Friday, March 4, 2022

Book Review: Text and Confused

It's hate at first text. Or is it...?

I'm Toni Capella and I'm a bad-man-o-holic. (Hi, Toni!). If a guy lives on the eastern seaboard, is covered in tattoos, muscles, and motor oil, I've probably already dated and dumped him. But it's a new year and for the first time in my twenty-nine years I'm determined to attract Mr. Right. I'm doing this by changing my type and my look.

So when super-hot contractor Cooper Flint walks into my office, I immediately put him on my 'no way' list. He embodies every bad boy trait there is. Besides, my eye is on another new co-worker, Sumner Livingston. Handsome, well-heeled, and professional, Sumner is nothing like my usual type, which I assume makes him perfect for me.

Determined to take things slowly for once, I insist Sumner and I keep our budding relationship separate from work. I even suggest we do our initial courting via text while we get to know each other better. Things are going beautifully and just when I'm starting to think he's 'the one,' I find out there's been a horrible mix-up. My boss accidentally gave me Cooper's number, not Sumner's, and I'm falling for Mr. Wrong, again.

Unfortunately, after I break it off with Cooper, I discover that Sumner isn't the good guy he portrays himself to be. When Cooper rescues me from a compromising situation, I belatedly realize I might be been missing out on the man of my dreams.

Have I lost my chance at true happiness or is there some way I can convince Cooper I'm the woman he needs? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

Melissa Amster:

I've read almost all of the books from the Accidentally in Love series (I still need to read Text Me on Tuesday), and Text and Confused is the best one yet! That's saying a lot because I loved Mistle Text. Toni and Cooper were great characters and I wanted them to get together so badly! I found myself laughing, cringing, getting angry on someone's behalf, and grinning a lot. 

At one point, I was listening to a relaxing music station on Pandora and the song "L-O-V-E" came on. A few minutes later, I was reading part of this book and they mentioned the same song!

There were some parts that had the potential of ending the misunderstanding before it actually came to light. I also felt like the synopsis gives away some of the plot. However, that didn't take away from my enjoyment of this novel.

Text and Confused can be read as a standalone, but if you haven't read Mistle Text, check it out first because this book follows the characters from that one, as well. It was nice to get a follow-up on their story!

Movie casting suggestions:
Natalie: Lyndon Smith

Sara Steven:

Now, this is a first for me. Ordinarily when I read a book, I find myself siding more with the protagonist, because I can often identify with what they’re dealing with and the predicaments they find themselves in. However, while reading Text and Confused, I found myself siding and sympathizing more with Cooper, Toni’s on again, off again love interest!

Given the story is told from both Toni’s and Cooper’s perspectives, it was easy to do–particularly during one scene where I felt that Toni wasn’t very nice to Cooper. That was the moment when everything pivoted for me. I get that Toni has had a rough time where love is concerned, particularly with men who all fall under the same kind of category, but what she quickly learns and what readers learn too, is that it’s never wise to judge a book by its cover. Cooper might sport tattoos and muscles and come from the same turf her former flames had, yet he’s unique and is nothing like what she’d expect.

Cooper continually tries to prove himself to Toni, while Toni does everything she can to steer clear of him, even though her brain fights against her heart. Initially, part of me had hoped that Cooper might make the decision to let it go and move on, because he’s worth it. But at the same time, it allowed Toni the chance to catch up and realize just what she’d be walking away from, if she didn’t begin to see Cooper for who he really is, not for what she expects him to be. Through all of it are former characters from Mistle Text, book five in the Accidentally in Love series, and I always enjoy when we get to see characters from other books pay us a visit. What’s great is that Text and Confused can be read as a standalone, though, too–nothing is detracted from Toni and Cooper’s experience. This book made me feel some pretty strong emotions: Elation. Anger. Sadness. I most enjoyed the lessons learned in love, and hope. It was a definite five-star experience for me!

Thanks to Whitney Dineen and Melanie Summers for the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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1 comment:

Carole said...

thanks for your wonderful support! Cheers from Carole's chatter