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Series: A Nugget Romance #6
Publisher: Lyrical Press on February 2, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
In the beautiful mountain town of Nugget, California, staying out of the limelight is easy, but staying out of love is a bit more challenging…
Back in Los Angeles, Sloane McBride was a great police detective, but after she uncovered corruption on her own squad, the job became nearly impossible. In the bucolic hills of Nugget, she can start to imagine a life after all that, where she keeps her head down, does her work, and doesn't bother anyone. But her delicious next door neighbor isn't going to make it easy to keep to herself…
Brady Benson's wildest dreams came true in LA—but they were paired with a living nightmare. As executive chef of a searing-hot restaurant, he was lauded, adored… and then found himself caught in the sights of a lovelorn stalker. Now, laying low in Nugget, he finds his own heart ensnared by the beautiful new cop with her own reasons to start over.
Neither Sloane nor Brady came to town looking for love, but it seems to have found them. Trouble is, so have their pasts. And they'll have to stop hiding from both if they hope to come out the other side together…
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Borrowing Trouble by Stacy Finz
Brady Benson has been more or less hiding out in the small town of Nugget ever since his life was turned upside down by a crazed stalker. Now, Sloane McBride has found herself there as well, having run from the harassment and corruption that ruined her career as a police office in Los Angeles. Neither of them want to make waves or attract attention, but their attraction to each other soon takes center stage.
Judging Covers: While the choice to feature a couple instead of a building facade (as the first few books had) is definitely a much better choice, it feels like this one missed the mark. The models shows simply don’t embody the characters at all, and the white room is the background does nothing to reflect the feel of Nugget, the old hotel, or the characters’ journeys to overcome their pasts. Yeah, it tells potential readers that this is a romance novel, but it simply blends in with others in the genre instead of standing out the way every book in this series should.
The Verdict: If you’ve been reading this series, you’ve been drooling over Brady just as long as the rest of us. And if you haven’t… Well, it’s time to get off the computer and start, because just like the rest of the books set in Nugget, Borrowing Trouble is everything you’re looking for in a road to happily ever after.
From the moment they meet, Sloan and Brady are attracted to each other, but their fears about their pasts get in the way. Sloane is trying to revive what’s left of her nearly destroyed career, and to do that, she needs to be taken seriously by the people of Nugget. Having been harassed and targeted by her fellow officers at her previous job, she’s trying to regain some of her professional confidence, and she’s not too quick to trust what she expects will be a good old boy mentality in the tiny sheriff’s department.
Brady has established himself in Nugget, though no one can really figure out why a man with his culinary skills in working in a tourist hotel far from the big restaurants of the city. But after a very messy stalker situation in his previous life, he’s content to simply whip up dishes for the unrefined palates of Nugget’s citizens and the occasional vacationer.
Since both are reluctant to let their personal lives interfere with their professional ones, Brady and Sloane take things slower than slow for a good long while. Whereas normally this would bore me to tears, it made for a believable foundation to a fated romance. As they dance around their attraction to each other, each alternating between keen interest and denial, a solid friendship is formed, and we get to see just how right these two are for each other before they’re willing to admit it to themselves. And of course, the town of Nugget provides a rich background, filled with the characters we’ve come to love in the previous books, entertaining quirks and all.
As with the entire Nugget series, Stacy Finz is an incredible storyteller, weaving fiery romance and unique couples into a town that almost stands as a character itself. The character I had a little trouble with in the first book has continued to grow on me through the subsequent stories, and the more townspeople I meet, the more I fall in love with them all. This is one series no romance fan can afford to pass by.
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