realistic, raw, and messy way that readers will appreciate. There was no chivalrous reason for Crew. He was human. He made mistakes in his past. However, he knew when to make way for Julia to get what she deserved – a good man who loved her. He was a stupid young man who messed up big time, and there was no valid reason for those. But he learned his lesson and he worked on becomiung better.

This story is not a fairy tale second chance. It’s full of tragedy and challenges. However, I truly enjoyed the journey that the main characters went on. Also, I truly loved the little here. She was an amazing character.

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“She’s been missing him a lot lately.” Julia’s voice is barely a whisper and my chest constricts. Our conversations don’t normally make it to discussing Gage unless we’re already arguing. The fact that she just brought it up shocks me and I’m not comfortable with it. I don’t know how to take it. I feel my jaw pulse with frustration and scramble to change the subject again. “Why is it so chilly in here?” Her smile disappears and she tugs her sweatshirt nervously. “I didn’t know it was.”

“How can you possibly not know?” I start to the thermostat across the room when she clears her throat.

“The heater isn’t working right. I asked Lane to come by and look at it earlier this week.”

“And he hasn’t been here yet?” I shoot her a look and she shakes her head. “He’ll be here tonight.” I dig my cell outta my pocket.

“Crew, don’t. Please. The last time you called my landlord he was a complete jerk to me for a couple of months. I just got on good terms with him again.”

I scroll through my contacts list, looking for his name.

“Crew …” I know her doe-eyes are pleading with me. I also know if I look up at her, I’ll be somewhat inclined to give in. So I don’t.


Author Bio


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.Adriana resides in the Midwest with her family. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. She loves to be outside in the sunshine and always has a piece of candy in her pocket.Her first novel, The Exception, was released in 2014. The followup, The Perception, was released in March 2015. Both books follow the same characters, but can be read as standalone novels.Sacrifice, a novel unrelated to the others, will go live on July 13, 2015.

Please contact Adriana at www.adrianalocke.com. She loves to hear from readers.


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