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

Synopsis:

18688614A 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!

Review: I liked this book in spite of myself. Contemporary (ick) with basically no kink (boo), our heroine has a stalker-esque father (grah) and lots of issues to deal with (ugh). She (re)meets rock star Paddy, sparks fly, etc. What I liked most about this book is that our heroine acts rationally and sanely throughout. She knows she has issues, she deals with them. Her best friend offers guidance. She learns from her mistakes and works to make things right. While there is a Big Misunderstanding it didn’t piss me off as much as usual because of the way the hero fixed things afterwards. Another like – best friend Tuesday is a person of color but it’s not hounded on, or even said in so many words. It’s revealed in pieces, and some people may even get through the book without realizing it (though I have a hard time imagining that). Throughout the book the characters are people before they’re a collection of features and that’s awesome. If I were into contemporaries I would probably give this four stars – a great read for a long flight.

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