Bedding the Wrong Brother by Virna DePaul

I personally found this to be a delightfully magical read. And yes, I perfectly understand the ironic cheesiness of calling a novel featuring two uber hot magician twin brothers “magical”, but you know what? I don’t care.

What’s it About? 

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Melina Parker has always excelled in two things: research followed by hands-on application. She prides herself on being a lady in public, but after she’s dumped yet again for being a lady in the bedroom, she’s ready to go back to school. Determined to find her inner sex diva, she enlists her childhood friend, Max Dalton, to tutor her after hours. Instead, she ends up in the wrong bed and gets a lesson in passion from Max’s twin brother, Rhys Dalton, a man Melina’s always secretly wanted but never thought she could have.

Despite craving the occasional adventure, Melina’s a small-town girl who wants roots and a family. Rhys and Max, on the other hand, are celebrities who travel from one city to another, changing bed partners as easily as plane flights. Rhys is outwardly the more reserved of the two but, unable to believe his good luck when he finds Melina waiting for him, he gives Melina her first taste of multiples right out the gate. Come morning, she’s so mortified that she threw herself at Rhys that she blurts out the truth about her tutoring experiment. Not about to let her get away from him, Rhys convinces Melina that when it comes to sexual lessons, he’s more than man enough for the job. His biggest challenge is teaching Melina that when it comes to pleasure, the key to his own is hers. Can a woman who’s always longed for hearth and home find satisfaction with a man whose entire life has been about moving on to the next big thing?

First Impressions

This novel features a female lead who labels herself as slightly chubby, and she has absolutely zero confidence in her ability to keep a man satisfied in the bedroom. Um, I’m sorry, but is this thing about me??? Well, turns out no, because I’m certainly not friends with two unbelievably hot twins who would drop everything to help her out, including help her learn how to please a man in the bedroom. Oh well, a girl can dream. Anyway, I could personally really identify with Melina, and how her lack of confidence with men makes her hesitant to take risks or go after what she really wants in life. And what Melina really wants is one of her best friends since childhood, Rhys.

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But she’s convinced he could never fall for someone as plain-looking as her, so she’s always settled in her relationships with other men. When yet another boyfriend breaks up with her because of her lack of passion in the bedroom, she’s determined to act the scientist she is by researching how to keep a man satisfied. Her heart wants Rhys, but because she fears his rejection she instead turns to his twin brother, Max. Shocked by her request, Max initially wants to say no, but also doesn’t want her running off to some random hookup. He says yes to Melina, but secretly devises a plan to make sure his brother is the one she takes to the bedroom knowing that the two have had crushes on each other for years. Cheesy premise? Sure! And yet, it shockingly comes together by blending cuteness, sexiness, and the search for confidence. What can I say? I finished it in one sitting.

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Mistaken Identity

As the premise of the novel was developing, and we started to see the direction it was going in terms of Max deceiving Melina to sleep with his brother, my immediate thought was: “well, how the hell is he gonna pull this one off?” After all, Melina supposedly knows these guys better than anyone, and never has any trouble telling them apart. They’ve even tried to trick her a few times in the past with no success. However, I must say the way this all came together was comedically cheesy, yet clever enough where it actually had a sense of reality to it.

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First off: alcohol!!!! A tried and true classic. Melina is understandably nervous about bedding one of her best friends, so she indulges in a bit of liquid courage as she’s waiting in “Max’s” hotel room wearing nothing but her intimates. It’s not enough to get her plastered to the point of concern or indecency, but it’s enough to make her relaxed, and maybe skip over some of the finer distinguishing features between brothers. Second: her glasses! When Melina first propositioned Max with the idea of helping her out in the bedroom, she makes a flippant remark about how everything’s a blur without her glasses. This makes Max’s ears perk up, and he insists that when they first do it she must keep her glasses off, claiming they’re too ugly to behold. Enter Rhys who is excited beyond belief that Melina seems to finally be offering herself to him, and the rest is history.

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Sexual Confidence, or Lack Thereof

This book mainly explores the sexual awakening of Melina, and how Rhys manages to bring out the passionate side of her. This means the book is pretty sex heavy, so I could see how some might find it boring. However, for me it was the opposite as we see an almost poetic mirroring of both Melina and Rhys on their journey to overcome their own lack of confidence.

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For Melina, she lacks confidence in her sexual abilities and her own looks. She’s convinced that if only she could learn what a man likes in the bedroom she could finally keep a guy around long enough to marry and have children with. She’s also never acted upon her feelings for Rhys because of these same reasons, as well as because she thinks her looks aren’t on the same level as his former girlfriends. Only by getting involved in this “experiment” with Rhys does he show her that she’s always been beautiful to him, and that she already possess all the passion she’d ever need in a relationship, as long as she can find a man who can bring it out in her.

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At the start of the novel it seems as though Melina is the only one with confidence issues, but it doesn’t take long for us to realize that hottie Rhys has them too. He too lacks confidence in his relationship with Melina, worrying that she simply sees him as interchangeable with his twin brother. This is especially compounded by the fact that Max and Melina shared a kiss years before, not to mention Melina first approached Max instead of Rhys in her research on male pleasure. If he puts himself out there and lets his true feelings known, will she reject him? Or can Melina make him believe that it’s always been him? Such an interesting dynamic.

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Series: Bedding the Bachelors, book 1. Oh hell yes will I be continuing with this series, especially considering book 2 features Max himself and one of Melina’s friends.

Should you read it? I went into this book with zero expectations, and in the end was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. It’s a quick, cute read with humor and a ton of sex thrown in. My one complaint was that both Rhys and Melina set out to view this sexual experiment as a one-time weekend only activity. They are both so convinced that their lives with him being on the road and her being a homebody won’t mesh, so they don’t even have a discussion about trying to compromise to make things work out. These two have had crushes on each other forever, yet apparently still lack some basic communication skills.

Smut Level: Rhys certainly is magical with his hands alright. And his tongue. And other…extremities.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. FREE Kindle Price. Amazon Digital Services LLC. 254 Pages.

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