ARC review: The Wrong Kind of Compatible by Kadie Scott

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Cassie Howard is a brilliant data analyst that undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan has been ordered to watch. A hacker like Drew doesn’t often go undercover, so he can’t screw up this mission. Nerdy, beautiful Cassie doesn’t make it easy for Drew – she has a habit of saying the first thing that pops into her head, even when that thought is inappropriate.  Drew, though, isn’t much better. He’s so awkward that he’s constantly dropping innuendo without realizing it. A relationship built on secrets obviously isn’t ideal, but maybe these two can work it out.

The Wrong Kind of Compatible is a quick, fluffy book that’s chock full of awkwardness.  Don’t get me wrong – I love some awkwardness.  Honestly, if a hot, nerdy FBI agent started accidentally babbling out sexual innuendoes at every turn, I’d probably fall for him, too. The problem I had was that Cassie’s awkwardness seemed overdone. In my 27 years, I’ve never met a woman that literally could not keep her mouth shut.  I’ve never met someone who didn’t have even a semblance of a filter. Cassie blurts out every awkward thought she has, but only the awkward ones. She doesn’t go around blurting out what she thinks she’ll make for dinner or that she has to use the bathroom or how she’s going to tackle her latest data set. (Probably because that wouldn’t make for an exciting plot.) Instead, she blurts out all of her sexual thoughts. It just didn’t quite seem realistic to me.

Although I can’t say that I loved this book, I did enjoy it. Drew was a great love interest, and although Cassie wasn’t my favorite protagonist, she was still pretty great. There were enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, and at only around 200 pages, it’s fast-paced, but never rushed.

There are certainly worse ways to spend a couple hours than in the presence of these characters.

Final rating: ★★★☆☆

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC!