Wanting Mr Wrong by Avril Tremayne

In brief: Evie feels like she’s a dunce in a family of high achievers so her list of men worth dating definitely doesn’t include actors. Not even if they’re the megastar Jackson J Stevens. A

The good: Funny and witty with rapid fire dialogue.

The not-so-good: I found it a little difficult to like Evie until I understood why she was so against Jack and the acting profession.

Why I chose it: Thanks to Random House for the eBook and inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

Year: 2015

Pages: 256 (eBook)

Publisher: Random House

Setting: Australia

My rating: 8 out of 10

I’m a reader who is captivated by covers. If I fall in love with a cover, this book must be mine. I loved the simplicity of the cover of Wanting Mr Wrong
by Avril Tremayne (doesn’t the heroine look despondent at falling in love?) and okay, I liked her hair and lipstick cover. Plus the colouring of the cover made it perfect to read in the lead up to Valentine’s Day!

But as we all know, you can’t judge a book by its cover. So what’s inside Wanting Mr Wrong? This story is a wonderful romantic comedy from the first person point of view of Evie. Evie is determined to date only the smartest of smart men – no man candy for her. At the very least her perfect partner must be a doctor or be part of ground-breaking technology to revolutionise the world. Why does Evie feel like this? Well, she feels like she’s the dumbest person in her family of doctors, researchers and high flyers. She’s just a regular girl in a regular job, not doing anything special. But then Evie gets a crush on a movie star (something that has never, ever happened before) and her life begins to spiral out of control. Well, it’s not strictly due to the movie star crush, but the entrance of Australia’s hottest film star, Jackson J. Stevens. Jack happens to be Evie’s best friend’s brother and he wouldn’t mind getting to know Evie a bit better. But Evie’s just met Lachlan, a doctor specialising in tuberculosis research and The Perfect Man® on paper, if not in real life. Will the pheromones get the better of Evie? Will she give in to date an… actor?

This story begins with laughs aplenty. It’s funny and the dialogue is snappy, witty and realistic. There’s a real sense of camaraderie between Evie and her friends and when Jack is introduced, he fits right in. Lachlan in contrast feels rather awkward, like he’s not in the right place (as I’m sure he was intended to…) and as the story goes on, it becomes increasingly certain that the Perfect Man on Paper just doesn’t translate to perfection in real life. Compared to Jack, Lachlan is just…blah. Evie realises that too, but she’s determined to ignore it in the hope that her increasing lust for Jack will just go away. Of course it doesn’t, and the reader is treated to some very steamy scenes.

Once Evie and Jack satisfy their initial lust, the story becomes a little more serious as Evie begins to ponder what a relationship with a famous man is like. The more she thinks, the more she backpedals and this is where the we find out why Evie has been so against actors. Prior to this, I didn’t really understand the depth of Evie’s fear/reluctance and thought she was a bit weird, to be blunt. (I mean, Jack sounds like Hugh Jackman and everyone loves Hugh Jackman!) Once the whole story was out, I felt a lot more sympathy for her. Evie’s a girl with quite a few self-esteem issues and I wish she’d just listened to her friends a bit more! Jack was a lovely character – down to earth, wise and incredibly patient. I think it was his patience to wait for Evie that made me like him even more. His determination to protect her from the media was just the icing on the cake!

This story was a really fun read and one that I think would work well on screen – I’d love to see the quick-witted dialogue acted out!

Guest Post: Avril Tremayne, author of Wanting Mr Wrong

Today I’d like to welcome to Sam Still Reading Avril Tremayne, author of the new release Wanting Mr Wrong. Avril writes romance for Random House and Harlequin and sounds like a fun person to talk to, having worked a variety of jobs (including working with the occasional celebrity) and being a fellow shoe obsessive! See what Avril has to say about romance heroes below:

Wrong Guy – Right Book

 

I call my theory about romance heroes the diet theory. (Diets are close to my heart at the moment because I stacked it on with a vengeance this past festive season and am now paying the price.)

The theory, which is not new by any stretch of the imagination, is: the moment you’re told you can’t have something, it becomes the exact thing you want. Or, on the flip side, the moment you’re told you should want something…? Well of course you don’t want it! It works even if it’s you telling yourself.

For me at the moment, it’s all about salad v. a Cadbury Creme Egg, and it’s a daily struggle.

Same deal for my heroines, valiantly dishing themselves up the masculine equivalent of a lettuce leaf, but I know – and I suspect they know – that they are always, always going to end up with the Egg.

The ‘bad boy’ hero is a typical Cadbury number. He’s a hothead, probably tattooed, probably rides a motor bike. He was always in trouble as a kid. Maybe he’s had a stint in gaol. Could be a jaded rock star. Or a cage fighter. Or an ex-cop/military rebel. He’s the guy our heroine’s parents don’t want her anywhere near – so how is she not going to at least think about him? Especially if she’s a ‘good girl’ whose life has been tame, boring even, until he stepped into it.

The ‘bad boy’ may also have a touch of ‘the rake’ – another Egg – about him. A staple of regency romances, the ‘rake’ has sown so many wild oats, he could corner the market on porridge. Often wealthy, always sophisticated, he’s suffering ennui – especially when it comes to women, because he’s had them all. Nobody believes he could possibly be interested in our heroine – least of all her! But she’d sure like to prove everyone wrong and reform him.

And then there’s my own specialty – heroes that there’s nothing obviously wrong with, that the heroine’s friends and family love… And yet the heroine (perverse creature) won’t let herself fall for him. I love the complexity involved in making these heroes and heroines dance around each other. Why does she feel threatened? How can he want her when she’s so prickly? What barriers does she have to build to resist him? What are his tactics to dismantle the barriers? When does she fall? And can he forgive her for what she puts him through?

These are the questions I ask myself as I’m writing – and you will see the perfect example in Wanting Mr Wrong, as Evie keeps shoring up the walls to her heart, only to have Jack keep smashing them down.

It’s not all about the happy ending – the fun is in how they get there, and the more wrong the hero, the more fun it is. Because there’s nothing more romantic than that moment when you toss out the salad and sink your teeth into that Cadbury Creme Egg.

 

I’m definitely with Avril there – who doesn’t secretly think, ‘I want one!’ every time they see a Cadbury Crème Egg at the checkout , then just buy salad instead?!

Thanks for stopping by Avril. My review of Wanting Mr Wrong will be published later today, so drop in and read (preferably while eating a Crème Egg).