Ryder Diamond-the town's golden boy-doesn't have time for taking chances, let alone love. Against his better judgment, he lets his buddies set him up on a blind date with a girl who's only passing through town. But temporary or not, Whitney James sets fire to desires he can't control.
Before they know it, Ryder and Whitney are in a supply closet, drowning in lust. She's only in town for the summer-what better way to spend it than in the arms of Mr. Perfect? Except, she's wild and free, and he's Mr. Stability. Which means he may as well be Mr. Wrong.
And her new job? It's with Ryder's sister.
Sex and the inability to keep their hands off each other are the only things they have in common. But this little hook-up has "disaster" written all over it...and the only way Ryder can save his reputation is by avoiding the sweet little firecracker who could ruin it all.
Each book in the Chasing Love series is STANDALONE:
* Chasing Trouble
* Chasing Temptation
* Chasing Desire
* Chasing Mr. Wrong
About the Author
National and international bestselling author Joya Ryan is the author of the Shattered series, which includes Break Me Slowly, Possess Me Slowly and Capture Me Slowly. She has also written the Sweet Torment series, which includes Breathe You In and Only You. She loves writing spicy Brazens which include The Chasing Love Series. Passionate about both cooking and dancing (despite not being too skilled at the latter), she loves spending time at home. She resides in California with her husband and her two sons.
Visit Joya Ryan online: www.JoyaRyan.com
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Chasing Mr. Wrong
A Chasing Love Novel
By Joya Ryan, Stephen Morgan
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Joya Ryan
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Ryder Diamond looked in the mirror and scowled. Why the hell had he agreed to a blind date? Sure, his buddies were all settling down with their true loves. Even his best friend Bass was playing house with Ryder's little sister — something that still made Ryder's hand twitch with the need to punch him.
"And now I'm letting him set me up on a blind date," Ryder mumbled.
The snap of an opening beer can sounded from behind him, and Ryder turned to find Huck walking into his room. Only it wasn't a beer he was holding.
"What the hell is that?" Ryder asked, and motioned to the can in Huck's hand.
"It's coconut water. Supposed to be really good for you." He took a big swig, and Ryder almost retched. A few months ago, Huck had been double fisting beers and slamming them faster than he could open the next one. But things had changed for his friend — like the love of a good woman.
"Speaking of what the hell ..." Huck said. "What the hell is that?" He eyed Ryder's shirt.
Ryder looked down the front of himself. "It's a tie."
"No, no, no, no." Huck took a swig of canned water and yelled over his shoulder. "Bass, get in here. This is bad."
Ryder glared and crossed his arms as Bass walked in and chuckled at Ryder's appearance.
"Are you going to church there, handsome?" Bass joked.
"What are you two even doing here?" Ryder asked, tugging at his tie and taking it off. He tossed it on the floor and unfastened the top two buttons of his shirt.
"Well, I had come to watch the game," Huck said. "But apparently you're putting on a different kind of show." He reached into his pocket and pulled out a single dollar bill. "Gonna give us a dance, big boy?"
"Fuck off," Ryder said, rolling up the cuffs of his blue dress shirt.
"Sorry, can't do that, either." Huck huffed like a distressed teenager. "Autumn is doing her pregnancy workout video and kicked me out. It's not my fault she looks amazing in those tight pants. When she bends over, I just want to — "
"I can see why she kicked you out," Ryder said.
"Well, I came to make sure you don't mess this up," Bass said. "You've been an asshole lately, and you need to get laid, or at the very least get out and socialize."
"I'm plenty social," Ryder defended himself.
Of course, by "social", he meant that he was in town running errands, or he was working. But he always chatted with people whenever he could. The town was important to him. His family had built it, for Christ's sake. And Ryder's father and grandfather had shoes particularly difficult to fill, since their legacies were the beacons of pride around there.
Which was why he tried to present the best side of himself at all times.
He also was running a business that relied on his small town to stay local and use Diamond Construction when they needed something built. It was a delicate balance of good will, good faith, and good manners.
"Social?" Bass challenged. "Is that what you call working eighteen-hour days? I didn't bring my dictionary with me, but I'm pretty sure those are two very different things."
As if the universe were on cue, his cell phone buzzed with a text. Clara Davenport. She was the only daughter of Milton Davenport who, presently, was sort of Ryder's boss. The man owned a ton of land in Diamond. Land in need of developing. It was the kind of business relationship that could secure Ryder's future and the future of his employees.
