3 Men and a Body (Body Movers Series #3)

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Overview

Carlotta Wren has always dreamed of taking a vacation from her life as daughter to fugitive parents and mother to her younger brother, Wesley. So when she is temporarily suspended from her job at Neiman Marcus, the invitation from hunky body mover Cooper Craft to ride to Florida for some fun in the sun and a VIP body pickup seems like a good idea.…

And then Wesley tags along to elude an irate loan shark and to play chaperone.…

And then they're ...

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Overview

Carlotta Wren has always dreamed of taking a vacation from her life as daughter to fugitive parents and mother to her younger brother, Wesley. So when she is temporarily suspended from her job at Neiman Marcus, the invitation from hunky body mover Cooper Craft to ride to Florida for some fun in the sun and a VIP body pickup seems like a good idea.…

And then Wesley tags along to elude an irate loan shark and to play chaperone.…

And then they're greeted on arrival by three different men, each one laying claim to the celebutante's body they've been hired to move.…

And it isn't long before they realize someone is determined that the stressed-out trio won't make it back to Atlanta with their famous cargo intact!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778326076
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Body Movers Series , #3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 714,976
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Bond grew up in eastern Kentucky, but traveled to distant lands through Harlequin romance novels. Years later, the writing bug bit her, and once again she turned to romance. Her writing has allowed her to travel in person to distant lands to teach workshops and promote her novels. She’s written more than forty projects for Harlequin, including a romantic mystery series called Body Movers. To learn more about Stephanie Bond and her novels, visit www.stephaniebond.com.

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Carlotta Wren bumped her cast against the door frame leading from the kitchen to the living room. "Son of a…" She bit back tears as pain lit up her entire left arm. Although she was lucky the fall from the balcony of the Fox Theater hadn't resulted in more serious physical injuries, the prospect of another four weeks in this clumsy cast left her frustrated and antsy.

It wasn't enough that she couldn't do her job at Neiman Marcus at a time when she desperately needed the money (short-term disability paid only partial wages). But yesterday when Peter Ashford had brought her home from the hospital, he'd shown her a ring he'd had made for her—her Cartier engagement ring, which he'd recovered from the shop where she'd pawned it, with two more large diamonds mounted, on either side of the original stone. The past, the present and the future. He would keep it for her, he'd said, until she was ready to make a decision.

And on top of everything else, her brother, Wesley, was missing.

Wesley was supposed to have picked her up at the hospital yesterday in a taxi, and when he hadn't shown, his boss, Cooper Craft, had offered to go look for him. As oflast night, Coop hadn't found Wesley, but Carlotta was hopeful that her brother would turn up this morning. He'd come strolling into the house, whistling, with a mouse in a jar to feed his snake, Einstein, oblivious to the fact that Carlotta had barely slept last night, worrying about him….

Worrying about Wesley seemed to be her fate in life. She'd raised him since he was nine years old, when their parents had skipped town so their father could elude charges for investment fraud. Over the past decade, they'd heard from their parents only through a handful of postcards…until recently.

When a look-alike had stolen her identity and been murdered, Carlotta had agreed to fake her own death. The D.A. wanted to try to smoke out her parents and in exchange, they'd offered to suspend Wesley's probation for hacking into the courthouse computer records. But Kelvin Lucas, the D.A. who'd been denied the chance to prosecute her father, Randolph Wren, had reneged on his deal when her parents hadn't shown.

After Carlotta had alienated Wesley for going along with the plan.

After she'd put her friends and coworkers through the traumatic ordeal of thinking her dead.

And after she'd slept with Detective Jack Terry, her temporary live-in bodyguard.

What no one knew was that Carlotta's father had shown up, in disguise, and he'd recognized her, even though she was also in disguise. She hadn't known it was him until later, when she'd found the note he'd slipped into her pocket: "So proud of you both. See you soon. Dad"

The scrawled wordsleft her conflicted. During her parents' long absence, Carlotta had worked up a powerful resentment. Sometimes, she even cheerfully hated them. Leaving without saying goodbye. Leaving her to f inish raising Wesley when she was just a few months shy of graduating high school and barely equipped to take care of herself. Leaving no money, only a paid-for town house in a transitional section of Atlanta that was a far cry from the palatial home in Buckhead that they had lost.

College had no longer been an option. The only real expertise she'd had was…clothes. Her father had been a wealthy investment broker; Carlotta had worn nothing but the best since she could dress herself. Thankfully, she'd been able to turn that dubious skill into a career in retail. She'd been a top salesperson for most of her years at Neiman's… until lately, when her life had seemingly exploded with complications and new relationships.

And old ones.

"Did shithead make it home yet?"

