Monday, June 23, 2014

Blog Tour Book Review and Giveaway: Perfect Kind of Trouble by Chelsea Fine

Welcome to my stop on the Perfect Kind of Trouble Blog Tour!

I am so excited to be a part of this tour because as some of you may remember I adored the first book in the series Perfect Kind of Broken and just couldn't wait to get more.

I am so happy to say that this second installment, did not disappoint.

Series: Book Two in the Finding Fate Series

Published By: Forever (June 17, 2014)

Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)

Book Description:

Sometimes when perfect falls apart, a little trouble fixes everything . . . 

Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father's protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she's forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla's seen his type before. But Daren isn't who he seems to be . . .

Struggling to make amends for his family's mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He's beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner's princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she's just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla's dad could have left them . . . was each other.

About the Author:

I write, I paint, I drink coffee and I love superheroes. I fail at cooking and putting laundry away and I have a minor addiction to reading. Okay, major. Friend me!


“So this is where you work?” She gestures at the closed kitchen door behind me as she approaches.

I step back so she can enter the courtyard then glance over my shoulder. “It’s more like the place where I help out in the kitchen, occasionally,” I say. “I like to cook so sometimes the owner, Jake, let’s me jump on the line.”

She tilts her head. “I wouldn’t have pegged you as the cooking type.”

“No?” I arch a brow. “What type am I?”

“Well the professional lover type, obviously.”

I grin. “That too.”

The teasing in her eyes along with the lightness of her smile does something soft to my insides. This is a different Kayla than the one I was sitting next to at the bar. That girl was stressed and burdened, but this girl… this girl is hopeful and happy.

The only reason I can think of for the change in her tone is the inheritance. Does the idea of getting money please her so much that she’s suddenly this cheerful person? Does it please me that much?

I remember Jake’s comment earlier, about my being happy, and realize with a sinking feeling that yes, the idea of an inheritance has made me happy. Money would alleviate some of my problems and, therefore, it gives me a security in my future that pleases me.

I’m not sure how I feel about money having so much control over my contentment. It makes me sound an awful lot like my dad.

“So what is this place?” she asks, nodding to the courtyard around us.

I look up at the small twinkle lights strung above the area. “Right now it’s just storage space. But Jake wants to make it into a dining patio. You know, so people can rent it out for private parties or whatever.”

“It’s cute.” She walks around, checking out the rose bushes that line the fence and the Tuscany-inspired mural painted against the back wall.

“So where you off to?” I step closer so we’re both beside the painted wall. “Back to your humble abode at the Quickie Stop?”

She scoffs. “Humble indeed. But yeah.”

I glance at the dark parking lot beyond the fence and the even darker streets that lead to the edge of town, and frown. “By yourself?”

She faces me with a cocked eyebrow. “Yeah. I’ve got my own driver’s license and everything.”

I smile at the ground. “Okay, that’s fair.” I glance at the dark streets again. “I’m just a concerned citizen that wanted to make sure you got home safely. That’s all.”

She nods. “How very kind of you, citizen. Would you rather I be going back to the Quickie Stop with someone?”

The idea of Kayla going home with someone—anyone, other than me—rakes down my spine like nails on a chalkboard. I don’t know when I got so possessive of this girl but holy hell. My veins are on fire.

How very unexpected. And somewhat annoying.

I don’t get possessive of women. Ever. Sure, I care about Amber and Pixie but that’s different. I care about them like sisters. I’m protective of them. I couldn’t really give a damn who they, or any other female in this town, go to bed with.

But Kayla?

Hot jealousy darts through my veins.

How very annoyingly unexpected.

I set my shoulders back in a casual manner. “Not particularly,” I say coolly. “I just wasn’t sure if you had a ride or not.”

“Oh.” She runs a finger over her lips. “And what, you were going to offer me a ride?”

I watch the tip of her finger skim over the pink fullness of her bottom lip and my breath hitches. She can’t say things like “give me a ride” and touch her mouth at the same time. That’s just not fair.

“Well I might have offered you a ride,” I say, inwardly cursing as I remember sweet, precious Monique, “except I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to take rides from strangers. And since that’s what you and I are…” I sigh dramatically. “It would have just been a waste of time to ask you.”

She smiles behind her moving fingers and I start to wonder if she’d let me kiss her. My guess is, yes. Maybe.

I want to kiss Kayla. Badly. But the idea of kissing her, of touching her at all, also makes me a little nervous. And I’m never nervous when it comes to women.

Goddammit. Everything about this girl is unexpected.

“You’re so obsessed with us not being strangers,” she says, and her eyes shine. “That can’t be healthy.”

I probably shouldn’t kiss her. We have an inheritance to claim tomorrow. We have shit to follow through with. Kissing her is a bad idea. A very bad idea.