Take the current development project. Ryder and his team were remodeling the Davenport Hall, which was where the eighteen-hour days were coming in. But this hall could lead to more deals with Davenport. He just needed to see this project through with no distractions, no problems, and things would be fine.
He glanced at his phone and hit ignore. Because the one thing that was not fine was Clara calling and texting looking to "discuss ideas" on the interior decorating of the Hall only to rope Ryder into a pseudo-date. Not that she'd call it a pseudo-date, but subtlety wasn't her strong suit. She was arrogant, cold, and laying it on thick, and it was clear she was after Ryder for a lot more than his renovation skills. And he just wasn't interested.
To be honest, he didn't have time for dating at all, even if he were interested. But Huck and Bass had been on his ass often enough that agreeing to this one blind date seemed like the easiest way to shut them up.
"I agreed to this setup of yours," Ryder said. "I didn't agree to get shit from you about it."
Besides, Bass's friend was only in town for one night. Just passing through. So no matter how well — or, if Ryder's track record was any indication, how not well — it went, he'd be back to his normal life tomorrow.
Still, he felt compelled to say, "I don't need help getting dates."
"Oh, I'm aware," Bass said with seriousness. "But half the single females around here don't want to date you, they want to marry you."
Huck did some kind of hand waving gesture while singing, "If you like it, you should put a ring on it."
When both Bass and Ryder stared at their tattooed, pierced, and generally badass looking friend singing, of all things, a Beyoncé song, Huck stopped and shrugged.
"What? Autumn aerobicizes to that song. It's catchy."
"Jesus," Ryder muttered.
Bass gave Huck a look like he understood and smiled.
His friends were happy. Really fucking happy. And Ryder was happy for them. Both had wonderful women in their lives, and Huck was going be a father. Both of them had an ease in every step that made it seem like they were walking on sunshine 24/7.
"This is a great opportunity for you," Bass said, returning his attention to Ryder. "Everyone around here knows you, your name, and ..."
Bass trailed off, but Ryder could guess what he was going to say next, because he'd dealt with it for a while now. Everyone, especially women, wanted a piece of Ryder. And not in the cool kind of way. They didn't want him, they wanted what he could offer — like his name and station in town.
Something he'd learned the hard way when he was young and stupid, and it had almost cost his family everything.
Bass clapped Ryder on the shoulder. "Tonight you get to be yourself with a stranger that doesn't know you're Mr. Diamond of the founding Diamonds."
"You didn't tell her my name?"
"Nope. Just told her to be on the lookout for a jackass in a tie."
"Funny," Ryder said, really happy he'd ditched the tie now. Bass knew him too well. But the idea his friend had posed was intriguing. For one night, he didn't have to be Ryder Diamond. And he was meeting his date at the lodge on the edge of town, where almost no locals went.
"I'm going to head out," Ryder said.
Both guys looked him up and down as if assessing his outfit.
"I dunno ..." Huck said.
Bass nodded. "He needs the tie. Don't you think?"
"Definitely. It would really bring the whole outfit together in that classic 'I have no clue how to dress myself' kind of way."
Ryder rolled his eyes. "What's her name?"
"Her stage name is Candy," Bass said.
"Stage name?" Ryder's eyes shot wide. "Did you set me up with a stripper?"
"She's really nice," Bass defended. "A bit quirky, but a fun girl."
"You're going to marry my sister, and you know a stripper?" Ryder took a step toward his friend, that itch in his hand doubling.
"Easy there," Bass said. "I represented her when I worked on a case in Wichita a couple of years ago." Okay, that was better. But apparently Bass felt the need to elaborate. "Besides, Penny is way sexier than any stripper, and her lap dances are —"
"My ears are bleeding!" Ryder snapped. He didn't need to hear that shit.
What had Bass been thinking, not telling Ryder these kinds of details about this blind date? He hadn't even given her actual name. Was Ryder really supposed to call her by her stage name all evening?
He couldn't. Actually, he shouldn't go at all.
This was just a bad idea. And bad ideas were what Ryder spent most of his time fighting. He might be responsible, but he had to work at it. Because deep down, Ryder loved a challenge. He also loved his prized control and calm. He had impulses for the wild and crazy as much as the next man, but that was a constant internal battle he fought daily. Logic always won out. It had to.
Huck seemed to recognize the reservation on his face, because he piped up with, "You better get going, golden boy. Running late is against your good manners policy."
Huck might be giving him a hard time, but he was still right. Ryder hated being late, so yeah, he hustled.
"Remember, this is a casual date," Bass said. "Be yourself."
