Blog Tour Review: Mr. Right Across the Street by Kathryn Freeman

I’m delighted to be a part of the blog tour for Mr. Right Across the Street, a charming rom-com with fantastic characters and a wonderful romance!

About the Book:

Mia Abbott’s move to Manchester was supposed to give her time and space from all the disastrous romantic choices she’s made in her past. But then the hot guy who lives opposite – the one who works out every day at exactly 10 a.m., not that Mia has noticed thank-you-very-much – starts leaving notes in his window…for her.

Bar owner Luke Doyle has his own issues to deal with but as he shows Mia the sites of her new city he also shows her what real romance looks like for the first time. And when he cooks up a signature cocktail in her honour, she realises that the man behind the bar is even more enticing than any of his creations. And once she’s had a taste she knows it will never be enough!

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My Review:

Mr. Right Across the Street is a quick and fun rom-com with great characters and a chemistry-laden friends-to-lovers romance. The story follows Mia and Luke, an unlikely pair that proves love conquers all. Mia is new to town and looking to make friends, not become entangled with the sexy bar owner who lives across the street. Luke is quite comfortable with his single life but can’t resist his deep feelings for Mia. Can he convince Mia that he is the one for her?

I love Mia’s character! A tech-savvy coder, Mia is smart, independent, and kind. Though comfortable in her own skin, Mia has lost trust in men and in herself. New to the area, Mia moved to Manchester to escape a toxic relationship, and she is still dealing with the ramifications of ending it. She’s not looking for romance, but she finds it in the hunky bachelor that lives across the street and owns the local bar. Though she immediately connects with Luke, Mia does not want to repeat mistakes she’s made in the past and is reluctant to enter into a relationship with a known womanizer. Mia has a lot of reservations when it comes to romance, and her past relationships have really damaged her ability to trust and her desire to find love. It’s interesting to see how she works through her internal obstacles and tries to focus on a happier future for herself.

Luke seems like a consummate bachelor with an easy smile and charismatic charm, but he is so much more than that. I love how his story slowly unfolds to show how loyal, hard-working, and honorable he is. Like Mia, his past defines his present, and because of this, he keeps love interests at an emotional distance, never getting too attached. That is, until Mia.

I love how Luke, a man who is used to women throwing themselves at him, works to win Mia over. He knows upon meeting her that Mia is different from the other women he knows. He is drawn to her and admires her quick wit, sharp mind, and beauty, but he also recognizes her reluctance to become involved. Writing notes and leaving them in his window for Mia to see is a super cute way of communicating, especially in today’s technology-dependent world. Luke is patient and sensitive to Mia’s fears and insecurities, and his actions show how much he cares for and respects her. They have wonderful (and sometimes steamy) chemistry, and their love story is fantastic.

The story also has a fantastic cast of secondary characters. Mia’s sister and mother are hilarious and charming and genuine, and the strength of their bond is evident throughout the novel. Luke’s friends are also pretty comical, and the way they tease and support each other is relatable and realistic. Mia’s curmudgeonly neighbor is an unusual and perfect sidekick and much more intuitive than he originally seems. All of these characters enrich the story and offer tremendous insight into Mia and Luke’s lives.

I enjoyed this cute and fun contemporary romance and think it will appeal to readers who enjoy rom-coms with well-developed and interesting characters, witty banter, and a fabulous love story. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources and Kathryn Freeman for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author:

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero. 

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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9 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: Mr. Right Across the Street by Kathryn Freeman

  1. Thank you so much for taking part in the blog tour, Julie, and for your really lovely review 🙂

  2. Nice review Julie. I have read a couple of other books by Kathryn Freeman and enjoyed them, so I am not surprised that this one is also very good.

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