Series: The McCauley Brothers #1
Author: Marie Harte
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 352
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca, June 3, 2014
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.
And here I am, adding yet another series to my ‘follow the hell up’ pile. I’d say this has got to stop, but it shouldn’t, instead, I should be given another lifetime to read all these books.
Troublemaker Next Door is the first book of the McCauley brothers series, and a damn good start. We meet Flynn, your friendly neighborhood plumber, charming the pants off Maddie, a somewhat workaholic who’s hell bent on never needing anyone.
I was completely set on neutral when starting this book, but right on its first page, it got me laughing and tipped the scales and, well, I was hooked. The relationship Flynn had with his brothers and his nephew was genuinely funny. I enjoyed reading the easy banter between him and his family. He was the kind of easygoing character that I enjoy greatly in contemporary stories. He was funny, serious if need be, laid back, sexy and so, so thoughtful and caring. And he was kinky too. I mean, the guy could talk dirty and play out a nice little pretend game, bend you over the couch or the dresser, have hot phone sex, and let you tie him up. Anything more you need from your romance hero?
As easy as it was to like Flynn, it was also easy to like Maddie. But then again, heroes are always the easiest to warm up to for some reason. I like the big and brooding as the next gal, but there’s a sexiness to a man like Flynn, who’s not just hot and makes you melt, but who’s also more than a few grunts for words, and can get possessive but not domineering. The first time we meet Maddie, however, poor girl’s having a bad day so one should cut her some slack. Even though she started out seeming like she hates all men, we quickly know her reasoning behind this, as well as her constant panic attacks about her financial situation, and her mood swings about her relationship with Flynn. I know when I say it like this, it sounds as if she’s the heroine from annoyingville, but trust me, she’s not. She was funny, creative, thoughtful and strong. And she wasn’t shy in trying new things, taking a step forward.
The relationship between Flynn and Maddie grew step by step, and page by page. The pace in their intimacy, their friends with benefits arrangement that later turned into actual friends and lovers, was really convincing and not rushed at all. I didn’t even care how many pages it took for them to take a big step forward, all I knew was that they gradually fell in love and I liked it.
As par with series books, it’s important how you feel about the rest of the characters who’ll potentially have their own books, and there was no shortage of any McCauley brothers whose stories you’d be damn curious about. We already have Flynn’s best friend who’s practically another brother, and the one I’m most looking forward to, the single dad, big brother Mike. Stories that involve children are a weakness of mine, and someone help, I might be falling hard for this one.
A great series starters that was fun and sexy, it had everything that would make a gal come back for more.
I’m adding four big spoonfuls of this witty and secy story into my hodgepodge. Hmm, wonder if I can pick up a sexy repairman for my broken oven? Broken by yours truly of course. For a purpose. A sexy purpose. Really, I’m doing this purely as an experiment. Really.
The McCauley Brothers series by Marie Harte:
- The Troublemaker Next Door
- How To Handle a Heartbreaker
- Ruining Mr. Perfect
- What To Do With a Bad Boy