Three months ago, graphic designer Vanessa Hewitt slept with the ridiculously hot guy she met after nearly falling to her death while stargazing on a bridge. The adrenaline-fueled night of we'll-never-see-each-other-again sex fulfilled every fantasy, but with her best friend's wedding on the horizon, Vanessa can't stop thinking about what would happen if her sexy stranger passed through town again.
Haunted by his time in Afghanistan, soldier John Campbell returns to his sister's town just long enough to help plan an engagement party for her. When he realizes her best friend is the sweet one-night stand he's been fantasizing about for months, he'll do anything to have her again...though getting trapped together in a storeroom wasn't quite what he had in mind.
Vanessa is in hell. Or is it heaven? Because with every touch, their forbidden connection grows, until kissing Mr. Wrong starts feeling more like kissing Mr. Right...
Each book in the Wrong Man series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Kissing Mr. Wrong
Book #2 Tempting Mr. Wrong
About the Author
Kerri Carpenter began writing in her grandmother's kitchen at the age of seven in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. A life-long fan of reading, she got lost in the worlds of The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. She also assumed that everyone had characters and plots forming in their heads at all times. Once she turned to romance novels, she couldn't get enough of books with happy endings, so she started writing her own. Now, Kerri writes contemporary romances, usually set in small towns. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) poodle mix, Harry.
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Kissing Mr. Wrong
A Wrong Man Story
By Kerri Carpenter, Heather Howland
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Kerri Carpenter
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Vanessa knew it happened to other people, but she still couldn't believe it had happened to her. Even after the requisite talk with human resources, then packing up her desk and turning in her work ID, her brain refused to accept it.
But she had definitely been laid off today.
She dropped off her stuff at her apartment, and then went directly to her home away from home, also known as Mike's, the bar downstairs.
Sure, she'd been given her usual cheerful greeting, and the pity glass of Pinot Noir had been delicious. But nothing was making her feel better at the moment. Not even the hot eye candy sitting at the end of the bar, who kept throwing glances in her direction. With his broad shoulders, muscular arms, and ready smile, he was just her type. Only tonight was not the ideal time to flirt. All she could do at the moment was mope.
"Don't worry about it, V," Mike said, leaning over the bar. "You can work here until you find something new."
Mike's offer was kind, and she had every intention of taking him up on it. Still, she'd thought her waitressing and bartending days were over. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of living in a small Virginia town two hours outside Washington, DC, was that graphic design jobs weren't falling off trees.
Moving there is a huge mistake, her mother's disapproving voice echoed in her head. You'll come to regret it. Mark my words.
Pushing all maternal criticism from her brain, she offered a small smile. "Thanks, Mike, I really appreciate it." Stealing a quick glance around the large mahogany bar and even larger dining area, she decided it wasn't the worst place to work. She knew the menu inside and out, as well as most of the regulars. "When do you need me to start?"
"Why don't you take a couple days off and start next week?" His eyes held sympathy as he pushed a glass of water across the bar.
"Thanks," she mumbled.
A quick glance at her phone showed her that her best friend hadn't called her back yet. Come on, Jess, I need you. Trying not to take it personally, she sighed. After all, she knew exactly where Jess was. Where she always was lately.
"What's Jess up to tonight?" Mike asked, as if reading her mind.
She shrugged. "Probably with Paul."
"That got serious fast."
Sure had. If Vanessa hadn't been in such a sour mood, she would admit how happy she was for her friend. Jess had been the first person to befriend her when she moved to Crescent Falls two years ago for, ironically, her new job. Now, her old job. She blew her overgrown bangs out of her face. She really needed to do something about them soon.
"So what do ya say, V? Want another drink?"
As a matter of fact, she did. But the tears that kept pushing at the backs of her eyes, oh, those waterworks would start full-force if she opted for a second glass of wine. As it was, the Pinot Noir she favored tasted like ashes in her mouth. Fitting, she supposed, since her dream job had gone up in flames today. She pushed the half-full glass aside and opted for the water.
She couldn't help but notice that while the hot guy at the end of the bar kept his hand wrapped around his own half-consumed beer, he seemed intent on her answer as well.
"Nah. This is it for me. I should be heading out soon anyway."
"Okay." Mike shot her a relieved look. Yeah, she knew he didn't do well with weepy women. "I really am sorry. You okay getting home?"
Unable to suppress it, she rolled her eyes. "I think I can make it all the way upstairs just fine."
Mike grinned. "You know I have to ask."
"I know, I know. Thanks, Mike. I mean, boss." When she tried to pay her tab, Mike waived her off. She was too tired to put up a fuss.
