Seeking Mr. Wrong

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 11 Jul 2018

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Seeking Mr.Wrong was  so much fun !!!   Natalie Charles   did  a fantastic job with this book !
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Review:  Contemporary romance is another genre that I love among a ton of other genres.  I love romance period, it doesn’t matter what genre it is, just give it to me.

I thought that this book was charming and funny, and it moved fast.  It kept my interest and I found myself giggling throughout the book.  I also loved that the chemistry between Lettie and Eric was hot hot hot!  The two main characters need to have some serious heat between them in order for any fireworks to happen, and these two characters really did have heat and chemistry.

Lettie and Eric really were created for each other.  They complement each other so well and Lettie and Eric needed to have someone in their lives to treat each other well.  I loved that her best friend studied the law of attraction.  I study the law of attraction it really works and it has become so popular, it amazes me.

I loved the fact the Lettie reflects a real life romance author.  As a reader we only know the author by their pen name, as they have a life outside of writing and there may be people who would object to their profession.  Or they may be like Lettie and be a teacher of children and if word got out that they wrote some steamy erotica, people, parents, or bosses may object and could land them in a sticky situation.

I loved Lettie’s doggie Odin too, I love animals in books, they can really help the main character get through whatever emotional crisis the author has put them in, and I just love animals period, whether they are fictional or real.

Give this book a try, it was so good.
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Cleaning out my netgalley of books that never got downloaded and so they are not on my kindle. Sorry I never got to this one.
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I have been very lucky to have found books outside my main reading circle that I have enjoyed. A lot of those book are books that have been steamy reads, some packed with emotion, and some that I could read over and over again. In Seeking Mr. Wrong, Natalie Charles allows me to experience something different. Presenting me with a story of getting outside your comfort zone to do the thing you love most. 

Lettie Osbourne, kindergarten teacher and children's book author, has lived her life in this sweet, dream like bubble. She has a fantastic publisher that loves her writing. What more could Lettie want? When the publishing house decides to change their route and go from sweet children's picture books to erotica, Lettie must make a decision and see if she is the person to write this. 

I really enjoyed her character. I found it fascinating that Lettie took this as a mission and her mission in writing this new book included finding the bad boy or she calls him, Mr. Wrong. Enter new vice principle. Eric is the calm, collected guy that seems like he wants the best in people, until one night, Lettie decides to take a leap of faith and sees just how wrong Eric is but how right it really feels. 

This story was one that took me a little bit longer to read than most of the adult books I have stumbled upon and I am okay with that. It is one that is not all about the steamy scenes, and even though I know readers really enjoy those, this book is emotionally driven to show people the idea of doing something you never thought possible. 

Natalie Charles writes a charming story that brings together two different people, who on the outside seem the same but once behind locked doors, a whole other persona is unleashed.
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Lettie was a kindergarten teacher who wrote children’s books and gt dumped by her fiance two days before their wedding when he decided he was gay. Faye’s- Lettie’s sister - and called Lettie to let her know that she needed Lettie to watch the twins while she went to the twins parents orientation for kindergarten. Lettie and Faye’s father is semi retired lawyer who loves to sail so he couldn’t watch the twins- Portia and Bloise . Lettie started writing children’s books a few years earlier to use in her classroom. She uses them to teach the social graces. .She had published five so far. She also had another to show her editor. Then her editor told her that she was not printing children’s books but erotica now, Lettie has to write stories with Erotica in them to fulfill her contract.  Lettie decides to look for someone to help her with that.  Lettie’s new boyfriend is Eric and he is the Vice Principal at the school she works at. 
I didn’t particularly care for this book. I just didn’t find it that exciting and interesting and this type of story has been done before. There was too much going on. It also felt a bit rushed I didn’t like Eric at first he was a butt two times but he did redeem himself. But just wasn’t for me. I am sure others will enjoy this.
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Seeking Mr. Wrong is an adult contemporary romance by Natalie Charles. This is the first book I have read by Natalie Charles, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a funny and quick read. It is about an author that is “forced” to switch from children’s books to spicy adult romance books when her publisher is bought by another publisher who publishes romance.

Watching Lettie struggle with this problem, which is totally outside of her personality and wheelhouse was really amusing for me.  Not to mention hilarious for the people in her life as well. I loved seeing her family’s reaction to the whole thing. I thought her story was tons of fun. And Lettie herself is really likable and funny. I enjoyed Seeking Mr. Wrong. I don’t want to spoil too much of the plotline for this one, so you will just have to pick up the book for yourself to see.

