Too Wrong to Be Right by Melonie Johnson

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Griffin

Date of publication: February 28th, 2023

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit

Purchase Links: Kindle | Audible | B&N | WorldCat

Goodreads Synopsis:

After her latest jerk of a boyfriend dumps her (and ditches her with his pet hedgehog), florist Kat Kowalski is done chasing after Mr. Wrong. With her two best friends moving on to more serious relationships, she’s ready to stop repeating the same mistakes that are leaving her stuck in the single lane. Armed with a list of qualities for her perfect Mr. Right, Kat swears off dating until she finds him.

Then in a meet-disaster involving a corpse and a salty cockatoo, she stumbles across Mick O’Sullivan at his family’s funeral home. Their immediate chemistry warns Kat to keep things platonic; after all, following her heart never worked out in the past, and this time she’s determined to listen to her head. But can Kat and Mick be just friends? As she gets to know him better, the lines blur, and Kat starts to wonder if she’s gotten it wrong and Mick is exactly who she’s been looking for…

First Line:

“Why is there a crocheted penis lying on the floor?” Kat Kowalski demanded.

Too Wrong to Be Right by Melonie Johnson

After being dumped by her boyfriend (and acquiring his pet hedgehog), Kat has decided to revamp her dating style. She will make clinical decisions about who she is dating to avoid being hurt. And that means no longer dating men who make her heart pound. But a meeting with Mick O’Sullivan, the co-owner of the funeral home she was delivering flowers to, makes it hard for her to keep to that decision. Thankfully Mick understands and is willing to be just Kat’s friend. But the more time they spend together, the more Kat starts to wonder if she is making the right decision. Will Kat allow herself to fall for Mick? Or will he always be stuck in the friend zone?

I knew I would like this book when the first line mentioned a crocheted penis. And I wasn’t wrong. This book had me cracking up laughing the entire time I read it. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all funny. There were some serious parts, but most of Too Wrong to Be Right was hilarious.

I loved Kat and Mick’s dynamic. In the beginning, when Kat was caught trying to put a flower on a corpse during a viewing, I knew she was the one for Mick. And Mick knew it too. But he wouldn’t ruin a chance at a friendship with her, so his feelings were locked down. Because this is a 3rd person dual storyline, I got to see what he thought whenever he was with her. And vice versa.

Kat did irritate me slightly during the book, but I got why she acted the way she did. If I had the dating luck she did, I would have become a nun. I disagreed with her wanting to date Mick’s older brother (who honestly was an idiot for 98% of the book) while knowing that Mick had feelings for her. It left a bad taste in my mouth. In my mind, she didn’t have respect for Mick or his emotions. Again, I understand why she did it but still…

I was also slightly irritated with the secondary storyline with the flower shop and her trying to take ownership of it. I don’t know why she thought that Allen would give it to her, and I loved the answer he gave Kat when she asked him that.

The animals in Too Wrong to Be Right do need a shout-out. The hedgehog Kat was given was the best thing that happened to her. I loved that its best friend was a hamster, and they had sleepovers. I also loved that the hamster’s owner gave the hedgehog a fashion makeover. I was dying laughing at that. And let’s not forget the foul-mouthed cockatiel at the funeral home. It talked with an Irish accent!!! And what it would say to Mick and his brother were some of the best scenes in the book.

There are sex scenes in Too Wrong to Be Right. They weren’t super graphic. Actually, they were cute in their way.

The end of Too Wrong to Be Right was a HEA. I liked how Mick tracked Kat down. It reminded me of some rom-com endings. But I loved the epilogue. It made me want Mick’s brother, sister, and cousin to find their HEA!!

I would recommend Too Wrong to Be Right to anyone over 21. There is sex, mild violence, and language.

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Griffin, NetGalley, and Melonie Johnson for allowing me to read and review Too Wrong to Be Right. All opinions stated in this review are mine.

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