Book Review: ‘Troublemaker’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Troublemaker (Rascals Book 5)

Published: 10th December 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

Five guys. One bar. And a whole heap of sexy trouble…

Dante Delgado is arrogant, mysterious… and sexy as hell. He’s also my brother’s best friend, which makes him seriously off-limits — until one of our infuriating fights turns into a steamy make-out session.

Now, all bets are off.

I know he’s trouble, but I can’t stay away. The chemistry between us is burning out of control, but Dante’s hiding something behind that bad boy smile, and his secrets could destroy us both.

Am I heading straight for heartbreak? Or can this troublemaker open his heart for the right woman?

Find out in the sizzling conclusion to the Rascals series!

#1 Rascal
#2 Wingman
#3 Heartbreaker
#4 Soulmate
#5 Troublemaker

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a one word title.

So we finally get the story that has been hinted at right from the start. You could see a mile off that Hayley was into Dante but he always kept everything so close to his chest that you could never be sure what he was thinking. Something that Hayley is adamant is about to change after getting a taste of what she has been dreaming about.

Hayley might be casually seeing Mike but it really isn’t going to go anywhere. He is the type of boyfriend her parents want for her but not really someone who she thinks she should be with. His kisses are nice but she wants spectacular – mainly she wants Dante as she’s sure his kisses are going to be in the spectacular spectram. The fact her words are soon to be ‘from the most epic, sexy, explosive kiss in my life’ you’d say yes to that. She’s wanted him forever and it seems the feelings mutual, so what’s holding him back.

Dante is our man of mystery that she really wants to solve. Her thoughts always seem to go to naughty places when she sees him. Well right before she wants to hit him over the head for being his normal asshole self. Now it seems said mystery man holds a poker game for a select few, not completely on the up and up though. So when Hayley walks in with her date Mike he’s none too happy she’s there. Unless he wants a scene though she’s staying to get some answers. In the end she just gets kissed the lovely hell out of which leads to more questions running round her head, mainly to him ghosting her for a while after the fact.

Dante has a reason for everything but he keeps it all close to his chest. Good intentions and motives to help others but he doesn’t always act the part. He helps out at his old gym with mentor Bull. As he’s getting on in years Dante wants to continue his work at the gym with young kids that are like he was at that age – angry with the world and needing some guidance, discipline, stability and support. Bull’s still good to give Dante advice to get his head on straight it’s just a shame it didn’t work with his foster brother Nicky. He was in and out of foster care, like Dante, but always has a way to find trouble, blaming Dante for all of it too. It’s this trouble that Dante thinks he has which makes him think that he doesn’t deserve someone like Hayley as she’s too good for him. That is about to change though if she’s got anything to do with it.

These two getting together was never going to be straight-forward, they were going to have some fun, or maybe chaos, along the way. Its like they are feeling each other out to see what next step should – more him than her – when really they want to just pounce on each other. She just needs to find a way to spend more time together – self defence training anyone? Getting all hot and sweaty in the gym is sure to lead to getting hot and sweaty somewhere else right? Though I’d say it might have more to do with a certain little black dress she wears just for him. One Dante is dying to rip off her – well unless she beats him to it. Let’s just say she won’t look at a poker table the same way ever again.

On a lighter note it turns out that Hayley is now the lead singer of a band called Purple Sunday. When she decides to make the next move and ask him on a date she gets him to meet her at their first gig. Its like she wanted something to connect them together with no-one else involved. I also liked that when she finally needed to talk to someone about Dante she picked Juliet. Funny for her as she always thought something was going on between them. To quote ‘You guys are always staring at each other.’

Their group get together’s just get more fun with each book. The rest of the couples together for a movie night where Dante and Hayley have to pretend they haven’t seen each other naked. That sounds like fun. More so when hot texts turn into sneaking away for a stolen moment where anyone could walk in, talk about heat rising. Yeah they weren’t going to stay long when they really needed to be alone together. Hot as hell comes to mind and with each encounter they just burn hotter.

Funny how its Dante that wants to tell Emerson and the others about them first, doesn’t want to lie and hide. Hayley knows how protective they all are and how they will butt in so wants it just between them for a little while. Fall out won’t be good though. The women will be all for it as they’ve figured out the chemistry long ago, the guys are just all oblivious. How long can they stay in their heated inferno before someone gets burnt?

Loved how all the couples are interlinked in each story. Emerson and Alex, Chase and Kelsey, Liam and Juliet, and Sawyer and Gabi. Took Dante and Hayley a little longer than most but worth the wait. Now that’s the way to make a good apology. Swoon worthy is all I’ll say. Seems these five rascals got more than they bargained for when they opened the bar. One by one taken down by love and, in the end, none of them minding in the slightest.

Great series from start to finish, lots of interesting, unique characters and couple pairings throughout. Also love how each series has a few characters that cross over into each other. Lets see what series comes next.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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