Brianne Nave is never doing her friends a favor again. When they begged her to go on a blind date, she didn't expect someone so perfectly gorgeous. She's a mousy librarian—totally not in this man's league. And judging by his odd reaction when she opens the door, he knows it, too.
Air Force Pararescuer Ryan Flannery avoids his hometown at all costs. He's not thrilled about the date until he's shocked silent by the prickly little librarian's sweet curves and kissable lips…and her smart mouth. But then an argument leads to a kiss that spirals out of control. How can two people have so little chemistry outside the bedroom when they fit together so perfectly in it?
When their friends strand them in a cabin to "work things out," Bri's not sure whether to kill him or put the industrial-sized box of condoms they find to use. Bottom line—Ryan's career military and hates the tiny town she loves. He'll leave, just like everyone else in her life. And if she's foolish enough to give him her heart, he'll take it with him.
Each book in the Out of Uniform series is STANDALONE:
* In Bed with Mr. Wrong
* His to Keep
* Falling for His Best Friend
* His Lover to Protect
* His to Take
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In Bed with Mr. Wong
An Out of Uniform Novel
By Katee Robert, Heather Howland, Liz Pelletier, Jenn LeBlanc/Illustrated Romance
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Katee Robert
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"Why did I let you convince me to do this?" Brianne Nave grabbed the shirt she'd discarded two minutes ago and held it up to her body as she looked in the mirror. It was the same plain pink shirt it'd been the first time she considered it.
Her best friend, Avery, laughed on the other end of the phone line. "Because you're the best friend a girl can have?"
Which was the same argument she and their other best friend, Drew, had used to convince Bri to agree to this blind date in the first place. Drew's brother was back in town for a few weeks on leave, and they were worried he'd spend the whole time holed up doing ... whatever it was they thought he'd do. They hadn't exactly been clear on that.
She threw the shirt back on the bed and started to reach for the other shirt she'd considered, only to realize it was also pink. She'd been waffling between two nearly identical shirts for the last fifteen minutes. "I can't do this."
"Sure you can."
"Avery, I haven't been on a date in ..." God, she couldn't remember the last time. Maybe once in college?
"That's exactly why you need this. There was never a better time to get back on that horse — or a better guy. Ryan's a total sweetie."
She knew that. She knew all about him. Drew and Avery had said nothing but good things about Ryan since she met them a little over a year ago. He was a real-life hero, to hear them tell of it. A god among men. Throw in a brother as attractive as Drew, and she wasn't worried about him being a dud.
No, she was worried about him thinking she was a dud.
Hating the insecurity trying to take root in her stomach, she walked to Mr. Smith's fish tank and dropped in a few flakes of the fish food he liked so much. I'll only be gone a few hours. Not nearly long enough for him to get lonely. "But —"
"It's too late to worry about it now. He's already on his way. So just take a deep breath, let go of whatever neurosis is circling that busy brain of yours, and have a good time."
Easier said than done. "He's leaving in two weeks." She dropped onto her mattress and reached for her boots. They were cute, not sexy, but she'd rather sacrifice a little style than end the night in an ER because she slipped on ice.
Besides, she didn't exactly own any shoes that could be considered sexy.
"You have to start somewhere. It's not like he's flying to the moon. Long-distance relationships work all the time."
"You sound like you're already planning the wedding." Avery did that, though. She skipped adding two plus two and jumped straight to four. Drew, the town's sheriff and most eligible bachelor, wasn't much better.
"There can't be a wedding at all unless you actually go on a date." She knew exactly what to say to cut right through Bri's arguments. Because Bri wanted that life — the husband, the kids, the white picket fence, the roots — on a foundational level. She'd just never been courageous enough to take that first step.
Hadn't her childhood taught her better than to expect permanence? Nothing was ever concrete. Life took people away — forever, in the case of her parents. She'd gone through three foster homes before she finally landed in one that stuck, and while she'd never been abused, there never seemed to be enough food to go around, never enough clothes to keep warm, always bigger kids who wouldn't hesitate to hurt her if she didn't hand over whatever it was they wanted at the time.
Back then, it was convenient to think that someday a Prince Charming would come along and they'd live happily ever after, but she'd learned a long time ago that fairytales only existed in books.
A rumble of an engine had her rushing through her small house to the front window to peer through the sheer curtains. An SUV stood at the end of her walkway and the man getting out of the driver's seat could only be described as perfect. And women thought Drew was handsome? "Oh my God, Avery, you didn't tell me he was gorgeous."
"Don't be gross. Ryan's like a brother to me."
She took in his square jaw and short dark hair and — oh Lord — those shoulders. He looked like Clark Kent without the glasses ... "You set me up with Superman."
"I'm not hearing this."
"He's here early. Who shows up for a blind date early?" Bri looked down at her boring maxi skirt and sensible boots. She should have dressed in something racier, something that would make a man like that stand up and take notice. As it was, she'd be lucky if he didn't ask to have pizza delivered to avoid being seen with her at any of the restaurants in town.
