ARC Review: The Wrong Man (Alpha Men #3) by Natasha Anders
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No commitments. No expectations. No way this could possibly go wrong…right?
Former special-ops soldier Sam Brand is used to getting what he wants. What he wants is to unbutton the buttoned-down, sweet, and shy Dahlia McGregor. He’s hot to find her wild side. She’s eager to let him explore it. So he makes his proposition—no strings, no hurt feelings, and no promises—save for one: she’ll have the time of her life.
After a broken engagement, Lia’s looking to someday find the right man and settle down. That’s some day. Now it’s all about the night. A hot, meaningless fling with a magnificently weathered blue-eyed stud like Sam couldn’t hurt: he’s sexy, and sure he’s arrogant, but best of all, he’s here. In other words, he’s perfect…for now.
But when Sam is wounded in the line of duty and left in Lia’s tender loving care, all bets are off. Because the more time they spend together, the more it becomes clear: this “one night” deal is getting steamier and lasting longer than they counted on. It started as a fun little game. Is it possible they could be playing for keeps?
I absolutely love the way Natasha Anders writes a story. There is something about her stories that make them more than similar titles I have read. That makes them better. When I pick up a story one of her stories I can't put it down. And I love every minute of it.
I was really curious to start reading The Wrong Man. If you have read the prior books in the series (not needed as they are all standalones), then you met Sam briefly. And if you were like me you did not like him very much...but were excited to see if he could be redeemed. What he was really like when he is not being shall we say a jerk. When he was not trying to get in Dahlia's pants even though she was resisting. Because I really didn't like what I knew of him in the last book so I was curious to see if the author would get me to change my mind...and she did. By the end he was so sweet and kind and I loved him.
Dahlia and Sam don't start off on that good of terms. Sure she gives in and they hook up, twice, at her sister's wedding, but that was supposed to be a one-time thing. A never see him again so it is okay kind of thing. Because he is the wrong man for her, of that she is certain. And she is looking for the right one. The guy she can settle down with and get married to and have kids with. Because that is what she wants. That is what she has always wanted, and Sam is not that guy. He is very clear when he suddenly comes back into her life that he is not that guy. He is not the relationship type. He doesn't want it and never will. He is the hookup and have some fun while he is in town guy. So if she wanted to have some fun then he was all for that, but she is trying to find someone to spend the rest of her life with. After her disaster of a first try at marriage, she is still not quite sure what she really wants to do with her life. She is living with her parents and starting to come around, but it is hard. Everyone else seems to know what they want, what they want to do, have found their perfect match, but not her. So...maybe some fun with Sam is what she needs. Maybe one long fling, as long as she knows that it is going nowhere and follows her rules so things don't get confusing it might be alright. Because she is definitely attracted to him and the sex was pretty amazing...
Sam is in town just until he heals. He got injured on the job and needed a quiet, safe place to lay low. Only he can't do everything for himself like he wanted. And when he sees Lia again he is reminded of how attracted to her he is. He loves her whole buttoned-up librarian type clothes. He just wants to rumple her smooth, sleek exterior a little bit. Oh, he was cute. Yeah, he gets her to help him out to try and get her to give in and sleep with him again, but he wasn't counting on him being the one affected. That he would start to care about her and want her around.
These two are pretty opposite in a lot of ways. Sam says what he wants and is usually pretty outrageous while Lia is that prim, proper lady who would do anything anyone asked. She has a hard time saying no, doesn't swear, is just a nice person. So while Sam can be a jerk at times, he also can be super sweet and just what Lia needs. I wasn't expecting to like Sam as much as I did. I loved watching him try and figure everything out and everything that happens. These two were perfect for each other even if they don't seem like it at first glance. Oh, this was a fun read. I loved these characters and am a little sad that there are no more sisters to read.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2