The 3rd book in Delaney Diamond’s ‘Hawthorne Family’ series is by far my favorite. The writing is cleaner than the prior two stories. There’s a clear focus on character development versus the previous trend of vapid heroines. I’m not a big fan of the male-slut, but even he was a redeemable character with likable traits.
Lorena Vega is the best friend of the youngest Hawthorne, Cassidy. If you read book 1, you’re familiar with these two. I read book 2 years ago and I can’t remember what mention, if any, there was of either Lorena or Matthew in that, but I will say that the books in this series are not best read as standalones.
Matthew Hawthorne, the youngest male of the Hawthorne brothers, and Lorena had a previous… thing. I don’t know if you’d call it a fling or a love affair. From Lorena’s perspective it was complete and total love, but she also knows that Matthew is a leave ‘em kind of guy. Matthew’s reputation with the ladies preceded him.
Speaking of, there was a scene when these two initially met (college years) – Lorena and Cassidy were staying with Matthew, and Cassidy was out of the house. Unbeknown to Matthew, Lorena is by herself in the home when he comes home with a ‘date’. It turns out that he had 2 ‘dates’ at the same time in the bedroom and Lorena peeped through his ‘open’ bedroom door while he took care of business with the ladies (if you know what I mean). I can’t stand it in any romance when either the hero or heroine have sex with anyone other than each other. It’s an absolute turn off and I will judge the story negatively for it. Every. Single. Time.
The majority of the story takes place after Matthew’s broken up with Cassidy because of his fear of commitment. The worst part of his break up to Lorena was that he did it by text. Who does that? And when you think about it, he not only did the unforgivable – dating his younger sister’s best friend but then he broke up with her after 3 months. What an absolute cad! But I digress.
A year after their break up, Matthew realizes that he misses Lorena and wants her back. Which happily coincides with her dating another man. But guess what? Lorena said no to Matthew. Seriously, this is my shocked face. I was thrilled. Lorena not only said no, she meant it. She had a couple of lapses when she would entertain his tomfoolery but she would quickly nip it in the bud and tell him no and walk away. That’s so refreshing in this series because the heroines have been terrible in their roles. They so easily comply with the men’s wishes – why? Because aesthetics have played too big of a role in the relationships. Looks will only take you so far; eventually personality has to count for something.
Matthew, as weak as a hero he is, had to work for Lorena. For how he treated Lorena in their first go-round, Matthew didn’t work nearly hard enough in my eyes, but at least he did try. One of the things that I liked about Lorena was that she wanted what her parents have, a happy and loving marriage and family of her own and she wasn’t willing to settle for less. I did wonder though – had Matthew not broken up with her what she would have done when she realized that he’s not the marriage and family kind of guy.
The new man, some slug who lives on his father’s fame and money, wasn’t much better than Matthew, but Lorena’s new at the dating gate so I gave her a pass for her newbieness.
The chemistry between Matthew and Lorena worked because of the denied moments. The moments when Matthew would make a move and he would feel the potential of an almost, but Lorena’s adamant response would ratchet the tension up a bit more. The relationship building was handled well. And even though this is the first book in the series that I can say that I liked, the heroine caved too quickly for the HEA. Matthew is the only brother who I liked and the I also liked the way he eventually treated his girl (that’s not saying too much though).
Happy reading folks!
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Here Comes Trouble
by Delaney Diamond
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Publisher: Garden Avenue Press