Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 2nd 2016
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Four friendsEach a Best Man at a weddingOne chance to get it right
Jase Foster can't believe his bad luck. He's been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend's wedding: Emily Klein of the miles-long legs and killer smile. She may be sin in a bridesmaid dress, but there's no way he's falling for her again.
They can barely stand each other, but given how many of their friends are getting married, they'll just have to play nice-at least when they're in company. Once they're alone, more than just gloves come off as Jase and Emily discover their chemistry is combustible, and there may be something to this enemies to lovers thing after all...
More praise for Mira Lyn Kelly: "Incredible tension, a great cast of characters...and some really gooey emotional conflict."-Molly O'Keefe, USA Today bestselling author for Truth or Dare"Sexy and with a truly fresh voice."-Tina Leonard, New York Times bestselling author for Touch and Go"Mira Lyn Kelly's writing always sparkles."-Lauren Layne, USA Today bestselling author for Touch and Go
Because Jase wasn’t looking at her like he wanted to insult her. Or carry on with the banter. He looked like he wanted something else. Maybe the same thing she’d only in that second realized she wanted too.
Jase frowned. Coming to his senses maybe, probably. Because this look between them was nuts. Wrong. Something she knew she shouldn’t want, but couldn’t seem to break away from regardless.
So it was good that he was. Because otherwise she didn’t even want to think about what—
His stare dropped to her mouth. And with a shuddering breath, she realized, yes, she was already thinking about it.
About how big his hands felt on her leg. How strong his arms had been around her. How the lips she’d forced herself to stop speculating about in high school might taste.
“Just once,” he said, his voice gone gravelly low. “Just to put an end to the curiosity.”
She was nodding, sort of, her head moving the barest amount.
“No way will it live up to the hype,” she replied. “I’ll walk away disappointed. Probably feeling sorry for the girls with such high expectations.”
Jase’s mouth curved at one corner, a cocky addition to his words. “You’ll walk away wishing for more.”
She might. “Not a chance.”
“Whatever.” And then he did it. Caught the back of her neck in his palm and closed the distance between them, his eyes locked with hers, almost daring her to back out, until that last instant when she saw something flash in them besides challenge. But then, contact.
Contact that teased with a barely there quality, rubbing in a gentle, tasting exploration that shocked a trembling gasp past her lips.
Damn. She wasn’t supposed to get caught up in it. She wanted to remain unaffected. Indifferent. But the skill with which Jase’s firm lips moved over and against hers made indifference impossible. He was good.
Jase pulled back.
Shoot. She hadn’t wanted it to end. Wasn’t ready for the wanting more he’d promised to become a reality so quickly. But the last thing she was going to do was beg, even if she could still feel that almost-too-light, somehow just-perfect press of his lips.
Her eyes drifted open, and she found Jase barely an inch away. A frown carved deep across his mouth. His eyes dark and fixed on hers.
“Jase,” she whispered, barely managing the single word before the fingers at the back of her neck tightened and she knew without question what was coming next.
His mouth crushed down on hers. No tentative kiss this time. No featherlight tease. His mouth was firm, his kiss confident. Arresting. She opened beneath him, letting him lick into her mouth, breathe against her lips. Taste her tongue as she tasted his.
Her fingers were locked in the front of his shirt, pulling him closer. Because, yes, please—closer. She needed him closer. And he must have been of the same mind because he’d wrapped his arms around her and was gathering her toward him as he kissed her again and again. Devoured her mouth, and groaned when she bit at his.
Her fingers were in his hair, the silky waves she’d spent too many study halls thinking about. Thank God she’d never gotten her hands into the stuff before now, or she wouldn’t have been able to forget it. Even now, she wondered if she could.
His kiss was so hot.
