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3 Men and a Body (Body Movers #3)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  4,943 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
Carlotta Wren has always dreamed of taking a vacation from her life as daughter to fugitive parents and mother to her younger brother, Wesley. So when she is temporarily suspended from her job at Neiman Marcus, the invitation from hunky body mover Cooper Craft to ride to Florida for some fun in the sun and a VIP body pickup seems like a good idea.…

And then Wesley tags alon
Published August 5th 2008 by Random House Audio (first published August 1st 2008)
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May 23, 2012 Xenos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*thud-thud-thud* That's me banging my head against the wall. Stephanie Bond's third installment in her "Body Movers" series has me wanting to smack every single character upside the head! Carlotta's man troubles -- *SMACK* -- Wesley's gambling and drug problems -- *SMACK* -- Jack's "I-really-like-you-but-it's-a-conflict-of-interest-to-see-you" -- *SMACK* -- Peter's "I've-finally-seen-the-light-and-want-to-marry-you" -- *DOUBLE SMACK* (for not being man-enough in the first place) -- Coop's too ni ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The further into these books I get the less I like them. I have the next two in the series and I'll probably read them but honestly I'm asking myself if I should even bother.

Instead of a review of the book, let me give you a review of the characters.

Carlotta = Spineless. She's basically a doormat for the men in her life. She seems to like it.

Wesley = Selfish and self absorbed. He's sleeping with Liz, his lawyer who has also slept with his father. He doesn't seem to think there's anything weird a
Dear Carlotta and Wesley. Both of you have acknowledged to yourselves that you are horrible at making a good decision. By my count, about one out of every five major decisions you make is a good one. And the other four, doozies. Particularly, you, Wesley. O.o

May I make a suggestion? Whenever you need to make a decision, go with the opposite of what you were planning. And also? Get some therapy. Stat. You have daddy issues and serious emotional stuntedness. I don't care if daddy dearest was fram
Nov 15, 2009 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Carlotta and her brother Wesley continue to weave a complicated web of intentional and unintentional deception with each other and with the people trying to help them.

Beginning exactly where the other book left off, Carlotta is home recuperating from her injuries, nursing an injured soul. Wesley is missing, kidnapped by the loan shark he tricked. Now both of them have more secrets and menance. Carolotta continues to keep three men on a string, moving back and forth into seduction and out again.
Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 18, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Stephanie Bond's 'Body Movers' series is more of a romantic mystery than anything else. Bond has a great touch with adding humor to her stories, the mysteries are well-plotted, and there are ongoing and changing relationships (romantic and familial) that run throughout. There are currently six books in the series and the author's website says there may be more. These books made me laugh and made me sigh and even get a little overheated in some spots. In some ways, this series reminds me of Evano ...more
Barbara ★
I like this series but sometimes Carlotta Wren gets on my nerves. She's got three men dangling on the hook and IMHO two of the three aren't worthy. So what's the dilemma? Detective Jack Terry is hunting her runaway (from justice) father and plans to have him incarcerated. What's the attraction here? Peter Ashford, her high school boyfriend/fiance, dumped her like a hot potato when the charges against her father were announced. Hello! On the other hand, Dr. Cooper Craft is a wonderful man who is ...more
May 18, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2016
For someone with a supposedly genius IQ, Wesley is making a lot of bad decisions! And I hope Carlotta makes a decision soon about the guys, even though they always seem to be conveniently available whenever she gets into trouble!

