Aug 14 2014 8:30am

First Look: Lauren Dane’s The Best Kind of Trouble (August 26, 2014)

The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren DaneLauren Dane
The Best Kind of Trouble
Harlequin HQN / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

She has complete control…and he's determined to take it away

A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton's world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly—especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley….

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.

Even after years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more…even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there's a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved—and the only compromise is between the sheets! 

Librarian Natalie Clayton has lived quite a life. She was abandoned as a toddler by her mother and sent to live with her father, who has been an addict her whole life. The fact that she has a trust fund and lived in the suburbs made the reality of the life she was living on the inside of that house even more appalling.

Back before Patrick “Paddy” Hurley and his brothers made it big as musicians, he and a college-bound Natalie had an intense two week fling. They met at a dive bar where she was a bartender and his band had a gig. After that, she went to college, and he went on tour. Natalie has grown up and made it on her own after all these years, and when she runs into Paddy at her favorite coffee shop she refuses to acknowledge him or their past. Paddy is immediately drawn to Natalie, and impressively remembers her name and face after years of nameless and faceless one night stands. Unimpressed, Natalie is intensely private and wants to put her past behind her so she can focus on her professional life. Unfortunately for Paddy, he is a living reminder of a time in her life when she was wild and out of control.

However, Paddy Hurley has more charm than a man should (according to his own mother!) and eventually weasels his way into Natalie’s good graces. Now the two of them have to figure out something very important: How do two people who don’t know what they are doing have a healthy relationship? Lauren Dane examines what happens after the hookup in The Best Kind of Trouble.

Natalie is a self proclaimed control freak, and Paddy doesn’t mind long as he gets his way. While that seems like there may be some conflicts of interest there, these two characters have some of the most frank and refreshing conversations about communication that I have ever read in romance. Paddy, who comes from a big, boisterous family, takes arguments and conflict in stride. (He routinely has fist fights with his brothers while they go through the recording process.) Natalie, meanwhile, has been either betrayed or manipulated by those who should have been her protectors; luckily she has a surrogate family in the friends she made in college. Her best friend, Tuesday, is used fantastically as a checks-and-balances for Natalie’s neurotic moments, and she takes her job as kick-ass BFF seriously. (As an aside, I loved Tuesday. She was a fully fleshed out character who was a woman of color, not just a sassy stereotypical sidekick AND she is next to get a book in this series with the complicated Ezra Hurley. Yum!)

Where Natalie and Paddy don’t have to practice compromise is in the bedroom. Paddy takes control and Natalie easily lets the reins go as his instincts for what she wants and needs between the sheets are dead on. It has to help that they had a hot fling several years back, but now they are both older and more mature—with darker sexual tastes. It is important to Natalie to be in a safe space personally, to place trust in her partner to take care of her needs. Paddy is only too happy to oblige by fulfilling her fantasies and fulfilling a few of his own. Also, he has tattoos, piercings, and a beard, which I consider a huge win. (So does Natalie.)

Fans of Lauren Dane’s Brown Siblings and Delicious series will definitely enjoy The Best Kind of Trouble. It takes place in the same world as the other two and is written with the same thoughtfulness and sexiness we have come to expect from Dane.


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Nicole Leapheart's alter ego is Miss Boxy Frown, and she posts book reviews and TV recaps at She reads and watches everything from romance to sci-fi, but enjoys it even more if some smut is involved. And tattoos.

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1. Kareni
I finished this today and enjoyed it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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