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Finding Fate #2

Perfect Kind of Trouble

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Sometimes when perfect falls apart, a little trouble fixes everything . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father's protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she's forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla's seen his type before. But Daren isn't who he seems to be . . .

Struggling to make amends for his family's mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He's beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner's princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she's just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla's dad could have left them . . . was each other.

336 pages, ebook

First published June 17, 2014

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Chelsea Fine

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2,899 reviews635 followers
September 21, 2020
While listening to this audiobook, I can not help myself hearing Trouble by Taylor Swift. Cause that song is the soundtrack of this book. Although in this book, have a HFN ending, the journey to that perfect ending is long ans sweet.

I remember Miss Fine's book. I have a fond memory of the first book. Perfect kind of Trouble is a modern take on Oliver Twist. The moral of the story is money is not everything. Having the person who loves you and accepts you for who you are, that is the true happines.

I am glad I finally listen to this book. It is a wonderful story.

4 stars
Profile Image for Carole (Carole's Random Life).
1,721 reviews463 followers
February 26, 2015
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars

This is the book that I picked to read sitting on the beach during my summer vacation and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this fun, romantic read. I have had a chance to read two books by Chelsea Fine and have really liked both of them. I am becoming quite the Chelsea Fine fan.

Kayla is in town to attend her estranged father's funeral. It has been years since she has seen or spoke to her father. Daren Ackwood looked up to the same man and saw him as a father figure. The pair knew each other years ago so they both make a lot of quick assumptions without any merit.

Kayla's father has included the pair in his will but there is a catch and they soon find themselves handcuffed to each other. As they work to solve the scavenger hunt, both Daren and Kayla learn that they have misjudged each other. They both learn a lot of things about each other and about themselves.

I found this book to be extremely well written with a solid plot. I found the characters to be very likeable although I have a hard time feeling sorry for Kayla because of her good looks. The constant "nobody takes me seriously because I am beautiful" theme is really the only part of the book that I did not like. The chemistry between Daren and Kayla was authentic. I had a really good time with the fact that they were literally attached to each other throughout a large portion of the book. Let's face it....the handcuffs made the book much more fun.

This is the second book in the Finding Fate series. While some of the characters and places are in both books, each book in the series can be read as a stand alone without any confusion. I would definitely recommend this book to others. I plan to continue to read this series and watch out for other books by Chelsea Fine.
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639 reviews3,802 followers
July 6, 2014

Title: Perfect Kind of Trouble
Series: Finding Fate #2
Author: Chelsea Fine
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger:. No

'It's hard to see love when you have it, but when it's gone you're blind to anything else.'

After having so much fun while reading The Best Kind of Broken, I knew I had to read next book in Finding Fate series. Especially, because I found Darren intriguing and incredibly sexy. So it was no brainer I would give Chelsea Fine’s next book a go.

I was far from disappointed. From the beginning I was laughing and smiling at the banter between main characters as well as feeling sad for them. I just couldn’t stop myslef from caring for them. Daren and Kayla were too likeable and admirable too not give a damn about their escapades.

In nutshell, this story is about two young adults who’ve been fucked over by their dads. At least that’s what they think. Kayla is a girl whose father left her and her mother to fend for themselves, after their parents’ divorce. She had to deal with living with no actual money, struggling to meets the ends, even though her father was rich. When one day she gets the news her dad died of a cancer, she decides to go to the funeral despite him being an asshole.

Daren’s father lost all his money by gambling and drinking. After the bank repossessed their home, cars and everything else, Daren is working three jobs to pay of his dad’s debts. He’s broke, tired and pissed off. The only real father figured Daren ever had was Kayla’s dad but now he’s dead.

When both of them learn that he left them something in his will they know they have to do everything to get the money, even if it means fucking over the other one. But getting the money means they have to be handcuffed to each other and find where the prize is together.

I have to admit, I loved the general idea of the plot. It was original, funny and very entertaining. Can you imagine being handcuffed to a hottie for a few days? A very annoying one with an ego that’s bigger than an elephant? Yeah, I know! It’s sounds like lots of fun! And it definitely was entertaining. I liked Daren and Kayla so so much.

Perfect Kind of Trouble surprised me with its light vibe and great sense of humor, that was thrown into this book along with characters’ struggling. The romance was a slow build up, but when it reached its peak I had to fan myslef .

Overall, for those who like light new adult reads Perfect Kind of Trouble is a good choice, that will absolutely entertain the reader and make him grin and feel off the charts chemistry between two different people.

Review Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for honest review


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262 reviews36 followers
September 20, 2015
Such a cute story.
This book entertained me from the first page on.

I actually really liked Daren and Kayla. Their characters were different. I loved how bitchy Kayla was!

I loved the idea of the bracelets and that both protagonists were trapped/chained together. Every step they made ... Everything they did... They needed to do it together. It was just hilarious!!

Sometimes I laughed and smiled! But then there were moments where I couldn't stand both of them! They exaggerated too much. And sometimes there were these typical NA lines>.

Probably more 3.75 Stars than 4.
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2,870 reviews931 followers
February 23, 2015
4.5 'I love trouble' stars

Oh Chelsea Fine, how I love you! This is yet another fun, romantic read with fabulous characters and a lot of heart. I was hooked from start to finish.

