Desire won’t take no for an answer.
In the small Southern town of McKay’s Treasure, everybody knows that the handsome local police chief, Gideon Marshall, has been carrying a torch for Moira McKay. It’s also no secret that Moira has been rejecting Gideon since…forever. But after an attack from a mysterious stranger bent on taking down the McKay family, Moira becomes filled with distrust toward most men. Now she wonders whether she’s been wrong about Gideon all along—and if it’s not too late to admit him back into her life…and into her bed…
Gideon has finally convinced his wasted heart to give up on Moira, who he’s loved since he was sixteen years old. Moira’s attack changes everything, however—and he vows to protect her. But how much is he willing to risk for a woman who’s always kept him at bay…until now? And is it too late for Moira to tell him that her love for him has always been locked deep in her heart—and he holds the key?
As a rule, I don’t try to figure out who the “bad guy” is in mysteries and romantic suspense novels. I prefer to let the author lead me to the reveal. Now sometimes, it’s obvious who the guilty party is, others times, not so much. In the case of The Right Kind of Trouble, I was actively trying to figure out whodunit – but I couldn’t. Walker does such a good job of laying false trails, giving you the obvious suspect who you know is too obvious to be the real culprit (but still causes a niggling in the back of your mind), and giving you enough reason to doubt the legitimate suspects that you’re just not sure. Or at least I wasn’t, not until the reveal. And I have no problem admitting that the person responsible for much of what the McKay siblings have been subjected to over the course of this series was someone I’d dismissed, reconsidered, and then dismissed again. I might not be an amateur sleuth, but I still say – Well done, Shiloh Walker. Well done.
To begin with, The Right Kind of Trouble is NOT a standalone. For me, the beauty of Walker’s trilogies, or at least the ones I’ve read, is that they contain an overarching series thread, with each book focusing on a different couple – so each book is a complete story for the couple involved, but the series builds with each book. While you might have been able to read book two before book one, you really cannot read this one without having read the previous novels – not if you really want to understand the import of all that is occurring because The Right Kind of Trouble is the final book in The McKays series and Walker saved the best for last. Finally, FINALLY, we get to see if Moira can get out of her own way in regards to Gideon. We also find out why she pushed him away so many years ago and why she kept pushing him away – punishing them both for something that was neither one of their fault. But not before the attacks on the McKays, and especially Moira, increase and become more dangerous as the person who has been targeting them becomes more and more obsessed with ruining the McKays, one way or another.
I have enjoyed each book in this series and The Right Kind of Trouble proved to be an excellent culmination for the series. Without revealing the specifics of the attacks and ruining the book for other readers, I will say that the increase in frequency of the attacks seemed consistent with someone getting desperate and/or anxious to see their plans come to fruition. There was more than one scene in the book when I wanted to scream at the character to pay attention because I knew if they hadn’t gotten distracted, the mystery would have been solved sooner. But that’s what amped up the anticipation and made it all the more exciting to watch the story play out. I loved the inclusion of a few animals as characters and appreciated how Walker incorporated the Louisiana bayous into the action. For those who have been reading the series, rest assured that the secret behind Paddy McKay’s treasure is finally revealed and more than one knot is tied by the end of the book. The Right Kind of Trouble was an excellent conclusion to the series and while I’m relieved to find out the who and why, I’m sad to say goodbye to The McKays.