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Mister Wrong
Nicole Williams
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Release Date February 27, 2017

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 fiancĂ©.

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?

When Matt Adams makes an impulsive decision to stand in for his twin brother, Jacob, who is MIA on his own wedding day, it means living out his own fantasy with Cora Matthews. She's the girl that he has loved and protected since he was eight years old, but sat by and let his brother claim her as his. And all this time he kept his own feelings hidden for her own happiness. But he can't stand the thought of her being hurt or embarrassed, so he puts on the tux and goes through with the wedding. It was only supposed to be for a short time until his brother showed up.

Cora is surprised that her groom is acting more attentive and loving than usual, but thinks maybe he is trying harder since they are now married. But in the light of day, after an amazing night, the truth comes out.

One woman. Twin brothers. Island honeymoon. Mixed feelings. Secrets, Lies. It is a recipe for disaster. There is some rivalry and competition with the brothers with both of him having some issues. Jacob was always the favored Golden son, popular, and got the girl. Matt was the quiet, smart one, who sacrificed himself for others' happiness and never expected credit or praise. But underneath their brotherly bond was also insecurity and resentment for how their lives were different despite their identical looks and upbringing.

Cora loves them both in her own way. But one brother was always assertive in pursuing her, while the other one did not. Both of them come with risks. There is a lot of history between them, and they are in one big convoluted mess. She also needs trust, loyalty, and to feel safe. Jacob has always been vocal about how things should be, while Cora and Matt always kept their innermost feelings to themselves making their situation even more complicated. And there are secrets and omissions that are gradually revealed changing the dynamics even more.

A split decision, a marriage certificate, and tropical honeymoon turns three lives upside down.
Who is Mister Right and who is Mister Wrong? 

This is one of those books where you go in knowing that it was going to be a bumpy ride and the outcome was going to hurt someone. It was fast-paced, romantic, emotional, and angsty. It had drama that was twenty years in the making so it was bound to get a bit chaotic and volatile. There is anger, guilt, betrayal, secrets, and some surprises. I had my favorite twin picked out all along. But the other one had some good points too. I liked Cora, but just kept wanting her to stand up and make her decision. I liked his friend, Maggie, who at least was the voice of reason. 

I would have liked to see an epilogue since the ending was a bit abrupt and I wanted a bit more at the end of their story. But maybe the other twin will have his own book and we might see these characters again.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Cora Matthews and the Adams brothers have been inseparable since childhood. As adults, one brother is her best friend, the other is the man she’s set to marry.

When his brother is MIA for his own wedding, Matt steps in to take Jacob’s place, hiding his identity so Cora can have her happy day and his brother’s mistake will be kept secret. But what was meant to be 15 minutes of deception turns into the honeymoon, Matt can’t decide if his rash move was the best or worst decision of his life.

Matt loved Cora first and would do anything to see her happy. But what happens when daylight hits and she learns what he did?

The antics as Matt pretended to be his brother told a lot about the characters of both men. In direct and indirect ways, readers learn more about the brothers through those interactions than through some of the direct narrative, simply because Matt’s perspective of what Jacob’s friends say and do color a lot of those scenes.

I couldn’t help but be torn during the wedding, reception, and beginning of the honeymoon as Matt continued to deceive Cora. These moments were particularly telling, as Matt was honest in everything except his identity.

Matt’s friend, Maggie, shows up to lend her support and I couldn’t help but love her no nonsense take on the whole situation. She pulls no punches, and tells it exactly as she sees it, a refreshing characteristic compared to the secrets being kept by the three main characters. 

This was one of those books that you know going in that someone, or everyone, is going to end up hurt. There is no way all three parties can end up happy when love like this is involved. I had a clear favorite from the beginning and am not sure I ever really grew to like the other brother with what we saw from him as the book progressed. The resolution happened quickly, and I wish there had been a little more to the end of the story. But the tension between the three characters kept me turning pages as fast as I could. 
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
“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.

Nicole Williams
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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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