The Right Kind of Wrong
Author: Shelly Jones
Cover Models: Lance Jones and Alexandra Hardesty
Photo Credit: Shauna Kruse of Kruse Images and Photography: Models and Boudoir
Cover Design: Cover to Cover Designs
by Crystal M.
5 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Emily Hayes is from small town Wisconsin and a preacher's daughter to boot. When she lands her dream job in Phoenix, her parents are not happy with her. Emily packs up what few belongings she has and moves to Phoenix with her cousin Mel. Shortly after her move, Emily goes out with Mel and a few friends "bar hopping." They end up at a small bar called "Harlie's" and that is where Emily sees him. Dark brown eyes, cocky smile, and a body that would stop traffic....in other words heartbreak.
Emily's first day of class and she meets Harlie, one of her kindergarten students. What follows Harlie stops Emily in her track....him. He is Alexander Hunt, Xander to his friends, the dark brown eyes, cocky smile, and traffic stopping body from the bar. Oh No. Emily attends a barbeque with her friend and co-worker Reese who happens to be friends with Xander. The little tidbit Reese forgot to mention. When Emily runs into Xander, again, she can't stop the butterflies any longer. After the barbeque, everyone jumps on their bikes and rides in honor of Xander's brother, Nathan, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. At the end of the night, Xander knows he has to fight his feelings for Emily. He has sworn off all relationships since Harlie's mom walked out 3 years ago. At the end of the ride, Xander takes Emily to his favorite spot overlooking the city and tells Emily they can never be more than a one night stand.
After Xander takes Emily home, she realizes she has to have this man if only one time. She dresses in her sexiest outfit and goes to the bar where she finds Xander alone. Emily offers Xander the one thing he can't resist....her. Then she shocks Xander by offering to be "friends with benefits" and that is a proposal Xander can't resist. Slowly they both begin to fall in love but Xander keeps denying his feelings for Emily until a near fatal accident slaps Xander in the face. With the thought of loosing Emily he rushes to her side realizing he does love this woman and he will do anything to save her.
The book is a real page turner and I struggled to put it down. The story starts out simple enough...small town girl breaking away from the mold and finding herself in the city. What she doesn't count on is meeting someone like Xander. Xander has sworn off relationships since the mother of his child walked out on them. What he doesn't expect is Emily. The book starts out with how their relationship builds then a tragic accident nearly shatters them both. This part had me teary-eyed as the author writes a scene as it is happening but you find out it is a dream. After the accident Emily and Xander are finally together and trying to deal with their pasts....Xander's many one night stands and Emily's parents. The author does a great job of creating emotions in the reader. You cheer for Emily's spunk, hate Xander's womanizing ways, fall in love with Xander, and cheer them on to a happily ever after.
Xander is the single father to a 5 year old little girl. After her mother left, Xander swears off any kind of a relationship. Xander only has four cares: his daughter, his family, his friends and his motorcycle. He refuses to let anyone get near him or his daughter ever again.
When Emily and Xander meet it's something that neither one were expecting. The attraction is undeniable, but with Xander refusing to let anyone close, Emily decides to offer him a deal he'd be crazy to refuse.
Sometimes those that don't make sense, actually make perfect sense.
Right Kind Of Wrong. Shelly Jones © copyright 2015
We get to what I hope is the last bar of the night. This bar is smaller, kind of like the ones back home. Out front there’s couple of guys on motorcycles talking and smoking. We get out of the truck, I look up to see where we’re going and I make eye contact with one of the guys for a couple of seconds. The grin he gives me is sexy, yet cocky. Of course my fucking face warms and turns red, he must have noticed because I heard a chuckle come from him.
“Come on, let’s get you something to drink!” Mel wraps her arm around me and leads me inside. There’s not very many people in this bar, which makes me happy. There’s music coming from the jukebox, it’s not country music, but I know this song, it’s “When I Come Around” By Green Day, this song was played a lot at parties back home. We find a table in the back and the guys go get us drinks. Mel grabs the darts, puts quarters in the dart board and we play darts.
A few songs have played, mostly rock, but when the jukebox starts to play “Porn Star Dancing” by My Darkest Days and Zakk Wylde, My skin starts to crawl, “Ugh, I hate this song!!” I say out loud.
“Let’s go put money in that bitch and pay back the bastard back!” Mel says and we start laughing. We walk over to the jukebox and put money in choose our song, “Kiss You” by One Direction. “That’ll teach the fucker!” Mel says.
Mel, Lucy and I start dancing by the table, singing along with the song. I start scanning the bar and notice it’s more of an older crowd in here, but I keep scanning when my eyes connect with the same eyes that met me when we got here. He gives me that same cocky ass smile. My stomach does flips and I’m ready to throw up. Him and his buddies start to walk towards us. His eyes never leave mine. When he walks past me, he winks at me and walks over by the pool table.
Fuck, this guy is hot, he’s tall, 6’0” at least, and he’s wearing a white t-shirt, baggy blue jeans and converse shoes. His t-shirt hugs his body showing off his muscular build. He has tattoos going up both arms. He’s wearing a black baseball cap turned backwards, but I can tell his hair is dark brown, but fuck his eyes though, I could get lost in those dark brown eyes. There’s mystery in his eyes, but yet you can tell he knows he could have any girl he wanted. He’s not my type but he’s hot as fuck, there’s no denying that.
“Damn it Emily, snap out of it! Ain’t gonna happen!” I say to myself.