“No. Probably not.” I step closer so we’re only inches apart. “But I can’t seem to let it go.”

She doesn’t move away. She doesn’t break eye contact.

Yes. She’d definitely let me kiss her. I’m sure of it.

My heart pounds and it’s all I can do to keep my nonchalant demeanor in place.

“Is that what we are, Kayla?” I lower my voice with a crooked grin. “Strangers?”

She meets my crooked grin and raises me a tipped chin. Her eyes are steel and sure, not giving anything away, and I suddenly feel unsure.

I lean in.

She doesn’t react. But she also doesn’t back away.

Kissing her is a bad idea.

Her lips part, ever so slightly, a thin seam of wet flesh forming between the soft skin of her pretty lips, and all my reservations vanish.

Ever since falling in love with the first book in the series when I read it earlier this year, I just knew this was going to be one of those series that I go to whenever I need a fun, endearing and heart felt read. The characters were all so lovable and I loved the small town feel to it, not to mention the swoon worthy romance and laugh out loud funny moments.

I was so happy to see that this one would be all about Darren. We meet him in the first book and even with the few short appearances he makes, you just know there is so much to his story and the dark mysterious exterior the author presented us with. Who doesn’t love a hot sexy guy that appears to be just a little bit broken and so very mysterious?

Instead of going on and on about why I loved this one, I am going to give you five top reasons you should give this one (and the series) a try.

-That feel good small town setting. This story takes place in a small town and with it all the small town attributes (and cliches) we all love. Where everyone knows everybody and that close knit group of people that always make up a good story.

-Lovable main characters that are both just a little bit broken and damaged but when they come together, make that perfect whole we all want and adore reading about. 

-Sexual tension, witty banter, laugh out loud moments and sarcastic comments galore. Who doesn’t love a feisty heroine and a cocky (but lovable) hero?

-Amazing secondary characters that are every bit as wise and funny as they are lovable. These are the best friends, bosses and people that really make this series stand out and add so much to the story. These are such a must for me and can really make or break and book.

-A well written, well thought out plot, setting and character development. Not only can you connect with the characters on a deep level but you are really drawn into the storyline and setting as well. You want to be in this town, know these people and make them a part of your life. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by an outside source. I was not compensated for this review.*

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  1. I love small town romances and it's great that the sequel is as strong as the first one :)

  2. This sounds like a splendid read! I would love books that have witty banter to go along with sexual tension. They make for really fun interaction. May check out this one :) Thanks for highlighting this!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  3. Oooo what a teaser of an excerpt! Stopping right when we get to the good stuff ;-) LOVE a guy that's a little possessive and gets irritated when he finds himself feeling that way. So glad to know this second installment doesn't disappoint given how much you enjoyed the first Ali! Yes to sexual tension. I'm so on board with this series!

  4. It sounds so good! The excerpt is enough to get me excited for this book!

    1. OOh Kindlemom I LOVE the title and thanks for showcasing this :)

    2. Yay! Then it did it's job. :)

  5. Definitely sounds like some good reasons to read the book. glad you are enjoying this author so much.

  6. This does sound good! I love the small town setting. And some good sexual tension is also a plus. Awesome review!

  7. Hmmmm I didn't know a sequel was out already. this looks interesting and Chelsea fine's YA series was addictive so I'll definitely check this ;) great list

    1. I really need to read her other stuff as well.

  8. I love these type of tropes and mysterious characters. So glad you enjoyed this Ai. I am adding it to my list!

  9. I wasn't a huge fan of Best Kind of Broken, so I was unsure about whether or not I'd read this one. I'm planning to read it now, though! The main characters sound great, as does the plot. I did like the small town setting, too. Awesome review :)

    1. Sorry you didn't like the first one more, this one was definitely more fun and not quite as serious.

  10. Sounds like a great book and isn't the author just adorable? I wish I'd been published when I was that young. (Sigh.)

  11. What else could you ask for? Sounds like a perfectly good contemporary romance!

    1. It really was a fun read with just the right amount of romance and some adventure too.

  12. Thanks for the excerpt and your awesome review! This does sound like a good book!

  13. Oh it's nice to have a series like that, that you know you'll enjoy no matter what. I didn't know this one but it's great that the second book was as good.

    1. It really is nice to have those authors and series you can fall back on to help pull you out of a funk.

  14. Sounds like it's going to be a great series. I love the titles! The Author looks so young...I keep thinking I am just realllly old because all of these Authors I am seeing seem so young :)

  15. Great review. I really enjoyed this also.

  16. I loved this one too. I think Chelsea does a fantastic job with the characters, plot and romance. I'm so happy you enjoyed this one as well

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    1. Yay, happy to hear that Michelle and I agree, they are so much fun. :)