by Elle Casey
Series: The Bourbon Street Boys #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on November 3, 2015
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Suspense
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When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she's nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble - she's wearing pink espadrilles, she's got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she's in the middle of a shootout.
After tall, muscular Ozzie comes to her rescue, May has no choice but to follow him to safety. At the headquarters of his private security firm, the Bourbon Street Boys, she finds a refuge for the night - and the offer of a job. But it's not long before a gun-toting stalker isn't the only complication in May's life: the more time she spends with Ozzie, the less she can deny that they've got some serious chemistry. A wrong number got her into this mess...Will it also get her the right guy?
I loved this book! I’d never read anything by Elle Casey before, but she is definitely going on my Will Read Again list.
The premise of the story is a little over-the-top, but that’s what makes it so charming. It kind of reminded me of the movie Knight and Day in the sense that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, even though there’s peril at every turn and lives are in danger. It’s a great mix of comedy and suspense.
May is a freelance wedding photographer living in New Orleans, where she moved to be closer to her sister and her sister’s young kids. Her sister is a single mom, and she and May are very close. May has had a run of bad luck because her business isn’t doing very well. She’s hoping that things will turn around soon.
I love a good case of mistaken identity. When the story opens, May receives a text message that she thinks is from her sister. The text doesn’t make much sense, though, because May is being summoned to meet at a shady biker bar. Confused, May texts back, still believing that her sister is on the other end. Even though the subsequent texts still don’t make much sense, May decides to go to the bar, concerned that her sister needs help.
With her beloved Chihuahua in tow, May arrives at the bar but doesn’t see her sister anywhere. As she’s getting ready to leave, she finds herself caught in the middle of a shootout, of all things. She ends up being sheltered and rescued by a big guy named Ozzie. At first, May is completely perplexed by the whole situation, but she decides to trust Ozzie since he wants to help her get to safety. Even though the logical thing to do would be to go to the police, May had a bad experience with the police in the past when she was mugged, so she’s hesitant to go to them now in the wake of the shootout.
Ozzie takes May to a safe location, which is where she meets the rest of his team, the Bourbon Street Boys security firm. Ozzie is former military and founded the firm after he left the service. The supporting characters are pretty interesting in their own right, so I’m hoping to see some of them again in the rest of the series.
It’s not insta-love when May and Ozzie first meet during the shootout, which is refreshing. In fact, May makes it clear that Ozzie’s scruffy, heavily bearded appearance certainly doesn’t appeal to her. So when she sees him later, clean-shaven and looking pretty fine while cooking a delicious dinner for the group, May’s much more intrigued. May’s taking refuge with the group leads to a job offer with BSB. As she receives training for her new job, she also finds herself increasingly drawn to Ozzie, who’s now her new boss.
The sexual tension is really well written–maybe too well written, because I wanted there to be more sexytimes, to be honest. But it’s a small complaint to have. The only other thing I would have liked to see more of was for Ozzie’s back story to be elaborated on. We know that he used to be in the military, but not much is said about his time in. What about his family life growing up, along with his past? When the book was over, I felt that Ozzie was still a mystery.
The relationship itself moves quickly, which normally would bother me. But in times of peril, I’m okay with the love story happening fast. These are life or death situations. Get your love on.
Overall, I really loved this fun romance. Elle Casey is a hilarious writer. May’s internal dialogue made me laugh so many times. Additionally, I read the audio version and the narrator, Emily Foster, is perfect.
Wrong Number, Right Guy is book #1 in the Bourbon Street Boys series. It’s a great mix of comedy, suspense, and romance. I loved the author’s writing style and highly recommend it. I’m excited about this strong start to the series.
Note: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review. I’m going through my NetGalley backlog and this book has since been published. My review is for the published version of the book, specifically the audio edition.
Rating: 4 stars