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Sloane Russo's turned a decade of crazy jobs and whimsical travel into a career writing steamy novels set in exotic places. Trouble is, Sloane's flat broke now--and she can't channel sun-drenched beaches in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The only fast cash in town comes with some seriously distracting temptation: Gavin Carmichael, hot, handsome and oh-so-hard-headed.
Gavin isn't the impulsive Don Juan of Sloane's novels. He's raising his thirteen-year-old half-sister, and he's pretty sure he's supposed to act like he's never heard of fun. Sloane is way too sexy and irresponsible to be his idea of a good tutor for Bree, but the unpredictable anti-nanny may be irresistible as well. . .
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Stirring Up Trouble
By KIMBERLY KINCAID
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2014 Kimberly Kincaid
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As far as Sloane Russo's family was concerned, if you were over eighteen, you were either happily married or dead, with no in-between. The distinct lack of a ring on her finger suggested she looked pretty damned fine, considering she'd been a corpse for nearly fourteen years. Not that it made a difference to her mother.
"Ma, do we need to have this discussion right now? I'm only in New York overnight, and I've got to get ready to meet with Belinda." Sloane riffled through the bright tangle of clothes in her suitcase, searching in vain for her black push-up bra. It was God's cruelest joke that she'd been gifted with the impossibly long legs of a runway model yet no bust to speak of, as if she was the living embodiment of close, but no cigar.
Wasn't that just the story of her life?
Her mother crossed her arms over her modest pink blouse as she scowled from the doorframe of Sloane's childhood bedroom. "I don't understand why you insist on meeting with that woman. You only have one night before you go back to Pine Mountain. What about going to a nice dinner with Joey Romano? He always asks after you."
Sloane swallowed a laugh. "You're talking about a guy who tried to get me to eat paste in the second grade."
"You and that crazy imagination." Her mother tsked, but no way was Sloane letting her creative streak take the blame for this one.
"I remember it like it was last week. He put it on a lunch tray and told me it was mashed potatoes. Said it would stick to my ribs." At least Sloane hadn't been thick enough to fall for it. Poor Frannie Bascom hadn't been so lucky, and the nickname Paste Face had stuck with her for years.
Her mother changed tactics. "That was decades ago! You can't at least call him to say hello?"
"It's probably not a good idea for me to date someone from Brooklyn." Sloane dodged the subject with well-practiced grace, although her mother put the screws to her on such a regular basis, there was no chance the topic was dead. She yanked her lingerie bag from the depths of her suitcase with a victorious flourish. Hello, instant cleavage.
"What's wrong with dating someone from the neighborhood?" Her mother's tone matched her expression in both intensity and temperature.
"Nothing, except I don't exactly live here right now."
Another sore subject, if her mother's frown was any indication. "Don't remind me. You're still back here enough to at least give it a try."
Sloane's hands flew over the sweaters and silk as she continued to rummage. "But that's only to visit. I just don't think it would work out."
As expected, her mother refused to be deterred. "Your father and I knew each other in grammar school. Even then, I realized he was something special."
"I know, Ma." Of course she did. The love-at-first-sight story was Russo family legend. But as sweet as it was, it certainly didn't translate to her marrying Joey Romano. After all, she hadn't been kidding about the paste.
"It's only dinner, Sloane Marie. And Joey is such a nice boy. Why do you have to be so difficult?"
Sloane's grip tightened over the lipstick-red sweater dress in her grasp. "I'm not being difficult. I've already got plans." Her hands kicked back into gear, just as fast and twice as purposeful. "To answer your earlier question, I'm meeting with Belinda because she's my editor. She wants to talk about the proposal for my next book. Once she gives me her feedback, I can start writing, which I'll probably do tonight. So I wouldn't be able to go out with Joey, even if he'd asked."
Sloane let the sentence hang, hammering home the unspoken which he didn't. Honestly, her mother's matchmaking was getting out of hand. So she'd rather see the world than settle down with a nice boy from the neighborhood like her sisters. In the grand scheme of things, there were worse things Sloane could be than capricious.
