Book Reviews

The Right One by Felice Stevens

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 16-June-2021

Book Blurb

Wrong never felt so right.

Morgan Cantrell is a survivor. After running away from an abusive husband, he’s finally divorced and starting over, but it’s hard. Of course he doesn’t mean to set off the smoke detectors in the building or short out the electricity in his apartment. Mistakes happen. The last thing he wants is to draw the attention of his growly, moody-ass super. Every time they meet, it’s like oil and water—they just don’t mix.

Leo DeLuca learned at an early age that the people who are supposed to love you only hurt you. He’s happy to keep to himself, but the walking disaster of a new tenant in 5C won’t stop getting in his way and into his business. They can’t even speak to each other without arguing, but Leo has to admit—it’s kind of a turn on. That must be the reason why he can’t stop thinking about the guy in 5C. Or wanting to touch him. But hell, no. That would be a mistake.

One kiss leads to an explosive night both men fight to forget—after all, Leo has nothing in common with the sweet kindergarten teacher while Morgan is looking for a happily ever after he knows Leo can’t give. Yet it’s Morgan who Leo leans on to help deal with his painful past, and Leo is the key to unlocking Morgan’s inner strength.

Trusting someone is never easy, but it might be the only way they discover that everything they think is wrong about each other, could be everything that's right.



Trigger Warnings: This book deals with domestic and verbal abuse and contains discussion of past traumatic events


Book Review

“To be with the right person cannot solve all your life's problems, on the other hand, being with the wrong one can create many.” ~ Luigina Sgarro


More than a year after Morgan Cantrell, of ‘The Right One’ by Felice Stevens, left his abusive ex-husband, Jeffrey, he has an apartment of his own. It’s a huge step down from the apartment that he had with Jeffrey. Morgan wants to keep a low profile, not attracting undue attention, especially from the grumpy building owner/manager. Unfortunately, Morgan is accident-prone. His microwave blows a fuse leaving him with no electricity. Instead of calling Leo, Morgan decides to try to fix it himself. Morgan throws the wrong breaker and it turns off the power to Leo’s apartment. Leo is furious. So much for remaining inconspicuous.


Leo DeLuca doesn’t quite know what to do with 5C, (Morgan). The guy is a menace. Constantly, he has accidents that jeopardize his safety and, conceivably, everyone else in Leo’s building as well. Morgan annoys the hell out of him but, at the same time, Leo thinks Morgan is adorable when he is all riled up. Leo can’t figure out why he feels that way. Leo likes Morgan, but he doesn’t want a relationship with him or anyone for that matter. Leo decides that Morgan is a nice guy who deserves better than Leo can give him. Yet, he can’t seem to stop flirting with him. When Leo’s best friend, Peter, isn’t able to go to a baseball game with him, Leo invites Morgan. Leo tells himself it’s not a date but it feels like one, especially when Leo almost kisses Morgan and it’s caught on the big screen for everyone to see. Leo’s phone rings as they are leaving the stadium. It is Peter, inviting both of them to his house for a barbecue.


At the barbecue Leo drinks too much. With his inhibitions lowered Leo kisses Morgan. Morgan is startled and asks what Leo is doing. They have an intense confrontation. Leo gets frustrated and slams his fist down on the table. Morgan takes off and hides in the kitchen. Leo looks for him to apologize but throws up on Morgan instead. Still, Morgan takes him back to his apartment. He settles Leo into bed and starts to leave when Leo, tears streaming down his cheeks, begs him to stay. Against his better judgement, Morgan crawls in bed with him. Soon, Leo is fast asleep.


With Leo and Morgan’s pasts it’s no wonder that they had little hope of finding someone that was right for them. There’s a lot of angst in this story but a lot of soul searching, renewed hope, character growth, and love. Thanks, Felice, for helping Leo and Morgan find their happy ending.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 266 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-April-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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