SHE'S A SMALL-TOWN GIRL WITH BIG DREAMS.
Nine years ago, Neve McKay fled her small Southern town and disapproving family to seek a career in the big city. Now she's finally coming home-and hoping for a fresh start. But the relationship that shattered her world still haunts her. And even among her nearest and dearest, she doesn't feel safe. . .
CAN THIS BAD BOY BE THE ANSWER TO HER PRAYERS?
Ian Campbell is a pure Scottish muscle-as hard and handsome as they come. But when Neve walks into his bar, his heart melts. . .and he vows to have this gorgeous and somewhat vulnerable woman in his life-for better or for worse. What is Neve's tragic secret? And how can Neve expect Ian to protect her, when doing so could put his own life at risk? The only thing Ian knows for sure is that he will do whatever it takes to keep her out of harm's way-and in his loving arms. ..in Headed for Trouble by Shiloh Walker.
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About the Author
Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, and nearly every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She has authored dozens of works of romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels. She is the author of Deeper than Need, Sweeter Than Sin, and Darker Than Desire with St. Martin's Press.
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Headed for Trouble
By Shiloh Walker
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2016 Shiloh Walker
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It had been on a Friday night when trouble blew out of town. To be precise, 9:14 P.M., the summer night air hot and hazy — one of the hottest summers to hit the area in a while, and the small Mississippi town of McKay's Treasure had seen more than its share of hot summers.
The entire town had seemed to hold its breath, waiting for a storm that had hovered and hovered.
The storm never came, and here, almost ten years later, trouble blew back into town in almost the same fashion she'd left.
It was 9:14 exactly when Neve McKay drove past the sign that read welcome to McKay's treasure — at the heart of it all.
It was hot and humid, and the night air was still, the promise of a thunderstorm hovering in the air.
She'd left driving a murder-red Koenigsegg — a sweet little car that her brother had bought her in exchange for good behavior, and to get her to stop pestering him to let her drive his car. The McKays were well known for liking their toys.
She came back driving a junker of indeterminate color, although the passenger door was white — clearly something that had come from another car, same make.
She still drove like a bat out of hell, though.
Neve McKay pulled her car up in front of the bar and shoved it into park. She climbed out, eyeing the place that had been called Treasure Island for as long as she'd been alive.
It had been an eyesore for that entire time.
Not so much now.
Somebody came out — no, several somebodies — but not in a cloud of smoke, something that Neve had always associated with the bar.
Eyes narrowed, she rocked back on the worn heels of her boots. She wore faded jeans that fit like a glove and a T-shirt that was worn thin in some places. The only thing she carried with her was a backpack that had seen better days.
Studying the building in front of her, she compared it to the memories she had from ten years ago. They didn't fit. Her eyes landed on the neon sign in the window. GUINNESS.
Well, the place had booze.
That was all that mattered.
She'd been craving a drink for the past three days, but she hadn't given in to the urge, had barely even allowed herself to sleep, for fear of dulling her senses. Getting caught off guard was one thing that absolutely would not happen.
Now that she was here, now that she was home, one of the bands around her chest eased.
Maybe there were another two or three — dozen — that kept her from breathing as deeply as she'd like. But despite the nerves she had about seeing her brother and sister for the first time in forever, she breathed easier.
Tipping her head back, she breathed in the air. She caught the scent of food that came from the nearby restaurants, but under that, it was the river she smelled, the lush green that grew around it.
Her throat clogged from the memories, and she blew out a breath. She'd let herself get all sentimental and stupid later. For now, though, she was going to have herself that damn beer and figure out her next step — decide if she was going to call her brother and sister right away, or wait until tomorrow.
Some frisson of nerves twisted inside her at the thought of trying to deal with the rift she'd caused in her family, but she'd deal with that when the time came. All of that was for later.
"Just a drink," she told herself.
And with that in mind, she started toward the door.
She had to take a minute to acclimate herself once she ducked inside.
The few glimpses she'd had inside the dive that had been Treasure Island didn't match up with what was before her now. The servers wore kilts, shorter lengths for the girls — although nothing that would make their mothers hide their eyes if they bent over — while the guys had a similar style that hit the knee.
She smirked, amused. So they were going for a Scottish theme? And still using the name Treasure Island? Oooookkayyy.
To each their own, she mused, as she wound her way through the crowd, ducking her head when somebody looked at her too long, averting her face when a person looked familiar.
She had to avert her face a lot.