Hot enough that that her mind seemed to be flickering between satisfaction that this was Jase—her high-school fantasy fulfilled—and the certain knowledge that this had to stop because it was Jase. Jase, kissing her like she’d never been kissed before. Jase thrusting into her mouth, his tongue sliding wet and hot against her own. Jase working one wide palm beneath her skirt and up the side of her thigh, his grip tightening and relaxing with every few inches he advanced. Jase making her burn and beg for his touch to extend just a little further, just that much more, just—
A phone sounded but neither of them stopped, not until the third ring when suddenly Emily jerked back with a gasp, staring in horrified shock at Jase, who looked more stunned than anything else. Stunned and still wearing that sexy sort of frown on his face.
They were in the car. In the parking lot of the church, where they were both supposed to have been five minutes ago.
Jase snapped out of it, patting around his pockets and then retrieving his phone, all while keeping his eyes trained on her.
“Jase,” he answered. Then, “Are you fu—” He broke off, closing his eyes as his free hand went to the bridge of his nose and a coarse sound worked its way past his gritted teeth. Slapping the wipers on, he asked, “They can’t get anyone else?”
Emily sat up as her stomach began to sink. Over the dash she saw the first signs of activity. One bundled body after another leaving the church.
“Okay, man. Yeah, let me know.” Clicking off the call, Jase looked down at Emily’s feet still in his lap. “Priest slipped on the ice and broke his hip. They aren’t sending anyone else out. The wedding will have to be rescheduled.”
Passing the phone across the seat, he sat quietly as Emily dialed first one number, then another until finally she got through to the father of the bride.
Sally was okay but didn’t want to talk. They were taking her home.
A moment later, there was a knock on the window. And one of the other bridesmaids was holding up Emily’s boots and coat.
“You want a ride home?” she asked, her stare flickering from Emily to Jase and then back again.
Emily was about to crawl out the window and into the girl’s arms because she was so relieved to see her—because what the heck had she been thinking—when Jase pushed her back in her seat and reached past to grab her things.
“I’ll take her home.”
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~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
MAY THE BEST MAN WIN is the first book in the new series The Best Men by Mira Lyn Kelly. The Best Men are four friends that will take their turns being the focus of a story and they all play important roles in this book, drawing immediate interest in the entire series.
Jase Foster and Emily Klein have a history that started out badly in high school and, as adults, they claim to hate each other. Unfortunately, they find themselves matched up as maid of honor and best man in several weddings when many of their friends decide to get married within several months of each other. Regardless of how they feel about each other and that they are constantly fighting, they find themselves incredibly attracted to one another as they work their way through the series of weddings. The sexual tension can be cut with a knife, but can they put the past behind them and develop a new relationship as adults?
Both Jase and Emily are very likeable characters, in spite of the fact that they fight like cats and dogs. As we peel away the layers, we find that Jase hurt Emily and she somehow needs to find a way to forgive him and move past it.. We also find that Jase has a lot of issues in his background that he needs to come to terms with before he can fully commit to a relationship. I found myself cheering this couple on, hoping that they would get past their issues and find a way to finally be together.
I did have some issues with the writing of this novel, and I have to admit that I was totally confused in the first couple of chapters. It seemed to jump around and I couldn’t follow it. After re-reading a couple of times, I got a reasonable grip on it and moved on. The story seemed to settle down, but even though it was not as confusing as the beginning of the book, I still found it to be somewhat frantic. The characters were on and off and on and off so many times that it was hard to keep track. The author’s tendency to use a lot of short, choppy sentences and phrases added to the frantic feel. This is the first book by this author that I have read so I don’t know if this is her usual style or not.
I really liked the premise of the book, and the series, with the weddings feeding into each other but I was amazed at how many mutual friends this couple had that asked them both to be best man and maid of honor, but it seemed a bit contrived. They must have been incredibly popular in their circle of friends, yet until the weddings started, they didn’t seem to have any contact at all. I found that a little odd.
I enjoyed this book once I got into it, but parts of it just didn’t ring true for me. Add that to the frantic writing style and I’m giving this three stars. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, however, and hope that these issues have been resolved.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.