Title: Perfect Kind of Trouble
Author: Chelsea Fine
Series: Finding Fate #2
Release Date: June 17, 2014
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.
Perfect Kind of Trouble was the perfect follow-up to Best Kind of Broken. Chelsea Fine returns with another emotional, sweet, and hilarious book that hits all the right marks! Perfect Kind of Trouble is Daren and Kayla’s story. Their paths cross on occasion over the years, but all they know about each other are the misconceptions they’ve been led to believe are true. Both desperate for a better future, they accept an unusual last request and agree to stick together on a strange mission.
“Every other guy on the planet is just that: a guy. But Daren is a force. And I am a feather.”
Daren and Kayla are both skeptical of love and hesitant to depend on anyone. Being forced to work together and face their pasts stirs up a storm of emotions. Both are beautifully complex characters drowning in self-doubt. I loved being inside both Daren and Kayla’s heads as they struggled with their attraction to each other and the years of conditioning that has kept them from letting anyone in. Chelsea Fine made their inner conflict tangible and I had no choice but to feel for them.
“I laugh darkly and lean back on the couch with my already broken heart breaking into more pieces than I even knew were left.”
Chelsea Fine has a talent for balancing raw emotion with humor in her stories and Perfect Kind of Trouble did NOT disappoint. The situation Daren and Kayla find themselves in is incredibly amusing. I absolutely loved the premise for this story! From the first page to the last I was smiling. Even when the story got serious and emotions ran high, there was always something to laugh at and lighten the mood. There were plenty of twists and turns during this journey to keep me on my toes. I was completely enthralled with this book and I couldn’t put it down.
“Daren has been nonstop interesting – and absolute trouble, just like I thought. But it was the kind of trouble I needed to feel alive. It shook me up. It woke me up. It was the perfect kind of trouble.”
If you’re looking for a fun, standalone read that will keep you entertained and take you on an emotional ride, then Perfect Kind of Trouble is definitely for you. Chelsea Fine writes characters you can connect with, characters you’ll want to be friends with. Add in the intriguing storyline and plenty of sexual tension and you have the perfect weekend/summer read. I am so excited for her next book. I can’t wait to see what shenanigans her characters get up to!
I absolutely adored Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine, so when I was presented with the opportunity to review Perfect Kind of Trouble, I immediately jumped on it! Let me just say, I was not disappointed in the least! It follows the story of Kayla Turner and Daren Ackwood – both misunderstood by the rest of the world and fans of building walls around facades in order to protect themselves. Then they’re forced together and of course cracks appear that they didn’t think were possible.
Kayla was one of those girls that in some ways I had a really hard time connecting to, but on other fronts, I felt like she was me. She was the beautiful protagonist who knew she attracted attention, and was often judged based purely on those looks. On the inside was a whole other story; she was an independent, broken soul who was really just lost. She returns to her childhood home for her father’s funeral a bitter girl and ends up taking a journey that I loved being on the ride for. The woman she becomes is not the same one we meet in the beginning of the book.
Daren. Oh man, I wanted to punch him in the beginning of the book. He had these moments where he was such a conceited jerk that I felt no remorse for him. Then we got to see more into his life and upbringing and I softened immensely. It was hard not to as he began changing as well. I adore a good book where the characters come together to change and better each other and this was no exception to that. Chelsea writes in such a way from the dual perspective that you really are living the journey with the characters. You experience the moment to moment changes that result in the bigger transformation.
The premise of having these two characters together for a scavenger hunt was so ridiculously cute and made me love someone we didn’t even get to experience – Kayla’s dad. While it will tug at your heartstrings one moment, it will make you giggle the next. It’s a beautiful read with a life lesson twist to it; one of my absolute favorite kind of reads! I would definitely recommend this book, and this series, to fellow readers!
Still handcuffed together, we carefully maneuver our linked wrists and open the old train door. Inside, the boxcar is completely empty except for a single, folded piece of paper.
I scowl. Will this scavenger hunt for money ever end?
“What do you suppose it is?” Daren nods at the piece of paper in the back of the train car.
“A check for a million dollars?” I say hopefully.
The only way to reach the paper is to climb inside. Which won’t be easy since my chest barely reaches the bottom of the train car and we can’t climb in one at a time because, you know, we’re attached to one another.
I frown. “How do you want to do this?”
Daren scratches his jaw. “I’ll hoist you inside first then I’ll jump in. Come here.” He turns me around to face him and I step into the circle of his arms.
The summer sun burns down on us. I stare at his chest where his T-shirt pulls tight against the hard muscles of his pecs and a trickle of sweat slowly slides down the back of my neck.
The corded muscles of his neck ripple as he turns his head. “Hold on to my wrists. Then I’ll lift you up.”
He places his big hands on my waist and his thumbs slide under my shirt, grazing the bare skin of my stomach. A warm zing shoots down my belly.
I snap my eyes to him. “Did you do that on purpose?”
“Do what?” His expression is neutral but there’s a glimmer in his eye.
I eye him shrewdly as I wrap my hands around his wrists.
He glides the pads of his thumbs over my stomach again and another, more powerful, zing darts straight down my belly and between my legs as I suck in a breath.
“Cut it out,” I say.
“Cut what out?” His eyes dance with amusement.
“You know what.”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.” A mischievous grin spreads across his face and I can’t stop the smile that starts to play at my own lips.
His eyes lock on mine and the twitching low in my belly starts up again. Then his gaze drops to my mouth and hunger lights his eyes.
I absently part my lips, my thoughts suddenly hazy.
Leaning in, he whispers, “Now do you want to kiss again?”
His words flutter over my ear like soft, warm butterflies beating their wings against my sensitive skin and a shiver runs through me.
The answer is yes. I do want to kiss him again. It felt so good to have his mouth on mine last night. To feel him up against me.
But I don’t answer.
He brushes his thumbs over the naked skin of my belly again, but this time dips them inside the waistband of my skirt and skims the lacey top of my panties.
I inhale sharply, tightening my fingers around his wrists as my nipples harden and heat builds in my core. I rub my thighs together, trying to alleviate the ache slowly building between my legs but it’s no use. I’m already a tight puddle of need.
How come this beautiful man can make me melt with just a simple touch? And how come it’s always so difficult for me to snap out of his sexy gaze?
I blink away from Daren’s pretty brown eyes and playfully whisper, “No,” before shifting back a few inches.
His eyelids, heavy with desire, open fully as he scans my face and throat with a smile. “Liar.”
I smile back, grateful he doesn’t try to convince me otherwise. I’d no doubt give in if he did. Because Daren affects me.
Every other guy on the planet is just that: a guy.
But Daren is a force. And I am a feather.
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Check out the rest of the Finding Fate series:
Best Kind Of Broken (Finding Fate #1)
Right Kind Of Wrong (Finding Fate #3)
Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She’s ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.