Monday, 13 March 2017

Review: So Wrong It Must Be Right by Nicole Helm

It’s all fun and games until fantasy gets real . . .
At twenty-seven, Dinah Gallagher thought she’d have it all figured out. Instead, she’s having mind-blowing online sex with a man she knows nothing about and fighting for her rightful place in the family business. Part of that battle means expanding their century-old restaurant by getting the stubborn urban farmer next door to sell them his lot.

But Carter Trask is tired of being pushed around—especially by rich families like the Gallaghers. All he has left is the little farm he’s scratched out of his grandmother’s yard. At least he can blow off steam with the anonymous woman he’s been emailing for the past eight months, who makes his every sexual fantasy come alive—even if it’s only online.

When Dinah suddenly realizes that Carter’s gardens look just like some of her mystery man’s photos, she can’t resist trying to turn her dreams into reality. Against his better judgment, Carter joins in the game. But in real life, passion has a way of becoming very complicated, very quickly. And sometimes the wrong choice can turn out to be oh so right . .

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Lyrical Press

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is March 21st, 2017.

I am struggling to express my thoughts on this story as I normally do when a story fails to really capture me.  This story was just ok for me.  In order to try to explain, I will resort to my trusty system of writing lists.

Carter - I found at times throughout the story that he was a little whiny.  His "nothing ever works out for me" got a little old and even if you identified with him, you didn't care after a while.  Yes he was sweet and thoughtful but I had a hard time getting past his woe is me attitude

Dinah - While I loved her positive attitude and her determination, there were points throughout the story where I wanted to slap her for her failure to accept the truth.  You can be motivated and confident and still deal with what life throws you instead of living in denial.

Carter & Dinah together - I had a difficult time seeing the emotional connection between the two.  It appears that the majority was "written off of the page" in the email exchanges between them that the reader never sees.  What the reader does see is the physical connection between the two which is sizzling from the get go, no issues there.  I just prefer when there is more of an emotional connection mixed with the physical chemistry.

Supporting characters - they were almost all nasty.  I don't know how I would survive if I was surrounded by so many rotten personalities!

While it seems I am being overly harsh, keep in mind that I didn't hate the story.  I just struggled with some of the flaws of the characters and the priority of a physical relationship over an emotional one.  It did still entertain me.  There were some sizzling scenes and some real moments (towards the end) that I think readers will like.  I also believe that others may identify more with the characters than I did.

About the Author

Nicole Helm grew up with her nose in a book and a dream of becoming a writer. Luckily, after a few failed career choices, a husband, and two kids, she gets to pursue that dream.

Nicole lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons, and writes her novels one baby's nap at a time. She's slightly (okay, totally) addicted to Twitter, loves watching the St. Louis Cardinals, and her dream is to someday own a barn.

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