Treasure wasn't a big town — the population at the last census was just under nine thousand. Her graduating class hadn't even topped two hundred. Just in the short walk from the door to the bar, she'd heard several familiar names and spotted people she hadn't seen in years.
But she hadn't seen the people who counted the most, and that was all that mattered.
As long as she could brace herself before she had to see them, then everything would be just fine and dandy.
Spying an empty seat, she slid onto it and looked up at the bar. She put her backpack on the little hook in front of her and shifted to keep it between her legs. She'd had people try to relieve her of her belongings more than once.
Breathing out a sigh of relief, she let herself relax. Now ... for that drink —
"Well, 'allo. What can I get you?"
At the sound of that voice, a shiver raced down her spine, and a punch of heat — something she hadn't felt in far too long — spread through her, warming her from head to toe.
* * *
Ian Campbell had left Scotland for a couple of small reasons, and one rather big one. The small reasons were varied — he liked to try new things, he'd always wanted to run his own pub, and he'd never been one to turn down a chance at an adventure. Living in America for a time could definitely be that.
The rather big reason was simple.
He'd been offered a fat sum to come across the pond and run this pub, and if all went well, then he could even buy it. It had been a hard choice to make, he wouldn't lie.
More than once — once a week even — he wondered if he'd done the right thing, and considered going home. He could. He'd have to start over, but he wasn't afraid of hard work and he wasn't afraid to start over, either. He'd had to do that more than once in his life, that was certain.
But then he'd crawl out of bed, get himself a cup of coffee — or better yet, three. Ian Campbell wasn't a pleasant man without his first cup of coffee in the morning. Once he was awake, he'd go to his balcony and stare out over the river.
This place was thousands of miles from Braemar, the small village in Scotland where he'd lived for the first thirteen years of his life and just as different from the house where he'd lived after his mother died and he moved to Aviemore to live with his grandparents. He'd lived there from the time he was thirteen until he was eighteen, in a house where raised voices and flying fists had him desperate to leave, and even more desperate never to return.
Nobody here looked at him and whispered as he walked past.
True, it had been a long time since people had done that back home.
But he didn't see the looks in their eyes, and if he lifted a pint at the end of the day, he didn't have to wonder what they might think.
A clean slate, that was what he had here, and he couldn't help but appreciate it.
Perhaps he didn't like the heat that hit you like a sweaty fist for too much of the year, but any circumstance would have its drawbacks now, wouldn't it?
And ... there were the benefits.
He found himself studying one now and felt a stir of interest he hadn't felt in more time than he cared to think about.
She stood in the doorway, oddly apart from everybody else even as she studied his pub, eyes moving to linger on a group here, then there. After a couple of moments she moved away, and he found himself tracking her progress.
Don't be here to meet somebody, he thought, and immediately, he wanted to kick himself. What did it matter if she was?
He told himself it didn't and glanced up as Gary Harnett settled down and ordered his usual. Ian started to build the Guinness as they chatted, but the entire time he watched her from the corner of his eye.
She moved like a dancer, with effortless grace and easy elegance. He could imagine those legs, long and slim, wrapped around his waist, could picture that torso, just as long and slim, bent back as he leaned over to press his mouth to pale, soft skin.
Gary said, "They say it's going to break a hundred again tomorrow."
"Imagine it will," Ian murmured, the easy chatter second nature, while in his mind, he continued to mentally undress the redhead.
She slid onto a vacant stool tucked up against the wall just as he finished Gary's Guinness, and Ian took a moment to appreciate the fact that he had a heavy, solid bar between the two of them, because, thanks to his wandering mind, his bloody cock was hard as iron and pulsing.
She looked at him then, her mouth unsmiling, but wide and soft and lush.
He rested his hands on the bar and smiled. You've a job to do, so do it.
He opened his mouth.
You're the sexiest fucking thing I've seen in ages — maybe forever. He could feel those words hovering on the tip of his tongue.
Biting them back, he fell back on the job he'd been doing for ages.
"Well, 'allo. What can I get you?"
A faint smile flirted around her lips, and a hot ball of lust twisted inside, settling down low in his balls. Mad. He'd gone mad — that's all there was to it.
She nodded toward the Guinness he'd just finished and said, "I'll have one of those."
He nodded. Self-preservation told him to move his arse and get to work.
He told self-preservation to get fucked as he got to work on her Guinness. As he did, four more orders came in, and he filled three of them before her Guinness was ready. By the time he had another minute to breathe, she had folded her hands around her glass and was studying everything around her, almost mesmerized.
