Carly Quigley can't believe her brother's best friend, the man who jilted her years ago, is at her door. He claims her brother asked him to check in on her niece and their fixer-upper, but all either of them can focus on is their undeniable attraction. Carly knows Lance is counting down the hours to leave, which makes him the wrong man for her. Unfortunately, the wrong man has become oh-so-tempting.
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Tempting Mr. Wrong
A Wrong Man Story
By Kerri Carpenter, Alethea Spiridon, Elizabeth Pelletier
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Kerri Carpenter
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Carly glanced around the playground she frequented so often it had become a second home over the last year. The sound of children laughing — and sometimes crying — mingled with the smell of peanut butter sandwiches and baby wipes.
But as she kept an eye on her niece playing in the sandbox, she took a moment to consider the adults today. In her opinion, there were all different kinds of parents. Carly was fascinated with the helicopter parents, the ones hovering over their kids, monitoring hopscotch and butting into playtime on the slide.
Of course, those kinds of parents were in stark contrast to what Carly deemed the cell phone parents. As if on cue, one walked by the bench where Carly sat, her cell plastered to her ear. She'd been pacing for the last twenty minutes, alternating between talking way too loud and checking her email with a sour look on her face. But at least she'd shown up at all, Carly thought. There were kids she saw every day at this playground whose birth parents remained a mystery. At least the nannies they hired were cool to hang with.
She stretched her arms high into the air and sat back on the bench. She really shouldn't judge because Carly didn't qualify for any of those groups. She wasn't a parent or a nanny. Not a real one anyway. She was only filling in.
"Aunt Carly! Aunt Carly!"
Her head snapped up to take in her beautiful four-year-old niece running toward her enthusiastically, bright red hair bouncing around her head. Carly pushed back her own hair, so similar to Mya's.
"Hey, peanut, what's shaking over in the sandbox?"
Mya giggled and stopped right in front of her. "Not much. Just stupid Justin being gross again."
"What's he talking about today?" Carly hid a smile as she eyed the kid in question, who was currently pouring a bucket of sand over his head. She stifled a laugh as her friend, and Justin's very frazzled nanny, reprimanded him.
"Boogers," Mya said, scrunching up her cute little nose.
"Yuck," Carly replied obligingly. "But are you having fun otherwise?"
Mya gave a big and emphatic nod, sending more curls springing. "Can we stay all day?" she asked.
"I wish, but we'll have to go home at some point."
Mya tilted her little head. "In case Santa Claus comes?" she asked hopefully.
"It's about three months too early for that." She ran a hand over Mya's hair.
"I thought Santa left that present for me last week, but it was Uncle Lance."
"Mm-hmm." Carly knew how excited her niece got when she saw a package from Lance, Chris's best friend, even if she had to clamp down on her own feelings regarding "Uncle" Lance.
It's not that she didn't like Lance. He was ...
"Uncle Lance is the best, isn't he?" Mya asked.
He was something. "Yep, he's great." Carly refrained from rolling her eyes. Any issues she had with Lance Townsend would stay firmly with her. No way would she let her irritation with the man cloud Mya's judgment of him. After all, he sent presents and cards to Mya all the time. He even had flowers delivered on her first day of preschool.
Plus, the man was Mya's godfather.
And she was Mya's aunt, Carly reminded herself. As her aunt, she couldn't exactly mention that godfather Lance had jilted her back in the day.
"We should think about dinner for tonight, so why don't you go finish playing? We'll leave soon."
Mya's lip puckered out in a pout, but just as quickly, she giggled and ran back toward the sandbox and Justin's taunting ways.
Carly greeted her friend with a smile. She patted the bench next to her. "Maria, I didn't think you guys were going to show up today."
"We almost didn't. Justin had a bit of a meltdown this morning. We had to get over that, suffer through a time-out, eat lunch. You know the drill." She sat on the bench and gestured toward the sandbox. "How's Mya?"
"Perfect angel, as usual."
Carly laughed when Maria stuck her tongue out.
"I think Justin was irritating her," Maria said.
"Mya hasn't realized yet that Justin's references to boogers are his way of flirting."