Unfortunately, she'd probably already killed the ability to do "racier." She shot a guilty look at the empty Oreo package visible through the doorway to the kitchen. When her neighbor Marcy's cat had gone missing, she'd invited the poor woman over to comfort her. She'd been so busy chatting, she'd eaten half the package herself.
Maybe there was still time to change.
"He's a solider. They take that punctual stuff pretty seriously."
He was already halfway up the walk — and answering the door in her bra might be racy, but it wasn't the kind of racy she wanted to aim for. She hurried into her bedroom and threw on the closest pink shirt. "Hair up or down?" Surely there was a hair band in this room somewhere?
"You're stressing yourself out. I can hear it."
"I have to go." For better or worse, she had to open the door when he knocked. Bri moved back into the living room, shuffling to the window, needing another look at him. He was just as gorgeous now as he'd been the first time. Crap.
"Relax and have fun! I'll call you tomorrow."
She hung up her phone and realized she was sitting here, staring out the window, like some kind of freak. Bri dropped the curtain and backed up so quickly, she almost tripped over her end table.
Oh God, this is going to be a disaster.
At least he hadn't seen her watching him. She hoped. Even knowing he was a few steps away from the door, she still jumped when he pounded on it. "You can do this. It's just one date. It doesn't matter if he's gorgeous. He's a nice guy." Taking a deep breath that did absolutely nothing to fortify her, she opened the door.
Drew's brother really did look like Superman. He had that amazing almost-too- perfect-to-be-real face going for him, and his eyes were the clear blue of a winter's day — far better than her murky-ocean color. He towered over her, the sheer size difference making her wonder what it would be like to be wrapped up in his arms.
She realized she was drinking him in like a cool glass of water on a summer's day. He, however, didn't seem to be feeling the same overwhelming awe she was. He had an odd look on his face, as if he didn't know what to make of her.
Her stomach tied itself in knots as the truth hit her like a bucket of icy water. She'd seen the very same expression on the faces of her first foster parents. They'd tried to tough it out, but their determination only lasted six months. That he might be judging her just as quickly hurt more than she dared admit.
"Ryan." He held out his hand, apparently deciding that shaking was better than ... whatever the alternative on dates was. A kiss on the cheek? A hug?
She took his hand, wishing she didn't notice how warm it was despite their breath ghosting across the air between them. "Bri."
"Nice to meet you." He didn't smile, just continued looking at her with that odd look on his face.
"You, too." God, she must really not be what he'd expected. Had Drew painted him a picture of a sexy librarian, complete with pencil skirt and thigh-high stockings? Even on her best day, she couldn't measure up to those kinds of expectations.
Maybe it was best she didn't know what he'd told Ryan.
She swallowed hard, hating the way her throat had tightened. "I just need to grab my purse." And try to convince herself that she could do this. A minute alone to shore up the barriers she'd built to protect herself would have to be enough. It's just a favor to your friends, she reminded herself while ducking into her living room. When the night is over, I'll never have to see him again.
Ryan cleared his throat behind her. "I'm sorry. I think I've gotten this off to the wrong start."
Here it comes. "What do you have to be sorry for? It's obvious you were expecting something else." She wasn't even close to being in this man's league, and they both knew it.
"Not so fast — you're jumping to conclusions."
"Maybe you're right." He wasn't, though, and all her childhood defense mechanisms rose to the surface, demanding she lash out before he could hurt her further. She faced him, forced herself to smile, and went for the one thing that might level the playing field. The only black mark on his stellar record. "Let's get something straight, okay? This is just dinner. I have no intention of embarking on any kind of building-burning — or burning of any kind — with you."
His mouth went tight. "I see the Wellingford gossip mill is still running in full force."
She blinked. Okay, so it might have been a low blow, but all she'd meant was to poke at him a bit. The venom in his voice wasn't on par with her comment. Did he hate this town or something? "Um ... it's not every day someone burns down the high school on graduation day."
"It was ten years ago. They need to move on. Then again, nothing worth talking about ever happens here." He stepped back. "Maybe this was a mistake. Why don't I just take off and we'll forget this ever happened?"
Was he implying a date with her wouldn't be worth talking about, either? Bri may not be like whatever kind of woman he usually spent time around, but she wasn't chopped liver. Whatever Avery's and Drew's reasons for setting them up — and she would be having a conversation with Avery about this — she'd agreed to this date as a favor, and she was damn well going to see it through. She huffed and lifted her chin. "No. I agreed to take you out on this date, and that's what I'm going to do. It would be a shame for you to have to sit at home by yourself and do whatever it is lonely, attractive men like you do."
* * *
The last thing Ryan Flannery planned on when he came back to visit his family was being browbeaten by his big brother into a blind date. All he'd been looking for was a break from the Air Force — and the intense training he'd gone through for the last five and a half months — for two weeks. Then he'd hit the ground running, and start gearing up for his next deployment. He should have known a trip back to Wellingford would be anything but restful, but the siren call of home had been too much to resist after so long away.
Looking at the woman standing across from him, her chin raised and blue eyes flashing behind those sexy secretary glasses, he had to admit that coming back might have been a mistake. A muscle ticked in his jaw. She thought he was lonely? "I'm more than capable of keeping myself entertained."