In the first book of this series, Best Kind of Broken, we met Daren and Kayla, and got a very interesting glimpse of the two of them together. Definitely enough to have me eagerly awaiting their full story, and I can happily say that I was not disappointed!

Returning to the small town of Copper Springs for the funeral of her absentee father, Kayla is bitter, angry, and in a desperate situation. She is alone, broke, and feeling fairly hopeless, but still dreaming of a better life for herself. Also at the funeral is Daren Ackwood. He too, finds himself at rock bottom and in hopeless circumstances, but is there to honour the man he thought of as a father. He takes one look at Kayla and writes her off as a bratty and spoiled princess. Kayla recognises Daren from childhood summers spent with her father, but thinks he is a rich, arrogant, manwhoring playboy. They couldn’t be more wrong about each other (well, Daren couldn’t be more wrong – Kayla is only slightly wrong), but their initial impressions of each other make for a fabulous starting point for a very interesting venture. Because, as much as they may despise each other on sight, they have both been left an inheritance from Kayla’s wealthy father, but the catch is - they have to work together (REALLY, closely together) in order to claim it. And with both of them without any other options, they are forced to accept his cryptic conditions.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about the story or the journey that these two embark on because it’s best to just sit back and enjoy it, but I thought this was a fantastic and fun set up to the story. Kind of ridiculous? Possibly. But somehow Chelsea Fine makes it work, and it’s a great ride! The dynamic between Kayla and Daren is absolutely gold! Their antagonism towards each other is brilliant, with some sensational arguments and banter, all with an underlying current of mad sexual tension of course.

“I don’t want you to think I’m some disgusting pig who just wants to drool all over you … Although, side note, I do want to drool all over you. I just don’t want to be piggish about it.”

I glance him over again and frown. Goddamn Daren and his bandit kissing, getting my body all worked up and bringing on unsolicited belly twitches. I really need to get away from his fingers and hips, STAT.

She can’t say things like “give me a ride” and touch her mouth at the same time. That’s just not fair.

Then, when the chemistry becomes too hot for them to hide… DAYUM! There are some sensationally steamy scenes in this book, and it’s all ties in brilliantly with the storyline, and the emotion the two characters are going through.

And with their enforced bonding, the two of them slowly start to open up to each other and they learn that all is not as it seems and things become quite emotional. My heart broke for both of them and the circumstances that they were in, and it made it even more special that they finally found somebody they could trust and depend on.

Watching him, I feel a piece of my heart break off and deliver itself into Daren’s hands, permanently. He somehow got a hold on me and now it’s too late for me to wriggle free, even if I wanted to. Which I don’t.

He leans in a bit so our faces are just an inch apart and sinks his eyes deep into mine. Then quietly he says, “I see you.”

But with their pasts dragging them down, and their futures a huge big question mark, there is a lot that they have to work through - and I loved every minute of it! I didn’t even mind the obligatory angsty bit because it adds to the intensity of it all, and I could understand exactly where both of them were coming from. And, of course, the resolution was gorgeous!

“Real love isn’t something you plan or earn, it’s something that just hits you – like a bolt of lightning – and changes you forever.”

With chapters written in alternating POV, we get to know Kayla and Daren intimately, and as the events of the past are slowly revealed, I came to love them more and more. I also love the way that Kayla’s father became a part of the story, even after his death. It's so beautifully done (and a little tear-inducing), and I thought the whole thing was really cleverly put together.

I loved this book! Told with Chelsea Fine’s usual fun and humour, there were a lot of laughs, but also a beautifully told story of two very deserving people who manage to find something very special together.

I can’t wait for the next book.

4.5 stars

An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Shannon.
386 reviews142 followers
August 22, 2016
Daren Ackwood and Kayla Turner are indeed the Perfect Kind of Trouble. <3
I love how Chelsea takes this series so seriously and gives each story and character tremendous depth and heart. Her writing is captivating and effortless while she pulls emotions from the reader without being overwhelming. Bravo to the second book in the series! Can't wait for Jenna and Jack. :)

Thanks Quinn for not only making me start this series, but hounding on me to keep going with it! I have a serious habit of reading the first book and getting distracted before getting to the second and third, even when I love the first. I have you to thank for keeping me in line. (Only Occasionally, of course. ;) )
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518 reviews317 followers
January 14, 2016
*4.5/5 Stars*

Perfect Kind of Trouble was the perfect kind of book to put a smile on my face.  It was exactly what I needed!  It was heart-warming, smile inducing and when the last page closed, I had this happy feeling floating around me.  There’s a reason I love this author’s writing and that’s because in my eyes she always creates female leads who are like-able and that will have you rooting for them, males who are drool worthy, broken and definitely hard to forget, and a fun, entertaining story-line that makes you want to read the book again and again!

