*I received a free copy of The Right Wish from Selfpublished via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *The Right Wish by Michelle Mankin
Series: Once Upon a Rock Star #2
Published by Selfpublished on March 26, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Once upon a time with a beautiful hooker who used to be a princess, and a handsome manager for rock stars who is more than he seems.
She’s kind and fanciful. He’s bossy and straightforward. She has nothing and feels like her life has no value. He has a reliable well-paying job that keeps his bank account full, yet his yearning heart is empty.
Both have hidden their true selves away.
But if your secret self is hidden, how can the right person ever find and fall in love with the real you?
Two lost and lonely souls arrange to meet at a pay-by-the-hour motel.
Is it happenstance, fate, or a wish come true when his carefully crafted reality and her make-believe one collide?
The second installment in this series, The Right Wish was even more emotional and impactful than its predecessor. Witnessing all Camaro is and how much she gives to others, it was more than a little moving to see Brad work at convincing her she was worthy of love…his love. *swoon*
I agree! Cam was such a heartfelt heroine. And she truly did believe her late mother’s words about giving joy to others was the greatest joy of all. She was so good with everyone she came in contact with.
Man, I can’t imagine having to live life as Cam had. Lying about who she was, living in shelters, selling her body… it was no wonder her self-esteem was in the gutter. And yet she was still so kind and giving. That said so much about her – her beautiful soul. And she certainly wasn’t afraid to engage in verbal sparring with Brad. LOL What did you think of Cam?
I loved Cam to pieces. Her strength – especially after all she’d been through – truly showed her beautiful heart and soul. And I loved that she was still able to stand up for herself.
Brad came across as bossy and condescending towards Cam. But when I looked deeper I could see he was only being protective of her. I adored him for the way he took care of those he loves. He had to work at delivering his care of Cam in a way she’d accept though and I admired him for the effort. How did you feel about Brad and the way he treated Cam?
Brad was an enigma to me in the beginning. I was a little mad at him at first, because he seemed very distant with Cam. But like you, I quickly understood that he only wanted to make life better, easier and safer for her. He just went about it in a strange way is all.
As their romance really blossomed I appreciated how both Cam and Brad gave as much as they got. Brad worked at building up Cam’s self-esteem, trying to make her see herself as he did, and showing her she wasn’t her past. Cam worked at bringing out the creative side of Brad, showing him that he didn’t have to ignore a part of himself in order to care for his loved ones. The character growth was so heartwarming and more deeply rooted me in caring for Cam and Brad. What is your opinion of their romance and the character development that sprung from it?
I found Brad and Cam to both be important to each other. Cam definitely needed to become more self confident – I think she had forgotten that she was worth at least as much as other human beings. She thought more about the mistakes she had made than the wonderful tings she did for others every single day. And Brad needed someone to tell him it was OK to be more than one thing.
I have to mention that I loved the way Cam was always spinning stories – fairy tales – in her head. It was another element of her character that I identified with and made me love her all the more. You?
Definitely, Cam’s stories were beautiful – even if they were usually fairly short. She knew just the right thing to say to someone to help them overcome a difficulty.
MMankin is so skilled at delivering a message through her stories. The Right Wish was no different and I felt that one of her messages in particular is very timely. That of kindness being its own reward. During this time of uncertainty, we could all use a little kindness. I also appreciated her showing that we don’t have to be defined by our pasts. Of course our pasts and mistakes we made play a role in who we are but we’re all redeemable and worthy of love. We have to choose NOT to allow our pasts and mistakes we’ve made define us. Did you like MMankin’s messages? Did you see others?
Kindness is definitely important! You said especially now – which I agree with, but I think that when life is ‘normal’ kindness is also so much easier than meanness. It’s not difficult to be nice to people. This is a strong message in the story. And I think that self forgiveness and self love are also messages in The Right Wish. Not only for Cam, but for all of the characters.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 COYER all year long
- 2020 New Release Challenge