SACRIFICE by Adriana Locke Release Boost: Sarah's Review, Excerpt, + Giveaway!

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.


This book.  Ugh.  Julia is one of the strongest heroine's I've ever read.  She came from a horrible upbringing, fell in love with Gage Gentry, had a baby and then her life is turned completely upside down at the hands of her brother-in-law, Crew.

Julia and Crew's relationship is strained at best.  She can't bear to look at him without seeing her late husband and all for the memories that come with his death.  After more tragic news comes to her little family, she's got nowhere to turn but Crew and she's almost too proud to even go there.

Crew Gentry was once a star athlete, always a mess-up.  He's been in love with Julia practically his entire life and after another screw up, he finds her with his brother Gage instead of waiting for him to come back from college.  After Gage's death, Crew finds himself always helping Julia and her daughter and wills top at nothing to get her to love him back and help her in any way he can.

I have to say, I was almost a DNF with this book, which I NEVER do.  When the life of a child is on the line, it's basically where I draw a line.  We live in this fictional life but when real-life crap happens, sometimes it's too hard to handle.  I was committed to doing Sacrifice justice and trudged on and thank god I did.  Adriana Locke did a phenomenal job with this story.  Completely out of our Exception Series comfort zone, Sacrifice is gritty, heartbreaking, raw, but most of all, REAL.  Real life happens and we can't deny it.  It's not always easy to read but it is what it is.  The last few chapters had me a complete wreck and I'm surprised I still have fingernails.  I'm so happy I didn't put this book down.  After about 40%, I actually had a hard time even doing so (who needs work, really).  Anyway, Sacrifice was thoughtful and beautiful, as well as sexy as hell. 

“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.

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 She loves to hear from readers.


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