Synopsis from Goodreads
A new stand alone enemies-to-lovers romance by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…
I spent six weeks screwing Austin Wright’s brains out and all I got was this broken heart.
He can’t be trusted. Not with my body or my heart. Yet, two years have passed and I still crave him like an addict needing a fix.
The last time we tried this, it nearly ruined me. I know I should run and never look back. But his dark haunted eyes and razor blade smile speak to my soul. His touch sets my body on fire. And we all know what happens when you light gasoline. Someone is bound to get burned.
A second chance might destroy us both.
Because everyone knows two wrongs don’t make a Wright
The Wright Mistake was emotional, and often difficult, read for me due to my own experience of dealing with an alcoholic. In all honesty, I was probably very unsympathetic to Austin at the start of the story because of the similarities between Austin’s inability to accept he had a problem and that of my ex-husband. Unlike my ex, Austin does take responsibility for his own actions when confronted with the aftermath of his decisions and its impact on the people around him.
KA Linde doesn’t sugar coat alcohol addiction within the narrative, something I am extremely grateful for. Personally, I feel as if today’s society overlooks the addictive nature of alcohol and is far too accepting of the culture of social drinking, especially here in the UK where we have a definite pub culture as a means of socializing. It isn’t until you experience the negative effects of living with an alcohol dependent individual that you can truly appreciate the destruction it causes within families, every aspect revolves around the next drink, important events are completely overlooked or forgotten and in worse case scenarios (this was me) you are left with a mountain of debt that has been used for feed their addiction.
Julia has a bit of a reputation as a good time girl, she is fierce and guarded due to the previous relationships she has had, especially the one with Austin. However, Austin burrowed deep into Julia’s subconscious and she now has the unfortunate habit of comparing all other men to Austin. Unfortunately, he broke her heart the first time around so she is understandably wary of embarking on any type of relationship with Austin. There are also some terrifying secrets lurking in Julia’s closet that decide to make an appearance to create even more stress and tension in her life.
Julia and Austin can’t stay away from each other, as Austin comes to terms with accepting he has an addiction and taking ownership of his decisions, Julia is supportive and encouraging without losing her self-respect in the process. I admired Julia’s inner strength and ability to stay true to her moral compass where Austin was concerned. My heart broke with the revelations regarding the aforementioned skeletons. Julia is an unbelievably strong individual to have not only overcome the experiences of her past but to thrive as she moves onto the future.
I really liked the way in which the narrative showed that addictions can be overcome and that it is a life long battle and not an easy fix. The most difficult obstacle to overcome is admitting there is a problem, to begin with, and be willing to put in the work to overcome the hold it has on your life.
I loved seeing the Wright family in its entirety as the support system behind Austin, including seeing the progression of the previous two couples in the series. There are a number of shock developments within the plot that will leave you reeling, paving the way for additional stories in the series. The only character I am a little annoyed at is Austin’s best friend, Patrick, due to his enabling of Austin’s addiction; seriously I wanted to hit him over the head with something. I am very interested to see where Patrick is gong to end up within the Wright series 😉