Title: Tempting the Best Man
Author: J Lynn
Publisher: Entangled Publisher
May Contain Spoilers
Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother’s best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can’t stop bickering.
Forced together for her brother’s wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they’re forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of "accidents" as the family tries to prove their "spark" can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first…
I didn’t realize that J Lynn is a pseudonym for Jennifer L Armentrout. I would probably have read Tempting the Best Man sooner had I known. I enjoyed Obsidian, though I thought it lost some stream near the end, but I didn’t find that to be the case here. Tempting the Best Man clicks along at a rapid pace, taking place over the span of about a week. When a reservation snafu lands protagonists Chase and Madison together in the honeymoon cabin, Madison thinks she’s died and gone to hell. She has been running away from her childhood crush on Chase, but no matter what she does, she just can’t get over her feelings for him. Chase, on the other hand, treats her like a little sister, which drives Madison insane.
While I found the setup improbable (Madison’s parents don’t blink an eye when the hotel’s management solves the room shortage issue by putting Madison and Chase in the same room), I enjoyed the banter and conflict that kindled between the protagonists. While Madison has always worn her heart on her sleeve, Chase has had to work hard at hiding his feelings for his best friend’s younger sister. Chase is afraid of making any waves with Madison’s family; his parents’ relationship was so dysfunctional and his home life was so awful that he found a much needed refuge at the Daniels’ house. He is afraid of jeopardizing that, and so he rejects Madison at all turns, even when he knows that his actions will devastate her. And they do. Big time.
Tempting the Best Man is a quick, breezy read that’s perfect for an afternoon by the pool. This is a very fast-paced story with one of my favorite romance tropes, and I zipped right through it. I enjoyed the conflict between the leads, and wondered why they were the only two who didn’t recognize the chemistry that zinged between them.
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