Friday, 3 March 2017

ARC Book Review: Miss Wrong and Mr Right by Robert Bryndza

I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

Publisher: Bookouture

Published: December 2016

Pages: 301


Summary


'This is men,' said Gran. 'When they vant you, but you don't vant them, they stay. But let them know you vant them, they no longer need you, and they go! It's like that movie, Nanny McPhee.'

Natalie Love has worked hard to have it all. She runs a successful London theatre that's about to host one of Hollywood's leading stars, Ryan Harrison. She's pretty sure she's found her man in yoga boyfriend Benjamin, despite his annoying habit of saying Namaste! every time he speaks. And her eccentric, glamorous Hungarian Gran is always on hand to offer sage advice and steaming bowls of goulash.

Life in the bright lights of London has always been Natalie's escape from her chaotic country family in rural Devon and Jamie, the childhood sweetheart she left at the altar fifteen years ago. Until he turns up at her theatre door... Jamie is in town producing a West end show and with rivalry suddenly clouding old feelings, this isn't quite the reunion Natalie was expecting. 

Will Benjamin prove to be Natalie's perfect match? With Ryan turning her head, Natalie is more confused than ever. And what about Jamie - could he be her second chance at first love?

Charming, hilarious and totally unputdownable, Miss Wrong and Mr Right will put a huge smile on your face and keep you guessing who Natalie's 'Mr Right' is until the very last page.



My Thoughts...


Light and funny read, this book delivers exactly what it promises. Miss Wrong and Mr Right is a fluffy, feel-good rom-com that hits just the spot when you need to wind down after a long day. Personally, I was looking exactly for something like this: after a few "tougher" reads, I felt the need to just dive deep into something light-hearted to lift my spirits. And just like a cup of hot chocolate, this book did exactly that.

As far as the plot goes, it's a pretty standard rom-com, with a likable main character and several men hovering around her. Needless to say, I was pretty sure who "Mr Right" was only a few pages into the book (and could probably have guessed it from the blurb), so it wasn't much of a big reveal... but the journey there was fun enough, so I'm not complaining!

As a main character, Natalie was quite difficult for me to connect with, mostly because she seemed extremely naive for most of the book (hardly something I can believe, given the premises...) and just dives into trouble head-on in the rest. I had to get very far along in the story to warm up to her, and I just felt like that was a bit too late. By the end, however, I was rooting for her completely, and I did like her character growth, even if it did happen a tad too suddenly for my taste. Her grandmother was definitely my favourite character: witty and funny, she was the best thing in this book and is very likely to be one of the few things I'll remember about it far into the future. The men were your very stereotypical rom-com male characters, but let's face it, that's part of the reason why we read books like this, so again, no complaints on this!

If you're looking for some fun and romance, coupled with a theatrical atmosphere, then this is the right book for you! 

Rating: 3/5