Kayla Turner’s father has passed away.  She has traveled from Chicago to Arizona, to not only attend his funeral, but to deal with his will.  But Daren Ackwood is involved with the will also.  As far as Kayla knows, Daren use to mow her father’s lawn, has a crazy amount of drama clouding his past, and is gorgeous.  Now they have to make a choice together.  If they want to receive whatever it is that Kayla’s father has left them, they have to team up together.  Handcuffed.  Little do they know what is in store for them!
An elderly couple walks past us, looking horrified when they see the glinting metal binding us together, and the old woman’s mouth drops open.
I smile at them reassuringly and explain. “We’re not felons,” I say, shaking my head. “We handcuffed ourselves together on purpose.” They look even more horrified. “Not for a kinky reason,” I quickly add. “For money.”
Kayla mutters, “Please stop talking."

Kayla was so easy to like!  She is level headed, careful in her life plans, and thinks things through.  She deals with a lot of stigma for being gorgeous, but instead of coming off as stuck-up or trying to use her beauty as an advantage, it nearly hinders her at times.  Plus, the fact that she does not put up with any of Daren’s douche-bag ways, made me love her resolve!  She puts him in his place again and again, and I almost started to feel sorry for him.  Almost.
"Hi. I’m Daren Ackwood— all-around nice guy and legendary lover. Nice to meet you.”
She doesn't even look at my hand.
I blink. “No?”

As I said, Darin could be a douche-bag, but then two seconds later his heart would peak out and he verged on the border of being a sweetheart.  Probably my favorite aspects of Darin was that he was cocky and charming.  He kept asking Kayla for a kiss and to be her friend.  Such simple requests, and it was so hilarious when Kayle would turn him down.  But there’s more to Darin than meets the eye.  What he has going on underneath it all?  Oh wow.  He truly is a beautiful, broken person inside.  His situation and past seemed so real.  That it could have happened to anyone in his situation.  And with how he handled it all, just made me love him that much more.
I trail my eyes over her face, down her body, and to our joined wrists, oddly satisfied by the fact that she’s literally locked to my side. Twisted, I know. But everything about this girl tangles me up.

This was an adorable, feel good book.  I was guaranteed that when Kayla and Darin were in the same area, I got to witness hot sexual chemistry and hilarious banter!  But personally, the beginning was a little slow for me, since we have to learn about each of them separately.  Thankfully that part doesn't last too long and shortly after, I found myself snagged and falling for their story.  I’m so happy I read this book, and I can’t wait to start Right Kind of Wrong next!

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1,234 reviews118 followers
April 2, 2017
This journey took me a bit longer, because I'm on vacation. With this book my eyes opened a bit more, not everyone has a good home or great and loving parents. I must say Kayla hasn't had the most luck with her mom. Both Kayla and Daren have problems with their parents. In Kayla's situation it's a bit different because her mom lied about her father and she believed it. What other choice did she have? None! I find it admiring and am proud of the people they've become, with the shitty parents they had. It's close to home, because my man his parent isn't a role model and he is so much more! So I admire those people!

The scavengershunt they needed to do was so much fun. I enjoyed every minute of it!

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2,253 reviews1,812 followers
August 2, 2018
okay not gonna lie I got into maybe 3 chapters into it and DNF and debated whether or not I should continue or even add this to my shelf but the premise that two people would have to be handcuffed to each other to get a letter from her deceased father seems a little far fetched lol ill pass on this story
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586 reviews50 followers
Want to read
January 11, 2014
Ooooh, this seems like it may be good.
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4,725 reviews1,277 followers
August 11, 2014
I had hoped that this would be better than the first one in the series, but unfortunately it was just as bad. I think it’s possibly just that I don’t like this author’s writing style, but I really didn’t enjoy this book.

The main characters in this book were quite alike. They were both broke, and both angry. I couldn’t quite believe just how awful Kayla was at times, and Darren was pretty full of himself.

The whole idea of the pair of them being handcuffed together was cliché at best, and generally just ridiculous and downright annoying. What man would want to handcuff his daughter to a bloke she hardly knew, knowing that said man would have to go with her to the bathroom! I mean really?!

To be honest I’m just glad that this one is finished. I don’t think I’ll be reading anything else by this author.
4.5 out of 10
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520 reviews127 followers
November 10, 2018
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a random pick so I was really surprised by the story. Loved Darren and Kayla. Hated her mom. Loved her dad
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340 reviews300 followers
July 16, 2016
"3 Handcuffed Stars"

Best Kind of Broken was my first book by Chelsea Fine and I really liked it! I’ve been looking forward to Daren’s story and was so excited when I finally got a copy. The beginning of this book reminded me of Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson, which isn’t a bad thing because it’s probably my favoritest book ever (I’ve read it about 7 times). Kayla has returned back home to her father’s funeral. A father who hasn’t spoken to Kayla in years and who Kayla wasn’t even aware was sick. If it weren’t for the fact that Kayla is broke, on her own and practically homeless, she might not have even come to his funeral. But when she finds out that he left her something in his will, she doesn’t really have any other options so she decides to stay until she gets her inheritance. Unfortunately, getting it means having to spend time with playboy Daren who was more of a son to Kayla’s dad. Daren loved and looked up to Kayla’s dad and can’t understand how Kayla couldn’t even come to visit her dad when he was dying. They both have their minds made up about each other and don’t really like each other. Too bad they have to spend the next few days handcuffed to each other while they search for clues left to them about the inheritance. I loved the concept for this book! Having Daren and Kayla handcuffed to each other while they don’t like each other (but are very much attracted to each other) was a lot of fun to read about.

