Wrong Bed, Right Man
I’ve enjoyed several of Rebecca Brooks’ steamy contemporary romances in the past and happily picked up Wrong Bed, Right Man, the third story in her Accidental Love series hoping for more of the same. I can attest that it delivers an enjoyable, low-angst reading experience – just what I was looking for.
When Rose Campbell goes to reclaim her grandmother’s bed from her cheating ex’s apartment, she discovers that her ex has sold what isn’t his to a very handsome furniture restorer. Owen Crowley is sad that the sale is a bust as his family business could really use the money but he’s not going to buy furniture that is being sold without the owner, Rose’s, permission. On the plus side, there’s some definite sparks going on between them and having an excuse to see Rose again by offering to help her relocate her bed to the right location (her place) and fix it up makes up for the lost sale. That starts what turns out to be an exciting and somewhat complicated relationship since Rose works for the big box furniture company that is trying to put Owen’s home based business out of commission (ouch).
I love that Owen is a hardworking, nice guy hero who makes beautiful furniture! It’s not an occupation you see often in a contemporary romance so I really appreciated the detail about his career and how he doesn’t resent that Rose works for his competition. He’s happy when she’s happy, even if that means a promotion that could make things harder for him. However he isn’t impressed with her boss and her company’s philosophy of trying to put small shops like his out of business. That causes some friction later on in the story.
Owen lives with his dad over the furniture shop, a man of equal skill who taught Owen the furniture craft. Owen worries a lot about keeping the business going for the love of his art but also because his father put so much effort into keeping it going. I enjoyed these family scenes, Owen’s dad’s is obviously concerned over Owen’s workaholic tendencies (even though he comes by them honestly) and quite happy to encourage a relationship between Owen and Rose when he meets her. Owen and his dad have some good honest conversations that show their closeness, even if they don’t always agree on everything.
There’s no lack of chemistry between Owen and Rose and the sex is hot and plentiful. What starts out as a steamy affair changes into a real relationship – and the ability to get hurt, make mistakes, and work toward a compromise and eventual happy ending. I’m looking forward to catching up on more of this series, and furniture making main characters may be my new catnip!