On her way out of the bar, she passed the door that led to the landing of the apartments above and paused. She could go upstairs and pick up her paintbrush. Art had always been an outlet for her and maybe she could take some of this sadness out on the canvas.
No. Art used to be her outlet. Lately, it had only added to her frustration.
Maybe she could go upstairs and put on a weepy movie. She wasn't drunk, but she was definitely emotional.
The thought of going to her cramped apartment for a private pity party ... Nope. No way. She needed air. Lots of it.
Outside, the recently fallen leaves crunched beneath her black boots. She inhaled, taking in the distinctly autumnal smell that always reminded her of fires crackling away in hearths, Friday night high school football games, and the remnants of Halloween candy.
The fact that a tiny town in the middle of nowhere had become home still surprised her. Thanks to Jess, her old job, Mike's Bar, and the other friendly residents, she'd come to love it. Even without a nightlife, or many job possibilities that didn't involve manual labor or horses, she still adored living there.
Vanessa didn't have to think about where she wanted to go tonight. She crossed the street and headed for one of her favorite spots.
The old stone bridge across from the bar dated back to God-knew-when. Probably Revolutionary times, she thought, as she leaned over the edge and listened to the bubbling water below. The sound of the water running over the many rocks she knew were down there calmed her. Brought her peace.
She hopped up and swung one leg over the side, intending to sit a while before returning to her apartment.
Freezing at the loud, insistent voice, she chanced a glance over her shoulder. It was the hot guy from the bar. Only he looked less hot, more worried, as he quickly approached her with both hands held out in front of him.
"Don't what?" she asked, confused.
"Trust me, it's not worth it. I know you had a shitty day. Believe me, I've had my fair share. But you'll find a new job."
Cocking her head, she took in his concerned expression. Not to mention the incredibly muscular body, held so tightly in anticipation that his dark green polo shirt strained against it. As he slowly neared, she realized he was even taller than he'd appeared while seated in the bar. If she was five-eight, he was probably an inch or two over six feet, but his rippling muscles, square jaw, and broad shoulders made him seem much larger.
Close now, he stretched a hand toward her. "Please, give me your hand."
He had light eyes, either green or blue—she couldn't tell in the dark. But she could detect the fear ... and that's when it hit her.
"Ohmigod!" she cried. "You think I came out here to jump?"
He inched forward another foot and was close enough now that she could determine his eyes were, in fact, a light blue. His hair was brownish-blond, and cut incredibly short. It seemed soft, and she wondered what it would feel like to rub her hand over it.
"Didn't you?" he asked, his jaw ticking.
"Of course not."
Lowering his hand, he frowned. "I'm sorry. I just assumed."
Yeah, but ... "What are you doing out here?"
"In all honesty, I followed you." He nodded as if that were a completely normal and totally non-stalkerish thing to say. "I overheard you saying you lost your job and saw that you'd had a glass of wine. It seemed like you and the bartender were tight, so I was confused when he let you leave upset."
Wow, someone was observant. Observant and accurate. "Mike's a great guy. But he wasn't worried because I literally live in one of the apartments above the bar." She pointed back toward the building that held Mike's Bar—and her apartment—to prove it.
Under the glow from the streetlamp, she could tell his cheeks were turning a soft shade of red and decided to be nice. Besides, it had been a very long time since someone had worried about her well-being. It felt nice to know someone cared.
That must be why butterflies were dancing around her stomach as she continued to stare at his handsome face. And, okay, she may have taken another glance at his well-defined chest. She was only human.
"Thanks for ... being a gentleman," she decided.
He grinned, fast and brief, and her heart stopped. Wow, just wow.
He closed the final distance between them and stuck his hand out again. "My name's John. I heard the bartender call you V?"
"It's just a nickname. My name is Vanessa." She slipped her hand into his, and his large, warm fingers curled around hers. The sensation had her breath catching in her chest as her eyes shot up to meet his. His face mirrored her startled expression.
Realizing she was still straddling the wall, Vanessa tried to swing her leg back over to the bridge side. But she was so enraptured by John's rugged face, his mesmerizing touch, and his amazing body that she slipped. There was only enough time for a scream to escape her lips before she went over the side of the bridge.
* * *
Every bit of training John had gleaned from his six years in the Army, not to mention the four years of ROTC in college, kicked in full force.
As soon as Vanessa had gone over the bridge, his arm had shot out faster than rounds from the M4 he carried on a daily basis in Afghanistan. His next step had been to secure his grip on her arm, all while maintaining eye contact.
Even with his heart pounding in his ears, he steadied his breathing and spoke in a clear, calm voice. "It's okay. I've got you."