"Oh, no, you don't! You're not wasting a perfectly good chance to go out on a date. Who knows what the men are like all the way out in that tiny town you've landed in, or how long you'll even stay there? You move like the wind, never too long in one place. Pretty soon it's going to be too late for you to find a good Catholic boy." Her mother wagged a thin finger at her, but two could play at the stubborn game. Sloane put her hands on her nonexistent hips and forced a smile over her mouth.
"Living in different places makes me well-rounded, Ma. And Carly needed me in Pine Mountain. I'm happy staying there for now."
She didn't add that her mother was spot-on about the dating pool in the Blue Ridge. But Sloane had moved to the mountains to support her best friend through a horrible divorce and a career transformation. Lack of man candy aside, Sloane wasn't bending the truth when she said she enjoyed living there.
For the moment, at least.
"Five places in ten years isn't well-rounded, bambolina. You need to settle down."
"It's only been four places." Sloane pulled another dress from her timeworn and travel-battered suitcase, smoothing her fingers over the herringbone-print fabric in approval as she shook it out. "Europe doesn't count."
"You spent almost five months there," her mother argued, and Sloane had to bite her lip to keep from smiling in admission.
"What can I say? It's not every day you find room at hostels in Madrid, Venice, and Châteauroux. It made for a nice trip."
So nice, in fact, she'd written her first published book during those months. Being abroad had not only sparked her to study creative writing upon her return, but the research she'd done in the gorgeous locales had given her enough fodder to write two more bestsellers while she earned her master's degree. Not to mention spring-boarding her into the only career she'd ever had that didn't feel like a nine-to-five grind.
And Sloane had dabbled in more of those than she cared to count.
Using the details from whatever town she'd landed in as she toured Europe worked like a well-traveled charm, and had launched her quickly through the romance-writer ranks. She planned on changing things up for her latest series and writing about small-town heroes, although she'd fudged around with the exact details in her proposal. Still, once Belinda gave her the green light today, she'd be fine, and her muse would come out of hiding to get the ball rolling again. After all, Belinda had loved her European Bachelors series, and The Men of the Mountains books were going to be just as hot. As soon as she got started, anyway.
Her mother uttered an indelicate hmph, and she crossed the faded carpet to start folding Sloane's castoffs with military precision.
"What's so great about this Belinda, anyway? You can write anything you want. But you insist on those books." She paused, crossing herself and muttering a quick prayer in Italian. "You know what Mrs. Delvecchio calls them? Bodice rippers."
Sloane bit back the rude noise welling up in her throat and unearthed a sweater from her suitcase with a snap sharp enough to test the delicate fabric. "Please. Tina Delvecchio used to swipe books from her mother's collection all the time. Mrs. D has no room to talk." Half the girls in Sloane's eighth-grade class had learned the logistics of French kissing from Mrs. Delvecchio's pilfered "bodice rippers."
"And you don't even use one of those ... what are they called? Ah! Pen names! Anybody in the world could just get on the computer and see what you do. Don't you want to have a respectable job like your sisters?"
"They're both stay-at-home moms." Oh, hell. This conversation needed a handbasket, stat.
A look of triumph settled over her mother's stern features as she arranged the last of Sloane's garments into a ruler-straight row. "Exactly. You're nearly thirty-two. Your eggs might already be too dried up for making babies."
Sloane let out a belly laugh that burst through the tension brewing between her shoulders. "Guess it's a good thing I don't want any, then."
Try as she might, no way could she envision herself as the maternal type. Her one attempt at domesticity ended up with a cactus so dehydrated, it defied recognition. To fathom taking care of a kid was like asking her to sprout wings and fly.
Both were utterly crazy, and neither one was going to happen. Plus, why would she pin herself to one place when there was still so much of the world left to see? And more importantly, more books to write.
"Look, I appreciate your concern for my, um, eggs, but really ... I'm not like Angela and Rosie." Sloane kept her smile, but crossed her arms over her non-chest so her mother would still know she meant business.
Again. Lord, this conversation was practically scripted, complete with Sloane's refusal to acquiesce and her mother's resulting chagrin.
Her mother paused, but her frown didn't lose any steam in the silence. "I only want you to be happy. You don't want to be single forever, do you?"
