Mister Wrong by Nicole Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cora Matthews grew up with the Adams boys, twin brothers and best friends who wouldn’t let anything come between them except for one thing—her. One of them became her best friend, the other, her fiancé.

She always knew she’d wind up marrying one of them, and Jacob Adams is the very epitome of Mister Right. At least he is up until he fails to show up for their wedding day. Not that Cora realizes it. At first.

As Jacob’s best man, and identical twin, Matt makes a split second decision, but one that will affect the three of their lives forever—he steps in to take his brother’s place. In front of the altar, exchanging vows with the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years.

Cora eventually finds out about the groom swap. The morning after the wedding. As if realizing she just slept with her fiance’s brother wasn’t disturbing enough, she’s forced to confront her feelings for Matt Adams she thought she’d buried years ago.

Matt’s wrong for her. In every way. But through the course of her real honeymoon with her fake husband, she starts to uncover truths both Adams brothers were hoping to keep hidden, for opposite reasons. One to protect himself, the other to protect her.

She married the wrong brother, but what if he’s been the right one all along?
“So?” I crossed my arms and leaned into the banister behind me. “Did you? Like my brother?”
She sighed, turning toward the open door. “Jacob . . .”
“What? It’s a fair question.” I shoved off the banister, feeling hope and heat tangling in my veins from the look on her face, from the sound of her voice. She’d felt something for me, whether it be the most passing of crushes or something much deeper. Realizing that had me feeling drunk from something other than alcohol. “Besides, you’re stuck with me now. Won’t matter what you ’fess up to.”
Cora started through the doorway. “I don’t want to talk about it.”
Grabbing the suitcases, I followed her. I wasn’t letting this go. Never. Not if she threatened death or castration or anything else. “Why not?”
She broke to a sudden stop a few feet inside the room. “Because I don’t want to focus on the past. I want to concentrate on the future. That’s not going to work if you keep asking me questions about Matt.”
There was a sharpness in her voice—one she didn’t use too often. She didn’t want to keep talking about me, which only made me want to continue talking about me. I’d struck a nerve, but I wasn’t sure how deep that nerve went.
I needed to know how deep it went. I had to know. My whole life, I’d been under the impression that Cora saw me as nothing more than a good friend and substitute brother. She cared for me, but not in the same way I cared for her.
Or did she?
“This thing with Matt . . .”
Her back stiffened.
“Was it a thing? Like ancient history? Or is it still a thing?” I closed the door and wondered why I could feel my heartbeat in my eardrums.
She kept her back to me, standing in the middle of the dark room like a lone ship on a vast ocean. “I married you.”
Yeah, she did marry me.
“But if he’d made a play for you, way back before all of this”—I waved my finger between the two of us, not that she could see it—“would you have given him a chance?”
“He never made a play for me.” Her voice sounded faraway, like she was out of reach when she was less than an arm’s length away.
“That doesn’t answer my question.” I stepped closer. “If he had? Would you have?”
Her back was moving faster from her quickened breathing. This conversation was making her uncomfortable. Why was that?
“Stop, Jacob. Enough.” She spun on me, swaying in place just enough that I reached out to steady her. She shook my hand away like it was white-hot. “I’m not going to get into another fight with you over Matt. I’m done. I picked you. I married you. What else do I have to prove?”
“That you don’t—”
“I don’t love Matt!” Her arms flung out at her sides as her voice spilled across the room. ‘There. I said it. Are you happy now? Are you happy we’ve managed to get into another argument over this infatuation you’re convinced I have for your brother? On our wedding night of all times?” She glared at me with bleary eyes. I couldn’t tell if that was from tears or from alcohol. Maybe both.
“Cora, I’m sorry.” I ran my hands through my hair, wondering what in the hell I was doing—for the millionth time that day. Deceiving her, betraying her, and now accusing and angering her. Maybe I didn’t know the first fucking thing about love. Maybe Jacob knew more about it than I did, because I wasn’t sure love was supposed to hurt as badly as this did.
“Just . . . enough already.” As she shouldered past me, I reached for her, but she shook me off. “I need to be alone.”
She slammed the front door behind her a moment later, leaving me alone with my idiocy.
“Cora,” I called to an empty room. I wasn’t thinking when I rushed toward the door after her. “Cora!”
The moment I pulled the door open, something crashed into me. It made a sharp breath rush out of my mouth as I staggered back a few steps.
My arms barely had time to wrap around her before Cora’s mouth was on mine, moving in such a way that made staying upright next to impossible. Before I had a chance to catch up to the fact that I was kissing Cora in an entirely different way than we’d kissed at the wedding and reception, her fingers were working at my belt. Quickly.
I didn’t know she’d already gotten it undone before she’d moved on to my zipper. The sounds she was making as she kissed me, the way her body felt aligned against mine, the way her mouth knew the intricate balance of submission and domination . . . one moment at a time, Cora was crushing the last remnants of my resolve. Destroying the final pieces of my views of right and wrong.

 

 

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

 

 

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Mister Wrong
Nicole Williams

4.5 stars

Twin brothers and one girl who grew up together. One coveted her and the other loved her enough to let her go. Because all he ever wanted was her happiness, whatever the cost to him. One became her best friend and the other her fiancé. But did she choose correctly? This is the story we get in Nicole Williams’ Mister Wrong.

Cora Matthews has always loved the Adams twins. Since the day her mother went to work for their father as their nanny. Growing up together, they forged close bonds. Drawn to one of them, it was the other who pursued her. She knew she would one day marry one of them. Torn, she eventually followed her brain and not her heart.

Jacob Adams pursued Cora from the beginning. He desired her, but did he truly love her? Matt Adams loves Cora. Always has and always will. Loves her so much, he is willing to sacrifice his happiness and desires to ensure she is happy. He continually steps aside, even as his heart cracks into a million pieces.

On the day Cora is set to marry Jacob, he fails to show up to his own wedding. Without a second thought, only knowing he wants to spare Cora any additional pain at the hands of his brother, Matt steps in and marries Cora. His heart is in the right place, but what will this decision cost him?

Not knowing how far to take it, Matt ends up going with Cora to their honeymoon destination and somehow finds himself with Cora in his arms all night. It’s everything he ever wanted, except she thinks he is Jacob. Ecstatic to finally have Cora in his arms, his world comes crashing down when she discovers the truth the following morning.

This really is a crazy hot mess of a story, but this author really made it work. It was interesting because we do not get flashbacks or memories from the past. Instead we get small glimpses of how these three people came to this exact moment in time. And at the end, one would be devastated and nothing would ever be the same again.

I loved Matt. Totally and completely loved him. His love for Cora dripped from the pages. This man loved this woman with his entire being and we did not once doubt it. It is what dreams are made of and the foundation for happily-ever-after. However, Cora has no idea. None. Which is how she found herself in the arms of the other brother.

Jacob, on the other hand, was greedy and selfish. All he cared about was owning Cora and doing whoever and whatever he pleases. The guy could not even make it to the wedding of the woman he loved. Then he shows up on what was supposed to be his honeymoon and expects to be greeted with open arms.

I had mixed feelings about Cora. It was like she always knew the truth about Jacob, but chose to ignore it. But as the story progresses, we get an understanding of why she makes the choices she does. It took her a long time to see what was always in front of her.

I love angst-filled stories and this one was full of angst. A woman engaged to one man, but her thoughts filled by another, a man in love with his brother’s fiancé and the other barely putting in any effort at all. I read this book in one sitting. Had to know what would happen next. An engaging story about finding your forever kind of love.

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