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Peek Inside Kissing Mr. Wrong

After a lousy day, graphic designer Vanessa Hewitt decides to drown her sorrows in a sexily satisfying man she'll never see again. Three months later, however, she learns that her hot hook-up is actually her best friend's little brother, John Campbell and they have to plan an engagement party together. Now John and Vanessa have to hide the truth. The only trouble is that Mr. Wrong is starting to look a lot like Mr. Very Right...

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Finalist in the First Coast Romance Writers National Excellence in Romance Fiction

2016 finalist in the Greater Detroit RWA’s Booksellers’ Best Book Awards.

When kissing the wrong guy feels so very right…

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.
Series order:
Book one: Kissing Mr. Wrong
Book two: Tempting Mr. Wrong



"Short, Sizzling, Emotionally Satisfying." --Fresh Fiction

"A short, funny, incredibly cute book. Perfect for reading in one-sitting." --Love's A State of Mind

"This is a fun, funny, quick read with great characters and a fantastic plot. I really enjoyed it!" --Splashes into Books

"It is a great story about love and just the right amount of spice. I would recommend it for someone who is looking for a really fun, quick read." --Heather's Book Reviews


Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752863
Series: Wrong Man, Book 1
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Page Count: 122
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform, romantic comedy
Tropes: forced proximity, friends to lovers, reunited lovers, second chance

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By Claire May 22, 2015

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 nig ...more

By Jessica August 05, 2015

See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

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 im ...more

By CL May 19, 2015

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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 5*

Cover: Yay

Trope: One night stand with best friend's brother

Chemistry Rating: Simmering

POV: 3rd Person

Review: A short, funny, incredibly cute book. Perfect for reading in one-sitting.

By Kate July 12, 2018

I just discovered these little stories and I really love them. They are a quick read and it flows really nicely. I like this one because most of the story is the interaction between the two romantic leads and I find it sweet because you can really see them getting to know each other. ...more

Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I very much enjoyed this one night stand you can’t forget story by Kerri Carpenter. Two people meet in a bar and an incident has them in each other’s arms and wanting more even knowing it can only be for one night, but it’s a night neither one ca ...more

By Nicola May 25, 2015

Kerri Carpenter has the novella malarkey in the bag with Kissing Mr. Wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet, sexy short romantic jaunt.

"Hi, beautiful."

It's nothing that hasn't been done before; girl and guy passing through town meet in a bar and embark on a one night-stand, but Vanessa and John ...more

By Patricia May 20, 2015

A great short read that begins with a one night stand and ends with an HEA.

The characters are endearing, with a simmering heat level that is sure to attract a variety of readers.
Vanessa meets John when her life takes a nose dive. The attraction is intense and a honest one night stand takes place. 3 ...more

By Jennifer May 29, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Best meet cute scene - he thinks he's saving her from jumping off the bridge, but actually saves her from accidentally falling from the bridge. Kerri is a new author to me and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books. ...more

By Irene May 27, 2015

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.

Thank you Entangled Lovestruck via Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts. ...more

By Heather May 26, 2015

Jack I loved him and I loved Vanessa, "why would you tell my sister about my penis? Wait, what did you tell her exactly?" I enjoyed this book I didn't take many notes or highlights as it was a quick read, and I enjoyed it. ...more

By Fxfearas September 17, 2015

what A CUTE book, definitely enjoyed. ...more

By Kelly October 04, 2020

Not a very large book. But a very good read. ...more

By Marsha December 31, 2015

First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

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 ...more

By Sheri May 26, 2015

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 pa ...more

By Jen May 24, 2015

Check out my full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Kissing Mr. Wrong is a contemporary romance by Kerri Carpenter and is, I'm assuming, the first in a series called Wrong Man. Vanessa and John meet and end up ...more

By Lee June 02, 2015

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 s ...more

By Mikki June 18, 2015

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 perf ...more

By Laura May 31, 2015

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 i ...more

By Book Gannet May 24, 2015

Dear Jess, I know Vanessa is your best friend and John is your brother, but Breaking News: it’s not about you!

Every time I read a brother/sister’s best friend romance, I always feel like poking the angry sibling in the arm and reminding them that this thing is between two consenting adults, of which ...more

By Monica May 16, 2015

Family is the most important thing and they will always be there for you no matter what.

Vanessa Hewitt is a wonderful woman and an artist. She lost her job and was feeling kind of down but never would she have thought of killing herself. Only that Jack aka John Campbell didn’t know that all he knew ...more

By Amanda May 26, 2015

Thanks to Entangled and Netgalley for the book in exchange for a honest review.

After a bad day Vanessa went to the bar that is below her apartment to drown her sorrows in some drinks. While she was there she noticed a nice looking guy sitting at the end of the bar but with all she was going through ...more

By Deanna June 10, 2015

* ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *

A great, well-written read. Fast-paced, sexy, and fun, with a hero and heroine who draw readers in right away.

Vanessa Hewitt could be a woman readers know. An acquaintance. A close friend. A family member. Someone to care about an ...more

By Riki May 19, 2015

Who doesn’t love a tortured hero? This girl absolutely does, and when that hero is a soldier, the stakes are higher and I’m instantly intrigued. I loved John! His hero instincts kick right in when he sees Vanessa in distress the night they meet and saves her from what he thinks might be the ultimate ...more

By H.L. May 12, 2015

**I was provided an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for providing my opinion.**

Kissing Mr. Wrong by Kerri Carpenter was a really fun, quick read. This novella is full of lust and pure sexiness. I am usually torn when it comes to novellas but this one didn’ ...more

By Rachel May 24, 2015

This is a fantastic quick read about thinking you have Mr Wrong right in front of you when you really have Mr Right.

When a one night stand comes back onto town and those same sparks from their night together flare to life again, Vanessa and John give a token fight to those feelings. When I say toke ...more

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Kerri Carpenter

About the author

Kerri Carpenter

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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