Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: The Best Kind of Trouble (The Hurley Boys #1) by Lauren Dane

The Best Kind of Trouble (The Hurley Boys, #1)
Series: The Hurley Boys #1
Series: The Hurley Boys #1
Series: The Hurley Boys #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: 8/26/14
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3 stars

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!

My Thoughts

As a fan of Dane's, I do not relish writing a non-glowing review. I'm a fan of her Brown Family series; her novella All That Remains is a, ummm, memorable (ie dirty, dirty) piece of work that remains a personal favorite. Maybe it's too-high expectations, maybe I'm hard to please right now, but honestly, The Best Kind of Trouble was just...fine.

It was a good book, but I didn't feel especially wowed by the characters or their story. We get a second chance romance between a rockstar Paddy and  librarian Natalie, now both living in his hometown. The conflict is fairly low, given that the two split on good terms. Add in the fact Paddy decides he wants to get back with Natalie the instant he sees her, his family loves her, and they are good friends who truly enjoy being together and this is pretty  much a no-brainer. The only source of tension is Natalie's past with an addict father and enabling family. This wisely influences her decisions about her life, but also gives her pause over Paddy's rockstar lifestyle. Really though, he was fairly tame, and it sometimes seemed that she was forcing the conflict. Regardless, I liked them as a couple, and had no belief that they wouldn't end together.

As a sidenote: we have a librarian heroine, which is great! But, and maybe this is just me being irritable, it felt like every time the library came up, or that Natalie was a librarian, someone had to reinforce how imporant they are to the community. I'm not disputing that, I take my kids several times per week, but it felt heavy-handed./rant

The Best Kind of Trouble had plentiful sexy times, lots of good dirty talk and deeds to back it up. We also get a lot of sequel bait from Paddy's brother Ezra and Nat's best friend Tuesday, and I'm looking forward to their book, Broken Open.

Favorite Quotes

  A new challenge was always fun. Especially when it concerned a pretty blonde with long legs and a smile that invited a man to sin and not repent.
  "Yes, gorgeous?"
  "I'm in love with you." She swallowed hard but kept going, because she needed to say it, and she'd even practiced in front of the mirror after talking to Tuesday about it for over an hour the night before. "You're a miracle in my life and I want to hear you sing and play music. Not only because you're good at it, and you are, but because it's important to you and I want to share it."

The Hurley Boys Series

The Best Kind of Trouble (The Hurley Boys, #1)  Broken Open (The Hurley Boys, #2)
(covers lead to GoodReads pages)

About Lauren Dane
Lauren DaneLauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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  1. I can't get over the name Paddy lol It seems odd.

    I've only read one book by Dane and I loved it so I would give this one a shot.

    I'm seeing a lot of librarian/blogger/writer characters lately and I'm not opposed but they have felt forced to me. Like you mentioned - the author is trying to tell you how important they are or trying to appeal to a specific group of people.

    Too bad you didn't like this one more.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  2. You've hit a rough patch lately same as me. Sorry this wasn't a total win but I loved your review anyway :)

  3. I'm sorry this one didn't trip your trigger, Andrea. It's especially frown-inducing when a favorite author leaves you feeling let down. I certainly hope your current read is knocking your socks off!! :)

  4. This is sad. I think I would feel the same way about the librarian comments. One comment like that would have been plenty.

  5. Well, I wish this one was better, but I do appreciate and value your opinion. I probably won't be checking this one out any time soon.

  6. I have this one and it sounds good. At least you didnt hate it...


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