Bri brushed past him, her gaze on the street. "Do you think so? I think your brother has the right idea of it — a man whose idea of a good time is burning things to the ground shouldn't be left to his own devices. You're a menace to society."
She sounded so prim and proper, he wanted to muss up her straight dark hair and undo a few buttons on her shirt just to see what she'd do. That thought gave him all the ammunition he needed. "You wouldn't know a good time if it bit you in the ass."
"Excuse me?" Her back went so ramrod straight, it was like he could see the stick up her ass. Ryan's gaze dropped to where her hips curved, and he frowned at the long skirt. The fall of the fabric indicated there was something there worth grabbing, but he couldn't be sure. "What were your plans tonight — hanging out with your thirteen cats and knitting them mittens?"
She gasped. "I don't have cats. They're evil creatures. I have a perfectly nice fish named Mr. Smith."
"How mundane. Let me guess. A goldfish?" He closed the door behind him and pressed a hand to the small of her back, guiding her down the stairs and toward his Suburban. It was difficult not to follow the perfect line of her spine with his palm, no matter how aggravating he found her.
"Don't be insulting. He's a betta fish."
Because that makes a world of difference. Ryan snorted. "No wonder you haven't had a date in the fourteen months my brother's known you. I bet you talk to your fish, too, don't you?"
She half turned to glare, the move dragging his hand over her back, though she didn't seem to notice. "Fish need companionship, same as any other animal. He likes it when I read to him."
"I'll bet he does." He opened the passenger door and waited for her to climb into the seat, which she did with a huff. By the time he made it around to the driver's side, her body language had chilled the inside of the car more than the weather.
He started the Suburban and took a second to let the truth sink in. His brother had well and truly screwed him. Drew had gone on and on about the beautiful — but shy — new librarian who'd just moved to Pennsylvania all the way from California and didn't know many people in town, and needed someone to show her a good time. Ryan had figured there were worse things to do on leave than take out a sweet, pretty girl.
Turned out Drew was only half-right.
She thought he was a charity case. Hell, she practically clobbered him with it, despite the fact that he was the one doing the favor here. Worse, she jumped at the first opportunity to shove his past down his throat — or an exaggerated version of it that didn't take into account little things like the truth. And why should she be worried about the truth? No one else in this town was.
He pulled onto the street, wishing he hadn't agreed to this favor. Instead of sitting in his SUV with a prickly little librarian, he'd be drinking beer with his brother and Avery while they played video games.
On second thought, maybe this was the better of the two options.
He glanced at Bri, taking in the way she had her arms wrapped tightly around herself, as if she might break apart at any second. Or maybe she was just trying not to rip him a new one. He didn't normally have women going for his throat within thirty seconds of meeting him, and this was a new experience he could have gone without. Ryan turned out of her neighborhood and replayed their meeting from beginning to end, trying to determine where it had all gone wrong.
It didn't take long to figure out the answer.
When she'd opened the door, he'd been blown away, not expecting such an intoxicating blend of beautiful and what he could only describe as librarian. She'd been flushed and sporting an expression that was both terrified and excited, and all he could focus on was how he wanted to take off those sexy glasses and see if her lips tasted as kissable as they looked.
By the time he'd gotten hold of himself, all the excitement had melted away, leaving only a wary resignation. And then it was too late. Not a damn thing he could do or say would take back those seventeen seconds — she'd already mistaken his silence for disappointment. "You're wrong."
"Concerning which part?" She didn't even look at him. "The fact that you can't be trusted to spend time alone without doing damage to public property? Or for believing my friends when they said they were setting me up with a nice guy?" He clenched his jaw. "Moving past the property damage bullshit for a second, what makes you think I'm not a nice guy?"
"Would you like a list?" She shook her head. "You couldn't be clearer about your distaste for Wellingford. That's hardly nice."
