Synopsis: 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…
The Cover: Sexy, but not a fan of the font.
The First Line: “The ivory invitation with its elegant calligraphy and lacy embellishments felt more like a humiliation time bomb just waiting to blow up in Madison Daniels’s face than a beautiful wedding announcement.” Great visual and really drew me into the story. I like the balance of the “elegant calligraphy and lacy embellishments” with “humiliation time bomb.” The voice explodes in this sentence.
The Good: The heat level in this book is S-C-O-R-C-H-I-N-G. (That’s about ten knots about hot if you’re keeping track.) Madison and Chase have a great chemistry with very real differences. I love that their story doesn’t start here but has a deep history that adds to the drama and romance.
The Bad: The resolution seems a it rushed. I felt like there was a missing confrontation that would’ve added depth to the story.
Recommendation: Jennifer Armentrout (writing as J. Lynn here) is an author to keep your eye on. Tempting the Best Man is a fun, adult romance worth checking out for a quick summer beach read.