By Jana Aston
Series?: Yes, Wrong #1
Publisher: Rutherford Press
Release Date: Oct. 7, 2015
Length: 286 pages
Rating: 2 Stars
I have a history of picking the wrong guy. Gay? Player? Momma’s boy? Check, check and check.
Now I can’t stop fantasizing about one of the customers at the coffee shop I work at between classes. It’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s not like I ever see this guy outside of the coffee shop. It’s not like I’m going to see him while attempting to get birth control at the student clinic. While wearing a paper gown. While sitting on an exam table. Because he’s the doctor. Shoot. Me.
But what if, for once, the man I’ve had the dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies about turned out to be everything but wrong?
This one started out so, so strong for me. The blurb gives away the beginning — Sophie’s been crushing on this hot older man who keeps coming into her coffee shop. She is unprepared when she seems him again — he is the doctor at the free clinic she goes to to get birth control! And he needs to examine her! And she’s wearing ridiculous socks!
I love a spunky girl with a fantastic collection of socks. If the book had stayed on this track I would have easily given it four or five stars.
But…. I feel like Aston fell victim to one of the classic blunders. We all know the most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia. But slightly less famous is never give your hero too much power in a May/December romance.
As soon as they hit the bedroom Luke began barking out orders. And I feel like the behaviors carried on out of the bedroom afterward. There is a difference between a man having a commanding premise and one who is wielding power to the point of being a bully. I know, this is all my opinion. If you’re into that, you’re entitled. But I’m not a fan.
Lacy, over at Lacy Literature expressed my feelings pretty aptly. Age Gaps = Power Imbalances. And I’m not sure why that is necessary and why so many women enjoy it.
Here are some examples of some books with age gaps that I thought were handled more successfully than in Wrong:Under Locke by Mariana Zapata (or Kulti by Zapata), Beard in Mind by Penny Reid (here the younger lover is male…. interesting) and the oft-mentioned-by-me Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas.
Alas, Wrong, did not make me giggle as I’d hoped from the first few chapters. It did not make me swoon. It made me irritated and made me want to be a bit more selective when picking books from the trope in the future.
I guess I need to Mind the Age Gap…