Blog Tour: Perfect Kind of Trouble (Finding Fate #2) by Chelsea Fine(@ChelseaFine)~ Stacy's Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
“It creeps up on you and slips inside, and before you know it, love owns you completely. But when it leaves, it rakes your insides, ripping at your soul until you’re shredded and undone. Then, and only then, do you realize you were in love.”
When I read book one of the Finding Fate series I really fell in love with Chelsea’s writing. She has a great way of describing specific things, and really giving you a feel of what her characters are feeling. The storyline is not only creative but so unique and different. She is very specific in her placement of words, and by the time you’re done reading this book every little clue and meaning is revealed perfectly.
This is a cute little quirky love story about Daren Ackwood and Kayla Turner, two people who are brought back into each other’s lives in a rather unconventional way. These two weren’t really in each other’s lives to begin with, it was more of an acquaintance situation from when they were younger. Kayla’s father has passed and has some very unique demands in his will which include both Kayla and Daren. Two people who before this awkward meeting, were virtual strangers.
Both characters start off on this journey having a chip on their shoulder about the other person, both thinking unfavorable things about one another based on assumptions. Kayla and Daren are literally forced together in order to fulfill the wishes in the will. Daren used to work for Kayla’s father and see’s him as a sort of father figure, and this utterly confuses Kayla considering she didn’t have the same sort of admiration for her dad. So when Mr. Turner throws them this curve ball from beyond the grave both Kayla and Daren find it intriguing and infuriating at the same time.
So as their journey starts and unfolds you can’t help but love the chemistry between these two characters. They are both highly attractive people with Darren having quite the reputation, “The Woman Whisperer” or “Legendary Lover,” the latter one being self-proclaimed I believe. Daren’s personality is pretty cute, and actually very infectious and he’s somewhat cocky but not overbearingly so.
“I’m not a stranger. And I’ll have you know, a lot of girls would be happy to be handcuffed to me.” “Some actually have been.”
“Kayla Turner is the hottest almost brat I’ve ever seen.”
Kayla seems a little more reserved than Daren, but she seems to be letting him in, inch by inch very slowly. It’s so obvious that these two want each other but the fact that they are connected through the will just seems to aggravate them throughout this crazy scavenger hunt that they are on. There are definitely some twists and turns throughout the story, and the revelation that Kayla finally learns is so sweet and endearing. I truly believe this book is about hope, and believing in people that they are truly good and capable of change. That was done really well, and I loved it.
This book is told in dual alternating POV’s and can be read as a standalone. You meet Daren in book one and to be honest it was really great to see him evolve throughout the series, but it’s not necessary to the story in book two. Also, this book was quite a bit steamier than the first book. Ok A LOT steamier… It was a great read with some really sweet and beautiful moments, and I won’t hesitate to read anything from this Author in the future, she has a great way with words and I would totally recommend this book, this series actually-- I’m really looking forward to book three.
“It’s hard to see love when you have it, but when it’s gone you’re blind to anything else.”
“His kisses are little pieces of him, laid upon my body.”
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.”
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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