"Not necessarily." After all, you couldn't really do what she did for a living and not believe in some form of happily ever after. "But the right guy hasn't come along yet."
"Mr. Right could be just under your nose! You might find him, if only you'd stop moving long enough to take a look."
"Just because I do things differently than everybody else doesn't mean I want to end up alone. I write romance novels for a reason."
Of course Sloane believed in happily ever after. Hers just involved a beach in Cabo San Lucas instead of a white picket fence in the 'burbs, that's all. Until she got sick of the beach, anyway, and then she'd find it in another gorgeous locale.
Her mother crossed herself again, the fragility of her hand at odds with the strength and speed of the motion it performed. "Don't remind me. I should have known you'd give me fits over this. You don't do anything the regular way. You didn't even come into the world like most people."
A grin poked at the corners of Sloane's mouth at the reminder. "You're not really going to give me grief about how I was born again, are you?"
Ignoring the question, her mother barreled on. "Both of your sisters were born right on their due dates. Like clockwork."
"Mmm hmm. Just like the doctor said." Her smile picked up momentum as her mother continued, gesturing with her hands to emphasize the words.
"Looking back, you were never like them, not even in my belly. Your papa swore it was because you were a boy, the way you tumbled around. You were always kicking, always moving. So eager to get out and do your own thing." Her mother's expression flirted with a smile for an instant, before shifting into the knowing brow raise Sloane was so accustomed to. "But never in my wildest dreams did I think you'd be brash enough to be born in the back of a cab on Atlantic Avenue."
Ah, the pièce de résistance. Personally, it was Sloane's favorite part of the story. "See? The conventional route just isn't in my nature." She tossed a glance over her shoulder, calculating the trip to Manhattan with a grimace. "And as much as I'd love to rehash my offbeat childhood and have a discussion with you about the decrepit state of my eggs, I really do have a lunchtime meeting to get to. You might not like it, Ma, but Belinda's my editor. My job is important to me."
Her mother pursed her lips, her frown clearly suggesting the conversation wasn't a done deal. "Fine. At least promise you'll call Joey. A nice dinner out never hurt a girl. Not even one who marches to her own drummer."
She made a face, flipping a swath of too-long bangs out of her eyes as she glossed over the request. "Gotta get ready, or I'm going to be late."
Sloane served her mother one last smile before nudging her out of the sun-filled bedroom and shutting the door. Flinging the contents of her suitcase around in earnest, she managed to get ready in record time. Fifteen minutes and two wardrobe changes later, Sloane smoothed her hands down her black and cream wrap dress, forgoing traditional pumps in favor of a pair of purple suede boots. At least her drummer had good fashion sense.
She hooked the clasps on her lucky fleur-de-lis earrings and breezed out the door, biting back a shudder at the frigid air sneaking past her coat to swirl under her dress. With her boots keeping steady time on the bleached gray pavement, her mother's words made a repeat performance in her brain.
You don't want to be single forever, do you?
She headed down the stairs toward the subway, the question tumbling to the tune of the staccato clack clack clack of the incoming train. Just because she wasn't conventional didn't mean she was dead inside—of course the idea of being a permanent party of one was unappealing. But equally unappealing was the thought of marrying a nice, steady man with a nice, steady income so they could raise a handful of nice, steady children. Not that there was anything wrong with settling down in a traditional sense, per se. Both of her sisters were thrilled to the teeth to live like that, and Sloane was thrilled for them.
But deep down, she knew that for her, settling down would be ... well, settling for less.
A lump of dread roughly the size of a hippopotamus parked itself directly over Gavin Carmichael's sternum and refused to budge. He pressed the phone firmly to his ear, willing his composure to hold fast.
"I see. And how many times has my sister missed English class, exactly?" His dread morphed quickly into anger, but it didn't lose any intensity with the transformation. He took a deep breath, determined to bolster his resolve and deal with this calmly.
"Her attendance record says six," clipped the vice principal. "I assume she hasn't been ill, then."
"No." He raked a hand through his hair, counting to three before continuing so his irritation wouldn't show. "Thank you for being concerned enough to call. The absences are all unexcused, so please feel free to administer whatever punishment Bree has earned according to school policy. She'll also receive punishment here at home, of course."