"My disliking this place has nothing to do with being nice. This town is small and cloying and everyone here has been stuck in a rut since the lumber mill opened up a few hundred years ago." Too late, he realized he had just included Bri in the insult.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just finished In Bed with Mr. Wrong by Katee Robert. I have to say that I have enjoyed Katee previous books, but I think this one just knocked my socks off. I mean you have heat, passion, and some serious chemistry. I feel when the hero and heroine have so much animosity towards one another that something is going to happen. One, they either kill each other or two, they end up tearing up the sheets. Of course they didn't end up killing each other, so we have to go with option two. We have Ryan Flannery whose an Air Force Pararescuer. Well, he's on leave and decides to go to his hometown even though he hates being there. While he's home his brother (Derek) and good friend (Avery) decide to set him up on a blind date with the town librarian, Brianne Nave. First off, this was the date from hell or a Murphy's Law kind of date. You know the law, and basically the whole date was disaster. However, they did have chemistry. When they weren't fighting, well let just say that there was very little talking going on. Now Derek and Avery see the chemistry and decide to take matters into their own hands, like derange fairy godparents. Anyway, they set Ryan and Bri on an adventure that will change their lives. I'm not kidding when I say that I believe Katee has outdone herself with In Bed with Mr. Wrong. I mean I was laughing the start. The date was a disaster, but they couldn't fight chemistry that was between them. They were explosive, but a lot of that stem from misunderstanding on both ends. However, these to were HOT, HOT, HOT! Some better get a fan or something. Overall, LOVED In Bed with Mr. Wrong. It has steamy parts and funny parts, especially at the cabin. So, if you are looking for a little steam with a hint of disaster, you might seriously consider In Bed with Mr. Wrong. Copy provided by publisher
This is an amazing example of a romance novel done right. Hot alpha male…check. Feisty heroine…check. Smoking hot chemistry…check. Burn the pages sex scenes…double check. And all of that together with the roller coaster ride of getting to know and falling in love with someone and you’ve got the perfect book. I was immediately captivated by this book and Ryan and Bri. I loved them separately, but especially when they were together. The snarky back and forth bickering was fantastically entertaining, even when it was frustrating because all I wanted them to do was talk it out. I saw a lot of myself in Bri. She’s a mousy librarian who thinks a fun Friday night is curling up with a good book (me too, except the mousy librarian part, although I’ve always wanted to be a librarian). She has a betta fish that she loves and talks to (I so did that with both of mine until they died). There are quite a few moments in the book where she compares her situation to the books she reads (I’ve been known to do that). She also tended to jump to conclusions and take things out of context (yep, I’ve been known to do that too), which often led to the snarky bickering that really was so much fun to watch. Ryan really is the perfect alpha male. And he’s a military hero to boot…swoon. The things he does to Bri is so freaking hot…on the porch swing…against the wall…on the bearskin rug…yes please!! But he’s also sweet and vulnerable and caring. He’s also bullheaded and had a tendency to jump to conclusions and take things out of context. It was evident from the start that Ryan and Bri were perfect for each other. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Bri is reading a romance book and Ryan asks her to read it out loud to him, she does until she gets to the steamy part and then he takes over. I suddenly want a man to read me a hot romance novel. This is only my second Katee Robert book, but I fell for her writing style while reading the first one, now I’m totally in love with her. She has found a permanent spot on my must read author list which meant I had to rush out to buy her other Brazen books. I can’t wait to read them. Hopefully life and other books will let me get them in soon. In the meantime, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves hot romances and amazing characters. Arc provided by the publisher for an honest review.
Blind Date From Hell Combusts in 3…2…1 . In Bed with Mr. Wrong. Well-meaning friends, who thought they knew the “right person” for us, set us up on blind dates. Some dates led to great relationships, but many more did not. That was the premise for Katee Robert’s In Bed with Mr. Wrong. Sexy Air Force Pararescuer, Ryan Flannery, was home on leave and his older brother, Drew and childhood friend, Avery, set him up on a date with the town’s new librarian, Brianne Nave. Bri, the quintessential mousy librarian, had heard about the gorgeous airman, and was anxious about meeting him. Their initial encounter, wrought with misunderstanding, set the scene for a funny face-off, as both Ryan and Bri, gave as well as they got. As the story quickly progressed, their date from hell escalated into a game of lust-filled anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better, one-upmanship, as they hurled insult grenades, like schoolyard spitballs, at each other. The one-liners were hysterical and provided their own brand of foreplay combining mutual loathing and undeniable attraction. Then, their friends provided an unexpected twist that required Ryan and Bri to spend time together. Alone. Ms. Robert could have written a romantic comedy and been successful. However, she gave both characters depth, as each was masking pain, feelings of abandonment and bruised hearts stemming from childhood circumstances. Each created ways to cope - Ryan by escaping into the Air Force and Bri by creating a sense of belonging to the one town in the world Ryan despised. As they tried to sublimate their growing feelings for each other, they instinctively learned when to push and when to allow the other person space. Ms. Robert did not shy away from introducing an event that would test their newly forming relationship, as Ryan was an active duty airman. Old fears surfaced, and whether they would survive the experience or not, would set the tone for their possible future together. All while fighting an inexplicable, sometimes all-consuming, passion. Ms. Robert’s next book in the series will feature Avery and Drew. There was a hint of some familial tension and it promises to be as funny and possibly a tearjerker. I am looking forward to reading it.
I love sexual tension between characters and there is a lot if it between Ryan and Bri. From the first time they meet it starts. They appear to hate each other but are totally attracted to each other. They have HOT sex and then fight. I love Katee's books and this one is another winner. Can't wait for the next one....maybe Drew and Avery?
So lucky to have won an ARC from Katee Robert of this amazing book. I am a big fan of Katee’s books! As usual, Katee knocks this story out of the park. She’s got all the perfect elements for a hot and steamy romance. They mingled together with the flawless sense of sweet, sexy, heartwarming and passion. Follow a “mousy librarian” and a sexy Air Force Para-rescuer on a fun, sexy and sometimes piss you off journey. Bri had a tough past and finally found her place in a small town. Ryan had a tough past and ran away to the military to get away from his small town. When he finally returns for a short break and agrees to a blind date his brother and friend set up he was surprised to meet Bri, even more surprised when they argue the entire length of the first date. The worst part for them is realizing they have been stranded in a secluded cabin for three days by their so-called friends. They then must work through their issues and try to keep their hands off each other. Spoiler: that only partially happens, they can’t keep their hands off each other though! I thoroughly enjoyed the back and forth between Bri and Ryan and Katee never fails at giving you lots of great sex throughout the book! The side characters are interesting and I’m keeping my fingers crossed to see Avery and Drew in upcoming books. This is a fantastic addition to Katee's work and I highly recommend this sexy, fun read! My only note would be that of course, I WANT MORE!
