Review: Falling for Mr Wrong by Inara Scott

 

Falling for Mr. Wrong: A Bencher Family Book (Entangled Indulgence)

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I had a few problems with Falling for Mr Wrong, though I did enjoy the read.  I thought that the plot relied on too many convenient coincidences, and  at one point, it felt too contrived.  After repeatedly pushing Kelsey away, Ross takes advantage of her to close a business deal.  My biggest problem with the book is that I never really cared for Ross.  Sure, he’s a great dad, but he’s not such a great supporter of Kelsey. Because she climbs mountains, and because he’s risk adverse, he doesn’t even try to see her point of view until very close to the end of the novel.  He also has a distressing way of looking down on her, and I had a hard time getting over that.

The night before leaving to climb the deadliest mountain in the world, Kelsey hooks up with a handsome stranger she meets in a bar.  Ross has just signed the papers finalizing his divorce, and he’s made a vow to only date responsible women.  After he and Kelsey hook up, he justifies his actions by telling himself sleeping with a random stranger does not qualify as dating.   Three years pass, and both Kelsey and Ross think they will never see each other again.  That is until Ross’ ex-wife has to go to China on business, and he needs to hire a babysitter for his three kids.  When Kelsey’s best friend, Marie, begs her to cover for sick employee, Kelsey reluctantly agrees to watch three kids for a few days.  She doesn’t like kids, and the smell of babies makes her nauseous, but she can’t refuse Marie anything. 

Imagine both Kelsey and Ross’ surprise when she arrives to babysit his kids. Ross is not happy to see her again, and he’s even less happy that she’s going to be his kids’  nanny.  Everything about Kelsey shouts irresponsible.  She drives a beat up old car, doesn’t have a steady job, and engages in dangerous activities.  I’d add going to a stranger’s hotel room as one of those dangerous activities, but something tells me Ross wouldn’t agree with that one.  He only allows her to stay because he’s got important business to take care of, or he would have sent her packing.

I don’t want to keep ragging on Ross, but I can’t help it.  I had a hard time liking him.  He could be petty and he was a snob, and after being so critical of Kelsey, I wanted her to tell Marie where she could put her job and get on with her life.  While Kelsey had her issues with her father, she was the opposite of everything Ross thought she was.  Ross, on the other hand, came off as shallow.  I found it ironic that he hated a business associate because he was ruthless and heartless, but I didn’t think that Ross was much different.    It takes his kids, his family, and his ex-wife to make him see how special Kelsey is.  I didn’t want it to take a village for him to realize what a jerk he was being.

While Falling for Mr Wrong wasn’t a complete winner for me, it wasn’t a bust, either.  I was disappointed that I didn’t like Ross, but I did like Kelsey and the kids.  I enjoy Inara Scott’s writing, and I’m looking forward to her next book.

Grade:  B-

Review copy provided by publisher

From Amazon:

Looking for Mrs. Right…

Single father of three, Ross Bencher, knows the kind of woman he wants: someone predictable, reliable, and safe, who can give his kids the security they deserve. Someone entirely different from high-altitude mountaineer Kelsey. Kelsey bewitches him with her long legs and wild passion and is about as far from his ideal as a woman can get, but try telling that to his body. Or his heart…

Falling for Mr. Wrong…

When Kelsey agreed to fill in as a temporary nanny for her best friend’s agency before a big climbing expedition, she had no idea she’d be working for drop-dead sexy Ross Bencher, a man she can’t seem to keep her hands off. She knows if she wants to bring herself—and her father—back alive from the Himalayan Mountains, she can’t afford second-guessing, attachments, or distractions. But Ross’s blue eyes and strong hands leave her gasping…and questioning everything she’s ever known about love…