The Trouble with Love (Texas Trouble #2) by Becky McGraw

TWL-cover-art.aiSabrina Roberts has become a reclusive workaholic, since her husband Kenny, an adrenaline junky cop, was killed in the line of duty eighteen months ago. Determined not to let the same thing happen to her after his death, Sabrina makes her job as a detective with the Phoenix Police Department her life.

In lieu of a social life, Sabrina focuses on researching her cases, working out to make herself stronger and staying at the gun range to make sure she is on top of her game. She knows the life she is living is no life, but doesn’t know how to change it. Since Kenny’s death, she doesn’t even know who she is anymore. The only thing she did know was she was never dating a cop again.

When her new friend, Cassie Bellamy, calls Sabrina from Bowie, Texas to ask her to be maid of honor in her wedding, and to help with her horse ranch while she’s on her honeymoon, Sabrina jumps on the opportunity to reevaluate her life and decompress in the sedate small town.

Almost from the first minute her feet touch Bowie soil though, Sabrina realizes the small town is far from sedate, and certainly not a place she is going to be able to decompress.

Between the infuriatingly sexist, but oh so sexy, Sheriff Cole Jackson, who treats her like she’s incompetent, and the hair raising events at the wedding, then a surprising call for help from the older brother she hasn’t spoken to in eighteen months, Sabrina has more action in Bowie than she ever had back in Phoenix.

After a while, Sabrina starts hoping that action will include some personal action with the handsome Sheriff, who lights fires inside of her that have been banked for a long time.

Cole Jackson has enough on his hands taking over as Sheriff of his hometown after his friend resigns, without having to deal with the trouble sexy Sabrina Roberts dumps in his lap.

Suddenly, his peaceful little town, where the most he had to look forward to was the rollover of a chicken truck on the highway, becomes a hotbed of trouble, and it seems like the beautiful detective he’d met in Phoenix a month ago, is at the heart of it all. She and her brother are magnets for trouble, it seems.

To protect his best friend and his new wife, Cole invites Sabrina and her brother to stay at his house, and welcomes more than trouble into his life. He finds out the gorgeous policewoman has depths he can’t wait to uncover…and she can cook better than his mama! The heat she stirs inside of him is definitely more than the heat in the kitchen though, and soon Cole wants to sample everything on her menu.

But first, Cole has to rescue her from the bad guys chasing her brother…and then from herself. He’s determined to convince Sabrina that even though he’s a cop, he’s not the risk-taker her late husband was, and that he’s worth taking a risk on.

This is the second book in Becky McGraw’s Texas Trouble series. I hesitate to remind readers that I read the previous book, My Kind of Trouble… only because it wasn’t one of my favorites. Now before you shake your finger at me for doing what I complain about most… (reading the second book in a series after I gave a less than glowing review to the first) I could have easily read this book without leaving a review and no one would have been the wiser. Honestly, that’s what I would have done if I didn’t like The Trouble with Love and its characters more than the characters in My Kind of Trouble. Really, I’m not a ‘do as I say – not as I do’ kind of person…. most of the time. 😉 Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’ll get on with the review.

Cole and Sabrina were both introduced in the first book. They were the best friends of Cassie and Luke and were caught up in all the drama that surrounded the couple. I liked the tension between the two and even though they fought the attraction, the romance was inevitable. Basically the description pretty much sums it up.

As for what made me like this one better than the first? I honestly think that my biggest hang up with My Kind of Trouble was the circumstances that had not only kept Cassie and Luke apart and eventually brought them back together. There was still way too much never ending danger in The Trouble with Love than was necessary, but it didn’t bug me as much as it did in the first book. To be fair, I actually liked Cassie and Luke better in The Trouble with Love than I did in their book.

The next book in the series is Double the Trouble and since it involves a character that I really liked in The Trouble with Love I can promise that at least one more book in the Texas Trouble series has made it to my TBR list.