Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl

Title: Looking for Trouble
Author: Victoria Dahl
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Jackson: Girls Night Out#1
Main Characters: Alex and Sophie
Release Date: July 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A good reason to be bad...

Librarian Sophie Heyer has walked the straight and narrow her entire life to avoid paying for her mother's mistakes. But in tiny Jackson Hole, Wyoming, juicy gossip just doesn't go away, so the last thing she needs is for history to repeat itself. Falling hard for the sexiest biker who's ever rode into town would undo everything she's worked for. And to add insult to injury, the sexy stranger is none other than Alex Bishop--the son of the man her mother abandoned Sophie's family for. He may be temptation on wheels, but Sophie's not looking for trouble!

Maybe Sophie's buttoned-up facade fools some, but Alex knows a naughty smile when he sees one. Despite their parents' checkered pasts, he's willing to take some risks to find out the truth about the town librarian. He figures a little fling might be just the ticket to get his mind off of family drama. But what he finds underneath Sophie's prim demeanor might change his world in ways he never expected.
My Review:
Okay, there's not much that can go bad with this story...a good girl librarian who's hiding a VERY naughty side paired up with a tattoo'ed sexy biker. Really, see what I mean? That's just a perfect combination. Add in a town scandal that included both their parents and ruined their childhood and you have the makings of an incredibly good contemporary novel that I really did enjoy...even when I cried a bit in the middle. 

Twenty-five years ago a scandal rocked Jackson, Wyoming. Two married people disappeared and they weren't married to each other. Their disappearance basically ruined the lives of six other people...4 confused kids and 2 betrayed spouses. Two of those kids left behind were Alex and Sophie. Alex's dad ran off with Sophie's mom. Last year they all discovered that the two had been dead all those 25 years. They hadn't just abandoned their families. But these two kids handled the stress of than supposed abandonment very differently...well, as differently as their remaining parental units did. 

For Alex, his mother became delusional after the disappearance. In the 25 years since, she's never been able to accept the abandonment and wouldn't let her two sons accept it either, constantly dragging them on one wild goose chase after another. When Alex turned 18, he'd had enough and took off, never to return to see either his mother or his older brother. 

Sophie did the opposite. She stayed home and took care of her father and brother, replacing the mother who disappeared. Despite the town gossip and the ridicule because Sophie grew up to look just like her mother, the town floozie...something Alex's mother never lets her forget. 

25 years later, Alex is back in town. He doesn't recognize Sophie as anything more than a seriously sexy hot librarian with a bit of a wild side that he wants to see more of. He has no idea of their combined history. Sophie knows, but Alex is everything she looks for when she's feeling frisky and she wants him...even if she can only have him for one night.

Because Sophie has lived under the censure of this scandal her entire life, she hides herself. Only one other person in town sees the real Sophie...until Alex. I loved that fact about her...that under her cardigans and pearls, she's hiding a serious wild-child with a bit of kink. I loved how instantly Alex spotted that within her and tapped into it, realizing she's worth more than just a single night...almost immediately. 

With the backdrop of the families scandal and the scars it left on every single one of these characters, this book thoroughly worked for me. I fell in love with Sophie and her strength of character to stand up under the constant criticism. I loved that she's stayed a good person, willing to look out for others, even Alex's mom who's been so awful to her for so long. Sophie is just a good person. I also really loved that she's so turned on by everything Alex is...his motorcycle, his tattoos, his sometimes scary persona...but he's so much deeper and she sees that too. It was simply a good book...and yes, I did shed a few tears, too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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