3/1/17

DOUBLE REVIEW + EXCERPT ALERT: MISTER WRONG BY NICOLE WILLIAMS!!!

HOLY HELL, this book. Just read the blurb. OMG! Seriously. Jess and I both read it and our reviews are below! 

Title: Mister Wrong
Series: Standalone
Author: Nicole Williams
Release Date: 2/26/2017
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SYNOPSIS:
Cora Matthews grew up with the Adams boys, twin brothers and best friends who wouldn’t let anything come between them except for one thing—her. One of them became her best friend, the other, her fianc√©.
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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Well, holy melodrama-llama alert (and I say that in the best way). I mean... WOW! That was a dysfunctional mess! I could not stop reading. And I'm sitting here slack jawed with eyes wide open, laughing. 

Wow. Just wowwwwwwwwww. 

Talk about WILD and CHAOTIC. Mister Wrong NEVER lets up on angst. From the first to the last words, you've boarded a one way train on the crazy town express, and are headed straight to WHAT THE FUCK-VILLE. This story is juicy and salacious, addictive and crazy, and I read it in one single sitting. Every chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, desperate, frustrated, needy as you wish for things to play out the way you want them to. 

I'm just... WHOA! I don't even know what to say or what to think. The more I think on this story, the more I'm like, OMG. I JUST READ THAT! 

INTOXICATING. Truly, I was completely enthralled by these characters. Nicole Williams in a FANTASTIC writer. She hits you in the feels like no one else. There is a ton of back and forth between these characters that leaves you breathless. The situation they find themselves in is outrageous, but so gosh darn entertaining. Really, from the opening scene you're just left reeling and the more you read, the more intense it becomes. 

Matt and Cora are two characters that left me speechless. Matt is our 'hero!' He's Jacob's IDENTICAL twin brother. Jacob is the groom who doesn't show up for his wedding to Cora (our leading lady)! And Matt, who is obviously the most gracious man ever, kindly takes Jacob's place (to, you know, to help him out) and marries his BROTHERS girl. <<-- YES. Yeah. Matt marries his IDENTICAL TWIN brother's girl. 

***laughs hysterically***

And so here is Matt, trying to 'help' Jacob out, thinking at some point his brother is going to show up and they can pull a switch-a-roo and no one will be the wiser. And well, obviously that doesn't happen. Things get super carried away and Matt ends up with Cora on the honeymoon. 

And let me tell you... J.U.I.C.Y! As we read the back story unfolds and feelings are made known and it turns soap opera messy! It's like seeing a car wreck you CANNOT look away from. WHOA! Also, let me add in that this book is NOT what I thought it was going to be. From the blurb I got the angst part, however, I was expecting this super deep, heart rendering story. 

It was not that. 

At least for me. It was PURE heart pounding entertainment. It was a "I CAN'T LOOK AWAY FROM THIS" read! And I enjoyed it. THOROUGHLY so. I'm all about the sex and drama and this checked off every little mark in the "crazy story" handbook.

Angie's Rating:
I fist pumped my way through the opening of this book. Right out of the gate, we're swept up in a situation where you know this can not possibly end well, you know you should be rebelling against this kind of deception if you were any sort of decent person. But instead I was completely on board, rooting a character right on as he put on a tux, grabbed the ring, and stood at the alter pretending to be his identical twin brother set to marry the love of both their lives. How something could be so wrong and so so so right all at once, I wasn't sure, but Nicole Williams delivers exactly that in Mister Wrong. It's both heartbreaking and beautiful what evolved in this story, addictive in its wrongness, profound in its absolute rightness. And I loved every moment.

This story thoroughly wrung me out. Emotionally torturous and blissfully romantic, Mister Wrong is a story where three people love each other desperately and betray each other brutally and there's no way all three hearts can make it out unscathed. 'The course of true love never did run smooth,' said Shakespeare, and that's never been more evident than right here within these pages. Deceit and betrayal war with loyalty and unrelenting love to make for a romance that is so raw, so bittersweet, so satisfying, it's impossible to put down. From start to finish, I was captivated by the impossibility of this situation, I didn't want it to end.

I devoured this book in one sitting. I was lost in Nicole Williams's writing, in her lush storytelling, in the delicious tangle of emotions she made me feel. Something so wrong shouldn't feel so right, and something so perfectly right shouldn't feel so wrong. But this book is both. And it was done so well. Mister Wrong is an unforgettable love story that's as angsty as it is sexy, as emotional as it is swoon-worthy. It's genius the way the author reveals a lifetime of secrets and unrequited longing in such a uniquely refreshing way. It's heartbreaking the way she destroys everything so starkly in order to right all of it for a happily ever after that is just so perfect. I hope Nicole Williams writes more on these characters. I'm not at all ready to see them go and I'm aching to see what becomes of their tenuous dynamic after the conclusion of this book.

Jessica's Rating:

“So?” I crossed my arms and leaned into the banister behind me. “Did you? Like my brother?”

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.

Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.

Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.




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