Wrong for Me by Jackie Ashenden Release Date: November 29, 2016 Publisher: Kensington Book #2 in the Motor City Royals series Number of Pages: 300 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 5/29/18 to 5/31/18
As much as I was looking forward to Rachel and Levi reuniting (and getting to the real story of the two of them) when Levi got out of prison, it really broke my heart. There was so much animosity on both sides and, instead of talking rationally and honestly about what happened to put Levi behind bars, both characters had such thick armor on they couldn’t see clearly.
I really, really, tried to see things from Levi’s point of view because he was, quite frankly, ticking me off. I was glad the author wrote his interactions with the rest of the characters the way she did…they were supportive and loving, but called him on his crap. So I knew it wasn’t just me being judgmental of Levi’s actions. It also helped that I could read Levi’s actual POV and know his thought process. It didn’t always make total sense to me, but I never spent 8 years in prison either.
Poor Rachel. I don’t say that in the sense that she is a victim. But she’s been through so much and really took so much blame on her shoulders for so many years. I love the way she pushed through and made a great life for herself. I don’t love that she pushed her demons down instead of dealing with them. As much as Levi was a total jerk when he first came home, in time he was able to get Rachel to face those demons and that was a beautiful thing.
The chemistry between Rachel and Levi wasn’t what I had hoped for, to be honest. It was there and it was lovely, but I have gotten used to Jackie Ashenden really bringing the heat between her characters. Where I did feel the connection between these two, it wasn’t the 5-alarm fire I was hoping for. This book, overall, didn’t suck me in quite the way the other stories by her I’ve read have. I can’t quite tell if it was because my expectations were super high, though. You know how that happens…you pump something up to impossible standards in your mind so there’s no way it can ever live up to that hype. I feel this book may have been a victim of that with me. But it won’t stop me from reading and looking forward to this author’s work. She’s really amazing.