Until It's Right by Jamie Howard
Published by St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
Until It’s Right is Jamie Howard’s second book. Although not listed as a series on Goodreads, Until It’s Right and Until We Break are connected. I did not read Until We Break but I felt I got enough of that story from details revealed in Until It’s Right.
Haley goes out dancing one night in an effort to move on from a relationship and she has a moment with a good looking guy. She gets his number but when she texts him a few days later, she realizes she has the wrong number. But the humorous replies of her wrong number pal has her continuing their conversation. Out of a joke they refer to each as Lois and Clark. While this is happening, she also begins a temping job at an office. She quickly becomes friends with the IT guy, Luke. Luke is a cute guy. He is definitely the hot, nerdy type. And Haley is interested. There is definitely a spark between the two of them but Luke is hesitant to make a move because his ex did a number on his self-esteem.
It’s not a spoiler to say since its in the blurb, but Luke figures out that Haley is his mystery texter, Lois. He’s torn as soon as he discovers the truth but circumstances prevent him from telling her the truth at first. And when Haley finally opens up to him and they get closer, he realizes he has even more to lose if Haley finds out who’s on the other end of that wrong number.
I enjoyed Until It’s Right. Haley was a sweet character that was done wrong in the previous book. She has some trust issues with men and even though she feels a spark with Luke, she’s hesitant to open up. That’s why she likes her texting thing with Clark. He’s anonymous and supportive. And Luke was supportive too! Because he was Clark. It was kind of funny when he got jealous of himself. Luke was a great guy. He was that wonderful mix of awkward but hot geek. And he was sweet. He has weekly dinners with his family and he takes Haley along one night when she’s got no plans.
There was character growth for Haley. She thinks she needs to change who she is to be like the type of woman her ex left her for. She needs to come to accept herself, and I believe she does once she hears the truth about what happened with her ex. With the issues that both her and Luke had in regard to exes, there was definitely some crossed wires in the development of their relationship. I enjoyed that because it wasn’t smooth sailing. And then there’s the biggie – Haley obviously has to find out who she’s texting. I thought the author did a good job of how that rolled out. It’s a bit predictable for a conflict but I liked how it was resolved.
If you’re in the mood for a sweet romance, I definitely recommend Until It’s Right. 4 out 5.