I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Harlequin Super Romance on April 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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It takes one to know one
The moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they're a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And everything that happens between them proves her right. Even better, they both agree their one night together is all they'll share.
Now, years later, Seth remains one of Vivian's favorite memories. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because when she sees him again he's still sinfully attractive. More than that, she actually likes the man he is. When Seth suddenly becomes a full-time dad to a newborn, Vivian falls hard. Despite the changes, however, she knows Seth will never settle down. And he will definitely never commit to one woman. So she needs to strengthen her defenses before she gets into real trouble!
Generally, I tend to post the review of a book I’ve read fairly close to the time I read it. This time, however, I’m posting a review THREE months after I read the book. Why?
It was release day yesterday for Sarah Mayberry’s latest work from Harlequin Super Romance, Her Kind of Trouble. I was lucky enough to get an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley at the start of the year, so I have had to wait all this time to post it.
I read this in a single sitting, almost immediately after receiving my copy. As I said on Goodreads at the time, Her Kind of Trouble is another winner for me from Sarah Mayberry – a lovely, lovely story.
Here are my thoughts on Her Kind of Trouble:
Good timing has most definitely not been a friend to either Vivian or Seth. Their physical chemistry was in evidence at the start of the book (hey, they get freaky in a limo in chapter 1), but neither is ready emotionally for anything else. When we reconnect with them, as they do with each other, it’s plain to see both are very different people to those they used to be.
The attraction between them is still there, unexplored and likely to stay that way until tragedy strikes and Seth is left in the sole care of his infant daughter. It’s from here that these two really begin to show the other who they are beneath their facades.
I loved that Seth stood up to his responsibilities, especially when they were so different to how he’d expected them to be. I loved that he wasn’t suddenly an “I know everything, therefore I am Super-Dad” kind of guy – even for the practiced, parenting is bloody hard sometimes – and he isn’t shy about saying he’s got no idea, and readily admits he has stuffed up in the past. His love for his child is very real, and that is pretty darn sexy.
Vivian is there when Seth gets that awful call. She could have just thrown her hands up in the air and left Seth to flounder, because of their sketchy history, but she didn’t. It was wonderful to see that Vivian was there as an anchor for Seth, rather than someone who is there to take over his role as father.
As always, it was an absolute joy watching these two grow towards each other. The situation they find themselves knee-deep in shows them both how they’ve changed. While Her Kind of Trouble is a touch more sombre than some of Sarah’s previous books, it is by no means filled to the brim with grief and sadness. In other hands, this could have easily become one of those books, but Sarah Mayberry has once again imbued the story and her characters with the right balance of humour, emotion, and reality. The dialogue is smart, the characters’ actions and reactions to goings-on right on target.
The romance between Vivian and Seth was gorgeous. Their chemistry was undeniable, and it was plain to see that despite their checkered pasts (both separate and together), they were made for a happy ending.
One other thing I really loved was that even though Seth’s relationship with his child’s mother wasn’t perfect and she may not have been a textbook expectant mother, she wasn’t demonised or unnecessarily put down to advance the cause of Seth and Vivian’s romance.
Her Kind of Trouble is another winner, as far as I am concerned. I’m just glad now that I have had a chance to tell you all how good it was.