Review – Problems in Paradise – Kelsey Brown

18 Jul

problems in paradiseProblems In Paradise
Author: Kelsey Brown
Series: #3 in the Texas Nights series
Rating: ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

Review Copy Provided By Author

Eden Durant hasn’t always been Eden Durant. She’s made a fresh start in Shelbyville, Texas, far from her mother’s notoriety. Running the Paradise Garden Café is as much excitement as Eden wants—or it was, until she meets Beck Childress. Although he’s the one man who could expose her past, she’s willing to open up enough to see if he might be her future.

Chief Deputy Childress is determined to get to know the real Eden, when he isn’t busy cleaning up after the sheriff and running in the election to replace him. When several men fall sick after eating in Eden’s café, he investigates even as her mysterious past raises both his suspicions and his protective instincts.

As their relationship heats up, so do the pressures of Beck’s campaign. When Eden’s secrets are revealed, jeopardizing his dream of becoming sheriff, he’ll need to choose: serve and protect the town he loves or the woman who makes it home.

I blame Jamie Farrell for my current addiction to Kelsey Brownings books – back when book 2 in the Texas Nights series (Running the Red Light) was released, she was talking about it on her facebook page and like a sucker, I one clicked it on Amazon and was hooked. I will however admit that while I remember Beck from the previous books, I don’t have as strong a recollection of Eden. I vaguely remember the discussions about her organic vegan restaurant – which I found funny, since the series in set in Texas (yeah, I know it was supposed to be) and how most texans I know (although not that many) are red meat lovin’ people. So seeing the interaction between Beck, the self-avowed junk foodie and Eden, the organic, homemade, health food junkie made me squee. (and yes, squee is a word!)

The sexual tension between Beck and Eden was hot enough that I found myself fanning my face a few times while reading – i’m sure red in my skin tone is such an awesome look! But it wasn’t overly done – meaning, there was so much more to the story than sex. Especially, the mystery about who was trying to sabotage both Beck’s campaign for Sheriff (I personally, still don’t get that, shouldn’t the Sheriff be the best at the job, not the person that can lie, whoops, I mean campaign the best). I will admit that I kind of had the mystery figured out before the reveal, but then I quite often do – its rare that I had no idea prior (except with this darn new J.K. Rowling book that STILL has me stumped, but that is a story for another day). I will admit that I did like the underlying, OMG, vegetarian food may kill us vibe that I got from several of the characters who made an appearance – it reminds me very much of my family and how they still react to this day with my sister who is a vegetarian (going on 10 years now). Such an insight, it was like the author is or knows someone who is a vegan and sees the interaction that occurs between us meat eaters (yeah, I’m admittedly one) and the non-meat eaters – haha!

Plus as with her previous books, we got to visit once again the couples from both Personal Assets (bk 1) and Running the Red Light (bk 2), but without their stories taking over, they were just there, in the background, hanging out, like good friends do. So basically, sexy contemporary romance, personal beliefs tension (carnivore vs. vegan), unresolved sexual tension and lite mystery make so a great read from Kelsey Browning. Overall, I gave Problems in Paradise 4 stars.

Kelsey will be giving away 1 copy of Personal Assets (the first book in the series) to one lucky commenter, so make sure you leave some love below (and your email, so I can get a hold of you if you win) and good luck. You have until July 25th (next Friday)

Buy Links:
Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights) – Amazon
Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights) – Barnes and Noble
Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights) – Carina Press
Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights) – Books A Million
Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights) – Kobo


Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Book Review


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15 responses to “Review – Problems in Paradise – Kelsey Brown

  1. Kelsey Browning

    July 18, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Thanks so, so much for hosting me today! And thanks to Jamie Farrell for getting you hooked on this series ;-).


    • Dee

      July 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      I guess I can’t be too mad at her 😉 and you lead me to Avery Flynn – so all is fair in live and book recommendations

  2. Kelsey Browning

    July 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    It’s a conspiracy to keep you reading ;-).

    • Dee

      July 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      yeah because that’s sooo hard to do…lol! I could read for the rest of my life and not kill my TBR pile (last count kindle was at 4000 bks – about 2500 unread)

      • Kelsey Browning

        July 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        Holy guacamole! So glad mine are in the “already read” pile :-D.

      • Dee

        July 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

        Well, y’all keep putting out awesome books and I go one-click mad

  3. Susan Dyer

    July 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Hmmmm another series I’m going to have to read!!!

    • Kelsey Browning

      July 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      So hope you enjoy it, Susan!


      • Susan Dyer

        July 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

        Dee never steaks me wrong! I’m sure I will love it!!l

      • Dee

        July 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

        Steak? Was that supposed to be a bad pun? Lol

      • Susan D

        July 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        OMG!! Stupid predictive text!! It was supposed to be Dee never steers me wrong!! Lol I’m sorry…….

      • Kelsey Browning

        July 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

        Could’ve been worse if you’d written “stakes.” 😉

  4. sara miller

    July 18, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Love the review!

    • Kelsey Browning

      July 18, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Sara – thanks so much for popping in today. I have to say, I loved Dee’s review as well. 😉


    • Dee

      July 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Congrats Sara! You won the copy of Kelsey’s book – please email me at – so I can pass your info on


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