The Worst Best Man, by M.J. O’Shea
A Dreamspun Desires Novel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
It was her special day… but his worst nightmare.
A rekindled romance wasn’t part of the plan.
Despite his American background, August O’Leary is the most sought-after wedding planner in London. Naturally, Libby and Edward come to him for a wedding the city will never forget. But Edward is an international businessman, so the details are left to Libby and her best friend—who happens to be the love of August’s life and the one who broke his heart eight years ago: Christopher Burke.
How’s August supposed to pull off the event of the year with Christopher distracting him and old feelings crashing the party uninvited?
Christopher has let money and status dictate his life, but no more. His failure to stand up to others’ expectations cost him his future with August—one he hoped would include marriage. Now he has to face August’s hurt and anger and prove he’s still the best man to make August happy.
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
When I am reading any of the books in the Dreamspun Desires series, I keep in mind that they are written as short, tropey books meant for fun more than a series read. That being said, this isn’t one of the best ones I’ve read, but it also wasn’t terrible either. That’s why I gave it a middle-of-the-road star rating.
To be fair I really liked all of the characters in this book. August was adorable and inherently likeable (even though he made questionable decisions with his heart). Will, August’s best friend, was well developed and added dimension to the book. He also gave O’Shea a way to develop August more by having someone for August to talk to and develop ideas with. Christopher wasn’t a terrible guy. He was actually quite likeable, charming, and paired well with August when he wasn’t being a complete idiot.
I also really liked the overall concept of the book. I kind of love the forced-together-for-some-reason-and-there-is-tension type of plots. O’Shea nailed the tension in this book, which made it overall more enjoyable for me. It also added much needed depth to August and Christopher’s changing relationship.
Where the book lost me was how quickly August and Christopher’s relationship swung back and forth. This was a fault that was inherently caused by the length of the book, but I wonder why O’Shea didn’t pare it back a bit, or save it for a longer book? If this was a longer book it would have been a deal-breaker, but since I know the DD series are short and tropey I give it a bit of a pass.
Overall this was a cute read, but if you are looking for something longer with more depth you should probably give this a pass.
Hi everyone! I’m Mj O’Shea:) I grew up, and still live, in sunny Washington state and while I love to visit other places, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. I spent my childhood writing stories. Sometime in my early teens, the stories turned to romance. Most of those were about me, my friends, and our favorite movie and pop stars. Hopefully, I’ve come a long way since then.
When I’m not writing, I love to play the piano, dance, cook, paint pictures, and of course read! I have two little dogs who sit with me when I write. Sometimes they comes up with ideas for me too…when they’re not busy napping.
M.J. O’Shea: http://mjoshea.com/
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.