#TBRChallenge2024 Review: Bedding The Wrong Brother by Virna DePaul (Bananapants!)

Posted June 19, 2024 by Jen in Contemporary Romance, Rating C, Reviews Tags: , , , ,

Book cover of Bedding the Wrong Brother by Virna DePaulBedding the Wrong Brother
Author:
Virna DePaul
Reviewer:
Jen
Rating: C-

June optional theme: Bananapants!

What I’m Talking About:

Melina’s last three serious boyfriends dumped her, telling her she wasn’t very good in bed. With her biological clock ticking, Melina’s friends dare her to find a tutor to help her in the sack. And while she’s always loved and wanted Rhys since she was a teen, she turns to his twin brother Max for help, knowing he’s a safe choice.

Rhys thinks the world of Melina, but after seeing her kiss his twin when she was 16, he thinks he’d only be a stand-in replacement for his twin. However, when Max tricks him (and Melina) into a compromising situation, Rhys jumps in with both feet in order to be with Melina, even if it’s just for a short time.

Bedding the Wrong Brother has a silly premise, making it perfect for the Bananapants! theme. And after it’s all said and done, I find the writing and story are also on the Bananapants! side. At first I enjoyed the story. The pair has an unrequited love that needs something big to push them together. Tricking the pair into sleeping together does it. I appreciate that they are willing to explore their feelings, even if it’s for a short time. But there are some underlying issues that should have been addressed and just aren’t. 

First, Melina is all sorts of messed up. She has a poor body image and low self esteem which was propagated by her exes. Additionally, she’s so focused on having kids that she doesn’t think about being in a healthy relationship. She needs therapy, not to reinvent herself. I cringed several times when she’d try to mold herself into someone who would hold Rhys’s attention. I do admire that at one point after things go too far, Rhys tells her that he doesn’t want a sexy stranger, he wants and loves Melina.

Speaking of going to far… this book was published in 2013, when the frenzy for BDSM books was high due to that book with fifty shades. Melina thinks that in order to keep Rhys from getting bored, she needs to be bold and daring. She opts trying out a leather-clad Dom but is reckless in her approach. She ties up Rhys without consent. They don’t discuss a safe word and he tells her twice to untie him. That scene left me with a bad taste.

In the end, the couple finds a compromise and gets their HEA, but in my opinion, there are several steps and a whole lot of conversion missing from the equation.

My Rating:  C-
Jen

About the Book:

Melina Parker has always excelled in two things: research followed by hands-on application. She prides herself on being a lady in public, but after she’s dumped yet again for being a lady in the bedroom, she’s ready to go back to school.

Determined to find her inner sex diva, she enlists her childhood friend, Max Dalton, to tutor her after hours. Instead, she ends up in the wrong bed and gets a lesson in passion from Max’s twin brother, Rhys Dalton, a man Melina’s always secretly wanted but never thought she could have. 

Despite craving the occasional adventure, Melina’s a small-town girl who wants roots and a family. Rhys and Max, on the other hand, are celebrities who travel from one city to another, changing bed partners as easily as plane flights. Rhys is outwardly the more reserved of the two but, unable to believe his good luck when he finds Melina waiting for him, he gives Melina her first taste of multiples right out the gate. Come morning, she’s so mortified that she threw herself at Rhys that she blurts out the truth about her tutoring experiment. Not about to let her get away from him, Rhys convinces Melina that when it comes to sexual lessons, he’s more than man enough for the job. His biggest challenge is teaching Melina that when it comes to pleasure, the key to his own is hers.

Can a woman who’s always longed for hearth and home find satisfaction with a man whose entire life has been about moving on to the next big thing?

Release Date: December 21, 2013
Publisher:
self-published
Series:
Bedding the Bachelors #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Format(s):
e-book, paperback, audiobook
Book Source: purchased with own funds

Purchase Info:
Amazon