Saturday, June 21, 2014

Perfect Kind of Trouble by Chelsea Fine Blog Tour and Review

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.

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My Review!

Perfect Kind of Trouble was like an ode to all those young adults who are struggling to make ends meet and who are struggling with their identities, morals, and choices. Chelsea Fine created a very realistic, fun, and heartwarming story about two characters who just wanted a win in life. I loved it!

Rating: 4 Trouble-Filled Stars!

I was intrigued to read Daren Ackwood's story after he made appearances in Best Kind of Broken. I loved his character! He's an enigma; someone who puts on a show for everybody, while no one knows what's really going on inside his head and in his life. But he wants to keep it that way. He's spent so much of his life acting a certain way and keeping up appearances that, to do anything different, is completely new territory for him. He's not rich; he's not as arrogant as he seems. He's just a guy who's had a lot of bad luck and who just wants to lose the burdens he's carrying on his shoulders. But he's kind, and funny, and good. He just doesn't see all of that. And until Kayla shows up, he was content to keep up the charade. 

Kayla Turner showed up in town for her father's funeral and wanted to get the hell out as soon as possible. But the meeting at the lawyer's office throws a wrench in her plans. I was unsure of Kayla's character at times. She seemed a little petty, stuck-up, and her biting attitude about all things her father made me wonder if I'd like her. But first appearances aren't all they are cracked up to be. Kayla's bitter, sure, and she has reason to be. But stuck-up and petty? Not at all who she is. Kayla's in the same boat as Daren; homeless, poor, and wears a mask to hide her true self. She's such a good character; one who is both strong and vulnerable, caring and brutally honest. Hers, and Daren's development, felt real and genuine.

I loved their relationship! These two had such preconceived notions about each other when they meet again at the will reading. And when they're sent on a wild scavenger hunt, courtesy of Old Man Turner's eccentric personality, they unveil the truest parts of themselves. They uncover secrets, both good and bad, and they find out that appearances aren't everything. They had to learn to set aside their differences and independent attitudes to work together. They just didn't expect on falling in love! Their romance was both sweet and spicy, intimate and funny. They brought out the best in each other

Oh my gosh, I truly loved this plot! I wish Turner hadn't died, because man, he sure is rolling around in his grave laughing at Kayla and Daren as they partake in his crazy scavenger hunt. The story-line was just so much fun, but it was not without its quiet moments of grief and heartache, and tender love. But I do wish there were more moments with the secondary characters, like Ellen, Levi, and Pixie. And I was hoping for more cameos of Levi and Pixie (I just can't let go of these two). Kayla and Daren were so alone for most of the book, and I just wish they'd realized sooner how many people actually care about them and want to help. Like Ellen, because she's so damn amazing. 

As always, I love Chelsea Fine's writing! Her sense of humor, the dialogue, and how she makes her characters so relatable and real. Perfect Kind of Trouble was a heartwarming and fun read with two characters who learned a lot of lessons. It was about grief and family, love and insecurity, pain and comfort. Kayla and Daren learned that falling in love is the ultimate risk and worth all the trouble in the world

Favorite Quote!

"Always bring the heart. Wherever you go, however you get there, bring a loving air with you and leave kindness in your wake. Life is too short to keep your heart to yourself." -Old Man Turner


“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.


About the Author
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. 

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  1. I love characters that bring out the best in each other. Ones that force the other to change their personalities and lives to fit them are HORRIBLE. Thanks for sharing xx

    Joy @ Thoughts By J

  2. This looks like such a fun book! Kayla and Daren seem like a couple I would root for the entire way. :)

    1. It was SO FUN! I hope you get the chance to read it. :)

  3. Okay, I have a weird confession. An author I follow on Instagram showed a picture of Chelsea Fine's autograph and it's gorgeous! For that reason alone, I've been contemplating getting one of her books. Hah. Now that I've read your review and that excerpt, I know I HAVE to! :)

    Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages

    1. Haha, she does have such a pretty signature! Also, the first book in this series is only 99 cents on Amazon! You should totally pick it up. :)


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