Review: Wrong then Right by Jodi Watters

wrong then rightTitle: Wrong then Right

Author: Jodi Watters

Year of publication: 2015

The heroine: Waitress/Landscape architect Hope Coleson

The hero: Ex-Navy SEAL/Scorpio Securities employee Beckett Smith

The blurb: Hope Coleson is having a doozy of a day. Fired from her waitressing job? Check. Evicted from an apartment with dumpster-front views? Double check. Bedded by a hot stranger with smooth moves and rusty social skills? Triple X check.

And it doesn’t end there. Her life savings has been stolen and she may or may not have a stalker.

Retired Navy SEAL Beckett Smith doesn’t usually make mistakes. Yes, he drinks a six-pack on one too many occasions. Sure, he prefers to communicate at a level only slightly higher than your average poodle. And yeah, he lost his legendary control and slept with his boss’s little sister, taking her virginity.

Only it doesn’t end there. Alcohol isn’t providing the peace he’s seeking and the woman he can’t forget is suddenly parked on his doorstep. Can Beck open his home to Hope, and still keep his jeans closed? If he has his way. Can Hope get Beck into her bed, and still keep him out of her heart? If she has her way.

Standalone or series: Book two in the Love Happens series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Hope Coleson is waitressing at the wedding of Sam Gleeson and Ali Ross (from book one) when she lays eyes on the most attractive man she’s ever seen. She tries not to focus on him, because her horrible boss is watching her like a hawk, but it seems her mystery man has noticed her, too, because he approaches, leaves a card for his hotel room, gives her the room number and tells her to swing by after her shift is done.

Hope is sorely tempted. At twenty five, she is keen to be rid of her virginity. When the temptation is too great, she goes to the hotel room and has amazing sex with the man, whose name she doesn’t know until they’re both naked. She finds out it’s Beckett, but has no idea he works for the company co-owned by her half brother, Asher Coleson.

Hope and Asher share the same father, but are not close. Turns out Hope’s mother was the maid on the Coleson estate, and was having an affair with Asher’s father. His mother knew about young Hope, but she wasn’t ever allowed in the house and her mother used to keep her locked in a tiny room above the garage, something Asher and his father didn’t know. Until one fateful day, when Hope was seven, Asher discovered her screaming after she tipped boiling water on herself.

By the end of the day, both their mothers were dead. Hope was moved into the house and raised by Rosa, the housekeeper, who looked after both the Coleson kids. When Asher refuses to be groomed to take over the Coleson Creek winery empire, Marshall Coleson turns to Hope. But she, too, is not interested, desperate to lead a life of her own.

When the money her father gave her to go to college disappears from her bank account before she starts her final year, Hope is broke and homeless. She spends some nights staying with her best friend, Valentino, but otherwise sleeps in her car. She’s too stubborn and determined to go running back to her father, and she’s not at all close to Asher, who’s a decade older than her. She’s also been getting threatening text messages, which she’s been ignoring.

Hope is drawn to a house in a good neighbourhood that has gorgeous jacaranda tree in the front yard. It’s her dream home. She parks her car there, and is taken aback when none other than Beckett knocks on her car window one morning. It turns out he lives in her dream home, and when he realises she’s homeless he offers to rent her a room.

When Beckett finds out that Hope is Asher’s younger sister, he finds himself in a difficult position. He’s attracted to her, but he can’t risk Asher finding out that he’s been having sex with Hope. Beckett is also fighting his own demons, and he doesn’t think he can commit to a relationship – but will Hope be able to change his mind?

There were so many things I adored about this book. Even though Hope was a virgin, I loved that she wasn’t afraid to tell Beckett what she liked sexually, and was able to take the lead on some occasions. I loved that Beckett was flawed. He carried very real scars that military heroes do. He wasn’t perfect. I loved seeing their story unfold, two people with baggage able to find each other and make it work. Another excellent instalment in a wonderful series.



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