One night to be himself did sound good. But Ryder wasn't as hopeful as his buddy that this wouldn't turn in to some kind of disaster. He'd just try to get through what would likely be an awkward meal and be on his way.
"I'm assuming I'll be able to tell what she looks like?" Ryder asked.
"Yeah, you'll be able to tell. She's a brunette stripper. Just look for the hottest girl in the place."
"And take some condoms with you!" Huck yelled as Ryder grabbed his keys and headed out, hating his friend with a passion at that moment.
Great. Just fucking great.
Whitney took a sip of her pineapple vodka and eyed the pool table. The lodge she was staying at was rustic and quaint. Okay, so it had antlers of all varieties on the wall, and this particular room was covered in floor to ceiling dark wood paneling. The interior decorator was obviously male and some kind of hunting enthusiast. Not her taste, but it was cheap and a place to stay.
The small bar and sitting area around the corner had a few people scattered around, so she came into the horns haven game room to be by herself and try not to think about her life. Or the lack of anyone in it.
On one hand, that was just how she liked it.
On the other hand, what she wouldn't give for a fantasy man to help scratch that itch. Even if just for tonight.
She walked around the table one more time, eyeing her next shot, pausing only to grab a Sour Patch Kid from her purse and pop it into her mouth. Nothing was better than sweet, sour, and vodka.
Her sister Kacey had hated sour things. She'd also hated mustard and white chocolate. But she'd loved summertime. Loved running straight into the ocean with her arms spread wide. Loved life.
It had been over a year since her big sister had died in a car accident. And the memory still cut straight to her bones when Whitney thought of her. Yet all she did lately was think of her sister and the night she'd lost her. How she was the lucky one who had walked away from the crash, and Kacey wasn't.
But Whitney didn't feel lucky. It should have been Kacey who survived. She'd always been the stronger one. The wiser one. The better sister. But fate had chosen Whitney to survive, and every day since, she'd been on the run from both that moment and the life she'd left behind.
It made her sick to think of the things her sister would now never achieve. She'd been trying to figure out what to do ever since Kacey had died, and she'd finally come to one conclusion. If fate had chosen Whitney to live, then that was what she would do. She would embrace every new opportunity. She would see the world. She would follow her heart and never look back. If not for her, then for Kacey.
Which was why at almost eight o'clock on a Friday night, she was alone in some small-ass Kansas town, ready to spend a few weeks there before taking off again for however far her next tank of gas lasted. Tomorrow, she'd have to figure out what the next step would be. But tonight? Time to see where the wind blew her.
She took another drink of her vodka, set it down, and bent over the pool table. She stroked the pool cue, positioned it, aimed ...
"Nine ball, side pocket," she whispered. With a crack of the cue ball hitting the nine, she sank her shot with precision.
"Candy?" came a rugged voice from behind her.
She gasped, startled she wasn't alone in the room anymore and turned to face —
A tall, painfully attractive man with intense gray eyes and boy next door charm was staring her down. He might have a gentlemanly appeal that radiated off of him, but there was nothing gentlemanly about the obviously well-honed muscles he was rockin' beneath that shirt.
"Candy?" she repeated. She frowned then glanced at her purse. Odd request, but maybe he'd seen her snag some and wanted a piece. She walked to her bag, trying to hide her smile. She'd happily give him a piece ... anytime. Because the guy was seriously sexy.
She reached in and grabbed a Sour Patch Kid and walked it to the hottie.
He took the piece, looked at it, then at her.
"Cute," he said. "Really cute." He popped it in his mouth. "I'm Ryder."
He reached out his hand to shake hers. Yep, gentleman. But she took it, and his grip instantly engulfed her smaller hand. His palm was thick with healed callouses.
Must be a hard worker ...
What would those big hands feel like running up her bare back ...
She just stood mute, struck by those hot gray eyes, while her mind churned out a wicked fantasy involving tall, tan, and sexy over there and the pool table behind her. A grin tugged at his perfect lips, as if he could read her thoughts. She blushed and pulled her hand away.
"Nice to meet you," he said.
She just nodded, because he was the first nice thing to come walking into her world in a long time. It wasn't until his gaze had fastened on her that she realized how rarely she interacted with people for any amount of time. Sure, she got out and lived it up when she could, but she never made friends because she was always moving.
Yet people fascinated her. Being a sociology major, she'd always enjoyed observing individuals and their interactions within their societal norms, what passed for prim and proper versus wild and wanton depending on the city. Nothing about this man struck her as prim and proper, though. The way he looked at her made her shiver, and she wanted to stand there and bask in the moment for a second.
