'Swink' is the fifth and final book in the sexy and fun Landry Family series. Adriana Locke really knows how to write great stories with fantastic characters. I am a big fan of this series which focus' on a couple and successive books have updates on the prior couples, so they can be read as a standalone.
In 'Swink', Camilla Landry is having a secret relationship with Dominic Hughes. She is keeping the secret from her older brothers because they try to control her life. The men in the family take their protectiveness to the extreme making Camilla (Cam) do what everyone else wants and little that she wants. Her only ally is Sienna, her twin.
Camilla and Dominic meet when he comes to her house to repair her air conditioner. They start with a lusty hook-up that grows into more over a year (this isn't insta-love). Even though I could feel the depth of emotion throughout the story, both Camilla and Dominic are afraid to admit their feelings because neither one wants to scare the other away.
Dominic is a regular guy. He's not rich, he's not famous. He works a normal job and lives paycheck to paycheck. He's tatted and sexy and likes his life. He never thought he'd be with Cam this long. It just happened and he's enjoying every second of it. They come from completely different walks of life, but they mesh together perfectly. Most of all, they are learning from each other... “I’m going to give you a tip,” I say. “I thought I was giving you the tip?” My giggle makes him grin. “You better be planning on giving me more than the tip, Hughes.” “Oh, baby. You’re going to get it all.”
The journey for this couple isn’t easy but it is a perfect read from start to finish. 'Swink' sucked me into the Landry’s world. The story is written in alternating points of view that allow the reader into Cam’s and Dom’s thought process and really feel connected to them. It is refreshing to have the female character as the wealthy person and the male character trying to fit into the family for a change! Dominic and Camilla's story had it all... it's beautiful, sexy, sweet, funny, and heartbreaking all at the same time. They might be from other sides of the tracks but that doesn't matter when it comes to love. They just have to figure it out. Great journey, great read. 5 Stars. Purchased through the KIndle Unlimited program...
One of the defining characteristics of the Landry family, as seen throughout the entire series, is that, for a wealthy and influential southern family, they are all surprisingly, humble and unassuming. The lack of condescension for those from lower socioeconomic strata has them standing apart from their peers at every turn.
When it comes to the youngest, Camilla, the baby, it seems all of those pretensions go right out the window as her older brothers come to suspect that she's dating someone 'beneath' her. Someone unworthy of her. Someone who could only possibly want to be with her in order to take advantage of her.
Forced by her overprotective siblings to date in secret in order to avoid the protectiveness that she's convinced she's outgrown, Camilla, or Swink as she's known, withdraws more and more from all but her twin sister Sienna.
Besides, it's only temporary, right? It's not like this casual fling could possibly last more than a few months, could it? Oh right, it's been ten months already, and no one is in a hurry to end it.
In Swink, Adriana Locke has taken everything she's taught us about the Landry family over four spellbinding books and flipped it on end.
The very alpha protectiveness that made the Landry men's pursuit of their respective partners so swoonworthy, is exactly what is obstructing their little sister from finding the same kind of happiness.
The bonds of family loyalty, trust, and respect get tested to breaking point as Dominic Hughes, blue collar worker and part time MMA fighter, an underdog in ways every Landry including Camilla struggle to understand stakes his claim, not just on her body, but on her heart.
I kind of loved how each of the Landry boys, some moreso than others, are shown in here to be somewhat less than the stellar examples of manhood that the earlier books in the series might have made them seem. How, with their hearts in the right place, they leap in where angels fear to tread, and make a right mess of things.
The connection between Camilla and Dominic fairly crackles off the page with it's intensity even as neither can seem to fully come to terms with what they're feeling or what it means for them going forward, and the family dynamic, with each of their respective families, ensures that the process of working it out is riddled with complications. Some of which make for humorous reading, and others so very not.
Probably my favorite of the lot, I couldn't put it down.
The Landry Family, Series by Adriana Locke, just keeps getting better and better! Sadly, Swink is the last in the series, but Sienna Landry, Camilla's twin sister, takes us into a spin off series, The Gibson Boys 😀, apparently. In Swink we see a good-girl-(Cam)-bad-guy-(Dom)-opposites-attract story. It was cleverly written, unfolded tantalisingly, had perfect pacing, was dramatic, sweet and humourous. All elements covered...tick. Dom and Cam's secret relationship was scintillating, but Adriana played the sexual tension card, oh so well! They tried to be cool and casual, yet each was a little afraid...why am I reminded of some of the lyrics in Beauty and the Beast 😉? Big hearted Cam had no particular role in her talented, high profile family, but with Dom, she could step out of the parameters of being a 'Landry' and discover who Cam might be. She really stood up, found her backbone and showed maturity and resilience. Yet, the questions hung heavily: was working class/boxer Dom simply taking advantage of Cam, or, was he just Cam's attempt at rebellion? Dom certainly seemed comfortably alpha, but actually he felt inadequate, out of his league and resisted Cam's attempts to love him. He was also very guarded, but deep down, he was vulnerable, a good guy, hardworking, honest and a protector. Trust and self belief was certainly a big issue, here. Together, our hero and heroine challenged each other, complimented each other, had each other's backs and drew out the best in one another. They were simply perfect and their dynamic leapt off the pages and grabbed my attention. It was nice to catch up with the goings on in the Landry clan, too, plus seeing the antics of the overprotective brothers. Adriana's writing has developed beautifully over time and she has stepped into the 'natural story-teller' rhelm, in my opinion. She certainly exhibits this talent in Swink, so I can highly recommend it to fans of Adriana's or readers who enjoy a good romance.