She blinked, a startled look in her eyes. Her gaze slid away. "Depends on your point of view." Then she flashed him a wide smile.
It was disarming, that smile, bright and wicked, the kind of smile a temptress would give a saint to lure him into all manner of sins.
Ian was many things — a saint had never been one of them. As she propped her elbows on the bar, he found himself easing closer. "I'm here for ... personal things, but that's for later," she said, lifting her shoulder in a shrug. "Tonight ...? Tonight I'm just trying to not think."
I can help you with that.
The words popped into his brain and they almost escaped his lips.
He managed to keep them trapped inside, but one thing he couldn't do was keep his eyes off that mouth.
She noticed, too. He could tell by the hitch in her breathing, the way her pulse slammed against the fragile wall of her throat. Curious, he reached out and pressed a finger against it.
He could very well be doing the stupidest thing he'd ever done.
Her lids drooped and her head slumped, angling slightly to the side. He skimmed his finger down lower, tracing the elegant line of her collarbone. "I've had days like that," he said softly. "Days where the last place I want to be is inside my own head."
He lowered his hand.
She lifted her head and met his gaze dead-on.
He started to turn away.
"How late do you work?"
* * *
Neve couldn't have been more appalled with herself if she'd climbed up on the bar and stripped herself naked.
Blood rushed up to scald her cheeks, and she was already trying to mentally calculate how much her drink would be. She had a twenty dollar bill tucked inside her pocket. She'd just leave the whole thing —
His hand closed over hers, and then he bent over the bar.
He was big.
She'd already noticed that.
Big and almost brutally beautiful. If she had guessed right, he was close to six five, and his shoulders strained the snug fit of his T-shirt. His hair was dark, possibly black, but it was hard to tell in the dim light of the pub. His eyes were arresting — a pale, lovely gray that reminded her of the mists that slid around the ground, winding through trees, clinging to the river of a morning.
They gleamed against the warm gold of his skin and seemed to glow now. Then there was the beard.
Neve had never been attracted to a man with a beard. At least not until that very moment.
But this man with his short beard and that beautiful mouth — she suspected he could make her go for just about anything.
That beautiful mouth, framed by his dark beard, parted on his harsh intake of breath.
Her heart knocked hard against her ribs.
She had to drag her gaze away, but as she went to fumble the cash out of her pocket, his hand slid up her arm, leaving a hot, burning trail. "Another thirty minutes ... if you're up to waiting for me."
The logical part of her mind screamed at her.
Instead, she found herself meeting his gaze once more. As he turned away, she reached for her drink and downed a healthy swallow. Maybe it was for courage.
Or maybe it was to cool the suddenly blistering heat that had washed over her.
She'd done gone and lost her mind, Neve was sure of it.
* * *
Ian had been propositioned before.
It had even happened here.
But what had happened between him and the sleek, sexy redhead was something that defied definition. The final thirty minutes passed by in a crawl, and when he was done, he had to make himself walk with her through the pub, not drag her. Leading her through the crowd, he paused by the office to collect his keys.
A few people slid her curious glances, but her gaze moved away. Her sleek hair fell to shield her face. That just made him think about fisting his hands in it, then covering her mouth with hot, hungry kisses until she moaned and opened for him — opened for him in every way imaginable.
The noise of the pub muted as he shut the back door, and he looked down at her, half expecting her to take off, to disappear into the night like the fantasy he thought she must be.
Her gaze came back to his, and a groan started deep inside his chest as she licked her lips.
He couldn't stop himself from reaching for her, and she didn't seem inclined to stop him, either. No, she actually reached for him, and he half turned, putting her back against the wall as he reached up to frame her face. It wasn't a good fit, and he caught the straps of her backpack and tried to push it off her shoulders. She let him take it off, but kept it hanging from the other arm.
Good enough for him.
Now, staring down at her, it hit him — the punch of lust unlike anything he'd felt in a long while. Maybe ever.
The first brush of their mouths created a connection that hit straight through him.
Ian shuddered and lifted his head, stared down at her.
She blinked, a dazed look in her eyes.
He had to do that again.
Reaching up, he cupped her cheek in his hand and angled her head back, lowering his mouth back to hers.
Slower this time, because he wasn't quite sure he'd felt what he'd felt.
Wasn't quite sure it was possible for such a brief kiss to ripple all the way through him, like a rock thrown into a pond.