While the book didn’t totally rock my world, I did really enjoy it. It was a quick read that is perfect for when you are in the mood for something light. The plot if funny. The characters are likable and the romance is really nice. I would recommend this one to fans of this kind of plot line. Plus, I am giving away my ARC copy of this book, so enter to win and check the book out for yourself.
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I didn't request this book and will not have time to read - I think it was a test sent to me.
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When Lettie Osborne & Eric Clayman meet, its instant attraction, and comedic interactions abound. You must read this to lighten your mood & put a little pep in your step. A total joy.
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Seeking Mr. Wrong (ebook) 
by Natalie Charles 
Since I am a teacher, wow does this book hit close to home. The concerns about budget and test scores is not a joking  matter. I can say I have seen some of the shenanigans in schools, between teachers and administration more than once in my tenure. Not speaking of the love affairs, but of the arguments and soap boxes yep seen that dealt with that.  The administration not connecting to the staff happens more than you would ever suspect. I know in the publishing industry, the publishers especially small ones come and go, and when they are bought out things change. I don't like the idea that they would enforce a contract for a final book in a different genre but i reckon the authors have heard of it before. 
As a love story, this book looks at our ability to find love in the oddest moments and working through the implications. The characters are compelling and beautifully written in a way that they are genuine and have the reader routing for them.
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Natalie Charles takes her characters on quite the adventure in this book.  I really enjoyed watching them try to figure out how to have relationship with all the baggage they both had and the obstacles they faced.  
Aletta Osbourne is a kindergarten teacher and writer of children’s books. At least she is until her publisher gets sold to a new publisher that only wants erotica. Lettie isn’t sure how on earth she is going to write erotic books—she doesn’t even read them.  Adding to her concerns are her sister’s marriage drama and the new vice principal at her school. 
Eric Clayman accepts the position as temporary vice principal of the elementary school in the hopes of getting some experience. He has been working at the middle school and this new position will give him a chance to learn more.  He doesn’t expect to be attracted to the kindergarten teacher.
With both Eric and Lettie working together and with Eric technically her boss, their relationship is bound to have some issues.  After all, if they decide to date, they have to disclose all to the principal who is not a nice understanding woman. Then there is Lettie’s new writing career. How will the parents of her kindergarteners feel if they learn that their darlings are being taught by a woman who writes erotica???  As Eric and Lettie try to deal with their feelings, we are also introduced to Lettie’s wacky family, a school scandal that leaves everyone wondering and their coworkers.  
All in all, I did enjoy this book. There are erotic scenes that Lettie dreams up so be prepared for those if you are at all turned off by that type of writing.  I did like how Ms. Charles has Lettie constantly dictating her life as though she was writing it.  It made for an interesting glimpse into what she was thinking.  There were times when the storyline jumped several weeks which was a little disconcerting. Sometimes the time jump was noted and other times it was a surprise.
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This book was totally not for me. I thought it was going to be cute and sweet. It was not for me. When  Faye told her sister about her marriage, I all but gave up on this book. I mean..... not for me...
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The publisher made the mistake of describing this story in a way that seems like a woman who needs to find a man to teach her pointers for her new erotica novels. This couldn't be further from the truth. They have successfully sold a flood of books but to people wanting an erotica story and who are now very unhappy. 

Reading the description of the story, I believed that Lettie is looking for a man, Mr. Wrong, who would be her "Mr. 50 Shades" and teach her how to bring realism to her erotica stories. This seems to be a mistake that many people are making as I have noticed several bad ratings due to the fact that people were looking to read erotica and the amount of sex in this story is minimal and not even very exciting. After reading the story, and re-reading the description, "Lettie sets out to find the perfect man to inspire her writing...and finds him in her school’s vice principal, Eric Clayman," I can now see the distinction. In the story, Lettie uses her interest in the temporary Vice Principal to fuel her own daydreams about him as inspiration for her story's hero. Once they become involved, the second erotic story she writes centers around a woman who is having a tryst with her boss and is trying not to get caught, just like Lettie and Eric.   This eventually leads to Eric being hurt and believing he was used for story fodder but we will get back to all of their misunderstandings.

I did like how Lettie would start to narrate a scene for her book while she was having conversations with Eric or just staring at him across the room, and they weren't just dirty scenes, it was narrations of flirting or how he was longing for her.  That was cleverly woven into the scenes.

