Again, totally underwhelmed! Before reading my review of Not That Kind of Guy, I’m going to highly recommend returning to my review of Not the Girl You Marry to see where I’m coming from on this, because I’m going to kind of base my feelings off of that (and if you didn’t read Not the Girl You Marry, you’re not missing anything).
Bridget Nolan has a past riddled with reasons not to get involved with a guy, ever again. Her ex royally screwed her up for love, and her mom abandoned her family when she was just 13. So she’s not looking to like Matt, the rich heir of billions who’s interning for her at the Special Prosecutions Bureau.
Matt, in contrast, is immediately swept away by Bridget’s looks, stubbornness, and whip-smart attitude. Though he, too, recognizes this relationship is a bad idea, he can’t stop himself once his internship ends – and things go horribly wrong, and what happens in Vegas did not stay in Vegas.
What I will say for Not That Kind of Guy is that it is a major improvement over Not the Girl You Marry. I reread my review before writing down my thoughts on this novel, and I can say that I definitely believe this novel came out better. But like, not much better. Christopher doesn’t do much better at tackling the “insta-love” problem – Bridget and Matt’s “attraction” is forced and uncomfortable, again. “Sparks” do nothing for me if I can’t see the real reason for attraction. For what we know about Bridget at the beginning, her desire for Matt makes little to no sense. Matt’s feelings for Bridget make only slightly more sense, in her being extremely similar to his (actually terrible) mom, which, you know, speaks for itself… However, I will say that it’s clear Bridget and Matt are more compatible than Hannah and Jack. Hannah and Jack take the stage in this book, too, for brief moments here and there, and they actually fit together better as supporting characters than they did in their own stories. Like, where was that magic when I was drudging through all 320 pages of Not the Girl You Marry?!
Christopher, again, failed to move the plot along quickly. The drama is sooooo drawnnnnn outtttttt that she loses me! Quickly! And it took me a week to make my way through this book. Her characters review the same problems again and again, turning them over for the reader repeatedly yet never making progress towards changing themselves, or towards the climax of the story. I honestly believe nothing came to a head until about 90% of the book was behind me (sorry, I read on Kindle here…). For a romance, I really think that’s a drag for the reader. Christopher’s romantic scenes also fall flat, so there’s nothing to carry you from point A to point B, and it gets boring fast.
I think it’s time to take a break from Christopher’s novels. Not to say I won’t return to them later, but I need her to work out the very evident kinks in the storytelling happening here. I think I’ll sit back and see what other reviewers are saying next time she releases a book!
So unfortunately, again, skip Not That Kind of Guy. Just not worth your time. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and it was published April 14, 2020.