The Best Kind of Trouble by Courtney B. Jones Ashley Parker knows trouble. And Nathan Williams--star quarterback and charming ladies man--is trouble. She knows he'll only break her heart. But that doesn't stop her from jumping in feet first. When her whole world is flipped upside down, her guitar and her lyrics become her only solace. Along with sexy guitar player Caleb Mathews. Fueled by heartache, love, and lust, Ashley finds herself in the best kind of trouble. Boy trouble.
Series: Trouble #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: January 20, 2014
How I got it: From the author
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Ashley Parker knows trouble. And Nathan Williams--star quarterback and charming ladies man--is trouble. She knows he'll only break her heart. But that doesn't stop her from jumping in feet first. When her whole world is flipped upside down, her guitar and her lyrics become her only solace. Along with sexy guitar player Caleb Mathews.
Fueled by heartache, love, and lust, Ashley finds herself in the best kind of trouble. Boy trouble.
Before I start this review, I just want to say I don’t like writing negative reviews, but sometimes it just can’t be helped. This book did not work for me in any way, but looking at the Goodreads ratings, others found it quite enjoyable. My review will be a little bit spoilery, so keep that in mind if you think you might read the book. I also want to say I applaud the author for the premise of the book. It sounded interesting. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to write a book and I respect anyone who does it.
Ok. Now the review.
My biggest problem with this book, and the one that made it nearly impossible for me to even finish, was with the characters. They were flat and unlikeable. Ashley and Nathan were immature, inconsistent and selfish. Ashley was wishy-washy and Nathan was a jerk. He was possessive and the type of guy that could be dangerous if pushed. He was hot and cold and the explanation for his behavior didn’t really cut it for me. Ashley and Nathan fell victim to instalove, but I never bought into it. They constantly did things to intentionally hurt each other, which really bothered me. There was virtually no communication between them and I never felt the chemistry.
I could have even dealt with the jerkish love-interest Nathan if I had been able to find common ground with Ashley. I couldn’t. She was cold and immature and just generally unlikable. Her behavior after her father’s death baffled me and her music career felt like it came out of nowhere. She acted more like a high-schooler than a college student and I just couldn’t bring myself to care about her. I almost stopped reading the book a couple times, but decided to tough it out and give the characters the benefit of the doubt. I wanted them to prove me wrong. Sadly, that never happened.
The one bright, shining spot for me was Caleb. I adored his character. But, he was treated badly and used as a pawn in this messed up game that Ashley and Nathan were playing, which just frustrated me all the more. But, if I’m being honest, he’s the reason this book gets two stars and not one.
I can handle a frustrating book and frustrating characters if there’s a payoff in the end. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that with The Best Kind of Trouble. I saw no character development and growth and the characters bothered me as much at the end of the book as they did at the beginning. The Best Kind of Trouble ended with a cliffhanger, but I won’t be reading more of this series. I hope others who read the book have a better experience and find it more enjoyable. A younger reader might find it more enjoyable and the characters more relatable. It just wasn’t for me.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.