Chock Full of Romance & Neuro-spicy Goodness!
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
November 22, 2022
ebook, paperback, audiobook
Opposites become allies to fool their matchmaking friends in this swoony reimagining of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
Jamie Westenberg and Bea Wilmot have nothing in common except a meet-disaster and the mutual understanding that they couldn't be more wrong for each other. But when the people closest to them play Cupid and trick them into going on a date, Jamie and Bea realize they have something else in common after all—an undeniable need for revenge.
Soon their plan is in place: Fake date obnoxiously and convince the meddlers they’re madly in love. Then, break up spectacularly and dash everyone's hopes, putting an end to the matchmaking madness once and for all.
To convince everyone that they’ve fallen for each other, Jamie and Bea will have to nail the performance of their lives. But as their final act nears and playing lovers becomes easier than not, they begin to wonder: What if Cupid’s arrow wasn’t so off the mark? And what if two wrongs do make a right?
“What’s up my butt? The burden of existence? The cruel truth that to stay open, a business must be patronized by customers?”
Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese is the Much Ado About Nothing neurodivergent retelling that is an absolute must-read for every single romance reader out there. I freaking loved this book. Let me tell you why.
First, and foremost, are the main characters. Beatrice and Jamie. I instantly connected with Beatrice. She’s feisty, unapologetically herself and she’s learned to live life in a way that works for her. She’s an artist, an entrepreneur, and the unsuspecting victim of blind date set up. The other half of that blind date is Jamie. He’s the best friend and roommate of Beatrice’s sister’s boyfriend. It’s a small, tangled world. Jamie is straight-laced in comparison to Beatrice. He’s punctual, studious, and yet completely and inexplicably drawn to Bea. Jamie and Bea have a horrendously awkward meet cute which means their set up (via texts) is considered a heinous crime.
“You have a talent for using very few words and still making them sound very not nice.”
Bea and Jamie almost instantly figure out the situation and instead of getting mad, they decide to get even. They both agree to fake date, and like any great fake dating romance, they end up realizing that their differences complement each other in the best of ways. Beatrice’s vulnerability showcased throughout Two Wrongs is equally as admirable as the understated support that Jamie brings to their fake relationship. Beatrice is open about her autism from the start of the story. Having her perspective explained makes her relationship with Jamie so much richer, and I found myself lost within the story.
Second is the storytelling. Chloe Liese’s strength in writing is her ability to weave important information with heartfelt feelings and wonderful humor. Two Wrongs Make a Right is a beautiful romance on its own but given that it’s also about neurodiversity makes the romance even better. While I loved Jamie and Bea’s relationship, I adored Beatrice’s relationship with her sister, Jules. Each of these relationship storylines is important in Beatrice’s character arc and the overall plot. Lately there’s been a big movement in the acceptance of neurodiversity, but it’s being able to see and relate to characters in book that makes neuro-spicy characters that much more tangible to readers like me.
“People shouldn’t take on something to love and expect it to be convenient for them. You have to meet a living creature where they are, and love them for who they are, not who you want them to be.”
There aren’t many stories these days that will get me in my feels, but Chloe Liese is an author who speaks to my soul. Two Wrongs Make a Right had me laughing, crying, and felt like a warm hug of a book. I highly recommend reading Two Wrongs Make a Right as it is undoubtedly one of the best this year.
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.