When Julian Rodriguez has to stay behind and attend to business matters, Kaia McCrae offers him the option to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas with her and her family. Julian returns the favor by requesting her presence as he visits New York to see his family. While the pair has told their families their relationship is just platonic, no one quite buys what the music pair is selling.
Will the former lovers finally get past their issues and rekindle their romance? Or will it be business as usual?
I Knew You Were Trouble is a New Adult romance that deals with second chances, forgiveness, and renewed love.
RATING: 4 Stars
‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ is, overall, a comfortable, relaxing, “feel-good” romance. The couple at the center of the story, Kaia McCrae and Julian Rodriguez, are interesting and, for the most part, sympathetic characters. Julian is at the head of a growing music company, where Kaia has worked ever since college, starting with an internship. Their romance actually goes back almost that long.
Things then were beautiful, both passionate and compassionate, friendly and trusting, and they were both excited about their coming child. But when Kaia lost the baby, things crumbled, neither of them understanding what the other needed or felt, and the romance died. Kaia valued her professional position, and Julian valued her competence, so she stayed at her job. Their work relationship was friendly, and they both told everyone that things were platonic, neither one acknowledging the attraction that remained. Then, one year, Julian decides not to go home for Christmas, because of work, and Kaia invites him to spend a few days of the holiday with her and her family, only platonic, of course. Afterwards, they both head across country to spend some time with Julian’s family, again platonic, officially.
The family relationships show a lot about both Julian and Kaia, their pasts and their hopes for the future. And many relatives, on both sides, hope the pair will get back together. But can these two cope with their painful memories and shed their fears enough to begin rebuilding what they’d lost?
Most of the relatives, and co-workers, are pleasant, likeable people (with a few very minor exceptions), and all the familiar family and holiday scenes generate a comfortable feeling I think most readers will recognize and enjoy. Once you’re past the introductions to Kaia and Julian, I think it would be difficult not to understand and sympathize with their individual hopes and dreams. All of this has been constructed neatly enough for most readers to develop some hopes for them as well.
There are a few things about the family situations that I would have liked to read more about, and some sequences I wish were longer, but overall, reading this story was an enjoyable experience. I rate ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ as worth 4 stars, and am very grateful for the reviewer’s copy I was sent.
Reviewed by: Roberta