Aug 18, 2014

The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane *Review*

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!


I received a copy of this story from NetGalley for an honest review.

My name is Lisa and I am a rock star book junkie. I’ve read the good, the bad, and the OMG ugly of rock and roll tales. So when I say The Best Kind of Trouble is an entertaining and exciting read worth checking out, I mean it. Author Lauren Dane had created leads with an intense connection that I could feel pop right off of the page, secondary characters that left me eager for follow-up stories, and a rock plot that kept my interest with a new twist. Now for the story…

Natalie Clayton has done everything possible to leave the craziness of her youth in the past. She’s now a respected town librarian and a dedicated community volunteer. No one would suspect the tattoos she hides under her designer clothes or understand their history or significance. No one except for Paddy Hurley.

Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hurley never forgot the smoking hot waitress from the dive bar where his band Sweet Hollow Ranch got their start. The pair spent two weeks together that resulted in a hit song for the band and some happy memories for Paddy. When the famous rocker stumbles upon the stunning blonde in his hometown coffeehouse, he can’t believe his luck. That is until Nat denies knowing him and shuts down his advances - repeatedly.

Initially shocked, Paddy embraces the challenge of winning Nat again, and this time he plans on keeping her for much longer than a few weeks.

What I Loved: Paddy and Nat make an easy couple to cheer for. They each have their own scars and issues to work through but I totally fell for the pair and wanted them to find happiness with each other. Author Lauren Dane does a great job of demonstrating their potential and the level to which the characters connect. And connect they do, particularly in the bedroom (frequently and in much detail). HOLY COW – I caught myself blushing several times. But for characters who struggle with verbally communicating their emotions, the physical nature of Nat and Paddy’s relationship made sense. If you can't say it, show it. Dane also helps build a really solid atmosphere for the story by putting a play list for the story before the very first chapter. I was familiar with several of the songs and could hear them in my mind during several scenes. I thought that was a great touch.

What I Didn’t Love:  Occasionally some of the day-to-day dialogue between the characters felt a little safe or sanitary for a group living in the world of rock. I also would have loved a flashback or two to Nat and Paddy’s time together when they were young.

Favorite Quotes:

“You’re what I think about. All the time. I’m not saying we’re engaged or anything, but this is a relationship, Natalie.”

“But the thing about Hurley men? They’re floozies, and I’m sure you’re not unaware that those boys sure do love the ladies. In any case, they flit around and flit around but once they find the one, that’s it. Over and done.”

“You and your broken pieces need to be with me. They’re the most beautiful broken pieces I’ve ever seen.”

Overall The Best Kind of Trouble was an enjoyable read and a fun start to a promising rock and roll series. The Hurley Boys Series will continue this December with Broken Open, which will focus on Paddy’s brother Ezra and Nat’s BFF Tuesday. Both Ezra and Tuesday shined as secondary characters so I’m eager to see them both as leads. I will definitely be checking Broken Open out.

Happy Reading.

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