With her face drained of all color, the dark, intoxicating eyes he'd noticed earlier looked even larger. He could see her chest rising and falling as she sucked scared breaths into her lungs. But she surprised him when she nodded, squeezed his hand, and said, "Okay."
Using all of the strength he possessed, he tightened his grip. Pretty soon, he had both hands wrapped around hers, and began pulling her up and over. When her knees cleared the wall, she let out a cry. John held his breath and steadied himself for the full brunt of her weight. As soon as her feet met solid ground, she fell into him.
"Are you o—"
He couldn't get the sentence out before she flung her arms around his neck, holding on for dear life. While it may have started as a means to steady her, when he held her tightly against him, running his hands up and down the length of her back, he knew he wasn't just calming her. He was reassuring himself that she was alive and well. She hadn't fallen off the bridge.
She was safe.
John recognized the adrenaline pumping through his body. He'd experienced the sensation more times than he could count during both tours overseas.
Realization hit hard, just as it had that day in Afghanistan when everything went to shit. This had been his fault. He'd seen her on the bridge and his mind went right into crisis mode. She probably would have been just fine if he hadn't butted in. His assumption had ultimately caused her to slip and almost go over.
He'd tried to play hero. Again. And in the process, he almost came out as the villain.
Pushing thoughts of Afghanistan, and that wretched night with his unit, aside, he turned his thoughts back to the woman cowering in his arms.
He could feel every curve of her body. Where was her damn coat anyway? She should definitely have a coat on, with how cold the night had become.
And then there was the scent of her dark hair—something flowery, like roses. It tickled his nose.
"You're okay. Everything's okay," he whispered into that black hair. His voice sounded gruff, and he wasn't sure if it was from the exertion of pulling another human being over a centuries-old stone bridge, or from the way her body was forcing his to wake up.
"I can't believe that just happened," she said. "I'm sorry."
He took in her dark brown eyes, large with fear. "What are you sorry for?"
"I have no idea." She half-laughed, half-choked. Then her lips turned up slightly at the corner. "I needed to say something."
"This was entirely my fault," he said. "There's nothing for you to be sorry for."
"It was an accident. I didn't think about how dangling my legs over a bridge might seem to someone else. In the end, you saved me. You're a hero."
"No," he said, loudly and definitively. She winced and he quickly reined in the emotions the word hero brought up. "I mean, I'm just glad you're okay."
God, she was beautiful. Dark lashes surrounded her gorgeous eyes. Eyes the color of onyx in a face made of pure alabaster. Not a single imperfection marred that skin. Her thick hair was long, and framed her face in layers of luscious waves.
"What?" she said on a breathy sigh.
Her cheeks instantly reddened, but she didn't break eye contact. He respected that.
"You're not exactly hard on the eyes either." To prove it, she ran a finger along his jawline. Her light touch sent a delicious tingle down his spine. His reaction was to pull her even closer, but she kept her head high and he could feel her sweet breath against his neck.
His heart sped up again. She was tall—one of his favorite traits in a woman—and she fit just right with his body. He couldn't seem to look anywhere but at her lips. Lips that were a soft red. Lips that parted seductively as he continued to stare.
Lips that, before he knew it, called to him louder than anything he'd ever heard.
Ignoring every good manner he'd been taught growing up, and all of the training and patience he'd learned in the Army, he framed her face with his hands and kissed her.CHAPTER 2
Vanessa never did things like this.
In fact, she considered herself as boring as they came. She worked hard, paid her bills the second they came in, and always folded her laundry when it came out of the dryer. If there was a rule out there, she followed it.
But tonight, she was suppressing that Goody-Two-shoes and doing something her body was craving more than oxygen.
Maybe it was the adrenaline from almost dying. Maybe she could blame it on getting laid off. Hell, it could be the full moon. In any case, she didn't care. She wanted this guy and she wanted him now.
So she accepted John's lips against hers. In fact, she pulled him closer as she moved her mouth over his. She might not know very much about this guy, but so far he'd proven that he was brave and strong. Plus, the man could kiss.
She wanted to purr, but settled for a soft sigh and ran her hands down his back until they rested over his ass. He responded by nipping her bottom lip and sucking it into his mouth.
She shivered. The kiss was amazing. It managed to both soothe her frayed nerves and elicit new, tingling emotions.
When he moved his mouth to her neck, she thought her legs would turn to Jell-O, and felt herself slipping.
He let out a small chuckle. "Hey, where are you going?" Then he tightened his arms around her and continued the assault against her neck, her collarbone, then back up to her jawline.
Until he let out a harsh exhale, she hadn't realized that she'd moved her hands to his front, and they were currently dancing along his very firm abs, right above the waistband of his pants. Her fingers slipped under his shirt to feel the hard skin and he groaned, grabbing her hair and pulling her to him even tighter.
