Review: Best Man by Katy Evans
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR.
Katy Evans is back with lighthearted fare in the form of an enemies-to-lovers romance. Best Man is the story of Dahlia Ripley, who is all set to marry he man she loves. She's about to have the fairy tale wedding of her dreams. There's just one hitch--her groom has forgotten their wedding bands and is too drunk to go get them himself. Thinking she has enough time to make the round-trip drive, Lia is ready to set off and retrieve the rings herself--except her groom foists his best man on her as an escort. If it were anyone else, Lia would have probably welcomed the company, but the fact that Miles Foster has her wishing otherwise. Miles has been the bane of her existence for years. It's always been that way...well...except for that one time in college. But that was then, and ever since, they've pushed each other's buttons every single time they're around one another. Lia just wants to get the rings and she'll just try to tolerate Miles's overbearing presence. But close quarters and a surprise snowstorm leads to secrets being revealed and the realization that the groom's best man may be the best man for the bride...
This book brought the cuteness factor in the form of a neurotic bridezilla in Lia and a brooding best man in Miles who happen to hate each other...but maybe not. There was some really good back and forth between them and the flashbacks that highlighted what they had shared five years prior made it clear that there truly was something there. Even though I'm more used to Katy Evans's heavier and more angsty stories, I appreciated the more lighthearted feel of this new standalone of hers. It's always interesting to see an author push themselves and see how the risk pays off, and I think Evans did pretty well here. The story played out the way I expected it to, with no real surprises or twists thrown into the mix. The groom is easily unlikable, while the best man is the sort that makes you want to peel back those layers. The bride? Well, I confess that I wasn't a huge fan of hers for quite a bit of the book. She had the whole trifecta--deaf, dumb, and blind--going with as far as not realizing how worthless her fiancé was, so it took a while for me to warm up to her. Overall, Best Man was fun read and I give it four stars. ♥
Date Read: 13 December 2019
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