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What a wonderful book. I love Rory, watching her change from the Stepford wife into the true person that she is and I found it funny that Nash was the only person who could do that for her. Eight years younger than her she was worried about what people might say but he was perfect for her.
Brighton Walsh's Hometown Troublemaker reads like the best romantic movie you've never seen, except a movie adaptation would probably ruin the absolute perfection of the novel itself. But that's how I felt while reading it: like I could see it playing out in front of me, every character and every emotion so vivid and vibrant and alive.
I shouldn't have enjoyed this book as much as I did. I shouldn't have loved it because I don't typically prefer third person narrative. I shouldn't have been completely captivated by the storyline because I don't typically enjoy age gap romances where the female is older than her male counterpart. I shouldn't have found this book completely unputdownable because home renovations and HGTV-esque storylines are not my thing. I shouldn't have fallen head over heals for a book like this because I'm a New Yorker who often finds the southern drawl a bit grating. SO WHY DID I LOVE THIS BOOK SO FREAKING MUCH?! All of that. I loved it BEYOND WORDS for all of those reasons because it all melds together into the most AMAZING story I never saw coming. All of that stuff that's so really not my thing just became my thing and I HONEST TO GOD NEVER WANTED THIS BOOK TO END.
I could list everything about this book that I loved but we'd be here all week. The characters and their dynamic, the dialogue, the sibling rivalry, the small town gossip, the betrayal and heartache, the former beauty queen turned ice queen who's never let anyone see the real her until the construction worker she used to babysit helps tear down her walls. I loved their history, both individually and all the ways their paths have crossed over the years. I loved the character development, the way these characters reveal themselves, everything that makes them who they are and should theoretically not allow them to fit yet also makes them compliment each other perfectly. I loved the journey of personal growth they both take in coming to terms with the hidden resentments they harbor from their childhood. I loved every page, every word, every moment. I could list a million more, but you need to just read this book.
Hometown Troublemaker is SO SEXY. It's deliciously steamy and so well done. It's smart. It's witty. It's BLISSFULLY ROMANTIC. It has me absolutely DESPERATE for future books based in Havenbrook. The small town feel in this story has me craving sunshine and sweat and lemonade on the porch. I was completely enveloped in their world and dreaded coming back out. Rory and Nash's romance came out of nowhere and landed up there as one of the BEST books I've read this year. I'm obsessed. I loved it. I can not recommend this book enough.
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.
Y'all, I love, love LOVE this series set in small-town Mississippi. It's hot (seriously hawt), sweet, funny, and it gets two thumbs up and a Magnolia Seal of Approval from this real Mississippi girl. Each book is a standalone so you can basically read in any order. Hometown Troublemaker features a divorced, mom of two, who gets the delightful lesson that perfect is not all it's cracked up to be. The hero, Nash, runs a construction company and it's so incredibly fantastic seeing him...well, see the real her. After a lifetime of pleasing other people instead of herself, it's delightful getting to watch her come into her own because of his support. He's exactly the kind of hero I adore. Also, the abs. And the toolbelt. Rowr.
After meeting uptight Rory Haven in Second Chance Charmer and the little insight I got into what was coming for her next with Nash, I couldn't wait to start this book. I know Rory was supposed to be the stuck up princess, but I couldn't help but feel sorry for her. She learned a lot with the implosion of her marriage and the road back from that wasn't easy mentally. I found myself tearing up for her. And Nash... I loved the way he came to grips with his own past. Oh, and the way he went after Rory. It was just a really sweet romance.
Brighton Walsh's Hometown Troublemaker is a sexy, funny, panty-melting romance! The second in the Havenbrook series, the charm and irritation of life in a small town and it's nosy but caring characters have been brought to life in a very believable way. Rory and Nash light up the pages with their off-the-chart heat and though the ending was very satisfying, I still wanted more. So much that I bought the first book, Second Chance Charmer. I loved them both! I received an advance reader copy of this book. I read it and am offering my honest, voluntary review. I liked it so much that I also bought a copy.
This 2nd book about the Haven sisters is just as good as the first! Oldest sister Rory and the younger Nash, best friend to Rory’s youngest sister, Nat, are not supposed to be together. But that doesn’t stop them! Great story. Didn’t want this book to end!