There was an insistent voice somewhere in the deep recesses of her mind, calling out to her. This is crazy-sauce. You just met him. You never do things like this. But funny how the more he kissed her, the fainter that voice sounded. This might not be her typical Friday night activity, but right now she was fine with it.
"We have to go somewhere." His voice rasped out and his breathing was uneven. It had to match her own. Then his eyes widened. "Sorry. I should ask you first. Do you want to go somewhere?" He gave her a quick peck on the lips. "Please, God, tell me you want to go somewhere."
She would have laughed but she was trying to keep it together. His eyes were dark with lust and they were watching her like she was the only woman on the planet.
No one had ever looked at her like this.
He pressed against her and she felt his erection through the snug khakis he was wearing.
No one had ever wanted her like this, either.
"Yes," she managed. "My place. Now."
He smiled, but only for a second. Then he was digging in his heels and the lust began to fade from his eyes.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Creating this story around the idea of a one-night-stand was a great idea to handle this book. But unfortunately what was basically a beautiful idea did not work out so well. It is very difficult to give the characters enough depth so that the reader can relate to them. And this was precisely what I was missing here. The initial story was really good, but even though the story was told from a dual point of view which allowed the reader to “look” into the head of Jack/John and Vanessa, I still could not come up with the emotions I need to really like a book. As the writing style was really good I truly believe that with a view more pages this could have been a real good book. And I am sure to pick up another longer novel from this author. > > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
It was cute.. 90 pages. Good ideas but wish it had more
3.5 flirty, lovable, sweet, page-turning stars! Kissing Mr. Wrong, by Kerri Carpenter, was such a fun reading escape! I won't lie to you, I one-click every single day! *Ahem* I know ... It's bad!!! When I saw the book cover and the blurb, I immediately one-clicked! Kerri Carpenter is a new author to me and since this was a novella it was the perfect book to start discovering this awesome author. I really loved her writing style and her characters were funny and lovable. Victoria Hewitt is having a horrible day. She just got laid off of work. It's not easy finding a job as a graphic designer around Crescent Fall. She decides to go have a drink to her home away from home, also known as Mike's bar. While she's talking to the owner, he offers her a job as a waitress until she can find another job. That day might have started on the wrong foot, but when a hottie sitting at the bar can't keep his eyes off of Victoria, her day is about to turn memorable. The connection she shared with John was instant and the amazing night that they had together won't stop replaying in her mind. Three months later, Victoria is about to start a new job. On her last night working at Mike's, John comes back to town and turns her world upside down. She's happy to see him, until she figures out she had a hot one-night stand with her best friend's little brother. Will Vanessa give their relationship a chance? This novella was sweet and fun! It's the perfect reading escape if you are looking for something short to read that will leave a big smile on your face. Everything happens really quick in this book. This is a novella so I was expecting it. What I did not expect was to connect so fast to Victoria and John. I really liked them together. Victoria was a bit difficult at times. Once she found out that John was Jessica's brother she tried to push him away. My heart broke for John because he really liked Victoria and he was disappointed that she would not give them a chance. Their chemistry was good and their story was awesome! I will definitely read other books by Kerri Carpenter. I really enjoy this novella and if you are looking for a short novella that will make you escape, give Kissing Mr. Wrong a chance! I give Kissing Mr. Wrong, by Kerri Carpenter, 3.5 flirty, lovable, sweet, page-turning stars!
