Aspiring photographer, film-maker Alice Bailey has moved heaven and earth, worked harder than ever before, to get from her small community college in New Jersey to Malibu University and she isn't going to let anyone or anything distract her from her goal of getting an internship with James Cameron's production company by submitting a winning short film by the end of the semester.
Reagan Reynolds maybe the son of hot-shot lawyers, he may have been born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, he may have the body of a Greek god and be a star player on Malibu's water polo team - but he can't drive. After nearly running Alice over he takes her to the team doctor to assess her injuries, although his family has drilled it into him that they are prime targets for scam artists trying to rip them off for millions in compensation. When Alice brushes off his offers for help he should be relieved, but actually he feels guilty that this girl is suffering because of his poor driving, and intrigued be she seems quick to brush him off.
Reagan is the archetypal poor little rich kid, pressurised by his parents into a career he doesn't want, ignored and neglected. Alice on the other hand is the typical over-achiever from a solid blue collar background, struggling to fulfil her dreams.
Full disclosure, I've been having a rough time recently and so maybe my head isn't in the right space to review books - this will be the third book by a favourite author to get a meh rating in less than a week - but this book just didn't really do it for me. It was typical college YA/NA sports romance/ rich kid/poor kid romance. Sure there's a more believable angst than others in the genre but it just didn't grab me. As I read early into this morning to finish the book I got the distinct impression that it was plot moves forward, they have sex, plot moves forward, they have sex. As if every time anything happened it had to be rounded off with sex. Maybe it was the late hour, but yawn!
Maybe I should have passed on a favourite author when I saw it was billed as NA - I'm a bit over the genre TBH - but it's P. Dangelico so I had to request an ARC.
Anyway, if you aren't sleep deprived, bitter, twisted, cynical and a little bit heartbroken you will probably enjoy this well-written NA sports romance.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
P. Dangelico is another of those authors to have caught my attention on a couple of occasions, with me finally working around to read one of her books. Now that I have read and adored one, I plan to dive into more. Not only do I need the next book in the Malibu University series, I also plan to dive into other books by P. Dangelico.
I’ll be honest and say I went in with somewhat low expectations for this one. You see, I’ve reached the point where college romances are starting to feel the same. They still offer fun, but they’re not quite as fun as they once were. I’m moving on from them, and I expected this one would be more of the same. Thus, my expectation was low not in the sense that I expected bad things from the author, simply that I expected to read more of the same.
It turns out, Nothing But Trouble was much more than I had hoped for.
Nothing But Trouble offered so much more depth than I had anticipated. There were countless layers, so many things I was in love with, and I happily devoured the book in a single sitting. I adored so much about this one, finding myself addicted from the first to the last page. The characters were wonderful, the storyline was addictive, the emotion came through well, and there were plenty of laughs to be had. I confess the ending was a bit easier than I had hoped it would be, but it was not enough to take away my enjoyment of this one. It was great, a crazy amount of fun, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Without a doubt, I’ll be devouring the next book in the Malibu University series the moment I can get my hands on it. I need more of the characters we were introduced to and have high hopes for what is to come!
OH MY GOD THIS BOOK. SWEET BABY J. IM IN LOVE. (Shouty capitals are very much needed right now.)
When I came across this book I knew it was one I was going to love. Give me a enemies/friends to lovers and I’m putty in your hands and this beauty, this beauty was a mixture of both. A little enemies and a lot friends, it’s such a thrilling read and I’m in awe right now.
This books starts out with an almost accident that ends up with these two becoming friends. Raegan and Alice are so much fun and opposites on the social scale. Raegan is rich, his family are rich and they love to flaunt it in peoples faces but not Raegan, he’s down to earth, handsome and cares about the people he loves. Alice is just scraping by, she has to count the pennies but she’s happy. She’s kind and caring and at times shy. After a near accident has her off of her feet for a few weeks things slowly tumble downhill for her. It’s intriguing to see what she’ll do next.
Watching these two becoming friends is fun, she’s so resistant and he’s so determined. It’s push and pull and it’s a laugh. This story is one I loved from the minute I started it and couldn’t put it down.
This is my first read from this author and I have to say, if her other books are anything like this then I’m going to become addicted pretty damn quickly.
Nothing But Trouble was fun, quirky and addicting. It’ll capture your thoughts from the get go. Everyone and everything around you will become a blur as it consumes your every thought and you’ll love every second.
This is the first book I've read by this author, I'll definitely be keeping a look out for book 2 in this series. There's secrets to be unveiled in the roommates lives.
Reagan and Alice are so blind to keeping a friendship they can't see or sense each others true feelings. I felt they both needed a kick up the butt for about 60% of the book.
Warning! This book can have drug and depression triggers.
Alice lost her mom at a young age, but from a close-knit small loving family, a scholarship student, she skrimps and saves, studies hard, to achieve her dream in the filming industry. When Reagan enters her world he literally knocks her off her feet, he's handsome, hot as sin, has swagger for days, he's a flirt and can charm the ladies like a snake charmer, and she totally judged him wrong, first impressions are not always the right ones as she finds out.
Reagan is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. His brother, his parents demands of what he has to be, luckily he ran into Alice and she's the one who knocks him off his feet, but their friends, he doesn't want to lose her, for a relationship that won't be able to last long. Life progresses and it knocks him on his butt, everything is just too much. Can he be the person everybody expect him to be? Can he be happy for himself?
‘Nothing But Trouble’ is the first book that I have read by P Dangelico, and I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Like most new to me authors, I worry incase I can’t adapt to a new writing style, but with this book it was certainly not the case.
Dangelico writes in a way that is easily to become immersed in, and I loved her character depictions and plot twists. This was a great start to a series I very much want to embrace.
Alice is sassy, sweet and I instantly took to her as a character. She has some very funny retorts and is sharp and quick witted. When she encounters Reagan Reynolds, it’s through the unfortunate event of a car accident that leaves Alice injured, and Reagan unable to shake the girl that ‘appeared different’ and gave him the instant brush off.
She plagues his dreams and he is unable to shake her, determine to make right what he may have done to her. His guilt sparks a friendship that very much is a slow burning romance. With both of them certain they are to remain friend zoned, their bond is able to grow and the chemistry is undeniable.
I love the depth of the characters in this book. You have Alice who is into making films and Reagan who is a med student with all the traits of a jock.
Their witty sparring is off the chart and I loved Reagan so much. This is a must read for all romance Lovers. I’d highly recommend.
A wonderful, quick, light, easy and addictive read. I love sports romance, and I thought I’d pretty much read across all sports, but water polo is new to me. I’ve googled the heck out of it and yes water polo players have fantastic bodies, hot, hot, hot. So yes we’ve got a hot as hell main character Reagan Reynolds, the thing is, Reagan is also a great person, and when he nearly knocks down Alice Bailey in his car, Alice ends up with an ankle injury, and Reagan does everything in his power to help her. Alice however is unwilling to accept his assistance, she’s very independent and stubborn, this however only makes Reagan more determined. Herein starts an unlikely friendship, both feeling the attraction, but unwilling to act on it. Wonderful writing, characters (and friendship groups), and an all round great story that had me shedding a tear at one point. I am so looking forward to more in this series. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is my honest review.