Aurora "Rory" Haven's life is in shambles. Her ex-husband's living with the woman he cheated with, her oldest daughter blames her for the divorce, and she's broke. To make ends meet, she partners with the too-young, way too hot local contractor she has absolutely no business fantasizing about.
Nash King is working overtime so he can take over the family business. He doesn't need the distraction of his best friend's sister, but the hot-as-hell, pearl-clutching divorcée barrels her way into his everyday life. He's managed to ignore his attraction to her for a decade. What's another couple months?
The summer heat and forced proximity has tempers flaring…and their chemistry sizzling. But Havenbrook's gossip mill is churning full-force, and the last thing Rory needs is everyone speculating over her crush on a man eight years her junior. Except crushing doesn't have anything on what's really going on…
What would happen if the townspeople found out paint wasn't the only thing being stripped?
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4.5 Stars, a new Havenbrook favorite
It is no secret that I love Brighton Walsh’s stories, but Hometown Troublemaker is easily one of my favorite new reads. There was just something about these two perfectly imperfect characters that made them fit so well together. Once again Brighton Walsh crafted a deliciously sexy, sweet, and honest romance that was easy to get wrapped up into. Rory and Nash were just fun and real and I enjoyed watching the relationship that developed between these two characters.
When we first met Rory in Second Chance Charmer, she was the prim and proper, bossy older sister. She had the seemingly perfect marriage and life, but that illusion was shattered after discovering her husband’s infidelities. Now, she is a newly divorced, single parent who is just trying to balance it all. Rory wants to pave a new life where she is independent, strong, and is living and doing the things that she has a passion for. She doesn’t want to be that woman she was before, but that’s hard when you’re a Haven girl and she struggled with what others thought of her, the gossip around town, and the shattering of her perfectly crafted mask of perfection. Even with her sisters, Rory had a hard time being just herself. Not someone who always strong, not always perfect, just relaxed, happy, and maybe even a bit vulnerable. I understood her frustrations and I loved her independence and internal strength. She wanted to find herself but she nervous about it all. One of the few people that she could be open and honest with was, Nash King.
Nash had always been a fixture in Rory’s life. Just a few years younger than her, Nash was an amazingly sweet but sexy southern boy. His home life may have been different from the Havens but he was always hard working and wanted to make a name for himself through his hard work and skills. He has his own dream and aspirations. I loved that he had a such a crush on Rory and he just seemed to know what she needed. I enjoyed the banter between the two. Rory truly felt comfortable enough to be her true self around him and he felt the same about Rory.
The sexual tension between these two was amazing. I loved them together. They pushed each other in the best ways. They could be theirselves around one another. No expectations, no judgements, no facades. They could fuss and fight creatively but they simply worked. Throughout the story I was rooting for them, both as a couple and as individuals. I loved how they each experienced their own personal growth. I could go on and on, about how happy this story made me. I enjoyed this installment in the series and I am equally excited for the next trip back to Havenbrook.