Published by Gallery on 02/13/2017
In this warm, charming, and hilarious romance, a kindergarten teacher and children’s book author attempts to write erotica—and sets out to find the right Mr. Wrong for some hands-on inspiration.
Lettie Osbourne has lived her whole life by the book. Sweet, predictable, and certainly not living life on the edge, she’s always been content to make a living as a kindergarten teacher who writes adorable children’s books on the side. After her fiancé leaves her, Lettie decides she is perfectly content to accept her fate as mother to her beloved dog Odin and favorite auntie to her niece and nephew.
But then everything changes.
When Lettie’s publisher decides to sell only erotica, her editor convinces her to turn up the heat and throw some spice into her vanilla life. Lettie sets out to find the perfect man to inspire her writing...and finds him in her school’s vice principal, Eric Clayman. As Lettie and Eric grow closer and her writing gets steamier, she’s left wondering: is Eric Mr. Wrong? Or Mr. Right?
Natalie Charles is a new-to-me author so I didn’t quite know what to expect when I started Seeking Mr. Wrong. The most simple way I can think of to summarize how I think most people will feel about this book is to say that it reads exactly how you would expect it to based on the cover. It’s a tad cheesy, pretty predictable, and nothing exciting really happens.
The book started off solid; the premise had me intrigued and I connected to the characters. The meet cute was pretty funny and awkward in an adorable way. It set the stage for a really promising storyline with good chemistry. However, once the two main characters actually started to date each other, it began to fall flat.
I felt like there was some good build-up to when they would finally get together and then when they did it was very anti-climactic. The timeline jumped a couple of weeks ahead and I was left wondering what all I’d missed. For me, the most exciting part of a new relationship is the very beginning and getting to experience how they interact with one another. I felt a bit robbed of that experience. Once they started to date, the story became rather boring and focused more on school drama that I just didn’t care much about.
I also didn’t much care for many of the secondary characters either. To be quite honest, Lettie has some pretty self-absorbed family and friends. Her best friend, Mindy, was alright but she seemed to have a bit of her own storyline and it never really went anywhere. Maybe Charles is laying the groundwork for another novel based around her character, but at this point that is unclear.
I really did enjoy Eric’s character. He seemed like a really great guy who cared about the kids in his school and about doing a good job. He was very attractive, quick-witted, and sweet. I also liked Lettie’s character, she was fun and sweet as well, and certainly interesting, but she was a little odd. She’s pretty damaged and behaved oddly at times, but it felt forced. I felt like her character wanted to be grounded and strong but the author forced her into the situations and actions that didn’t fit with the rest of her personality.
All in all, this was a cute book, though the first half was markedly stronger than the second. I recommend it as a light beach read when you want just want a sweet love story that doesn’t demand a lot of your attention.