Worth The TroubleTitle:  Worth The Trouble
Series:  St. James #2
Author:  Jamie Beck
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 23, 2016
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Cover girl Cat St. James’s picture-perfect life is anything but flawless. Luckily, she’s a master of hiding the truth from the camera. Relying on that skill, she conceals her latest secret from her family while attending her brother’s wedding. Her only trouble now is Hank Mitchell—the soft-spoken carpenter she’d once brushed aside. Seeing him at the reception underscores her private heartache and ignites unwelcome longing, which she promptly drowns in champagne.

Hank is no stranger to sacrifice, having set aside his own ambitions to take care of his family. One thing he won’t forsake is his pride, which Cat already wounded once. But when the maddening beauty’s reckless behavior forces him to rush to her rescue, he sets in motion a series of events that leads Cat to make a business proposal granting him his dream job.

When Cat and Hank mix business with pleasure, promises and secrets unravel, and each must decide if and what they’ll surrender for love.

Read on for my thoughts on Worth The Trouble.  No true spoilers, promise.

Cat’s life has had some big changes recently, ones that may change her chosen path.  At 28, Cat is coming to the conclusion of her modeling career.  Sure, she’s still a beauty and could manage quite well for a few more years – but it’s not her passion, it was a way to get her father’s approval.  And she no longer needs that.  Her former boyfriend who she chose over a chance with Hank has turned out to be an abusive scumbag, one that she has no regrets in leaving behind – along with a restraining order.  But perhaps the most difficult and challenging change is a more personal one, a medical discovery that will affect all of her plans for her future.

Hank is juggling more than he can handle.  His mother’s illness which had him becoming the main care giver for her and his younger sister.  Between Hank and another sister who is a nurse with a family of her own they ten to their mother.  Hank makes beautiful furniture, a side hobby and enjoyment although his main career is carpentry/construction work.  During his friend’s (and Cat’s brother) wedding ceremony he once again encounters the beautiful Cat, maybe a bit more tipsy than she should be.  She blew him off once and he really doesn’t need the drama but the attraction is still there as he comes to Cat’s rescue.

When Cat discovered the beautiful piece of furniture that Hank had made as a wedding gift – ideas started whirling in her head.  She had the money, he had the talent – a business together could be profitable, enjoyable and… either the greatest or worst idea she’s ever come up with.

I enjoyed Worth The Trouble very much.  It blends romance, a second chance kind of romance with the reality of life – and it does it well.  I don’t know anyone who has a picture perfect life and these characters certainly don’t either.  Hank has his family to take care of and Cat has fears about her own future but together, with some understanding on both parts they could make a good, happy life together.  It simply has to be a decision made, a risk to take and that happy ending could be theirs.

If you love your romance with a healthy dose of reality for the characters tossed in then you would certainly enjoy Worth The Trouble.  It is the second in the series, and does mention previous characters but not enough that you’d get lost along the way.  I do hesitate to say it could be read as a stand alone, but if anything it would most likely get you fired up to go find the first book in the series. (Worth the Wait is the first story in the St. James series)

*I received an e-ARC of Worth The Trouble from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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