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“Restraint” by Adriana Locke is an enthralling office romance that kicks off “The Mason Family” series with a captivating blend of passion, power dynamics, and emotional depth. Locke, a USA Today Bestselling author, crafts a narrative that delves deep into the complexities of desire, vulnerability, and the quest for personal fulfillment, setting a high bar for contemporary romance.

The story introduces readers to Blaire Gibson, a woman celebrated for her keen decision-making skills, which have steered her clear of trouble and steered her professional success. However, her resolve is tested when she encounters Holt Mason, a millionaire CEO whose charisma and determination match his business acumen. A chance encounter evolves into a tempestuous one-night stand, challenging Blaire’s principles and sparking an unexpected connection between the two.


Holt Mason is a character who embodies the archetype of the alpha male with a twist. Unlike the typical CEO romance hero, Holt’s pursuit of Blaire is not just about conquest; it’s about a genuine fascination and a hunger for something more meaningful than his wealth can buy. His character is a study in contrasts—assertive yet sensitive, powerful yet vulnerable—and Locke masterfully peels back his layers as the story progresses.

What sets “Restraint” apart from other office romances is the depth of the emotional journey Locke maps out for both Blaire and Holt. Their initial physical attraction is undeniable, but it is their emotional and intellectual connection that forms the heart of the story. As they navigate the complexities of their relationship, from sizzling chemistry to personal demons and professional challenges, Locke deftly portrays their growth, individually and as a couple.

The novel also shines in its exploration of themes such as the importance of vulnerability, the courage to be true to oneself, and the power of love to heal and transform. Locke’s writing is evocative and immersive, drawing readers into the characters’ inner lives with authenticity and warmth. The dialogue sparkles with wit and emotion, and the steamy scenes are tastefully executed, enhancing the romance without overshadowing the characters’ development.

“Restraint” is more than just a love story; it is a journey of self-discovery and transformation. Blaire and Holt’s relationship, with its trials and triumphs, serves as a mirror reflecting their deepest fears and desires. Through their story, Locke invites readers to consider the ways in which love can both challenge and complete us.

“Restraint” is a compelling start to “The Mason Family” series, promising more heart-stirring romances to come. Adriana Locke has crafted a world that is as complex and captivating as her characters, making this book a must-read for fans of contemporary romance-seeking stories with substance, steam, and soul.


USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke delivers a romance between a millionaire CEO and a heroine that gives him a run for his money.

Blaire Gibson knows better than to have one-night stands. She prides herself on her decision-making skills. It’s the one asset that has never let her down. But even the best thinkers have weaknesses. Hers is a delicious business mogul with a quick tongue. Unfortunately for her, that tongue is good for more than just talking.

Holt Mason doesn’t need to justify anything to anyone. He wants Blaire. He pursues Blaire. And he gets Blaire because that’s how his life works. Until it doesn’t.

What begins as a single night in a hotel room spirals into an unusual agreement. As late nights provide the space to trade secrets and walls come tumbling down, more is shared than just pillow talk.

They both should’ve known better. They should’ve shown restraint. Because when guards are dropped, hearts get shattered.