Monday, March 31, 2014

Her Kind of Trouble

Her Kind of Trouble
By Sarah Mayberry
Publisher: Harlequin 
Release Date: April 1, 2014

Vivian Walker and Seth Anderson meet at a dinner the night before the wedding of her older sister Jodie and his older brother Jason. Their attraction is immediate, and, almost as quickly, they discover how much they have in common. They are both young enough to still be in the process of discovering who they are, they both have big dreams (she of see her designs on Paris runways, he of his band, Skunk Punk, making it big), and they are both free spirits who are loved but not understood by their conventional families. When they are warned away from one another, surrendering to temptation become irresistible. They leave the wedding reception to share some champagne, a joint, and incredible sex on the backseat of a limousine.  But since they both have big plans for their lives and a romantic entanglement could become awkward because of their family connection, they agree that it just one night to remember.

 “Listen, Seth…I had a great time. But just so you know, I’m not really looking for anything. I’ve got a lot going on with my studies, I’ve got a graduate show to prepare for…”She trailed off awkwardly.
He was silent for a long moment, his expression unreadable. “So, what, this was just one night of the best limo-monkey-sex ever, no strings attached?”
She couldn’t tell if he was pissed or not. He didn’t sound pissed, but there was something about the way he was holding himself that made her a little nervous.
“That’s another way of putting it.”
He grinned hugely, his posture and expression relaxing. “I knew you were my kind of girl when I met you, Vivian Walker.”
For ten years they meet only occasionally at family gatherings, enjoying a little light flirting when they see one another but going on with their lives, including romantic relationships. Vivian spends most of that period in the United States, accepting that she’s not going to become an internationally acclaimed fashion designer but finding her niche as a professional stylist. Seth’s band goes the way of most rock bands of limited talent and luck, and he becomes the owner of a successful Melbourne bar, Night Howls.  They are both in their thirties when Vivian decides she misses home and family and returns to Melbourne to set up a business with a friend.
Vivian is amazed when she learns that Seth and an ex-girlfriend are about to come parents, and she’s furious when she finds out that Seth has questioned her fitness to become co-guardian to their young nephews if anything should happen to Jodie and Jason. But she proves herself the friend Seth needs when he has to confront an unthinkable tragedy and make life-altering decisions. Soon hearts and libidos are on full alert, but Vivian and Seth have to be honest with themselves and with one another if they are to be more than an unfinished chapter in one another’s lives.
I always approach a Sarah Mayberry book with anticipation and delight, but I admit that after reading the first chapter if this one, I was ready to give it a miss. It was well-written, but it gave me the feeling that I sometimes get when I am a party to my nieces’ TMI conversations or that I used to experience when my composition students wrote in full confessional mode: I don’t need to hear this. However, since Her Kind of Trouble was an ARC for review, I persisted. And I’m happy I did because the book turned out to be the kind of richly nuanced, slowly developing relationship story I love, the kind that has made Mayberry one of my favorite authors.
Vivian and Seth engaged my interest and won my heart. Their HEA left me with a smile and a tear and an unshakable conviction that these two people were perfect for one another. I can see them growing older together, still laughing and learning together. It’s this kind of story with this kind of conclusion that keeps me reading romance fiction. If you enjoy contemporary romance, you can’t do better than a Sarah Mayberry book. I highly recommend Her Kind of Trouble.

Everyone who posted about favorite category authors last week mentioned Sarah Mayberry. She really is an extraordinary writer. Have you read her books? What’s your favorite?


irisheyes said...

Already got this one on pre-order, Janga! I can't wait.

Picking my favorites from SM is a hard one. I can tell you the ones I re-read the most... ALL THEY NEED, SUDDENLY YOU, HER FAVORITE TEMPTATION, HER BEST WORST MISTAKE, and THE OTHER SIDE OF US.

You know, come to think of it, as much as I LOVE SM, I'm not real fond of her Blaze titles. I've read a few of them and it was too much sex (which I know I should have been expecting due to the line LOL). She does such an awesome job with her characterizations that I'm sure her Blaze titles are among the best in that category, but it was still too much for me. I wanted less sex and more story. Although, I did just read SATISFACTION which was hotter than her usual titles and I really liked it a lot. It was pretty steamy but I felt like the story took center stage not the sex. I think she self-published this one too.

Janga said...

It's great, Irish! I feel the same way about the Blaze titles. I think they are well done, but they are not for me. Suddenly You is one of my top three with Within Reach and Home for the Holidays. my first SM book, rounding out the trio. I haven't read Satisfaction yet. It's on my Kindle, but I've been busy with review commitments.

Deborah Stein said...

She is definitely one of my favorites. I admire Within Reach but don't reread it. Some of my rereads include the recent Favorite Rival and Favorite Temptation, Her Best Worst Mistake, Suddenly You, and I particularly love More Than One Night. I also really like two of her blaze titles, Her Secret Fling and Anything for You.

Deborah Stein said...

Oh and Best Laid Plans is one of my favorites