Hello Readers! Today I’m sharing my review of Mr Right Across the Street by Kathryn Freeman as a part of blog tour organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check out the book details and my review in this post. Many thanks to Rachel for tour invite and author and publisher for providing e-ARC of this book via NetGalley.
Mr Right Across The Street by Kathryn Freeman
Publication Date : 22nd January 2021
Publisher : One More Chapter
Genre : Romantic comedy
Pages : 400
Mia Abbott’s move to Manchester was supposed to give her time and space from all the disastrous romantic choices she’s made in her past. But then the hot guy who lives opposite – the one who works out every day at exactly 10 a.m., not that Mia has noticed thank-you-very-much – starts leaving notes in his window…for her.
Bar owner Luke Doyle has his own issues to deal with but as he shows Mia the sites of her new city he also shows her what real romance looks like for the first time. And when he cooks up a signature cocktail in her honour, she realises that the man behind the bar is even more enticing than any of his creations. And once she’s had a taste she knows it will never be enough!
Mr Right Across the Street was entertaining romance that revolved around Mia and Luke living across the street. It was about settling in new place, finding friends, getting over insecurities, not giving past or anyone power over you, trust, faith, and love.
Writing was fast paced, gripping and entertaining. Story was written in third person narrative from alternative perspective of Luke and Mia. Plot was interesting flowed naturally with lovely characters, some drama some banter and lots of romance. I’m not summarising how it started as review is already too long without it. It was interesting to find out if Mia was really ready to give another relationship a go, if she can trust Luke not to end up like her past disastrous relationships.
I absolutely loved secondary characters. There were many secondary characters. I enjoyed knowing Mia and Luke’s family. Her sister Elle, Stan- Mia’s grumpy sixty something neighbour and first friend in city, Naomi- café owner, Sandy- Luke’s best friend and employee, Phil- Luke’s older brother and accountant of his bar. They all were breath of fresh air. There were many other characters and they all were fun to read. I enjoyed Mia and Luke’s conversation with all secondary characters.
If you like your hero all toned and muscled, hot and dishy to look at, you are in for treat. Luke was great character. His first impression was undatable, uncaring and shallow but he was more than what he appeared to be. I loved his back story that was revealed in second half of the book. It showed his true self who wasn’t as strong as his muscles. He hid heartbreak and what he lost behind always smiling face. His way of going through all pain and heartbreak was not right and it made him shallow, selfish and guilty but I liked the way he changed that path after he met Mia and realised what truly falling for someone was and I loved how he mended loose ends and persuaded Mia patiently, respecting her wish. He was cool, vulnerable and loyal with heart of gold.
Mia was website developer. She was smart, nerdy, care-free and kind, and good person. I liked how quickly she made friends. It was great she was learning from past mistake by taking things slow with Luke, pretending friends even though in her heart she knew she liked him a lot until she was absolutely sure she could trust him. But that trust thing took sooo long really. Half of the time I agreed with her, yes it was hard to trust the guy who was into many casual relationships and thought it didn’t affect women he was with, who didn’t share his problems as friends or shared past even after showing thousands of times he loved her. Half the time I disagreed with her. I will talk about it along with negative points.
What I loved most was the setting of Luke’s green themed bar ‘The Bar Beneath’ which was literally beneath his flat, cocktails Luke created, and Luke and Mia’s non-dates that described amazing places of Manchester.
Chemistry was crackling like soda in cocktail. Firework was there from the beginning but Luke and specially Mia tried to fizzle it out until they no longer could. Their pretend friendship was honestly ridiculous, I mean what was the pint when you knew in real you felt more than just friends but it sure added more entertainment. Romance was hot and banter between them was cute. What I loved most was Luke giving Mia nickname based on different colours she used to dye streak of her hair and their conversation through window, not the idea, but the symbols Luke used.
Twist and turns were good. Most of them I could see coming, I could predict who Grace was but not any other part of Luke’s history. Climax was interesting. I didn’t like Mia’s over reaction. The way Phil gave perspective made her right to react in such way but I do feel she should have seen through what was happening between her and Luke and why before she heard it from third person. I liked the way she realised her mistake and didn’t tell on that person when things became right between her and Luke at the end. End was lovely and I loved how Luke proposed Mia.
Why 3.5 stars-
I didn’t like stereotypical teenage-ish comment ‘cool guys don’t date nerd girls’, Mia kept saying ‘how can cool guy like Luke would want to be with nerd like her?’ I mean you are thirty now so grow out of those thoughts.
Also, those consistent comments from both Luke and Mia on comparing Mia’s uncaring t-shirt look with ‘long legs, tight dress and make-up wearing women’ and saying these types were throwing themselves on Luke and Luke slept with them as they were easy, uncomplicated, undemanding and only wanted sex and nothing else was not cool. I also didn’t like the first reason Luke had for liking Mia was because she was not like these women as in appearance.
Mia was frustrating. As I said I didn’t like her view half the time. She judged Luke without even knowing about him properly. She kept avoiding saying she loved him, didn’t give her number or house number, in short did everything that said in big bold letters ‘I don’t trust you enough and still would have relationship with you but you have to prove to me you real love me and justify your past casual relationships’. I don’t know how much Luke had to prove to her that he loved her. I mean who can give a sure shot guarantee their relationship will last forever! She was too judgemental towards Luke who honestly didn’t deserve her unfair treatment.
Overall, Mr Right Across the Street was entertaining, enjoyable, and fun romance. If you can overlook those comments on dress, appearance, and nerd vs cool, it was perfectly refreshing and feel good read.
A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero.
With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.
What do you think about the book and review? Have you read this book or any book by the same author? I’m not cocktail person but I would like to know what is your favourite cocktail?
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