Book Review: Until It’s Right – Jamie Howard

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Haley Mitchell is tired of moping. With her broken heart repaired with a thick layer of duct tape, she’s ready to put her ex behind her and move on. After a chance encounter in a club, she’s convinced she’s met Mr. Perfect. But when he accidentally gives her the wrong number, the stranger on the other end of her texts becomes her confidant.

Kyle Lawson has always had more luck with computers than women. So when the new temp, Haley, arrives, he has the misfortune of falling for her, only to land firmly in the friend zone. But when he learns the mysterious woman he’s been texting is actually Haley, he keeps the entire thing a secret.

As things move straight from platonic to decidedly hot, Kyle must come clean about his secret texting identity and risk losing the woman he’s fallen in love with.


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Haley is recovering from the very bad ending of her last relationship when her roommate drags her out one night. Unbelievably she meets a guy who actually causes her to have a positive reaction and after a night of banter he gives her his number. But as these things go, she accidentally takes down the wrong number and what she finds instead is a text buddy she can share her innermost thoughts with.

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Kyle is the quintessential tech geek. He hasn’t had the best of luck with women so when he strikes up a friendship with the new girl in the office, he can’t believe his luck. She’s beautiful and kind and has his head spinning. But when he realises his new friend and the girl he’s been texting are the same person he can’t possibly tell her so.

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Ugh, this was such a sweet little story about two people with low self-esteem finding their self-worth again in friendship. As they navigate their way through office politics, family get-togethers, weddings and texting a slow burn romance starts to develop. Both have feelings for the other, but their self-confidence has taken such a knock it’s impossible for them to believe they could find love again. And even if they somehow do overcome their insecurities, there are still the obstacles of Haley’s family history, the impending wedding where she’ll see her ex again and oh yes, the fact that Haley has no idea her mystery text friend is actually Kyle.

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Even though this plot may seem a little cliché I had a hard time putting this one down. Until It’s Right is filled with great secondary characters, humour and loads of sweet moments. The path they took to get to each other didn’t follow a predictable route and it kept it all refreshing. Above everything else I just loved this book because of the uncertainty and sweetness that were these two. Kyle was every bit as awkward and endearing as you’d expect but he also had his moments of utter sexiness.

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All in all, if you’re looking for a no-brainer, feel-good story – this one comes highly recommended.

(ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review)


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Jamie Howard is a legal and compliance specialist by day, author by night, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art. When she’s not tapping away at the keyboard or capturing the world through her trusty Canon, you can find her binge-watching TV shows, devouring books, and perfecting her gaming skills. She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs in New Jersey, and is almost always awake early enough to see the sun rise, even on the weekends.

Jamie is the author of Until We Break and Until It’s Right with St. Martin’s Press and is represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

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