Reviewed by Tori
Tempting The Best Man is a cute, albeit predictable, romantic novella about childhood friends whose attraction for one another is off the charts but miscommunication and a serious case of open mouth, insert foot from the hero has them fighting their way to their happily ever after.
Madison (Maddie) has loved Chase Gamble ever since she discovered boys, but Chase has always viewed her as his little sister. One night the barrier between love and friendship is crossed and Maddie’s fondest wish comes true. Chase decided to run rather than face his feelings; that left Maddie feeling used and their friendship was never the same. Years later, Maddie is still in love with Chase but has finally accepted he just doesn’t want her. When she finds out that she and Chase are best man and maid of honor in her brother’s wedding, she isn’t happy but figures it’s only for the weekend, what can go wrong? Plenty.
Our protagonists, Maddie and Chase, are an okay couple but the misunderstandings are piled on in here. I wanted to smack Chase several times in the book. He is the typical alpha hero whose excuse for for his playa ways is that he feels he’s not good enough for her, but it’s ok for him to toss his multiple girlfriends in her face all the time. Of course, no one is good enough for Maddie so we have to excuse his stalker tendencies towards her also.
Maddie fleshes out better then Chase did, even though we get both their POVs. Maddie just came across as more mature. She knows and even accepts the validity of Chase’s issues though she keeps telling him that he is wrong. It just seemed to me that Chase never listened to her-he’s so wrapped up in his feelings. I enjoyed the secondary characters more. They really hold the story together as the hero and heroine spend the entire book fighting and nursing old wounds. They all give the best advice to both Maddie and Chase but neither of them were really willing to listen. It’s only when the BIG misunderstanding (not to be confused with all the tiny misunderstandings) occurs do they finally put aside their misgivings and embrace what everyone has known for years.
All and all an light hearted beach read that uses all the ingredients for a typical rom com.
Overall Rating: C