But other than that, I didn't find much in this story to recommend it. Lettie was nice but flat. Her family was crazy but nothing inspiring. Her father was on his 4th wife who was as young as Lettie and her sister which is typical, shallow wealthy older-man syndrome. She finds out her perfect sister was trying an open marriage and was screwing up her marriage by getting emotionally attached to the other men, and blaming Dad's genes as the fault. The niece and nephew were brats due to their parents' screwed up no discipline rules. But there was nothing outstandingly interesting about them.

Eric and his family was a little more interesting as Eric survived an abusive, bully of a father, but he family plays a much smaller background role in this story.

The story puts more focus on the petty teachers at Lettie's school, lead by the bitchy, controlling principal that Lettie refers to as Brunhilda.

Eric comes in at the beginning of the story, but there is concern that Eric is Lettie's "boss" until a new Vice Principal is found and neither one wants to make a move because of the ethics at play. It takes more than half the book for Eric to make a move on Lettie and kiss her, then he bends her over a desk. This is one of only two sex scenes between Eric and Lettie and in neither scene do either take off more than just Lettie's underwear. One quickie sex scene gives you the feeling of their desperation for each other. All of their scenes are like that just looks like the author can't write one. In fact, the only other sex scene is one from Lettie's story and again, it is a quickie as they come in the front door.

Additionally, there was a lot of miscommunication between Lettie and Eric so that they spent very little time being in a relationship and they kept "starting again" once someone finally cleared the air. Even the whole taboo of not being together could have been circumvented by coming out and publicly admitting they were in a relationship so that any teacher related issue would be handled by the Principal directly. This is stated in the story.  They still wouldn't come out and admit it, causing another miscommunication, which was unnecessary since they could have simply admitted they were dating and worked around it.

Overall, this is simply a romance, and a not very exciting one at that.  If you were looking for a sex book, THIS ISN'T IT!
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Part comedy and part romance, Seeking Mr. Wrong by Natalie Charles is downright fabulous. Kindergarten teacher Lettie has a great side career going as a picture book author—at least she did; her publisher has been sold to a publisher of erotica and Lettie’s contract specifies another book! (That part seemed a little far-fetched—surely she’d be let out of the contract under such circumstances.) Lettie decides to give erotica a try, which means lots of research including some of the hands-on variety. Lettie doesn’t have a boyfriend having been dumped by her fiancé, so she sets about finding a man to get some experiences for her new novel. Through a set of fun circumstances that man winds up being the new vice principal at her school. But what if Lettie develops actual feelings for her Mr. Wrong? With plenty of witty dialogue and brilliant scenes, Seeking Mr. Wrong is oh so very right.
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Cliched, overdone, and unoriginal.  I found this story too boring and didn't bother to finish it.
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Seeking Mr. Wrong is a book about acceptance, empowerment and believing in yourself. I’m so in love with this book, it’s my first by Natalie Charles, and I’ll make sure it won’t be the last one. I loved her writing, it was fluent, well paced and creative, and the development of the characters and story was amazing. I loved this story felt so real, so believable and at the same time, it was a great fiction I could get lost in it. And the characters were amazing, especially Lettie and her little niece and nephew. Those twins were awesome.  

Seeking Mr. Wrong is the dual POV love, funny and sexy story of Lettie and Eric. Lettie’s fiance left her two days before their wedding and after a summer of weeping and therapy with Dr. Bubbles—funny name, right? But it’s pronounced in a very fancy way ;)—she was finally ready to moved on, but she didn’t know it was going to be such a big change for her. She moved from being the good and sweet children’s book writer to the adventuress erotica writer. She went from being the rule follower employee to the teacher who sneaked out to kiss in the janitor’s closet with her new boyfriend, Eric. Oh, sweet Jesus, Eric. What a sweet, romantic and amazing man. I buddy read this book with a friend of mine, and we commented all our Eric book boyfriends were just great. There should be a special category for all the Eric’s 
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“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?”

