Thursday, March 10, 2016
Review for Until It's Right by Jamie Howard - 5 out of 5!
SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -
Haley Mitchell is tired of moping. With her broken heart repaired with a thick layer of duct tape, she’s ready to put her ex behind her and move on. After a chance encounter in a club, she’s convinced she’s met Mr. Perfect. But when he accidentally gives her the wrong number, the stranger on the other end of her texts becomes her confidant.
Kyle Lawson has always had more luck with computers than women. So when the new temp, Haley, arrives, he has the misfortune of falling for her, only to land firmly in the friend zone. But when he learns the mysterious woman he’s been texting is actually Haley, he keeps the entire thing a secret.
As things move straight from platonic to decidedly hot, Kyle must come clean about his secret texting identity and risk losing the woman he’s fallen in love with.
MY REVIEW -
I liked this book a lot better than the first book in this series, Until We Break. I'm going to give some spoilers about the first book, Until We Break, so be warned! In Until We Break, the main characters were with other people for the majority of the book, and I just really did not like that, so I didn't really connect with that book, and I was unsure if I wanted to continue reading this series, but I did enjoy the writing and I liked the synopsis for Until It's Right, so I thought what the heck! I'm going to give it a go, and I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed it!
In this book, Haley is the ex-girlfriend of the main male character from the first book, and Haley was dumped after he reconnected with the girl he truly loved in the first book, and she is heartbroken, and trying to pull herself together. I didn't really like that it has been about 6 months, and she is still pretty mopey about Luke dumping her for Sloane, and I don't like that Haley felt she needed to be more like Sloane in order to attract guys, but I still really liked her. Haley's friend thinks she needs to find a new guy, so they go to a club, and Haley meets a guy she has an instant connection with, so he gives her his number, but doesn't take hers because he wants her to make the move. Unfortunately or fortunately, the club was really loud, so Haley mishears the phone number, and when she goes to text the guy, she finds a different guy on the other end. Haley tries to find the guy she met in the club, but doesn't have any luck, and in the mean time she has continued conversing with the other guy though texts, and begins a sort of friendship with the guy; they don't exchange real names, they use code names. Haley also is doing some internet dating; at the strong suggestion from her roommate/friend, and so that leads to some fun scenes.
Haley also meets a cute IT guy at her work, Kyle. Kyle is sort of nerdy and after a bad experience with a girl, Kyle isn't really confident with his skills with women. Kyle is really attracted to Haley, but he doesn't know how to approach the topic of a date, so Haley and Kyle start a friendship. Since this is in the synopsis it isn't a spoiler, so I will go ahead and say that Kyle ends up being the guy Haley is texting with, and when Kyle finds out that the girl he has been texting with is Haley, he doesn't know how to tell her without her thinking he was being devious, so he decides to keep it to himself, and continues to be her friend.
Through hanging out with Kyle, Haley begins to have romantic feelings for Kyle, but through some misunderstandings they have some troubles connecting. I loved Kyle! I've read too many books with angsty alphas, so I love when there's a nice guy; I fear I'm getting tired of those alpha type of males. A nice guy is such a breath of fresh air! Kyle is a really sweet, nice guy, and he still maintains his masculine sexiness; plus I love nerdy guys.
Haley and Kyle are a great couple! Luke definitely wasn't for Haley, and I liked that she realized that she wasn't truly herself with him, and she gains a new confidence. Kyle and Haley's romance scenes were hot and sweet, and I loved that they evolved from a friendship. I enjoyed the scenes with Kyle's family, and I loved the end, but as with the first book, I wanted more ending! But I still loved it. I think Jamie Howard did an excellent job of balancing other events in the book with the romance.
I will continue to read other books by Jamie Howard, and I look forward to getting more glimpses of the characters from the first two books in future books!
I'm going to say this is a spoiler because some people may be thinking something will come of it, but I think it may just be a typo. In one of the text messages between Kyle and Haley, Kyle uses Haley's real name, when he should have used her code name, but nothing comes of it. I was thinking that Haley would know it was someone she knew from that slip, but nope. So, typo.