When one of the supersexy Gage brothers blows Molly Devaney away with a scorching kiss at a masquerade ball, she thinks she’s met her soul mate. But why does her masked seducer act as if she doesn’t exist the next day? To win him over, she’ll make him jealous, so she turns to his brother Julian Gage, who offers to play the role of her lover.
But Julian is playing for keeps. There’s nothing fake about the way this woman makes him feel, and now he’s going to show her just which Gage brother is right for her….
OK, now this was a difficult review for me to write. Wrong Man, Right Kiss employs one of my absolute favourite tropes – the friends-to-lovers trope. When done well, friends-to-lovers stories can be amazing. Judging on the reactions of many others who have read the book, it was for them. However, I am sorry to say that it just didn’t work for me in the case of Wrong Man, Right Kiss.
The general gist of the story is this: Molly is at a masquerade ball where she is kissed by a mysterious sexy guy. She automatically assumes that it is Garrett, her friend. On the basis of this kiss, she decides that Garrett is her soul mate and they are meant to be together. The following day, Garrett ignores her and she decides to seek the help of her best friend (and Garrett’s brother by the way), Julian. They decide to pretend to be in love in order for her to make Garrett fall in love with her. But Molly’s at a disadvantage – it was Julian, not Garrett, who kissed her and he wants her…for keeps.
Now there were a few aspects of the story that I thought were quite well done and there are parts of the main characters’ chemistry that worked quite well.
However as I said previously, there were some real issues for me that couldn’t be overcome by the parts of the story that worked. Molly was a sweet girl, however there were times I just felt like reaching into the pages and shake the naivete out of her. She was just a little too innocent for my liking. Julian, my dear boy, you need to get some help with dealing with your anger. There were times where it felt like he’d flown into roid rage – flying off the handle way too quickly there, buddy.
Red Garnier is a relatively new author to me, having never read any of her past erotic romance titles. I would be very interested to see how her voice differs from straight sexy contemporary to erotic romance. I have a strong feeling that I would enjoy her erotic titles more than her straight contemporary voice.
Unfortunately, Wrong Man, Right Kiss is not one for my keeper list.
My rating: 2.5 out of 5
Release Date: 6 August 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.