This is the BEST enemies-to-lovers romance! Brianne Nave grew up in the foster system after the death of her parents. Though it wasn't a horror story it certainly lacked a solid sense of belonging, of a place to call home and people she could call family. When she came to Wellingford to take over as librarian she began to make both for herself. But when her closest friends set her up on a blind date with Ryan Flannery, who happens to be in town on leave for a couple of weeks, she figures it'll be a disaster. And it is, spectacularly awful. Ryan and Bri's misassumptions of one another lead to heated arguing and even more heated sex. If the pair have that much chemistry physically how can they hate each other so much? When their friends strand them at a cabin in the middle of nowhere they're stuck spending a few days with little to entertain themselves and an awful lot of conveniently placed condoms. If they can get over themselves long enough can they see how perfect they are for each other not just in the bedroom (or the woodshed)? This is the first non-paranormal read I've had in a while that I could not put down and the first book I read in a day in ages. From the first page IN BED WITH MR. WRONG had me smirking and laughing and dropping my jaw. Bri and Ryan are so ridiculously suited to one another that it's almost painful. I could hardly wait to see their walls come tumbling down and their feelings of loathing become love. Enemies-to-lovers is a fun trope but it's not always well done. Robert tackled it flawlessly, making sure we readers could see from the start what the characters could not. That this story centered around excellent sexual chemistry managed to make it really fulfilling as Bri and Ryan's relationship moved from being just physical to something more. I did have one thing I was kind of meh about and it's usually something I love so I feel like it needs to be noted. The secondary characters—whom I discovered are the next couple in the series—confused me a lot. I couldn't figure out how they'd be friends since childhood based on their age differences (etc.). It's not a deal breaker, I just hope Robert elaborates on their history more in the next book so I can grasp it better. Considering those two were the catalyst for Ryan and Bri's cabin fever it felt like it was stuff I needed to know just a little more about to get their motivation. Packed with scorching love scenes, laugh-out-loud incidents, and a couple of secret nods to Robert's street team (thanks again for Chapter Twelve Katee!!!) IBWMW is just plain awesome. I loved it and I think anyone who reads a lot of Brazen titles will regret skipping this one. If you love enemies-to-lovers stories, military heroes, small town romances, or stories where the hero and heroine fall in love while stranded this is a RhiReading MUST READ. Notes: ARC received via author.
4.5/5 stars This is my first official Brazen and I can tell you right now: IT WON'T BE MY LAST. I have several Brazens on my Kindle, but just haven't found time to read them. They are such fast reads, however, that I will be sneaking them in at every possible opportunity! In Bed With Mr. Wrong was a fun, cute, steamy read and I devoured it in no time at all! I loved Bri and Ryan's characters and their back and forth banter was hilarious! They are total opposites but they have some incredibly hot sexual tension! They do NOT get off on the right foot at all and have a seriously awkward blind date. Yet, they didn't let that awkwardness interfere with how the date ended that's for sure! Whew! Bri definitely let her defenses get the best of her. She grew up in foster care and didn't have the best experience with it. Too many times she felt unwanted or abandoned and she now has some self-confidence issues. Ryan's expression when he first sees her reminds her all too well of the look her first set of foster parents had when they first saw her. Her first instinct is self preservation and she ends up making some snide comments and brings up his past, throwing it in his face. Ryan definitely doesn't back down from the challenge. He's just as stubborn as she is and doesn't let her sling insults without dishing them back in return. Bri let the pain of her past interfere and she jumped to conclusions about Ryan's initial thoughts. He is taken back by how beautiful she was, but how she LOOKED the part of a librarian. He is annoyed she thinks he's a charity case, as he's only home on leave for a short time. She doesn't know the first thing about him and he doesn't like that she makes her assumptions based on hearsay. Ryan also didn't have the best childhood growing up. He had his brother Drew, but that was it. Their father was a drunk and Ryan had earned a reputation as the troublemaker kid. This is one of the reasons he had to get out of his small hometown that Bri loves. Hands down the fact that these two go from fighting to trying to crawl inside one another is my favorite aspect. I always loved how in The Notebook Allie and Noah would scream and fight with one another but then turn around and can't get enough of each other. That is exactly how Bri and Ryan act and it is oh-so-HOT. Drew and Avery (Drew's best friend and a good friend to Bri) are plotting to get the two together and end up stranding them in a cabin with one another for a few days- Bri and Ryan are NOT happy with the development, but being stranded definitely has its perks. I really liked Drew and Avery. They have been best friends forever and their scheming and plotting to get Ryan and Bri together is great. We don't get a whole lot of them, but from what I can gather, they are going to be fun characters to get to know in Drew's story (which I think is next) While Bri frustrated me with her insecurities, I understood why she was so against letting Ryan in. Letting him in would make her vulnerable and she is terrified of that feeling of abandonment. She likes her small town and her job- both are reliable and make her feel safe. Ryan's job is dangerous and he doesn't want to put down roots in Wellingford. Ryan makes her FEEL so much and she is afraid of getting in so deep with him she won't be able to dig her way out after it's all said and done. Ryan is a champ for not completely losing his cool with her. She frustrates him, but the more intimate they are, he realizes he really does care for her and she is hiding behind her fear. As much as he wants her, he won't let her play games with him and I was pretty proud of Ryan for standing up for himself. Ryan and Bri have some really tender, sweet moments and I liked seeing these two get to know one another and tear down each other's defenses. Falling for each other may not have been in the cards, but sometimes love will find you where you least expect it. It's up to Bri and Ryan to make the choice as to whether they will take the plunge with one another or spend their lives running scared.
