Series: Bad Boy Homecoming #2
Author: Avery Flynn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 27 June 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new romance from USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn.
Brains and a badass attitude. That’s all troublemaker Leah Camacho took with her when she left Catfish Creek. She’d promised herself she’d never go back, but when the invite to her tenth high school reunion arrived along with the chance to show everyone who doubted her what a success she’s made of herself, she couldn’t resist. However, when she discovers a 15-carat, stolen diamond in her rental car’s glove box, there’s only one man she can turn to for help—the same sexy, stubborn domineering man who’d smashed her heart all those years ago.
Sheriff Drew Jackson knew a long time ago that Leah Camacho was nothing but trouble and has sworn to never get caught up in her again—no matter how damn sexy she is or how badly he’d failed to forget her. But, when the woman who test drove his heart right into a concrete wall rolls into Catfish Creek with some serious bad guys on her tail, it’s up to him to keep her safe—even if that means guarding her hot bod 24/7 without giving into temptation or losing his mind.
Trouble is a spin-off story from Avery’s B-Squad series, although it isn’t necessary to read the series in order to enjoy Trouble (I haven’t) it is going to leave you more than a little curious as to the background stories of the peripheral characters, especially Leah’s brother, Isaac, as little titbits are sprinkled through the narrative to entice you into delving further 😉
Leah was labelled as a bad girl during high school, pushing the boundaries and asserting her individuality, while not particularly bad her actions did set her apart from the herd, and we all know standing out in high school can create it’s own kind of hell. Add in the feud with the Prom Queen and you had one heck of a turbulent time for Leah. It didn’t help matters that she fell hard and fast for the Prom Queen’s brother, Drew, although they kept their relationship a closely guarded secret. Graduation saw their bitter breakup with Drew leaving Leah in the dust to pursue a career away from Catfish Creek.
Drew has always done what is expected of him, selflessly putting aside his own plans in order to help his family. Even at the expense of his own happiness. the only time he has pursued his own dreams all the other areas of his life imploded including his relationship with Leah. Although he hasn’t been able to forget her and no other woman has ever matched up. Drew is at a cross-roads in his life having returned to Catfish Creek to stand in as Sheriff and aid his alcoholic mother, although his tenure has nearly ended and his options have opened up, Drew is still reluctant to follow his heart.
Leah has embraced her bad girl image by opening a medicinal marijuana shop (although it is legal in the state she lives in) not exactly the most appropriate of career choices, lol. Attending the reunion is a way for Leah to lay all of the ghosts from her youth to rest, including her biggest one, Drew. However, Leah unwittingly gets caught up in a jewellery theft putting her life in danger as a result.
Drew, being the Sheriff, takes it upon himself to keep Leah safe, or that is the excuse he gives himself in order to keep Leah close to him. The attraction between them hasn’t diminished in the slightest with the ten year absence. Things get very hot between them, although they try to justify their actions as a form of closure. Leah and Drew are inevitable as long as they can overcome the ties that bind them to Catfish Creek ensuring history does not repeat itself.
I loved Drew and Leah’s relationship and the second chance they had not only to be together but to pursue their own happiness in the form of their chosen careers. However, I would have liked a little more background detail to their previous relationship while in high school and the resulting breakup. I couldn’t quite grasp the dynamics of it with Drew blaming Leah and vice-versa. I have most definitely added the B-Squad series to my wish-list as a result of reading Trouble 😉