I am delighted to be able to wish a massive Happy Publication Day to Robert Bryndza. ‘Miss Wrong and Mr Right’ is being re-released today by publishers, Bookouture and it’s an absolute chortletastic gem of a book.
Natalie Love has it all; a job she loves in a theatre she helped to develop from fledgling venue into a commercial success, and a stable relationship with yoga instructor Benjamin, the man she feels may well be ‘the one’. Not only that but her theatre is about to host Hollywood leading man, Ryan Harrison in a new limited season of Macbeth, something sure to set box office records and put the theatre firmly on the map. She has never been happier.
At least until her ex-fiance Jamie shows back up in her life. Jamie; the man she left at the altar when she fled from her sleepy Devon village and crowded family life some fifteen years before. Creating a new life in London, she had never looked back. Until now. With Jamie opening a pop-up theatre/burlesque venue directly across from her theatre, there is no way to avoid him and no way to escape the unspoken feelings over what happened between them all those years ago.
But Jamie is engaged to his headline act, and Natalie is happy with Benjamin. Nothing, not even regrets over how things ended with Jamie, can get in the way of that. But as tensions between the rival venues begin to escalate, everything Natalie holds dear is put in jeopardy. With her crazy Hungarian Grandmother stirring things up behind the scenes, and Natalie starting to regret having waited so long to start a family, she needs to think long and hard about what exactly it is she really does want. And when she finally decides, will she have left it just that little bit too late?
‘Miss Wrong and Mr Right’ is a brilliant RomCom novel, perfect for a cozy afternoon in front of the fire, or anytime when you just want a delightful escape and a good old laugh. So many of the events within the book really made me chuckle out loud, especially the scene of the flash mob for the opening of ‘The Big O’, Jamie’s new burlesque venue. Birds, baps and bodices everywhere … and it’s probably not what you think either. This was a read in an afternoon kind of book, mainly because it was so easy to be drawn into Natalie’s story and so thoroughly enjoyable. I was happy to lose myself in it and worry about the household jobs later. Like as in 2017 sometime …
Natalie is the kind of character that it is easy to understand, but perhaps a bit harder to completely side with. I don’t mean that she is unlikable, far from it, but other than her Gran, she turns her back on her family, and she is often so oblivious as to what is happening around her that it made her a little frustrating and occasionally borderline irritating. That said, the things that happen to her are nothing if not chaotic and almost slapstick at times, and where she can be a little serious and uptight, they bring her down to earth with a real bump. I respected her commitment to the theatre and her passion about her job, and when she fought for what she believed in, I truly believed in her. Yes, she is blind about certain aspects of her life, perhaps even so naïve at times that it made me want to slap some sense into my kindle, but there is something about her which I ultimately liked. In Natalie, Robert Bryndza has captured the perfect RomCom heroine; the woman who trades off settling down for progressing her career and ultimately comes to regret moments lost.
In terms of supporting characters, I loved Sharon. She is so down to earth and settled, as was Natalie’s sister Micky. Both of them are so comfortable with who they are they were impossible not to like and a total contrast to the more reserved and uptight Natalie. Her business partner, Nicky and their assistant Xander also provide a wonderfully funny counter to Natalie’s serious side and I loved the dynamic created when the three of them were together. And Natalie’s Gran, Anouska. Oh my word. The kind of Gran who would make you cringe with embarrassment but who is so outrageous that you can’t help but love.
There are a few men in this book who provide the romantic interest to Natalie’s romantically-tragic heroine. Benjamin – disliked from the start, huge ego and no obvious redeeming qualities. Ryan – initially aloof and distant but ultimately a likeable and misunderstood young man struggling with the weighty expectations of a Hollywood career. Jamie – the jilted lover, Natalie’s first love and a man who I was uncertain as to whether he was there to ruin her theatre in payback for her walking away, or just to rub her nose in it about what she was missing out on. Which one Natalie should fall for – I think preference will vary by reader and whether she ends up with the right man … Well that’s for you to decide too. Needless to say, the situations she finds herself in with each of them range from romantic, to hilarious, to fully blubtastic and Bryndza captures each emotion perfectly.
I will be totally honest (and if you read my blog it won’t come as much of a surprise), but I don’t read a lot of RomCom type fiction – I’m far too old and cynical really, so am more likely to be found with my nose in one of Mr Bryndza’s Erika Foster novels. But occasionally I like to get in touch with my girly sensitive side (apparently I have one – I wore pastel coloured clothes once …) and as I trust Robert Bryndza’s writing and I trust Bookouture, I took a punt. ‘Miss Wrong and Mr Right’ hit just the right spot. And it has baby llamas too. How could it possibly fail? I love llamas.
Very funny, surprisingly emotive at times, and with characters with just the right amount of charm to stop them being cloying, this is a perfectly engaging story. You’ll easily lose an afternoon to it once you start and if you don’t laugh at least a dozen times – well, quite honestly you’re likely the kind of person who is meant to be reading Tolstoy instead. If, however, you like a good old fashioned, feel-good, laugh-out-loud RomCom, then give this a whirl. You won’t be let down.
A highly humorous, bap-tastic, pigeon diving 5 stars.
About the Author
Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first in the new Detective Erika Foster series.
The second book in the series, The Night Stalker, is a Wall Street Journal no.1 bestseller, and the third book, Dark Water, was released October 20th 2016.
Robert’s books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 18 languages.
In addition to writing Crime Fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján.
You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter @RobertBryndza
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