Author: Marie Harte
Series: The McCauley Brothers #1
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
He can fix her sink, but can he wrench his way into her heart?
Flynn McCauley never thought he’d be so cliché as to fall for the girl next door. But when Maddie calls him over to help fix her faulty sink, he’s a goner. Too bad the fiercely independent interior designer wants nothing to do with him. Even worse, he’s forced to rely on the advice of his nosy brothers—and his five-year-old nephew!—to figure out how to make her give him a shot.
I have to tell you, The Troublemaker Next Door caused me to experience major mood swings while reading it. It makes me laugh now thinking about how dramatically my feeling would switch from page to page. Ninety percent of those feelings were positive, and I actually ended up liking this book a lot.
What I Loved:
- Characters are so important to me, so thankfully I liked Flynn and Maddie a lot. Maddie had some moments where she needed a good smack, but overall, I liked her. She’s fiery and independent, and I identified with her one many levels, especially how she was with men. Flynn is a good guy that totally won me over. He is strong and confident, but thankfully he isn’t one of those overly annoying alphas.
- I loved the romance in this book. It was cute how Flynn was with Maddie. She is the type of girl who will push the guy away if she feels like she’s being pushed into commitment. With Flynn, she wants to be friends with benefits, no girlfriend/boyfriend labels and no dating. We all know how that’ll turn out, right? Flynn was perfect when it came to not pushing, but nudging just enough, letting Maddie figure it out over time. I love how she had him wrapped around her finger without even knowing it. Something that always wins me over is a couple who can tease and joke around, and these two do just that, even during more intimate moments.
- Whoa, I was not expecting those sex scenes! Believe me, I am not complaining, but I was definitely surprised. I guess I was expecting this book to be a lot more tame and innocent. Ha! Not quite. It was super-hot, actually. I loved how Flynn got all dominant in the bedroom, but Maddie still had control when she wanted it. They definitely had great chemistry in the bedroom … and the living room … and the truck …
- The secondary characters are so much fun, and definitely one of my favorite aspects of the book!
– The boys – Flynn has three brothers and a five-year-old nephew who he’s close with. The nephew provided some of the funniest moments, right down the very last pages. I love how the guys were with the nephew, and the dynamic they had with each other. I grew-up with two uncles, and remember them and their friends acting very similar to these guys, so I got a big kick out of it.
– The girls – Maddie’s two roommates also play a significant role. Abby is her best friend and Vanessa is her cousin, these girls couldn’t be any more different if they tried. I really liked the slightly antagonistic relationship they had with each other, and how they always made bets about Maddie.
- Family is a very important here. Flynn comes from a large, close-knit family, and I love how they support each other. Also, as families do, they give each other a hard time. It’s always entertaining though.
What I Didn’t Love:
- There is a slight undercurrent of slut-shaming in this book that I really didn’t care for. And the double standards drove me nuts.
“Ah, no. But we both know that’s what you’re looking for, why your slutty girlfriends never measure up.”
“First of all, they’re not slutty.”
“Half of them are fuck-buddies. Go ahead. Deny it.”
He wanted to, but he couldn’t. The odd thing was that he didn’t consider Maddie one of them.
– Brody & Flynn
Excuse me? Half of his girlfriends are “fuck-buddies,” so doesn’t that make HIM the slut? Perhaps I’m nitpicking here, but that kind of stuff bugs me.
- I understand where Maddie is coming from, I swear I do, especially since she was so confused about her own feelings. But her irrational jealousy put me off big time. Just because girls ogle Flynn, doesn’t mean he’s doing anything with them. It supposedly turned him on that she got so jealous, but it was a little much for me. With that said, I get it. She was struggling with her feelings and trying to sort her own issues out, so she got a little overwhelmed. I think we’ve all had our own irrational, emotional moments, so despite not liking it, I understand it.
So even though I had a couple of issues, The Troublemaker Next Door was a whole lot of fun. The good far outweighs the negative and it is definitely worth reading. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, How to Handle a Heartbreaker!