four letter word

3 star

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Forever

Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words “wrong number” in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend’s heart but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he’s quickly come to hate-until Sydney’s wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .

Four Letter Word started off as a fun and unique romance novel, but quickly devolved from an evenly placed story into a rushed plot and even quicker resolution.

 Four Letter Word had me intrigued from the synopsis: Sydney’s best friend, Tori, finds out she’s been dating a married man, so Sydney takes it upon herself to cuss out the man only to find out she dialed the wrong number. The story turns sexy and fun as they exchange texts and get to know each other. I loved every second of Sydney and Brian’s courtship before they meet. The flirty banter and sexy conversations are on point and easily the best thing about the novel.

 Sydney, as a whole, is, unfortunately, a bland character. The only interesting thing about her is her divorce. The reader is told that Sydney was a different person before she met her ex-husband then become someone else after they married. None of this is demonstrated, so Sydney doesn’t develop as a character.
Brian is the mysterious guy plagued by the actions of his past. He’s you’re typical male in a romance novel with a secret, but the twist with the wrong number is almost enough to overlook his lack of a unique personality.
Unfortunately, when Sydney and Brian meet their characters become one-dimensional. Sydney becomes the generic woman who falls in love and wants to immediately start a family and Brian becomes the alpha male who is loyal to her forever. I enjoyed the story much more before they met.

 What I hated most about this novel is the way Brian speaks. He refuses to say “I” when speaking about himself. For example:

 “Didn’t know my girl was so sensitive to compliments.”
“Never done this[…]”
“Said no one holds you but me[…]”

 Four Letter Word is sexually explicit, more than most romances I’ve read. So be warned, there are a lot of sex scenes and they are described in detail.


Overall, Four Letter Word started out as a unique romance that had me hooked from the first few pages, but quickly lost my interest as the story devolved into a generic romance.