Day One! Let’s get this started…

Right off the bat with an ARC of THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE! (that means 2 this week)

The Best Kind of Trouble


She has complete control…and he’s determined to take it away

A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton’s world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly—especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley….

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.

Even after years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more…even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there’s a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved—and the only compromise is between the sheets!



What sorts of stories/storylines/characters would you all like to see featured more in romance novels?  Any good examples of what you love? I’ll announce the winner of this contest in my next post on July 3! Winners chosen from replies to this post (at my blog)  Good Luck! 


44 comments to “Day One! Let’s get this started…”

  1. Marianne W
    July 1st, 2014 at 3:31 am · Link

    I love a strong heroine … your Blade series is one of my all time favorites!!!

  2. Becky Jean
    July 1st, 2014 at 4:17 am · Link

    I LOVED Raven’s book – one of my favs of all time! Alpha hero’s and strong females are favs 🙂

  3. Jessyka
    July 1st, 2014 at 6:17 am · Link

    I love a strong heroine with a wounded soul. Just like Elise in Coming undone. I’ve also found that I like sports stars too, but they have to be well written.

  4. Jenny Muraski
    July 1st, 2014 at 7:15 am · Link

    I love a strong heroine and a hero who takes care of his family. I love hero’s like Brody Brown.

  5. Renee Mc
    July 1st, 2014 at 7:22 am · Link

    I’ve always had a soft spot for the nerdy/smart but fit geek, with glasses. Sort of like Superman’s Clark Kent.

  6. Kris
    July 1st, 2014 at 7:23 am · Link

    I love strong female characters.

    I love books that have a family focus, it is always fun, when you grow so close to other characters, to get to know more about them in future books.

  7. Tiffany
    July 1st, 2014 at 7:25 am · Link

    I always enjoy a good friends to lovers story like heart of obsidian. I guess that’s more a reunited story… Plus, a snarky heroine is nice. I concur with the others who like a strong heroine and a strong hero who is not intimidated. I think it’s nice to see books with couples who actually like each other even if there is conflict. The conflict doesn’t stem from personality deficiencies. raven’s book is a good example. Also liked the Will by Kristen Ashley.

  8. Sheila
    July 1st, 2014 at 7:32 am · Link

    I like when both of them are strong but they have problems that each other can help with. Plus love when they have families that they have strong bonds with.

  9. Moran
    July 1st, 2014 at 7:38 am · Link

    I love reading about strong female characters and Alpha heroes that don’t act like jerks!

    In so many of today romance books the heroines are weak and I don’t like the way the heroes treat and talk to them.

    I also love stories about friends to lovers since the romance didn’t happened over night.

    I love reading about real life people that are not perfect.

    I love humor in books- there is nothing better than LOL while reading a book especially when real life is hard enough.

  10. Carinne
    July 1st, 2014 at 7:40 am · Link

    I can’t find any good F/M/F books. I absolutely love your books. I think you could write a really good one if you were inclined to do so.

  11. Amanda
    July 1st, 2014 at 7:51 am · Link

    You are already writing the strong heroine/hero books with family ties…so I encourage you to continue with those types…I personally love reading books where I lear more about previous characters!

  12. Amy Rickman
    July 1st, 2014 at 7:53 am · Link

    I love strong heroines and alpha males, some angst is good but nothing crazy because that drives me nuts. Sometimes I just need a laugh so humor is a plus and raunchy is fine by me. My favorite trope is rockstar/athlete and commoner throw in it happened in Vegas and I’m salivating. I also enjoy series based on families and spin offs are good too, since I love glimpses at previous characters I adored. If it’s a menage I prefer it to be M/M/F like you did in Laid Bare. Some of my autobuy series from other authors are Beyond Series by Kit Rocha, Play by Play by Jaci Burton, Stage Dive by Kylie Scott, Reapers MC by Joanna Wylde, Rough Riders by Lorelei James, Knitting Series by Penny Reid, Neighbors From Hell by RL Mathewson, With Me by Elyssa Patrick and Six Pack Ranch & Thompson Brothers by Vivian Arend to name a few. I read very little PNR but I’m starting to expand on that since I’ve enjoyed the series I’ve read so far (currently glomming Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones).