Her mouth parted and he groaned against her lips, wrapping his forearm around her waist, pulling her closer. The bloody bag got in the way again, bumping against him. She curled one arm around his neck and pressed even closer, until he felt every last delicate curve, the slight swells of her breasts, the long lines of her torso, her thighs —
A burst of laughter echoed close by — too close.
Snarling, he tore his mouth away, heart pounding.
Staring into wide, hazy green eyes, he sucked in a desperate breath of air.
She licked her lips again, a soft hum in her throat, and he swore. "Don't," he warned, dipping his head and biting her lower lip. "Don't go doin' that or I'm going to lose it right here."
The laughter came again, even closer, and he looked around. Grabbing her hand, he started to walk.
It wasn't thirty seconds before he had the wooden gate shut behind him. The small garden was something he'd snorted at when he'd been given the apartment, but he'd come to appreciate it, and never more than in that moment.
Flipping the latch, he turned and pushed her gently back against the gate. He caught the bag she still carried and tugged it free. "My flat. You can let this go for a bit, love."
She still held on, then reluctantly uncurled her fingers from it.
He put the backpack on the stones next to them and then reached up, hooking his hands over the top of the gate, caging her in. "If I was one to believe in such things, I'd swear you'd gone and bewitched me."
She laughed, the sound shaky. "Ain't that just like a man ... blaming the woman?"
"Oh ..." He moved a hand from the fence, trailing it down the sensitive inner skin of her arm, watching as she shivered. "I'm not blaming you, love. I'm thanking you. You're already turning my brain into jelly, and I haven't done much more than kiss you."
He touched his lips to her neck. "I want to do much, much more — wanted it even when I saw you standing in the door of me pub."
* * *
That accent of his was going to do her in. Neve had always had a thing for Scots — with a name like McKay and the history her family had, who could blame her? His brogue, though, was pure sin.
She reached out, skimming her hands down the snug cotton of his shirt.
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3.5 Stars Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog A new series by Shiloh Walker revolving around a wealthy family in a small town and the first book featuring a hot Scot bartender? Sign.Me.Up! While I thought HEADED FOR TROUBLE was a straight contemporary romance, I was pleased to see it still featured Ms. Walker’s signature suspense to a small degree, and it’s narrated in multiple POVs where it felt very inclusive to the whole picture of what was going on instead of completely focusing on the main couple. That’s both good and bad. See, I really liked Neve and Ian from the very first page because those sparks started sizzling right off the bat! But as the story progresses, I was getting so into the whole storyline and even some of the other characters, that my interest in the main couple got sidetracked a bit. They became an afterthought for me. As in, oh yeah, they need to be getting together soon but I really want to know more about Brannon or Moira! Again, both good and bad in the sense that I’m really excited to read the rest of this series immediately, but I was a bit disappointed with Neve’s story. All that being said, this book was still very interesting. Neve returns home after 10 years away following a family fight. She set out to prove she can do more than her siblings thought she could. And she ran into trouble. Now trouble comes looking for her in the way of her abusive ex-boyfriend. She reconnects with her siblings, Brannon and Moira and together they help protect her. But she also makes one other connection. Her brother’s best friend, Ian. The chemistry between Neve and Ian was excellent and I wish we would’ve gotten to explore it a bit more. As it is, there’s less conflict in their immediate relationship, and more on the situations around them. Am I ready for the next book? Sooooo freaking ready! The way Brannon’s story is set up in this book has left me itching to know what happens next! I need it now!
Headed for Trouble, the first in the McKay series from Shiloh Walker about a wealthy family whose ancestors founded a small town in Mississippi, focuses on Neve, the youngest of three siblings who returns home after being estranged from her family for nine years. The first person she meets is a sexy Scotsman, Ian, who runs the local pub owned by her brother. Their immediate chemistry fires up the story very quickly. Even though this is essentially Neve’s story, other main character’s POV’s are in this story besides Ian and Neve including her brother, Brannon, and her sister, Moira, who have very complex relationships with each other and folks in the town. Neve has a lot of drama in her life: not only is she trying to reconnect with her family, she is being stalked by a former lover with whom she was in a violent and abusive relationship. Neve’s emotional baggage is due in part to a tragic loss at an early age as well as being labeled the town troublemaker in her youth. Brannon and Moira feel responsible for Neve’s difficulties and have their own personal problems including their love lives. Moira has been in love with Gideon for years although she married someone else. Brannon cares about Hannah, but does not want to get involved. Neve and Ian cautiously begin a relationship that has to overcome the minefield of Neve’s mess of a life plus the fact that her brother is Ian’s best friend. I think Ms. Walker does a good job of juggling several characters and multiple points of view although I generally prefer stories focused on one main couple. The characters are well developed and just as in real life, they have very complicated and difficult issues to deal with concerning those they love. Fans of her series will get quite an emotional ride with this family and their thorny lives.
