|She has complete control… and he's determined to take it away |
A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton's world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly—especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley….
And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.
Even after years of the rock and roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more… even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there's a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved—and the only compromise is between the sheets!
Natalie Clayton, a small town librarian and Paddy Hurley, a member of a successful rock band with his brothers, hooked up years ago for 2 weeks that neither of them have ever forgotten. Natalie isn’t that same person anymore and she’s worked hard to leave that wild, partying girl behind and takes her job and quiet life very seriously. She’s cut out people from her life who have dragged her down, mainly her own family, and she’s surrounded herself with good, close friends and is happy. The last thing she wants to do is upset this life she’s made by letting Paddy come crashing back into it. He’s still recording music, still in the public spotlight and she’s not interested in being a part of that life anymore. Paddy has other ideas though and wants one date with Natalie. And she makes him work for it, which is always fun to see play out!
There’s something about Natalie that helps to ground Paddy. The only other person who’s been able to do that is his older brother Ezra. Paddy isn’t one to take no for answer, so he shows up at the coffee shop that Natalie hits every morning and doesn’t let up until she gives him a chance. They start things out slow and I liked seeing their relationship progress. There are some nice moments between not only them as a couple, but plenty of scenes with Paddy’s rock n’ roll brothers and Nat’s friends as well.
Lauren Dane always brings the sexy to her books and Nat and Paddy are no exception. For as much as I enjoyed their romance, there were a few things that bugged me. There’s a lot of talk about button pushing and how it relates to Natalie fitting into Paddy’s world and his public persona with his fans. It also relates to Paddy needing to be needed by Natalie. So of course with all this talk, someone’s button get pushed causing a big angst filled fight between Paddy and Natalie. And the whole scene surrounding this fight just didn’t work for me at all. It almost felt like Paddy’s reaction came out of nowhere and his argument just didn’t make sense and even felt out of character. Unfortunately, this comes at the end so it soured my feelings on the story being left with this fight so close to the HEA, which of course we get.
The supporting cast is well done and I really enjoyed getting to know the Hurley brothers and look forward to more from them. Their stories are built up nicely and I’m anxious to get to know them as well as Nat’s best friend Tuesday as the series progresses.
While I did like the majority of The Best Kind of Trouble, there were a few things that I didn’t necessarily enjoy and it took away from the story a little bit for me. But I’m a sucker for a series centered around brothers, so I’ll be checking out the next book as I did really enjoy getting to know all the Hurley’s.
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
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*eARC provided by publisher for review*