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

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:

I am a fan of many of Lauren Dane’s series and was happy to see that she was releasing another one that had ties to the Brown and Delicious series. The Best Kind of Trouble focuses on Mary’s husband Damien’s (from Lush) brothers. The Hurley boys have a very notable band and have gained popularity and notoriety after their dive bar beginnings. However, while they were playing two-bit dive bars, Patrick “Paddy” Hurley met a sexy and wild girl who was wild as he was. The two embarked on a two-weeks passion filled romance of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But their affair came to an end when the Hurley’s left for California and the wild girl Natalie Clayton left for college. Fast forward several years and the wild child has settled down…well, both of them have. But, specifically Natalie who is now a very settled librarian in town. Fate decides to bring the couple back together when she runs into Paddy in the local coffee shop. She knows who he is immediately; however, it takes him a minute for recognition to dawn. And when it does, it is game on. He wants Natalie and proceeds to charm her relentlessly. Only, it’s not working. Natalie is outwardly impervious to his charm because she is holding on to her well-honed control to within an inch of his life. She refuses to give in and allow Paddy’s out of control lifestyle too eek over into her controlled one. But, Paddy is not at all daunted by Natalie’s wall and breaks it down brick by brick. Together the find passion, wildness (although controlled), and love within the other. But one small misunderstanding and a lot of pride threaten to tear them apart.

I really enjoyed how Dane started this series. I loved both the primary and secondary characters in this one. Natalie and Paddy had chemistry but they were multidimensional, too. Natalie had a lot of baggage because of her ‘upbringing’ and that played out in her life. It actually played out in her relationship too and Paddy’s hard-pressed battle to win her trust. Natalie’s father was a sleeze of the first order and I hope that we actually read about karma sticking it to him in one of the books in the series. He was just reprehensible, but Natalie’s grandmother wasn’t any better. The thing I loved is that the Hurley’s, including Mary, took Natalie into the fold and made her one of theirs. I think one of the reasons why I enjoyed this book so much was it felt like a comfortable hybrid between the Brown and Chase series — not a redux of them but another series about a loving family. Sharon Hurley felt like a loving and strong mirror image of one, Mrs. Polly Chase in how protective they were of their children, and that included their children and loves.

I mentioned the secondary characters and I’d like to go back to them for a moment. I always enjoy Dane’s book because she always writes about atypical characters. Not everyone is ‘acceptable’ or ‘beautiful’ according to traditional standards. Sure, she has plenty of hawt men in her book but I like the fact that Natalie’s very best friend was black and her other friends were a hodge-podge mix of women, including a lesbian couple. And, they are woven into the story in the most organic manner so they don’t scream, “LOOK, I’M A DIFFERENT TYPE OF CHARACTER!” Kudos to her on that.

I really enjoyed reading this inaugural book in the series and can’t wait to see what she has in store for Tuesday and Ezra.

Ratings Detail:

Rating for male protagonists: 4★ Rating for female protagonist: 4★ Rating for secondary characters: 4★ Plot Viability: 4★ General Storyline: 4★ Story Ending: 4★ Ease of Reading: 4★ Heat Level: 4½★

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