Asking for Trouble
(The Kincaids, Book Three)
(The Kincaids, Book Three)
by Rosalind James
Asking for Trouble, the third book in The Kincaids series by Rosalind James, has just been released. Also available: Welcome to Paradise and Nothing Personal (ON SALE for $0.99 to 15 February; read my earlier blog post.)
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Sometimes you go looking for trouble. And sometimes, trouble finds you.
Alyssa Kincaid knows she needs to make some big changes. A move to San Francisco is the first step. Now it's time to get serious, and to get the rest of her life on track. If only her messy life would cooperate. And if only it had Joe Hartman in it.
Joe knows one thing for sure: Making a move on his best friend's little sister, the beloved youngest sibling in the closest thing to a family he's got, would be asking for trouble. Unfortunately, Alyssa always does seem to be asking for trouble. And it's getting harder and harder for Joe to resist answering.
Note: Despite the fog, San Francisco does get pretty hot at times. If you prefer your romance without steam, this may not be the book for you.
She hit the door, heard the chime behind her, and knew her new boyfriends were following right along. Until they realized that she was meeting the bike rider, because she could sense them slowing to a stop.
Joe barely looked at her, just reached for her arm and swung her behind him. She peered around from the shelter of his broad back, saw the three guys stopped halfway between the bulk of Joe and the liquor store entrance, looking like they weren't quite sure what to do next.
"You should take better care of your lady," Tall Guy said at last. "Not leave her all alone and lonely like that. She might get into trouble."
"I'm here now," Joe said.
The guy laughed, showing his bad teeth. "What? You looking for a fight? Three of us, man."
"I'm not looking for anything," Joe said, and she could see his hands flexing, could sense the readiness in him, like he was poised on his toes, even though he was standing solid. "But I'm happy to take anything that comes my way."
"Hey, man," the guy said with a shrug, taking a half-step back. "Just hanging out." He turned, would-be casual, and the three of them sauntered off, back to their pals, Alyssa presumed.
Joe stood still a moment, watching them go. Then he turned to Alyssa. "You OK?"
"Yeah," she said, her arms wrapped around herself, shivering with cold and tension. "Just freezing." She smiled, and could feel her teeth chattering. She'd really thought he was going to fight. Three guys.
He unzipped the heavy jacket and handed it to her. "Put this on." He watched her struggle with the zipper for a minute, her fingers too shaky for the task, then brushed her hands aside and zipped the jacket for her as if she were a child. Then he took off the helmet and gave her that, too. "I don't have another one with me. Wear this."
She hefted the weight of it. "Uh, Joe. I can't ride a motorcycle. Maybe you could just wait for a cab with me."
"You don't have to ride a motorcycle," he said. "I'll do the riding. You just have to hold on."
I don't normally even review the books I read but I LOVE Rosalind's style, and this third book in the truly wonderful series about the Kincaids was a treat from start to finish. I pre-ordered it so it arrived on Feb 1 and I have already read it twice - some parts more than that (and it's only Feb 3!!)
I wasn't really sure how Joe was going to emerge in this book, but I fell in love with him from the start, and Alyssa was the perfect match ... It was such a fun read, with plenty of character complexity and the thrilling climax points (no pun intended!) that occurred along the way. My only disappointment was in realizing that I really HAD read it through and now I have to wait for another offering from this superb writer with a real gift for creating great characters and mixing in just the right amount of sizzle to have you squirming while you love reading it! What's next, Rosalind??!
About the Author
Rosalind James is the author of the Kindle-bestselling Escape to New Zealand series (currently five titles strong), as well as the new U.S.-based The Kincaids series. Her first book, Just This Once, has sold tens of thousands of copies in the year since it was published, eventually reaching #85 in the Amazon store. A marketing professional and publishing industry veteran, Rosalind has lived all over the United States and in a number of other countries, traveling with her civil engineer husband. Most recently, she spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries. She loves trying new things in her writing, most recently the mystery and suspense in Nothing Personal.
Rosalind credits her rapid success to the fact that “lots of people would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!”