He’s cocky but wounded, charming but lonely, with the sureness of a wealthy man and the desperation of a pauper. I can’t figure him out, but one thing is certain. Daren is not as tough or undamaged as he lets on

I liked this book, not as much as I liked Best Kind of Broken, but I still really enjoyed it. But, there was something that kept me from loving it. Apparently, Kayla has a rocking body and she’s super pretty and according to her ‘all girls hate her because they are jealous of how pretty she is’ and/or ‘all guys only look at her like a piece of meat because of how pretty she is.’ This came off as kind of conceited to me, but oh well. It was also weird how she complained about how people judged her based on her looks…but then she does the same thing to Daren.

“I’m willing to rub tongues all day if that’s what it takes. Hell, I’ll tongue you all night if it’ll get me off your Stranger Shit List.”

What bothered me the most was how much she mentions this throughout the book. I was like: I get it Kayla! You’re super hot and it���s made you’re life really hard because of this! Daren had a weird attitude too. Since his parents never really cared about him or had time for him growing up, he gets it into his head that the only thing he’s good for is sex, hence the manwhore thing…okay? The fact that these things played a pretty big role in the book (or way more than I would have liked) annoyed me. Another thing that bothered me was a few details about the whole handcuff situation. If you know me, you know that I can’t help but think about the weirdest shit when reading books. I can’t help it! Daren and Kayla are handcuffed together for a few days (I want to say at least 3 or 4 days) and while the shower situation is addressed (they shower in their undies), the bathroom situation is never mentioned! Daren briefly mentions once the cuffs are off that he’s happy he can pee in private…but what about when they have to go number 2??? Did they really go 3 days without crapping??? When they first got cuffed together, my first thought was ‘oh how embarrassing, they have to use the restroom in front (or right next) to each other.’ I warned you I think of the weirdest things…there’s something wrong with me.
My Fav Quotes From This Book:

He leans in a bit so our faces are just an inch apart and sinks his eyes deep into mine. Then quietly he says, “I see you.”
“You’re both inverted diamonds in the rough; polished on the outside, cracked and raw within. But priceless just the same.”

Perfect Kind of Trouble was a fun book. It was cute and sexy and I loved seeing Daren and Kayla really find out who the other person really is. Although I would have loved to seen more of Pixie and Levi, I was happy that we got to see more of Pixie’s aunt and I loved the role she played in this book. I enjoyed this one and I’m looking forward to reading the next book!!
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781 reviews30 followers
June 22, 2014
I enjoyed this book more than Book 1. This one features Daren who we met in the first book.

Daren didn't have great parents himself so when he worked for James Turner he found 'the old man' as he called him taking him under his wing but since losing his on again/off again girlfriend through a car accident he partly blames himself for, Daren hadn't spent much time with James in the last year and then James died. At the funeral Daren sees James' estranged daughter Kayla. They each have pre conceived ideas of each other but when they are informed by James' lawyer that they must be handcuffed together to gain access to the money James left them they start to grow closer together and learn that they were both wrong about each other.

I liked the scavenger style hunt James sent them on. His letters were poignant. This is quite a predictable read and it features my pet hate 'insta love' but, it was a sweet story. I liked both Daren and Kayla. The author certainly likes to give her characters crap parents! But Daren and Kayla are able to overcome all their insecurities and find their happy ever after.

Occasionally the plot dragged a bit and like the first book it takes a long time for any bedroom action to happen and the endings always seem a bit rushed but it was still a nice read. Pixie and Levi from the first book hardly featured. The next book is about Pixie's bestfriend Jenna and Jack who featured in book one.

A note to the author: The product description on Amazon for Perfect Kind of Trouble is incorrect. It states Daren hated James?!
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443 reviews
September 5, 2015
นางเอกมางานศพพ่อที่ตัวเองคิดว่าพ่อไม่เคยเหลียวแลมานานหลายปี(แต่จริงๆแล้วพ่อโดนแม่นางเอกกีดกันไม่ให้เจอ โดยบอกว่านางเอกไม่อยากจะเจอ พ่อนางเอกฝากเงินในทรัสไว้ให้ก็โดนแม่นางเอกเอาไปใช้หมด เพิ่งมารู้ความจริงตอนหลัง ตอนแรกพระเอกก็ยังเข้าใจนางเอกผิดเลย คิดว่านางเอกมีเงินที่พ่อให้สุขสบาย ที่ไหนได้นางถังแตก หลังจากแม่ตายไม่นานพ่อก็ตายเลยมุ่งหน้าออกจากชิคาโก้มาแบบคนไร้บ้าน) และได้พบกับพระเอกที่เป็นคนที่เคารพรักพ่อนางเอกเหมือนพ่อคนหนึ่ง(นางเอกก็เข้าใจว่าพระเอกรวย แต่ความจริงคือเคยรวย หลังจากที่แม่ทิ้งไป พ่อก็ติดเหล้าเล่นการพนันจนหมดตัว หนำซ้ำยังขับรถชนคนเกือบตาย ตัวเองติดคุก พระเอกก็ต้องออกมาทำงานเพื่อจ่ายค่าใช้จ่ายต่างๆ ไม่มีบ้านอยู่) และพ่อนางเอกทิ้งเงินไว้ให้ทั้งคู่ แต่มีข้อแม้คือต้องออกตามหาโดยใส่กุญแจมือไว้ด้วยกันจนกว่าจะหาเจอ ตอนแรกทั้งคู่ไม่รู้คิดว่าเป็นแค่จดหมายซึ่งนางเอกก็ไม่แคร์อยู่แล้ว(พ่อทิ้งตัวเองมานาน) ส่วนพระเอกก็อยากได้แค่การ์ดสะสมเบสบอลคืนเท่านั้น แต่เมื่อรู้ว่ามันเป็นเงิน ด้วยความที่ถังแตกทั้งคู่เลยตัดสินใจออกตามหา