Carlotta turned to see her friend Hannah Kizer standing there, hands on hips. Dressed in pink pj's with white bunny rabbits and without her severe goth makeup, Hannah looked almost human—pretty, even.

"Not yet."

"Have you heard from Coop?"

"Not yet."

"Don't worry. Wesley can take care of himself, whether you want to admit it or not."

"I wish you were right, but history has taught me otherwise."

"How's the arm?"

"Getting dressed is an aerobic workout. Thank heaven for front-closure bras."

"Yeah, I had a broken arm once. Men wanted to jump in bed with me. I guess it made me seem vulnerable or something."

"Or less likely to eat your prey?"

Hannah gave her the f inger, then dropped onto the couch, picked up the remote control and turned on the small TV. When the picture came on, it was warped. "What happened to your big-screen TV?"

Carlotta sat next to her friend and pointed to theliving room window, still covered with the boards the police had tacked in place. "Taken out during the drive-by shooting. I'm waiting for a new window to be delivered and installed, but we can't afford to replace the TV. Wesley shouldn't have bought it, anyway," she grumbled. "We could've used that money for other things."

Like paying toward what he owed his odious loan sharks, Father Thom and The Carver. Or paying down their credit card debt, which had ballooned in size since her identity had been stolen. Or catching up their loan payments, or any one of a hundred other bills they were late on.

Wesley said he'd sold his motorcycle to buy the TV, but she knew the television had cost more than his bike was worth. She figured he'd been gambling again, despite his claims to her that he'd stopped.

She turned her head to look at her friend. "Where could he be?"

"A thousand safe places," Hannah assured her.

"Or a thousand unsafe places. Those thugs for The Carver who tried to force me into their van the other day said that Wesley had pulled a stupid stunt and was in big trouble. What if they kidnapped him?"

"Look on the bright side—his loan sharks probably won't kill him because they want to collect their money."

Carlotta glared at her.

Hannah's smile fell. "Sorry. Just trying to lift the mood." She flipped channels past the midmorning game shows, and stopped on a local talk show, Atlanta &Company, where local celebutante KiKi Deerling was being interviewed in all her silky blond, micro-mini glory, snuggling her pet pug on her lap. It was the guilty pleasure that Carlotta needed to take her mind off Wesley.

But a minute into the interview, Hannah scoffed, "Give me a break. This girl is only famous for being famous. She's a total poser."

Carlotta nodded, but nursed a little pang of envy toward the young woman who had inherited beauty, money and a last name that adorned a jewelry empire headquartered in Atlanta. "It would be fun to live her life for a day, though. No worries, just party after party." She gave Hannah a pointed look. "For once, we wouldn't have to crash."

"That girl is a waste of human skin. You'd think with all that cash she'd buy some underwear. I've seen her twat more than my own."

"Thanks for the wholesome image."

"And you'd think she'd learn by now that if she's going to have sex with someone, she should sweep the room f irst for hidden cameras. I always do."

"Really?" Carlotta said. "What married man are you dating this week?"

"His name is Troy and he's a college professor."

"What does he teach?"

"Ethics."

"Oh, well then, plus ten points."

On television the starlet held up her pet pug, which she'd dressed in a T-shirt bearing the name of the camp she was promoting.

"Camp Kiki?" Hannah said. "Is that where kids go to breathe fresh air, learn to snort coke and become anorexic?"

"Cut her some slack," Carlotta said with a little laugh. "I've heard of this camp. It looks like she's at least trying to do something good for underprivileged kids."

"Underprivileged to her probably means anyone who doesn't have a driver." Hannah gave Carlotta a sideways look. "Sorry. I forgot that you used to be rich."

"Not that kind of rich."

"Are there classif ications for how rich you are?"

"Sure." Carlotta used the f ingers on her good hand to count them off. "There's inherited wealth, the kind that's so massive the heirs live off the interest. Then there's inherited wealth that has to be maintained, like taking over the reins of a family business. There are ranks within inherited wealth, depending on how prestigious the business—jewelry is near the top of the list. Then there's aristocratic wealth, meaning there's no cash flow, everyone just kind of exists off their family name and estate. My parents were farther down in the pecking order—they were bourgeois rich. My dad worked for his money."

Hannah lifted an eyebrow.

"Or stole it, depending on who you believe."

"And who do you believe?"

The note her father had slipped to her scratched the skin of her chest where she was keeping it in her bra. She was afraid that Wesley might find it if she left it in her bedroom. And truthfully, she just wanted to keep it close. "I honestly don't know. He was indicted for fraud, so the D.A. must have had a case, right?"

"Maybe. Maybe it was personal. What do you really know about the D.A.?"

"Just that he's a lying asshole for reneging on our deal."

"Well, there you go. Maybe he had some other motivation for charging your dad."