Don't forget your fan! This book contains one sexy, gorgeous, very large, kilt-wearing Scotsman and his name is Ian Campbell. It also contains one very scared and emotionally injured woman by the name of Neve McKay. "What a tangled web we weave" should be the mantra for this story. Just when you think you've got it all figured out...BAM, PLOT TWIST and you have to rethink everything. The one beautiful constant was the blossoming romance between Ian and Neve. It didn't easily fall into place. Ian had to fight hard to get past her issues. There was also another romance blooming as well as a possible second chance romance. I loved watching Neve grow stronger. The poor thing had been through so much. The saddest part for me was the calls and the letters. How had William accomplished that? The family drama and all the time lost is tragic! This is an amazing romance with great characters and the perfect amount of mystery. Character growth was on spot! I can't wait to read book two. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Neve McKay was tired of living in the shadow of her family name and decided it was high time she make a name for herself, full well knowing the only way she could accomplish that was to leave behind McKay's Treasure once and for all. So she left behind everything she knew nine years ago and headed for New York to attend college, and achieve success on her own merit, and prove to her siblings that she was capable of standing on her own two feet. Things were going according to plan until she met a charming man who she thought had her best interests at heart, but she soon learned that his intentions were less than admirable, and he left her a scarred and terrified woman who had no choice but to run. Being on the run for so long has been tiring, and she is ready to find a place where she can find a little peace, and possibly begin to heal... some place like home. So, despite her all reservations she returns home to McKay's Treasure, hoping she'll find the support she needs, and possibly be able to repair the damage she left behind. Being home again, surrounded by friends and family, has never felt so good... that is until she learns that her past has once again caught up to her! The moment Ian Campbell spots the red haired beauty waltz into his bar he's hit with a burning desire to make her his, there is something about her that he just can't deny. So, after a few smoothly uttered words, and some flirting he has her right where he wants her, that is until he learns just who she is, and learning her identity has him wanting to abandoned his plan immediately. Learning that he just made out with his best friends little sister is a down nerve-racking, him and Brannon have been friends for years, and he is certain the minute he discovers what happened there is bound to be a scuffle. He would have never knowingly made a move on Neve if he'd known who she was, and as much as he regrets it, he still can't let the visions of what they shared go, the chemistry they share is unlike anything he has ever experienced, every time their around one another it just has a way of pulling them together. As much as he wants to deny what he feels for her, for the sake of his friendship, he just isn't strong enough to fight it and walk away. Especially after he learns her life is in danger... From the moment I opened this book, I felt my world shift, and felt myself being drawn into these characters lives, and I had no intentions of leaving them until that last page was turned. This addictive little page turner had me hooked from the get go, and on a mission to see to it that Neve finally found her happily ever after... and I am happy to report I found exactly what I was searching for, and SO much more!! Upon finishing this installment in the series, I am dying to dive into the second and let my little adventure with the McKay family continue, and I can't wait to see what Ms. Walker has in store for this family next!! Neve and Ian's story was brimming with heartfelt emotion, steamy toe curling romance, and spine-tingling mystery that kept me right on the edge of my seat, and even gasping for air a few times too!! This one has bestseller written all over it!! I highly recommend you give this addictive little read a try, the minute you meet Ian he'll have you swooning, and looking at men in kilts in a whole new light!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
I have read several of Walker’s books, but am a big fan of her romantic suspense series Secrets & Shadows. Because of this, I was super excited for the chance to begin another romantic suspense series and am beyond pleased with Headed for Trouble and what it heralds for the new series, The McKays. The book opens with Neve McKay returning home after almost a decade away – a decade during which she had almost no contact with her siblings. It’s obvious from the opening that something happened to Neve, something that sent her running from her hometown of McKay’s Treasure and something else that now has her returning. As far as cryptic beginnings go, Walker had me hooked almost immediately with the mystery surrounding Neve and she finished reeling me in with Ian Campbell. Good lord that’s a Scottish mountain I’d love to climb. Despite an immediate connection, Ian throws the brakes on anything happening between them as soon as he learns who Neve is – his best friend’s little sister. However, it’s not her being the little sister that’s the issue, it’s that her estrangement has hurt Brannon and Ian has a problem with those who hurt the people close to him. But we soon learn