Two Wrongs Make a Right

Berkley. Nov. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593441503. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Bea Wilmot’s sister and friends are constantly meddling in her love life. Their latest matchmaking attempt involves Jamie Westenberg, a straightlaced pediatrician. After a disastrous first meeting, Bea, a tattooed artist, writes him off as another failed setup. Then her sister convinces her to get to know one more person anonymously through text messages, which goes well—until Bea finds out she’s been texting Jamie. Bea is determined to get revenge for the scheming and convinces Jamie to join in her plan to pretend that they hit it off and then break up spectacularly. As they begin to spend time together, however, real feelings develop. The way Liese introduces Bea’s autism and Jamie’s anxiety feels authentically part of their love story as they learn more about each other and have healthy discussions about communication, physical touch, and more, including Bea’s emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend.
VERDICT Liese (Everything for You) nods to Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing here, and readers will enjoy the snarky banter and other similarities to the play, along with the enemies-to-lovers plot, solid character development, and a little heat. Perfect for fans of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.
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