Not that it would matter. Gavin could no more control Bree than he could coax table grapes into becoming Dom Perignon. Christ, what a mess their tenuous relationship was turning out to be.
The vice principal cleared her throat. "Mr. Carmichael, I don't mean to pry, but ... well, we have excellent counseling services here at Pine Mountain Middle School. Perhaps Bree might benefit from talking with one of our staff members." Her voice softened considerably. "Thirteen is a difficult age for all girls. To lose her mother and move to a small town on top of that is ..."
"I'm grateful for your concern, Mrs. Wilkerson," Gavin interrupted, hoping he sounded like it. The woman probably meant well, but having a touchy-feely chat with a middle school vice principal he barely knew wasn't on his agenda. Talking with Bree herself was hard enough.
"I'll make sure she knows it's an option. In the meantime, can you let me know if she misses any more classes? I'll make sure she makes up all of her incomplete assignments."
He wasn't about to tell Mrs. Wilkerson how many times he'd asked Bree if she wanted to go to counseling in the last ten months. In hindsight, Gavin realized she automatically shot down anything he suggested, from where they lived to what they should eat for dinner. All this arguing couldn't possibly be what their mother had had in mind when she'd named him Bree's sole guardian.
Then again, she hadn't planned on breast cancer stealing her life at fifty-three and leaving both of her children orphans, either.
Gavin thanked Mrs. Wilkerson again and replaced the receiver with a deliberate snick. He was due at La Dolce Vita in less than an hour to get the waitstaff and the front of the house ready for tonight's dinner service, and prep for the upcoming weekend would entail all the usual insanity. Still, no matter how seriously he took his job, Bree took precedence over work. If he left now, he'd get to the school just in time to pick her up, saving her from the bus ride she always grumbled about.
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always enjoy my return visits to Pine Mountain, because I know I am in for a real literary treat!! Ms. Kincaid always creates such heartwarming stories, with very likeable characters! Truly a can't miss series!!
I really enjoyed this visit back to Pine Mountain. Sloane and Gavin could not be more different personality wise, but that doesn't stop the spark between them from flaring! Kimberly does a great job writing these two characters, building their relationship and smouldering a romance between them. Sloane and Gavin are brought together in an unusual way...he hires her to 'babysit' his 13 year old sister Bree. Gavin is not too sure about Sloane to start with, but he takes the chance. Gavin and Sloane are both struggling with aspects of their lives, and neither of them has plans to settle down with anyone. Sloane has never met the right person, and Gavin has no time for romance right now. Sloane doesn't plan to stay in Pine Mountain, but while she's there the pull Gavin and her feel becomes impossible to resist. There is great chemistry between them, but they have very different life plans. What happens when it's time for her to move on? I really liked how different Sloane and Gavin were and how they came together, complementing each other very well. Sloane is doing what she loves to do - writing romance novels for a living. Her heart hurts because her family is not supportive of her, but she does what is best for her. I love that quality in a heroine! Sloane is definitely her own person with her own ideas. She is strong and independent, she tends to go with the flow of her life. Gavin is not a man to go with the flow! He is much more structured, has strong opinions, and is at times very rigid in his ideas/opinions. This made their professional and personal relationship very tricky and interesting! At times entertaining, but at other times serious, Kimberly gives us a great mix just like real life in Stirring Up Trouble, and I really liked Sloane and Gavin. Their differences will either push them apart or help each other grow. Bree is a very strong secondary character and I really, really liked how Sloane was with Bree...although she's never had kids, the connection she develops and the caring she has for Bree is so obvious and touching. I enjoyed watching this relationship evolve as much as I enjoyed watching Sloane and Gavin's! Bree's struggles are so sad at times and my heart broke for her. I think Kimberly wrote all of her characters realistically, and I felt like they could be anyone I know. Kimberly keeps a good balance between light hearted and serious issues in Stirring Up Trouble as she explores family dynamics, death and love and how it affects the lives of Sloane, Gavin, and Bree. Stirring Up Trouble is part of a series, but can be read as a stand alone. I love the small town setting of Pine Mountain, even if we didn't see a lot of it. The focus is on the relationship of Sloane, Gavin and Bree, and it works well. I'd recommend Stirring Up Trouble to any contemporary romance reader!
