Friday, August 7, 2015

#Review: A Good Kind of Trouble by Ellie Ashe

Beacon news reporter Lindsey Fox is on the verge of breaking a huge story of political corruption that will make her career and make her famous journalist parents proud—or she could be thrown in jail and fired. It really could go either way.

Her recent streak of bad luck continues when Lindsey finds herself facing a bogus contempt charge—and attorney Ben Gillespie is appointed to get her out of the slammer. They once had a bad date of epic proportions—stilted conversation, food poisoning, burglary, towed car. Then there was the incident with the pepper spray. Lindsey never believed she’d see the sexy lawyer again.

Ben can totally believe that Lindsey is behind bars. The woman is trouble. Now he has to get his new client out of jail, keep her out of the grasp of a crazed bike messenger and a shady P.I., help her save her job, and convince her to put down the pepper spray and give him another chance.



Usually, at the beginning the love interest is either a complete unknown to the main character, or there is a certain ... mistrust.  In A Good Kind of Trouble, Lindsey, trying to make a name for herself in the world of journalism without the assistance of her reporter/editor parents, actively dislikes Ben.  But, you've got to understand.  Lindsey is in jail and Ben is a court-appointed attorney attempting to get her release.  They had one date, and he never called.  But don't be hating on Ben, as Lindsey did, after all, pepper spray him, in a dating mishap that would make the Keystone Cops proud.  (Oh, did I just date myself there? *lol*)

On the one hand, you would think..."no way are those two EVER going to get together".  They tried once, with disastrous results.  On the other hand, and to play 'devil's advocate' here they are a most unlikely pair, and therefore some might say destined for each other.  In either case, it's fun to watch them start out by circling around each other, just outside of the reach of the other's arm's reach - progress to some humorous (where neither wants to admit a lingering and growing attraction to the other) and other downright dangerous physical interactions (think running from bad guys and ducking bullets).  In the end, if there had not been an attempt on Lindsey's life, they might have done a LOT more than cuddling. ;)

But the romance element is not the only good thing about A Good Kind of Trouble.  Lindsey's got a bit of snark going for her, and is something that I love to see in a heroine.  And, for someone (me) who is a huge NCIS fan, where reporters are more often than not antagonists, I developed a more tolerant and sympathetic attitude towards the profession of journalism.  (OK, well, and the Dick Thornburg character in the first two "Die Hard" movies is not exactly a credit to the profession either.)

But I digress.

While it is disheartening to see how close to home some of the 'bad guys' *ahem* have been lurking, it does bring across the point that trouble can happen anywhere...not just in foreign countries and not just in 'bad neighborhoods'.

All in all, A Good Kind of Trouble, is a great kind of a read.  Thrilled to hear this is the start of a new series!



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Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.

When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on


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(Disclosure:  I received an ecopy of this book from the author and publisher via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.)

1 comment:

  1. It can be a bit unnerving to realise that there is the potential for bad all around us at all times! But I am glad the chemistry between the two characters was so interesting to see.