Again the murder mystery is almost secondary to the continuing saga of Carlotta's missing parents that I also hope we get some resolution soon!
Jun 18, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-series

This one was def not the best one. I really was mad at Carlotta most of the book, thinking WHY are you getting yourself into this mess for no reason? At least the last two cases involved you. Also, I hope she has health insurance all that time she is spending In the er.
I don't know what to make of Wesley's newest addiction or the fact that he is ok doing his fathers mistress because he reminds her of his father?!? And how is it all these dumb decisions are not catching up with him? Like leavin
Jan 03, 2009 Isabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is Wow, really liked this story. Carlotta is having a run of bad luck, beginning with her parents.
But boy this lady has more men intrested in her than well anyone. Still book kept me intrested all the way to the end. I cannot wait for the next in the series, too bad it is not until april.
Feb 21, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-drama
*spoiler alert*
I refuse to read another book in this series. Carlotta Wren is a pushover, and I'm sick of wishy-washy main characters. This is incredible!!! Where have all the good female leads gone?!!! I'm not gonna waste anymore time reading about her being a human doormat.
Overall rating: 5 stars

Genre: Chick-Lit
Plot: 9/10
Ending: 5/10
Writing: 8/10
Hero: Jack- 9/10
Coop- 10/10
Peter- 3/10
Heroine: 6/10
Humour: 7/10
HEA: n/a

Recommend: Yes
Re-read: Maybe
Read more from author: Yes
Elizabeth Olson
Dec 27, 2014 Elizabeth Olson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-2013
Romantic tension, family problems and celebrity murder keep things interesting in this third installment in the Body Movers series.
Carlotta needs to cut her brother loose to sink or swim on his own. His bratty spoiled selfish behavior takes away from the mystery. It also brings in too much extraneous baggage.
Apr 08, 2015 Shanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light and fun read. Just the way to end my spring break!
Jan 14, 2009 Haylie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
okay...i was kinda lost since it is the 3rd in the was okay
Danielle Gignac
Jan 14, 2017 Danielle Gignac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun read.
Body Movers: 3 Men and a Body by Stephanie Bond
Contemporary Romance- January 1st, 2009
Rating 3 stars

Stephanie Bond’s latest series centers around the ideas of an average deck of cards.
Bond plots out Carlotta Wren as the Queen Her suitors are: the Jack, Cooper Craft a morgue employee; King, Peter Ashford wealthy widower; and Ace, Jack Terry, one balls-to-the-walls detective that are ware of each other's making one tightrope act. Supporting characters from the 8 of Clubs, Hollis Carver, 3 of Spad
Jul 11, 2014 Lokki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlotta Wren continues to prove she's a bit of a trouble magnet. Still recuperating from her last adventure, with her arm in a cast, she is bored out of her mind being off work. When the sexy Cooper Craft, her brother's boss, calls her to see if she would like to go on an special body pickup (he's a body hauler for his uncle's funeral home and the morgue) to Florida, she jumps at the chance of having a mini-vacation. Of course the fact that she just found out that her wayward parents (who aband ...more
May 19, 2013 Samma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First of all, let me say that I am being generous with the 2-star rating. You know how you've read reviews about Carlotta and Wesley being "too stupid to live"... They are. Abashedly so. Seriously --how many times is this woman going to butt her way into investigations before Jack arrests her? Seriously --he should have already!

Basically the premise of this book is that this socialite with checkered morale (very ala Paris Hilton, in my opinion) dies of a supposed asthma attack. Coop gets the cal
Carlotta's men trouble seems to be taking over these books and is driving me nuts. I think it is because I sort of feel like Carlotta. There are times when I think that Jack is the best one for her, then he acts like a jackass, and I want him to go away. At times Peter seems like he would be better, especially with his words during the big trouble, but then I remember how fast he dropped her when she was 18. It seems like Carlotta got over that, but I haven't. Then there is Cooper, the only faul ...more
Aug 18, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
#3 Body Movers sexy mystery series

Definitely a read-in-order series for maximum enjoyment

Carlotta Wren's adventures continue. She's off work from her sales job at Nieman Marcus while her arm heals, so she joins Cooper Craft on a trip to Florida for a VIP body pick up and some fun in the sun.

