REVIEW: The Trouble With Love by Claire Contreras

The Trouble With Love, an all new, contemporary romance by New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Contreras, is now live!


Things on my wishlist:

1. Start a new, awesome job

2. Create the perfect dating app

3. Stop dating douchebags

Things that actually happen:

1. Got a job in my dream tech company

2. Created a workplace dating app for said company

3. Was matched Bennett, who happens to own the company and is also my brother’s best friend

They say when it rains, it pours, but this is some serious BS. It doesn’t help that Bennett was the man I had my one last night stand with. It definitely doesn’t help that he seems to want me just as much as I want him. The issue is, he won’t do anything about it, but then we’re forced to attend a tech conference in Vegas and I think it may just be what I need to turn this thing around.

New goal: get my brother’s best friend out of my system by all means necessary.

The Trouble With Love is a standalone contemporary romance.


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My Review

Claire Contreras’ newest release, The Trouble with Love, was exactly the light and charming read that I needed after a bevy of dark and angsty reads! And while there is a bit of drama, it wasn’t grandiose or over-the-top, and it fit the story line and baggage that the hero and heroine needed to deal with in order to move forward with a better perception about love and relationships.

One aspect of Contreras’ storytelling that I adore is how much the main characters’ attraction to each other and the chemistry between them resonates from the pages their book. And it’s clear from Morgan Tucker and Bennett Cruz’s first interaction that their connection is electric and it’s not something that will go away easily, especially when what was supposed to be a one-night stand a year ago has the opportunity for more due to Morgan’s new job. But, it’s also what complicates things even more because when ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Ben’ re-enter each other’s life, they meet and use  their full names, realizing exactly who the other one is – Bennett being Morgan’s older brother’s best friend.

I appreciated the fact that while a real relationship between Morgan and Bennett may be a bit forbidden because of Morgan’s position in Bennett’s company and the fact that Morgan is Devon’s younger sister, the concerns and issues that prevent Morgan and Bennett from jumping into bed together again is not really due to those outside details but more so to their respective views on love and relationships and whether or not they’re willing to risk their hearts again when their track records are quite problematic.

Bennett and Morgan are great characters and I loved getting Bennett’s perspective throughout the course of the story line because it offers necessary insights that are needed to understand exactly why Bennett views love the way he does and how slowly but surely his attraction to and feelings for Morgan change everything for him and allow him to follow his heart, even if it’s a bit broken.

The Trouble with Love is a great read – one with snarky banter, steamy sex, and familial bonds that help the main characters find their way. I also really enjoyed Morgan’s views on online dating and her desire to create an app that allows people to find a match for love, not just lust or a hookup. And the fact that Morgan’s dating app allowed her to play Cupid for others and well as send the best form of Trouble her way allowed her to, hopefully, find her own perfect match!

4.5 Poison Apples

About Claire

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.

She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.

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