The Wrong/Right Man

Aurora Rose Reynolds

Book Cover

GENRE

ROMANCE MYSTERY

    Core Theme

    LOVE

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    50 SHADES OF GREY

    CHARACTER LIST

    • DAKOTA: 20S, BEAUTIFUL, FEISTY, HOPING FOR A NEW START AFTER A BREAKUP

    • BRAXTON: 30S, HANDSOME, CONTROLLING, MYSTERIOUS, DAKOTA’S NEW BOYFRIEND

    • JAMIE: 20S, PROTECTIVE, PLAYBOY, LEAD SINGER, DAKOTA’S BROTHER

    • SAMANTHA: 20S, BEAUTIFUL, LOYAL, UNDERSTANDING, DAKOTA’S NEW FRIEND

    • FREDDIE: 30S, QUIET, UNSTABLE, SECRETLY IN LOVE WITH DAKOTA, JAMIE’S BAND

    • MATE KATHY: 50S, JUDGMENTAL, DAKOTA’S BOSS

    • HANNA: 20S, BEAUTIFUL, SWEET, FRIENDLY, BRAXTON’S ASSISTANT AND EX-GIRLFRIEND

    Logline

    As a businessman, Braxton knows to trust his gut and never let an opportunity pass him by, so he pretends to be someone he's not. Maybe he shouldn't have lied. Maybe he should have come clean. But in the end, it doesn't matter, because now he has to prove he's not the wrong man but the right one.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Seattle Washington

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Aurora Rose Reynolds

    Year Published: 2020

    Starting Description

    Waking up to a text asking why you stood up your blind date is not the best way to start the day, especially when the man in question is standing half dressed in your kitchen. So what if he's not the man she's expecting? She's the one he's been waiting for.

    Ending Description

    At the end of the story Dakota and Braxton discover that Dakato's brothers band member was the one infatuated with her and was stalking her. He was arrested at the end.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-1733669153

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending

    Plot - Premise

    Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Dakota

    Age: 28

    Gender: Female

    Role: Logical

    Key Traits: Sarcastic,Seductive,Sexy,Educated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Braxton

    Age: 32

    Gender: Male

    Role: Tempter

    Key Traits: Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Crazy,Engaging,Faithful,Educated,Leader,Masculine,Sexy,Blunt,Secretive,Seductive,Sophisticated

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Additional Character Details

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    Development Pitch

    Waking up to a text asking why you stood up your blind date is not the best way to start the day, especially when the man in question is standing half dressed in your kitchen. Maybe Dakota Newton shouldn't have assumed the gorgeous man with a devastating smile standing outside the coffee shop was her date. She probably-- Okay, she definitely shouldn't have slept with him, regardless of how hot the chemistry between them was. But how could she know Mr. Right was actually Mr. Wrong? Braxton Adams has been called a few things in his life, but a liar was never one of them. That all changes when he's approached by a beautiful woman who thinks he's there to meet her for a date. As a businessman, Brax knows to trust his gut and never let an opportunity pass him by, so he pretends to be someone he's not.Maybe he shouldn't have lied. Maybe he should have come clean. But in the end, it doesn't matter, because now he has to prove he's not the wrong man but the right one. So what if he's not the man she's expecting? She's the one he's been waiting for. The Right/Wrong Man is overflowing with angst, suspense and passion!

    Genre

    ROMANCE, DRAMA

    Brief

    A young woman embarking on a new chapter in her life is fixed up on a blind date. When she meets him there is a palpable attraction and they end up spending night together. The next morning she learns that he is not the man she was supposed to meet. She is unnerved and angry that he lied to her, but she can't deny the attraction between them. He has to work hard to win her trust and prove that he is the right man for her.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    The revelation that she has just spent the night with someone who is not who he claims to be makes you want to keep reading.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The display of sexual dominance is somewhat distasteful and a bit reminiscent of Fifty Shades of Grey. This may be just a matter of style preference and not something that needs to be avoided as a whole.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The slow reveal of Braxton's motives for being obsessive and controlling is engaging.