that things are not what they seem and a third party played a huge part in the growing the divide between the siblings. Headed for Trouble has a minor mystery to it surrounding why Neve left McKay to begin with and a major suspense plot about why she stayed away for so long and what has her returning home now. Walker does an excellent job of revealing the whys behind both elements over the course of the novel, giving you just enough to keep you invested in the story without revealing too much too soon. While the reasons behind Neve’s departure were heartbreaking, the why behind her estrangement and sudden return was far worse than I anticipated, especially once the whole truth was realized. I was dumbfounded. Yet Walker didn’t just leave it at that because Neve’s trouble followed her home and unknowingly set into motion a chain of events that not only led to Ian and Neve’s relationship, but also set the stage for each of Neve’s siblings to find their happy ending. Obviously with Headed for Trouble being a romantic suspense novel, there is a lot that goes on that I’m glossing over so as not to spoil the story for you. That said, I loved this book and devoured it within a matter of hours. I cannot wait for book two, which I’m assuming will be about Neve’s brother Brannon. I now have another series of Walker’s that is on my watch list. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Neve McKay has finally come back home after 10 years of estrangement from her siblings. When she left, things were on bad terms and everything got worse as time went on. When she comes back, she stops into the local bar and sees a man that she definitely don’t remember being part of her small town and she definitely can’t resist. Ian Campbell let his best friend talk him into moving to the US to run his bar and maybe eventually be partners. He doesn’t expect the beautiful woman who comes in to be so irresistible, or to be his best friend’s little sister. This was a really great full-length story. It had a plot full of layers that kept unraveling while building up more layers for future stories in the series. There were plenty of hot scenes as well as a few nail biters. Neve is probably one of my current favorite heroines. She went through so much, from beginning to end, to come out on top the way she did. I really loved it and highly recommend it. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
I posted earlier on Twitter that if you can visualize the people from a piece of fiction in the room with you, then you know you're reading an excellent book! I never discuss the plots or storylines in my reviews because I don't want to give anything away. What I will say is that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I literally had it sitting on the bathtub's edge - well you get the picture... I feel Shiloh Walker has a specific writing style that I tend to gravitate towards. Her romance novels are not cookie-cutter nor do they have a weak storylines. I all ways find myself getting caught up in the characters lives and thinking about their lives and how they were before the books time frame. At this time, I have already re-read this book! I will be impatiently waiting for the second release in this series!
Read many of her books. Like the lighter one like this best.
Shiloh Walker has done it again. She has put the spotlight on a major issue in the world today. She has created a tremendous story with the perfect touch of romance, family drama, friendships, suspense, action and that nice touch of hot and steamy that she does so well. I had a horrible time trying to set this book down to get anything else done. I just had to see what in the world was going to happen with Neve McKay and her family next. Neve McKay has been through the mill and back again. This poor girl has been abused, used, deceived, threatened, and pushed to every limit possible. She's fought back to find her way home to where she fears she is not wanted. Neve is one of those characters that I found an instant connection with. I felt her fear, her pain, her mixed emotions and shed a few tears for her along the way. Ian Campbell is the manager of the local pub. He's an Irish hunk that wears a kilt (what more could a girl ask for in a hero). He's charming, protective of those he cares about, loyal, and enjoys running the pub. When Ian and Neve meet there are instant fireworks. Put those flammable items up because these two are in serious danger of exploding at any moment. They chemistry they have together that is incredible. Ian makes Neve feels things she's never felt before. Neve makes Ian feels things he isn't sure he wanted. Neve's brother and sister have doubts, fears, and regrets where Neve is concerned. After they learn Neve's huge secret they want to help her, protect her, and most of all show her their love. I adored the family connections and the friendships involved in this story. The characters are wonderful and well developed. The drama and suspense is so intense. There are a twist and turns that I did not see coming. A few twist left me holding my breath to see what was going to happen around the next turn. Overall I was totally spellbound by the story and I could not put it down. If you are a Shiloh Walker fan already you are not going to want to miss this one. If you haven't had a chance to read her work yet and enjoy a deeply emotional story then grab this one now! I enjoyed Neve and Ian's story and I can not wait to see what Ms. Walker has in store for the rest of the McKay family. I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Headed for Trouble.
