Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right . . .
Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her.
Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.
Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana.
But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.
This is my first book in the series and I’m ready for more. Both Jenna and Jack are interesting, well-developed characters with rough, realistic back stories. This isn’t just a fluffy new adult romance. There was danger, serious drama, some pretty awesome sex, and a cast of colorful characters. Author, Chelsea Fine, does a great job of hooking us with clues. Clues about why Jenna keeps Jack at arms’ length, why Jack has so many scars, how Jenna feels about Jack, and how Jack feels about Jenna. The conflict is almost constant which is how I like my stories.
There are only two things that really kept this from being a five-star review for me. One is the fact that Jenna waffles way too much about her feelings and what she wants, seeming to revisit the same things over and over again. And the other is that there was so much potential for things to really go all kinds of wrong during the climax, and I think this could have been explored more fully than it was.
The main plot centers on Jenna and Jack and their on-again-off-again relationship. Jenna values the friendship, considering Jack to be her best friend. Jenna doesn’t do relationships, so even though they have fantastic chemistry, she halted their physical relationship after the one and only time they slept together because she realized it could never be just sex with Jack. She’d rather keep Jack as a friend than risk anything more and lose him all together. Jack is crazy about Jenna and doesn’t want to accept the status quo. He’s determined to get her to change her mind. When both are called back home to Louisiana towns within a couple of hours of each other, Jack sees the road trip as a chance to change Jenna’s mind.
The main plot is good enough, but it’s the subplot that takes this from just another new adult romance. Jack has a dark past he ran away from. A past that now threatens his family. As Jack tries to keep Jenna safely on the sidelines of his family drama, she realizes she cares enough about Jack to do what it takes to keep him safe.
Jenna and Jack are both very likable, intense, deep, flawed, and I couldn’t help pulling for both of them. But what really works here is the supporting cast. Jenna’s best friend, Pixie, Jack’s brothers, his mother, they’re all equally well rounded and are the kind of people you’d want to hang out with. No one comes across as two-dimensional or stereotypical. These deep, layered characters are what sets apart strong writing.
Top Five Things I Loved About Right Kind of Wrong
1. Jack’s mom. Oh my god, she’s hilarious. I would totally love to hang out with her all the time.
2. Jack’s past. He has one of the best back stories I’ve read in awhile.
3. Pixie. She’s fun and wild and I can’t wait to read her story.
4. NOLA. One of my favorite cities is the setting for some great scenes.
5. Road trips. Because when you put two people in an enclosed environment, sparks are bound to fly.
Right Kind of Wrong is filled with wonderful characters, a solid romance, and a layer of danger that makes it a fun, fast read.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: Right Kind of Wrong
Series: Finding Fate #3
Author: Chelsea Fine
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Forever
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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About the Author
Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She’s ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry.
Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.