I’m so glad Mr. Wrong was a short book! If it had been any longer, I know I would have exploded in frustration. There was potential for a light and humorous book in the storyline and I would have loved to have seen what it could have been in the hands of a talented category writer. But Mr. Wrong was a shapeless mess, with a meandering story, silly characters and a writing style that was amateurish.
The plot is as thin a one as I have seen in a long time. Kat Snow works as an accountant in a firm of divorce lawyers. She had been unhappily married, but her husband passed away and now she’s ready to start dating again. Kat makes a list of qualities that her Mr. Right has to have and her boss Rourke Hawthorne peeks over her shoulder, sees the list and decides that he is Kat’s Mr. Right. Kat thinks Rourke is handsome and she’s considered him a good friend for years, but Mr. Right? Well – she’s not sure.
Rourke persuades Kat that she needs to go out with him a time or two just to get used to being back into the dating swing of things. Almost instantly they are salivating for each other but neither wants to acknowledge what they are feeling. Up until this point we have the makings of a promising good-friends-fall-in-love plot, which I have often enjoyed in the past. But then Kat and Rourke, both in their 30’s, begin to behave with all the maturity of a couple of teen-agers at a Backstreet Boys concert and the book becomes painful to read.
Kat likes Rourke. No – wait a minute – she doesn’t like him. Rourke likes Kat. No wait, now he doesn’t like her. Kat starts dating another man. Rourke gets jealous. Rourke starts dating an old flame. Kat gets jealous. They finally end up together. End of book. And I send up a prayer of thanks that it is finally over.
I couldn’t find anything to like about Mr. Wrong. Between the tissue-thin story, the silly immature characters and the amateurish writing style, I felt like I was stuck in book purgatory. To add insult to injury, the publisher wants to charge $24.99 for this bit of fluff. For that amount of money you can buy 4 or 5 good series romances and I’ll wager they will all be better than Mr. Wrong. If you are looking for a recommendation for a good short romance novel, I can give you a long list of recommendations, but this book will not be on it.