"Young love. Can't wait for their wedding someday." Maria rummaged in her large tote, pulling out some animal crackers and offering them to Carly. "Speaking of love, any hot dates lately?" Carly snorted. "Oh yeah, with all the time I've had to date, totally."
"Girl, you gotta make some time. I told you I'd watch Mya for you."
Justin pulled Mya's hair, and Carly suppressed a laugh as her niece pushed him back in the sand. How long had it been since someone had pulled her hair? Metaphorically or otherwise. The sigh escaped her lips before she could stop it.
"See," Maria said knowingly. "You're lonely."
Carly rolled her eyes and popped an animal cracker in her mouth. "I'm not lonely, just busy. The temp agency has me acting as secretary at this super-boring accounting firm this week. If I didn't know how to alphabetize and file before, trust me, I could win an Olympic medal in office work now."
"That's what I'm talking about. You're working full time —"
"Was. My assignment ended yesterday. Hopefully I can get a lead on a good full-time gig."
"Like I said," Maria said. "You're working full time, looking for a new job, taking care of Mya, keeping up that huge house."
Carly shrugged. "It's not that big. Anyway, I'm fine. We're fine," she amended, nodding toward Mya.
"I know, sweetie." Maria leaned over and squeezed her leg. "You're doing an amazing job."
Carly's eyebrow rose. "But?" she prompted.
"But nothing." Maria tossed an animal cracker in her mouth. "Okay, just this. You still have to make time for yourself. You don't need to become a nun just because you have a four-year-old. Plenty of single parents date."
"I date," she said, but even Carly could hear the defensiveness in her voice. She used to date at least.
"Oh yes, let's discuss the barrage of, um, interesting men you used to introduce me to."
Carly turned to her friend, a bemused look on her face. "Hey, are you criticizing my taste in men?"
"Oh girlfriend, definitely."
"What's wrong with the guys I've dated?"
Maria averted her gaze. "Well ... there have been some real winners."
"Oh shut up. Everyone's made a mistake or two in the dating pool."
"True, but you also have this tendency," Maria said slowly, as if talking to one of the kids.
"Yes?" Can't wait for this. Carly relaxed against the bench.
"I've noticed," Maria said, "that you get really close to people really fast, without getting to know them."
"What can I say? I was raised by two army parents and a handful of relatives. I never knew how long I would stay in one place, so of course I make friends fast." Carly didn't say "duh" out loud but she sure as hell thought it.
"Can I be honest with you?" Maria asked and Carly nodded. "I'm worried about you. You have such a big heart, and big hearts are usually the first ones to be trampled on. I don't want to see you go through any more pain. I may have loved getting to know you the past couple of years, but I know it's been rough for you."
Glancing down at the ground, Carly shuffled her feet in the dirt. Of course it had been a hard year. She missed her brother and sister-in-law. Every day she worried that she wasn't doing something right with Mya. Sometimes she missed the freedom that she used to have. But she'd grown up moving from place to place, living with different relatives while her parents had been serving in the army. Carly considered herself to be the most adaptable and flexible person she knew.
Life had handed her some really shitty lemons. A lot of people would have made lemonade, but she'd taken it a step further and made a Lemon Drop Martini. She'd made sure Mya was acclimating to all of the changes in her life by having her talk to a counselor. Recognizing the inner diva in her niece, she enrolled her in ballet classes and she made sure Mya attended playdates and birthday parties.
They were doing okay. Maybe it would be nice to have someone in their lives. After all, her childhood had been erratic. It only made sense that she would want to find some stability now. A proper family — mom, dad, kids, dog. What was wrong with that?
Carly pinned her friend with a stare. "So you're telling me that I give my heart away too easily, yet you still want me to get out there and date? How does that make sense?"
"Because I want you to date a nice man. Not one of your typical weirdos. A good guy with a promising job — or, you know, a job at all." Maria bit her lip before continuing. "And I just happen to know —"
"Mariaaaaaa, no." This time she couldn't stop the eye roll. "I don't want to be set up."
"Well, too bad. His name is Myron and he's going to give you a call either tonight or tomorrow."
