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Series: McCauley Brothers #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the author
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SHE’S SWORN OFF MEN
It’s been the day from hell for Maddie. Instead of offering a promotion, her boss made a pass. She quit, then got dumped by her lukewarm boyfriend. As the fiery redhead has a foul-mouthed meltdown, her green-eyed neighbor Flynn McCauley stands in her kitchen…completely captivated.
UNTIL HE THROWS A WRENCH INTO HER PLANS
He was just there to fix the sink as a favor. He’s not into relationships. She’s done with idiots. But where there are friends…sometimes there are benefits. And sometimes the boy next door might be just what you need at the end of every day.
There’s getting friendly with your neighbours, and then there’s “getting friendly”. While Flynn and Maddie aren’t strictly neighbours, they definitely do get rather friendly in Marie Harte’s June release from Sourcebooks, The Troublemaker Next Door.
I wasn’t aware that Marie Harte wrote straight contemporaries, as I’d only really seen her paranormal titles before. Marie, if this one is representative of your other contemporary romances, please keep writing them.
Here are my thoughts on The Troublemaker Next Door:
I loved that Flynn first came to meet Maddie when she wasn’t at her best – hey, we’ve all entered the house at one stage or another, flailing in anger – and yet he still wanted to know her. He didn’t dismiss her out of hand as a nutter who lives next door. Flynn may have come to realise his feelings before Maddy did, but it was good to see that he didn’t walk off at the first sign of her reluctance. It was clear to see why Maddie was skittish about getting involved with Flynn, and maybe she could have let go of her fears a little earlier, but hey, who are we to judge?
Their relationship burns bright, and they get up to some pretty hot sexytimes – sometimes while not even in the same room as each other. Their chemistry was balls-to-the-wall hot, and neither held back – maybe because like us readers, they secretly knew that the whole “friends with benefits” thing….well, it never really works!
The crazy clan of McCauley brothers, along with Maddie’s flatmates and the ever-hilarious Colin, add something special to this story. They’re boisterous, lively and just the kind of people you want in your corner. I am really looking forward to Brody and Abby’s story which comes along later this year – these two promise some goodness, that’s for sure.
Filled to bursting with humour, snappy dialogue and honest-to-God hot plumbers – The Troublemaker Next Door is a fun read, and a great starter to what should be an entertaining series.