ARC Review – The Man I Want to Be by Christina Elle

Title: The Man I Want to Bethe man i want to be
Author: Christina Elle
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

DEA agent Bryan Tyke hates weddings. He hates them even more when he’s forced to travel to a hot as hell beach resort to watch his best friends say I do, while acting happy about it. He isn’t happy. If those two want to buy into happily ever after, good for them. That isn’t in the cards for Tyke. It hasn’t been since he joined the army years ago and lost everything. That is, until the woman he’s never forgotten shows up as a bridesmaid and puts herself into immediate danger.

Kenna McCord has bigger issues than running into the gruff, sexy guy who broke her heart. Someone is stealing from wedding guests, including her late mother’s sapphire ring, and Kenna needs to find the thief ASAP. Reluctantly, she agrees to let Bryan use his skills and resources to help with the investigation, knowing full well it will lead to nothing but frustration and more broken promises. Unfortunately, there’s still something between them and it can’t be denied…


I received an ARC of the book for an honest review.

Bryan Tyke, also known as Bear, is a DEA agent who goes to his friends wedding in paradise. Bryan/Tyke/Bear doesn’t expect to see the girl he left behind 12 years ago, Kenna McCord.

Kenna has never gotten over Bryan/Tyke/Bear. In 12 years.  She’s really angry with him for leaving without an explanation. Bryan/Tyke/Bear beats himself up over it as well. They are both at their friends wedding and Kenna’s mothers ring is stolen, and she teams up with Bryan/Tyke/Bear to help her find it.

Why do I keep referring to him as Bryan/Tyke/Bear? Well, at any point, he was called one of those names. Several times all three of the names were on the same page. Since this book is told in the third person, it was INCREDIBLY CONFUSING.  There were SO many characters in this book, and most of the men, who were also DEA agents, had nicknames as well. I had no idea who any of them were at any given point. After a while, I just stopped caring.

So Bryan/Tyke/Bear left Kenna for the absolute dumbest reason ever. I’m not sure I would want a man so stupid working for such an important government agency. The reason was also pretty predictable, but it didn’t make it any less stupid. The main problem, however, was that Bryan/Tyke/Bear was just not really likable. His reason for leaving Kenna made him feel that he was unworthy of her. And Kenna forgave Bryan/Tyke/Bear very quickly, and it didn’t feel real.

The best character in the book was Aunt Estelle. She was hilarious and really the only reason I finished.

I will say that the mystery surrounding who stole the ring was a little lame. It was predictable and pretty boring. This book was also a little long and detail heavy; which wasn’t needed.

Overall, I would not recommend this one.

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