Series: Rixon Raiders #1
Genres: New Adult
Setting: Rixon, PA
Also in this series: The Game You Play
Also by this author: Salvation and Secrets (Chastity Falls, #2), Salvation and Secrets, Fate's Love, Tribulation and Truths, Redemption and Regrets, Penance and Promises, Wicked Beginnings, Wicked Rules, The Game You Play
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer 2019
From the author of the Wicked Bay series, comes an angsty YA/NA enemies-to-lovers romance. Cocky football players, school rivalry, and the girls who get in their way. Get ready … The Raiders are coming!
Hailee Raine only has to survive one more year.
One year of life in her football obsessed town.
One year of nauseating school spirit.
Just one more year of her cruel step-brother Jason; and his cocky, arrogant, football-playing friends.
She hates them. Especially, Cameron Chase, the guy she thought was different.
Cameron Chase has the world at his feet.
He has it all; good looks, talent, and the charm to go with it.
He has colleges lined up at the door, all wanting a piece of Rixon Raiders star wide receiver.
Until something threatens everything he's ever worked for, and only one person can quiet the war raging inside him.
But he's supposed to hate her; his best friend's sister.
She's trouble with a capital T.
Then Hailee finds herself in the middle of a football prank gone wrong...
And suddenly hating each other never felt so good.
The Trouble With Youis the first book in The Rixon Raiders series. All books in this series can be read as standalones!
The Trouble With You gave me all kinds of teenage angsty vibes! First, Hailee’s friend Felicity totally reminded me of the friend from 10 Things I Hate About You-arty outsider who secretly wants to join in the high school shenanigans! Hailee and her step brother have a really messed up relationship. I think her step-brother, Jase, is a sociopath. He has no empathy and he thinks he is totally untouchable. Hailee has been battling him for years, but its never going to stop until they get away from each other.
Cameron is one of Jase’s best friends, and when he starts having feelings for Hailee, he is a bit perplexed. Honestly, so is Hailee. I mean, these guys have ruined her life up to this point-she has no friends besides Felicity, no one will date her, and they go out of their way to mock and ridicule her. Hailee really does stand up for herself, which was refreshing to see, but it was also interesting to see her realize how much it impacted Felicity. What happens to Hailee is deplorable, and unfortunately, realistic in some high schools. Kids are bullied and humiliated by each other frequently. What Hailee endures might be difficult for some readers (if you think this might be you, check the Triggers tag below).
There is a lot of high school drama and ridiculous behavior (typical teenage stuff-drinking, parties, fights with parents, etc). The Trouble With You is an enemies to lovers story, a bully romance, a football drama, and a high school tale that will keep you on your toes trying to keep up with the antics of all the characters. I struggled with Cameron as a hero because he is truly awful to Hailee for most of the time they knew each other. Even when he starts to like her, he still engages in some douche-y things. But, the story was still engaging-the push/pull between Hailee and Cameron, the tension between Hailee and Jason, the friendship of Hailee and Felicity-it all weaves together to suck you in.
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: brother’s best friend, high school, football
- Triggers: View Spoiler »At one point, Hailee is drugged by a rival team, stripped naked, and filmed. The video is posted online and everyone in school sees it. She is mocked and called names by MOST of the students in school. « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »not for Hailee and Cameron, but something major happens with 2 supporting characters near the end « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »HFN « Hide Spoiler
Fallen Crest by Tijan, Paper Princess by Erin Watt, Bully by Penelope Douglass …then you will probably like The Trouble With You!