He looked so damn put together that it made her examine herself quickly. She was in her favorite cutoff shorts and tank top that read put some south in your mouth — something it seemed Ryder couldn't help but notice. Good. She'd gotten the shirt for its sass as much as for how it outlined the girls and got the attention of whatever man she put in her sights.
Because she was looking right back at him, wishing she had the power to melt cotton with her eyes. While she wasn't sure on most things, she was certain that the man before her had an impressive physique, and she wanted to see more of it.
"So." He glanced at the pool table before returning that smoldering gaze to her. He looked at her in a way that made her chest hitch and her breasts tingle. "Care for a partner?"
His eyes stayed on her, and she was ready to take him up on that offer in more ways than one.
"Yes, please," she said.
Her night was suddenly looking up.CHAPTER 2
"So you're from around here?" the sexy brunette asked as she eyed her shot and bent over the pool table again.
Jesus Christ, Ryder needed to get a grip. He couldn't stare all night at her perfect ass in those insanely short shorts. Her shirt was tied up and gave flashes of her tight stomach, and Ryder had to take a deep breath. Maybe Bass was right. It'd been too long since he'd gotten laid.
"It's not a hard question, big guy," she said, snapping his thoughts out of the gutter and back to reality. Where were his manners?
"I'm sorry, sweetness. Run that by me again?" He stood straighter, gripping his pool cue as her big, chocolate eyes flashed up at him with a smile.
"I asked if you were from around here." She hit the five in the side pocket and straightened.
Was he from around there? Technically, the lodge was in Diamond County, but it wasn't zoned in the town of Diamond. He'd have to hold onto that technicality. If he so much as gave his last name, the connection would be made and the questions would start. Was he rich? Was he married? On and on.
For now, he wanted to take advantage of what Bass had said. This woman was passing through for just one night, and for one night, he didn't have to be Ryder Diamond of the founding Diamonds.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My Thoughts: Oh my god, LOVE! Joya Ryan is quickly making it to the top of the list of favorite authors. Ryder gets set up on a blind date and ends up meeting Whitney instead. They hit it off fast, the desire radiating off them to the point where they have their moment together in a supply closet. They don't expect to see each other again, but when they run into each other and Whitney discovers she's working with Ryder's sister, well, they can't avoid each other now. Ryder doesn't want to indulge in anything that could damage his professional reputation, so he makes a point to not get involved with Whitney. But the temptation to overpowers his sense of reason, and the two of them keep falling together until they have to decide what they truly want in life. Chasing Mr. Wrong is such a deep and sweet story. Whitney's passion for life makes you want to really live. The relationship between Whitney and Ryder is supremely amazing with off the charts chemistry. They bring out what's best in each other, and I love that. This is book four in the Chasing Love series and it makes me want to go back to the first book and start reading immediately because it's just that good! My Rating: Very Good
4 stars Chasing Mr. Wrong was a very good read. The characters were likable, the storyline was entertaining and held my interest from start to finish. I really enjoyed watching Ryder and Whitney together, they had amazing chemistry and a great rapport with each other. I loved how Ryder came alive being with Whitney. This polite golden boy finally met his match, she made him feels things he had been denying himself for years. He took chances and the wild side of him he fought so hard to control came out and he was enjoying life. Ryder and Whitney truly were perfect for each other, they were able to both open their hearts, put their fears aside and love unconditionally. The Chasing Love series has been a wonderful read, each book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend them all.
Ryder diamond was burned once and said it would never happen again .... So the through himself into his work and town and never looked back until Whitney Drake aka Candy. Let into town. Whitney had her own set of issues and never stayed in one place to long because that is just what she learned to do but when she met Ryder she tried not to fall for the Cowboy she thought he was....he was a construction worker/owner and only had time for his work. Yes he was a workaholic but when his family and friends start to notice his change they new it had to do with his new friend. When a friendly game of I've Never turns into I Want both of them can't handle the feelings they have for each other ....can they both break free from there demons and try to get what they both know they want deep in there hearts or will stubbornness take over ?? Each of the struggle with there own feelings but will LOVE conquer all even thought they never saw it coming ?? What a fantastic up down around the corner LOVE story !! Joya you did it once again .... Captured our hearts with your words !!
This story stands alone, its the first I've reason the series. an enjoyable read with good Characters. Ryder Diamond is concerned more about what the town thinks of him then being himself. Whitney is all about experiencing life, the world and having no roots. the two together are explosive, breaking Ryder's controlled image. I enjoyed the read just felt like I was missing more connection, but for an afternoon read it hits the spot.
