Hiya! Today I’m coming to you with a review of “Too Wrong To Be Right” by Melonie Johnson, which came out at the end of February.
A digital ARC of “Too Wrong To Be Right” was provided to me by St. Martin’s Press/SMP Romance via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Read on to check out the official synopsis of the book, my review, and a bit about the author!
After her latest jerk of a boyfriend dumps her (and ditches her with his pet hedgehog), florist Kat Kowalski is done chasing after Mr. Wrong. With her two best friends moving on to more serious relationships, she’s ready to stop repeating the same mistakes that are leaving her stuck in the single lane. Armed with a list of qualities for her perfect Mr. Right, Kat swears off dating until she finds him.
Then in a meet-disaster involving a corpse and a salty cockatoo, she stumbles across Mick O’Sullivan at his family’s funeral home. Their immediate chemistry warns Kat to keep things platonic; after all, following her heart never worked out in the past, and this time she’s determined to listen to her head. But can Kat and Mick be just friends? As she gets to know him better, the lines blur, and Kat starts to wonder if she’s gotten it wrong and Mick is exactly who she’s been looking for…
“Too Wrong To Be Right” was a fun and quick read that gave me a lot of little positives, but overall was nothing I haven’t read before–and I’ve read a lot of rom coms.
Let’s start with what drew me in. I adore the concept of our love interests having jobs that sort of just mesh perfectly. Kat being a florist, and Mick running his family funeral home business. It’s a bit morbid, the idea of flowers and funerals being a perfect match, but that’s kind of what I love about it.
Speaking of Mick, he wasn’t the greatest male love interest I’ve ever read. However, it was definitely nice to have the scruffy romantic lead as opposed to the traditional extremely hot romantic lead who secretly has a six pack that gets revealed in a dramatic way once his shirt comes off for the first time (and it will always comes off, trust).
Something I really loved that the author did was explore the friendship dynamic between Kat and her two best friends. The story revolves around Kat’s insecurities involving her friends sort of “leaving her behind.” Friendships are weird out in the real world once you each start creating your own lives. When things change amongst your friend group, it’s scary. The author does a great job of capturing this.
Tiny bits I also loved: 1). It’s not a rom com if we don’t have pets, even better if their quirky pets. Kat has a pet hedgehog and Mick’s family has a pet cockatoo named Seamus who has an Irish accent and I LOVE him. 2.) The grandmas. Queens. 3.) Loved that the classic Clumsy Lead trope didn’t just happen once in the beginning of the book–it happened multiple times throughout the entire book.
Something I wasn’t a huge fan of–but this could totally come down to the fact that I read a lot of rom coms–was Kat’s love and obsession with rom com movies. It was cute, but I just read “The Rom-Com Agenda” so it felt very redundant to me personally.
Now, the biggest issue I had with the book was the use of the miscommunication trope–my least favorite because it’s usually solvable if people just sit–between Mick and his brother Joe. A lot of confusion and time is wasted because these two haven’t cleared up their issues. Which, come on. I sort of refuse to believe that they’ve never spoken about their weird dynamic when Mick literally has multiple psychology degrees and Joe can get drunk off a few whiskeys which are always in abundance whenever the O’Sullivan family gathers. There’s no way they even WORK together and have never talked. Y’all??
Anyway, overall it was a cute book. The tiny moments are what make it for me.
★★★☆☆ = 3/5 stars
About The Author
USA Today bestselling author Melonie Johnson―aka #thewritinglush―enjoys sipping cocktails that start with the letter m. Declared a “writer to watch” by Kirkus and a “fizzy, engrossing new voice” by Entertainment Weekly, her smart funny contemporary romances include the romantic comedies Too Wrong to be Right and Too Good to Be Real, as well as her award-winning Sometimes in Love debut series Getting Hot with the Scot, Smitten by the Brit, and Once Upon a Bad Boy. Her stories have been featured in Cosmopolitan and Woman’s World, selected as Amazon Best Books of the month, and appeared on many most anticipated romance lists, including Goodreads, BuzzFeed, and BookBub. She lives in Chicagoland with her husband and their two redhead daughters. A former high school English and Theatre teacher, Melonie now spends her days in her Star Wars office, dreaming up meet cutes.
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Hi there! I really enjoyed reading your review of “Too Wrong To Be Right” by Melonie Johnson. The way you described the friendship dynamic between Kat and her two best friends was really relatable and well-done. However, I’m curious to know if you think the use of the miscommunication trope between Mick and his brother Joe was necessary for the plot or if it detracted from the story. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!