Friday, November 10, 2017


Title: Crank
Series: The Gibson Boys #1
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Kari March
Release Date: November 10, 2017


This is one mistake Sienna Landry can’t buy her way out of.

As Walker Gibson looks at her, then at the damage to his precious truck (that she may or may not have accidentally inflicted), she knows she’s in trouble. It’s not the busted headlight and dented grill that’s sunk her though. It’s the downright sinful man in front of her that’s the problem.

The small town mechanic is broody. Rough. Smells like engine grease and gasoline and Sienna isn’t sure why that’s so sexy, but it is. It so is. She’s ready to peel off her panties at the drop of his wrench.

He wants her too. She can feel it when he brushes against her. Experience it as he presses her against the wall of the shop. It’s thinly veiled in his deep, brown eyes when he looks at her like she’s everything he’s ever wanted. So why won’t he give in?

The damage to Walker’s truck is the first of many mistakes between the two of them, ending with truths that rock Sienna’s world. Nothing can fix her broken heart except the love of a man that won’t, maybe even can’t, love her back.

Crank is a standalone romance in a new small town, blue-collar series from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke. Join readers everywhere as they fall in love with the delicious Gibson Boys.

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I'm a fan of Adriana Locke so when I saw she was starting a new series I knew I wanted to check it out. Crank had me laughing, sighing and wanting to shake both our hero and heroine at different moments. It was a fun, sweet read and I loved it.

I'm certainly no stranger to Sienna Landry having read previous books from Ms. Locke-but if you haven't read any of the Landry books (umm, what are you waiting for) don't worry, Crank is absolutely a standalone. I liked Sienna, I got her insecurities, her doubts. She has some pretty strong opinions about what she thinks she wants in a future relationship and watching her navigate through those feelings in regards to Walker was sweet. She's stronger than she gives her self credit for, is sweet and loyal to the core. I loved her growth!

Walker...well, he had me swooning-even when I wanted to shake him. He fought his very obvious attraction to Sienna so hard-for reasons I won't get into here-so watching him fall was great. He's a tough guy who loves his Nana, a homecooked meal, his small town and friends and family. I will say there was something that bothered me about him that I think took a bit too long to get through, but I did love him.

I like these two together. They had me laughing and sighing. Their sexy times were off the charts. But they shared a deeper emotional connection, even right away, though neither wanted any part of acknowledging that.

I thought the pacing in the book, one issue aside, really worked. These two both had issues they were working through. Things they needed to figure out on their own-and they did. I loved the small town aspect of this and all of the supporting characters, new and old, had me smiling. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next in this Gibson Boys series. I recommend this title.


Walker and Sienna were interesting and I liked them as a couple. I thought their initial meeting was amusing and different, which is difficult in a romance.

I liked the relationship of the central characters as well as that of the other characters in the story. This is a new series, but it is also interconnected, which appealed to me. Series titles, even loosely connected ones like these are, can start to get a little stale as they take place in the same "world" and I like the idea of moving the character to another world to tell Sienna's story.

There are references to characters in the Landry family, but you do not need to have read all of the books, or even some of them, to pick up in this story and there are no major spoilers about the books that feature the other characters.

There were some places where the timeline seemed to skip a bit and not quite work and there were events that seemed like it took a few weeks, but just took a few days in book. I have read other titles by this author and find that this is the case as well, and this is my biggest criticism of this author.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, and I liked the setup for the new Gibson boys series and the way it jumped off from the Landry stories with Sienna but is still going to be able to move to a new story, with new characters, in a new world.

I recommend this overall.

Author Bio

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.

Please contact Adriana at She loves to hear from readers.

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