"So why didn't Dad stay and fight it? Why skip town and abandon his own kids?"

"I don't know."

"Would your parents do something like that?"

Hannah shifted on the couch, and it occurred to Carlotta that she had never talked about her parents. And frankly, Carlotta couldn't picture the people who had spawned her bizarre friend.

"Has your father called you again?" Hannah asked, neatly sidestepping Carlotta's question.

"No."

Not that it had been much of a conversation. He'd phoned her at work a few weeks ago and said, "It's Daddy." She'd been so startled, she'd dropped her cell phone—and the connection.

"And I broke my cell phone, so I couldn't even call back."

Hannah frowned and pointed to the end table. "Whose cell phone is that?"

"Mine, but…it's a new one."

"How did you afford a new phone?" Hannah asked suspiciously.

"Peter gave me an extra one that he had lying around."

Hannah picked up the sleek, razor-thin phone. "Right. This state-of-the-art gadget was just lying around. Did it belong to his murdered wife?"

"No!" At least Carlotta didn't think so.

"Is he paying for your service, too?"

"It didn't cost anything to add me to his plan," she said defensively.

"Yet. Don't kid yourself—the man plans to collect."

"Peter's been very good to me," Carlotta murmured.

"You mean the man who dumped you years ago when your parents left town? The man who's suddenly all over you when his wife has only been dead for a few weeks? Yeah, he's a real stand-up guy."

"It's complicated." No one knew that her father had also called Peter, who now worked for Mashburn &Tully, the investment f irm where her father had been accused of stealing from customers' accounts. Randolph Wren had asked Peter for his help in f inding an alleged f ile that could prove his innocence. It was a secret that bound her and Peter together.

Then there was the ring….

The sound of a car pulling into the driveway made Carlotta leap off the couch. "It's Coop," she said when she saw the white van. She watched until he got out of the van—alone. "But Wesley isn't with him."

She opened the front door and stepped out on the stoop in the early morning heat, eager for news. "Did you find him?"

Cooper Craft was tall and lean, with light brown hair and long, neat sideburns. He lifted his gaze to hers and shook his head. "No. You haven't heard from him?"

"No," Carlotta said, feeling the stirrings of true panic. "I've been calling his cell phone every hour. How far could he get on a bicycle?"

He gave her a little smile. "He'll turn up."

But she could tell by his haggard expression that Wesley's body-moving boss was worried, too. It made her sick with fear. "Come in. I'll make coffee."

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    So good!

    Love this whole series. Can't wait for the next one to come out

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I have completely enjoyed the Body Movers series. This book was easy to get into and had great suspense. I plan to read all the rest of the books by Stephanie Bond!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Great book!

    Really enjoying this whole series :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Fun series

    These books are fun reads. The characters are likable and easy to follow. Great vacation books.
    You don't need to read them in order to follow, but I'd recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Reality

    Name: Reality Flavinder ~••~ Looks: very pretty girl who only wears white, silver, and light blue, looks like Fluer Delacore from the Harry Potter movies, not series cuz she is a decendent ~••~ Age: 16 ~••~ Boyfriend or crush: none, just joined ~••~ Pet: mini schnauzer named Quartet(gray with brown eyes) ~••~ Personality: nice, sweet, shy, dont say shes pretty cuz she wants to blend in and be a normal person ~••~ Parents: Ky and Delia Flavinder, abandoned at 3. ~••~ Other: smart, quick, and graceful, is a wizard, but keeps it an unknown secret. Her wand is hidden in a white duffel, and she doesnt use it.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    Awesome

    This series of books is awesome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

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    Still Great

    The third book in the series sees Carlotta getting more involved in the body moving. Planning a trip with Coop for a VIP body pickup provides Carlotta with an excuse to do a little more investigating on the whereabouts of her parents and possibly explore a romantic relationship with Coop. But, of course, Wesley with his never ending string of bad decisions, compromises the body pickup, the romantic trist and Coop's reputation and trust. Randolph Wren, the fugitive father, makes a brief appearance, further confusing Carlotta's feelings and her trust. The series will not disappoint.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Not for serious readers

    This is the first I have read in her series - I do intend to read her earlier books in the series. This will keep you laughing with such quirky characters. Definitely a fun read for the beach?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A reviewer

