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

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Review: The Best Kind of Trouble (The Hurley Boys #1) by Lauren Dane four-stars
The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane
Series: The Hurley Boys #1
Published by Harlequin HQN on August 26, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
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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 loved this book. LOVED.

I can’t put my finger on exactly what touched me so much about The Best Kind of Trouble. Like Mary Poppins, it was practically perfect in every way. The Best Kind of Trouble is a reunited lovers story – the best kind, at that. Natalie and Paddy didn’t break up on a sour note and they shared great times together. The Best Kind of Trouble is a rockstar story – which I normally avoid – but the story takes place in a small town that shelters the group from the constant attention of the paparazzi. The Best Kind of Trouble (and the entire Hurley Boys series) follow a rock group…but the series seems to be more about family than about stardom. OMFG. LOVE.

I loved the way that Paddy has to romance Natalie and that Natalie has to learn, grown and open up to someone. I LOVE that Natalie has an entire group of wonderful female friends who love her immensely. I LOVED Tuesday, Natalie’s BFF and roommate (who gets her own story, Broken Open, that I’m desperate to read but doesn’t release until 25-Nov-2014. Arrrgh! >.<).

The only thing I disliked about this book was the ending (the Big Mis) and Natalie’s family situation. I felt the Big Mis was…completely out of character for Paddy and it just felt out of place. Like Natalie, I couldn’t understand what got the burr up Paddy’s ass and even his explanation made no sense. Natalie’s family was another hot button for me: Natalie’s father is a horrendously selfish individual and sometime recovering drug addict. He shows up and causes a lot of problems for Natalie and Paddy but nothing is done about him. I really wanted him to get his comeuppance. Other than these two items, I was in heaven reading The Best Kind of Trouble. I loved watching Natalie and Paddy fall in love.

As if there was any question: Recommended!!

Soooo excited to read Broken Open. But now to decide if I want it in ebook format or MMPB. Decisions, decisions… 😀

ETA: Ran out of willpower and pre-ordered the MMPB. I’m such a sucker: I’m signed up for a giveaway for Broken Open that hasn’t even drawn yet. 🙁

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