    Fanbase Potential

    Similar to Fifty Shades, this may have big audience potential, but is unlikely to be critically acclaimed.

    Awards Potential

    This would most likely not be an Awards contender since it is mostly a romance without anything particularly outstanding or profound.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, ANYTHING ADAPTED FROM A ROMANCE MEANT FOR SUMMER BEACH READS

    What’s New About the Story

    The mistaken identity angle is really interesting. However, maybe if his motives turned out to a bit more sinister, it would add additional intrigue and uniqueness.

    Lead Characters

    Dakota has a vulnerability that is relatable and Braxton's authoritative personality is quite prominent.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This is a good solid romance that is fine the way it is. Some additional ominous and disturbing elements in either Braxton's personality or in his reasoning could possibly be an improvement.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    Romance is a popular genre among audiences, potentially making this an easy sell.

    Brief

    A young woman looking for a fresh start, finds an instant connection with a blind date. After spending the night together, she learns that he is not the man she was supposed to meet after all. Angry at being lied to, but unable to put him out of her mind, she allows him to prove to her that is the right man for her after all.

    What We Liked

    - The story is full of romance and a little bit of intrigue. It will be popular with young women, but the little bit of intermittent mystery will help to broaden the appeal.
    - This book is perfect for a feature film adaptation. It has a love story, a bit of mystery, and a happy ending which follows a the usually successful formula. - Speeding up the pace of the romance and focusing more on Braxton’s character and possibly upping the stakes for Dakota by enlightening her about her stalker a little earlier in the story might make for a more engaging film.
    - The story of Dakota and Braxton could be adapted nicely into a limited-series. Dragging out the intrigue regarding Braxton’s motives and delving into the mystery of Dakota’s stalker more deeply would keep a television audience engaged.
    - Key points: Strong female lead; Attractive cast; Romance; Broad appeal; Happy ending

    Synopsis

    Dakota is just coming off a break up with her long time fiancé, Troy. He cheated on her and she needs a fresh start. She relocates to Seattle and moves in with her brother Jamie, with whom she is very close. Jamie is the charming lead singer of an up and coming band and he has an endless stream of women in and out of the house. Dakota is excited when she learns that the dream job she just landed comes with a beautiful apartment in a building owned by her new company.

    She eagerly starts her new job as an on-air salesperson for a home shopping network type company. She really likes what she does and hopes to make some new friends. Her boss, Kathy, doesn’t seem to like her ideas, but she trusts her own instincts when her sales numbers are really good.

    Dakota goes to the club to watch Jamie’s band perform. She is friendly with his bandmates and Maggie, the manager of the club where they perform. Maggie is happy to see Dakota and tells her that she wants to set her up with one of her friends on a blind date. Dakota’s not interested at first, but Maggie persuades her. She opts for a coffee date instead of dinner so she can duck out early, if necessary.

    As Dakota is arriving for the date, she sees a gorgeous man waiting outside the shop. They lock eyes and she assumes that he is the man she is supposed to meet. He introduces himself as Braxton and she is immediately smitten with him. They have a great time together and can’t deny the chemistry between them. They end up spending the night together and Dakota hopes it is the beginning of a wonderful relationship.

    However, she awakes the next morning to text messages from Maggie asking why Dakota stood her friend up for the blind date. A sickening feeling comes over her as it slowly dawns on her that Braxton has been lying to her. Dakota is furious and asks him to leave. He tries to explain himself, but she will not listen. He agrees to leave but insists that they will see each other again.

    She runs into Braxton in the elevator at work but doesn’t put two and two together until she arrives for a work meeting and is faced with the fact that he is the CEO of the company. Not only does she work for him, but he owns the apartment building in which she lives. She needs her job so she has to find a way to coexist with him. Braxton is overbearing and refuses to take no for an answer when it comes to Dakota. He makes it clear that he is attracted to her and that he is the kind of man who always gets what he wants.

