Title: Perfect Kind Of Trouble
Author: Chelsea Fine
Series: Finding Fate #2
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Published by: Forever (Grand Central Publishing
Format: ARC from publisher through Netgalley
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.
Well, I can’t say I love this book nor hate it, but I definitely enjoyed this more than the first book. Honestly, the hardest reviews to write are those that has mid-rating, and I can’t form my words right now because I am having a hard time forming my thoughts. This book definitely was good and worth a try, but I think the way the story developed was a bit lacking.
Kayla and Daren were great characters. They were great in a way that they were both on the losing end but they were both fighters. Both of them were struggling in financial terms and neither succumbed to living on the wrong side of the word just to get by comfortably. Kayla was lead to believe that her father didn’t love her and Daren lived his life expecting people to leave him. So both had trust issues and had doubts about love, but what makes them standout was their true character that they hide behind their strong personalities. BUT (notice the big BUT) I found Kayla’s personality a bit petty.
Kayla was described as the prettiest girl Copper Springs has ever seen. She was blonde with blue eyes, and apparently, with a great body too, but all these beauty was what made her insecure. I mean, ARE YOU SERIOUS, GIRL? You’re hot, and pretty, beautiful, and guys in all ages gawk at you and YOU’RE INSECURE? WTF. She says it’s because guys only see what’s outside her and not what’s inside her that is why she feels that way. ANYONE BUYING THIS SH*T? NOT ME. NEVER ME. She had daddy issues but that is not relevant with her insecurity.
On the other hand, I think Daren’s pretty tolerable. He is a man-whore and he admits it. It was his lack of trust towards women that made him this way. This started because his mom, that his father loved wholeheartedly, left his father for another man, and eventually she left Daren too. THIS I CAN TOLERATE. I honestly think Daren had a more difficult life compared to Kayla, and despite that he still had his humor. He was judged as a playboy without knowing his heart is bigger than his ego.
Just like in the first book, another think I like about this book was the minor characters. The author made them support what’s happening to the main characters. At the same time I think I can compare her to the way Abbi Glines introduces new characters that has potential for a new story. But what’s different in Chelsea Fine’s work is you don’t have to read the other books in her series (in this case) just to get to know who’s who.
Although I like the characters, I got bored with the story. The concept of this book was what piqued my interest. I was wondering what could Kayla’s father be up to, and after a few chapters of their search for their inheritance I got bored, and I actually fell asleep. I even managed to watch a movie in between reading this book. After all the facts had been laid and the truths been out, and everything I’ve been curious about the characters and the story was open, there was nothing more that made me giddy about this book. But then I kept on reading until the couple’s biggest conflict, and then my interest was up and going again. Well, the romance was actually good and the author made it slow and nice, but I think I got tired of the couple’s sexual tension that added to the reason I got bored. There was an obvious attraction and very strong sexual tension between them that I felt it was dragged too long. In the end they still got together and had sex but when I was at the part where they were doing it I was like, “Okay hurry up, what’s next.” So steam level? Eeeeng. *insert airplane sound here* Don’t get me wrong, I still think the way they got together in the end was nice and sweet. I just wished it didn’t had to be dragged too long.
Overall, the concept and romance was good. I liked how the conflict was executed, although the relationship was dragged it was still romantic in some other ways. Despite its shortcomings it was still worth reading and I recommend this to those who wouldn’t mind very slow romance building.
3 out of 5