Tuesday, March 3, 2015

paperback release || RIGHT KIND OF WRONG { + review }

Right Kind of Wrong by Chelsea Fine

Publisher: Forever Trade Paperback (paperback 3/3/2015)
Series: Finding Fate, book 3
Genre: New Adult
eBook Source: Purchased
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My Rating: 

Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right . . . 

Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it's in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she's beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he's been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he's just coming along to keep her safe-but what's not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.

Jack can't get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack's troubles are catching up to him, and he's forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm's way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she's willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.

about chelsea || Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She's ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

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{ excerpt } .
The way I felt about Jenna used to piss me off. I’ve never been one to need or even want a girl messing up my life. Just the opposite, in fact. The Lone Wolf role suited me well and I was perfectly content with my world of solitude. But Jenna came along and twisted everything up. She turned me inside out and made me feel complete in a way that made no sense. I fought the sentiment, of course. There’s no room for anyone in my messed up life—especially not a wild, stubborn, reckless girl like Jenna.

But fighting proved futile, and somewhat self-destructive, so I did what all good leaders do when they realize losing a battle could mean winning the war: I surrendered. Not to Jenna, exactly, but to the way she made me feel. It’s not a pretty or romantic thing. It’s a truth with scars and holes—and it commands me completely. 

Does that make me weak? I used to think so. But then I see Jenna, still in the throes of a battle I’ve long since succumbed to, and I wonder which of us is stronger. Which of us sleeps well at night and which of us tosses in the moonlight.

Strength isn’t about what you can and cannot achieve. It’s about what you will and will not do in order to achieve. And on that, I know exactly where I stand.

Watching Jenna across the inn’s lobby, I take a deep breath and prepare for round two of what is sure to be a memorable—if not fatal—road trip back home.

“I’m ready when you are, diva!” I call out.

Complete agitation covers her face as she whips around with narrowed eyes and yells, “Don’t. Call. Me. DIVA!”

I grin. “It never gets old.”

“God!” she exclaims, thrusting her arms up again.

The look on her face is priceless. I could do this all day. I might, actually.

Wagging my eyebrows in an inappropriate manner, I slip back outside and let the door fall shut.

A moment later, the inn door flies open and Jenna stomps down the porch steps to meet me by the car. I quickly shove my phone in my pocket, wanting to put as much distance as possible between my present circumstances and the mess waiting for me back home, and climb into the car at the same time she does.

She’s huffing and puffing and cursing under her breath like a spoiled teenager, but when her eyes finally flick to mine there’s no hostility there, just impatience.

“You’re paying for all the gas,” she says, sliding a pair of dark sunglasses over her golden eyes. “And I mean every single drop.”

I lean back in the passenger seat, repressing the joyous satisfaction I feel at the haughtiness on her face. “Yes, ma’am.”

If buying Jenna’s gas keeps her safe by my side then I’ll purchase every last drop in the country. And then some.

{ review } .
I first started reading this book immediately after finishing BEST KIND OF BROKEN because I loved Jenna so much. I didn't care how much money I had in my book account, I was buying this book. I started to read it, but then my blog tour list kept growing, and I was starting to get behind... so I had to put the book aside.

What, you ask, made me so excited about Jack and Jenna's story? Well, this:
I stay buried under the pillow as I grab my phone and bring it to my ear with a grumpy "What?"
"Drunk Jack asked me to have his baby," Jenna says.
I move the pillow aside and blink a few times into the bright morning sun streaming in through the window. "What?"
"Yeah." I can hear the bewilderment in her voice. "He was all like, I love you, Jenna. Let's have a baby and name it Taylor..."
But apparently, we learn in this book, neither really has the balls to talk about that night. Jack thinks about it -- and he tries to do everything to make Jenna face is. And when she doesn't, he decides that the best way to keep her on her toes is to get under her skin, because it pisses her off and shows to him that although she denies it, he matters to her.

The whole 'he matters to her' thing, though, is a battle he fights for the entire book. 

Jenna is afraid of opening her heart to love because she's an independent woman. She doesn't want a man, because she wants an education, an awesome apartment, an art gallery... all things that if she were to be open to, she can do with a man -- because the right one is not going to hold her back.

It takes a conversation with her grandmother and the inn's Ellen for her to realize all that she's missing.

Jack has a protective streak a mile long when it comes to Jenna. Throughout the entire book, he's trying to protect her, whether it be from his past, from the dangers of traveling cross-country alone, and to when his past meets his current. I just love the way he loves Jenna.

Here you have this big, badassed tattoo man -- a man you can't ever picture in the drunk Jack, let's have a baby named Taylor, scene -- and his true weakness is Jenna. She who refuses to be weak. And as she keeps breaking him down and refusing him, you get more of that drunk, let's have a baby named Taylor, Jack, and he's just a sweet big, ol' teddy bear.

"You don't want to be caged. I get it, Jenna. But this thing between us isn't going away. Because it's real."

Even in her weakest moments, or the moments she finds herself to be weak, Jack tries his damnedest to show her she's one of the strongest people he knows.

I loved Levi and Pixie... I really loved Jenna and Jack...

...but I knew I would.

{ social media contest } .
 Here's a fun contest on FB, Instagram and Twitter inspired by the characters’ tattoos in the book! 

Fans who share a photo of their own tattoo and a little bit about the story behind it, along with #RightKindofWrong and Chelsea’s social media handle, are entered to win one of 10 signed copies of the book.

{ giveaway #1 } .

{ giveaway #2 } .

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