"Are you serious?"
"Just give him a chance. He's really nice. He's my accountant."
"Ugh." Carly sat back and blew an errant hair out of her face.
Maria opened her mouth, but any words she was going to spit out were cut off by a scream from the fountain in the middle of the playground. They both flew to alert standing positions, taking in the scene.
Since Carly had been coming here with Mya, she'd been totally jealous of this playground. Back in her younger years, she only remembered a couple of swings, a metal slide, and those stupid things you sat on and bounced back and forth. Playgrounds had come a long way, and this one was equipped with many amenities her generation hadn't had, including a small wading pool with a sprinkler/fountain situation. Of course, the sprinkler had been turned off after Labor Day when the kids returned to school. But water remained in the little pool — water that was currently being occupied by her niece and Justin.
"Oh holy hell," Maria said, taking in the scene.
Justin was holding a bucket — the same bucket he'd used to pour sand on his head earlier — and Mya was standing next to him, completely drenched.
"Oh man, I'm so sorry, Carly. I think I have a towel in the car."
Carly took a step toward her niece, who was standing with her mouth open, lips beginning to quiver. No way was Carly going to let Mya cry. She ran to her.
"Aunt Carly, Aunt Carly," Mya wailed. "Look at what Justin did. He ruined my princess shirt and I'm all wet."
The tears began and it broke Carly's heart. So she did the only thing she could think of. She kicked off her sandals and stepped into the fountain.
"Aunt Carly, what are you doing?"
In a show of female solidarity, Carly grabbed Justin's bucket, filled it up, and dumped it over her head.
"Now we're both wet," she said with a firm nod. Mya froze for a second, taking in her aunt. Finally, a smile blossomed across her little face. The tears turned to giggles.
"Yay, we're both in the water now."
Carly grabbed Mya's hands and they twirled around a couple times. Then Mya latched onto her legs, tilted her head up, and said, "I love you, Aunt Carly."
She might be wet in the middle of a playground, she might need a full-time job, and she might continue to dream of having a stable family and putting down some roots. But her niece's words made everything better. Including when Justin picked up his bucket and doused both her and Mya with even more water.
"Water fight!" someone yelled.
Carly heard kids running, nannies yelling, and the splashing beginning. But all she could do was hug her niece tighter.
"I love you, too, peanut."
... The number of times Lance Townsend graced a playground full of screaming, sticky children during the last twenty years could be counted on half a hand.
Half a hand belonging to an invisible person.
Assessing the scene from a safe distance on the other side of the tree-lined fence, Lance took stock of the situation. Perhaps his military training was kicking in as he evaluated the site much as he would a grenade-strewn field in the Middle East.
A piercing sound at that very moment had him popping up to full attention even as he felt his back stiffen and his hands clench into fists. Eyes quickly darting around the perimeter, he searched for the cause of the distress. But the scream was followed by a fit of giggles as the bomb-like-sounding child rushed down the twisty slide and continued his combination of laughter and yelling as he geared up for another turn.
Exhaling a breath, he narrowed his eyes. Kids. He could safely say that he knew more about dismantling an IED than he did about humans under the age of eighteen. That counted double for a four-year-old girl. Lance loved barbeques, rooted for the Dallas Cowboys, favored old Western movies, and had zero, nada, zilch experience with children.
The only thing he knew less about than children was how to be a father figure to one of them. Two boys, probably around the age of four or five, ran up to the edge of the playground, clearly in the middle of a race. When they touched the black linked fence, they stopped for a moment.
"I win. You smell like poo."
"Nuh-uh. You smell like the worst gunk on Earth, with mud on top of it. Plus booger farts."
With that, they both laughed and then flew to the other side of the playground.
Lance had to stifle a laugh at the colorful descriptions the boys used. He had plenty of experience with horrible-smelling gunk, having just lived with hundreds of smelly, sweaty soldiers.
He eyed the two boys again who were now throwing sticks at each other. He couldn't stop the laugh this time.