Chasing ends up finding Love Whitney is grieving for the loss of her sister and does everything she can to honor her memory by living her life the way her sister lived hers- Living IT. She goes from town to town, just drifting along aimlessly without a place to call home until she comes to town of Diamond. Ryder Diamond has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. He is trying to make up for his a mistake he made in his youth that almost cost him everything. Now he does everything by the book and is Mister Responsible. Ryder is not a man that never takes one step out of line nor would he until he collides with Whitney when they meet and they end up having a passionate time in a supply closet . Those chemistry moments were sure hard at work with this couple and were seen early on. The MC wasn’t looking for a deep connection or anything like that, they were looking for Ms/Mister Right Now. What ended up happening is, the time they ended up spending together turned into something deeper . The pain they both have in their pain was something they could relate to, though different still was something they had in common and could relate to. The sparks they had going on, that continued to spark every time they can into connect and then flame, WOW. There is a lot at work here and the way the story ends up with our MC is fantastic and one of the author’s best works . **A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review** My rating: 4.6 stars ****
*Copy provided for honest review* I love Ryder, his attitude and spark towards Whitney keeps the book interesting. Whitney is wild, uncontrollable and sets Ryder's teeth on edge with lust and desire that he has no control over. Throw in the little fact that Whitney now works with Ryder's sister and thats just asking for trouble. The banter and humor between the leads is great. The author writes a well established romance with moments of laughter and what the hells? thrown into the mix. This was the first time I have read Joya Ryan and loved it. I will be reading from this author again.
Loved it! I can't wait for Lily's story. I hope it is soon.
Entangled's Brazen imprint is my go-to when I'm in the mood for a short, sexy book with some serious steam. When it comes to this line, Joya Ryan is definitely one of my auto-buy (or auto-request, in this case) authors. Not only are her books hot as hell, I like that they offer some feels, too. In this book, golden boy Ryder has his patience (as well as desires and heart) tested by newcomer Whitney. Who doesn't love a good fling? Especially when the characters have CRAZY chemistry, fantastic banter and super hot sexy times? Oh, and of course, an expiration date. And you know what? It was all FUN. Their first hook up had me *literally* fanning myself and it just got better from there. This was a fun match up. I really liked both Ryder and Whitney. I liked how different they were. Ryder was regimented and reserved. Whitney was anything but. She was a free-spirited wanderer. I wasn't sure how a match between them would work, but oh did it ever. I liked watching things build between them, even as they were both fighting it. Of course there was some drama, but it wasn't overly-angsty. It was just enough to give me the feels I want when I'm reading a book like this. I've enjoyed every single book in the Chasing Love series. I love the small town setting and the way the characters are interconnected. I thought Chasing Mr. Wrong was a great addition to the series. I devoured it in one sitting without any regrets. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
The true Ryder Diamond has arrived. Reviewed by Kim Ryder Diamond is a man who is determined to keep his name and family legacy in the good graces of the people of Diamond, Kansas. He carries the burden of his name on his shoulders and his public persona doesn’t allow him to show who he truly is. After falling into what he thought was love impulsively, he sets up boundaries now. He has to always be in control and this, unbeknownst to him, is suffocating who he really is. Whitney James is a nomad. She travels from place to place, looking for adventure and embracing life. After being crushed by the death of her sister, Whitney doesn’t like to get close to people or stick around for too long. Ryder is one of those characters I couldn’t wait to read about. When he first step onto the pages of Chasing Trouble, the first book in the Chasing Love series, I knew he was my type of hero. Ryder has manners galore, he’s hardworking, he has a sense of family, and has an amazing set of friends. I honestly thought his heroine would have been Lily McCade, his friend Colt’s younger sister. However, discovering Ryder’s secret, I can understand why Whitney is/was the woman for him. Whitney doesn’t conform to the little box Ryder wants to keep her in. The two first meet when Ryder mistakes her for someone else and thinks she’s only in town for one night. With Whitney, Ryder allows himself to be carefree, fun, and a little wild. All the things Whitney is. In addition to her carefree, wild side, Whitney is caring and unbeknownst to her, longs for the friendship and family she lost. Together, Ryder and Whitney are combustible. Whenever they are together at least privately, they can’t keep their hands off each other and clothes on. Even in public, their eyes are undressing each other. Whitney challenges Ryder to let his wild fun side free, which because of Ryder’s past scares him. I love the romance of Chasing Mr. Wrong. I love the way Whitney and Ryder try to fight their attraction to each other. But with all the books in the Chasing Love series, what I love most is the friendship between the main and secondary characters. The series is based on a group of friends from childhood, who know each other extremely well and are always there to shell out advice, whether or not the advice is solicited. Now, Lily McCade is the only remaining unattached character. I really hope she gets a book. I would love for her to have a happy ending for herself and her son, Alex. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