พล็อตเรื่องน่าสนใจ แต่ขาดความน่าดึงดูดไปนิด ถ้าเทียบกับเล่มแรกเล่มแรกสนุกกว่า เคมีระหว่างพระนางมีมากกว่า แต่เล่มนี้ก็โอเคนะ แต่เราไม่เชื่อในความรักที่มันเกิดขึ้น มันปุ๊ปปั๊ป มันแป๊ปเดียวที่ไม่ทำให้เรารู้สึกว่าต่างฝ่ายต่างจะเข้าใจกันได้ลึกซึ้ง นอกจากนิสัยภายนอกและสภาพที่พระนางเป็นอยู่ ขนาดที่เรียกว่าจะมองเห็นตัวตนที่แท้จริงของอีกฝ่ายจนถึงขั้นรัก คือ เราไม่ค่อยอิน แต่โดยรวมเรื่องอ่านได้เรื่อยๆ
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Profile Image for Laura.
559 reviews331 followers
January 17, 2015
Ohmigod, that was soo beautiful!

I started Perfect Kind of Trouble this afternoon and read it in one setting. It was unputdownable. And now I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes, smiling.

Daren & Kayla ❤

My babies.

Gah, this made me so happy.
Profile Image for Julia Gutenberg.
294 reviews15 followers
September 21, 2015

Die Körperhaltung der Charaktere überzeugt von Zuneigung. Ebenso die stützende Hand des Mannes im Rücken der Frau veranschaulicht, dass sie einander Halt geben. Auch wenn die Gesichter leider nicht abgebildet sind, so lässt sich an der Körpersprache einiges deuten.


Dieses Buch zeigt, was Oberflächlichkeit bei Menschen anrichten und eben dies eine Fassade sein kann, um seine eigene Verletzlichkeit zu verbergen. Kyla sieht in Daren den Mann, der mit dem sprichwörtlichen goldenem Löffel im Mund groß geworden ist und von seinen Eltern alle materiellen Wünsche erfüllt bekommen hat.
Auch Darens Meinung über Kayla ist alles andere als positiv, glaubt er, dass sie ihren Vater James, der zugleich sein bester Freund war, nur ausgenutzt und all das Geld angenommen hat, sich aber zu fein war, ihren kranken Vater zu besuchen.
Hinter beiden Fassaden steckt viel mehr, als beide im ersten Moment erfassen können, gut nur, dass Kaylas Vater eine Schnitzeljagd für die Beiden geplant hat, auf der sie sich unweigerlich näher kommen.

Oh ja, er bedeutet Ärger! Die Art von Ärger, die ich mir überhaupt nicht leisten kann.

Eddie, der Notar, der den Nachlass von James verwaltet, ist auf seine schusselige Art vollkommen liebenswert. Der ältere Mann bringt einiges durcheinander, vergisst wichtige Details und sein Odrnungssystem sollte er womöglich nocheinmal überdenken, nichts desto trotz ist diese treue Seele ein toller Mensch der der Geschichte eine besondere Note verleiht.

Ich stoße ungläubig die Luft aus. Mein Vater hat die Gelegenheit, ein paar letzte Worte an mich zu richten und er entscheidet sich für: >Trage Handschellen< und >Viel Glück bei der Suche<? Wenn er nicht bereits tot wäre, würde ich ihn persönlich umbringen.

Kayla ist von ihrem Vater enttäuscht und zutiefst verletzt. Der letzte Kontakt war im Sommer vor fünf Jahren und seit dem hat er nichts mehr von sich hören lassen. Mit ihrer Mutter hat sie ein neues Leben begonnen und so war sie die einzige die ihr Halt gegeben hat. Zu erfahren, dass James gesamte Aufmerksamkeit all die Jahre bei Daren gelegen hat, trägt verständlicher Weise nicht gerade dazu bei, dass sich die beiden vor Freude in die Arme fallen, als die Bedingung klar wird, die an ihr Erbe geknüpft ist. Auch Darens Haltung Kayla gegenüber ist verständlich, denn er kennt Alter Mann Turner - wie er ihn seit damals nennt - weiß um seine Art diejenigen die er liebt zu umsorgen und zu schützen. Das Vertrauen was er in den Mann legt, zu dem er eine väterliche Bindung aufgebaut hat, lässt das Bild nicht zu, welches Kayla von ihm äußert, weshalb er sich in seiner Meinung über sie auch noch bestätigt sieht.