Shaking his head, he returned his attention to the two women having a conversation on the bench near the far side of the playground. Lance would have recognized Carly Quigley anywhere. Hard not to — the petite, yet curvy, woman wasn't exactly hard on the eyes. With her mane of bright red, curly hair tumbling down her back like cascading flames, she'd stick out in any crowd.
He hadn't seen Carly in person since her brother's wedding, but she still looked as beautiful as he remembered. At twenty-six, she was older now. More mature, but that aura of fun still surrounded her. He could tell just by watching her interact with her friend on the bench.
Plus, twenty-six was a lot different than twenty. And she had those tantalizing lips.
Down, boy. She's still Chris's little sister.
To get his libido back in check, he took a moment for a quick glance around the playground. Lance had to admit that Carly didn't exactly fit in with the other parents, and not only because of her hair. She wore a long, flowy skirt in bright blues and purples and a fitted white T-shirt. She looked like she'd stepped off the pages of some bohemian chic magazine.
Lance felt a little bad. He hadn't told Carly he was coming to Pine Springs. After having every second of his childhood planned and his military career mapped out before he'd even entered college, Lance had decided it was time to be a little adventurous. He'd earned some time to travel, explore, and most importantly, not be accountable to anyone but himself. He couldn't wait to start ticking items off his bucket list, but first he needed to make sure his goddaughter and her gorgeous aunt were okay.
His gaze drifted toward the sky. "Anything for you, buddy," he said quietly.
Even though he knew her, Lance had done extra research. After a quick online search, Facebook provided him with numerous selfies of her and Mya. LinkedIn informed him that she'd recently finished up grad school, and she was working for a temp agency at the moment. Twitter let him know that a couple months ago she'd had two bad first dates in a row, reminding him of Chris's letter and the fact that he was supposed to keep Carly away from losers.
"This should be interesting," he mumbled under his breath. Christ, she looked just like Chris. If she was anything like her brother, Lance knew he was in for quite the ride. After all —
He couldn't finish the thought. Carly had just popped up off the bench and was rushing toward a little pool where two kids — one of them his goddaughter, who was growing up to closely resemble both her dad and her aunt — were arguing, water slushing off one of them. He couldn't believe it. Without missing a beat, Carly had shed her shoes and was wading through the water, her skirt floating on top of the shallow pool.
Inching toward the entrance to the playground, Lance couldn't take his eyes off her. A panicked expression crossed her face for a split second, before she snatched a bucket out of the fountain, filled it with water, and threw the liquid over her own head, completely soaking herself. It reminded him of when all those celebrities were doing the ice bucket challenge for charity a couple years ago. Only there were no celebrities around, even though with her looks, Carly could pass for one.
"Whoa." Before Lance could do or say anything more, water was splashing all around the three of them as more kids joined in on the impromptu water battle.
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Lance has served his 8 years in the military and making plans for his bucket list. His whole life has run on a schedule from the time he was a child. No more. For the first time in his life, he's free. The story opens with Chris, Lance's best friend and brother to Carly writing Lance a letter because his wife thought he needed to since they're now married and have 2 year old Mya. In the letter he asks Lance to look after Carly and Mya, making sure they are okay should something happen to them. Lance and Carly met at Chris's wedding and the sparks flew, but at the end of the evening Lance shut her down. Hurt and a little bewildered, Carly moves through college and grad school; living with Chris and his wife during grad school. When the unthinkable happens, Carly becomes Mom, dad, caregiver, and all things Mya. Doing her best to raise this little girl left to her care. Just before Lance is due to be discharged he gets that letter from Carly that was somehow misplaced, reading it, knowing that he needs to do what his best friend has asked. He is Mya's godfather as well. When Chris and Gretchen got married, Chris bought and old handyman special, which he put a lot of time and work into, but still lacked in some basic areas. When Lance darkens Carly's door, he's so busy taking in all the things he sees wrong, meanwhile still taken with Carly and Carly is stunned to see him. She never read the letter. His plan is to spend two weeks, get all the work done and hit the road because his bucket list awaits. And as much as he's tempted and wow does Carly tempt him, he tells himself it's just wrong because you don't do your best friend's sister. Lance is also taken with Mya and Mya with him. Things heat up eventually with these two and the feelings deepen, the inevitable happens. They're a great match. Carly is all things carefree and happy and Lance is learning to loosen up and not worry so much about the toys in the room. Carly's even looking for a job and with the help of a friend lands her dream job with a non for profit that meant a lot to her and Chris. Their parents were in the military and they were shuttled between relatives and grandparents the whole time they were kids. They only had each other. So this job for Carly is huge. Lance and Carly are settling into a routine of sorts until one night one