A blind date and a case of mistaken identity turns into way more than either Ryder Diamond or Whitney James ever wanted. She only thought about her freedom and he only thought about his boundaries. Will these two opposites be able to compromise or will her freedom and his boundaries get in the way? The game of "I've Never" and skinny dipping takes on a whole new meaning after watching these two. This book was sexy, fun and way too short. I wanted to stay in Joya Ryan's little town of Diamond just a little longer. I'm hooked and I can't wait to read more. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! I want to live inside Joya Ryan's imagination. Oh, but I am so not joking! The characters she creates, the bonds they form, the settings, the stories. I fall into them and lose myself and I absolutely hate coming back to reality once I've finished. And I always seem to finish all too soon... I loved this latest installment of the Chasing Love series. I was so excited to visit Diamond once again and get back into this wonderful group of friends and it was so much more than I was hoping it would be. It is hands down my favorite from the series. Joya Ryan is the master of creating some of the most delicious fictitious men and the one guy that I've been looking the most forward to since I picked up my first book written by her, was Ryder Diamond. There's always been something I couldn't quite put my finger on that has drawn me to him the most and had me desperately wanting to know more about him. Ryder's family is one of the two founding families of their quaint little town of Diamond. And by little I do mean everyone knows everyone else and their business. So small that if you were to go wandering in to the local BBQ you'd get a smile and a, "new in town?" I love these types of settings. In Ryder's case however, it puts a whole lot of pressure on him and his image. He's very controlled and doesn't cut loose. He's constantly polite even when people are at their worst. He never rocks the boat afraid of how it would reflect on him, his family and his business. I mean none of that is necessarily bad but he's always holding back and keeping himself in check. He never lets anybody see the entire Ryder Diamond. Not even his friends or family. I fell hard for him even before he lets pieces of the real him through. There's something so incredibly sexy about a man with that much drive and determination and acceptance of responsibility. Plus his heart shines through in the care he shows for his people and his town. But, the moment wild Ryder came out to play...holy hotness Batman. The sexiness couldn't be measured. All it took was a special girl to crack through that mask. Whitney was brand new to the series. Just kind of breezing through town, a bit of a nomad really. Yet the moment we get to meet her I instantly loved her. I mean, to the point where I was ready to have her back over Ryder's, She's so spunky and bold, and I loved how playful and funny she could be as well. She hides a lot of pain and loss by constantly moving around and never setting down roots or forging friendships. So I loved how it wasn't just Ryder that started to get under her skin, it was the entire town. She just fit so perfectly into the group of characters in this series. Whitney and Ryder were sizzling, explosive, incredibly hot. It was so much fun to watch Ryder "attempt" to keep himself under control around her...and lose every time. And to see him so distracted by her even when she wasn't around. Ryder really needed someone to come along and flip his world upside down. One of these days, I still need to go back and read the first book in this series, but it was so, so much fun to see some of the characters from books two and three again and see what's going on in their lives. Penny, Bass, Auto, Huck. I missed them all so much! an't wait to see what this series has in store!
This was an awesome story of finding love when you least expect it. When wild and free meets rules and boundaries sparks are sure to fly, and that's exactly what you get when Ryder and Whitney meet, and meet again. I loved this couple and this town. I will definitely be looking for the rest of the books in this series.
4 - "Duck me like you mean it." Stars! I think there is one thing that without doubt Joya Ryan excels at, and that is writing varied and plentiful sexy-times with her couples. The Chasing Love series has certainly highlighted this and Chasing Mr. Wrong offers up plenty of energetic and diverse sexy situations between Ryder Diamond and Whitney James to keep the book interesting and the story moving along at a steady pace. The dynamic between this couple was a sort of opposites attract type situation, Ryder being known and loved around town can’t deny the pull of attraction between him and drifter Whitney, and after what he thought was meant to be just one night turns out to have potential to be more, he struggles to find balance. Giving in to the wild was a bad idea. Whitney likes the Ryder that comes out to play in private, the politically correct version that he puts on for everyone else, because he believes that how they actually perceive him, just makes her push at him until the dirty talking, dirty doin’ Ryder comes back into play. ”I’ve never had a woman put a condom on me with her mouth before.” I really like this series, each and every character so far has had a little something about them that makes you as a reader enjoy their journeys, there’s a little drama in this one, but I think the author balanced it out perfectly, and it added to rather than detracted from the story being told. ”I never liked being caught until I met you.” ARC generously provided via Entangled, in exchange for the above honest review.
