The Troublemaker Next Door
The McCauley Brothers, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: June 3, 2014
Number of pages: 337
Cover Artist: Dawn Adams & Claudio Maninesco
SHE'S SWORN OFF MEN
It's been the day from hell for Maddie. Instead of offering a promotion, her boss made a pass. She quit, then got dumped by her lukewarm boyfriend. As the fiery redhead has a foul-mouthed meltdown, her green-eyed neighbor Flynn McCauley stands in her kitchen...completely captivated.
UNTIL HE THROWS A WRENCH INTO HER PLANS
He was just there to fix the sink as a favor. He's not into relationships. She's done with idiots. But where there are friends...sometimes there are benefits. And sometimes the boy next door might be just what you need at the end of every day.
INTRODUCING...THE McCAULEY BROTHERS
Welcome to the rough-and-tumble McCauley family, a tight-knit band of four bachelor brothers who work hard, drink beer, and relentlessly tease each other. When three independent women move in next door, all hell breaks loose.
“I want to know why no one mentioned the neighbors to me before now.” Brody frowned as he took the next hand. He and Flynn played with a harmony that soon had his brothers more than annoyed. “I mean, I get not telling Flynn. He acts like he’s perpetually in heat. But I’m trustworthy.”
“Bullshit.” Flynn dealt a new hand. “Trustworthy? Then how about you tell Mike what you taught his kid to do.”
Mike didn’t mess around when it came to Colin. Mother bears had nothing on the protective instincts of his big brother. Only older than Flynn by two years, Mike had nevertheless made it his mission in life to defend him, Brody, and Cam all the way through high school.
“Brody, I’m waiting.” Mike didn’t look happy.
Brody muttered to Flynn, “You’re an asshole, you know that?” To Mike he said, “I might have shown him how to palm a card or two.”
“Not that.” Flynn started to enjoy himself. He and Brody took the next few tricks not even trying.
“Ah, okay. Well, let me see. We haven’t started pimping yet, and I was saving the crack pipe for when he turned double digits, the big one oh.”
Flynn snickered and Cam laughed.
Mike huffed out a breath and threw down his last card. “You two aren’t even concentrating. Cam, wake the fuck up and win a hand.”
“Me? Quit browbeating Brody and concentrate. You know he’s fine with Colin. Hell, all of us have changed that kid more times than I want to think about. He definitely takes after you in too many ways.”
“That’s my boy.” Pride glowed in Mike’s blue eyes. He was a helluva father. Just like their own dad. It made Flynn wonder if he’d ever be as good, if he’d ever meet a woman he’d love enough to even think about having a kid with.
“So just what did he teach Colin?” Mike had to know.
“The little punk had the nerve to cry. Had me shitting myself thinking something was really wrong with him, until I realized he’d gotten me to change the channel to his favorite cartoon and hand him my Coke.”
“Which he’s not supposed to have in the living room.” Great, now Mike was frowning at him.
Brody laughed. “Sucker. The crying thing was to get women. I told him to practice until he can do it on command. Watch.”
In seconds, Brody had streams of tears down his face. “Please, I’ll do anything. Don’t leave me.”
“Not bad.” Cam seemed impressed. “I thought you were just a no-talent card player, but you’re a second-rate actor too. Oh, and a knuckle-dragging toilet troubleshooter, I forgot.”
“That’s plumber, geekboy. You keep adding your silly little numbers while Flynn and I get rich off manly work. Please, you’re barely a glorified secretary.”
Cam’s grin turned evil. “Oh, man, I am so telling Mom you said that.”
Considering their mother had been a secretary for over twenty years, Cam had serious leverage on Brody, and Brody knew it.
“Hell. If I’m going down, I’m going down swinging.” He leapt from his seat and tackled Cam to the ground. “Swirly time, mathboy. Courtesy of your neighborhood toilet troubleshooter.”
This was a fun series to read. The relationships and dialogue was spot on, between the brothers, the roommates and the couples. This scene was of the brothers playing cards early in the book after Flynn had meet Mike's new neighbors for the first time.