    Stressed to the max due to the three men in her life and her being placed on work suspension giving her time to think about testosterone overload, Carlotta Wren needs getaway time from the three men who want in her life. She decides to flee from her former fiancée Peter Ashford who dumped her a decade ago (see BODY MOVERS) and Atlanta Police Detective Jack Terry who accused her of murder (see BODY MOVERS) and later both thought she was dead (see 2 BODIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE) as to the latter even her younger brother Wesley and his boss Cooper Craft believed she was murdered. --- When Cooper asks her to accompany him to Florida to pick up the corpse of heiress Kiki Deerling, she agrees. Besides escaping from Atlanta and the three men in her life, she can decide whether to allow Copper to join the Carlotta sweepstake. Besides she has heard her parents, who escaped prosecution by deserting their children ten yeas ago have been seen in Florida she wants to confront the pair. However, even before they leave Atlanta, things turn chaotic when Wesley stows away in Cooper¿s car to avoid a loan shark, who wants to break his knuckles Florida proves worse as it seems everyone wants to take Kiki¿s body and Carlotta being hurt is insignificant to the celebrity stalking community. ---- The latest Body Mover mystery is an amusing satirical tale that skewers the obsession people have with the famous in this case even a dead semi-celebrity. The story line is fast-paced using hyperbole to provide the audience with a wacky funny Florida frolic. Although the plot is limited, the cast is strong as with the previous madcap entries it is Carlotta and her merry men plus vicious star hunters who make this an entertaining read. ---- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Too much filler

    There is too much filler and unnecessary inner dialog n these books. After the ending in thid one i kinda hate the main character and no longer care is she has a happy ending...actually i kida hope she dies a horrible death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Body movers

    Great read...keeps you.wanting more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Fun series!

    I really enjoy reading this series. The books are good easy reads. Its only a little annoying that 3 hot men are in love with Carlotta, but hey its fiction!

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    Mystery, Contemporary Romance, Comedy-what I look for in a book

    I enjoyed this series and hope that the author will continue with more. It had mystery, romance and comedy which I enjoy and is what drew me to the first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    The best mystery series.... I was hooked from the start and

    The best mystery series....




    I was hooked from the start and couldn't put this book down. I've now finished the series up to book 6 1/2 and waiting patiently for book 7 to come out. I highly recommend this series. Very exciting and keeps you on your toes! 

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Excellent series - don't miss out!!

    I cannot recommend this series enough! The plot has you laughing and holding your breath at the same time. The writing is excellent. When I finish one book, I can't wait to start the next one. This is definitely
    a series you can feel good about reading. Stephanie Bond is very
    good about including reminders from the previous book so you don't ever
    feel like you have forgotten something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    enjoyable

    I enjoy the books as an easy read but she just rehashes alot of the same thing from her previous books or even previous chapters. Her story lines are fun but I get really tired for reading the same information over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Wonderful series

    Love this series, but I am ready for it to end!! Ms. Bond is now on her sixth book in this series and I want a conclusion! She is an excellent writer and keeps one involved from beginning to "when-on-earth-will-it-end!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Dylan's Bio

    Name: Joseph, but likes Dylan better. Age: 17 Height: 6'2" Looks: Very tall and muscular. He has brown hair that is usually jelled up in the front, but has a natural cowlick that makes his hair flip out in all directions. His eyes are different, a silvery-blue color, one darker than the other. He is very strong, but his old friends would call him the 'Gentle Giant'. Bio: Dylan came from a family of eight. His brotherd and sisters hated him and looked down on him. When he was twelve his mom; and the only parent he had; was killed in a car accident. His siblings were old enough to live by themselves, but Dylan was only 16. He was alone, hungry, and dying. Personality: Dylan is probably one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. He is the flirty type, but wont flirt randomly. He is quick to think and clever on his feet. Other: When he was sixteen, his girlfriend was killed in a school shooting. Grief-stricken and pained, Dylan withdrew. Months later he found a new girlfriend. He loved her so much, but maybe even too much. She later died during childbirth. Their baby died soon after.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Hope

    Name-Hope Young. Gender-girl. Age-14, turning 15 in a few weeks. Family- never knew my real mom, but my step mom was Kathrine Young and dad is Ben Young. I had an older sister named Summer as well, but she dissapeared, she was about 1 and 1/2 years older than me. Why Im an orphan?- my dad and stepmom dissapeared in a hurricane, my real mom disapeared before I was 2, i lived with my grandpa but he died recently and was my only living relative willing to take me in. Description- Im about 5.7 and have long brown hair that curls with natural blonde highlights and stormy blue grey eyes. Im tanned and have a southern accent from living in Texas my whole live. Personality- friendly, smart, quick, and Im rather lonely. Other- I think my sister is still alive and want to find her someday when Im older.
    ~Hope

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Paradise

    she is a shy sweet girl. She has shoulder length white hair with pale blue eyes. She has a very soft melodic voice and wears shirts and skirts normally. She has three peircings in both of her ears. Her mother was a big fan of coldplay hence paradises name and did shortly after she was born. Her fathe blamed te moms death on her and she sort hung in the shadows. She is fourteen and turning fifteen very soon. Sry or typos.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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