Review: The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane

Review: The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren DaneThe Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Harlequin on August 26, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars  

The Delight

Huge Lauren Dane fan. Her stories of family while getting nasty in the bedroom for one on one love stories keep me running back for more. Unfortunately, I started skipping some love scenes just to get through the story.

The Best Kind of Trouble is the start of new series called The Hurley Boys. The Hurleys are a band of four men who each have to find their forever afters while dealing with true life problems. We met the first Hurley in Lush, where Damien met Mary. Now Paddy, Ezra and Vaughan Hurley are picking up the slack. First victim to fall will be Paddy!

When I saw the lady love was going to be a librarian, I almost swooned with what I thought would be a great story. Lusty bad boy rocker and a librarian…what’s not to like. These two have “buttons” and they get pushed a lot let me tell you. And a reunion romance, yep, I wanted to see a happily ever after for these two.

Natalie Clayton has spent a long time making her life nearly perfect. A small town librarian in Hood River, she keeps her friends close, loves her donuts and can’t cook worth a damn. One morning she’s in for her morning indulgence when a blast from the past charms her, Paddy Hurley. The two weeks they hooked up when they were younger was dirty, sexy and hot, but she has changed to make her life what she wants and that isn’t the person she is now. She may still have the tattoos he lust for, but she doesn’t want that kind of life any more.

Paddy has grown up. One night stands aren’t what he wants, so when he stops in for coffee and sees the one girl he would never forget, he wants her back. Just because she shuts him down and says no, doesn’t mean he is going to roll over and leave. He charms her day by day until she agrees to a date. He’s determined to show her he is someone she can depend on and learn to love while still getting their kink on in the bedroom privately.

But Natalie has issues. She admits she has issues and even “buttons” Paddy seems to unknowingly push from time to time. Her young life was less than safe or acceptable and a greedy father and grandmother make her life Hell. But Paddy slowly digs deep inside of her to get the full story. He is awfully patient when I would have said to Hell with it. But that is what makes Lauren Dane’s writing so real. This is what life really is like and how love forms.

Now I can’t really say I like Natalie at all. I admired what she did with her life, but I felt she treated Paddy bad from the start. Paddy I loved, but then he did a stupid thing that I felt was overblown in the book….not her reaction to his, but that he even blew up as bad as he did over something. It seemed very silly to me, but then again love is silly at times.

The story spans a long time…months. They date a lot. Have tons of sex, which was interesting, but after a while I was skimming it to get on with the story. Too much sex and you think I am complaining? Well, I do love my love scenes, but sometimes it was just too much and I wanted more of the characters outside of the bedroom.

This is a good start to a new series…well there seems to be about three series tied together. It started with the Brown Siblings, then bled into the Delicious series, that is now spinning off the Hurley Brothers. While you don’t need to read any of the other series, it is interesting to see how these series move on to new groups of families when you run through all the family members in the current series.

I recommend this as a must read. And now I can’t wait for Ezra and Tuesday’s story!

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • This happens so often when one character gets a wild hair up his/her nose and the other one has to have the patience of a saint to wait them out. Glad the story as a whole made it worth it. One of these days I’m going to get started with her books. Not sure when, but glad they are worth it.

  • Great review!! I haven’t read this author yet but would like to. I do agree that sometimes I do skip the love scenes, especially if its overdone. I love the bedroom scenes, but I love romance novels for the story and the love scenes are the icing on the cake.

    • I like balance in my romance between the development and the bedroom scenes too.