Her ne'er do well 19 year old brother Wesley tags along, as he's once again eluding an irate loan shark. Wesley's chaotic life and adventures continue *L*. Wesley's vices get him into a string of hair-raisin
Shannon Eddy
Jul 30, 2015 Shannon Eddy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book via audible. To be honest, the narrator is driving me crazy!!! Her voices for Peter and Hannah are just plain awful!! I'm not sure if that is why I'm having a hard time liking this series or if I just can't get into the characters. Carlotta is 28 and had to grow up quickly to care for her underage brother when their parents left town. Not to mention that she has struggled every step of the way. So in my mind, the lead character should be a strong and independent woman. No ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Mubashirah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book, Jack sounds amazing!
May 17, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I was ready to give up on this series, then I picked this book up from my library paperback share racks. This is a really good book with a strong romance element (no sex), conflicted heroine (three awesome guys all want her), an great ongoing story arc, and a mystery to solve in the here and now.

Carlotta can't find Wesley for almost 24 hours. He has gotten himself in deep s--- with a loan shark and the guy wants a pound of flesh. Ex-fiancé, Peter to the rescue, this time. Now Wesley owes Peter
Nellie Kampmann
This book was a mixed bag.

Parts of it were quite entertaining. The main plot about the suspicious death of a celebrity socialite was fun and involving - exactly the kind of light mystery I was hoping for. The aspect of some of the characters being body haulers was unusual and added a different twist. I wish they would have gotten into that a little more.

Unfortunately, other parts of the story had me contemplating setting it down and not bothering to finish it. That included the beginning, whic
Kelly Roll
So, full disclosure, I've not read the earlier two books in the series and went into this one with a readerly expectation of a sort of romantic comedy murder mystery. Instead I got a very unlikeable character in the form of Wesley( how this kid keeps getting off with just community service is beyond me) ; his sister (our amateur sleuth) who is doing him no favors by constantly overlooking his screw ups and very little mystery. Oh and zero comedy. I have no idea now why I thought there would be h ...more
Shirley Worley
Jul 22, 2013 Shirley Worley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlotta has been temporarily suspended from her job and is recovering from a broken arm, both of which gives her a lot of time on her hands, er, hand. To fill the void she agrees to go out of town with Cooper to pick up the body of a local celebutante. The media frenzy is so crazy, Cooper had to sign a confidentiality agreement, so Carlotta knows it is a hush assignment. Three men, each posing to have authority to pick up the body, try to steal the corpse away from Cooper. Not only is the trip ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun romance mystery series starring Carlotta Wren, sales clerk at Nieman Marcus. Ten years ago her parents disappeared after her father was charged with embezzlement, leaving 18 year old Carlotta to raise her younger brother Wesley and keep what was left of the family together. Problems include getting the bills paid, dealing with now 19 year old Wesley and his legal / teen / bad decision making skills; keeping her job, 3 potential love interests and interference from FBI and various law enforce ...more
Tangled  Speculation
I am hoping that there will be more character growth as the series continues. The book is funny and fits my summer reading agenda, but I'm starting to get annoyed by the love competition. I also want her to take the giant V for Victim off her forehead and tell the police she'll sue them for harassment and invasion of privacy. (view spoiler) ...more
Kae Cheatham
May 18, 2010 Kae Cheatham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I almost didn't take this book from the library because of the line on the front "A Sexy Mystery" Huh? I decided to see what this tag line meant. Sex was there, but no more than in most contemporary novels, in actuality the overwhelming focus of this title was the mystery.

Carolyn Wren, a clothing retailer, by chance gets herself into another murder case when she rides with one of her 3 suitors to Florida to pick up the body of a mega popular starlet. The Body Movers, occasionally employ her trou
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Other Books in the Series

Body Movers (8 books)
  • Body Movers (Body Movers, #1)
  • 2 Bodies for the Price of 1 (Body Movers, #2)
  • 4 Bodies and a Funeral (Body Movers, #4)
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“So… this business trip of yours?”
“What about it?”
“Are you and Coop sharing a room?”
She raised her eyebrows, then said, “Right back at you, Cowboy.”
“Liz and I are just friends.”
“Uh-huh. I hope your shots are up-to-date.”
“She cried over the messed up messy mess of her life, over her parents' failures and her own shortcomings.” 2 likes
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