“Because although he started as nothing but trouble, he’s become everything and more. And, God, do I want a new beginning with him. I want it all.”
Nothing But Trouble is my first foray into a P D’Angelico book. I signed up to read an ARC of it for a couple of reasons: (1) I love to read new authors and (2) waterpolo players as characters. Typically, sports romances revolve around football, baseball, or hockey (maybe a little soccer). Rarely do we venture into the pool. Quite frankly, more romance authors should take a note from P Angelico because swimmers and water polo players typically have incredible bodies, and they’re half naked (all the best ingredients for a sexy romance).
That being said, I was excited to read Nothing But Trouble. And it didn’t disappoint.
This is an angsty, but funny “opposites attract” story. Alice and Reagan, the main H and h, of this story are decidedly different. She’s a poor filmmaker with a bit of an edge, who hails from the East Coast. Reagan is the wealthy star waterpolo player for Malibu University who struggles with his future as his family’s expectations overwhelm him. While Reagan seems like that privileged jock, he struggles to be everything to everyone. This causes him to disconnect from relationships with women because the commitment can be too much. Enter Alice who has absolutely no interest in Reagan, but these two have an undeniable chemistry from their meet-cute.
It’s this chemistry that drives both the humor and angst of the story. From afar, these two shouldn’t work. They have different goals, different lives, and different interests. Their differences set up their tension, resulting in moments of hilarity. Yet, those differences also fuel their lust for each other. Even more, their different backgrounds cause the angst between the two. At different moments in the story, my heart broke for each. We are reminded through their stories that “not everything is as it seems.” A privileged life doesn’t make one happy. Even more, love will prevail in the end, even when it has broken us a little.
There is so much to love about this Nothing But Trouble: Alice and Reagan’s “push and pull,” the supporting cast (who have books coming in the series), and the locale. I haven’t read too many New Adult/Contemporary romances, but my interest has been peaked through P. Angelico’s book. I know that I’ll be “tuning” into the next books in the series because the power of the story coupled with the characters create a message for all of us: that we need to ultimately love ourselves before we can love others.
In love and romance,