I always love the journey to Pine Mountain, where good friends, great food, hot, sexy men, feisty independent women, romance, heartbreak, and fun can always be found. The third book in the series, was no exception. It can be read as a standalone, but if you have not read the previous books from this series, you will probably want to after you read this one!! Gavin is a restaurant manager, and Sloane writes steamy romance novels. While it appears as though Sloane doesn't have a serious bone in her body, the total opposite can be said of Gavin, well you know what they say about opposites, lol. Anyway, Sloane needs money to travel to Greece, to get inspiration for her next novel and Gavin needs help with his thirteen year old sister Bree, whom he has custody of since their mom's death. The two them are having a really, really hard time learning to adjust to their new lives together. It was fun watching Sloane learn to filter her mouth, be the friend and mentor that Bree needs, and at the same time write the novel that is in her head, taking up space for what really needs to be there. The whole time fighting her growing feelings for Gavin. Get prepared for a wild ride of misunderstandings, tears, laughter, and fun. Once again Kimberly Kincaid, kept me turning pages, laughing and crying right up until the end. But hey, this is Pine Mountain, so I know it is not really the end!!
Good story, well written with enough angles to keep the reader interested... Only thing that bothered me throughout was if she was a famous writer why was she broke... But the story was ripe with "happenings" and the characters were well developed and jumped off the pages as real people.. Would read more by this author.. Storyline was pretty original and it only had a couple of blips I thought could have been handled differently...
4.5 I Love this series it is always a treat to see what the Pine Mountain gang gets up to next . In this one Slone is having a hard time getting her book to do what she wants and feels she has to save money to travel to get her mojo back on track . Gavin is raising his little sister and having a hard time helping her with her grief over the loss of their mother . Slone helps them to bridge the gap , well at the same time finds her self writing a book that is not what she is suppose to write but the voices in her head wont be left unheard , all because she finds herself having REAL feelings for the brother sister duo . I love How Kimberly gives a glimpse into the mind of what a write can go through well trying to get her book to do as she wants . WELL DONE Loved it please keep taking us back to Pine mountain
I have been waiting for this book. I loved the first two and she did not disappoint me with this book, Loved it! I loved the feisty/vulnerable Sloane. Gavin's characters was great with all his starch simmering with heat then throw in his sister and she gave us a great story. Can't wait until February for the next book.
What a fun read this was! I just loved how quirky Sloane was and how controlled Gavin was, and it was a whole lot of fun watching the sparks fly between the two of them. Sloane was a great heroine who was determined to be true to who she was – even if her family thinks she is a bit crazy and unstable and she is prone to a bit of wanderlust. Her unconventional career as a romance writer hasn't helped her find stability, which only feeds her families opinions. Gavin has had to step in to care for his teenage sister after his mother has passed away. The new pressures and stress in his life leave little time for fun, but when Sloane enters the picture to help him out by tutoring and acting as a temporary babysitter for his sister Bree, she has a way of making him lose control. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the first two in the series – jumping in at book 3 was no problem – and am looking forward to more! I just love small town romances and this little community seems to have a wonderful cast of characters with lots of personality and color that should make for more great stories. I’m not usually a fan of a younger character having such a big role in a book, but I really loved Bree and the added dimension she brought to the story. Her relationship with not only her brother, but also with Sloane, was very “real”, and it was so touching to watch her rebuild her relationship with her brother. This is a definite must read! I received this book from NetGalley to read and leave an honest review.
