Estelle: Here Comes Trouble by Erin Kern

Here Comes Trouble by Erin KernHere Comes Trouble by Erin Kern ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Forever Yours (Part of Hachette/Grand Central Publishing)
Pages: 243
Target audience: adult
Keywords: romance, Wyoming, restaurant, art, old friends
Format read: ARC via Publisher on NetGalley. (Thanks!)

Summary: After a difficult childhood and bad luck coming from all directions, Lacy doesn’t make it easy for anyone to break down her walls. Not even Chase, the guy she has known since she was a kid and has always had a crush on. When more drama knocks on both their doors, Chase and Lacy take their friendship to the next level. Can they keep it casual or will they finally let their guards down?

I can’t be the only one who has ever picked up a book because there’s a cowboy on the cover. Right?

Well, Chase is just as gorgeous as I thought he was going to be (wait until you hear about his tattoos) but is also a pretty nice guy, even if he likes to “bed many woman” (as the book reminded me many times). He is the general manager of his family-owned restaurant where Lacy, our leading lady, also works. Lacy, who has known Chase since they were kids and is not his type at all. But, gee, does he love to banter with her.

Lacy has had a laundry list of drama in her life: her mother abandoned her, her dad has spent more time in jail than raising her, her loving (yet fiscally irresponsible) grandfather died from lung cancer, and she lost her art scholarship because she was working so hard to survive… she didn’t keep up her GPA. A job jumper, she’s actually worked at McDermott’s for the past two years while trying to figure out exactly what she wants to do with her life.

When another shoe drops in the form of a sister she never knew she had… she’s just about ready to lose it.

Enter Chase who offers her support and then some. Like some (many!) hot times that made it a little hard for me to get up from my cute seat at the coffee shop and walk back to work. My knees were shaking a bit.

I was a little apprehensive at how quickly Chase and Lacy formed an “arrangement” with one another, and I feared that would slow down the rest of the novel for me. (“How will she keep this interesting?!” I wondered to myself.) But Kern does concentrate a ton on Lacy’s personal life and also a small mystery taking place at Chase’s restaurant. A miniscule moment (that just seems to emphasize Lacy’s own insecurities) changes the course of the book, and the push + pull between Chase and Lacy from earlier is reinstated into some terrific tension.

Here Comes Trouble was the perfect book to cleanse my palette after a string of young adult reading. Sure, there’s a lot going on but Kern did an impressive job of not overlapping too much at once and putting a stop to certain storylines at appropriate times. It’s a quick read that is sure to leave you more than a little bit flustered.

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Estelle’s Shelve It (1/20/2013)

weekly meme spotlighting the books bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Oh friends, what a weekend it has been! Hope you have had a good one!

I talk a little much in this Shelve It video (sorry about that but it is my first one of 2013!) but I hope you get enthused by some of these reads because I AM REALLY EXCITED.

In the mail:

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

From NetGalley:

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
Here Comes Trouble by Erin Kern
The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers

Bought (because I have no self control):

Ditched: a Love Story by Robin Mellom
The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell
Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder (Magan’s review)
Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Magan’s review)

Oops! Forget to mention in the video that I bought Hopeless by Colleen Hoover based on Magan’s praise too!

On the blog this week:

A bookish (sorta?) birthday list.
A review of Take Me There by Carolee Dean.
A review of Return to Me by Justina Chen.
A review of The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard.

Thanks so much for stopping in! Happy Sunday!