Dating the Wrong Mr. Right
by Amanda Ashby
Publication Date: June 19, 2017
My Rating: 4 Stars
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Contemporary, Romance
Pepper Watson has lost everything–her job, her fiancé, and the future she’d so carefully planned. Now she’s back at Wishing Bridge trying to figure out her next step. Her new plan does not include the ever-so-sexy Ben Cooper. Nope. She’s getting her life back on track, and getting out of this little town as fast as possible.
Ben Cooper is doing his best to build his business and help his parents. The last thing he needs is the distraction that is Pepper Watson. She might be prickly every time he’s in her presence, but he sees another side of her. The side that has set aside her dreams to help her sisters. And then there’s the fact that kissing her is pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
He’s putting down roots. She’s running away. It’s going to take more than a wish for these two to find their happily ever after.
Just based on the synopsis alone I was so excited to read this book. It seems like the perfect combination of girl next-door and second chance at love; I was not disappointed at all. This is my first read by author Amanda Ashby and I can’t wait to read another one by her.
This book follows Pepper Watson, who was so excited to get out of the town of Sunshine and on with her life in Seattle. And then surprisingly years later finds yourself back in the small town she grew up in. She has never wanted to be there – she’s made that very clear and she’s also made it very clear that she wants nothing to do with her neighbor Coop. Coop, on the other hand, has always kind of carried the torch for pepper Watson. She’s his best friends older sister and he cannot manage to get rid of the crush even though she makes it very obvious she wants nothing to do with him. But when her ex follows her back to town Coop happens to be around to play the perfect fake boyfriend. And the tension just kind of builds from there.
You can kind of guess the ending just because of the fact that Coop’s carried the torch for Pepper for so long, but I like the way the author took us on the journey to get to the ending. The chemistry between the two characters is very tense and it almost makes you wonder how no one else saw it? It also kind of reminds me of back in middle school when I was told if someone was picking on me that they liked me; there’s a lot of teasing back-and-forth between the two. Pepper’s sisters almost make the book better. The three of them are just so wildly different and the way they interact together is just so amusing. The town that this author created just makes me picture such a happy place and makes me long to live in a small town like that. I have not read the previous sister’s stories – but based on how much I enjoyed this one I am sure I would love those two books as well. If you haven’t read any of them, I think you’re missing out!
ABOUT AMANDA ASHBY
Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.
She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Library?s Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.
She also runs writing workshops and loves to speak to people about Buffy (er, she means writing). See her Website for more information.