The concept of a “book boyfriend” is not a new one among romance readers. You’d be hard-pressed to find a reader who hasn’t at one time crushed hard upon a fictional character. For me, it was Gilbert Blythe. My infatuation ran so deep that when actor Jonathan Crombie, who played Gilbert in the only film adaptation that matters, died in 2015, I was 34 years old and mourned as hard as if I really had been in love with him for more than two decades. But as sad as that was, fortunately Gilbert Blythe the character lives on, and I can visit him any time I want just by picking up one of the Anne books. That’s one of the best things about a book boyfriend. The story usually ends before you find out about all their annoying habits, and you can always close the book when you need a break.
In Writing Mr. Right by T.K. Leigh, though, it’s kind of the opposite. Molly Brinks, a 30-year-old (just don’t call her that) living in Boston, writes steamy romances under a pen name – a fact she keeps a secret from everyone but her brother and her best friend. Least knowledgable of all are the men she dates. Not one for relationships thanks to her parents’ devastating split when she was a child, Molly picks her romantic entanglements based on one thing – how well they match up with the kind of love story she’s currently writing. So while these men serve up great inspiration and even better Saturday nights, and have more to do with her successful career than they’ll ever know, Molly herself avoids committment at all costs and discards her unsuspecting muses as soon as she types The End.
Until, of course, she meets Dr. Noah McAllister at the same time she’s suffering from writer’s block. As the neurologist overseeing her father’s rapid decline from Alzheimer’s disease, Noah is strictly off-limits. He’s also the one guy she can’t stop thinking about. As their relationship grows, Molly’s writing veers from her normal steamy but shallow stories into something far more meaningful to her, but even though the words start flowing, she knows they’re not the ones her publisher wants.
Terrified at the thought of losing both her five-book contract and her heart, Molly has to decide what’s more important – giving the readers what they want and keeping herself safe, or taking a chance on both Noah and herself.
This was my first book by T.K. Leigh and I’ll be going back for more, for sure. And if Gilbert Blythe didn’t already have my heart, Noah McAllister just might have a shot.