Monday, March 27, 2017

Seeking Mr. Wrong by Natalie Charles

Lettie Osbourne has lived her whole life by the book. Sweet, predictable, and certainly not living life on the edge, she’s always been content to make a living as a kindergarten teacher who writes adorable children’s books on the side. After her fiancé leaves her, Lettie decides she is perfectly content to accept her fate as mother to her beloved dog Odin and favorite auntie to her niece and nephew.

But then everything changes.

When Lettie’s publisher decides to sell only erotica, her editor convinces her to turn up the heat and throw some spice into her vanilla life. Lettie sets out to find the perfect man to inspire her writing...and finds him in her school’s vice principal, Eric Clayman. As Lettie and Eric grow closer and her writing gets steamier, she’s left wondering: is Eric Mr. Wrong? Or Mr. Right?

Publisher: Pocket Star | Genre: Contemporary Romance | Source: Publisher| Rating: 3.5 Cups

When I picked this one up, my reading had been a bit all over the place. The books had left me frustrated and growly, so I wanted something light and funny and that’s exactly what I got with Seeking Mr. Wrong.
Here’s what’s going on. Lettie’s a kindergarten teach who writes cute little children’s books about manners but when the publishing company she writes for is sold to a company that publishes only erotica and she still has one more book left to fulfill her contract, she decides rather than repaying her advance, she’ll try her had at writing erotica. There’s one little problem, Lettie’s vanilla and lacking the spice she needs to write sizzling erotica, so when her friend suggests that she search for ‘Mr. Wrong’ to inspire her writing, she decides to go for it. Although Lettie never expected that her ‘Mr. Wrong’ was going to be the new vice-principal at her school. But now that she and Eric have started something, they both want to see how it plays out but they have a few hurdles to overcome.
Lettie was so much fun. She’s dealing with several different things; her odd family, being jilted by her fiancé, venturing into a new genre of writing. So, there’s a lot of things going on with her and it was nice watching her explore who she was and not feel like she needs to fit into this cookie cutter mold. Eric had his ups and down with me. For the most part, I liked him and he seemed to be a decent guy, but there were moments when I wanted to strangle him. Thankfully, he seemed to know when he was being an idiot and quickly redeemed himself. 
The romance, like the characters, was a bit quirky but it worked. It sort of started out with a bit of insta-lust then morphed into a secret romance with a bit more depth to it.
While I enjoyed the light and fluffy aspect of this one, it sort of suffered from a bit of an identity crisis. Rather than blending the elements of the story together, it would focus on one then move to another then to another. So, there would be a few chapters just about her relationship, then chapters just about her adventures into writing erotica, then chunks of her family’s drama was thrown in. If these elements would have been blended together, it would have improved the flow of the book.
Overall, this exactly the book I needed to read after feeling so frustrated with my reading. The characters were quirky, the plot was different from the norm, and it was just one of those laugh-out-loud books.

What was the last fun book that you’ve read?

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