The Wrong Woman, by Cass Lennox
Series: A Toronto Connections Novel, Book 4
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2017
As an independent filmmaker, Katie Cherry is used to difficult shoots—but a band’s music video in a tiny lesbian bar is proving worse than most. Stress-busting, expectation-free sex with Zay, the calm, gorgeous bartender, seems just the ticket. But then she and Zay discover the band’s lead singer beaten into a coma in the bar bathroom. They need an alibi, but playing girlfriends is a role Katie’s never excelled at, so she can’t see this ending well.
Zay Fayed-Smith is finally getting her life back together after her junkie ex broke it apart. She’s working part-time while pursuing her dream of being a lawyer, and definitely keeping things chill on the girls front. Of course, that’s when a crime happens in her bar and her ex shows up wanting to try again. “Dating” Katie seems like the best way for Zay to keep her head down and teach her ex a lesson.
Except pretty soon, the charade begins to feel less and less like acting. And when the attacker turns his attentions toward Katie, they have to cut through the lies to discover what’s real.
Content Warning for:
Past Drug Use
This book was a struggle for me. This initially “fake relationship” Katie and Zay have going on is really not based so much on the fact that they needed an alibi, more that they were each others alibi. The fake relationship really starts with the inability of either character to tell the truth… this is something that annoys me so much in romance. Characters that have difficulty telling the truth right off the bat are problematic for me. Even if they’re going to own up to things later, it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But fine. Katie and Zay both have a little instant attraction and lust going on, so what the heck? They had a good time one night and decide to keep it going. Sadly, I never really felt that they were as into each other as the writing would indicate. Maybe it was because there was too much other drama going on.
There was this mystery investigation going on (handled poorly), the potential for love triangles that never really exist (just the threat of them), an abusive ex on Zay’s part, Katie’s mother who has to be reminded that her daughter is lesbian… I could go on and on with all the little things that bothered me. In the end, it was the massive amount of drama that bothered me the most. There was just too much. When you add in the fact that neither Katie nor Zay seem to know how to lead a stable and supportive, healthy relationship, I found it a bit messy and in the end, I didn’t really know why they wanted to be together, other than they had great sex.
I enjoyed some things, mostly the epilogue. This book had a lot of great potential, I just didn’t connect with it in the way I’d hoped. I do wish I liked it more, but not every book is for me.
Cass Lennox is a permanent expat who has lived in more countries than she cares to admit to and suffers from a chronic case of wanderlust as a result. She started writing stories at the tender age of eleven, but would be the first to say that the early years are best left forgotten and unread. A great believer in happy endings, she arrived at queer romance via fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, and manga, and she can’t believe it took her that long. Her specialties are diverse characters, gooey happy ever afters, and brownies. She’s currently sequestered in a valley in southeast England.
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