Embracing Trouble (Trouble, #1) by Dee Bridle (Reviewed by Julie, #NerdGirlJulie)

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Title: Embracing Trouble (Trouble, #1)

   Author: Dee Bridle

   Published Date: November 22, 2013

   Genre:  Contemporary Romance


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Discontented with her mundane existence and a father who is no longer interested in being one, Ava wants a taste of the wild life.

She meets Zac, a tattooed bad boy who lives with no rules, nameless sex, drugs and dark secrets. Everything about him is trouble and she suddenly wants more.

Zac has to stay away from the innocent beauty knowing she deserves better than someone like him. His life is full of darkness and the more he tries to keep his distance, the closer he actually gets.

As Ava tastes the wild life she craves, she discovers that trouble can be found where you least expect it. Zac will not only need to open his darkened heart, but do everything he can to protect her from the harsh reality of life.

Note: This book contains mature and sensitive content and is not suitable for readers under 18.

 ***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Heavy Drinking, Drug Use, Attempted Rape, Violence, and Adult Situations. Not for Young Readers***

paragraph divider 18***Julie, #NerdGirlJulie’s Review***

Embracing Trouble is a quick paced read. It is well written albeit formulamatic in its good-girl-falls-for-bad-boy premise. Even though most readers will anticipate the end of the story, it is a wild ride getting there!

Both Ava and Zac are damaged by the loss of their mother, but they’ve chosen different paths to ease their pain. Interestingly, the “good kids” are the least loyal and the least ethical characters. The “burners” may get into trouble, but they seem to have a sense of decency and morality in their treatment of people. It is a classic theme of “can’t judge a book by its cover”.

I definitely felt the teenage/young adult angst and desire to be considered grown-up. The characters are developed, and they are believable. I found the dynamics of Ava’s and Zac’s relationship disturbing, however, there are probably young men and women who behave/respond similarly. Ava’s and Zac’s behavior is probably meant to demonstrate the degree to which they were affected by the loss of a caring parent.

The book a YA feel to it in that there is very little parent involvement and the characters are 18-21ish, however, there is a lot of sex, drugs and loud music (metal not rock n’ roll). The content was not for readers with a delicate sensibility or for readers under 18 years old.

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