Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Book Review: "Kissing Mr. Wrong" (Kerri Carpenter)

Being laid off from work is rough for anybody. For graphic design artist Vanessa Hewitt, though, who's been trying to prove herself and her abilities to her exacting mother for years, it's devastating. Maybe that explains why she broke rules, which she never does, and had a scintillating one-night stand with a total stranger who she never expected to see again.

Until he shows back up in town.

Soldier John Campbell hasn't been able to get that beautiful woman from the bridge off his mind since they slept together months ago. Now he's back in the same little town to help plan his sister's engagement party, and stunned to find out that he's making those arrangements right alongside that same stunning woman, whom he still desires.

But his sister, who happens to be Vanessa's best friend, sees the entire situation as a total betrayal, and that might be enough to drive them apart. After all, loyalty to sisters and best friends comes before loyalty to lovers ... right?



Author Kerri Carpenter has written a sweet, sexy, small-town romance with Kissing Mr. Wrong, released this month from Entangled Publishing's Lovestruck imprint.

Anybody who's been laid off knows the roller-coaster of emotions such a situation takes you through, whether you wanted to be there or not (and, really, most don't). Vanessa is a three-dimensional example of the kinds of real-life emotions experienced in that kind of high-stress situation, from grief to anger to self-doubt and more, making her sympathetic and endearing from the very first page.

What makes John so admirable is his innate sense of right and wrong, perhaps inborn, perhaps inbred by his time in the military (since military service will often do that to its members). He's determined to do the right thing and maintains his high standards of gallantry doing so, even though he too suffers from self-doubt after a situation when he was deployed.

These two broken people come together in a subtly sexy story about which the only complaint I can make, with all honesty, is that it was too short to be fully developed to the point of being wholly believable, and that I could have easily spent another hundred or more pages getting to know these characters inside and out.

Nonetheless, an entertaining brief read for a rainy afternoon!

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Author: Kerri Carpenter
Title: Kissing Mr. Wrong
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Lovestruck)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-286-3
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1S2qZFl

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via the Netgalley program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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