By Marie-Elizabeth D
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review
Katie McCoy is back with the last entry in her series about a group of friends and bar owners. Pairing Dante and Hayley, Troublemaker is the final installment in Katie McCoy’s Rascals series.
While Troublemaker is a solid effort in this series and on-brand for McCoy, it lacks some of the charm of its predecessors. Whereas, Emerson and Chase were easy to like and root for, Dante’s dark, broody nature often had him running hot and cold. Because of his temperament, he tends to comes off as brash, bordering on mean, which sometimes makes him inaccessible to readers. Hayley, while well-intentioned, is often petulant, pushy, and not a character that I was able to easily embrace.
Although the couple had some great moments, overall, as a reader I struggled with how easily their relationship developed before dissolving into unnecessary drama. Having Emerson serve as the obstacle in Dante and Hayley’s relationship felt cheap and the angry exchange between Dante and Emerson at the story’s climax didn’t necessarily feel true to either character. McCoy spends four books talking about the great friendship these five men share, only to spend one whole book talking about how little the rest of the men know about Dante. Furthermore, McCoy also frequently repeats throughout the five books how overprotective Emerson and the rest of the guys are of Hayley, but there is little action to ground these declarations in reality. Rather, it seems as if this narrative was pushed simply to achieve tension and set-up conflict for this storyline.
None of this is to say the book is bad, but rather, these are the issues that, for me, make it more unrealistic and less endearing to readers. The storyline often manages to feel lackluster and melodramatic. I did appreciate uncovering a softer side to Dante; his relationship with Bull and his determination to build a place for kids with less-than-ideal homelives were really wonderful aspects of his character. The struggle to rise above one’s past, to be worthy of love and tenderness, to be enough, is universal and these are the qualities that redeemed Troublemaker. While long overdue, I also appreciated McCoy giving Hayley attributes and interests of her own. The strength of the relationship between Dante and Hayley was the unwavering support they showed each other as they branched out and developed their personal and professional interests and passions.
Despite its flaws, the book was an easy, engaging read that will provide a satisfactory completion to the Rascals series. Although Troublemaker is not the strongest installment, McCoy stayed true to the series and certainly put out a product that will delight her readers. Though Troublemaker can be read as a standalone, readers who’ve enjoyed McCoy’s previous works, specifically the Rascals series thus far, will appreciate this conclusion.
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Footwear. Very dumb
I have never written a review for anything in my life, until now. That’s how much I loved this story. Do yourself a favor and read this!!
By Bibliophile Chloe
I have been so looking forward to Dante and Hailey's story! We got to see glimpses of them in the first books in this series.
Dante and Hailey's fights were like foreplay. And who doesn't love a mysterious, broody guy?
I loved Hailey's stubbornness, her lady balls. To go after what she wants.
I wanted to shake Dante and tell him "Yes! Yes, you are good enough!!" He has such a negative view of himself. He has a beautiful soul and Hailey could see that. She pushed him to see it too.
This is the final book in the Rascals series, it was a beautiful story to wrap up the series. To read about everyone, to read their happily ever afters.
This was a story I couldn't put down. It was fast paced, page turner that gave me what I wanted. This was a fantastic series and I really enjoyed them! I can't wait to see what's next from Ms. McCoy!
A great ending to the sereis! Loved it!
By Virna Thompson
Troublemaker by Katie McCoy is the fifth and final book in her Rascals series. We have met and seen Dante Delgado and Haley throughout the series and now they get their own story! This is a bit of a forbidden story with a brother’s best friend/younger sister off limits romance.
Dante was like the silent partner and friend. We had not seen or learned much about him in the previous books. There was a bit of mystery around him and what he does. Haley is the younger sister of one of the owners, fun, and easy-going. They had great chemistry once they gave in to their attraction but had to figure some things out along the way.
I am sad to say goodbye to this set of friends and owners of a neighborhood bar. I have truly enjoyed reading this series and feel like they are my friends. Troublemaker by Katie McCoy was a fun and steamy read.
Read and reviewed for Sultry Sirens Book Blog.
Perfect opposites attract love story!
By Kelly_BTC Blog
Troublemaker was the perfect opposites attract love story, and by far, my favorite of the entire series!
Since first meeting Dante in Rascal, we’ve known little to none about him except how secretive and mysterious he is. His rugged and masculine sex appeal has been tantalizing readers since book one, and we’re finally given his story and what really lurks behind his stoic façade.
Hayley we’ve also known since book one. We’ve known her as Emerson’s little sister. Feisty, compassionate, with a quirky sense of humor, Hayley is the completely lovable and energetic best friend everyone wished they had.
Dante and Hayley’s relationship is very different compared to the relationships of the characters in the previous books. Having been in each other’s lives for years, their interactions with one another have built an atmosphere of sexual tension and conflicting emotions and actions. Their undeniable attraction towards each other forces them both to realize that the harder they resist their chemistry, the harder the possibility of falling in love. But where one is willing to risk it all for love, the other can’t accept that they will ever deserve that same love in return.
I’m incredibly sad this series has come to an end, but I’m super excited for what’s to come from the author. Her stories are fantastically written, with equal parts humor and heart. I’ve been a forever fan since reading Royal Player and have loved every book that has come since then. Can’t wait for more!
December can’t come fast enough!
I really really really want to finally read Hayley/Dante’s story!! I want to know what is their history already!
Rascals trouble maker
By suko n ko
Why there’s no sample, I was looking forward for the sample so I can decide if I’m going to buy this or not
How can we rate this if we don’t know what’s the story about
I am not going to buy this book until I get to see the sample, I have read all of the 4 books, what a shame if I am not going to be able to read this one, all I’m asking is for the sample