>>Verräterin.<< Amber zuckt mit den Schultern. >>Du bist eingebildet.<< >>Ja<<, bestätige ich. >>Aber das darfst du doch niemandem erzählen.<<

Erstens kommt es anders und zweitens als man denkt. Dieser Erkenntnis stehen Kayla und Daren auf ihrer Reise immer wieder gegenüber. Dennoch ist die Schnitzeljagd viel mehr als nur ein Spiel um Geld. Sie enthält wertvolle Lektionen.
Das einzige Spiel, das wirklich zählt, ist das Spiel des Lebens. Ein paar verlorene Spielzüge bedeuten noch kein verlorenes Spiel. Die Welt ist größer, als Kyla und Daren denken. Das Leben bietet mehr als das, was sie sehen und was sie meinen zu kennen. Und bei einem bin ich mir sicher, wenn man an einem Punkt angelangt ist, an dem man denkt, man könnte das Leben in seiner Gänze erfassen, dann sind wir ziemlich sicher an seinem Ende angelangt.

Warum zum Teufel berührt mich dieses Mädchen so? Im einen Moment bin ich sauer auf sie, weil sie ihren Vater hasst, und im nächsten möchte ich sie trösten und sie mit Keksen füttern und alles. In ihrer Gegenwart werde ich eindeutig zum Spinner.

Nichts ist so wie es zu Anfang scheint, sei es auf die Aufgaben bezogen, denen sie auf ihrer Abenteuerreise gegenüberstehen, noch um das wissen der Menschen die ihnen nahe stehen und standen. Kaylas Mutter hatte ihre Probleme und war nicht perfekt, dass an sich ist zwar schlimm, dennoch noch ein Tief aus das man mit Hilfe flüchten kann und ihrer Mutter immer wieder gezeigt hat, dass sie ihr beisteht. Wie sehr ihre Krankheit sie jedoch von ihrer Tochter entfremdet hat, wird es im Laufe der Zeit klar.

>>Dieser Typ, vor dem du dich versteckst<<, will sie wissen, >>macht der die Dinge auch interessant?<< [...] >>Ja<<, antworte ich. >>Er ist das Interessanteste, was mir je begegnet ist.<< Sie lächelt. >>Wovor versteckst du dich dann?<<

Auch wenn Alter Mann Turner die wichtigste Entwicklungsphase seiner Tochter verpasst hat, so kennt er sie doch besser, als sie sich selbst. Ebenso in seinem Ziehsohn hat er tiefer geblickt als es Daren selbst vermag. Hier geht es nicht nur darum, einander zu vertrauen, sondern auch die Augen für Dinge zu öffnen, die uns etwas sehen lassen, was tiefer gehend betrachtet vollkommen anders ist.


Kayla zieht mit ihrem äußeren Erscheinungsbild die Blicke der Männer auf sich und wird darauf reduziert. Niemand sieht sie wirklich und schaut auf ihr innerstes. Diese Oberflächlichkeit der anderen hat dazu geführt, dass sie schon lange keinen Mann mehr begehrt hat. Mit Daren jedoch, verbringt sie die nervenaufreibendste und interessanteste Zeit ihres Lebens.

Daren hat von seinen Eltern alle materiellen Besitztümer bekommen die er sich gewünscht hat, dass wichtigste jedoch haben sie ihm immer vorenthalten - Liebe. Mit Marcella hat er einen Menschen verloren, der ihm früher Halt gegeben hat, Alter Mann Turner ist einer Krankheit erlegen und nun wird ihm auch noch sein heiß geliebtes Auto 'Monique' weggenommen. Das Verantwortungsbewusstsein seiner Eltern ist nicht vorhanden und dennoch ist er ein wundervoller Mensch geworden, der die Folgen aus dem Verhalten seines Vaters trägt. Schafft es Kayla hinter seine Fassade zu blicken?


Chelsea Fine hat nicht nur wieder eine tolle Welt um ihre Charaktere geschaffen, sondern auch mir als Leser eine spannende Schnitzeljagd beschert aus der ich viel mitgenommen habe. "Ein falscher Spielzug, bedeutet noch lange kein verlorenes Spiel." Wie oft machen wir im Leben Fehler? Viele, das ist gewiss, manche schwerwiegender als andere, dennoch geht man im Nachhinein gestärkt aus Ihnen hervor und egal wie aussichtslos etwas auch erscheinen mag, gibt es immer ein Licht am Ende des Tunnels. Ebenso wichtig und eindrucksvoll aus der Geschichte hervorgegangen, was wir wissen und vielleicht dennoch aus den Augen verlieren ist, dass man Menschen nicht vorschnell be- bzw. verurteilen sollte. Geben wir uns die Mühe jemanden kennen zu lernen und nicht die Augen zu verschließen, so erhalten wir Einblick auf Dinge, die Menschen verborgen bleiben, die sich nicht öffnen.
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268 reviews64 followers
March 19, 2015
“I really like that he really likes what he sees- and that’s never happened to me before

When Kayla Turners father dies, her life cannot possibly get any worse. Estranged from him for years, she only attends the funeral on the off chance that he possibly left her something in his will. He was incredibly wealthy and Kayla has been living in poverty for years with her ailing mother. Broke, homeless and out of options, Kayla is desperate for a new start. Daren Ackwood is a spoiled rich kid whom her father admired. Kayla cannot stand him, and unfortunately the only way for her to have a chance at her inheritance is to handcuff herself to him. They both have preconceived perceptions of each other, and they are not good. They also have an undeniable attraction to each other that makes their confinement to each other that much more frustrating.

