KC Enders has been on my radar for a while now, since she hangs out on several other author groups that I follow and her books have been highly recommended to me by other book friends. I finally got my hands on my own copy of Troubles (Beekman Hills #1) and I’m glad I did.
I think it’s a testament to the writing and character development that I fell for this couple, even though the plot relies on a few of my less favourite devices. It’s basically an “insta-love” situation, at least for Aiden. He seems to decide that he loves and worships Lis from the first moment he sees her. The saving grace is that Lis takes a lot more convincing. The other device is a meddling third-party, which isn’t a problem in itself, but I hate that neither of the protagonists question it at all. Aargh! Fortunately for our HEA, time and meddling friends heal all ills.
Neither of these are complete deal-breakers for me though. Aiden and Lis as characters just sucked me in. Aiden is endearingly earnest and strangely naive, for all of his huge family and supposed experience. As an added bonus, he has a sexy Irish accent. Lis has been burned by her past and is unable to move on, but she manages to stay devoted to her friends. The series is centered around McBride’s, which is the best kind of authentic, Irish pub, with a crusty but caring owner and a bevy of hot bartenders. Hard to go wrong there, really.
I’m giving this one 4 stars on Goodreads.