Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey
This is the first book in the Bourbon Street Boys and will be released September 22, 2015. I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Overall Rating: 3 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: May Wexler is used to helping her sister out with her three kids. However, May thinks her sister might be pushing the envelope when she asks her to meet her at a bar. It isn’t until May is running for her life from a gunman that she begins to think she’s getting texts from a wrong number. Luckily, the guy helping her duck bullets and escape is the owner of the security firm Bourbon Street Boys. Ozzie nicknames May “Boo Peep” but is surprised when her unassuming demeanor prompts his team to ask her to join them as a photographer. Ozzie isn’t sure training her is all he’ll be able to do.
This book may have the best opener outside of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but in a completely different and modern way. Seriously, it is laugh out loud funny from the first few pages with auto-correct mistakes. I loved the humor throughout the book, as May’s neuroticism cracks me up. For example, around the middle of the book, May winds up drunk with Ozzie and asks with whom will she be going out on stakeouts. She thinks to herself: “Even though the room is spinning, I can still manage to keep my subjects and objects straight. Boom. Take that, Grammar Girl.” As a woman who loves words, this cracked me up.
The humor stayed one of the most consistent highlights of the book, but one thing I wish was that I was given more insight into Ozzie’s character. About midway through the book, May makes the observation that Ozzie relaxes around her and shows her a side of himself that he doesn’t show to anyone else and I would have preferred to witness that through interactions between the two rather than her commentary. Earlier in the book it does seem that Ozzie teases May, but it is in such a subtle way that May doesn’t even realize he’s flirting. Even I barely register it.
On the other hand it was great seeing May evolve as a character. She pushes herself in the novel in ways that surprise her and the others. Since I didn’t really get a sense of who May was prior to joining up with the Bourbon Street Boys, the evolution wasn’t as strong a theme as it could have been, but it’s still a worthwhile lesson to read about.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)
I’d say it’s worth it if only for the laughs. Lucky for those of us with Amazon Prime, it’s free, so it really is a must read at that point. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Something else you might enjoy:
The Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley is similar in some ways. There are a bunch of hot guys who work at a private security firm who fall for women who aren’t exactly trained for that kind of work, but don’t crumble under the pressure. They are funny and sweet and I love them a lot.