I've always loved small town romance stories and the Pine Mountain series by Kimberly Kincaid is no exception. The 3rd story in Pine Mountain series, Stirring Up Trouble tells the story of Sloane and Gavin who had previously appeared in Gimme Some Sugar. Sloane and Gavin are two very different characters. Sloane, a romance writer needs to travel around to find her muse. Her previous stories based in exotic locations were written onsite and had received great reviews. Her editor wants her to write a book featuring a Greek hero and she needs to fly to Greece. But being short on funds, she accepted a job to babysit and tutor Gavin's sister. Gavin is a more controlled and uptight kinda guy. Perhaps it's because his mother died from cancer and left him to be guardian to his sister. Being a guy who is clueless about a teenage girl, he is at a loss at what to do. I love the interactions between the 3 of them and I thought the chemistry between Sloane and Gavin was great. Loved how the book ended. Looking forward to the next book.
I absolutely loved this book! Pine Mountain is such a fun place to visit. This was a wonderfully, heartwarming story of love and healing. Kimberly Kincaid writes in such a way that the characters and the scenes jump of the page and take you away on a wonderful journey. Gavin and Sloane are so good together and the relationship that Sloane builds with Bree is heartwarming. Sloane is one not to stay in one place too long. Will love change her ways? You need to grab this book. It is one you will not want to put down. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a great romance.
4.4 Stars When Sloane needs money to go to Greece to write about a Greek hero she takes a job for Galvin as a babysitter/tutor for his 13 year old sister. There are a lot of laughs throughout this story. Sloane and Galvin are complete opposites. She is more outgoing where he is a little uptight. The chemistry between Sloane and Gavin is strong. Can opposites really attract? Or are they truly to different to make a relationship work? It is really fun to see these two almost circling each other in this story. Sweet romance with a little heat. Can’t wait for the next installment in this series.
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Kimberly Kincaid has done it again. Stirring Up Trouble brings you characters you can't help but fall in love with. The story is touching and emotional, so tissues are required. Stirring Up Trouble is the third book in Kimberly Kincaid's Pine Mountain Series, but can be read as a standalone. I am SO looking forward to the next book, Fire Me Up. **Received a copy from Kensington Books in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
Kimberly Kincaid is my new go to author. Each of her Pine Mountain books is better than the last.
WOW is all that I can say about Stirring Up Trouble!!! LOVED IT!!! I loved Sloane for her ability to stand up for what she wants to do in life and pursue her writing career, even though her parents give her grief about it. She lives her life without commitments and likes it that way. Sloane is dealing with some insecurity’s about herself, so it was easier to run away from everything instead of staying and dealing with them BUT in the end she has to face everything due to her feelings for Gavin and Bree. Gavin is the general manager of, La Dolce Vita, Pine Mountain Resort's restaurant. He is very serious about everything, especially his job and his sister. He traveled around the globe saving restaurants that were having a hard time, but he due to his mother’s illness he had to come home to take care of her and his sister Bree. He is having a hard time learning to be a parent and he knows it, but his pride keeps him from asking for help. When his regular babysitter has a family emergency he has to find a replacement for her ASAP and Carly recommends Sloane. He hires Sloane with a lot of concerns about hiring her, but he is desperate for someone to take care of her while he works. I loved Gavin and Sloane’s relationship and how Sloane finally decided what she wanted in life.