    Though annoyed at his forcefulness, she just can’t resist him and they embark on a passionate relationship. She can’t deny that she kind of likes the way he takes charge, but Dakota still feels a little boxed in at times. He takes it upon himself to gift her with a watch that stores all her data and then he syncs their data together so he always knows where she is and who she is with. He even calls Jamie behind her back to ask him to be with her when Troy comes into town to bring her some belongings she left behind.

    Dakota wants to keep their relationship quiet about around the office, but Braxton makes a big show of pulling her out of a bar where she is having drinks with coworkers so she can have dinner with him. Everyone knows about the relationship now whether Dakota likes it or not. Kathy seems a bit off put by it since Hanna, her niece and Braxton’s assistant, once dated. But Dakota soon learns that Hanna is very sweet and that she isn’t interested in Braxton as a boyfriend and likewise, he isn’t interested in her either. Hanna becomes friendly with Dakota, but she makes an even closer friend in her co-worker, Samantha. Dakota and Samantha enjoy each other’s company and Dakota is starting to feel like she finally fits in at work.

    Braxton continues to smother her. She gets breaks when she can, but he hardly lets her have any freedom. Braxton and Jamie strike up a friendship and Jamie seems happy to discover that Braxton is keeping tabs on Dakota and making sure that she is always safe.

    Dakota and Samantha attend one of Jamie’s shows. Samantha gets along great with the guys. Braxton soon joins them and the guys get along with him too with the exception of Jamie’s bandmate, Freddie, who seems distracted and doesn’t really socialize with them. Dakota doesn’t let Freddie’s quiet demeanor put a damper on the fun. They end up having a great time and when Dakota has too much to drink, Braxton whisks her away to his isolated cabin in the woods.

    Braxton and Dakota are enjoying an incredible romantic weekend at the cabin, when Braxton gets a call that disturbs him. They have to go back to the city so he can deal with an issue at the apartment building. When they arrive back, Braxton refuses to let Dakota go to her apartment and insists that she stay with him. She is frustrated and doesn’t want to be told what to do and where to stay. When she goes against his wishes and tries to go to her apartment, she is met by police and discovers that her apartment has been vandalized, flooded with water and most of her things have been destroyed. She is shocked and has no idea who might be responsible for such a thing.

    Braxton makes her at home in his apartment and has Hanna and Samantha go shopping to purchase things that Dakota will need. Braxton reveals to Dakota that on the first day of her on-air presence, the studio received a strange call about her and then later a scary package was sent to her attention. It was flagged and contained things that made security take a threat against her seriously. It now makes sense to Dakota why Braxton has been so protective. Jamie also knew of the threats against her so he has been grateful to Braxton for keeping her safe.

    Out of the blue, it is discovered that Freddie, Jamie’s bandmate is the one responsible for destroying Dakota’s things and sending threatening things to the studio. Apparently he has loved her from afar and when he realized that she was dating Braxton, he snapped. Jamie and the other bandmates are shocked at the revelation about Freddie.

    While Braxton and Dakota are out having dinner with Braxton’s parents, Jamie confronts Freddie and a fight ensues. Freddie ends up in the hospital and Jamie is arrested. Braxton jumps into action and gets Jamie the best lawyers money can buy. Freddie isn’t severely hurt from the fight and decides not to press charges. He admits to committing the crimes, is fired from the band and brought to justice. Relieved to have Freddie out of their lives, Jamie and the band prepare to go on tour while Braxton and Dakota are now free to enjoy their new life together. They get engaged in the epilogue and all’s well that ends well.

    About The Author

    Aurora Rose Reynolds is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose wildly popular series include Until, Until Him, Until Her, Underground Kings, Shooting Stars series and The Wrong/Right Man.