My Review 4 Sweet Pieces of Candy Can a one night stand with someone so wrong become something perfect? Can someone so perfect let himself go and make something more of something temporary? Chasing Mr. Wrong is a fun, light, contemporary romance that answers those questions. Ryder Diamond goes out on a blind date expecting a no strings anonymous night with a striper named Candy who is just passing through Ryder’s town of Diamond. Yes, the town was named after Ryder’s family and Ryder takes the responsibility of the town and the people that live there very seriously. Whitney is trying to live life to the fullest in honor of her sister who was recently killed in an auto accident that Whitney survived. Stopping in the town of Diamond, Whitney takes a job as a waitress to earn enough money to take her on to the next stop of her adventure. A case of mistaken identity on Ryder’s part and the desire of having a night of fun with someone that Whitney will never see again brings this couple together for a wild ride that will change both of their lives. I enjoyed this book and although it is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone book. I have not read the other books in the series, but after reading Chasing Mr. Wrong I will be looking into reading the earlier books in this series. Author, Joya Ryan has an easy to read fun writing style that sucks you into her story to the point that you will not want to put this book down until you come to the last page. ARC provided by the Author, and distributed by Entangled Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review… Great story!!! Very hot read actually. Local man trying to make good goes out on a set up date and meet Miss Right. Well so he thinks. Ryder is always follows the rules and he is not going to let a woman get in the way of that. Whitney is just passing through town and she is willing push down some boundaries for a good time. It seems to work for them. Will Ryder keep pushing boundaries all the way? Will Whitney stay in town long enough to find out?
This was a first read for me by Joya Ryan and I loved it!! This story has just the right amount of humor along with steamy, sexy goodness. The story flowed really easy and kept you wondering how things were going to turn out for Ryder and Whitney. I really enjoyed this story and was literally laughing out loud in parts of this one as I read. It is nice to have the humor in a story to break up the monotony of it being like all the other love stories. This one is different and will have you longing for more from Joya! Ryder is a contractor trying to make a name for himself and his company in the small town of Diamond. His family is well know in the town and the town is named after them. When Ryder's friends set him up on a blind date because they think that he needs to learn how to chill out every so often and have fun, Ryder never dreamed it would be with someone that he fell in love with immediately. Ryder showed up to the restaurant where he was supposed to meet his date and went into the pool room and found Whitney. Whitney is a young, spunky lady who is in there playing pool and minding her own business. She thinks that Ryder is just out to pick up someone that night so he starts flirting with her and she can't resist the urge to flirt back. Little does Ryder know, that is not who the guys set him up with. When Ryder and Whitney hit it off immediately, Whitney agrees to be a one night stand for Ryder because she thinks she is just passing through town and will be out of there tomorrow as soon as she gets her stuff ready to go. Whitney and Ryder end up having a wild night of sex and she feels that she has connected with him in a way she never has with any other guy. Whitney decides to stay in town for a little while and see where things end up going. Whitney ends up getting a job at the restaurant that she met Ryder at and come to find out, his sister owns it! Ryder's real identity becomes know to Whitney and she sees the Ryder that everyone else sees and it is not the same Ryder that Whitney had the night before for herself. Ryder and Whitney both take turns at playing hard to get at some point and make the other work for their relationship. I love how at opposite times the other one was not willing to give up on the chance of a relationship and both were persistent with each other. When Ryder calls things off suddenly one night, Whitney thinks that it is time for her to move on so she gets her stuff ready to go and fulfills her promise to Ryder's sister to help her one last time at the party that Ryder is attending. When Ryder sees Whitney again he suddenly realizes what a mistake he has made and knows that he has to do everything in his power to get her back. Is he too late though? This is a must read story that will keep you on your toes and wanting to know how things turn out for Ryder and Whitney. Thanks Joya for a great quick read!!
