Review: “Reputation” by Adriana Locke

Series: Mason Family, #2

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Steam: 🔥🔥

Release Date: January 5th, 2021

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Coy Mason is a jerk.

If there is one truth that Bellamy Davenport knows, it’s that. Hands-down. (Well, that and the fact that she didn’t mean to hurt him. Physically. Coy can’t be hurt emotionally because he doesn’t have a heart.)

Coy is not just the small-town, literal boy-next-door. He’s a heartbreaking, womanizing, mischief-making (and delicious) man and was all of those things well before he became a hot-shot country music sensation.

He’s a dream standing in her doorway with no shirt, messy hair, and a ‘Do you wanna?’ grin. But he’s also a nightmare for her heart and she knows it.

Their enemies-to-lovers relationship always ends the same way—heavy on the enemies, light on the lovers.

So why is she still standing there?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Adriana Locke creates the best families. We’ve met the Landry and Gibson families and now we get to interact with the Mason family and it is spectacular. And after reading The Relationship Pact, I was even more ready to get down to the nitty gritties of Coy and Bellamy.

“Love will always find you. You just have to trust the process.  And that’s only possible when you trust the person you love.”

Ugh, guys, I love best friends to lovers romances because those are just so deeply rooted in their friendship and their long lasting power of being friends. And that’s exactly what defines Coy and Bellamy. They grew up together – along with Boone (who gets the next book) and Larissa (from The Relationship Pact) – and did everything like best friends do. They were also each other’s many firsts and one true love. Both of them knew that even then. But then they both had other things in life taking their attention and suddenly they weren’t friends anymore.

Bellamy’s frustration with Coy stems from his lack of interest soon after her father fell ill and instead of dealing with it, she held him at a distance. Except now Coy is back in Savannah and there’s only so much Bellamy can do to avoid him. My one point of frustration was that when they dealt with this conflict and concern, we didn’t really get any firm answers. There’s a lot of speculation on your part as a reader, but there’s no clear reasoning and explanation for what happened.

“This feeling is every love song I’ve ever sang, every emotion I’ve tried to elicit with a constructed lyric. It’s calm in the midst of an unpredictable world. It’s safe when nothing else feels solid. It’s like the last piece of the puzzle that you find under the rug snapped into place, and the hours of searching for that one tiny piece finally pays off.”

However, Bellamy and Coy are spectacular. As friends, as lovers and as so much more. This book deals with heartbreak and patching it back together, it deals with family and the power of friendship and love. Coy and Bellamy have this shorthand, this friendship that has lasted years backing up their relationship. So all the small teases and taunts and witty banter is perfect. Coy is relentless and Bellamy has no patience for him – it feels like roles they’ve always played when they’re together and honestly that’s what makes it so damn special.

There’s no pretense when it comes to their relationship – Coy and Bellamy are meant to be and they will be. So their love story is already established, but it’s the watching of them fall deeper in love that really does it. It’s so beautiful to watch Coy wear Bellamy down, peel away her layers and show her that he’s going to love her the way she deserves to be loved. Bellamy’s been hurt – by Coy himself – before, so she’s clearly going to be wary. But he knows that.

“What you see with Bellamy Davenport is what you get, and there’s something remarkably, insanely attractive about that.”

Bellamy is such a wonderful character because she’s so tough and no-nonsense. In some parts of her life, she knows what she wants, even if she’s still a little unclear about the other parts. But that only makes her so much more relatable. Coy is brilliant. He’s the perfect country musician meets boy next door and it’s hard to not love him. He’s all drawl, charm and sex appeal and his undying love for Bellamy just adds to all of that.

Like Restraint, you get a glimpse into the Mason family and their dynamics which only makes you even more excited for the next book. Bellamy and Coy bring to Reputation lots of love, heart and soul – so brace yourself, because you’re in for an emotional and beautiful ride. That’s just par for the course with Adriana Locke’s books anyway, so drop everything you’re doing and get this book today!

Thanks to Adriana Locke and Candi Kane PR for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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