of his Army buds calls and his mother had gotten him a free suite for a week in Vegas at the Bellagio. Problem is, he has to be there in two days. So what does he do? He packs and leaves. But that's not the end of the story and you have to read the book. I loved these two characters and of course 4 year old Mya lends a great bit of comic relief as only a 4 year old can do. Carly never once complained about her new role in life and took everything in stride, clearly her life revolved around Mya, putting her first. Lance I thought was a little rigid, but considering his upbringing and 8 years in the service... but his rigidity extended beyond that. It was nice to see him loosen up and let go. Thank Mya and Carly for that too. There are a couple of twists, small ones in the story and you hope for the best. This was a great read, it's romantic enough with no descriptive sex for those who are concerned about that. Great story Kerri!! I loved it. **arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
"Tempting Mr. Wrong" by Kerri Carpenter is book number two in the "Wrong Man" series. This is Lance Townsend and Carly Quigley's story. Lance is out of the service and is ready to do the things on his bucket list. Out of the blue he receives a request that his best friend had written before he died. The problem is he will have to go see Carly his best friends sister. Why is that a problem? Well, he jilted her years ago. Carly is raising her niece since her brother and his wife died. She is struggling with all the responsibilities but will do what she needs to do for her niece. Lance shows up claiming that her brother requested that he check on her niece and to finish some of the jobs on the house that had never gotten done. Once Lance completes the house repairs he will be on his way to do the things on his bucket list. The chemistry and attraction between them is very intense. Will Carly give in to this temptation since Lance is only there temporarily? I enjoyed Lance and Carly's story. There were times that I wanted to smack Lance but he had things to work through. This is a sweet, steamy, and heartwarming story. FYI, includes mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Carly’s brother Chris and his wife had died and Carly was raising her four year old niece Mya. Lance served several years in the Army and was ready to be free of the Army. He had been Chris’s best friend and was Mya Godfather. Lance got a lost letter from Chris that he had written before he died, he had asked Lance to check on Carly and Mya if anything happened. Lance and Carly had been attracted to each other at Chris’s wedding and had fooled around and then he just left hurting Carly. Lance goes to see Carly and Mya and they are okay but Chris got the house and it was a fixer up and he didn’t get the chance to do some of the repairs so Lance decided to stick around for a little bit and help fix up the house. The attraction is still there but Carly is still mad at Lance. This was an excellent story. I loved how Carly put aside her grief the best she could to raise Mya. Mya was as cute as can be and an awesome asset to the story even if it is sad she lost her parents.Lance is really good with Mya and that was sweet to see. I’m glad Carly gave Lance a hard time when it came to her as he deserved it for hurting her. I loved the ins and outs of this heart touching story. It makes you feel like you are there with Carly. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Lance Townsend just got out of the Army after 8 years and was going to fulfill his bucket list by traveling. First stop was Vegas. However, his plans were changed when he received a letter from his best friend Chris asking him to check in on his sister and daughter if anything were to happen to him, so Lance's first stop is in North Carolina. The only problem is Chris' little sister Carly, she is the one woman he has never been able to forget. Tempting Mr. Wrong was a cute, light-hearted, and lovable story. I loved the fact that Lance came in with the idea that he was going to just check in and leave. Instead he fell in love with Mya and quit trying to fight his attraction to Carly. Lance wanted his freedom after have a regimen of strictness between his mother and the Army, but his travels just aren't the same anymore because he misses his girls. He realizes this and goes back to NC to be with them and they begin traveling together, making everything worth it and his life full. For a relaxing night, this is the book to read! Received ARC in exchange for honest review from NetGalley
Fantastic story! I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend to any that love a good "falling for your best friends sister" romance. Only in this story the best friend, Chris, dies and leaves his daughter, Mya, with his younger sister, Carly, and calls upon his best friend, Lance, in a letter, to check up on them and help Carly with the house. The story is full of sorrow, possibilities, friendship, freedom and love. It has one of the cutest little girls in it and all she wants is a family again. It is well written and contains awesome characters. I can't wait to see if Adam gets his own story! Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
I really enjoyed this one. It does start off on a sad note with bittersweet moments scattered throughout for the characters in this book. I just loved all the characters in this book. Little Mya was so cute and had me laughing a lot. The characters in this book are moving on after a tragedy. There is a lot of chemistry between Lance and Carly. Neither of them were looking for forever, but sometimes life puts people in our paths just at the right moment. I just devoured this one and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this one.
