Title: Finding Mr. Wrong (Dreamspun Desires #41)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 218 pages
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
He’s nobody’s definition of Mr. Right—but that might make him perfect.
Matthew Hart is heir to the family fortune and owner of Hart & Home. When a near-death experience has him fretting over the future, he decides he needs a husband, and not just any husband—an appropriate man to protect the Hart legacy. The last thing Matthew expects is to cross paths with Jax Foster, his first love and the boy who crushed his heart when he disappeared.
Jax is unlikely to make Matthew’s list of suitable candidates. Bad boy, vagabond, deep in debt, with a father who can’t keep out of trouble, Jax has nothing to offer—except his heart and a second chance at the romance they never got to explore.
Matthew and Jax were childhood best friends, as well as boyfriends, and Matthew thought they were always going to be together … until Jax and his father disappeared one day when Matthew was 15. Twenty years later, Matthew is running the family business – a very successful high-end furniture and life-style company – but his love life is much less successful. That is, until he meets Jax again, now an accomplished artisan commissioned by Hart & Home to create a custom glass-etching for a client.
While I liked the bones of this story, I ended up feeling like there was just a bit too much going on. The title refers to initial plans to find a husband for Matthew, one who could inherit the business and carry on the family legacy and after hearing about Matthew’s story, his assistant Adam and his father track down Jax to set their plan in motion. Of course, on paper Jax is more Mr. Wrong than Mr. Right.
But then there’s an over-the-top attempted murder plot, a gambling addiction, a kidnapping, a mafia “runner” named Rai, a double-cross leading to a horrendous Big Misunderstanding between the two MCs, and the set-up for what I’m assuming will be the next book about Adam and Rai. Also, while I liked the second chance love between Matthew and Jax, the situation with Jax’s father seemed far too dysfunctional. 3.5 stars for Finding Mr. Wrong.