Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Perfect Kind of Trouble by Chelsea Fine - Review / Giveaway / Excerpt

Perfect Kind of Trouble
By: Chelsea Fine
Release Date: June 3, 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.

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Have you ever known two people who believe the other is the complete opposite of who they are and deep down you know they are the same person going through the same things and both are just stubborn, that’s Kayla and Daren?  Chelsea Fine has written another wonderful book that had me smiling, hot and bothered and teary eyed, but most importantly she bought me into this world that I wanted to be in, a world where scavenger hunts are the way to go, a world where Monique is the name of a flashy Porsche.  This book was amazing and I loved every second of it.

We meet Kayla as she’s attending her father’s funeral, not someone who’s been in her life much the past couple years but still she needed the closure.  It’s throughout the story that she received a lot more than just the closure she was looking for.  Having to go through many different, interesting fun experiences while completing a crazy scavenger hunt to find out what her father left her while being hand cuffed to the irresistible Daren, who is known to be quite the ladies man.  The two of them believe the other to be one way and slowly through different experiences and conversations they each learn how wrong they were about the other.  That’s what I loved best about the book; you should never make assumptions about people because you don’t really know them until you actually get to know them.  It’s not good to judge people based on looks or rumors.

There were a lot of great characters in this book, and a lot of revelations to each of them.  I especially loved in when towards the end some characters from the previous book in this series showed up.  It was quite nice to see them again.  And can I just say how much I wish I knew Ellen, there is something special about that lady, it’s like she knows everything, seriously. 

I loved everything about this book and this series and it was at times heartbreaking and other well quite hot that’s for sure, amazing writing.  Can’t wait to read the next book in this series and the cover is consistent and simple and I love that as well.  I also want some cookies now.  You will know what I mean when you read the book.  It’s full of surprises left and right and experiencing both sides of the story is always a great idea, I’ve always been a fan of the whole one person then next person explaining what’s going on.  Sometimes you just want that perspective, not just one sided.  Love it!

I just had to add this note – super sexy book; I love this new adult genre!

I reach Mr. Perkins’s office and quickly park before climbing out of the car in my high heels.

The inheritance really could be only twenty dollars—or less—and spending an afternoon chained to Daren Ackwood to find it could be a complete waste of time, not to mention horribly awkward given our romantic encounter last night, but it’s worth a shot. Because if it turns out to be a substantial amount of money, everything could change.

Not only could I go back to nursing school, but I could afford a decent apartment and buy myself some time to find a new job—one where my boss isn’t demanding I work for free or flash him in order to pay off my mother’s debt.

Ugh. My life can really only go uphill from where I’m at.

I know money can’t buy happiness, and I believe that. But it would be nice to be out from under Big Joe’s threatening thumb. And sleeping in a cockroach-free apartment while eating regular hot meals wouldn’t be bad either.

I hurry down the sidewalk toward Mr. Perkins’s office, tripping a little in my shoes. Maybe wearing the skirt and heels again wasn’t such a great idea. But I wanted to look professional and responsible, and the gray dress is too hot and the only other pair of shoes I own are my beat-up sneakers from last night. I didn’t think a pencil skirt and a pair of dirty sneakers really said I can be trusted with my deceased father’s money. So I went with the pumps.

I wobble as my shoe catches on a small pebble and curse under my breath.

High heels really are a bitch.

Up ahead, I see Daren round a corner and hurry toward the office, now just a few yards down the sidewalk. I relax a little, knowing he’s not there yet. As we near each other, my stomach fills with butterflies. I don’t know what I’m more anxious about—the inheritance or seeing Daren.

We reach Eddie’s door at the same time.

“Good morning.” He smiles broadly.

“Morning,” I respond with a cheerful smile of my own.

Our smiles are exaggerated, like we’re trying to prove just how “okay” we are with the thing that never happened last night. Then our eyes meet in brief a clash of lust, and tension fills the air.

Daren is the first to break it. “So. You ready to do this?”

“I am,” I say.

The tension returns, but this time it’s laced with nervousness. We’re about to lock ourselves together. For money. The morning after we dry humped each other against a bar. It’s nothing less than weird and desperate. Which begs the question, why is Daren doing this?

I know why I’m subjecting myself to this craziness but I’m still not sure why Daren has agreed—especially without knowing how much money is at stake. Is he in it for the thrill? Is he just bored?

Whatever his reasons are, I’m grateful.

We enter the office and Eddie looks up from his messy desk, his glasses perched on his shiny head. Today he’s wearing a yellow button-up shirt with a plaid bow tie to match his plaid pants. The look suits him.

“You’ve returned,” he says brightly, standing to greet us. “I guess this means you’ve come to a decision about Mr. Turner’s letter?”

“We have,” I say.

Daren nods. “Yes.”

“Excellent.” Eddie clasps his hands together. “What have you decided?”

Daren and I exchange an anxious look. My stomach does a flip-flop, afraid he’s going to change his mind, but then he gives me a subtle nod and I nod back.

We turn to face Eddie, hold out our wrists, and at the same time say, “Cuff us.”

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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