A Good Kind of Trouble
Trouble in Twin Rivers, #1
Genre: Romantic Mystery
Publisher: Ellie Ashe
Date of Publication: May 6, 2015
Number of pages: 323
Cover Artist: Lyndsey Lewellen
There's always trouble in Twin Rivers...Review:
Beacon news reporter Lindsey Fox is on the verge of breaking a huge story of political corruption that will make her career and make her famous journalist parents proud—or she could be thrown in jail and fired. It really could go either way.
Her recent streak of bad luck continues when Lindsey finds herself facing a bogus contempt charge—and attorney Ben Gillespie is appointed to get her out of the slammer. They once had a bad date of epic proportions—stilted conversation, food poisoning, burglary, towed car. Then there was the incident with the pepper spray. Lindsey never believed she’d see the sexy lawyer again.
Ben can totally believe that Lindsey is behind bars. The woman is trouble. Now he has to get his new client out of jail, keep her out of the grasp of a crazed bike messenger and a shady P.I., help her save her job, and convince her to put down the pepper spray and give him another chance.
I know this is going to sound strange, but I really like this cover. It grabbed my attention with it's very retro and classy look. When I read the blurb, I got hooked by the idea of a relationship springboarding off a very bad date. Images of Blind Date staring Bruce Willis and Kim Bassinger were running through my head. (Hush all you haters, I liked the movie!)
Ben is an attorney in a big firm, nearly done putting in his time to make partner. He is currently doing insurance work, mainly settlements, for big insurance companies. It's not what he would like to be doing, but with his student loans hanging over his head, he doesn't feel he's in a place to make the move to representing clients against those big corporations.
Lindsey is a reporter working for the local newspaper. Her parents are two fairly well known names in the journalism business; her mother a war correspondent and her father the editor of one of the larger newspapers. And although she grew up with journalism in her blood, she doesn't want to just trade on her parent's success and is working her way up the hard way.
When Ben is assigned by the court to represent Lindsey in a contempt of court charge, he gets drawn into her current investigation. It becomes clear to Ben that Lindsey is being stalked and harassed. And although he tries really hard to not get involved, he can't seem to stop remembering the really good parts of that first date.
The POV on this book switches back and forth between Ben and Lindsey, giving us time in both their heads and daily lives. This book had a very realistic vibe to it, and after reading that the author spent time as both a lawyer and journalist, it was obvious why. The mystery wasn't complicated, but had enough twists to keep me entertained and interested. I thought this book was really well done, especially for a self-published author. I gave it 4 stars.
Thanks to the author and Great Escapes for the opportunity to read and review the book.
Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.
When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.
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