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Friday, April 13, 2012

Trouble Me by Laura Moore

Trouble Me by Laura Moore
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (405 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Gladiolas


The youngest and wildest of the Radcliffe sisters, Jade is the last to return home to her family’s sprawling Virginia horse farm and its unsettling memories. She never planned on a night of passion with a stranger before starting her new life as a teacher and riding instructor—or the shock of recognizing the man who gave her so much pleasure standing right there in her classroom.

Officer Rob Cooper is stunned. Not only is the woman who rocked his world his daughter’s second grade teacher, but she’s the troubled teen whom he blames for his wife’s death years ago. Worse, now that he sees her in the light of day, he wants her more than ever. Time has softened Jade’s hard, rebellious edge—she’s spirited, honest, and sexy to distraction. But will the feelings ignited in the heat of desire be enough to heal a past that needs forgiving?

The Rosewood novels are a pleasure to read. Laura Moore’s stories are her canvas, and she paints each page with vivid descriptions, realistic characters and snappy dialogue. The newest installment, Trouble Me, exemplifies how the author clearly loves what she does.

Jade Radcliffe is a young woman who has finally come into her own. Following the death of her parents, she sank into a downward spiral. Her teenage years were troubled, giving her a not-so-shiny reputation. Fortunately, with the help of her sisters she overcame her demons. After she graduates college, she decides to start a children’s riding program at Rosewood -- the horse farm she was raised on -- as she pursues a career in education. Everything is going according to plan, until the man she spent an unforgettable night with appears in her classroom and she comes face-to-face with her past.

Rob Cooper has loved and lost. His wife passed away five years before, leaving him to raise their young child. He’s tried to move on, focused on his job as a police officer and his responsibilities as a single parent. Everything changes when he meets his daughter’s substitute teacher. Jade caused him all kinds of misery in her youth, forcing him to haul the underage girl into the station on more than one occasion However, Jade is no longer a surly teenager. She’s all grown up, becoming a woman he desires beyond reason.

Can two lost souls find even ground to have a chance at a future together?

Jade and Rob have an interesting dynamic. Both struggle with their pasts and are trying to move on with their lives. Although there's an instant attraction, there's also a dark history. The conflicts are well done, as are emotionally heartrending scenes that call for Kleenex. A minor complaint would be that some of Jade’s actions are rash and portions of the story are predictable due to them. However, the book is still a treat and Jade and Rob are wonderful together. Ms. Moore doesn’t simply pull a reader into her stories; she keeps them there, living in the moment, until they’re swept away by the experience. The chemistry between Jade and Rob is deliciously hot. They don’t heat up the pages, they make them sizzle and burn. Returning characters are also a welcome treat, as the reader learns what has happened to heroes and heroines from the past.

Fans of contemporary romance will love Trouble Me. Don’t miss this wonderful series.