This story had a solid plotline, but suffered from a bit of overload with all the extra stuffing.
Matthew Hart is a successful business man and the heir to family fortune and high-end furniture and interior decoration company Hart and Home. Twenty years ago, he thought himself in love with Jax Foster, but when Jax and his father disappeared overnight, Matthew was crushed and hasn't really had a serious relationship since. When he has a near-death experience brought on by a severe allergy, he becomes a little scared about the future and decides he needs to find a husband and have children to carry on the family legacy. He even creates a list of attributes this husband needs to have.
Jax Foster loved Matthew Hart, but his father's gambling addiction and subsequent debts required that they ran from the town. Jax resents his father for what he's put him through, but also loves the man and cannot leave him to his own devices. He's making a name for himself as an artist, designing and creating stained glass pieces.
When a customer of Hart and Home requires special stained glass inserts for his doors, Matthew and Jax's paths cross and converge.
Mr. Hart Sr, Matthew's father, and Adam, Matthew's PA, both help this along. I liked both of these side characters, especially Adam who really looked out for Matthew.
As Jax and Matthew rekindle their romance, and some truths come out, the suspense part of the plot increases. We have attempted murder, a kidnapping, a mobster enforcer named Rai whom Adam would like to climb like a tree, and Matthew's cousin and crazy wife also play a role.
The sex is hot, with lots of dirty talking, the dialogue had some bite on occasion, and though I didn't like the obvious "big misunderstanding", I did like their relationship. Having both Matthew and Jax alternate in being the narrator helped to understand both of their perspectives, their hopes, and their fears, and made them more sympathetic to me. I could understand that Jax didn't want to give up on his father, despite the addiction, and I could understand that Matthew was wary Jax would run again.
The lone female in this book was the designated villain, something that I don't particularly care for, and her portrayal was totally OTT. I could believe the mobster money collector, and I could even believe that Adam had the hots for him (hopefully, these two will get their own book), but all in all, it was just a little bit too much, even for a Dreamspun Desires title.
The romance though, that second chance at love, was well done, and I wanted Matthew and Jax to find their HEA. Which, no spoiler here, they did.
Charlie Cochet's writing style is a good fit here, and thankfully not flowery at all. The plot flowed smoothly, without any lulls, and I was engaged throughout the book. It fits within the series by having a somewhat implausible setting (Matthew being a young, hot, successful and rich guy, partnered with a young man from the wrong side of the tracks - fabulous trope, that) and the scenarios within are not close to the realm of realism, but it's entertaining nonetheless. There's not a whole lot of in depth character development, but I didn't expect that from this book. I do expect a whirlwind emotional romance when I read a title in this series, and I got that here. Mission accomplished.
** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **
The Wrong Girl is about a young woman who was a companion to an Earls daughter who has an affliction is locked away. Hannah also has an affliction as she is narcoleptic. Then one day she is kidnapped and they keep calling her Violet, so Hannah knows they have the wrong person but she is afraid to tell them who she really is because she doesn’t know exactly what they wanted.
She soon finds out that they wanted her because she is suppose to be able to produce fire like the Jack can. She has been taken to a place called Freak House where there is a mad scientist, a mute servant and it’s just sort of a strange place. Though I thought it wasn’t freaky enough to be called a Freak House but maybe for the times it was.
So it’s not that I didn’t think it was okay but I just didn’t feel like there was very much of a storyline and thought maybe it would be a bit more freaky. I have been told I shouldn’t take words in titles or in this case series names so literal as it’s been hindering my enjoyment of books…lol. I just can’t help it I see freak and I am thinking a bit more than just some firestarters. Eventually it seems someone else knows about her and is wanting her for something and so that was interesting but overall it was just sort of meh.
I am not totally sold on trying the second book, but one never knows.
The narrator Lucy Rayner did a great job with this one though.
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