Friday, March 28, 2014

[ARC Review]: "Her Kind of Trouble"

Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance (April 1, 2014) 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

It takes one to know one

The moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they're a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And they both agree their one night together is all about fun, not forever.

Now, years later, Seth remains a favorite memory. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because he's still sinfully attractive, and she likes the man he is. When he suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his newborn daughter, Vivian falls hard. Yet despite the responsibilities, he's not a good bet for commitment. And she needs to guard her heart before she gets into trouble!

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My Review:

Ever since my first Sarah Mayberry book, I've been hooked. Mayberry has a true talent for writing smart, funny romances with real characters and chemistry that sizzles yet has very tender moments, too. I've yet to read a novel from her that I didn't thoroughly enjoy; Her Kind of Trouble continues that pattern.

“I thought I was your one that got away.”

She laughed. “You were my lucky escape. My disaster waiting to happen.”

I think the Dear Reader note from Mayberry in the front of this novel goes a long way towards explaining why this book works so well. The hero and heroine meet and have explosive, amazing sex in the first chapter, but the timing just was not right. Even if they decided to try for a relationship in the mid-twenties, I don't believe it would have lasted. They both needed to grow up, to find themselves, as cliché as that sounds. When the story opens in the present day, Vivian and Seth are two very different people from that first encounter ten years ago. And that's a good thing.

Typically I'm not a fan of babies in romance novels, but Daisy, Seth's newborn daughter, fit into the story very well. And each scene with Seth lovingly taking care of Daisy was enough to make me swoon. A sexy man plus a baby will always grab a woman's attention. But when said man truly cares for the baby . . . It's almost more powerful than foreplay, right? :)

I love the easy banter that Mayberry always includes in her books. I'm constantly smiling, snorting, or chuckling while reading.

“So what happened with Lola? You slip on the floor and accidentally fall into her vagina or something?”

And I can't forget this scene:

“He's the human equivalent of white bread—delicious, tasty, and  completely lacking in nutritional  value. You know this yet you still slept with him? Why?”

“Seth isn't white bread,” Vivian said, unable to stop herself from defending him. “He's closer to that new stuff they make these days, the bread that looks like white bread but has hidden fiber you can't see.”

I loved how Vivian wanted to help Seth so badly, but yet realized that while she could give him a shoulder to lean on, he had to come to terms with many of the issues on his own.

Not so long ago, she'd wanted to tear him a new one. Now, she just wished she had the power to set his world to rights.

Vivian is a strong heroine. I particularly loved when she stormed over to tell him off for judging her. That was a great scene, and I would love to share it, but you will simply have to read it yourself!

The buildup is done very well, and when these two do fall back into bed together, it's very hot! The chemistry is always there, but they also build a great friendship. I believed in their relationship by the end of the book. And isn't that the point of a good romance?

Her Kind of Trouble covers all the elements of a good romance—from the banter to the chemistry, the tender moments, the extremely sexy scenes, and a story of how two people change and grow over the years before seizing their second chance at love. I will be buying a copy of this book for my shelf, and I cannot wait for Mayberry's next release!


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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Note: The quotes used belong to Sarah Mayberry; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them.

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Have you read Sarah Mayberry? If not, I highly recommend her! If you have, which book is your favorite? I've only read her newest ones, but I have her backlist on my want to read list, so I'm curious which book I should read next. 

Do you enjoy a second chance romance? Do you have a favorite book that uses this troupe?


Until Next Time,


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