Series: Havenbrook #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 14, 2019
Format: eARC, 300 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Reading Challenges: 2019 Tackle My TBR Challenge
Aurora "Rory" Haven's life is in shambles. Her ex-husband's living with the woman he cheated with, her oldest daughter blames her for the divorce, and she's broke. To make ends meet, she partners with the too-young, way too hot local contractor she has absolutely no business fantasizing about.
Nash King is working overtime so he can take over the family business. He doesn't need the distraction of his best friend's sister, but the hot-as-hell, pearl-clutching divorcée barrels her way into his everyday life. He's managed to ignore his attraction to her for a decade. What's another couple months?
The summer heat and forced proximity has tempers flaring…and their chemistry sizzling. But Havenbrook's gossip mill is churning full-force, and the last thing Rory needs is everyone finding out she's crushing on a man eight years her junior. Except crushing doesn't have anything on what's really going on...
What would happen if the townspeople found out paint wasn't the only thing being stripped?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
Hometown Troublemaker is the perfect example of how I fail as a blogger/reader sometimes. I love Brighton and her books. I was thrilled to get my hands on this book before release. In March. I just finally got around to reading it. In July. I’m the actual worst. The worst part by far? I freaking loved it. Why’d I sit on it for so long? To think, I missed out on Nash and his fabulously filthy mouth for four months. 🤦🏻♀️ Ok, now that we’ve established how much I suck, I can tell you how much I adored this book.
I know I can always count on Brighton Walsh for characters I’ll love, strong and sassy heroines and a hero who loves to worship her. (And if you’ve read any of her books, you KNOW what I mean when I say worship her, right? So. Freaking. Hot.) I also know I’ll always get a really good story along with the smoking hot romance. Hometown Troublemaker was no exception. Rory was a different kind of heroine for me, but I really enjoyed her. Especially once she started letting down her “perfect” outer shell and embracing who she really was. And it’s not that she needed Nash to push her to do it, but he helped her along. All while growing on his own, too.
Age gaps don’t always work for me, but I was totally behind this one. I think it was because Rory was the older character. The gap between a 33 year old woman and 25 year old man may seem vast, but that eight years was nothing to these two. Rory might have been the older character, but at times it was Nash who seemed like the more mature one. At least with regards to knowing who he was and what he wanted out of life. But to be fair, Rory was used to pleasing others first and worrying about herself second. It was wonderful to watch her grow throughout this book.
I could say so many things about all the things I loved about Hometown Troublemaker, but I need to wrap this up. I’m living for the friendships in this series. And, of course, the HOT AF sexy times. I legit thought my Kindle might explode while reading this one. Let’s just say Nash knows how to use his hands (among other things) and that mouth… rawr.
“I didn’t take you anywhere, princess. I fucked you against this wall. And you loved every second of it.”
“I’m not interested in Perfect Rory—never have been. Real Rory is the one who keeps me comin’ back.”
Have you read Hometown Troublemaker?
How do you feel about age gap romances?