Review: The Best Man by Lydia Michaels (Jasper Falls #2)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Grey's Promotions.
The Best Man is a friends-to-lovers romance and the second book in the Jasper Falls small town romance from Lydia Michaels. Patrick Clooney has only ever loved one girl--his childhood best friend, Julie Cook. She's owned his heart since they were kids, a fact that she has no idea about, not when Pat's never had the courage his feelings for her. Then she gave her own heart to someone else, breaking Pat's in the process and pushing him to make the decision to distance himself from her for his own sake. Four years later, Pat returns to Jasper Falls for his brother's wedding. He's not surprised to see Julie, but he is surprised that she's alone. Maybe this is his chance to finally tell her how he's felt for years. The problem? The fact that everyone thinks Pat is engaged...to Julie's twin sister, Jo.
Friends-to-lovers romances are one of my personal favorites when it comes to tropes, and Lydia Michaels has certainly given readers a good read as she takes us back to Jasper Falls. Both Pat and Julie are likable characters who know all about heartbreak. Naturally, I loved that they were able to get their happily-ever-after, but I do feel that the development of their relationship was a wee bit rushed, especially considering that Julie seemed to be rather clueless about Pat's feelings for her and that she had just ended her relationship with her ex. Still, Michaels's writing was solid, so 3.5 stars for The Best Man.
Read my reviews for the Jasper Falls series:
Wake My Heart (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
The Best Man (book two) - 3.5 stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 27 April 2021
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