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Summary

Rule Breaker. Troublemaker. Heart Taker.

Needs him like oxygen.

Dany has so many secrets. He’s not on the island by accident, he’s not a nice guy, and he’s using a fake name. He's laying low, but he must have been born under a bad sign, because the very man he’s hiding from walks back into his life.

A new life in a new town seemed like the right decision for Soren. Discovering Dany living on Piedras brings back all the feelings he's tried to forget.

Too bad Dany is just as compelling as he ever was.

Two men from opposite sides of the law: Can they set aside their differences and trust their hearts?

Real Trouble is set in the Veiled Intentions world. Soren and Dany first appear in the Shielded Hearts series (When It Rains). Real Trouble can be listened to as a stand-alone, is dual-POV following our heroes as they fight their way to their HEA, and is the first in the new West Coast Forensics series.

©2021 Elle Keaton (P)2021 Elle Keaton

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It's good to be back on Piedras Island

After finishing the Hamarsson & Dempsey books I was craving for more. Not just more of scorching hot couples, but also more of the unique characters that populate Piedras,
With Matt and Niall away on a well-deserved vacation, the island is left in the capable hands of Birdy and the newcomer Soren. They have to deal with a new murder case and new cases of arson. Soren wants to find his HEA with a mysterious new resident of the island while proving to his new bosses that he is the right man for the job. It might be complicated when the person he is interested in, just happens to get mixed up in the new mess they are trying to untangle.
While the book can be read as a standalone, I would definitely recommend reading the Veiled intentions series (the events in Real Trouble happen shortly after the end of book 3) to better enjoy the story, and understand the dynamic between the characters (both residents of Piedras and employees of West Coast Forensics).

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  • AL
  • 09-09-21

Good book!

Story: A very interesting opening to a new series! I must admit I waited anxiously for this title and I really enjoyed it! There are references to other titles by Elle Keaton, but it stands alone very well.
Both MCs were really fun to get to know and the overall story got me hooked on the book from the start.
If you like Elle Keaton's style, this one is a must read!
Narration: Great performance. I liked the voice and the easy to follow performance.

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The Deputy and the Chef heat things up

I was eager to dive into this spin-off series and it did not disappoint with lots going on from Murder to Arson and Kidnapping to boot. Elle Keaton mixes her new characters well with the existing ones from the previous series. Michael Dean does a good job of bringing this collective of residents and visitors to life. Deputy Sorenson and his Dany have an interesting past together...can they leave it behind and find their HEA? Highly recommended MM Contemporary Action-Adventure Romance.

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Perfect

Elle Keaton did a super job with the story, the perfect balance of action/mystery and romance. Dany and Soren were great characters to get to know. Michael Dean did a great job sucking you into the story with the narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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A second chance at redemption!

What are the odds Dany and Soren end up in the same town? They have a past, where Dany ran from as Soren hurt. When they meet again, there’s a crime where Dany might be involved. Their chemistry is still there, hotter than ever. There’s suspense and romance, well blended in this story. Great characters and a smart plot make for an interesting listen, with an awesome narrator. Totally recommend it.

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Great mix of romance and crime

This is a wonderful start to a new series. It mixes romance with crime in perfect proportions. Soren and Dany have a complicated history with each other and as individuals so when they meet again, that alone would be enough to build a compelling story around. Keaton, however, adds in murder and other crimes, with plenty of suspects (one too close to home) and handles this aspect of the story deftly. It works perfectly alone and meshes with the romance seamlessly. Michael Dean captures the characters' complexities well and never goes overboard in the suspenseful passages. A very satisfying performance that brings the book to life.

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Great start to a new series

I haven’t read all of Elle Keaton’s backlist, so I wasn’t familiar with Soren and Danny before I began this book. But I have to say, I fell in love quickly. I empathized with Danny’s desire to walk away from his old life – especially his family name. And then to feel like people were judging him because of that association even though it’s long in the past.

