****4.5 ‘Textual Healing’ STARS****
A little liquid courage and a cell phone set the stage for a cringe worthy yet irresistibly hilarious text mishap with a stranger. Heavy on laughs and sweetness, K. Webster and JD Hollyfield give us their take on the ‘uh-oh wrong number’ text with an everyday couple navigating a new friendship, life and love – one text at a time.
“Maybe because I was enjoying the banter with this complete stranger and it felt a bit liberating to talk to someone who wasn’t already judging me. He had no idea that I was just a mousey little thing, no backbone, no great story and definitely no modeling gigs lined up. I was simple. Boring.”
Danielle/Dani (h) is having an awful day. And meeting with your best friend at the bar is some good medicine for a broken heart. Catching your finance in bed with your next door neighbor happens to people every day. It just wasn’t supposed to happen to Dani. The good girl people pleaser has never given him a reason to stray. Known for being a pushover and never uttering the word ‘no’ she’s everybody’s friend and kind to all. So it’s understandable that she’s hurt. She’s also in predictable form – apologetic. She’s sorry he was so unhappy and had to find another woman to meet his needs. She sorry he didn’t have the money he needed for an investment, so she lent it to him. She’s sorry she wasn’t a better girlfriend. She’s so very sorry sorry sorry…
“You need to stop letting people walk all over you. You need to start standing up for yourself.”
Until she’s not sorry. She’s got some liquid courage and she’s angry. With the help of her side-kick and BFF Andie, she’s sending a few texts to tell the douchbag off. Dani has no idea that decision will end up changing her life. From the minute she starts texting back and forth with the unknown stranger she’s charmed and in the sober light of morning she decides she wants…more. <Press Enter>
“I’d replay my past in different ways, wondering how I could change things. I’d also worry over my future. And then, when the sun peeked through my windows in the morning, I’d shower and start my day, only to end it in the exact same way.”
The light has been extinguished in Ramsay/Ram’s (H) life ever since he lost his father. Work, eat, sleep, repeat. His life is down to a predictable series of motions. A vengeful ex-girlfriend and humiliating career ending scandal just adds to his burden. Living with his brother Roman and trying to start a business under a cloud of shame, Ram’s doing everything he can to move forward. The night his phone dings unexpectedly his curiosity is peaked. As the text’s pile up and the exchanges become more personal he might just have found something to light up his life. <Press Reply>
“There is just something to be said about getting to talk freely to a complete stranger without having to out your real self, and I was kind of enjoying my new friend.”
The wrong number text romance isn’t a new concept, but what works here is the distinct voice and characterization of Dani and Ram, each solely written by one of author duo blending seamlessly, and the ‘normal’ – there’s no billionaire here waiting to swoop in and save the damsel. Ram’s slightly-alpha with a dash of dark undertones and charm balanced with Dani’s sweet people-pleaser naivety is clearly portrayed – and they could be me or you. They have normal struggles and lives and they live their love story because of an ‘opsie’ moment. They’re both at a point in their lives where something has to change and they know it – even if they don’t want to admit it. They inspire and encourage growth in each other while we watch them fall in love.
“I think I’ve loved you from the moment you called me Buttercup.”
Snarky wit, bawdy humor and a sweet love story, Text 2 Lovers allows Ms. Webster and Ms. Hollyfield to show us what they do with the ‘mistaken text debacle’ – make us hope, laugh and ultimately root for this couple to overcome their issues, to live life in love – their happily ever after. The side story with Roman, the big brother, and Andie, the overprotective BFF, rounds out the book and sets up future story lines between the secondary characters – and I’m looking forward to their story. In your face funny, witty, a little bold; definitely sweet with just a little sour you might just think twice the next time you pick up your phone and <press enter>.
“A complete stranger and the way he took me in, caught my breath.”
K’s Category: 3rd date, multiple novels read by both authors to date.
Sex: Yes, descriptive