A reimagining of “Much Ado About Nothing” as an adult romance? Featuring queer and neurodivergent characters? Count me in! And Two Wrongs Make a Right absolutely charmed me! Top romances of the year! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Jamie Westenberg and Bea Wilmot have nothing in common except a meet-disaster and the mutual understanding that they couldn’t be more wrong for each other. But when the people closest to them play Cupid and trick them into going on a date, Jamie and Bea realize they have something else in common after all—an undeniable need for revenge.
Soon their plan is in place: Fake date obnoxiously and convince the meddlers they’re madly in love. Then, break up spectacularly and dash their hopes, putting an end to the matchmaking madness once and for all.
To convince everyone that they’ve fallen for each other, Jamie and Bea will have to nail the performance of their lives. But as their final act nears and playing lovers becomes easier than not, they begin to wonder, what if Cupid’s arrow wasn’t so off the mark? And what if two wrongs do make a right?
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Two Wrongs Make a Right is charming, emotional, and swoony all at once. With immediate sparks of anger and miscommunications, Bea and Jamie easily make some of my favorite romance ships ever. Look, I will always love enemies to lovers and fake dating, but even more, these characters stole my heart. I couldn’t pick who I loved more! With autism and anxiety representation plus a pansexual character, Two Wrongs Make a Right is an utter delight.
This “Much Ado About Nothing” retelling takes everything I like about the original, and introduces an almost “You’ve Got Mail” vibe – shh spoilers! The plot alone is enough for me to have breezed through Two Wrongs Make a Right. Not only did I have to read to see if they would get together, but also various other side character’s stories – like Bea’s sister. I loved how her and Bea have this tender relationship with animosity and inside jokes they just know, while also Bea feels like she’s losing her sister.
But even more so, Two Wrongs Make a Right is about Bea and Jamie. About how it feels to wear the clothes the world wants of you. And how downright terrifying it is to be ourselves. It’s not hard to root for them as we know that if they could just get over the first mishap, they could discover something magical. What makes my heart melt is how – to each of them – they come to find something magical in each other. In the ways we don’t see ourselves, and our strengths, clearly.
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With sizzling chemistry, Bea is an absolute delight and Jamie has a heart of gold. They explore how we keep the pain from the ones we love the most, when those are the ones who are supposed to see it, to see us for who we are. Plagued with self-doubt and feeling like they’re wrong, Two Wrongs Make a Right is a story about Bea and Jamie’s character development. How it feels to let ourselves be who we are and to let someone in who might see us for who we are. Find Two Wrongs Make a Right on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org & The Book Depository.