This second book in the Finding Fate series is absolutely wonderful. It did take me a tad bit longer to get into Kayla and Daren’s story than it did Levi and Pixie from book one. However, as I lie here with a total book hangover, I find myself loving them even more. The whole world was against them. They were so broken and beat down from their respective pasts, that the last thing they could ever have imagined was that they would somehow end up together. There is so much miscommunication, not only between Kayla and Daren but also among the other people in their lives. As these two are led on a scavenger hunt to find the inheritance, so many secrets about their pasts are revealed that it literally changes everything they thought they knew.

Again Ms. Fine has done a fantastic job of making the buildup and the tension between her characters almost more intense and satisfying than the payoff. Neither Kayla nor Daren want to be together, both for very different reasons. They are fighting their feelings and their attraction for each other so badly because they feel that they cannot possibly take any more heartache. Their feelings however are just way too intense. I try not to do spoilers but I have to say that there is a shower scene that is so intense both physically and emotionally that I actually had to take a 10 minute break to recover. I feel like this couple had to work so much harder to realize that they should be together and that perhaps that is why I loved them so much. Their ending is in no way perfect, but this story absolutely is!

5 Stars and a Vodka Screwdriver for this one! Enjoy!

I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end and am looking forward to the rest of the series. A thank you to Chelsea Fine for generously providing this ARC.
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May 31, 2014
What do funerals, wills and handcuffs have in common? For Kayla and Daren, they are the difference between an inheritance and going home just a little more broken, a little more alone with a lot less understanding of the man who is playing with them from beyond the grave.
When Kayla returned to the small town her estranged father lived in, she has one goal, get through the funeral, get through the reading of the will and get on home, if her car will make it. Daren Ackwood plays the little rich kid/bad boy to the hilt, but the only man whoever really cared about him was Kayla’s father. Down to his last few dollars and getting his hot sports car repossessed is not part of his façade, but it is reality. He came to pay his respects to a man he cared about and fulfill the request to attend the reading of the will. Sounds pretty serious, doesn’t it?

Hang on for Chelsea Fine’s take on such a sobering occasion and see if you can make it through without laughing out loud a time or three! The Perfect Kind of Troubleis a New Adult Romantic delight as the will send these two on a scavenger hunt while handcuffed to each other. The preconceived notions these two had about each other are blown out of the water as they must learn to work together to reach their intended goal. Hmmm… what could replace distaste or dislike???? Only one thing, a budding romance, that begins to sprout under the strangest of circumstances.

Nothing short of absolutely total entertainment! Chelsea Fine takes the sadness out of death and fills the heart with romance, fun romance! Her sense of timing and her ability to encapsulate these two in their own little world is nothing short of true genius. And those supporting characters that always make a story “more”? They’re here, and they have done their part perfectly. A little bleakness, a lot of humor, some quirky moments and the brilliance of uncovering the people behind their out shells, priceless! Chelsea Fine is on a roll with this series!

I received an ARC edition from Forever in exchange for my honest review.

Series: Finding Fate - Book 2
Expected Publication Date: June 17, 2014
ISBN: 9781455583140
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Availability: Retail links not posted yet.

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February 3, 2015
The publisher has very kindly sent me a review copy even though I've already read this last year. Just before I started blogging too! I've decided to reread it now and share my thoughts :) The second time around was just as fun as the first. The whole reason I picked up this book in the first place was because the premise intrigued me. I mean handcuffing two people together to go on a treasure hunt? I'm in~

Kayla and Daren are two almost strangers. They've known of each other since they were young but never acknowledged each other until Kayla's father, James Turner's death. In his will, he stated that he left everything to the two of them but under one condition. He has hidden the money away and requested that they search for it together. In handcuffs. Of course, they resist the preposterous proposal at first. However, the two of them, for a very similar reason, could use the money. So quite reluctantly they decide to work together, for the money. Along the way, they teach and learn from each other in more ways than they thought possible.

Despite being Kayla's father, Daren was the one that saw Turner as a fatherly figure. He has respected and looked up to him ever since Turner helped him out when he was young. Kayla, on the other hand, resented her father because he never contacted her or showed any signs that he cared about her. Their difference in opinion of Turner set them at opposite ends. Both were stubborn, refusing to back down. However, as they got to spend more time together, they slowly lowered their defenses and put aside their hostilities. What if what they knew wasn't the full truth? They both realize there was more to each other than their initial impressions and assumptions. Daren may not be the playboy she's always pegged him to be and Kayla isn't the princess he's always figured she was. I'm glad they were brought together so they could learn the truths!

