Seeking Mr. Wrong

Natalie Charles
Seeking Mr. Wrong
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Pocket Star
Release Date
February 2017
Contemporary Romance

In this warm, charming, and hilarious romance, a kindergarten teacher and children's book author attempts to write erotica—and sets out to find the right Mr. Wrong for some hands-on inspiration.

Lettie Osbourne has lived her whole life by the book. Sweet, predictable, and certainly not living life on the edge, she's always been content to make a living as a kindergarten teacher who writes adorable children's books on the side. After her fiancé leaves her, Lettie decides she is perfectly content to accept her fate as mother to her beloved dog Odin and favorite auntie to her niece and nephew.

But then everything changes.

When Lettie's publisher decides to sell only erotica, her editor convinces her to turn up the heat and throw some spice into her vanilla life. Lettie sets out to find the perfect man to inspire her writing...and finds him in her school's vice principal, Eric Clayman. As Lettie and Eric grow closer and her writing gets steamier, she's left wondering: is Eric Mr. Wrong? Or Mr. Right?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Feb 09, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
85 people found the following review helpful
SEEKING MR. WRONG features humanly flawed, realistic characters that make this book un-put-downable!

Lettie grows over the course of the book from a woman confused about what she wants into someone who knows what she wants and fights for it--be it the man she loves or her writing or her place in her family. Eric is also a pleasant departure from the usual alpha male heroes in that he has his moments of uncertainties and saying the wrong things or making the wrong decisions, and this I thought made this book more believable and relatable.

I love Lettie's niece--she's totally adorable! Love Lettie's friend Mindy as well--she's so supportive of Lettie. Will we see more of her and Chase?

The story is told in alternate points of view, with Lettie in first person point of view and Eric in third person. Having Eric's viewpoint gave this book more depth, in my opinion, and it helps in us getting to know Eric better.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story!
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Book Review by Administrator (author,reviewer)
Feb 22, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
67 people found the following review helpful
Reviewed by whitley97 at Reading Alley:

Lettie has had a tough summer, her fiancé called off their wedding 2 days before it was supposed to happen, and she found out the publisher of her children's book series was sold and she now needs to write erotica to fulfill her contract. So coming back to school and finding out you lied to your new boss who happened to give your niece and nephew penis lollipops was not something she was prepared for. Lettie had a crush on Eric but she doesn't think he feels anything for her until a hot affair leaves them both questioning their feelings.

This was a new author for me and I loved it!! They way she wrote two different stories mixed together was wonderful (her story and Lettie's erotic novellas).
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Book Review by Administrator (author,reviewer)
Apr 06, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
50 people found the following review helpful
Reviewed by noveladdiction at Reading Alley:

If you're looking for something adorable, this is a good choice. This is one of those books that would be perfect to read on a warm spring day while sitting on the patio. As I librarian, I'm always on the look out for "sweet" romances - those that don't feature heavy or graphic sex scenes for our more gentle patrons. When it comes to the book itself, I'd say this fits in that sweet category, but while Lettie is reading erotica in order to get an idea of the genre, we do get snippets of these fictional books - including some smutty scenes. It's done as an amusing aside, however, and could easily be glanced over if the reader finds them to be too graphic.

I did have a few issues while reading this, however. The book is told primarily from Lettie's point of view, but it will occasionally switch to Eric for a couple paragraphs. There is a couple lines break between Lettie's paragraphs and Eric's, but it would have been a smoother transition from one to the other if Eric's point of view started a new chapter. Similarly, it seems the author occasionally gives us a few sentences from Eric's point of view right in the middle of a chapter from Lettie, the only difference is that the Eric POV sentences are in italics. This is jarring more than anything, and was confusing the first time it happened. The first couple times, I wondered if Lettie was writing a male POV in her head, thinking through a scene she would write down later, but this was not the case.

Is this the next great work of literature? No. But it was a fun, cute, sweet read. And I would gladly pick up something else by this author in the future.
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BOOK INTERVIEW on February 2017
Welcome, Natalie, to The Romance Reviews and for telling us more about your latest, SEEKING MR. WRONG.