AWESOME Book!! OMG, I was so excited to get this book. This is the third book in the Pine Mountain series, and it was great! Even though it is part of a series it can be read as a standalone. Slone has had many jobs over the years. She has recently published her first book and is scheduled to release her next book soon. However, she has a problem her next book is based in Greece so she needs to find a way to make some money to pay for her trip since she needs to experience the location before she can write about it. Gavin is raising his thirteen year old sister after the death of their mother and is having trust issues and issues with communication. Gavin hires Sloan to help care for Bree while he is working; This book was full of emotions between Gavin, Sloan, and Bree. I loved this book and the attraction between Gavin and Sloan. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
A truly delightful & very sexy return to Pine Mountain. Sloane has trouble up the wazoo. She doesn’t seem to be able to avoid more especially after her mother gives her yet another push for marriage and kids, her publisher insists her next romance novel be set in Greece, her best friend’s wedding looms on the horizon, and her bank account tells her she hasn’t enough to pay the rent much less travel to Greece for inspiration. Throw in a hot kiss from the seemingly too serious and stuffy Gavin Carmichael, and Sloane is wondering who she angered to have it all heaped on her at once. Gavin doesn’t have enough hours or patience in the day to deal with his stubborn and very moody thirteen-year-old sister and now his usually reliable babysitter has left town to care for family. Unable to work his long hours as restaurant manager and be available to care for his sister who hasn’t been doing her schoolwork, he finds himself in great need. Another kind of need fills his bucket list when he hires on the beautiful Sloane Russo as babysitter for Bree. Sloane finds herself caught between the need to get to Greece and get inspired to write her latest romance, and her body's need to climb the gorgeous wine connoisseur who drives her libido crazy. Gavin fears Sloane will do her usual disappearing act since he’s been told she never stays in one place for very long. He begins to wonder if she’s worth all the trouble she is definitely stirring up in his world, and his heart. STIRRING UP TROUBLE by Kimberly Kincaid is definitely a wonderful addition to the Pine Mountain series. Gavin is so serious, yet smooth and oh, so sexy. He knows how to seduce a woman - both with body, and wine. Sloane has her walls up. Convinced no man can give her better than she can give herself, she can’t resist the sexy Gavin even as he runs hot and cold. What brings them together, what begins tearing down their barriers, and opens their hearts to the possibilities unfolding before them, is their mutual affection for the incorrigible, sweet, misunderstood, and desperately in need of a feeling of family, Bree. She is the catalyst for love finding Sloane and Gavin, allowing them to recognize their swans. Kimberly has built such a wonderful community of characters in Pine Mountain and visiting each time is like coming home. Experiencing the down home feel and banter of this close knit town is part of the delight of the series but it's the steamy new love blooming each time we visit, which makes it worth coming back to Pine Mountain. Gavin and Sloane make the visit very much worth traveling the distance. I highly recommend reading STIRRING UP TROUBLE, book 3 in the Pine Mountain series by Kimberly Kincaid because like a fine wine it will remind you of the best of what life, love, and good food have to offer. I can’t wait for the next installment of falling in love in Pine Mountain. ***eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 REVIEW: What has Sloane Russo not done in her life. Let’s see she has been a delivery girl, a hand model, traveled to exotic places and is now a writer. But the one thing that she has never done is to stay in one place and fall in love. Gavin Carmichael has traveled the world but he gave that up to take care of his little sister after his mom passed. But now he is in desperate need of a babysitter. Unfortunately the only person available is Sloane Russo. Awe another good visit to Pine Mountain. I loved Gavin & Sloane’s story. They are such polar opposites. Or maybe they are like magnets. It was great fun watching them collide together. And Bree adds some much needed teen drama to the book too. I hope that we will get a glance at these three in future books. But until then savor you wine slowing and love hard. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Small town romance at it's best. I was so excited to return to Pine Mountain. Sloane, exotic romance writer needs to go on on location but a little low on cash, she takes on a temporary nanny job in Pine Mountain for Gavin. Gavin is a restaurant manager and raising his teenage sister, Bree. Loved the chemistry between Sloane and Gavin, opposites do and can attract. This book will have you swooning over Gavin. Laughing and crying. Plus no, Kimberly Kincaid book is complete without food. This is the third book in the series, but you can just jump in and then play catch up. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review, loved it so much though I bought my own copy too.
STIRRING UP TROUBLE, the third book in Kimberly Kincaid’s Pine Mountain Series, is a delightful, funny, romantic and wonderful romance!!! Sloane Russo, an independent author who has some quirky ways of how she thinks she should live her life, Gavin Carmichael, a follow the rules type of guy who also runs a restaurant, and his half-sister Bree, all manage to stir up trouble in their own unique, sometimes funny, sometimes sad way. Their challenges which help them stir up trouble and overcoming their challenges, are what makes this book allow you to become teary eyed, laugh out loud and want to climb in the book and stir up trouble with them! I especially was drawn to Sloane Russo, because she is such a strong woman and it made me smile the way she discovered things about herself she had not known. Gavin and Bree also discovered strengths they did not know they had and “watching” them all learn about themselves and how they all fell in love, was a treat. This book is definitely a read again one and a keeper! left by CWLCL
Loved this one! A fantastic small town romance filled with humor, love, and some sexy times it is definitely a great read. Very well written with awesome characters. Frustrated and blocked, romance writer Sloane Russo needs money to fund a trip to Greece to find her muse. When the opportunity to help out stoic restaurant manager Gavin by keeping an eye on his surly 13 year old sister presents itself, Sloane can't afford to pass up the opportunity. This one belongs on everyone's must read list. I highly recommend it.