hot romance read hot romantic mystery read This is book two in the series by author Keri Carpenter and this is the story of Lance Townsend and Carly Quigley. Carly’s brother died so she is now raising his little girl. Everything was going good until Lance comes back into town. Lance was her brother’s best friend and they used to be lovers. Lance comes to Carly after finding a letter among Lance’s old belongings that was addressed to him from her deceased brother. In that letter, he states he wants Lance to raise his daughter should he die. Well, that so did not go over with Carly at all. Carly and Lance dance around each other and they know they need to raise her brother’s daughter but Carly doesn’t want to do it with Lance. Her emotions and feelings are still smarting from the loss she suffered when he left her before. This is a good 2nd chance romance because the male lead/MC shows that he does regret his choices and does everything he can to make up for what happened in the past. The female lead/MC is stubborn and does try the patience of a saint but I competently understand why she gets so upset at times and gives grief. There is a give and a take. I did appreciate the sensitivity shown about the loss of a parent and the writing in of a small child who is suffering grief. This is a good story to get engrossed in and become enthralled over. The ending was fantastic and the end of the seat action was good. The romance and suspense was other winning points for this story. My rating: 4.0 stars *** **I was given an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
4.5 **** stars What a sweet book and a reminder of a great lesson in it! To live life to the fullest, with no regrets because you never know how long you have. My heart was very invested in this story. The chemistry between Lance and Carlyle was smoking hot. He held back even though he was very drawn to her. Lance was such a great strong take charge protector man who fell for the red headed, carefree, whimsical beautiful woman. I loved how Carly was all in with her relationships. I could do understand how she felt, especially in those sad moments. Tears came to my eyes in a couple of scenes and then bittersweet smiles in a few others. My favorite parts of the book were Lance's "aha" moments and the sprinkle cake scene. Beautiful! My only request is a book for Adam. He just broke my heart and I would love for him to have a happy ever after. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
This is a great book; this is the second book in the Wrong Man series by Kerri Carpenter. Lance Townsend craves freedom after years living a structured existence in the Army. But just as he’s about to start on his bucket list, Lance receives an unexpected request: check in on his goddaughter. The adorable little girl’s aunt is the one woman he’s never been able to forget. Carly Quigley can’t believe her brother’s best friend, the man who jilted her years ago, is at her door. He claims her brother asked him to check in on her niece and their fixer-upper, but all either of them can focus on is their undeniable attraction. This book has a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
With his military commitment coming to an end Lance Townsend is ready to start the next chapter of his life, and embrace whatever comes next. Being in the military for so long, and living a very structured life has taken a toll on him, and he is ready to jump head first into his newfound freedom. But before his new adventure starts he receives a lost letter from a fellow (now deceased) soldier, and he makes one small request for his friend, if anything happens to him he wants Lance to check in on his sister Carly and his daughter and make sure their doing alright. Which seems easy enough, that is until he's face to face with Carly, they have history, and the minute he sees her again he's reminded of what they had, and what he lost... now he just has to figure out how to convince her they deserve a second chance. The minute Carly Quigley opens the door and sees who is standing on the other side, her life takes a turn she never anticipated ... seeing Lance again is almost more than she can bare, he broke her heart a long time ago and she has never really gotten over it. But she can't really send him packing because he just so happens to also be her nieces godfather and he is there to fulfill a promise he made to her brother, so she reluctantly lets him back in. As much as she tries to avoid him, he keeps finding a way to sneak under her radar, and starts to find his way back onto her good side, and has her thinking things she thought were no longer in the cards for them... and it has her wanting to give him a second chance! This was my first experience with Ms. Carpenter's work, and I have to say if left a pretty memorable first impression, her sexy soldier really lured me in, and had me at his mercy from start to finish, and swooning the whole way!! