Right Kind of Wrong
If you’re like me, a lighthearted contemporary romance is always appreciated, and the third story in Sara Rider’s Books and Brews series, Right Kind of Wrong, delivers a comfort read with likable characters and plenty of laughs to make for an enjoyable reading experience. It’s especially so if you like grumpy, Scottish, male librarians – which I definitely do.
Julia Hardin is trying to grow her event planning business, and that means doing more than just marketing for her brother Eli’s brew pub. One contract at a time, including her current side gig planning an anniversary party for the parents of five contentious siblings will get her there. But getting a chance to plan a Valentine’s Day fundraiser for the local library will definitely increase her visibility in the community. The fact that Julia has a minor crush on the sexy albeit grumpy Scottish librarian Fergus MacNair is a minor inconvenience, but she’ll overcome it for the opportunity. Never mind that he always looks at her as though her book returns are late (okay, maybe they are). Surely working together won’t be too bad? Though she’ll have to overcome the embarrassment of Fergus discovering her habit of naughty doodling, sometimes involving a rugged Scottish Highlander, first.
Fergus doesn’t quite know what to think of Julia except that she seems to push all his buttons, and definitely the good ones. Fergus and relationships haven’t always meshed well though he has an amicable one with his ex-wife with whom he shares custody of their seven year old daughter Emily. Out of guilt over the divorce, he’d promised Emily that he’d never get remarried or start a new family, a promise he’s kept religiously, to the point of not even dating anyone new. But his ex is getting remarried and if she’s moved on, maybe he can too. Is Julia the one worth risking his heart on?
This is quite a fun story, with two main characters who are both a bit wary of relationships, and a good mixture of funny and sexy scenes. There’s a definite clash of wills and ideas as Fergus and Julia work together on the library fundraiser but the sparks fly from there into the bedroom. If you enjoy the library setting for romances, then you’ll definitely appreciate all the scenes that take place there, as Fergus is a dedicated and hardworking librarian and that’s where the fundraiser is going to take place. Julia’s job as an event planner is also covered thoroughly, as the anniversary party she is planning is a key secondary plotline and shows the challenges involved in making clients happy.
I liked that both characters have insecurities to work through when it comes to being in a committed relationship, and that their feelings for each other grow slowly and are genuine. It takes Fergus a while to open up and trust Julia with his secrets and he almost leaves it until too late, but manages to save the day with a really sweet gesture. There’s lots of enjoyable banter between them as they go through the awkward stages of starting working together, to developing their relationship. Fergus is an introvert, but he has a fun sense of humour that comes out the more you know him. The story works well as a standalone romance, but also brings in characters from earlier in the series (siblings and friends) who have valuable advice and support. If you are looking for a light romantic comedy with a well-deserved happy ending, I can recommend this one.
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I'm a biochemist and a married mother of two. Reading has been my hobby since grade school, and I've been a fan of the romance genre since I was a teenager. Sharing my love of good books by writing reviews is a recent passion of mine, but one which is richly rewarding.