Tell Me Something Tuesday was hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, but she has (temporarily?) stopped blogging. So a group of us that had been doing posts (Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Karen from For What It’s Worth, Roberta from Offbeat YA, Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About and me) decided to get together, come up with some more topics and keep the meme going.Michelle made us a logo and we’re off and running. For more details, check out this post where I reintroduced the meme.
I can be sporadic, but when I do join in I will always share next week’s topic at the end of the post. So, today is about…
Share some of your favorite romantic stories.
Since I read so much romance, this is an IMPOSSIBLE question for me. I will say my all time favorite is the classic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. But besides that, it really has a lot to do with my mood. But I didn’t want to skip a chance to share some good romance with you this week, so I thought I’d share a review of an audio book that I recently read and loved.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Wrong Date by Sienna Waters
Narrator: Melissa Moran
Published by Tantor Audio on February 9, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 5 hours 47 minutes
What happens when you fall for Ms. Wrong?
Annie Harland is rich, successful, and very single. So when an invitation to her tenth high school reunion drops on her mat, she's determined to skip it. Until a drunk evening with her best friend results in an appointment with an escort named Robin.
Robin is supposed to be bookish, well-muscled, and the owner of a golden retriever. Robin is actually tall, curvaceous, and very, very female.
Things should have ended at their very first meeting. But for some strange reason, Annie can't stop seeing Ms. Wrong. And Robin is Ms. Wrong, if only because she's a Ms. and not a Mr.
What should have been a story of high school revenge has turned into a romance, and Annie's life is about to be turned upside down. But love knows no labels, or does it?
The Wrong Date is a new stand-alone lesbian romance from Sienna Waters, the author of the Oakview and Monday's Child lesfic series.
My top thoughts:
Wow, I read that in one day and I don’t do that very often anymore. I just LOVED this romance – from the meet cute to the characters it was exactly the feel good romance I was looking for.
What I liked/didn’t like:
I loved Annie. She’s ridiculously successful but she hasn’t outgrown the sense of not belonging and lack of confidence her upbringing as the janitor’s daughter on scholarship gave her. She doesn’t see herself clearly. So when it’s time for a high school reunion she doesn’t exactly feel confident about going, even though she has what everyone dreams of when they show up at one of these things – she’s famously wealthy and genius. So, thanks to her friend, she decides to hire an escort. Named Robin. And surprisingly female. (which is hilarious, considering that her friend who convinced to her do this was also female and lesbian and BTW name Fred. You’d think they’d have considered Robin could be either or lol).
So it’s a great meet cute with the mistaken identity thing. I also really like Robin and her self-confidence is easy to see as intoxicating. So I liked the way Annie, who is SURE she’s straight, gets confused about her. I think that’s one of the other things I loved about this book – the way it handled LGTBQ+ identity. It recognized sexuality as a spectrum and there’s this great line from Fred about how Annie wouldn’t fall / not fall for someone just because they were tall, short, Hispanic, etc. so why should sex be that big of deal? Don’t you fall for a person, not their sex? (I do think they use the world gender, but I prefer sex because of the loaded construct of gender).
Anyway what follows is a fake romance turned real turned heartbreak and incredible character growth for both Annie and Robin. I laughed and I fell in love right along with them. Not a mind blowing story – but it has plenty of predictable tropes done really well, for a really satisfying romance.
I probably got through it so fast because I was listening and the narration was top notch. Melissa Moran delivered a solid performance and at 2x speed I enjoyed every minute.