Welcome to my stop for Stirring Up Trouble, book 3 in the Pine Mountain series from Kimberly Kincaid. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could be one of the winners to get one of two Print Sets of TURN UP THE HEAT and GIMME SOME SUGAR, Books One and Two in the Pine Mountain Series from Kimberly Kincaid .
The third installment in this small town romance series, Kimberly Kincaid again brings heart and heat to another couple in Pine Mountain. Rather than being “all” about the couple, this story incorporates children (or a teenager) into the mix, as we see the hero learn to let a little fun into his life in the form of Sloane.
Sloane is a romance writer, prone to jetting off to exotic locales to gather ‘information’ for her story settings and backgrounds. In fact, she finds the freewheeling life suits her just fine, and her go-go-go lifestyle is perfectly suited to her own seemingly personal promise to never get rooted and bored.
Gavin has been raising his now thirteen year old sister Bree for a while, and his personality is perfectly suited. Content with his life in Pine Mountain, people are familiar and he feels a sense of community. But, when Bree starts having trouble in school, and Gavin is still uncomfortable leaving her home without an adult present, he is confronted with a problem He thinks Bree needs a tutor AND a sitter, and the only immediate option is Sloane. Flighty, irresponsible Sloane, who agrees to tutor and watch Bree until a more suitable replacement can be found.
What Sloane sees is a young girl who is acting like a teen, and behaving to get her brother’s attention, rather than talking to him. Bree needs to learn how to communicate with Gavin, and he with her. They both are still hurting from their mother’s death, and while Gavin willingly passed on his dream job to help care for his mother, and later his sister, he too is constantly concerned if he is ‘enough’ for Bree, or making the right choices.
Sloane is the perfect breath of fresh air for these two – her witty and gregarious personality are a great contrast to the more serious Gavin, and she and Bree quickly find a way to bond and communicate. While she thinks she should be itching to move on, the quiet and settled existence that Gavin and Bree have, and the friendships that are as supportive as family give her pause. Gavin is finally learning to loosen up and sometimes just do anything BECAUSE you can, without any real reason.
These three are a great pairing with wonderful interactions and lots of humor sprinkled in: you can almost feel Gavin’s discomfort with the “girly” moments, even though he tries to hide it, and Bree’s alternating amusement and pleasure with the “ick” moment that every little sister has about her brother’s relationships are cleverly inserted without overdoing the moments.
Sloane and Gavin are a wonderful couple that balance each other well, and have come to develop and grow in ways that makes their relationship more solid and believable.
Title: Stirring up Trouble
Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Zebra
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Sloane Russo's turned a decade of crazy jobs and whimsical travel into a career writing steamy novels set in exotic places. Trouble is, Sloane's flat broke now—and she can't channel sun-drenched beaches in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The only fast cash in town comes with some seriously distracting temptation: Gavin Carmichael, hot, handsome and oh-so-hard-headed.
Gavin isn't the impulsive Don Juan of Sloane's novels. He's raising his thirteen-year-old half-sister, and he's pretty sure he's supposed to act like he's never heard of fun. Sloane is way too sexy and irresponsible to be his idea of a good tutor for Bree, but the unpredictable anti-nanny may be irresistible as well...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.