Headed for Trouble by Shiloh Walker Neve McKay left home in search of a fresh start, a new future away from her home town only to find herself running back there for safety ten years later. Ian Campbell is a Scottish transplant, running a bar for the McKay family. One night, while working, Ian sees a beautiful woman, oozing vulnerability, that he has to know. The attraction is instant but the damage might be wounds that run too deep for healing. Headed for Trouble is a wonderfully touching romance. This is a story filled with distressed family relations, budding romances, and tragic but very realistic circumstances. I couldn’t help but find myself immediately engaged by this emotion invoking plot base. Walker wove a marvelous story with extremely likeable and relatable characters that you wanted to invest time in their lives. I received this ARC copy of Headed for Trouble from St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review.
What a great way to end my year!! This book was absolutely amazing and Shiloh Walker is someone that I'll be keeping my eye on for a very long time. I can't believe that it took me so long find her and I regret all of the lost time that I could have been reading her books. I've added a bunch of her works to my reading list and I can't wait to get started on them. Headed for Trouble seemed like a great read when I first started it and it soon became one of those books that readers always search for ... the kind that will suck you in and not let you go until the very end. When I sat down to write this review, I went to look at my notes (because I always keep notes ... usually TONS of them) and I didn't have any. Not one. I was so immersed in the book that I couldn't pull myself away to jot down any notes on what I liked or didn't like. To be honest, I can't think of a single thing that I didn't like about this book. I absolutely loved every single second of my reading experience with this one. I found all of the characters really believable and most of them were completely endearing. Massive character building success! There were a few bad dudes that I HATED with a passion but that was also a success. This author made me fall in love with characters and then want to punch a couple others in the throat; to get me to have such strong emotions towards characters that I just met is amazing. It's hard to find authors who so fully flesh out every single character. To put that kind of depth into so many fictional characters must be incredibly difficult. The kicker is that there were quite a few characters ... like 15 whom we (the readers) need to keep up with but I didn't struggle with it in the least. And this was with picking the book up and then putting it down constantly because our boys are on winter break. I can't say enough about this plot. The story had quite a few facets to it and while it was intricate and the plot was interwoven with a few subplots, it read very easily. The book didn't go too deep into descriptions but it didn't skimp on them either. It was simply put, a perfect mixture of every "ideal book" component. I really couldn't have asked for a better reading experience. I wish that all books had read like this one did. I will definitely be reading this again and I'm absolutely going to follow this series and this author from now on. Such a great ending to an awfully full reading year. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Headed for Trouble, Shiloh Walker Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, I’ve read a few Shiloh walker novels now, and also her alter ego JC Daniels. Her books suit my taste, heavily dialogue based, with that magic mix of characters that feel real and plots that keep me enthralled. This book is part of a series, about the McKay family. When we first meet then we meet Neve, she’s fragile, brittle , scared and has come home after ten years of virtually no contact. She’s a rep as a troublemaker, attention seeker, and her past is still well remembered and judged by the locals. Its not the same Neve who’s returned though. As we get to know her and her siblings we can see that there’s so much more behind the surface judgements, there’s a huge backstory, a tragic past for the siblings and it incorporates others from the small town. I so felt for Neve, it was clear she was escaping from something or someone scary, and yet home which should be a refuge seemed to be a last resort, and I just wanted to know why. Then we meet Moira and Brannan and their views of the past don’t seem to be the same as Neve’s. Once they get talking its clear there’s been some major interference in Neve’s attempts at communication, leading the family to each think the other doesn’t want to keep in touch. Poor Neve, she was devastated when she realised how her attempts to contact her family had been thwarted, and that they’d blamed her for the lack of contact. It was scary too how far reaching the grasp was of the man she was running from. As we get to know them all it becomes clear that its not just Neve that’s been manipulated but all of them and its not just a case of stalking, even with the threat of violence, but a wider case bringing others into danger. I loved the story, the way it unfolded and each slowly realised how they’d been duped. I adored Ian – who couldn’t – and was so rooting for Neve to trust him. I wasn’t sure about Moira and Brannan at first but soon came to love them too, as well as their long time housekeeper/substitute parent Ella Sue. I want to know just what exactly happened between Gideon and Moira, why they aren’t together, why on earth she married ( and thankfully divorced ) the awful Charles, and why he’s still there, poking into everyone business and acting like he’s still part of the family. I get the feeling there’s more to come from him – I do like a “good” horrible character and he fits to a T. Then there’s Hannah and Brannan, and of course the letters – what on