Some mistakes are worth making…
When the Wrong Guy is Oh-So-Right
Will Thatcher is exactly the type of sexy playboy good girls like Brynn have always avoided. And yet there was still something about him she just couldn’t resist. When Will moved across the country three years ago, Brynn vowed it was time to put him behind her. She never thought Will might have other plans . . .
Back in town, Will intends to get what he’s always wanted-gorgeous, unforgettable Brynn. For years, he tormented the untouchable ice princess in a desperate bid for her attention. Now he has a new plan, and he’ll do anything to rewrite their stormy past. This time, he’s out to show Brynn that the imperfect man might be the best mistake of her life . . .
3 stars — Oh dudes… I know I’ve been conflicted about books before, but I can honestly say this one is probably my most conflicted ever. Because the things I loved, I LOVED. But there were things that I essentially hated too…or at least strongly disliked, b/c I really try not to hate things.
So what did I love first: the essential quality of Lauren Layne-ness to the book. There is a reason I love most Lauren Layne books, and it’s often in the witty repartee of the characters. There’s just something that always makes me laugh and has me delighted by either the dialogue or the internal thoughts of the characters. And while this seems like a really small thing, it was enough to level this book off at 3 stars for me, b/c I would give that aspect 5 stars if I could. She also writes pretty great kissing/steamy scenes, and this book was no exception.
What did I decidedly NOT like: when it comes right down to it, I really didn’t *like* either character. They both had good moments, so it’s not an all-out hate or anything…there were even things I loved about both of them. But in the end I mostly just wanted to smack them, for different reasons.
Brynn was a witch with a b. There’s no other way to put it. I get (and love) the depth of history that went into explaining how she became this person of lists and regimented everything. And I actually really felt for how her childhood bullying stayed with her right into her 30s. I think people underestimate the scars of systematic bullying and how it can affect you. I actually liked that. But the problem is, even if you excuse her walls to protect herself, she was still kind of mean. And judgmental (of everyone, including other girls…bordering on slut shaming occasionally, but not quite). And stupidly oblivious (stupidly because I really honestly couldn’t buy someone being that oblivious to Will’s affections). AND SELFISH!! She didn’t seem to care to learn about anyone else (most notably her sister and Will). And I didn’t buy into her growth. All of a sudden being an orthodontist is boring? So who is she?? What does she want out of life? What defines her? I have zero answers.
And while I wanted to love Will, b/c on one side of the coin, the way he held onto his love for Brynn through 15 freaking years was kind of adorable (and even the epilogue almost had me swooning). And he was freaking hilarious sometimes. But he was also REALLY REALLY mean. Like, I’m only so-so on enemies to lovers tropes as it is, but to hear the things these two said back and forth to each other just made me cringe and made my heart hurt. He was basically a bully. And he wasn’t nearly as understanding as I would have liked when he found out about her childhood bullying. And OMG, the games!! WHY WOULD YOU NOT JUST TALK TO HER AND FESS UP??? Why would you constantly test her, and then get mad when she thinks you hate her and isn’t getting it? Why’d you have to break my heart by having these horrible qualities so I can’t love you for your good qualities?? It just wasn’t enough.
The whole book is basically just terrible communication, and you know I hate lack of communication tropes. And when he finally just tells her THE TRUTH, he gives her 5 seconds to absorb it, and then bails. UGH.
So you see what I mean? If it hadn’t been for the witty dialogue and moments of great connection scattered here and there, it would have been a 2 star. That’s how much I love the things I loved. Because these characters just didn’t redeem themselves. I’m just not a forgiving reader I guess. I can’t tell you how bummed I am, b/c honestly there were moments of awesomeness that obviously had me hoping for a good ending. *sigh* OK, I’m just going to stop. 🙁