Asking For Trouble

A Tremayne Family Romance, Book #1

By Anna J. Stewart

ISBN# 9780698183131

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Jerjen

asking-for-troubleAsking For Trouble by Anna J. Stewart is the first book in a great new series.  In the first book we meet Morgan Tremayne, a member of the elite Tremayne family of Lantano Valley in California and Gage Juliano, an investigator for the D. A. office.

Morgan could live the life of a socialite and spend her days playing tennis and hanging out at the country club.  Instead, she works very hard at running the children’s charity that her mother created.  She is no stranger to a hammer and saw, she is always trying to maintain or fix whatever is broken.  She helps maintain and run a house where children with serious diseases are trying to recover and she considers these children “her kids”.  Morgan has a hard time asking anyone for help and she constantly has more on her plate than she can handle.

Morgan goes to a charity event to get donations for a new facility that her family is creating so that more children can be helped.  She meets Gage at the fundraiser and feels an almost immediate attraction to him.  But when she finds out that he is an investigator, she knows she needs to steer clear of him.  She cannot afford to be investigated because she has had financial problems with the center and she has obtained funds through less than legal means.

Gage is investing a criminal named Nemesis, who steals from the rich and gives to those in need.  He feels a personal vendetta against Nemesis because he feels that he is the reason his former partner met an early death.  When Morgan hears that Gage is after Nemesis, she knows that she is playing with fire by spending time with Gage.  She is one of the people that the modern-day Robin Hood has helped out financially.

This book took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions while reading it.  It had me laughing and cheering and groaning and crying.  There is friendship and romance and longing and desire.  There is suspense and mystery and twists and turns that I never saw coming.  I think it takes a really good writer to do all that within one book and that is one of the reasons I liked it so much.

Another thing that I really enjoyed is the characters.  Morgan and Gage are very realistic and well developed.  You cannot help but care about them and worry about what will happen to them.  The supporting cast of characters are also very well developed and added a lot to the story.  Both Morgan’s and Gage’s family have a lot of personality and are always very willing to offer advice and give their opinions, much to the chagrin of both Morgan and Gage.  The children that live with Morgan will break your heart and have you smiling at their antics.  They seemed so real to me.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy quick read.  I found myself swiping pages as fast as I could because I needed to know how Morgan was going to get herself out of the mess she was in and how things would play out between her and Gage.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. If I could I would give this book more than five stars, I enjoyed it that much.  I am looking forward to reading more of this series because I want to continue to get to know the other members of the families and see what is happening in their lives.

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*