Title: The Worst Best Man
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press/ Dreamspun Desires
Length: 208 Pages
At a Glance: A wonderful second chance story with the oh-so-satisfying Dreamspun Desires guaranteed HEA.
Reviewed By: Cassie
Blurb: It was her special day… but his worst nightmare.
A rekindled romance wasn’t part of the plan.
Despite his American background, August O’Leary is the most sought-after wedding planner in London. Naturally, Libby and Edward come to him for a wedding the city will never forget. But Edward is an international businessman, so the details are left to Libby and her best friend—who happens to be the love of August’s life and the one who broke his heart eight years ago: Christopher Burke.
How’s August supposed to pull off the event of the year with Christopher distracting him and old feelings crashing the party uninvited?
Christopher has let money and status dictate his life, but no more. His failure to stand up to others’ expectations cost him his future with August—one he hoped would include marriage. Now he has to face August’s hurt and anger and prove he’s still the best man to make August happy.
Review: I really enjoyed this one; so far, the Dreamspun Desire books have just been getting better and better. I’m totally into this whole guaranteed HEA, light and easy, fun romance thing that Dreamspinner is doing with these books. It’s also interesting and entertaining to watch writers I know and like bring their own unique style and talent to the whole trope-y, genre romance table.
M.J. O’Shea gives a wonderful showing in The Worst Best Man. It’s a second chance story (woot, woot!), where fate throws the two MCs back together after a painful, years-old break up. Both August and Christopher are easy to like. August, being particularly so, plus being fun to root for. I really liked the push-pull between them as August tried to fight getting pulled back into Christopher’s orbit. O’Shea does a great job of making the relationship struggle seem real and painful for August (and Christopher, too), not skimping on building it back up from the ground before throwing them into the physical bits. The only thing lacking for me was a moment when Christopher gave his peers a true set down in regards to his feelings for August. He eventually goes for what he wants, of course, but I was really waiting for him to tell them all to sit down and shut up and to explicitly stand up for August with his so-called friends. It never felt like he did.
The secondary characters are awesome, particularly Will (August’s BFF) and Libby (Christopher’s BFF). I got nearly as involved and ship-y with them as I did with August and Christopher, which is an excellent indicator of how robustly they’re written. The whole story is populated with a truly excellent supporting cast of characters, which gives the whole book a well-fleshed and satisfying feel.
The Worst Best Man is absolutely worth your time. It’s entertaining, fun, and well written. Plus, it made me happy, which is nothing to sneeze at right now. Go get it!
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