<p>Well, now wasn't that was a perfect little interlude in my otherwise boring day! Kissing Mr Wrong is a quick read but just what I needed to bring me out of the workday doldrums. I just loved the characters, the banter they had between them, the situations they found themselves in and the way their story unfolded. This small town love story just hit the spot with me. So much was packed in to this short novel, so much emotion, a connection to the characters that you could feel, humor that was right up my alley, and insights into their back storys that touched my heart and made me want to know more about them. I was totally invested in them finding their HEA and the way that their relationship developed was mature and well paced, not overly angsty, no childish running away, just honest emotions and genuine reactions.</p> <p>Vanessa and John were such likeable characters as was Jess, Vanessa's best friend and John's sister. They were all so easy to relate to, and I really enjoyed the rapport they had, the witty banter and the solid support of one another. Being an artist myself, I was instantly drawn to Vanessa, but she solidified herself with me, with her vulnerability and her strength, her loyalty and ability to empathise. Even though she had her own insecurities, she handled them maturely and without drama. I really liked her.</p> <p>John captured my heart too, a returned serviceman, fighting his own inner battles with the aftermath of his tour of duty. He was protective of those around him, loyal to his family and those in his unit that he classed as family. He endeared me to him with the way he connected and showed his affection for Vanessa and I loved that he stayed to fight for their relationship. </p> <p><i><b> "You made the darkness go away. You brought the light."</b></i></p> <p>John just made me swoon time after time.</p> <p>I believed this insta-love story like the author was re-writing my own insta-love story with my husband of 27 years. Sometimes, instant attraction is what captures your initial attention but deeper connections do occur from the start, and I just loved reading about this pair. They were fun together, supportive of each other and the epilogue was just perfect for me. </p> <p>Thank you Ms Carpenter for a great story and I hope that we are going to read all about Lance soon. I love the setting you have created in Crescent Falls.</p>
*I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Kissing Mr. Wrong by Kerri Carpenter I really enjoy Ms. Carpenter writing style (also love her cute puppy pictures on facebook… but that’s totally unrelated). Her books are fast paced, the dialogue is funny and the chemistry between her characters is great. Kissing Mr. Wrong had all of this. John aka Jack, is Vanessa’s savior when he thinks she is about to jump off a bridge after having a lousy day. Vanessa was just going to sit on the bridge and enjoy the night air but who wouldn’t want to be saved by a hot, built, soldier guy? Although he is just passing through town, their chemistry and attraction is undeniable so they agree on spending one night together. For both, it turns out to be the best night of their lives. Three months later, they’re both still hung up on the other, so when John comes back to town for his sister’s engagement party the first place he goes to is to find Vanessa. They can’t believe that it feels as if they were never apart, or that they don’t want to be apart again… but soon they find that they have someone in common: John’s big sister, the one with the engagement party? Yeap, that’s Vanessa’s best friend… and whose only request was for her best friend not to crush on her baby brother while they planned her party together… you can imagine how the rest went. While I really enjoyed this story, I wish there was a little bit more of it. There’s a back story with John coming back from Afghanistan and his dealing with everything that happened during his tour. And Vanessa being an artist but being unable to tap into her feelings and imprint then on her paintings. Though it didn’t feel rushed, I would have loved to see them interact and spend more time together and grow as a couple. Well paced and entertaining, this was a quick read and cements Kerri Carpenter’s writing style as one I really enjoy.
After having been laid off from her job, Vanessa Hewitt is drowning her sorrows in a bar. John Campbell is passing through the town and spots the beautiful Vanessa. However he notices she is down and clearly drowning her sorrows. When Vanessa leaves the bar, John follows to make sure she is ok and is immediately alarmed when he spots her climbing on the old stone bridge. John intervenes and what becomes clear was a wrong assumption, leads to them talking, then sparks of instant attraction start to fly, and then, the hottest one night stand, a night of passion neither will forget! Three months later, Vanessa is helping plan her best friend, Jess’, engagement party. They are all awaiting the arrival of Jess’ brother, Jack, to help with the planning. Enter John. Confused?? Jack and John are the same person. Jack is the nickname John’s family gave him. So……John heads to the bar to seek out Vanessa, the one night stand that he can’t get out of his head. Vanessa and John end up locked in the pubs storeroom. Whilst in the confines of the small room they discover they have someone in common, Jess. Vanessa see’s no way past this without betraying her best friend. Is this an obstacle that can be overcome by Vanessa, John and Jess? Kissing Mr Wrong was a very charming and heart warming Novella. Being a short story it didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s jam packed though. You have varying emotions, romance, heartbreak and angst and I thought a little comedy was in there too. Its bursting from beginning to end. I found Kissing Mr Wrong to be a very easy read but it did pull me in. It did hold a weakness of mine to though, John, the hottie!! :-) I found myself wanting a happily ever after for Vanessa and John. I was impressed that so much was portrayed with it being a novella, but it worked and didnt feel like there was too much going on. It was detailed, had depth and even a few steamy sex scenes. You could almost feel the chemistry and attraction between Vanessa and John. Overall Kissing Mr Wrong was a cute, short story. Easy to lose yourself in and read in one sitting.
Vanessa Hewitt was laid off work and depressed when she went to Mike's bar. She catches the eye of a former soldier who is just passing through town. He wants to make sure that she's all right so he follows her. Their chemistry is off the charts and they spend the night together. Neither wants anything more than a casual encounter. Is life ever that simple? Vanessa wants to love and be loved. Her life is empty and she feels alone. She continues to think about that magic night. John Campbell is back in town for his sister's engagement party but the first thing he does is look for the beautiful woman who eased his pain with her passion. I loved their connection and the tenderness that they showed each other. It was apparent from their first meeting that it was more than one night of passion. They shared a bond. Even though fate and a promise Vanessa made to John's sister try to keep them apart, it can't. They complete each other. The desire is there but so is the love and caring. I wanted Vanessa to realize that Mr. Wrong is really Mr. Right. This was a satisfying story that left me teary eyed. Kerri Carpenter did an excellent job with this heartfelt romance.
