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Monday, February 22, 2016

Review: Betting on the Wrong Brother by Cathryn Fox

Not a bad short story!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Release Date: February 8, 2016

He may be at a romance readers’ convention, but a naked woman in the elevator is not what horror writer Ryan Wheeler expects. Now he can’t take his eyes off of her—and not just because he saw her naked, though her luscious curves certainly aren’t helping the matter. She’s beautiful, funny, snarky…and a complication he doesn’t need.

Running into her teen heartthrob while naked wasn’t exactly part of romance novelist Andi Palmer’s weekend plans. Worse, he doesn’t recognize her and gives her a fake name¬. Years ago, he shot her down in the worst possible way, and now this? It’s time for a little down-and-dirty revenge.

Ryan’s more than a little turned on by this good girl who wants to be bad. But things aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re keeping from one another might just end this sexy little rendezvous before it ever begins…

So horror writer Ryan has found himself at a romance readers’ convention and he’s found himself face to face with a nearly naked woman in the elevator. Her funny, snarky personality interests him almost as much as her physical attributes do but he doesn’t need the complication a woman would bring him. Plus she seems to dislike him for some reason. Andi Palmer has a stroke of bad luck because she’s caught in an elevator by her teenage crush. Worse, she’s almost completely naked in the elevator but it isn’t just that she’s almost naked in an elevator facing her old crush that makes her angry, it’s the memory of the way he treated her years ago and that he doesn’t remember her now. He even gives her a fake name the cheat! Andi goes from acute embarrassment to angry woman in a heartbeat and decides to extract some revenge on the unsuspecting guy.

This was a pretty cute and entertaining romance. The mistaken identity trope really worked for both characters and their romance. I loved that Cathryn Fox chose to set Ryan and Andi’s romance among the chaos and fun of a romance readers’ convention in Vegas of all places.

Ryan’s a charmer and has a reputation for being a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy but he goes through quite a few changes when he meets Andi. Throughout their time together Ryan’s kind and considerate side comes out as he begins to romance a woman he’s not even aware he’s falling for!

Andi was likable if a bit immature in how she started getting revenge on Ryan. I didn’t begrudge her wanting to get even for what she went through with her crush because it was emotionally scarring for her but what she did felt so childish in the beginning. I did like that she was a romance novelist at a convention, it really did give Betting on the Wrong Brother a different feel. There was definitely some good chemistry between her and Ryan and I liked the buildup of sexual tension.

Overall I liked how quick and uncomplicated this romance was. There was a central conflict but it wasn’t something that couldn’t be resolved in a few short pages. The problem was, the ending felt a little rushed and incomplete. Once Andi and Ryan untangled the secrets and lies that were keeping them apart I expected a real reckoning with Andi and her crush but that didn’t happen. For me it felt like Andi never got the closure she needed to move on with her life.

Final Verdict: A fun way to pass the time, Betting on the Wrong Brother introduced two writers from different genres and gave them a chance to fall in love. It was sweet, cheeky and slightly quirky.

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