Soren also wanted a fresh start. Away from the memories – most especially of the man he’s never forgotten. When he sees Danny on Piedras Island, to say he’s shocked would be an understatement.

Anyway… Usually it’s dead bodies turning up on Piedras but this time it’s arson. Fires are abounding and it’s up to Deputy Soren to figure out what’s going on. Danny’s caught up, but he’s not really a suspect – at least to Soren. Danny might’ve run in the past, but it’s obvious he’s trying to set down roots and lighting fires to his places of employment isn’t going to help him. I love that Danny’s tried to make himself better by studying to be a chef and how he wants to make the local hotel’s menu into something special. Cue Cody, the manager, from the last book. I have high hopes he’s going to get an HEA one of these days. Plus it seems Ryder and Shay are in each other’s spheres again. Romance anyone?

The mystery kept me guessing and I enjoyed the story. I can’t wait for the next instalment in the series. And, of course, I have to mention Michael Dean. He’s the perfect narrator for this series and I just adore him. Can’t wait for the next book.

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Return to Piedras

I absolutely loved this story and the chance to return to Piedras Island. While Mat and Niall are on their well-deserved honeymoon, life on the island carries on...and so do the mysteries, murder, and mayhem. And fires. I swear Piedras must be in the firebugs travel guide! This time, we are focused on new deputy Soren and his old lover, and scion of the notorious criminal family, Dany. There are more murders and mysteries, a few red herrings, and a number of twists and surprises. Oh, and a lot of scorching hot sex. Very enjoyable mix of mystery, drama, and second chance love. This is the first book in a new spin-off series, and I can't wait for more.

The narration by Michael Dean is fantastic with distinct voices/accents for each character and well-voiced emotional scenes and drama. All around excellent.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Mayhem, Mystery and Murder Return to the Island.

MM, Mystery, Suspense, Second Chance Romance, A dramatic return to the Island I first listened/read about in the Veiled Intentions Series. Fantastic intense story with lots of twists and turns and a plot that keeps you guessing throughout. Soren and Danny didn't expect to see each other again let alone in such circumstances, there is lots of tension between them and suspicion points to Danny being involved in the latest crime wave. Really enjoyed their story and Michael Dean yet again did a great job narrating.

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Second Chance for Love

Real Trouble is the first book in the West Coast Forensics series, a contemporary mystery revolving around the sheriff’s department in Piedras. Real Trouble can be read as a standalone, but it is an offshoot from the Shielded Hearts series (previously known as the Accidental Roots series) and the Veiled Intentions series. I believe this book is best read after the Veiled Intentions series. I have only read the Veiled Intention series and my lack of reading the Shielded Hearts series did not affect my enjoyment of this book. I will be reading Shielded Hearts because now I’m addicted to this series’ world.

Soren and Dany have history. History full of passion, blood, and hurt feelings. When they unexpectedly run into each other on the little island of Piedras, all those past feelings come rushing back. The attraction between the two men is undeniable and when they crashed together the heat in the bedroom was sizzling. I really enjoyed the storyline and the entire cast of characters. I like how important secondary characters feel like real people and not just props to propel the story forward. Some of the police work was not entirely accurate, but for a fictional book, I thought it worked very well for the story and was done in a way that I could easily suspend belief and sink into the story. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series and will definitely go back and read the Shielded Hearts series.

The audiobook was narrated by Michael Dean who is a master of his craft. The narration was smooth and the characters were voiced perfectly. I was instantly pulled into the story and really enjoyed it.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 08-09-21

Sweet opposites attract!

This was a sweet and steamy opposites attract romance!

I absolutely loved the setting of the story.

The characters were likeable and well fleshed out.

Michael Dean performed an amazing audio delivery and narration

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  • Vicki
  • 12-05-22

Piedras, small town, big trouble

Elle Keaton and Michael Dean, a great combination. I can't wait to read book 2.

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 15-01-22

Good story. Good narration.

