Right Kiss Wrong Guy (Offsides #2) by Natalie Decker
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Swoon Romance
You’d think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.
But Valentine’s Day sucks when you’re single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.
A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom’s match-making business is doing great, and her school’s new fundraiser is “Love-Grams.”
Juliet’s miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.
Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he’s all but invisible. She isn’t impressed.
Jared’s never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and he’s determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla’s sister.
Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won’t work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?
Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone’s face. Juliet won’t play his game.
Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
Right Kiss Wrong Guy is the second book in Natalie Decker’s “Offsides” series and the first that I’ve read.
The relationship between nerdy, Juliet, who has just been cheated on by a football player, Mark, and brainy and brawny, Jared, who has loved Juliet from afar since grade school, is push and pull. Juliet can’t even conceive of dating another football player because she’s certain they’re all jerks with the exception of her best friend, Chase, and her twin sister’s boyfriend, Tyler.
Jared, meanwhile, is pulled in too many directions. He wants to date Juliet, but his father wants him to live the life he’s planned out for him, which is football, football, and more football. That life also means no girls. He’s never asked or even considered that Jared might want another life.
Despite the fact that I really liked both Juliet and Jared (Jared a bit more only because he seemed more layered and relatable), I grew annoyed with their stubbornness, especially Juliet’s as she dwelled in her own personal angst and never considered her friends, although she does acknowledge this. That combined with the abrupt ending in which suddenly Juliet and Jared are together but the reader never gets to savor this moment because the epilogue is already setting up the next novel with no mention of Jared and Juliet (say what?!) almost made me change the rating from 4 stars/butterflies to 3 1/2. When you read a novel with this much back and forth stubbornness, it does seem like you should have a delicious ending. I literally felt like I blinked and then suddenly was reading about the next couple. That was a bit of a letdown.
Did that somehow devolve into a minor rant? Don’t let it color whether you read the book or not. I enjoyed Jared and Juliet’s story enough to read it very quickly.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4 butterflies out of 5 butterflies
The first book in the series:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!