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Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger

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From Beth Harbison, the New York Times bestselling author of When in Doubt, Add Butter and Shoe Addicts Anonymous, comes Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger, a delightful new novel that will make you look at second chances in a whole new way.

Ten years ago, Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when somethin
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Published July 9th 2013 by Macmillan Audio (first published July 1st 2013)
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kari
Sep 30, 2013 kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda Hill
Jul 23, 2013 Amanda Hill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this book was the title.
Ionia
Apr 17, 2013 Ionia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, how can you read this title and not want to read this book? I fell in love with the title so much that the book almost didn't matter. Okay, not really, but still...you have to admit, it is pretty great.

So begins my review:

Sheesh! Don't read this book if you have anything else you want to accomplish that day. This is one of those laugh out loud, carry-the-book-everywhere-with-you-even-into-the-bathroom kind of books. If I hadn't been reading the digital edition it might have even ha
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Lynne
Jun 05, 2013 Lynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish this book were as good as its title. I received this as an ARC and it took me about 2 weeks to get through, which is pretty long for me. I'm not a big fan of the writing style. I felt there were too many breaks between dialogue when Quinn would go off on an internal monologue and then the next line of conversation would be said and I had already forgotten what the conversation was about in the first place. The middle of the book dragged on while Quinn was endlessly wallowing in the past a ...more
Amanda
May 16, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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So, I love chick lit. I’m not going to lie about that. It is my favorite “no think” read. So, when I found a book with this title needless to say…I was freaking excited. But, that did dwindle quickly.

The beginning was written in third person and then shifted to first. I was annoyed with that. It also appeared as if the writer was not at all comfortable writing in third person. I say this be
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Debbie
Jun 24, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s ten years since Quinn Barton left her groom at the altar after his brother, the best man shocked her with tales of her groom’s infidelity she knew nothing about, which ultimately led to her and the brother’s insane revenge fueled affair.
Quinn’s convinced she’s moved on but when ten years later she’s making their grandmother’s wedding gown, she and the brothers reunite for the first time since that fateful, unhappy day and she realizes just how much she’s fooling herself because there are u
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Abigail
Jul 20, 2013 Abigail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well I finished it. For all the dithering and analyzing and remonstrating on behalf of our neurotic under confident, dimensionless, heroine, the book's ending was ridiculously abrupt. No one in this book was likable, except I suppose, the eccentric grandmother. Maybe the cliched gay best friend annoyed me the most. Why does this character not deserve any uniqueness or realism? His only purpose in the book was to be an uncomplicated shoulder to cry on, a wacky alter ego to help the heroine out of ...more
Jessica
Jan 05, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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Stacy
I really hate to rate this one so low, normally I love her books. It started out great in the beginning....but there was so much filler to get to the end, it just got really boring at times and I almost fell asleep more than once. I like the premise of the story, and I loved the characters. Glenn and Dottie were fun characters. But it felt like it dragged on, like a minimum number of pages had to be met. I don't know if it's because Quinn was stuck in such a rut in her life - she said more than ...more
Chelsey
Jul 25, 2013 Chelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book I ever read by Beth Harbison was When in Doubt, Add Butter, and I absolutely fell in love with her characters and the dynamics she could so easily create between them. I knew that I had to pick up this book and review it on my blog, or die trying! This story follows Quinn Barton, cool name for a girl, as she is about to walk down the aisle to marry her high school sweetheart, Burke Morrison. At the last minute, Burke’s brother, Frank, pulls Quinn aside to tell her that she cannot ...more
Loralee
You know when you mix too many different paint colors together so you end up with an ugly brown or gray shade? I found this book to be the equivalent to that--muddy and murky.

I could see what Harbison was going for: light, fun, a little sappy but in a sugary way, and the novel definitely should have been all those things. With such a great title, it just should have been. Instead, the main female lead, Quinn, is whiny and entitled, at the same time as she lacks the courage of her convictions. Sh
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Anna
Jan 02, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Eliza
Aug 02, 2013 Eliza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I tell you I just said 'Eff it' about 3/4 through and read the last 10 pages JUST to end the book. Yikes!

WAAAAAY too much internal dialogue from the protagonist & not enough background on her relationship with either of the brothers. Very incomplete and it dragged on and on and on!

Do not read unless you have absolutely nothing else to read. I, on the other hand, do...
Nancy
Apr 27, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Runaway Bride Ten Years Later

Quinn is at the church ready to walk down the aisle to marry Burke, the love of her life, when Burke's brother, Frank, asks her to step outside. He has something important to tell her. Burke has been playing around with another girl. Devastated, Quinn runs back into the church,walks down the aisle, and smacks Burke effectively ending the wedding. Then she goes off for a weekend in Vegas with Frank, but that isn't the happy ending of the story.

Ten years later, Dott
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Jacqueline's Reads
May 10, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads marked it as considering  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I've read five of Beth Harbison books. My opinion has varied...I'm excited about this new release and I can't wait to read it!



Ten years ago, Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when something derailed her. Rather, someone derailed her—the Best Man who at the last minute begged her to reconsider the marriage. He told her that Burke had been cheating on her. For a long time. Quinn, stunned, hurt, and confused, struggled with the obligation
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Lisa
This is the second book I've read by Beth Harbison and I'm starting to get really frustrated. Contrary to what a lot of people think, writing is difficult and not everyone who manages to get published is actually good at it. Harbison is a great writer. The cadence of her writing and the words she uses flow so well that you forget you're seeing words on a page and instead feel like you're watching a movie. Unfortunately, based on the two books I've read, it seems that she is NOT an equally strong ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Mediocre romance story, featuring a woman who is clearly messed up romantically since being derailed on her way to the altar 10 years ago. She ends up going off with the best man, and then spends the next ten years trying to forget and move on from her husband to be, and his best man.

