Mister Wrong by Nicole Williams
Release Date: February 27, 2017
4.5 I Don’t Want to be Right CROWNS
My first novel by Nicole Williams is a doozy. There is so much drama, so much angst, so much back and forth, and I am enthralled by all of it.
The story centers around Jacob and Matt, who are twins, and Cora, one wedding, and the wrong groom. From the beginning Matt is this self-deprecating man, which isn’t a shock as not many people around him seem to value him. Matt, however, shows how kind and compassionate he is, and even though he does some things that questionable ethically, I was ultimately okay with his choices, mainly because the author uses Cora’s point-of-view to make it okay. Cora, at times, frustrated me to no end. I wanted her to see what the readers see from the very beginning. I wanted her to own up to all of her feelings, even if it is hard, because both men deserve it. I wanted her to be outraged and angry over the events that lead up to the wedding. This side of her does appear, but late in the game, and while I reveled in her declarations, I wanted it sooner. Even though she frustrated me as a character, I understood her need to protect herself and her heart. Insecurities have a way of festering and hindering happiness. Even though this unconventional set-up will set some readers off, I loved it, and the chemistry between the two main characters is authentic, leaving readers to root for the nontraditional coupling.
This story is drama from the beginning. There is lying and deception, all for good reasons, at least in the hero’s head. There is steamy honeymoon scenes that exemplifies that amazing chemistry between the two main characters. There is a battle of who will win the girl’s heart. Every single aspect of this story, this journey, and these three main plot points, all leads to an emotional plot-line. Nicole Williams wrote it in a way that I felt what they felt. When their hearts broke, when their hope for the future sky-rocketed, and when they fell back down to earth from reality, I felt it all. Even with all the angst and drama, there is still a beautiful love story that spans that ages, and Nicole Williams gives this couple the HEA they deserve.
Mister Wrong is the perfect angst-filled dramatic read. With raw and powerful emotions, questionable choices, and romance to heat the sheets, Nicole Williams’s newest romance should be sitting on your self.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
She always knew she’d wind up marrying one of them, and Jacob Adams is the very epitome of Mister Right. At least he is up until he fails to show up for their wedding day. Not that Cora realizes it. At first.
As Jacob’s best man, and identical twin, Matt makes a split second decision, but one that will affect the three of their lives forever—he steps in to take his brother’s place. In front of the altar, exchanging vows with the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years.
Cora eventually finds out about the groom swap. The morning after the wedding. As if realizing she just slept with her fiance’s brother wasn’t disturbing enough, she’s forced to confront her feelings for Matt Adams she thought she’d buried years ago.
Matt’s wrong for her. In every way. But through the course of her real honeymoon with her fake husband, she starts to uncover truths both Adams brothers were hoping to keep hidden, for opposite reasons. One to protect himself, the other to protect her.
She married the wrong brother, but what if he’s been the right one all along?
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She sighed, turning toward the open door. “Jacob . . .”
“What? It’s a fair question.” I shoved off the banister, feeling hope and heat tangling in my veins from the look on her face, from the sound of her voice. She’d felt something for me, whether it be the most passing of crushes or something much deeper. Realizing that had me feeling drunk from something other than alcohol. “Besides, you’re stuck with me now. Won’t matter what you ’fess up to.”
Cora started through the doorway. “I don’t want to talk about it.”
Grabbing the suitcases, I followed her. I wasn’t letting this go. Never. Not if she threatened death or castration or anything else. “Why not?”
She broke to a sudden stop a few feet inside the room. “Because I don’t want to focus on the past. I want to concentrate on the future. That’s not going to work if you keep asking me questions about Matt.”
There was a sharpness in her voice—one she didn’t use too often. She didn’t want to keep talking about me, which only made me want to continue talking about me. I’d struck a nerve, but I wasn’t sure how deep that nerve went.
I needed to know how deep it went. I had to know. My whole life, I’d been under the impression that Cora saw me as nothing more than a good friend and substitute brother. She cared for me, but not in the same way I cared for her.
Or did she?
“This thing with Matt . . .”
Her back stiffened.
“Was it a thing? Like ancient history? Or is it still a thing?” I closed the door and wondered why I could feel my heartbeat in my eardrums.
She kept her back to me, standing in the middle of the dark room like a lone ship on a vast ocean. “I married you.”
Yeah, she did marry me.
“But if he’d made a play for you, way back before all of this”—I waved my finger between the two of us, not that she could see it—“would you have given him a chance?”
“He never made a play for me.” Her voice sounded faraway, like she was out of reach when she was less than an arm’s length away.
“That doesn’t answer my question.” I stepped closer. “If he had? Would you have?”
Her back was moving faster from her quickened breathing. This conversation was making her uncomfortable. Why was that?
“Stop, Jacob. Enough.” She spun on me, swaying in place just enough that I reached out to steady her. She shook my hand away like it was white-hot. “I’m not going to get into another fight with you over Matt. I’m done. I picked you. I married you. What else do I have to prove?”
“That you don’t—”
“I don’t love Matt!” Her arms flung out at her sides as her voice spilled across the room. ‘There. I said it. Are you happy now? Are you happy we’ve managed to get into another argument over this infatuation you’re convinced I have for your brother? On our wedding night of all times?” She glared at me with bleary eyes. I couldn’t tell if that was from tears or from alcohol. Maybe both.
“Cora, I’m sorry.” I ran my hands through my hair, wondering what in the hell I was doing—for the millionth time that day. Deceiving her, betraying her, and now accusing and angering her. Maybe I didn’t know the first fucking thing about love. Maybe Jacob knew more about it than I did, because I wasn’t sure love was supposed to hurt as badly as this did.
“Just . . . enough already.” As she shouldered past me, I reached for her, but she shook me off. “I need to be alone.”
She slammed the front door behind her a moment later, leaving me alone with my idiocy.
“Cora,” I called to an empty room. I wasn’t thinking when I rushed toward the door after her. “Cora!”
The moment I pulled the door open, something crashed into me. It made a sharp breath rush out of my mouth as I staggered back a few steps.
My arms barely had time to wrap around her before Cora’s mouth was on mine, moving in such a way that made staying upright next to impossible. Before I had a chance to catch up to the fact that I was kissing Cora in an entirely different way than we’d kissed at the wedding and reception, her fingers were working at my belt. Quickly.
I didn’t know she’d already gotten it undone before she’d moved on to my zipper. The sounds she was making as she kissed me, the way her body felt aligned against mine, the way her mouth knew the intricate balance of submission and domination . . . one moment at a time, Cora was crushing the last remnants of my resolve. Destroying the final pieces of my views of right and wrong.