Review and Giveaway: Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey

 

Tessa Bailey is fast becoming one of my go to authors when I need a fun, sexy read.  I’ve enjoyed almost everything she’s written, and Baiting the Maid of Honor is one of my favorites.  Some of her heroes are too alpha-holey for me, but Reed, while certainly domineering, starts showing his softer side with a little help from Julie.  At first I didn’t think I liked them together because they are complete opposites, but halfway through the story I was totally convinced that she was the woman to make him happy and allow him to finally trust someone. 

Julie is at a Colorado resort for her friend’s wedding (Kady and Colton from Dare to Resist).  The maid of honor, she takes her wedding duties very seriously.  She has agonized over the wedding preparations, wanting all of her friends and the guests to have a great time, while creating the perfect storybook wedding for Kady.  Reed Lawson has proven difficult from the start.  He was late with his RSVP, and she wasn’t even sure he would be part of the groom’s party, let alone be attending the festivities.  All it takes is one look at each other and they can’t keep their eyes, or hands, to themselves.

Julie is a Southern belle.  She’s lived a life of privilege and luxury, while Reed has struggled for everything he has.  Both of their lives changed after the death of a family member.  Reed’s mother succumbed to cancer when he was a young boy, leaving him with a neglectful father, and Julie’s older sister died unexpectedly in a tragic accident.  Serena had been the responsible sister, the one being groomed to help her parents run their successful business, while Julie planned on escaping from home and attending college.  With her sister gone, someone had to fill the void and be the little event organizer and cater to her parents’ every need, so Julie quit school and stepped into the role of perfect daughter.  Suffering from guilt, questioning her own self-worth, she’s made it her mission to make those around her happy.

Reed and Julie butt heads right from the beginning. He belittles the wedding festivities and is a difficult guest, to say the least.  With his harsh upbringing, he doesn’t have patience for a frilly ceremony or a frilly woman.  He’s attracted to Julie, but he knows a high maintenance rich chick when he sees one.  Still, he’s eager to have his wicked way with her, and get her out of his system for good.

I loved the chemistry between the protagonists.  Even when they are both trying to convince themselves that they are completely wrong for each other, they can’t stay away.  The sexy times are hot, hot, hot – I thought my Kindle would combust a couple of times.  My favorite part of the story, though, was how Reed and Julie’s relationship shifted from a week long fling, to the realization, especially on Reed’s part, that they couldn’t live without the other.  I could almost feel his desperation as he fought against being tied to anyone, and then again when he started to think he would lose her.  Reed’s character development made the book for me.

If you like Tessa Bailey, you will love Baiting the Maid of Honor.  If you haven’t given her a try yet, this is a great read to load on your reader or phone and read while lounging by the pool.  I liked all of the characters, and now I’m curious to read the entire Wedding Dare series.

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Falling for the Groomsman by Jen McLaughlin writing as Diane Alberts

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She’s the one that got away. He’s the one she can’t forget.

Photojournalist Christine Forsythe is ready to tackle her naughty to-do list, and who better to tap for the job than a hot groomsman? But when she crashes into her best friend’s older brother, her plans change. Tyler Dresco took her virginity during the best night of her life, then bolted. The insatiable heat between them has only grown stronger, but Christine wants revenge. Soon, she’s caught in her own trap of seduction. And before the wedding is over, Tyler’s not the only one wanting more…

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Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey

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He’ll own her from the very first touch.

Julie Piper and Reed Lawson are polar opposites. She’s a people-pleasing former sorority girl. He’s a take-no-prisoners SWAT commander who isolates himself from the world. Until he sees Julie. When they’re forced together at their friends’ posh destination wedding and she’s dared to seduce another man, Reed takes matters into his own hands. One night should be all he needs to get the blond temptress out of his system, but he’s about to find out one taste is never enough…

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Seducing the Bridesmaid by Katee Robert

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She has a plan. He’s about to change it.

Regan Wakefield is unafraid to go after what she wants, so she’s thrilled when her friend’s wedding offers her an opportunity to score Logan McCade, the practically perfect best man. Unfortunately, groomsman Brock McNeil keeps getting in her way, riling her up in the most delicious of ways.Regan may pretend the erotic electricity sparking between them is simply a distraction, but Brock will do whatever it takes to convince Regan that the best man for her is him.

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Best Man with Benefits by Samanthe Beck

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How far can one favor go…

Logan McCade’s best man duties have just been expanded. Coaxing the groom’s little sister out of her shell should be easy for a high-octane extrovert like himself—or so he thinks until he’s blindsided by the delectably awkward Sophie Brooks. She’s sweet, sexy, and brings much-needed calm to his hectic, workaholic life. Soon, he’s tempting her to explore all her forbidden fantasies…and wondering exactly how far a favor to his best friend can go.

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Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye

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Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long…

Colton Brooks is in hell. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with Kady Dresco, the object of his darkest fantasies, will require every ounce of his restraint. She’s his best friend’s brilliant little sister, not to mention his competition for a lucrative military security services contract. Craving her submission is not allowed. But as her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve, Colton’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.

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