Ryder Diamond is the golden boy of the town of Diamond - responsible, dependable and very much sought after but he's got a secret. Underneath all of the good boy exterior is a dirty and wild side wanting to come out and play. However, Ryder has got it all under control because the one time he gave in to his wild side, he almost cost his family everything and he's not willing to repeat that experience. And, he hasn't met anyone since his ex who can tempt him to lose control. Until Whitney, that is. Whitney is free spirit who tempts Ryder's wild side to cut lose like never before. Whitney James is on the adventure of a lifetime - a cross country trip in honor of her late sister and the charming town of Diamond is the perfect location for a stop to allow her work for a few weeks and build up her nest egg before she continues on her trip. She is however not prepared for Ryder Diamond. A blind date and a case of mistaken identity lands them in a steaming hot clinch in a supply closet but in the light of day, the passionate and wild man Whitney met in the closet is buried under the buttoned down, sexy contractor and she can't resist the temptation to unleash him again and again. CHASING MR. RIGHT is a battle for control between opposites - the adventurous, fun loving free spirit and the cautious man determined to put the needs of his town above his own cravings. There is a bit of drama and angst as Ryder and Whitney struggle to deal with the untamed passion they share in private, the boundaries Ryder tries to maintain between them in public and the realization that they may just have found everything they’ve ever wanted in each other. It’s fun, it's scorching hot, it's sexy and a very enjoyable read. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Ryder and Whitney have an opposites attract thing going on from the first time they meet. He's Mr. in control of all things, including his romantic (or lack thereof) life. Whitney is a wild and free spirit. When their 'supposed to be only one night' turns into 'you're here for the whole summer?!' Ryder has his hands full trying to convince himself that he can see Whitney and not lust after her. But it turns out he can't, and time and again he forgets his own rules. Can two ships passing in the night be each others anchors? I quite enjoyed this lighthearted, sexy and fun read. It was great to see staid, solid Ryder get his come-uppance in the form of sexy sassy Whitney. Their chemistry together was great, and I found it an interesting turn about play that it's Whitney who wants a sex only relationship while she's in Diamond for the summer (just enough time to make money and move on) while Ryder wants to keep things hands off and friends only. He's been burned before and trusting women is not his forte. Of course, Ryder's plan backfires and they share some steamy scenes together on the way to their happy ever after. As it turns out, they are the yin to each other's yang - Whitney providing Ryder with the fun that's been lacking in his life and Ryder (and the town of Diamond and its people) giving Whitney the stability she craves. Great addition to the series. 4 stars.
Took my breath away. Chasing Mr. Wrong is a decadent feast for the senses. The characters are sexy. The story is emotionally fulfilling. Ryder and Whitney were like a pack of sour patch kids. One minute sugary sweet, the next bitterly sour. Whitney saw right through Ryder, flaws and all. Ryder and Whitney are for me my favorite couple from an Entangled story. My reason being is they had to fight so hard to overcome the odds. I received an ARC of Joya Ryan's Chasing Mr. Wrong in exchange for an honest review. LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK.
I received an ARC from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 4 1/2 stars. I loved this sexy romance. I reaally liked Ryder and Whitney as well as their friends. This is a well-written story about a girl who hasn't really ever had stability in her life and a guy who is so afraid of making a mistake that he doesn't ever be himself, except with her. It's a pretty sweet romance. Having read this book, I now want to read the first three books in the series. This is my first book by Joya Ryan but it won't be the last.
Whitney James has never been known to stay in one place for very long, which may stem from never really having a stable home life growing up. Or it could just be the fact that she likes having the freedom to roam from town to town and explore the world. During her travels she has never found a reason to put down roots and make a go at a normal life, that is until she arrives in Diamond. After taking a job at the local BBQ joint she begins to appreciate the charm of the town, make friends for the first time in her life and also meets the towns golden boy Ryder Diamond. After a few encounters with him, she begins to wonder if she has finally found a place to call home...or is it all just too good to be true? Ryder Diamond is the town's golden boy and the dream husband of every single girl in town. However, he is too busy working to have time for a relationship, let alone in the market for someone to settle down with. So, when he meets Whitney and she offers him a no strings attached one night stand he's all in, but will one night be enough, or has this eternal bachelor finally met the one... This book is DEFINITELY my favorite of the series, I was truly happy to see Ryder finally get his own story, and would love to see more additions to the series. I loved this story so much, after a paragraph in I knew there was no way I was putting it down until the last page was turned. I was immediately pulled into the story, the chemistry between Ryder and Whitney was evident from the beginning, and I loved the heated banter they shared, it helped to create some very steamy moments between them, and left me blushing a time or two! They were definitely a perfect fit for each other!! This is definitely a series I suggest you add to the top of your reading list, it's sure to satisfy all of your reading needs...and then some! I must also say that anytime you have the opportunity to read a book by Joya Ryan, you MUST do it, she is truly a gifted author and I have yet to read a book of hers that I haven't absolutely loved!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.