Q: Where did you get the inspiration for this story?

I was plotting my next book and I had settled on writing about a kindergarten teacher who is somehow forced to write erotica. My five-year-old daughter inspired the best parts of Lettie's niece, Portia. My daughter is feisty and strong-willed, and she comes out with some real zingers at times. Portia and her shenanigans drove a lot of the humor in the first chapter and set the tone for the novel as a whole.

Q: You wrote the heroine point of view from the 1st person POV and the hero from the 3rd person POV? Is there any reason for this? Why not both from 3rd person POV?

When a character is fully developed, I can hear them as I write. Sometimes their voices are so strong that it makes most sense to put them in 1st person POV. Since Lettie is a writer, I thought it would be only natural for her to drive the narrative. I imagined her telling us the story herself, giving us her first-hand account and then filling in Eric's POV. It was another way to empower her.

Q: Because her original publisher was bought up by another company, Lettie had to switch from writing children's books to writing erotic romances. How did she feel about that? Is that a commentary on the state of the current publishing industry?

"Disoriented" is a good way to describe Lettie's response to her publisher being sold. She'd invested so much creative energy in her children's books, and then poof! She's lost her rights to her own characters and she's now writing erotica. That's interesting that you ask whether this is a commentary on the current state of publishing. It wasn't a conscious statement, but the industry is what it is. If you're most writers, then publishing is rocky and uncertain and you've got to be flexible.

Q: Instead of the gay best friend, you had a different role for James, and I love it. I thought it was realistic, in this day and age. It was certainly a refreshing change from the usual. Would we see gay characters snagging a main role in one of your books in the future?

I'm so glad you love James! I do, too. Yes, I anticipate featuring gay and transgendered characters in even more prominent roles in future books. They play an important part in my life, so they deserve a spot in my stories.

Q: How do you come up with emotional scenes that tug at the reader's heartstrings?

The most emotional scenes in any book are the scenes that tackle human issues such as loss, rejection, despair, and joy. We all relate, and when we see flawed, human characters embodying our own struggles with these experiences, we pay attention. We feel and experience what they are feeling. Stories are our instructions for living. So when I plan the emotional high points of a book, I consider a character's particular vulnerabilities and wounds and tailor the experience for that. It feels so cruel, but if they are going to grow, they have to hit bottom first. Of course the emotions ideally balance out, and the level of joy at the end of the book matches the despair in the middle.

Q: If there were something Lettie could do over, what would it be?

Lettie ultimately regrets the time she spent brooding on her couch and feeling sorry for herself after her breakup. Yes, life's a journey, but I think if Lettie had to do it over again, she'd understand that she was never broken to begin with.

Q: What's up next for you?

Thanks for asking! Right now I'm working on Mindy's story. Nothing is set in stone yet as far as a follow up, so I'm afraid I'll have to keep you in suspense for now. Stay tuned!

About the Author

Natalie Charles came at writing in the usual way: as an escape from the pressures of practicing law. She tried literary fiction for a while, but quickly fell in love (ha) with contemporary romance and with romantic suspense. Happy endings and hot guys — what's not to enjoy about that? (Answer: nothing.)

In 2011, she entered Mills & Boons' New Voices Competition, never ever imagining she'd get anywhere. When she won, no one was more surprised and, well…she had to come up with a book pretty damn quickly. It was the kick in the pants she desperately needed to focus on her writing career. She went on to publish three books with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, one of which won the 2015 RT Reviewers' Choice Award and was a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Mystery/Suspense. In 2015, Natalie decided she wanted to focus on something a little different, so she started self-publishing the Archer Cove Series. She loves reaching new readers with this lighter series of books set in a small seaside town.

When Natalie isn't writing, she's probably reading or, you know, spending time with her family doing other stuff. She lives in Connecticut with a hero husband and two bookish children. She's grateful every day to be doing what she loves.

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