26 March 2013

Tempting the Best Man by J Lynn - Review

What they say: 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…

What I say: Now I know why I always wanted an older brother... they have super hot best friends! Two words: Chase Gamble!

As previously mentioned I'm a big fan of Jennifer L Armentrout/J Lynn, yet somehow until now I hadn't read any of her Gamble Brothers books. I decided to rectify this and read book 1, Tempting the Best Man over the weekend. In summary Maddie Daniels is in love with her older brother's best friend Chase Gamble, who is a womaniser with a boat load of issues and beautiful blue eyes. After a heartbreaking and embarrassing incident a few years ago, Maddie believes that all she will ever be to Chase is Mitch's little sister. A wedding, a vineyard, bench dancing, and a heart shaped bed may yet prove her wrong.

I should start by saying I could easily imagine this being made into a film, because it has all the classic elements of a rom-com, but with a darker twist. Chase has more issues than the average rom-com male. Now a lot of his problems are of his own doing, but it all makes for a sexy and intriguing, yet infuriating male lead. Maddie is sweet, smart and beautiful. J Lynn provides a witty character, who suffers through a series of unfortunate, yet hilarious events. Mishaps aside, Maddie puts up with a lot from Chase and forgives him easily. I would personally have asked why he left the cabin.

Tempting the Best Man is fairly short, but I really enjoyed following the story as Maddie and Chase struggle to get their act together. I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as Wait for You, but I think that Avery and Cam's story in Wait for You is unique and special in a way that Tempting the Best Man doesn't quite match. That said I still enjoyed the book and Chase is extremely swoon worthy, perhaps if I had read Tempting the Best Man first then it would be harder to compare the two.

4 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • Oh, hell to the no, he did not just storm out of there like a drama queen. She was going to find him and then castrate him.
  • You drive me insane, absolutely freaking insane. Do you know that? I bet you do.
  • You've sat through dinner like someone kicked your puppy into traffic, burned down all three of your bars, then pissed in your face and shoved a fat one up-!

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