Review: Right by Jana Aston

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☆➹⁀☆☆ 5 Stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What it’s about:

My childhood was perfect.   I’ve led a charmed life, and I’m not going to blow it now by picking the wrong guy.

I’ve got my sights set on my brother’s best friend. He’s known my family for years. He’s reliable and kind and handsome.  Sure, he’s been avoiding me since I was six.  I’m a bit aggressive for him, maybe.

But he’s the one… right?

RIGHT is a standalone novel

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Review:

It is safe to say that Jana Aston is not a “one-hit-wonder”. Her second novel, Right, is outstanding. I really liked her debut novel, but I absolutely loved Right. This sweet, warm, funny book is my favorite of the two.

It is clear that Aston has grown as a writer; the story structure in Right is more complex and textured. Everly is the sole narrator of the story, and she will have you in stitches. Right is told in past and present timelines until they converge with the timeline of Wrong (Aston’s debut novel). While the stories intersect, Right is a standalone romantic comedy.

Everly loses some of her brashness, but none of her sass and charm, as Aston shows us her softer, slightly vulnerable side. This isn’t to say that Everly was presented as weak, fragile or broken! Her character is more realistic and complete with her confidence and pushiness balanced with unfulfilled dreams, tentative plans, and some self-questioning. I wasn’t a big fan of this character in the prior book, but she won me over as soon as six-year-old Everly describes the haircut she’s given a classmate!

When Everly and Finn’s brother, Sawyer, meet at the end of Thanksgiving weekend, sparks fly. Sawyer is the complete package; he’s handsome, built, accomplished, and an attentive gentleman. Too bad, Everly only has eyes for Finn.

“He’s attractive. I’ll give him that. If you go for tall, ridiculously fit men with chiseled jaws and thick dark hair. Which no girl does, ever. It must suck to be him.” –Everly

Best of all, Sawyer adores Everly’s spunk and has no wish to reign her in. I loved their banter!

“Sawyer.” She nods, committing it to memory. “Parents had a Mark Twain thing going on, huh?” –Everly

The secondary characters are just as fabulous. Criminal-Minds junkie, Chloe, is Everly’s childhood best friend and college roommate. She’s a great foil to Everly. I loved both these characters; I loved to have them both as friends. I’m hoping Chloe will get a book of her own since Everly is trying to set her up! Everly’s mother and grandmother are also noteworthy secondary characters. Those two are hilarious, and they are excellent sources of embarrassment for Everly.

As I mentioned, I love the story structure of and syntax in Right. The storyline is engaging—whether it made me laugh, cry or smile, I couldn’t put this book down and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

“The road to hell is paved with attractive men who radiate sex appeal and look like models from a Polo ad campaign.” –Everly

Everly’s plots to garner Finn’s attention are epic! Her penchant for nail polish to go with every occasion is a riot. Her Pinterest boards would be awesome to peruse. Sawyer’s creative dates and pursuit of Everly grabbed me! His swoon-worthy attention to Everly made me melt.

“Any man worthy of you would work for it, Everly. Not sit by passively while you did all the work.” –Sawyer

Of course, any good romance has some conflict that has to be resolved, and the conflict in Right tore me up. However, this is where Everly’s persistence pays off. She might need to regroup or take a different fork in the road, but that girl would never take life lying down!

“It’s okay to rewrite your happily ever after, Everly. Sometimes the right guy is the one you never see coming.” –Chloe

“Wow, wow, wow!” comes to mind when I contemplate Right. It will leave you with a happy heart! Aston has seamlessly linked Right and Wrong; while both books can effortlessly be read as standalone romance novels, I highly recommend that you enjoy both! Jana Aston is an author to watch. I’m hoping that she’ll next grace us with Chloe and Agent Gallagher’s story. Whatever her next book is about, I’ll be the first in line to buy it!

 

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About the author:  Jana Aston worked a really boring day job until she became a NY Times best selling author. Now she is a full-time writer.  Wrong was her first novel.

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