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The Trouble With Trouble by Kathleen Lee
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The Trouble With Trouble

by Kathleen Lee

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This story starts as a humorous tale. Gary describes his first few encounters with "Trouble", the nickname he gives to a man who keeps sitting in Gary's bar and staring at him, clearly interested. Gradually it evolves into a love story with details of the characters emerging as they get to know each other. And with that increased knowledge, the tone of the story changes to thoughtful, even angsty, and finally tumultuously emotional. What a ride!

Gary owns a bar in a town he has fond memories of, and while you'd expect it to be a social place where he can make friends, he actually hides behind all the activity. He has been hurt one too many times and is determined never again to fall for an alluring man. "Trouble" is the first one to tempt him in years, and he fights that temptation with all he is. But as Gary opens up to the guy, eventually and much against his will, I got to know the real Gary layer by unfolding layer. As is often the case with deeply wounded people, Gary hides his real self out of fear of being hurt again. The snarky humor is a shield, and he uses it to great effect. Or so he thinks…

Trouble, aka Brock, however, will not be deterred. He keeps going to the bar, invites Gary to dinner, and generally pursues him over the next few weeks. He is so determined to prove to Gary that he can be trusted as Gary is to prove to Brock that he will eventually break Gary's heart. Lucky for Gary, Brock is even more stubborn than his nickname suggests.

If you like stories with a humorous tone and quite some snarkiness from the main character/narrator, if you enjoy reading about men who fight their attraction with all they have – only to eventually cave, and if you're looking for a short, fun, and very entertaining read with a lot of heart, you will probably enjoy this short story.


NOTE: This book was provided by the author for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
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  SerenaYates | Oct 19, 2017 |
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