I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kissing Mr. Wrong by Kerri Carpenter
Published by Entangled on 5/26/15
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Three months after a hot one-night stand with a ridiculously hot guy she met after nearly accidentally falling from a bridge, Vanessa Hewitt still hasn't forgotten about him. He was in town for one night only so she's shocked when he returns.
Haunted by his time in Afghanistan, soldier John Campbell returns to his hometown just long enough to help plan an engagement party for his sister. 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.
I’m of two minds over this novella. On the one hand, I really like a good “one night stand turns permanent” story. There’s something about the concept that’s like catnip to me. On the other, I really dislike “we can’t date because you’re friends with my sibling”. It’s one thing if you’re in high school. The rules then are different and I can understand that you wouldn’t want your little brother or sister hanging out with you all the time and making out with your best friend. But beyond that, get over it. You’re adults. Your sibling is perfectly capable of choosing who to date, and you’d think that you’d want your sibling dating someone you already know is a good person. Besides, frankly, it’s none of your business. Especially, in this case, since Vanessa didn’t even realize her one-night stand was her best friend’s little brother. The contortions this story went through to make that possible were a little strained, but I’ll go with it. The story itself was good, and I liked that by the end of it, Vanessa and John still hadn’t exchanged “I love you”s. Insta-love always strikes me as a little suspicious. The epilogue is his point of view, so we know he has a ring and is trying to decide when to propose, but it’s six months after the main events of the story, which I think is reasonable.
Overall, this is a quick, fun read.