The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane
Series: Hurley Brothers #1
Also in this series: Broken Open, Back to You
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: September 1st 2014
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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!
Natalie and Paddy hooked up years ago when he was just getting started in the music biz and she was a waitress at a dive bar they frequented. In the intervening years, Paddy’s band, Sweet Hollow Ranch – which is made up of all his brothers – exploded and he’s now a major rock star. Natalie gave up the party lifestyle in favor of a master’s degree and career as a librarian.
They run into each other in a coffee shop in Paddy’s hometown, where Natalie has been living for several years (she figured they’d never run into each other, or if they did he wouldn’t recognize her). He enjoyed her then and would like to enjoy her again, but Natalie’s youth was full of chaos and she wants nothing to do with his lifestyle.
Paddy refuses to give up and Natalie eventually gives in. Neither are prepared for the tight bond that engulfs them, or the chemistry that sets them on fire. When pieces of Natalie’s past come back to haunt her, her faith in Paddy and their relationship will be tested. Can Paddy prove he’s worth putting her trust into?
Natalie grew up with an addict for a father. She started to go down that road herself until she realized she was ruining her life and pulled herself together. She’s since become a total control freak, needing to be in charge of every aspect of her life. It’s the only way she knows to keep herself from falling down the rabbit hole. Paddy upsets everything about her carefully ordered world. Though it takes time, she eventually comes to trust him enough to give up some of her control to him. Their relationship started out slow and progressed in the same way, which really worked with their past issues.
Paddy is used to having it easy. When Natalie pretends she doesn’t remember him and turns him down, he’s intrigued. It started as a challenge, but he quickly realized she was special and started pushing because he wanted her, not just because she was a novelty. It was great how quickly he fell into her and how reluctant he was to get out. I like that they both recognized their faults even when they weren’t able to get out from under them.
The bond between the brothers was tight. They pushed, supported and loved one another. They were family in every sense of the word. Though Natalie didn’t have any flesh and blood family worth claiming, she did have a family-of-the-heart in the form of her college roommates. They were just as solid as the Hurley brothers. Dane really excels at writing family relationships, whether blood or of the heart.
I loved spending time with Nat, Paddy and their families. I wasn’t ready to leave when the story ended.
4.25 out of 5
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