Elle Keaton's storytelling gets better with every book. The world being built from some of her earlier book series is becoming rich and complex. I find myself wanting to go back and reread earlier series like the Shielded Hearts AKA Accidental Roots series so that I can catch glimpses of the origins of characters in this new series. It isn't necessary to understand what is happening in this book, but it is will certainly add some interesting tidbits.

This book was a little steamier than the books in the Veiled Intentions series, but it suited the dynamic between and Soren.

The narration was pretty good, but the pronunciation of Skagit made me cringe. That's not how the locals pronounce it.... Sigh. Aside from that name I did enjoy Michael Dean's performance, and I downloaded the next book right away.

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  • William Bennage
  • 11-11-21

good listen

This book was a good addition to the author collection of books. A great start to a new series

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  • Suzy Green
  • 06-10-21

Great Story

I enjoyed this story very much, both the romance and the crime aspects. Elle Keaton is one of my favorite authors. I only wish Michael Dean had more distinctive voices for each of the MC’s, however, that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this audiobook.

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  • Denise
  • 13-09-21

five stars

I really enjoyed the story. The way the narration was done was extremely well executed. It really feel like you're knowing the characters personalities The Voice changes for each character I can't wait to see where the storyline goes. Highly enjoyable

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 13-09-21

Excellent!

Loved this new one from Elle Keaton! It was well written, definitely held my interest the entire way through and had a great storyline! Michael Dean did a great job as usual narrating this one!

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  • Esther A
  • 12-09-21

Second chances

A wonderfully written and brilliantly narrated second chance story. Danny and Soren are great characters who have a past together but each escaped to start a new life. Little did they expect to run into one another again and have their chemistry be just as explosive if not more than before. As murder and mystery unfold, they find themselves drawn to one another more and more. I really enjoyed the balance between the murder/mystery and the romance aspect of the story and especially enjoyed watching these two characters come together and seeing their feelings evolve and finally being able to express them. The narrator did a spectacular job with the story and with the characters and truly made the whole experience more enjoyable. I voluntarily reviewed a gift a copy of this audiobook.

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  • Anne M
  • 07-09-21

Fabulous performance and story

I was given a free audio copy from the author and the GRR arc team for review.

This is a spinoff from the Veiled Intentions series but can be read as a standalone. I loved the other series and had rated it 5 stars also but I liked this one even more. Even though this book is still murder mystery focused like the other series was, this couple was steamier than the couple in Veiled Intentions. You definitely don't have to wait long to feel the sparks flying between these 2. They had fantastic chemistry and there were plenty of steamy scenes. I thought that the story was well written and it definitely kept my interest from start to finish. I would definitely recommend this. I can't wait for more.

Michael Dean is one of my favorite Narrators and this was no exception. He brought the story to life. He expressed all the emotions so well and did all the characters voices. It was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 06-09-21

Dany and Soren's Second Chance at Love

Soren and Dany try for a second chance at love in the first book of spin-off series ‘West Coast Forensics’. ‘Real Trouble’ certainly stands alone, but I’m of the opinion that readers get a fuller picture of the plot after reading the ‘Veiled Intentions’ (Harmarson & Dempsey) 3-book series.

Dany and Soren have a past that is revealed throughout the book. After finding out their backstory, I wasn’t quite sure the emotional depth of their feelings at the start of the book were warranted. I will say this though--the sexual chemistry Elle Keaton portrays with these guys is off the charts. The steamy scenes are completely appropriate to Soren and Dany’s characterizations. Keaton pushes hard at one of my sexy times buttons by delivering a gloriously well-written switching scene.

I like the mystery that unfolds in this book. Some of it harkens back to the ‘Veiled Intentions’ series, but is, in and of itself, a self-contained mystery with some good moments of suspense.

Michael Dean delivers a great voice-acting performance. It's a well-suited interpretation of this romantic suspense story.

This review reflects a few of my voluntary opinions of this audiobook that I received after I requested an ARC of it.

Recommended.