Book review: 'Problematic Love' by Lara Ward Cosio.



I am a massive fan of Lara Ward Cosio. I think she is amazing and that everyone needs to read her 'Rogue' series. I always miss the Rogue gang when away from them, so always get super excited to dive back in to whatever Lara has in stall for us next!


Blurb

He's a (mostly) reformed bad boy.
She's a (mostly) professional woman.
Their history together has made having a relationship...problematic.
But if they take a chance, can they find a solution - and love?

Danny Boy
I've somehow done the impossible: I got the girl I wanted.
Only, I have no idea how to make a lovely person like Amelia Patterson, my former therapist, happy.
She's a respectable woman.
I'm a recovering . . . everything. Just barely getting a life together.
Though she may claim I have something to offer, it's only a matter of time before she recoils from the reality of what I am.
At least, that's what the old me - Danny Boy - keeps thinking.
The new me - Daniel - has to figure out how to make this work, even when it turns out Amelia and I want totally different things.

Amelia
I've thrown all caution to the wind and decided the fact that I was once Daniel's therapist is not a big enough deterrent to keep from having a relationship with him.
I never should have crossed that line.
But I took a chance.
Because I couldn't get him out of my head.
I couldn't get him out of my heart.
The thing is, for all the work I did with him, and for all the progress he's made, he's still incredibly damaged. Is this really what I want? To be with a man who requires so much?
It's a question I have to figure out, especially when it becomes clear that Daniel and I want totally different things


My review

I was excited to pick up where we left off in Danny Boys story. I would recommend reading all the books in the series, starting with 'Tangled up in you' all the way to 'Felicity Found'  in order to familiarize yourself with the boys and girls of this awesome series. This is one of my favourite things about these books; the way I have become so familiar and involved with the characters and get so sucked into their world with every book I read. I adore catching up with them all and they've come a long way since 'Tangled up in you' and it's so lovely to see how much they have grown and how their lives, friendships and relationships have all changed. 

After Danny Boy's troubled childhood and his knack for always causing problems and getting himself in the most terrible of situations I was really rooting for him in this book and wanted to see what would happen with him and Amelia. Their relationship started in a unique way in that Amelia was his therapist and though I was nervous with how much Danny Boy was starting to get attached to her, it was also rather endearing and sweet and I could feel for him and how much he just wanted and needed someone to understand him, to listen to him and not judge all of him. 

In 'Problematic Love' we join Amelia and Danny Boy as they try and navigate their relationship outside of therapy. It's a very rough and bumpy journey as one would imagine but I was hoping that Amelia could move past her always trying to analyze situations and learn to let go a little bit, and that Danny Boy could learn to truly let someone in and believe in himself and his worth. It's such an interesting and captivating journey and of course there's the need for balance and patience. I liked that sometimes Amelia needed to be blunt with Danny Boy to catch him out and make him see that he couldn't hide behind his crazy antics or brash outbursts to push her away and I liked how Danny Boy loosened up Amelia and made her stand up for herself that little bit more. 

In the end, this book was about learning to accept your past but realizing that your present can be anything you want it to be. It was about compromising and how sometimes in relationships you do things because you know how much it will mean to the other person. And it was about loving a person through all the bumps in the road and truly seeing them for all that they were, they are and what they could be. It was beautiful and I adored that accept of it so much. 

Furthermore, I absolutely loved all the moments where Danny Boy got advice from the boys in 'Rogue'. There's just something so special about these boys and how strong their bonds are. They are Rockstars with hearts of gold and I just love that. I love that they bicker, fight and tease each other but ultimately that they would do anything for each other and want to see each other happy. The girls in this series also kick ass and I was super happy to see Amelia fit into the fray. And, if that all wasn't enough to make you pick up these books, it made me smile so big getting to see more of the kids and how Sophie, Gavin, Felicity and Connor are with their little ones and how much Danny Boy dotes on them. That made for many a cute and swoon worthy scene. Ooh and I was really happy to know that Martin's life was going really well and that Shay and Jessica are as happy as can be too. 

I highly, highly recommend giving this series a read and if you are up to date like me, pick up your copy of 'Problematic Love' today!!!

Happy reading.

Love 



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