These just happen to be Burke and Frank Morrison, who are brothers, and who Quinn is trying to put behind her. Then their grandmother Dottie, asks Quinn to make her wedding dress, and announces that Frank and Burke
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Marlene
Jun 14, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moments before Quinn was to walk down the aisle to marry her high school sweetheart, she was given some news that changed everything! Frank, the brother of her soon to be husband, pulled her aside and told her that her fiancé had been cheating on her. What was supposed to be the happiest day of Quinn’s life was quickly turning into a nightmare! But that didn’t stop her from walking down the aisle. Instead of saying, “I do” when she got to the alter she craned her arm back and deposited a hard sm ...more
Vivian Choi
3.5⭐

Gotta love me some chick lit! Oh the fairytale, the romantic loves....✨
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Shannon
The Characters

Quinn Barton
Frank Morrison
Burke Morrison
Glenn

I don’t have much to say about each character in general. I like them. Burke is kind of jerky but nothing spectacular stands out about them.

The Story

SPOILERS ahead!!!!!

This is a second chance romance. Quinn is all set to marry her high school sweetheart Burke when Burke’s brother/best man, Frank, drops the bomb that he has been cheating. Quinn runs off with Frank for an impromptu, two day, affair in Vegas. Flash forward 10 years a
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Jeanie
May 09, 2013 Jeanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I really liked the characters in the book but I got a little tired of Quinn's wallowing in the past and not moving forward with her life after she leaves her fiancee' at the altar at the age of 21. Most of the book centered on this theme and it was getting a little tiring with the flashbacks to her younger self. Because, like the heroine, the book didn't seem to be moving forward either. But I really enjoyed Glenn and his attempts to get Quinn out of the past & looking towards a happier futu ...more
Kourtney
Dec 28, 2013 Kourtney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what is going on but it seems lately all of my favorite authors are coming out with books I am just not a fan of. And here is another one. Usually I like Beth Harbison's books. This time? I just can't recommend it. It started out sounding interesting with Frank giving her wild things to do to break her out of her shell. When I started the book I was single and thought maybe I should play along as well! And then I kept reading...

Quinn is not a sympathetic character to me. I felt she
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Patricia
May 29, 2013 Patricia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Who could resist such a title? I was delighted to receive an ARC Giveaway from First Reads. The whole scenario is revealed on the front cover. Cute and catchy. Staged between two weddings, a bridal shop owner is torn between the affections of two brothers ten years after leaving one at the altar when the other exposes his brother's philandering behavior. This straightforward and predictable romance has a first person narrator with a razor-sharp wit, who perhaps rambles too repetitively with her ...more
Nicole
Jul 09, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
eeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it was ok

I wanted easy beach read and that's what I got. Although it tended to drone. On and on... and on. And frankly the whole gay best friend thing in these novels is becoming not even cliche - it's embarrassing.

Apparently the only thing gay men have to do is to over-involve themselves in single white female's lives.

And then she ended up with one of the brothers because... err... he was a better lay? I don't know, it wasn't quite clear, but again, beac
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Goldie
Almost DNF'd this book. I truly felt bad for Frank in the end, even though it's what you would call a happy ending, because I didn't feel that Quinn truly loved him. Glenn and Dottie were way more interesting, while Quinn just kept whining and bemoaning howher life hasn't changed when she hasn't done anything to make her life any different.

I love Beth Harbison's books, but Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger just didn't do it for me.
Elysa
May 17, 2013 Elysa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This was a funny book, and I enjoyed the quick-paced writing. I had never heard of this author, but I want to check out her other books now. I only gave it a 3 because I'm not a fan of reading detailed sexual encounters. Other than that, this was a fun read. I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.
Eileen
Jun 02, 2017 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story could have been shorter
Ilana
Jun 28, 2013 Ilana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger
Author: Beth Harbison
Publisher/Year: St Martin Press 7/9/13
Length: 247 pages

Overview

Ten years ago, Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when something derailed her. Rather, someone derailed her—the Best Man who at the last minute begged her to reconsider the marriage. He told her that Burke had been cheating on her. For a long time. Quinn, stunned, hurt, and confused, struggled with the
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Laura P
Apr 26, 2013 Laura P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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With a title as funny, direct and entertaining, as this, how could a Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit reader resist? The best part, the entertaining title, perfectly represents the novel. When we are first introduced to Quinn Barton she is in a wedding dress, ready to walk down the aisle. Ten years later, Quinn is a professional success, designing one of a kind dresses and owning her own shop Talk of the Gown, but she has been in a romantic rut since leaving her fiancé Burke Morrison at the altar. She ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Jul 09, 2013 Jeannie Zelos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger Beth Harbison

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

Beth Harbison is an author new to me but looking her up she seems to have a large body of work and I was in the mood for something light and chick-lit type to read. So...on with CTWGGHTWF – odd and unusual title I thought, though after I'd read the book it did make sense.
I've mixed feelings about it, and I'm not entirely sure where to start. The book description sums up what its about pretty accurately so I'
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Beth Harbison grew up in Potomac, Maryland, in the shadow of Washington, D.C. Apart from the occasional irritation at being held up in traffic by a presidential motorcade, she has remained fairly uninvolved in the politics that define her home town. Her latest novel, ONE LESS PROBLEM WITHOUT YOU, comes out July 26, 2016.


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“Fairy tales die hard in the minds and hearts of some girls.

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“I was always in complete control of everything in my life and I was just so tired of having to do that alone. Not that I wanted someone else to take over my life for me or tell me how to do things, but when you're the only one accountable for everything, that can get old.” 2 likes
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