This is one of those books where the cover is so misleading...you think it's going to be a tame romance, like the old harlequin romances and it turns out to be so much better!  Lettie's internal dialogue at times was off-the-wall insane and she got herself into the funniest situations.  She’s just been told that her cute children’s book that everyone loves, Sweet Pea is being bought out a by a Publishing House that offers erotic reads.  Lettie has 2 weeks to write an erotic novella or she’s going to have to pay her advance back.  To take her mind off of everything she decides to babysit her niece and nephew and bribe them to listen to her new book about Sweet Pea which is a cookbook with ABC’s.  It’s so bad – even the twins are miserable listening to it!!  Her sister’s twins, Blaise and Portia made the parts of the book that they were in.  Portia would get naked at the drop of a hat and you could just tell that either the author had been through it or known someone who had been through this. At one point, Blaise wanders away and that’s how we first meet the hero Eric.  Eric proceeds to give him a “phallic pop” from a bachelorette party unknowingly while waiting for his parent to show up and claim him.  This is where he meets Lettie and she gives him a fake name and it’s somewhat predictable. Guy meets girl, guy likes girl, guy is girl’s new boss.

Eric is the new Assistant Principal at Lettie’s school and that’s a complication for Lettie because she finds him extremely attractive…Not to be funny, but really have we ever had an extremely unattractive hero?  I’d for once, like to just have a guy be described as downright homely!  Instead of the woman always being the insecure one, have the guy be the one who is insecure in his masculinity instead?  What I liked about Eric was that he was that kind of hero for me.  He was insecure about some things, he didn’t necessarily think he was “all that” and he doubted himself a lot.  I like a hero that can be vulnerable and not always be an alpha male.  Sometimes I get in that mindset where I want to read books about an Alpha but then after a while I just want some vulnerability in my man!!

Lettie's dysfunctional family resembled a real family...Her sister Faye who was in an open relationship with her husband Win, her father who was on his fourth wife Sadie.  Grammie Sadie Lol!!   The woman has the “anything you can do, I can do better” mentality but I really don’t think she knows she’s doing it. Lettie’s mom is free-spirited and flighty and her best friend Mindy who is the keeper of all of her secrets. I loved them all and am sad to see the book end.  I’ll probably read it again.  The person I won’t miss is Brunhilda! That woman!!  She’s was just a terrible cow…yes I said a terrible cow.  She’s one of those miserable people that you know never had any friends growing up because she had rules about that.  One of “those” people…the ones who have to have a rule for everything – even flossing. 

It works out in the end, so I’m out of therapy and doing good.  There were a few parts where I felt like I needed to have my therapist on speed dial.  You’re probably thinking…Is she kidding?  No, because my day job is working with a Psychologist so we talk books all day!  I think Natalie did an awesome job on this book and I would recommend it to everyone that likes a little spicy romance…though not my mother because, well she’s a prude somewhat.  

I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on Netgalley for a honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.
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As a teacher I found this book even more super fun to read than I thought it was going to be! Light and full of romance and humor, I think this story is for anyone looking for a twist on the idea of erotica!
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Now available from Pocket Star EBooks is the erotic-romantic-comedy Seeking Mr. Wrong by Natalie Charles, which is out just in time for Valentine's Day.

The novel centers on a kindergarten teacher named Lettie Osbourne, who is also the author of a series of children books featuring a character called Sweet Pea. Life hasn't been easy for her ever since her now ex-fiance called off their wedding during the summer; though the breakup wasn't at all her fault, as it turns out her ex is actually gay.

Starting a new school year should be exciting for Lettie, but thanks to a scandal from the former vice principal, the school's funds are on a tight leash by the school board; putting pressure on all the teachers.

Then out of nowhere, she receives notice from her editor that the publishing house has been purchased by another publishing company, which basically means they are dropping the Sweet Pea books. The twist is Lettie is still under contract for one more novel and she must write a novella under the publisher's only genre - erotica.

Yep, erotica! With virtually no love life, there's no possible way Lettie can write a erotic novel. Well, that is until the new vice principal, Eric Clayman, enters her life and helps Lettie to unleash her naughty side.

Final Thoughts: Yeah, erotic-romances aren't exactly my kind of genre to read. However, I'm trying to expand my reading horizons this year, so I thought I would give Seeking Mr. Wrong a try. What appealed to be the most about this eBook is the premise of a children writer switching genres to romance novels.

I had never read a novel by the author before, so I didn't know exactly what to expect before I started reading the ARC that was sent to me. To my surprise, the novel is cleverly written. I was hooked into the narration right from the very beginning. Lettie, the main character, is very likeable, and will probably appeal to many female readers (I'm guessing here, since I'm a male reader!). Yes, there are several "hot" scenes, but most of them are fictional stories that Lettie is writing.

Overall, Seeking Mr. Wrong is a spicy romantic read with a little humor tossed about. If don't have any other plans for Valentine's Day, it would make a great read.
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