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Brianne Neve is a librarian and is relatively new to the small town of Wellingford, Pennsylvania. In fact she’s been in town for about fourteen months and only has two close friends, Avery and Drew. For Bri, she likes to keep herself closed off in order to avoid getting too close to people who might leave her. After losing her parents at an early age and then aging out of the foster care system, this is Bri’s only way to survive. Ryan Flannery hasn’t had the best life. He’s made mistakes that the people of his hometown of Willingford are more than happy to continue to talk about more than ten years later. He’s gone on to become the best that the Air Force has to offer, a Pararescuer. Unfortunately, this and his other accomplishments aren’t what he hears people talking about. He likes to avoid Wellingford at all costs. Talk about a crazy enemies to lovers romance. In Bed with Mr. Wrong was a story that had me smiling from the very beginning. Bri and Ryan agree to a blind date with each other under false pretenses. Bri agreed to go out with Ryan because she was helping out her friends Avery and Drew by not “leaving Ryan to his own devices.” Ryan agreed to go out with Bri because Avery and Drew (his brother) said she was new to town and needed someone to show her a good time. Needless to say, things don’t go very well on the date. Bri and Ryan may fight like cats and dogs but their attraction to one another can NOT be denied. When tempers get in the way, the physical attraction is too much to not act on. Ryan takes Bri out of her comfort zone in more ways than one and gets under her skin like no one else. Avery and Drew are so sure that Bri and Ryan are right for each other, they set up an intervention and leave the two stranded in a well-stocked secluded cabin in the woods alone for three days. When Ryan and Bri aren’t arguing with each other, they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Just when things start to look up for these two, Bri’s fear of being left alone tears them apart. They will have to fight for the love they never knew they wanted. Source: Publisher
Good Book! Besides being a Brazen groupie, I am a Katee Robert fan. So getting the opportunity to read an ARC of In Bed with Mr. Wrong made me very happy. This is a hot read, with sizzling characters and a unique storyline.. Brianne Nave is a success, in spite of a being a product of the foster care system. After her parents died in a car accident, she found solace by immersing herself in books. She put herself through college and a few years later, relocated to Wellingford, a small town in central Pennsylvania to take over the position of head librarian. She loves her job, the town, and her two best friends, Avery and Drew. The only thing missing from her life is a loving relationship. Air Force Pararescuer Ryan Flannery grew up in Wellingford, and the moment he graduated high school he joined the Air Force. His childhood was lonely, due to his mother's death and his father being a drunkard. His only salvation was his older brother Drew, who is now the town sheriff. Ryan detests the gossipy small town because the townsfolk constantly pester him about the antics of his youth whenever he returns from deployment or when the mood strikes them. He desperately needs a place to call home and a woman to share his life with. This is the story of Brianne and Ryan, two lonely people that together make the perfect couple. They end up spending three glorious days together in a secluded cabin, courtesy of Avery and Drew. They get to know each other and share amazing sexual chemistry. Letting go of their fears from the past will enable them to have a future. I enjoyed this book, especially the second half and the epilogue. Ms. Roberts writes mind-blowing sex scenes that always leave me wanting more and this book does not disappoint. Brianne and Ryan are well defined both emotionally and physically, which made it very easy to form a connection to them instantly. I loved how their relationship unfolded and got a kick out of their bickering. Looking forward to the next book in the series. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** In Bed with Mr. Wrong by Katee Robert Book One of the Out of Uniform series Publisher: Brazen Publication Date: January 13, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: Gifted Kindle book ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): The blind date from hell is about to get hotter… Brianne Nave is never doing her friends a favor again. When they begged her to go on a blind date, she didn't expect someone so perfectly gorgeous. She’s a mousy librarian—totally not in this man’s league. And judging by his odd reaction when she opens the door, he knows it, too. Air Force Pararescuer Ryan Flannery avoids his hometown at all costs. He’s not thrilled about the date until he’s shocked silent by the prickly little librarian’s sweet curves and kissable lips…and her smart mouth. But then an argument leads to a kiss that spirals out of control. How can two people have so little chemistry outside the bedroom when they fit together so perfectly in it? When their friends strand them in a cabin to "work things out," Bri’s not sure whether to kill him or put the industrial-sized box of condoms they find to use. Bottom line—Ryan’s career military and hates the tiny town she loves. He’ll leave, just like everyone else in her life. And if she’s foolish enough to give him her heart, he’ll take