what can i say i love this book. sweet john home on leave helps or thinks he is poor vanessa after she lost her job. thinking she was gonna jump off a bridge one thing leads to another and you can guess where they went. fast forward 3 months and her best friend is getting married now all she has to do is plan the party with her best friends brother who is recently back in town from the military and turns out to be none other than john aka jack. fun hilarity ensues as they try but fail to deny thier attraction. i love this book and hope to see more from the author. =arc given by pulisher for honest review=
Kissing Mr. Wrong by Kerri Carpenter was more of a novella than a novel. The writing was good. There were no errors. I loved the cover too. I wasn’t sure about the title though. There were not many mentions made in the book about John being “Mr. Wrong” so the title didn’t seem to fit too much. I liked Vanessa and John very much. However, I did not like Jess, Vanessa’s friend, very much at first but I did get over that. Even though this was a short story and there were some things that I didn’t like about this story (things I can’t get into without giving too much of the story away), I still felt this was a sweet story. *I received a free book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.
A fun quick sexy read. When Mr wrong becomes Mr Right. Vanessa was down in the dumps, met John at the bar, what a one night that they had. Fast forward three months, only to find out Mr Wrong, is your best friend's brother. Wow, what more can I say. I loved this book, great characters and dialog. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. I highly recommend this for an afternoon of fun reading.
3.5 stars Kissing Mr. Wrong was a sweet and romantic read. The storyline was fun and enjoyable and the characters were well developed. Highly recommend this novella by Kerri Carpenter.
almost there but not quite a 4 star read,,, ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** This is a story, that , in my mind, could have turned out differently but ended up with just a almost 4 star rating. I wanted to love the story because it had a one night stand that turned into a forever but there was a strained quality to the story, almost like a forced quality. I think there was so more promise and part of me loved the promise of the story but just didn’t like how the story got to going and the forced feeling. Basically Vanessa has a one night stand with a guy she met after she lost her job and nearly falling from a bridge –he saved her life and he was a handsome, hot guy so they ended up spending a night together but she didn’t see him again after that night. She didn’t think she would ever see him again but little did she know she would see him again…They see each other at her friend’s engagement party and come to find out, he was her best friend’s “little brother” and his name was Mike and he just had finished a active tour of duty. There were parts were they were great together but other parts where it was forced .I could see so much promise and yet I felt like I was missing something between them. Overall, it was an ok story between Vanessa and Mike. Not as bad as it could have been but could have been better. My rating: 3.5 stars ***
Just when you decide to live on the wild side and partake in a hot sexy night with a stranger, the unthinkable happens...it is your best friend's brother! Oh but what a fine brother he was! John was smoking hot, military and genuine. I loved his character and his pursuit of Vanessa was fierce. I love a man who goes for what he wants. Their story was quick, spicy and sweet. I enjoy the best friend falls for the sibling theme. They are always fun to read and watch the complications ensue. But one of my favorite parts of this book had nothing to do with John and Vanessa, but with John and his sister. That was the sweetest, most touching scene. And I absolutely loved it! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
I really enjoyed this fun, sexy novella! It had a very sweet start, with John 'rescuing' Vanessa and them ending up having a steamy one night stand. Though they both know it's a one-time thing, when John comes back to town 3 months later it would be so easy to pick up where they left off- except for some minor complications to be dealt with first. John comes across as a handsome, strong and obviously caring man. Though he's been dealing with some PTSD issues from his recent tour of duty, he's willing to do whatever needs to be done to help the families of his teammates. Vanessa is equally engaging as a fun, friendly woman, delighted to be helping her best friend who is getting married, and working hard to make it on her own. There is no denying the attraction between John and Vanessa that hasn't dimmed in their time apart and I loved how the story played out as they make their way to a happy ending. 4.5 stars for a quick, fun, and sexy read.
Goodness, I loved this book! Cute, quirky, sexy and a story that you quickly get involved in. Vanessa has lost her job and goes into the local bar to get a drink to console herself and ends up noticing a hot guy at the end of the bar named John. Well, without telling all the plot, a one night stand becomes a lot more when he returns and she discovers who he really is. If only real life was so easy! I can't wait for the next story by this new(to me) author. Fantastic story!
