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3 Men and a Body (Body Movers #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  4,087 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Carlotta Wren desperately needs a vacation from her life. So when hunky Cooper Craft invites her to ride with him to Florida for some fun in the sun and a VIP body pickup, it seems like the opportunity she's been waiting for.

Until her brother Wesley, eluding an irate loan shark, tags along to play chaperone...

Until they arrive to pick up their VIP body and are greeted by t
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Published January 1st 2009 by Harlequin Enterprises (first published August 1st 2008)
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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
*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
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
Julie (jjmachshev)
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
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.
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
Elizabeth Olson
Romantic tension, family problems and celebrity murder keep things interesting in this third installment in the Body Movers 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
A light and fun read. Just the way to end my spring break!
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
Ginny Littlefield
Love the character Coop just wish there was more to him. Absolutely hate Peter and am also growing to dislike other characters because of their stupidity and lack of compassion. The main character has such potential to be a great character but there is so much missing that she comes off as a flat, slightly gold digging character, unable to let go of her cash cow for what she might have if she keeps him. Even in the light of the request at the end, it would be better to let him go for his own sak ...more
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.
*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.
Peg Schwarz

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 along to elude an irate loan shark and to play chaperone.…

And then they're greeted on arrival by three different men, each one la
(view spoiler) ...more
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.
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
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Rhonda Clark
I'm getting kind of tired of the body movers theme, because it's not like they all do this line of work, so it ends up so misleading. Only in this book, they do for a bit. I'm wondering why Carlotta isn't busier trying to get her credit back in order, after the fraud case -- shouldn't that be a priority? And I'm not really buying the idea that she can't work at the store while she's recovering from a broken arm. Still... I read the book. I hate to say the series is bad, considering she's a publi ...more
Recovering from her fall at the Fox Theater, Carlotta is growing bored staying at home. So when Coop offers her a chance to ride along on a VIP body pickup in Boca Raton, she jumps at the chance - especially since Jack will be in Daytona following a lead on her dad at the same time. However this pickup takes some interesting detours when Wesley stows away and body is attempted to be stolen 3 times. This third book in the series takes the body moving gang on the road and allows Carlotta to dig d ...more
okay...i was kinda lost since it is the 3rd in the was okay
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
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
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
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
Jan 18, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Shirley Worley
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
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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
Well Carlotta may get her vacation but the drama still follows her. Coop has to pick up a body in Boca So he invites Carlotta to go with him. Halfway there they notice Wesley has been hiding in the back of the van. He has a hidden agenda that will square him with one of the loan sharks after him. Coop and Carlotta almost have a hot and steamy night but are interrupted by Wesley who has promised Peter he will keep Jack and Coop away from Carlotta. Wesley is pretty selfish in this episode and to m ...more
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USA TODAY bestselling author Stephanie Bond was seven years deep into a systems engineering career and pursuing an MBA at night when an instructor remarked that she had a flair for writing and suggested that she submit to academic journals. But Stephanie, a voracious reader, was only interested in writing fiction–more specifically, romantic fiction.

Upon completing her master’s degree and with no f
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Other Books in the Series

Body Movers (7 books)
  • Body Movers (Body Movers, #1)
  • 2 Bodies for the Price of 1 (Body Movers, #2)
  • 4 Bodies and a Funeral (Body Movers, #4)
  • 5 Bodies to Die For (Body Movers, #5)
  • 6 Killer Bodies (Body Movers, #6)
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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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