it with him. What I Liked: If there is one thing that you blog readers know about me, it's that I am a drill sergeant when it comes to my review books. Currently, I have spreadsheets and Word documents and calendars to help me keep track of all of my review books, and make sure that I read and review them all. Suffice it to say, I have a schedule, and this book was NOT part of my schedule. But I've been reading so many Young Adult books, and I was really in the mood for a good old romance book! This book was perfect for me - just when I needed it, Katee Robert/Brazen came through. Bri and Ryan's chemistry and romance were a balm to my aching soul (because you KNOW that Young Adult books are filled with angst-ridden, love-triangle-filled romances). Bri agrees to go on a date with her friend's brother, who happens to be the very sexy Air Force military solider Ryan. The date quickly goes up in flames (heh), because it totally gets started on the wrong foot, but things get steamy fast. Think angry sex. I love this story. Usually I wouldn't be one for the angry sex type situations, but it was definitely what I needed. The raw passion and chemistry is definitely NOT something that Young Adult literature portrays. Bri and Ryan get under each her's skin quite often, and it's hilarious and amusing to see their reactions to each other. Initially, Bri thinks that Ryan thinks that she is average, plain, the librarian type. In fact, he DOES call her a mousy librarian, but to get under her skin. That is definitely NOT what he thinks about her at all - he thinks that she is sexy in her own way. I LOVE that Robert decided to feature a heroine like Bri, who is more like the stereotypical librarian type, and I LOVE that Bri is actually not that at all. Bri turns out to be a pretty fierce woman who have and knows her own needs. I love Ryan! Sexy military guy for the win! I don't know if it's just me, but there is just something about military personnel. Men in uniform? Totally my type. Ryan is a bit of a caveman, but I love his personality, his character, his being. He and Bri are good for each other. I love the cabin stunt - that was clever, by Bri friends (and Ryan's brother). It definitely helped Bri and Ryan work things out, both physically and emotionally. The cabin scenes were probably my favorite in the book. All in all, I definitely needed this book at the time. Raw, sexy times? Perfect. Katee Robert really delivers the romance, the chemistry, and the awesome characters. I really like her romance novels, and I'll definitely be reading more of her romance books. And more of Brazen's books in general! What I Did Not Like: As with most of the other adult contemporary romance novels I've read, there's always that THING that keeps the heroine and hero from getting together - and it's usually a "problem" that the heroine has. This story is no except - Bri almost doesn't allow herself to be happy with Ryan. Her reason is kind of stupid, in my opinion - but then, I usually think the reasons are. There has to be a better reason than simple "trust issues". But whatever. I mostly forgive Bri. Would I Recommend It: If you're into adult contemporary romance, then yes! I realize that the age level and genre are sooo not for everyone, but for fans of either, you'll enjoy this one! If you're a regular Brazen reader (like me), then you will most likely enjoy this book! I, for one, cannot get enough of these Brazen books. I think I've enjoyed every single I've read. Rating: 4 stars. What a great romance novel! And excellent timing, too. This was just what I needed at the time, and I'm glad I *finally* read it. Katee Robert is definitely a fantastic romance writer!
4 stars - Smokin' hot chemistry that will turn you right onto the next page! It's amazing what one little misunderstanding can do between two people and then you add some pride and things just get out of hand. That would be the issue between Ryan and Bri. It would also be the end of the story except for some smokin' hot chemistry that wasn't gonna be denied. It was totally fun watching these two banter. They could find each others buttons in the dark and so push. But as soon as their lips touched a different story was told. I enjoyed these characters. Ryan, I loved. He gets over being a jerk and is trying faster than Bri does. The chemistry between them intrigued him and he needed to understand her. She wasn't gonna make it easy for him though. I did want to slap her at one point. She held on to her witchy ways way too long if ask me but I guess she did have her reasons. In the end, I was happy with both of them. The story grabbed me fast. I started it late at night and I didn't want to stop reading it. I will admit that there was a point where I wanted to throw the book more than read it but that quickly vanished. I read it in about a day. These two have some smokin' hot chemistry. Bri may not like the mousy librarian reference but it's true as far as her bedroom experience is concerned. The thing is that Ryan's hands and mouth can wake her like nothing else ever has and he, for sure, has ruined her for all other men. If you love the Brazen line, then this one is a must. So yummy. If you like your romance a little on the hot side, then this is a must. If you love romance that turns you on, then this is a must.
Read all the great reviews It started off a bit funny however the female lead is irritating as a hell......having trouble finishing taking a break but have to finish it since I paid money for it.....
