Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: "Wrong Place, Right Time" by Elle Casey (Contemporary Romance)

Wrong Place, Right Time
by Elle Casey

Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 10th 2016

Series: The Bourbon Street Boys (#2)
Wrong Number, Right Guy (#1) (affil.)
Wrong Question, Right Answer (#3) (affil.)

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Description from Publisher:
Jenny’s single-parent life revolves around her kids and her job, which means that hours of Animal Planet and strings of computer code are about all she has time for. Not that Jenny’s looking for adventure or romance—she’s the type of woman who believes in playing it safe.

When Jenny is called upon to do some consulting for the Bourbon Street Boys—a New Orleans private security firm—she knows she should stay away. They conduct surveillance on known criminals and put themselves in harm’s way pretty much every day, so No is the obvious answer…Problem is, there’s a guy on the team with a body to die for and a dimple that just won’t quit luring Jenny in, tempting her to throw all caution to the wind.

Will Jenny take the risk or will she do what she’s always done—play it safe and wait for the right time?

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

My Musings:
I'm torn. On one hand, I like Jenny well enough. She was funny at times, and a bit neurotic. I liked her kids, though we don't see much of her daughters, just Sammy. And, can't lie, the spelling out his lisp was annoying. It would have been enough to mention it, without spelling everything weirdly. Nobody else's accents needed to be spelled phonetically, so why his??

I also liked Dev, fine. Though I admit that I wanted Jenny to go for Lucky for awhile, especially after describing Dev as "her type". Also, 7-ft bald guy with no eyebrows? Yeah, not especially sexy. Was there a reason he shaved his head AND eyebrows? I feel like I must be missing something.

But. This felt very, very slow. Nothing romantic happens until over 70%! Sexytimes are 1.5 times, total, and go by pretty quickly. Action is fairy nil, and not especially suspenseful when it does happen. The first 35% felt a bit too much like catch-up to make this standalone, but I would have rathered indication that it wasn't rather than so much about the first book, the characters, etc. It actually made me think even more than I was missing a lot, having not read the first book.

I did like Jenny's growth. She finally learns to stand up to people. I didn't like her attitude at all for most of the beginning, feeling like she was just a judgmental b*tch who whined about just about everything.

It felt to me like there was a lot that was brought up, and even dwelled on some, and then sort of forgotten about. I wanted to see more suspense, some more interesting espionage stuff (total missed opportunity that something wasn't up with her old company!), and more drama that got resolved. Her ex-husband, Miles, was apparently a crappy person, but that all wraps up... somehow? (Why was his girlfriend relevant at all? Why were the constantly bounced checks brought up 4-5 times?) The online dating thing was stupid and predictable. Chemistry between Dev & Jenny felt severely lacking.

There was also a lot that felt like it should have been delved into. We really don't learn much of anything about Dev throughout the entire book, except where he works, that he likes ninja swords, that he has a son with cerebral palsy, his mom is involved in his life somehow, and that he has known some of the Bourbon Street Boys for most of his life. Oh, and that he likes fried catfish from a hole in the wall in a sketchy area of New Orleans. This all sounds like small talk topics, not "I am in love with you because we have such a great connection" stuff.

This just sort of fell flat for me... It was long and slow, but feels like half a story.
I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

About Elle Casey
Elle Casey, a former attorney and teacher, is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling American author who lives in France with her husband, three kids, and a number of furry friends. She has written books in several genres and publishes an average of one full-length novel per month.
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