Stirring Up Trouble by Kimberly Kincaid is the third book in her Pine Mountain series and my current favorite in this series. (I have to confess that I felt that way about the other two right after I read them, too.) Sloane Russo traveled the world and began her romance writing career based on those travels. Sloane lives her life without commitments and likes it that way. She is independent, flighty and sassy. What I realized as I got to know Sloane more is that she was dealing with some insecurities about herself, so it was easier to run than to stay. Now her agent wants her to continue to write her next book along the same theme - and the readers have suggested that it be based in Greece. Sloane has a small problem with that because she's flat broke. She's been in Pine Mountain with her best friend Carly for a year now and the dreaded "writer's block" has struck. She needs a job that pays well for a short time. Gavin Carmichael is the general manager of the Pine Mountain Resort's restaurant, La Dolce Vita. He is serious and dedicated to his job. His previous job(s) allowed him to travel around the globe rescuing failing restaurants; but he came home to take care of his mother and his sister, Bree. He is now Bree's guardian and takes his job of being Bree's guardian to heart each and every day. He is floundering with being a parent and he knows it; but he just doesn't know how to ask for help. He needs a babysitter for her while he is at work and he needs one ASAP. He hires Sloane with a lot of misgivings (but he is desperate). The sparks between Sloane and Gavin begin to fly within the first couple of weeks of her working for him. This relationship was so much fun to watch as it went from a slow burn to a forest fire. They both taught each other about life and it's different perspectives. They also could burn up the sheets once the sparks turned into the blazing fire that I knew was coming. It was fun to revisit with old friends, Carly and Adrian. They certainly helped me to understand Sloane so much more. Kimberly's writing so so well paced and she can really develop characters that you just have to fall in love with each time. I would love to visit Pine Mountain and meet them all. This was a great addition to the series and I look forward to the next one in the series that comes out next year. Kimberly, please write faster. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the author in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoy this series. I have to say that I had to warm up to Gavin. I wasn't a big fan at the beginning, but he won me over very quickly. Reading this one you see how Gavin and Sloane compliment each other. They are exactly what each other need, but for them to realize it is the journey. Sloane feels she is the black sheep of them family. That she's not responsible more the fancy free type, but once she takes the tutoring job for Gavin's teenage sister Gavin soon realizes there is more than meets the eye. Now the key is for him to get Sloane see herself as he sees her, but will Gavin take the chance on love?
That's it! This is definitely my favorite Pine Mountain book so far, and probably my favorite by Kimberly Kincaid. This story just had an extra element of tenderness and humanity that made me sigh and brought tears to my eyes.
Ms. Kincaid is Brilliant..10****** the third book in Pine Mountain. Live a little; Take a chance.Do something out of the norm. Dance in the rain. Well Sloane Russo does Stir a little Trouble with Gavin. When Gavin gets stuck with no babysitter for his thirteen old sister Bree he doesn't know what to do. He finds himself in a sticky situation. The last person he ever thinks of asking for help is Sloane. She's to flighty plus she's a romance novelist and he's unsure of his sister being around her. When he's left with no other choice. She doesn't do kids, but agrees to help until he gets someone else. The days go by and things are looking up. Bree is slowly coming out of her shell doing better in school. Even reaching out to Sloane. When something happens and Sloane ends up staying longer oh boy watch out. Things become very interesting and it will not be able to put the book down. Bree is going through some hard things and so is Gavin. Sloane knows it's really rough but helps out in any possible way. She explains to Bree that her and her brother need to talk to each other. That Gavin is hurting too. The bottom line in this book you see something really special develop. It's not good to hold things in. Let loose once in a while. Highly recommend this book.
Another great love story set in Pine Mountain. I loved Soan and Gavin and even the moody pre-teen Bree. This book is full of smiles and even a few tears and I loved every minute of it.