Tempting the Best Man

Tempting the Best ManTitle: Tempting the Best Man
Author: J. Lynn
Series: Gamble Brothers #1
Publisher: Entangled: Indulge
Date: April 23, 2012 
Pages: 172
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
4 Stars


Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother's best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can't stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother's wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they're forced to shack up in a tacky 70's honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of "accidents" as the family tries to prove their "spark" can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don't strangle each other first…


***Please note that this post contains a few plot spoilers***

I love everything I have ever read by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and this was my first experience with her adult/new adult novels (which she writes under the name J. Lynn). I had very high expectations for Tempting the Best Man when I fist picked it up, and I am sad to say I was a little disappointed. Even though I really enjoyed the story, it was pretty cliche.

Madison and Chase have known each other forever. Madison has loved Chase forever and somewhere a long the way, Chase realizes he thinks of Madison as more than just a little sister. Ok, well we’ve definitely all read something like that before, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be original. The problem however was the way the rest of the plot went: 1. Girl and boy know each other forever. 2. Girl likes boy. 3. Boy likes girl, but has commitment issues. 4. Girl helps boy get over commitment issues. 5. They live happily ever after. Really??? Couldn’t we make it just a bit more interesting? Just  a little?

Even though the plot was so cliche it almost hurt, I genuinely enjoyed the story and really liked reading about Madison and Chase. That’s the thing about J. Lynn—at the end of the day, she is a fabulous writer. So even though I was disappointed with the plot, I still had a really hard time putting the book down because it was a great read.

Tempting the Best Man is a new adult/adult romance filled with plenty of steamy scenes, a great couple, and a super-cliche plot!  Despite the issues with the story line, however, it is very well written and hard to put down. J. Lynn is a fantastic writer and can make just about any story a good one. While this wasn’t my favorite novel of her’s, I am looking forward to reading more of her romances.

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