Publisher: Sapphire Blue Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Lorelei Warren is facing every bride’s nightmare—she’s been left at the altar with a “Dear Jane” letter from the groom and a church full guests. Will Draper, her best friend and the best man, wants to pick up the pieces. He’s been in love with her for years.
Now Lori has to decide where her life will head. Leaving Florida on what should have been her honeymoon in New England, questions torment her thoughts. Can she leave her old life behind and start fresh?
I didn’t really know what to expect when I picked up “Best Man.” Admittedly, it did appeal directly to one of my largest personal kinks: friends who become lovers. Yet beyond the story itself came strong characterization, fantastic dialogue, and a wealth of emotion that powered its words from beginning to end.
Lorelei finds herself stranded at the altar with nothing but a letter from her fiancé and a churchful of friends and family who already know the groom’s a no-show. The best man, and consequentially Lori’s best friend, Will, is the person to whom she turns in her moment of need. She doesn’t know Will has been in love with her since they met, and though he hated the thought of her marrying someone else, he was willing to stand aside for the sake of her happiness. Determined to turn her public humiliation into a night everyone will remember for other reasons, Lori takes the church to her reception where she proceeds to get stinking drunk, and therefore loses her inhibitions.
There were several things I loved about “Best Man.” First of all, the history built between both Lori and her fiancé, Brian, and Lori and Will was incredibly strong. I felt Lori’s despair,admired her pluck, and then felt for her when she later turned to Will and demanded if she wasn’t desirable as a woman. Likewise, I found it easy to fall in love with Will, and swoon at the intensity of his love of Lori. I could also appreciate Lori’s dilemma: her hesitation at risking a friendship for a love affair that might not work, her reluctance to face her failings at home, and her desire for independence.
This story had an amazing amount of heart. I can’t recommend it enough.
5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!