I may have guessed where the money was early on but I greatly enjoyed how the story turned out. It was quite the adventure with them stumbling into all sorts of bumps and snags. They definitely hit jackpot in more than one sense and I had a fun time watching them do it!
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June 1, 2014
5 out of 5 Stars for a wonderful sequel to the Finding Fate series!

*** ARC provided in exchange for an honest review ***

Kayla Turner is back in Copper Springs for her estranged dad's funeral. This is where she meets handsome, cocky and Porsche driving Daren Ackwood.

Kayla sees and remembers Daren as a spoiled brat who is nothing but good looks and no brains, and Daren sees Kayla as a heartless trustfund baby, who didn't care about her father's terminal disease until the actual will-reading. But looks can be deceiving.

Especially when at said will-reading, Kayla's father left them nothing but the option to handcuff themselves to each other in order to find a letter - whatever that letter may say...

I really loved Book #1 from the Finding Fate series (Best Kind of Broken), so I was really looking forward to reading Perfect Kind of Trouble. And as wary as I am with sequels to stories I really love, there was actually no need to be - because Perfect Kind of Trouble was indeed prefect and even better than Book #1.

The story starts off with a rather unusual plot that has Kayla and Daren embark into a rather hilarious scavenger hunt. Given that they don't regard each other highly was not going to be an easy tasks, but sure worth the chase in the end.

As expected (I mean, of course it was expected, but that didn't make me enjoy the story any less), they both start opening up to each other in the course of their quest, and the unavoidable feelings arise. But we also discover more about Kayla and Daren's past, and how it has turned them into what they are now.

I cannot disclose too much about the storyline because it would very surely spoil a really nice read, but I can tell you that it's very well worth discovering this book and the other works from this author. I will most certainly be eagerly awaiting the release of Book #3 in the series.
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659 reviews
June 17, 2014
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Chelsea Fine has done it again and I am an emotional wreck after this one...
This story touched me on so many levels and it even had me texting my dad and letting him know that I loved him...
I know that is probably weird...but believe me...read this book and you will find yourself doing the same...
Perfect Kind of Trouble picks up somewhat during/after Best Kind of Broken. But instead of following Pixie and Levi, we travel along with Daren and Kayla.
I had no idea where this book was going to take me. I already had a small introduction to Daren and an even smaller encounter with Kayla from BKoB...but getting to know them in this book was just...just...Yeah...words can't describe what I feel completely.
These two characters crawled in to my heart and have set up permanent residence. They are the epitome of what people should be like in today's world and to see the struggles they have endured and to still be the people that we should emulate.
I was constantly in awe of them while at the very same time I was laughing so hard at the crazy predicament they were in...
I could only imagine what it would be like to end up having to team up in the fashion they had to..It brought out some fantastically funny scenes and also some very HOT scenes between these two.
And as we came to the end, watching these two battle their own demons; whether they were internally or with society..I can't help but be emotional at how this story wrapped up.
Chelsea Fine handed me my heart ripped to pieces from the rollercoaster of emotions I encountered.
I don't think I can even thoroughly tell you just how awesome this book is...
All I say is get it for yourself and find out just why I absolutely loved it!!!!
July 10, 2015
"Perfect Kind of Trouble" was an amazing and beautifully written second installment in the Finding Fate series, and I absolutely fell in love with it from the very beginning. I was completely addicted throughout, and couldn't get enough of Kayla and Daren's story. Kayla and Daren were phenomenal characters, and I couldn't help but fall in love with them. Their personalities were wonderful and complemented each other well. They made a perfect couple and I was so thrilled with the way their story ended. It was one of a kind and definitely not something I have read before, but I loved going on this journey with them nonetheless. I also loved, loved, loved that the book was told from both Kayla and Daren's alternating POV. It definitely gave extra meaning and depth to the story and made it even better. I loved the secondary characters as well, especially Ellen. She was a sweetheart and had such a kind personality and giving heart. And even though she didn't have a significant role, she made an enormous impact on Kayla and Daren's lives. James Turner, Kayla's deceased father, also had a significant impact on both of their lives that changed them forever. Although Kayla and Daren's story was an emotional roller coaster, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. It was perfect and I'm so glad that I own a copy so I can go back and read it whenever I want. Chelsea Fine is one talented author and I can't wait to read more of her novels!

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October 1, 2016
A really cute, sometimes maybe a little cheesy, romantic story about two lost souls brought together by the death of the h's, Kayla's, father, who also was a father-like figure to the H, Daren. In his will, the father states that in order to find their inheritance, the H/h must follow clues he has left while handcuffed together (yes, cheesy).

What absolutely makes this book are the H and h. They are beautiful people, both inside and out. Both broke, down on their luck with huge abandonment issues. Unfortunately, most people only see the outside beauty and rumor and innuendos have grown up around both of them that aren't true. And, also unfortunately, Daren and Kayla also believed those rumors about each other until they were joined at the wrist and were forced to get to know each other. They also found out a lot about themselves in the process.

I just loved Daren and Kayla and in the process loved the father that saw the truth in them and brought them together. A wonderful little story.
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June 23, 2014

4 ★s

This was such a cute and easy read. I loved the storyline and the characters. It was slow going at times but I still really enjoyed it. I will definitely continue this series. Looking forward to Jenna and Jack's story.
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