Upon finishing, my initial reaction: So charming. <3 My Thoughts (full review): This is my second Kerri Carpenter novel. The first one, Flirting With the Competition, was a super cute story, and another book in the Entangled Lovestruck imprint. I love that imprint, and with good reason, and Kissing Mr. Wrong was definitely worth the read. The story starts with the first encounter Vanessa and John have together, before they know who the other is. It's super romantic how they meet (he thinks she needs saved, then she really does need saved), and then it gets super steamy. But then John's gone, he had to leave the very next day, and neither one even know if they'll ever see each other again. And it's fine... at first. They realize, however, how much they do want to meet again. And when they do, and realize he's her best friend's brother, Vanessa knows he's off limits. Yet, what they have is palpable. Undeniable. Can they find a way to meet in the middle and get past the obstacles? Kissing Mr. Wrong was absolutely right! It was a charming tale, one that my heart couldn't let go. It's an emotional journey, one that pulls you in from the start, then keeps becoming more honest and real. I loved the chemistry between Vanessa and John. And I can't wait to see what's net for Kerri Carpenter! My Rating: Very Good
Vanessa has just had a day from hell. She’d been laid off from her graphic artist job, and in this small town of Crescent Falls there weren’t more jobs like that one to be found. Sipping a glass of wine in the bar downstairs from her apartment, Vanessa felt the eyes of a stranger at the bar on her, almost senses his overhearing her conversation with Mike but didn’t pay a lot of attention to him other than to realize the guy was definitely handsome. Mike had offered her a job at the bar to at least tide her over until she found work again in her field. She wouldn’t be broke and jobless, and for that she was grateful but still… it wasn’t doing the art, the creating that she enjoyed. When Vanessa shoved aside the wine and left the bar she wasn’t sure where to go. Moping upstairs had it’s merits, but she needed to head to the one place she found peace – the bridge. John hadn’t been comfortable with the conversation the beauty at the other end of the bar was having with the bartender. He got that she had lost her job and in truth she looked pretty lost at the moment. So he kept an eye on her, he knew the signs of despondency and he really just wanted to be sure she was okay – for whatever reason that he couldn’t really explain to himself. When she left the bar he followed soon after. The old stone bridge over the swift waters of the creek had been a favorite place to go to just think and enjoy ever since she had moved here. So it really was no surprise that she’d return there on the worst day possible. She had intended to sit on the stone wall and just let the day wash away, but in the middle of getting up on the wall she heard a concerned voice call out to her. The hot, handsome guy from the bar actually thought she was going to jump. Vanessa wasn’t offended and in fact was touched by his concern. She continued to sit on the wall as she explained that she wasn’t intending to harm herself. Through the embarrassed conversation sparks were sizzling. Yes, he was definitely worth checking out. In the middle of talking to John she took her attention off of where she was and losing her balance, fell over the side of the bridge. John had grabbed her arm and slowly pulled her back over the wall. Call it scared to death, call it adrenaline, heck even call it fate… but when Vanessa’s feet hit solid ground she launched herself into John’s arms. The sizzle turned into a fire the longer she was held and kissed – and Vanessa did the one thing she’d never done, knowingly took a one night stand without a second thought. The only thought that mattered was getting naked with this guy and he definitely returned that thought with even more of his own. The night that followed lived up to every single one of Vanessa’s fantasies and then some. She knew he’d be gone in the morning, but she had right now and that would be enough. Or so she thought… Three months later, Vanessa was planning her best friend’s engagement party. Jess was excited yet there was a downbeat to her as well. Her younger brother had finished his tour of duty but not come home yet and it bothered her a lot. Sure they were both adults now, but family was family and she needed to see him to know he was okay. Jess hoped he’d get back in time for the party but wasn’t holding out much hope. When Jess’ baby brother did turn up it was Vanessa’s turn to be surprised. Her one night stand … had been her best friend’s brother. Now what? I really enjoyed Kissing Mr. Wrong and would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good love story with a few twists. The story was well paced, full of action and romance… and a twist that would not have bothered me at all, yet seemed to be the main contention of the story. I’ll let you get to that part on your own. John and Vanessa were smokin’ hot together and I really got caught up in their story. This one is worth the reading time, check it out for yourself. *I received an e-ARC of Kissing Mr. Wrong from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
