Excerpt Trouble by Adriana Locke

Dec 272019

Trouble (Dogwood Lane Series #3) by Adriana Locke

She wants something real. He wants something now. Together they’re trouble in USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke’s sexy and funny twice-in-a-lifetime love story.

With his shameless grin and let’s-play swagger, carpenter Penn Etling leaves women wanting in Dogwood Lane. What do they get? Avery Perry knows: a one-night stand. She’s been there. She remembers every hot pulse as if it were yesterday. But Penn? He doesn’t remember a thing. Now he’s making new moves, and Avery’s not falling for trouble…again. Is she?

How could the beautiful stranger resist him? Avery is going to be a challenge for the bad boy. She’s the kind of woman who digs deep—deep enough to see there’s more to Penn than meets the eye. But first she has to give him a chance. She has to say yes. Could she also be the woman to make him change his playboy ways?

When these two come together, it’s hard to pull them apart. But with love and trust on the line, can Avery and Penn get what they both want? This time for keeps?

Excerpt Trouble by Adriana Locke

Meet Penn Etling

Chapter One
“How hard is it, Penn?”
Dane’s keys hit the table. They skid into the salt shaker, sending it rattling around the tabletop. A raised brow that is some kind of warning is shot my direction before he turns and signals for a coffee.
“Well,” I say, as Claire approaches the table, “I probably shouldn’t answer that. I am a gentleman, after all.”
“You are not.” Claire side-eyes me as she sits a mug down in front of Dane. “You and the word gentleman should never be used in the same sentence.”
“But you just did.”
She rolls her eyes. “Want me to accidentally-on-purpose miss the cup and pour this piping hot liquid on your lap?”
“You’ve tried that before. I’m too quick.”
Claire snorts, her lips twisting into an amused smile. “I heard that about you.”
My jaw drops in mock horror.
“Will you two stop it? You fight like brother and sister,” Dane says.
“That would make Claire’s dreams awkward.”
Her head whips to mine, her eyes narrowed for my benefit. There’s a comeback on the tip of her tongue. I lean forward as if I’m waiting on her reply. She laughs instead.
“I hate you,” she says before turning to Dane. “Do you want anything to eat?”
“No. Thanks. Just trying to track this jackass down all morning.” He jams a thumb my way.
“Yeah, well, good luck now that you’ve found him. He’s sat in here all morning giving me hell,” Claire says. “If youneed anything else, let me know.”
Claire walks away, swaying her hips a little for my benefit. It’s appreciated. I’d much, muchrather think about her hips than whatever it is Dane’s going to rope me into.
He sips his coffee beside me like it’s another morning at the Dogwood Café. The table of farmers by the door probably think it’s just Madden Carpentry having some breakfast before we find Matt, my best friend and Dane’s younger brother, and get to work.
But it’s not.
Something is brewing over there and I don’t know what it is. What I do know is that Dane doesn’t start blowing up my phone at six in the morning on an actual work day, let alone my first vacation day in two years.
Yeah. Something is up and I’m not going to like it.

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