Monica Campbell may have a history as a wild child, but she’s changed her ways. She’s responsible, and most importantly, she’s sworn off bad boys. That is, until filthy rich Cal Hughes shows up with his sexy British accent and killer smile. Cal remembers every steamy moment he shared with Monica years ago, but he barely recognizes the straight-laced woman she has become. Determined to lure her into dropping the prim and proper act, Cal uses every trick he knows to remind her of who she used to be back when she was his.
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My Rating: 5/5 stars
Balls and bugger!!! I loved this read!!!! Now that I have that business out of the way on to the why of it all.
Monica Campbell made her appearance in book one, His Every Need and she was a thoroughly unpleasant human. At just 18 years old, Monica was a wild child on every level. The drinking, the sex with virtual strangers, the drugs, and the frequent disappearances with no contact were all perfectly normal for Monica but one terribly tragic event changed everything.
Flash forward five years and Monica Campbell is a whole new woman. Gone are the revealing clothes, gone are the impulsive and crazy decisions, and the bad boys are most definitely gone. Replacing all of the wild and crazy are a Master’s degree, ridiculously sensible clothing, and completely boring men who do nothing for Monica on any level. But, these choices are conscious, responsible, mature, and have served Monica well for the past five years. Too bad none of it is making her anywhere even remotely close to happy.
Cal Hughes has made a life out of not sitting still, of traveling the world on a whim, building and rebuilding vintage cars, and never, ever settling down. Women are easy to come by but there is one woman Cal has never, ever forgotten, Monica Campbell. Imagine his surprise the morning she walks right back into his life. Or, at least a version of her walks right back into his life. The Monica Cal remembers is hidden behind a lot of awful and Cal determines immediately it is his mission and duty to bring the old and exciting Monica back out into the bright light of day. And if he is very, very lucky, he’ll also get to see a whole lot of her during the night as well.
Cal is bad boy through and through and Monica knows she has to avoid him at all costs. Cal represents everything Monica has worked hard to overcome but damn, the man is some kind of sexy and knows how to play Monica like a well-tuned violin or a beautifully rebuilt car. Speaking of cars and playing . . . . you’re going to like that scene, dear reader 🙂
Little by little, Cal puts some cracks in the ice queen’s façade but those cracks seem to reseal after each and every sexual encounter. Monica is warring with herself on every level and if she admits her true feelings for Cal, the world she has spent five years building and living in is going to come crashing down around her. While Cal is all for the great crash, if and when it happens, there will be fallout and Cal isn’t quite sure he’s strong enough to handle the fallout. The fallout may include having to consider settling down in one place and having to admit he has more than just the naughty feelings for Monica Campbell. Trouble is, admitting those kinds of feelings will open up a whole other can of worms out of which will fall baggage and emotions that are generally best left stored away. Yeah, both Cal and Monica have some issues they need to work out.
The Bottom Line: Monica and Cal are fantastically hot and the back and forth between them is as funny and heartbreaking as it is steamy. Monica’s “transformation” is commendable but it is when she finally realizes there is a middle ground in life that she becomes pretty amazing. Cal is smoking hot and absolutely the best man in the world for Monica. Though he has demons of his own to deal with (including his spectacularly wretched father) he still manages to work them out and be there, in every way possible for Monica. Together, Monica and Cal just about perfect and it was hard for me to put down their story. Many of the cast of characters from His Every Need make appearances in His Kind of Trouble and I generally liked them all with the exception of Allie. I liked her well enough in book one but in this instance, I can do without that uppity bitch!! Give me Monica any day 🙂 In all, His Kind of Trouble really upped the ante which means book three, His to Keep ought to be nothing short of outstanding!!