Thursday, December 5, 2013

Review: Falling for Mr. Wrong by Inara Scott

Title: Falling for Mr.Wrong
Series: A Bencher Family Book
AuthorInara Scott
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Publication DateNovember 11, 2013

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...

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My Thoughts:  I really love a good contemporary romance and Inara Scott does an outstanding job in delivering that to her readers.  After ten years of marriage, Ross Bencher finds himself divorced with three kids.  He doesn't know what went wrong and didn't see it coming, but his wife just knew there was something more, something real out there, a love that is passionate and true, and see decided she wanted to try to find it.  Kelsey Hanson was an adventurer, a mountain climber, and totally not Ross' type, yet when their eyes meet across the bar they happen to both be in that night, the chemistry and attraction is like an electrical cord stretched between them surging with power.  Their encounter leads to a one night stand, something neither of them do, and a night of uninhibited passion the likes of which neither of them has ever experienced.  They not only share something physically, they talk about things, deep things, both opening up because they know they'll never see each other again, something that releases a freedom in both of them to go places they've never gone, and something that leaves each of them with a memory they'll never forget.  Ross goes back to his life, his business, and his children in New York and Kelsy goes off to climb her dangerous mountain, not really knowing if she'll survive it.

It is now three years later in Boulder Colorado.  Kelsey's best friend Marie runs a child care agency.  After her employees all succumb to a bout of food poisoning, she enlists Kelsey's unwilling help to fill in for a few days.  Kelsey is practically allergic to kids, especially babies.  She has never wanted or thought about a family.  That is just not in the cards for her because of the lifestyle she leads.  She is a mountain climber, and is once again training to tackle the killer mountain that she attempted to climb 3 years ago.  Reluctantly, she goes to the home with the three children she is to watch and is flabbergasted when Ross Bencher opens the door, first of all because it's him, and secondly because he's in Boulder.   Ross is even more taken aback than Kelsey is and both stand there gaping at each other for a moment trying to gather their composure after the surprise of not only seeing each other again, but the rekindled passion that just the thought of each other ignites.  After explaining the situation to Ross, he reluctantly agrees to Kelsey babysitting his children.  Because he believes she is irresponsible, a risk taker, and the type of woman he vowed never to get involved with, he is determined to have nothing to do with her on a romantic level, and finds himself frustrated and angry because he can't get her or that night out of his mind.  Kelsey also wants to get this job over with as quickly as possible because the last thing she needs or wants is to a job babysitting or a guy with three kids.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the heart wants what the heart wants, but whether these two choose to follow their hearts or their minds remains to be seen.  

I loved this story.  Different things appeal to different people, but for me this story was one of those that I just couldn't get enough of.  I loved the story itself, the setting, the romance, the mountain climbing aspect of the story, and the role the kids played in it.  Ross discovers there is a whole lot more to Kelsey than what he thought and that his assumptions about her were far from accurate, while Kelsey discovers that the things she thought she wanted maybe weren't what she really wanted deep down after all.  A whole lot of things take place as the book unfolds, the passion and romance is hot, and I enjoyed the banter between Kelsey and Ross as well.  In addition, there are some humorous moments, as well as some very serious ones.  Overall, I just loved Falling for Mr. Wrong.  It was one of those books that is just a pleasure to read and if you are a contemporary romance fan, I would most definitely recommend checking this book out.  
Favorite Quotes:
“So you’re telling me after your divorce you made some kind of inner pledge to only date Donna Reed?”
“Basically, yes.” 
“And then you slept with me.” 

"Dear God." Ross pulled back, frowning. "Are you climbing Mount Everest?"
Kelsey smiled. "No. Annapurna, actually. Annapurna One."
"There's more than one of them?"
"It's a section of peaks in the Himalayas. Annapurna One is the tallest. Not as big as Everest, but size isn't everything."
Ross waggled his eyebrows. "Anyone who says that is lying, you know."

"Saying I liked Ross Bencher would be like saying I liked heroin.  And you and I both know I'm way to smart for that."  Marie said, "you are the only woman I know who would compare a divorced father of three to heroin."  
"Everyone has their own version of heroin,"  Kelsey said.  "Mine just happens to be responsible, dedicated to his family, and dead set on dating women who resemble Betty Crocker."

"So you admit you knew I was headed for disaster?"
"Maybe just a little."  He pulled his mouth into the barest hint of a guilty look.  "I probably should have warned you."
"Okay, I almost definitely should have said something.  But you were all 'I've got a gold medal in cartwheels, what do you have?' and I'll check the brakes and make them wear helmets."  He raised his voice to mimic her, then dropped back to his usual baritone.  "I was provoked."

Author Biography:
Inara grew up in winter wonderland of Buffalo, NY. Consequently, she spent much of her childhood complaining about being cold. To spare the world her whining, she fled the cold climate and eventually wound up in the Pacific NW, where she practiced law for ten years before getting up the courage to quit her day job and write full time. A proud author of fantasy and romance for adults and young adults, Inara firmly believes that great literature doesn't have to be depressing, true love does exist, and everyone deserves a happily ever after. You can find her online at Twitter (@inarascott), on Facebook, and at her website:


  1. I really need to try this author, I am sad to say I have yet to try one of her books.

  2. Wow, this one is def different. I like how its the guy with kids and the girl who is adventurous and wary of kids. You've def got me intrigued and I've been meaning to check out more books from this imprint. I'll have to check it out. Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  3. I haven't read any of Inara's adult romances but I do love Inara. I think I might like that this guy is a father, there's something appealing about a guy who can care for children, I suppose. I'll have to make sure I do read this one.

  4. I haven't read any of Scott's books, but this one seems like it should be the first I try! It sounds wonderful and exactly the type of book I enjoy. Thanks for the review, Ellen!


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