Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. When she’s not writing, Kerri 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) rescued poodle mix, Harry. Visit Kerri at her website, on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to her newsletter.
In my new book, Tempting Mr. Wrong, Carly and Lance do not get off to the best of starts. First of all, they actually met years ago at Carly’s brother/Lance’s best friend’s wedding. They danced, they flirted, and then the brakes were put on.
When they meet up years later, Carly kind of, um, douses Lance with a bucket of water. But it was totally an accident. When they return to Carly’s house to dry off, Lance thinks Carly’s been robbed. Only, that’s not exactly the case either. Oops.
All of this awkwardness got me thinking about some of my past dating mishaps. I warn you – these are all real stories. Prepare yourself!
The Baby Book
I went out with a guy many years ago. We had a great dinner, great conversation, great everything. Until we went back to my place and the guy abruptly stops, makes up what was clearly some crazy excuse, and hightails it out of there. Confused, I look around until I spot the source of his retreat. I’m a writer. I have to come up with character names. What better way to do that than by keeping my large, pink baby name book right in the center of my coffee table. I mean, I might as well have been wearing a wedding dress.
The Calamari Crier
I went out with a really sweet guy. We’d been exchanging emails for quite some time and I really felt like this one was completely normal. And maybe he *usually* was…. When we were having dinner, he shared that he had been married and gotten divorced a couple years prior. I asked why and he immediately started crying all over our shared calamari. Crying. In. Our. Calamari.
The Goat Singer
I met a date at a bar. We had a fairly nice time with some wine, appetizers, and a couple rounds of bar trivia. After we parted ways, I went home and straight to bed. But when I woke up the next morning, I found about twenty or so text messages on my phone from said guy. All sent at different—and needless to say, inappropriate—times of the night. The very last text said… “I wrote a song about a goat.”
At least Carly and Lance are in good company! Tell me in the comments about any of your awkward dating encounters. And when you need to stay home and grab a book because you just can’t handle one more bad date, I hope you all enjoy Tempting Mr. Wrong. Available now.
A little temptation never hurt anyone…Lance Townsend craves freedom after years living a structured existence in the Army. But just as he’s about to start on his bucket list, Lance receives an unexpected request: check in on his goddaughter. The problem? The adorable little girl’s aunt is the one woman he’s never been able to forget.Carly Quigley can’t believe her brother’s best friend, the man who jilted her years ago, is at her door. He claims her brother asked him to check in on her niece and their fixer-upper, but all either of them can focus on is their undeniable attraction. Carly knows Lance is counting down the hours to leave, which makes him the wrong man for her. Unfortunately, the wrong man has become oh-so-tempting.
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Carly started a pot of coffee. While it brewed, she meandered over to the window again. Thank God she wasn’t holding her coffee cup because it would have most definitely been dropped and splattered into a million pieces on the floor. Lance was working out in the backyard. But not just working out. Half-naked working out. And currently he was doing one-armed pushups as his rippling muscles quivered with the exertion.
Damn. She knew something else that was currently trembling, and she had to cross her legs to keep from losing it completely. Her mouth dropped open, and she knew that drool was soon to drip out of it. She knew Lance was built, but witnessing his naked top half working out really drove that point home.
As if he felt her presence and knew she was standing there gawking at him, Lance looked up. No time to even pretend to be doing something else, she was totally busted. Taking it in stride, Carly winked and then strolled back to the kitchen and fixed her coffee. As Lance sauntered in the back door a few moments later, she took a long, deep gulp, the hot liquid scalding her throat. Not that she felt it because Lance still remained shirtless and her brain therefore remained inoperable.
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