earth happened over them? and how was it done? There’s clearly so much more to come from this story even though its got the beginnings of closure for Ian and Neve. Its a hot and sexy read, with a perfect balance of suspense to keep me intrigued. I think the Moira/Gideon mystery is one I really want to know, though it looks like the next book is Hannah and Brannan, still as this one has so much more than just Neve and Ian so maybe will book two incorporate more than just the two main characters. I’ll be looking out for it for sure! Stars: Five, perfect blend of romance and suspense ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/4 Neve’s story is heart breaking. She was so young and navie when she left home and sadly she had to learn a few of life's lessons the hard way. But she has finally returned home, but she knows that it will only be a matter of time before trouble comes knocking on her door again. Another great start of a series by Ms. Walker. I really enjoyed reading about the McKay family. In Headed for Trouble we meet Moira (the oldest), Brannon (the middle) and Neve (the baby). While we get to see each of the McKay’s and learn a little bit about each of them and the issues that they are having, but in Headed for Trouble we focus Neve. While Neve’s story is heartbreaking. It was great to see her grow and learn how to trust. But had to be kinda easy with a hunky man like Ian Campbell. Because we all know that deep down we all want some hot scottish, kilt wearing guy to sweep us off our feet. I loved Ian. He is great and totally perfect for Neve. I enjoyed this story a lot, even if it gain me anxiety while I was reading :) I am looking forward to the next installment in this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Family drama! This book is about the McKay siblings, Neve being the youngest and labeled to troublemaker left town years ago and is finally coming back home. Neve meets Ian, a sexy Scotsman and her brother’s best friend and the chemistry between them is hot. Can Neve overcome her past with her family and the drama in her life to find love? I liked the story as well as the characters. I look forward to learning more about Gideon and Moira in their own books. The story is fast paced with lots of drama and plenty of steam. An enjoyable read!
3.75 stars---HEADED FOR TROUBLE is the first installment in Shiloh Walker’s contemporary, adult, romantic suspense series focusing on the McKay family from the small Mississippi town of McKay Treasure. This is youngest daughter Neve McKay, and Scotsman/bar manager Ian Campbell’s storyline. Told from several third person perspectives HEADED FOR TROUBLE focuses on Neve McKay’s return home to McKay Treasure following nine years of separation from her family and friends. Following the death of her parents Neve became something of a wild child and with it all of the stereotypical behavior and family disappointment. By the time our heroine was ready to set out on her own, she had become more or less a stranger to her older siblings. But years away from family finds Neve seeking the love and shelter of the people she knows will protect her with their lives-Neve is on the run, and has been for a number of years-and McKay Treasure is the last place she knows where the people will ensure her safety. Enter Ian Campbell-Neve’s brother Brannon’s best friend-and the man who would steal her heart. With Neve’s past seeking revenge, Brannon and Ian don’t think it is a coincidence when the past is familiar to them as well. Neve’s backstory is heartbreaking, painful and sad. Not only has she had to deal with her also-grieving dysfunctional family but our heroine never had a support system in place when everything began to fall apart. Ian Campbell is a man very much involved in the McKay family business but a man whose own past has many similarities to Neve McKay’s. Ian is immediately drawn to his best friend’s youngest sister but knows that the relationship may be forbidden on so many levels. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the over the top erotic imagery and text. HEADED FOR TROUBLE has a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including the McKay siblings-Moira and Brannon, as well as their housekeeper Ella Sue. We are also introduced to local police chief Gideon Marshall who has a history with Moira McKay-the woman who still calls to his heart. There is also another storyline developing involving Brannon and Hannah-a woman he has known for a number of years but Brannon doesn’t do relationships and Hannah is about to shake up his world. There are a number of future story lines building throughout HEADED FOR TROUBLE and in this the focus on the main story was scattered as the potential to introduce several scenarios distracted from Neve and Ian’s story. HEADED FOR TROUBLE is a suspense filled story of intrigue and romance with heartbreak and betrayal; romance and love; tragic lives and horrific pasts. Shiloh Walker looks at a dysfunctional family whose losses are many; whose past is haunting; whose future can only get better. A wonderful introductory storyline to a new series.
A fantastic read. Centered around the McKay family, specifically the homecoming of the youngest McKay daughter Neve. Neve left the family's small town home to find a more exciting life in the city. What she found is what she's running from today. There's been a lot of hurt and pain among the siblings but Neve is hoping for a fresh start. What she wasn't counting on was meeting Ian Campbell. The last thing she needs is a new man in her life but sometimes the heart rules. When trouble finds Neve, will her newly formed relationships help her or will she be let down again?? This one is very well done and I really enjoyed all the characters very much. I thought the story was a little drawn out but not too bad. This is definitely one I would recommend and I would love to read more about the McKay family.