PJV Quickie: I love stories with librarian heroines! It’s been a while since I read a Victoria Dahl book, and after finishing Looking for Trouble I’m wondering why it’s been so long – I really enjoy spending time in the worlds she creates.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Looking for Trouble by Victoria DahlPublished by Harlequin, HQN on July 29, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Also by this author: Flirting with Disaster
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.
Review: This story was sweet and hot and sad and wonderful. Victoria Dahl has a way of writing that drags your emotions through the mud and leaves you begging “Again!” I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked both the hero and heroine. The tragedy that changed their lives 25 years ago has suddenly become hot news again. Alex has come back, reluctantly, but plans to leave ASAP. Sophie wants a night of hot sex so she can forget what her life is like, but even as she realizes who Alex is, she can’t resist the opportunity to take what she wants, even it it’s only temporary.
Victoria Dahl takes a storyline that should be depressing and injects hope and love where before there had only been hurt and resignation. These two shouldn’t have been right together, but their chemistry was so good. Their romance was slow and sexy and full of wanting; I loved it. The conflict was well-written and kept my emotions raw (but in such a good way!). The rich characters and gossip gave Looking for Trouble a small-town feel that semed realistic and made me laugh but also broke my heart – there are no perfect people here, instead we get these amazingly flawed characters who sometimes make mistakes.
Recommendations: If you like small-town romance and complex characters, I wholeheartedly recommend Looking for Trouble. If you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis and Shannon Stacey, you will probably enjoy Victoria Dahl’s books too.