Friday, September 24, 2021

Review - - Wrong for Him & Birthday Giveaway #24

Wrong for Him
by Christi Barth
Love Lottery - Book 3
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Release Date: September 27, 2021
Reviewed by PJ

Amelia Kirkland’s been head-over-heels for Teague Sullivan forever. Not that she’s 
ever let him know—as her brother’s best friend, he’s officially off-limits. That’s even more true once they become partners in rehabbing a historic inn. She can’t risk what she’s building with her brother and her friends just to fulfill a lifelong crush. Can she?

When Teague left the Special Forces, he didn’t know what would come next. Until his best friend, Alex, won an inn as a lottery prize and made him a partner. It’s his shot at getting everything he’s always wanted. Except for Alex’s beautiful sister. Amelia’s friendship was a lifeline while he was deployed, but that’s a line he can’t cross. He owes his friend too much to betray his trust. Now, though? Working and living with her every day? He wants more.

If their secret romance is discovered, it could ruin everything before the inn has a chance. But does their one shot at happiness require them to break all the rules?

PJ's Thoughts:

This is the story I've been waiting for since book one and I'm happy to say it did not disappoint. Teague and Amelia are my favorite couple in what has been a very enjoyable series. Friends-to-Lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes and this one has many emotionally complex layers that bring it to another level. Not only is the fact that Teague has been Amelia's older brother's best friend since they were kids enough for him to keep his distance from Amelia but there are secrets in his past that he seeks to protect her from as well. 

Amelia's brother has been more parent than sibling since their parents were killed in an accident when she was still a young girl. But she's an adult now and ready to fly on her own. If only she can convince her brother of that fact, especially when it comes to Teague. Amelia's feelings for him have been growing for years and when she and Teague end up sharing a cabin to conserve space at the Inn for guests, they both begin to realize just how strong - and real - those mutual feelings are. But are they real enough to risk the relationships of a lifetime?

This book gave me everything I look for in a romance. It's tender, emotional, humorous, and complex. I loved the witty banter and the evolving relationships among family and friends. I fell in love with a certain rescue pup. And I certainly enjoyed the sizzling chemistry that Amelia and Teague finally succumb to. I have a whole new appreciation for the term "hot shower!" 

Wrong for Him concludes the Love Lottery trilogy. It can be read as a standalone but I think readers will enjoy it more if the three books are read in order. 

Christi Barth's next offering is a contemporary, second-chance, Christmas romance scheduled to be released November 16. The Christmas Project has already been added to my holiday reading list. 

Have you read any Christi Barth books?

Do you enjoy the sibling's best friend romance trope?

Birthday Giveaway #24:

One person who comments before 11:00 PM, September 26 will receive a package of books from PJ's home collection.

*U.S. only
*Must be 18
*Void where prohibited


  1. I haven't read her. Honestly, it's not my first choice. But I give anything a chance and am sometimes pleasantly surprised.

  2. I do love that trope and I have not read Ms. Barth. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

  3. This trope sounds fascinating. I would enjoy it greatly.

  4. I haven't read Christi's books. Love this trope.

  5. I have not read this author. I do love that trope. Thanks for letting me know about this book.

  6. Brother's best friend is my favorite kind of book to read!

  7. I've read a few of her books. I do like the brother's best friend trope.


  8. A new to me author - lots of those out there. This sounds like a good story. I love the idea of winning an inn. Thanks for the lovely review

    Hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

  9. I haven't read any of her books, but really want to binge this series since I've heard so many great things about it from you, PJ, and other reviewers! I do enjoy the sibling's best friend stories! They're great!

  10. I'm not a big fan of the sibling's best friend trope. Somehow it just seems icky to me?

  11. I love that trope but I haven't read any of her books,I think.

  12. I have not read any of her books, but I like the sound of this one. Plus it's a trilogy, really like that.

  13. I haven't read Christi Barth yet, but "contemporary, second-chance, Christmas romance" sounds very appealing! The "sibling's best friend romance trope" can make for some interesting and intriguing story elements as it brings out some family and friend situations that may have been lurking in the background all along.

  14. I haven't read her but this one sounds good.

  15. I think I'm going to look forward to reading her next book. My favorite is second chance romances. I've read her Aisle Bound series.

  16. Sibling's best friend romance is one of my favorite tropes. I've enjoyed the other books in this series and look forward to reading this story.

  17. Christi Barth is new to me author.
    Siblings of best friends can be a problem. The relationships have already been established and priority "ownership" of the friend given. The relationship with siblings is often that of a child friend, not an adult friendship. It takes a bit to break out of that viewpoint. It also breaks the "hands off" my little sister taboo to develop an adult relationship that goes well beyond "just friends." It is always fun to see how the characters eventually work their way around this.

  18. I have not read any books by this author, but I am fond of the trope for this story.

  19. Have not read her yet. So many authors and books so little time

  20. Hi, Happy Birthday. I have not read this author yet. I do like this trope. TY for the chance to win a pack of books.
    Rainebear D.

  21. I’ve read Christi ‘s Aisle Bound series. I do like sibling’s best friend trope. It can be challenging and humorous as they strive to hide the relationship.

  22. I have not read this author, would love to. cathie petke