This was my first time reading Ms. Carpenter's work and I loved it! Heart-warming. Sweet. I was hooked from the start. The characters are very likable and the chemistry is great. Excellent story! I look forward to reading more of Ms. Carpenter's stories. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Actual rating 3.5 out of 5 Stars! 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 didn't realize how very short this book was before I started it. Like 120 pages short to be exact. So even though it was very sweet and very swoon worthy, it was also very rushed. I did enjoy it but I do also wish that it had been longer and not so much in the insta-love category. I thought both the characters were great from the little bits and pieces I was able to get from them. Though I was told things more so than I was shown I feel like. Like the fact that I was told that Vanessa was always pretty responsible and a rule follower, sort of a serious person. But the first I see of her she's having a very steamy one night stand with an incredibly sexy stranger. (John of course.) She observes that it wasn't her usual behavior but she just couldn't help her attraction to him and she wanted to be in the moment for once. Yet we never really get to see that other side of her, the one that she claims she is, which I would have liked to have seen. Still she's quite a fun character to read. Once again I'd say John's character was great and he was beyond swoon worthy, but because the story was so short there really wasn't much of a chance to give his whole troubled soldier angle of his character it's full potential. I mean, he has these torturous types of memories from his last mission in the Army but because there just isn't enough room in 120 pages to delve too deeply into all of that he's just sort of better because of Vanessa and able to open up and so on. It would have almost been better to leave the whole soldier with a past thing out of it because I was way more into the whole best friend's brother trope anyway, it is one of my favorites! Regardless of all the rush I feel like there was definitely something between these two, like they just fit together. And their chemistry was absolutely sizzling! I feel like I'm being so repetitive in this review but any time I have something I want to talk about that I liked there's just this huge bad spot hanging over it that all keeps coming down to: I liked this or that but...there just wasn't enough time. There was no major angst, the big scary monster that feeds my soul. Everything just sort of fell into place so easily and resolved a few pages after it fell apart. Had there been more of a fight, more of a push and pull, issues been deepened and explored further and causing greater conflict I could've gone closer to 5 stars easily. It was just that good and had so much potential. As it is now I blinked and it was done. I started it after lunch and was done long before dinner. The writing was great, the storyline was lots of fun and the characters were so easy to like and fall and root for. If you're looking for a very quick and light and fun romance then I really do recommend it because I loved everything I read. I just wanted more of it! There's no question that I will be looking for more of Kerri Carpenter's books in the future! Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
A fun sexy read that had me smiling all the way through. After a sizzling night together Vanessa never thought she would see John again. Little does she know that John is actually Jack. The wayward brother of her very best friend and is completely hands off. Her brain gets it but her body..... This is a great light read that I definitely recommend to everyone!
3.5 Beautiful stars Vanessa Hewitt is drowning her sorrows in the bar downstairs, having been laid off from her dream graphic design job. Deciding she needs air rather than another wine, she heads to her favoured spot, the old stone bridge, and takes in its peace inducing quality. John Campbell is on a quick visit home on military leave, when he strolls into a bar and spots a breathtaking beauty experiencing sad times. He follows her outside, and becomes alarmed when he sees what he perceives as her sadness getting the better of her. His intervention, and wrong assumption, have the pair talking and sparking of each other almost immediately, which culminates in a one night stand that neither can forget. Fast forward 3 months, and John returns. He’s on a mission to assist with his sister’s engagement party, but takes a chance on visiting the bar again. Quite quickly, it becomes apparent that the woman he can’t get out of his mind is his sister’s BF. He wants a revisit, but V can’t get over the vetoed position she finds herself in. Anyway, locked in a confined space could help to sort out their differences, shouldn’t it? This was a short, steamy read that packed a punch. V was as much endearing, as she was fretful about her emotions outweighing her loyalties. John was treading new ground, but driven by his heart, he was happy to have enough courage for the both of them to try and convince V that they had a chance together. Another pert package from Kerri Carpenter, who I will continue to pick up and know I will enjoy whatever she serves up. ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review..
4 - "It's okay. I've got you." Stars! Kerri Carpenter definitely hit the novella jackpot with Kissing Mr. Wrong. this story had everything in it that keeps me reading and happily so. ”Hi, beautiful.” Vanessa was strong, for the most part confident and easy to get along with. John, is in town for a night, they end up getting their wires crossed on a bridge, and the rest as they say is history. After one unforgettable night, we move on three months, our couple although they haven’t seen each other since have definitely not moved on from the connection they shared, so when John walks into the bar V. is working at it’s not long before the chemistry is sizzling between them again, even though Vanessa has put two and two together and worked out that he is her best friends younger brother, and she really shouldn't want him. Kissing her felt like the easiest, most natural thing in the world, kissing her made the simple act of breathing seem hard in comparison. Add to the fact they end up stuck overnight in a store room, and this couple and their time together offered this reader the perfect escape for a couple of hours. A certain ex Serviceman named Lance cropped up a couple of times, I am interested to see if he will be given his own ‘right place, wrong time’ love story next. ARC generously provided via Entangled, in exchange for the above honest review.
An adorably entertaining read. That is how I would describe Kissing Mr. Wrong by Kerri Carpenter. This book is a fun emotional journey through the awkward moments in life. I laughed, cried and laughed again. A MUST READ!!! Received an ARC of Kissing Mr. Wrong for an honest review.