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of Lance and Carly's story, it instantly grabbed my attention, and had me devouring the pages as fast as I could swipe them ... and staying up well past my bedtime just to see them get their second chance at a well deserved happily ever after. I've got to say it is definitely one of the most enjoyable first reads I have had in a while, and I look forward to submersing myself into more reads from this author in the very near future!! If your looking for a heartfelt read, with a sexy soldier at the helm, then look no further " Tempting Mr. Wrong" might just be the perfect read for you!! Lance is sure to steal your heart and have you swooning the whole way through!! ARC requested through NetGalley and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC - Lovestruck in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 'Tempting Mr. Wrong' by Kerri Carpenter is book two in the "Wrong Man" series. This is the story of Lance Townsend and Carly Quigley. Carly's brother died and now she is raising his small little girl. All is going okay for her until Lance shows up. Lance was her brother's best friend and also an old love of hers. Lance now comes to her after she found a letter address to him from her brother. Lance finds in that letter words that ask Lance to help take care of his daughter if something was to happen to him. Lance is the child's God Father so he goes to visit Carly and his god daughter. Lance has never stopped loving Carly but at the time didn't want to really be tied down. Now he is back and we get to watch how they get a second chance at love
Carly has been raising her four-year-old niece since the death of her brother and sister-in-law. She found a letter her brother had written to his best friend, who turned her down at her brother's wedding, and sent it along without reading it. Imagine her surprise when Lance shows up on her doorstep as soon as he's discharged from the Army. Lance has followed strict rules and schedules his whole life. He's looking forward to the trip of a lifetime when he's discharged from the Army, until he receives the letter written by his best friend before his death. His request: look after his daughter and sister and make sure they and the fixer-upper house are doing ok. Lance walked away from Carly's advances at the wedding not because he wasn't interested but because he didn't think her brother would approve. I loved this story. Carly and Lance have some definite chemistry and I couldn't put the book down until I saw how it would all unfold. Maya was adorable and all of the side characters created an amazing support system for this little girl who tragically lost both of her parents. I will definitely be going back to read John's story and am hoping that Adam will get his own book. *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Loved, loved, loved this one! It was light, funny, sexy, and heartwarming. A perfect relaxing read! Lance Townsend has spent several years in the army, living a very structured life and now that his commitment is up he's ready to experience a little fun in life. Before he can start his adventure though he receives a lost letter from his now deceased best friend. His buddy's request is simple. If anything happens to him he wants Lance to check in on his sister and his buddy's daughter and make sure everything is ok. How can Lance not go?? Even if Carly is the one woman he wants but knows he can't have. So the first thing he does is go to visit Carly Quigley and her niece Mya. While these two seem to be getting along well, the house is in need of some major work. Lance knows his buddy intended to get the fixer upper in shape so Lance will stay and do what he can knowing that his time is limited here. Then he can get to his "bucket list" adventure!! After a few weeks of domestic bliss and spending time with Carly and Mya, his adventure doesn't seem as important as it did just a few short weeks ago! A good read and one I definitely recommend.
A heartfelt request opens the door for a second chance. I received a copy of Tempting Mr. Wrong in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. I love stories where fate steps in to reunite lost loves. Lance wants the chance to experience life to the fullest now that he has his freedom. Years in the army, following rules has made him long for a less restrictive lifestyle. But a misplaced letter from a deceased friend changes his plans and sets him on a course that may give him the life he never knew he wanted and reunite him with the love he has always regretted losing. Add an adorable little girl, divine intervention, a little matchmaking and you have the makings of a heartwarming love story.