BORROWING TROUBLE by MAE WOOD – REVIEW

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Juggling a new boyfriend who is constantly MIA for work, his mom who likes her just a little too much, a best friend whose husband might be sneaking around, and a busy career saving clients from sexual harassment lawsuits is pulling Marisa Tanner apart at the seams.

Being with Trip is good, but is it real? Will he bail on her like her past boyfriends or for once in his life will Trip be able to maintain focus longer than the time it takes to close a business deal?

A follow-up to Risking Ruin, Borrowing Trouble maintains Mae Wood’s distinctive style of smart and sexy chick lit.

Praise for Risking Ruin

“Part chic-lit, part steamy romance, this book will tick a lot of people’s boxes. An easy, comfortable read for romance-lovers wanting to curl up with a good book. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel.” — Versus Blurb

“Smart, sweet, funny and sexy.” — Emma, She Reads New Adult

“Her characters are well-developed, fun, and flirty. Add that in with just enough steamy parts to keep things interesting and you’ll find yourself immersed until the very end.” — A New Page Reviews
andra's review

I was excited to start book 2 in Mae Wood’s Give Me Memphis series and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I didn’t really know what to expect as the previous book didn’t truly end in a cliffhanger – for me it didn’t – but the author did a good job at bringing this series to a more final conclusion.

Borrowing Trouble pick up where Risking Ruin ended – Marisa and Trip decided to give their relationship a go, and went as far as asking permission from Jimmy, Trip’s father, to be able to date – I won’t say more about it as it might spoil the previous book. Here,  we get to follow them in their struggles to make a new relationship work, in balancing both their jobs and their alone time. It was fun and sweet to watch them together – the banter between Trip and Marisa is entertaining; both of them are strong headed individuals and it’s either their way or the highway. Trip wants more than Marisa can give him, and he knows just how to get it. He fights for what he wants and will not take no for an answer.

Apart from seeing these two together I also enjoyed the side stories – seeing Trip’s parents and hearing about their past was bittersweet. It’s never easy to lose someone close and it’s even harder if that person happens to be your own child. The author did a good job at making me empathize with the character and feel their pain.  Another side story was the one involving Marisa’s BFF, Erica, and her husband Josh – I thought that one was a bit rushed and it was resolved quite easily. I would’ve wanted more intrigue, more mystery before it all came to an end.

The writing is engaging and I loved seeing what they did while at work, but also on their down time. Told in 1st person POV – this is Marisa’s book – I feel like Borrowing Trouble missed a bit of depth. It would have been interesting to see what goes on in Trip’s mind when he’s away from our feisty heroine.  Another aspect I liked were the steamy scenes; nicely written, they were sexy and sensual and fun to read about. As in the previous book – I think the clothes and food descriptions were one too many – I don’t think men truly care about a woman’s footwear as to know the difference between  one or the other.

All in all, Borrowing Trouble is an good book. It’s a solid 3.5 stars.  It’s a great conclusion to Marisa and Trip’s story – it’s fun, sweet and spicy with a bit of mystery and a great epilogue. I will definitely read more from this author.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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Check out our review for Risking Ruin here.

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meet the author

Mae Wood is a mommy, bookworm, and lawyer (in that order).
A while ago Mae decided that she needed to give up the fear that she couldn’t write “great literature” and write what she wants to read.
And she want romance. And laughter.
She wants heroines who are brave. Brave enough to be themselves and brave enough to fall in love.
She wants men who are strong and kind.
Mae lives in the Southeastern United States and sets her books in hot and steamy Memphis, Tennessee.

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