This is an amazing read! Funny, sexy, and heartwarming! Great story, great characters and a nice fast pace. Recommend for all 18+
The love the banter between the characters. Also there are some super steamy scenes. My only complaint is (and this is only because I am also a librarian) I wish there were scenes that took place at the library.
HILARIOUS. .. I almost didn't get this because there was nothing saying what the ebook was about. So I read the reviews. I'm a big fan of Katee Robert. ..I've read your other series -A Come Undone Novels. .. Loved Bri and Ryan... I was laughing so hard before I even got to the 5th chapter. . Had to take a breather. .. The story was so awesome I read it in a few hours.. Thanks for giving me a great evening of a awesome read... Hope to read more on his brother Drew and Avery...
Katee Robert does it again! In Bed With Mr. Wrong was hot, hot, hot!!! The banter between Bri and Ryan was hysterical. You never knew what these 2 would say to one another. They held nothing back. The chemistry was explosive right off the bat. And the sex scenes were on fire!!! If you're looking for great humor with hot sex, this is the book for you! I can't wait for the next book in this series.
loved this book! a great way to start a new series. Can't wait to see what comes next in the series
Looking for HOT read on a cold night? Check out Katee Roberts latest book, In Bed With Mr. Wrong. The dialogue between the main characters is scintillating. I was reminded of the repartee of the golden age of film. And the intimate moments were hot! This book is witty, sexy, and grabs you from the first.
Nobody does shenanigans like Katee Robert, and “In Bed with Mr. Wrong” is no exception. Whether it’s a wrong bed story, or friends-to-lovers, or, in this case, enemies-to-lovers, she’s an expert at delivering sexy hijinks that somehow always manage to pull my heart into the mix along with…ahem…the rest of me. ;) This time the hijinks are courtesy of Avery and Drew, a couple of matchmakers/troublemakers who decide their best friend Brianne, a slightly repressed librarian, is the ideal woman for Drew’s brother Ryan, a slightly antisocial Air Force pararescuer. One truly disastrous blind date ensues—except for the sex, which is off-the-charts amazing, but whoops—they don’t even like each other! Done. Over. Moving on. But uh-oh…not so fast. Avery and Drew aren’t giving up so easily. They see what Brianne and Ryan are too stubborn to admit. Namely, there’s way more going on here than chemistry. What’s a good matchmaking team to do? Why strand the reluctant couple alone together in a cabin for a weekend, of course. What unfolds from there is a hilarious, frustrating, sweating, crying, fist-pounding, panty-melting journey to HEA, as only Katee can do it! All I can say about Avery and Drew is…paybacks are hell. And I, for one, can not wait!
Katee Robert has done it again. In Bed with Mr. Wrong is a funny, fast-paced enemies to lovers story that will be sure to turn up the heat where ever you are. Bri is adorable and extremely relatable. While Ryan is sex personified. I enjoyed the first book in the Out of Uniform series immensely and can not wait for the next installment.
Katee has a great flow in her stories and this one is no different. It catches you early and keeps you deeply involved. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
So in July of 2012 I discovered this wonderful author named Katee Robert. After I finished reading her book, I knew she was going to be someone to keep my eye on. Her writing is excellent and her story lines and humor are superb. I have read and loved everything she has written since then. When I was given this ARC to review I wont deny doing a little happy dance in front of my computer, because I just knew it was going to be a great read. Add to that it being a new series and I was over the moon to start reading it. This is the story of a shy and mousy librarian ( this made me love her already, because anybody who loves books is the bomb as far as I am concerned) Brianne, whose 2 best friends beg her to go on a blind date with Ryan a *way out of her league* Para-rescuer. Bri's idea of a perfect night is lying curled up on the sofa reading a good book and having a conversation with her beta fish. Ryan is home on leave, in a town that he hates due to something he feels the town blames him for from when he was a teenager. What happens when these 2 meet is a undeniable rip your clothes/set the beds, walls and any other furniture you can get your hands on fire chemistry. But outside of that, they cant seem to stop the arguing and snarky attitudes. Their friends decide to help these 2 along as they know in their hearts they are perfect for each other, and they strand them at a cabin in the snow for a few days. This results in Ryan and Bri getting to know each other a whole lot better. I laughed out loud many times, and I loved how they kept finding the condoms that their friends had hidden in obscure places around the cabin. One of my fave scenes in this book is when she starts reading one of her novels out loud to Ryan....so cute and so sexy, especially when he takes over these scenes....YUM!!! Get your hands on your copy of this book ASAP and read to see how our sexy couple Bri and Ryan get their HEA. All in all this was a super cute read and once again Ms Roberts has outdone herself with this book. Looking forward to the next book in what is once again going to be a kick ass series by one off my all time favorite Brazen authors
I enjoyed this book, a familiar plot with a bit of a different angle. Characters were very likable.
Bro agrees to a blind date with her friend's brother who is in the military. She's heard he's a hero as well as the fact that he burned down the high school. He is a pararescuer and is only home for 2 weeks. They detest each other on meeting but go on the date anyway...and end up having (amazing) sex on her front porch. Did I say this is a small town? The story gets hotter from there. A happy ending, I wish it had been a little longer, but a good read.