  13. Mary Ann
    July 1st, 2014 at 7:58 am · Link

    love your characters strong personalities don’t take anything from anyone

  14. Jamie
    July 1st, 2014 at 8:04 am · Link

    My favorite romance books are ones w strong heroines (no need-a-man-to-know-who-I-am types) and bad-boy alpha males. I love all the stuff of yours I’ve read! If its menage, I find that I like “true” MMF stories the best– where everyone is in love with each other.

    So exited to read this new series!

  15. Bianca Thaci
    July 1st, 2014 at 8:18 am · Link

    I love an alpha hero and a cute and maybe klutzy girl – not too independent and feminist 🙂
    and navy SEALs – always SEALs or Rock Stars 🙂

  16. Sasha R
    July 1st, 2014 at 8:21 am · Link

    I enjoy strong female heroines with the badass Alpha male who is soft and gooey on the inside! 🙂 Shane Chase is one of my favorites of yours, followed closely by Matt, but then there is Lex and Cade….Oh who am I kidding I love everything you write!

  17. Maggie Steele
    July 1st, 2014 at 9:09 am · Link

    I love a book that subverts the tropes. I don’t like a cookie-cutter read and I think there are too many out there. I like smart, sassy women of all sizes and strong, smart, alpha males. Too often alpha males are depicted as men in alternative lifestyles (MC’s or dungeon masters). I like ’em hot and nerdy (sorry for the borrow Weird Al). Women tend to fit into virgin/slut molds with very little in between. And what is up with slut shaming secondary characters? All the heroines seem to have a slutty best friend while being pure as the driven snow. Why is it that when the heroine has had sex before it’s never any good? Why won’t I stop asking questions? Sorry, not sorry for the rant.

  18. Christine Houser
    July 1st, 2014 at 9:10 am · Link

    Just when I finish a book here you are popping up just saying hey lady I know you want to read me and guess what you are right I will read you one way or another. I love all of your books and you are my go to author to keep my reading juices flowing. Thanks for the chance 🙂

  19. Donna M.
    July 1st, 2014 at 9:45 am · Link

    I really enjoy the artist theme of the Brown Fam series. Scratched and dented alpha males, everyday but strong ladies (kinda like me :wink:), mfm, mmf, and there are not enough submissive men. Congrats on the new release. I’m looking forward to reading this series.

  20. Misty W.
    July 1st, 2014 at 10:07 am · Link

    I enjoy strong characters especially Mary and Damien in Lush. She has no desire to date a celebrity because of Gillian’s experiences with Adrian’s fans and popz. I also enjoyed Raven in Drawn Together, she is not afraid to be herself no matter what anyone else thinks of her. She is her own separate person and lives the way that makes her happy. I like that you make the characters seem real.

  21. Grace
    July 1st, 2014 at 10:23 am · Link

    I like real people…….because really, how many trillionaries are there?

    I love your books because people work for a living, even if they have jobs that aren’t what we might do. Artists, restauranteurs, farmers, tattoo artists,and even the rock stars, etc.

  22. Robyn
    July 1st, 2014 at 10:50 am · Link

    I like multiples…mmf, but only where everyone is in love and making love equally in a committed relationship. 😀

  23. Brenda Crider
    July 1st, 2014 at 10:54 am · Link

    LOVE your books! I like to read smart, sassy, fun heroines with Alpha and/or nerdy males! Lately MC romances have been pretty popular with me! 😉

  24. Melanie J
    July 1st, 2014 at 11:34 am · Link

    I love strong-non wimpy heroines.. hot, muscled tattoos bad boys! basically, your books! 😉

  25. Ruth Stewart
    July 1st, 2014 at 11:57 am · Link

    I love strong characters. Men and women who have that give and take, fight and love, and pull no punches at getting what they each want out of a relationship. I like everyone, wish for happy endings.
    Love the Gillian and Adrian story. I read it first then went and got all the Brown books and all the related books and read them all. I have read almost all your books and Will keep reading what you write. I have preordered this new book, and any which will follow up. Thank you for writing each and every book you write! They make my reading time more enjoyable.

  26. Linda B.
    July 1st, 2014 at 12:00 pm · Link

    I have to say that I like mfm/mmf books a lot lately and mc romances, too. But definitely as Melanie J. said they need to be hot muscled tattooed alpha bad boys with the women who can stand up to them without the first problem. A good spanking every once in a while hurts no one.

  27. Timitra
    July 1st, 2014 at 12:01 pm · Link

    I’d love to see more shy, quiet type of hero. I don’t think I’ve read any books featuring any cause no titles are coming to mind

  28. Lynn P
    July 1st, 2014 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Hate the heroine who always thinks she knows best and disagrees constantly.

  29. Caro HEA
    July 1st, 2014 at 12:19 pm · Link

    I have a soft spot for single dads taking care of babies. They deserve to find love too!!

    I also have a thing for broken heroes. For once I want the heroine to save him from his demons.

  30. Beth Wilson
    July 1st, 2014 at 1:01 pm · Link

    I love the Brown Family books & the Delicious books. I can’t wait for the Hurley Boy Books. Lauren I’ve become a huge fan of your books. They’re realistic and on the dirty side 😀

  31. bn100
    July 1st, 2014 at 1:23 pm · Link

    smart and strong characters

  32. Suze
    July 1st, 2014 at 2:55 pm · Link

    I am a huge fan of the Brown Family books and also the Delicious books. You write women I would totally be friends with and the men are fantastic. I love books that don’t have a lot of silly stuff keeping them apart that is dragged out for 200 pages. And I do love some good smut 😉 I have enjoyed your books very much…..reread quite a few also when I was in a book funk.

  33. azteclady
    July 1st, 2014 at 5:15 pm · Link

    People I can relate to.

    Not just three dimensional people with flaws, but also people who are like everyone else. I like to read about talented people, but I wonder about those who are not THE most talented. People who love whatever it is they do, but are not necessarily THE best at it.

  34. Samantha Brown
    July 1st, 2014 at 5:20 pm · Link

    I started off loving military alpha male characters but lately haven’t gotten more into cowboys/rodeos. I like strong non-virgin females and love some sexual tension with the leads. However no matter what type of character the male or female is what makes the stories are the family ties. Family bonds just add more to the characters. I love the Brown family and the Chase family. Another great series is the Rough Rider series by Lorelei James, great family of cowboys and ranchers. The Browns are still my most read series, I lost count.

  35. Jordan H.
    July 1st, 2014 at 6:04 pm · Link

    I like a strong heroine and seeing long time friends become lovers always makes me happy.

  36. Andrea T
    July 1st, 2014 at 6:25 pm · Link

    I love that you have such strong heroines. Raven and Erin are my favorites!

  37. Missy_G
    July 1st, 2014 at 8:51 pm · Link

    I love strong women who don’t need a guy but when the right one comes along they let him in and give up some control without losing who they are.

  38. Angel
    July 2nd, 2014 at 1:20 am · Link

    I love reading about the bad boy with a good heart, and strong female characters, women who can’t stand on their own two feet drive me insane! I also love to read about non conventional relationships, Like m/m/f, but really love it when all three are involved with each other instead of just the woman who has two men. I really enjoy reading about people who have some sort of celebrity, it adds a new element to the stories. I would really enjoy it if you ever wrote a series based of sports figures, or actors to join your growing list of hot rock stars!

  39. Karin Anderson
    July 2nd, 2014 at 6:53 am · Link

    I love geeks! The more intelligent a hero is, the more into him I will be.

  40. Rosie
    July 2nd, 2014 at 9:52 am · Link

    I like real people with everyday real problems, because most of us are not millionaires!!

  41. Tam
    July 2nd, 2014 at 11:29 am · Link

    Wow…touch choices: strong sarcastic heroines & heros, paranormal, menage, it’s allllll good.

  42. Glittergirl
    July 2nd, 2014 at 1:10 pm · Link

    I love second chance at love stories and Cinderella stories but they don’t have to have the traditional prince finding poor girl, it can be turned around or upside down. I love creativity. Oh and humor is excellent in romance. I’m very partial to m/f/m menages but any variation of 2m/lf is good with me. I like growth and maturing of characters stories too. Paranormal is always a favorite because it allows the author’s imagination to soar and she’s always got a better imagination than mine. BUT I MUST HAVE THE HEA at the end of the story! Thanks for the giveaway and for listening!

  43. Kimh
    July 2nd, 2014 at 11:21 pm · Link

    I like strong , native characters, , nerdy
    Thanks, congrats on book
    💡 💡

  44. Siobhan
    July 3rd, 2014 at 9:36 am · Link

    Deciding is really hard, as my favourite types of books are paranormal, though I become of fan of your books when I started reading the Chase Brothers. I like characters I can relate to in whichever genre they are written in