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Friday, May 18, 2012

Made the Grade: Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 306 KB | Expected Release Date: April 23, 2012 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing | Obtained: Entangled Publishing

"Tempting the Best Man" by J. Lynn (aka Jennifer L. Armentrout)

My Book Summary : When Madison (Maddie) was younger, she use to follow her brother, Mitch, and his best friend, Chase, wherever they went. What use to be kids-just-being-kids turned into a full out crush on Chase that lasted until college where Maddie tried to turn their relationship into something more and Chase pretty much turned her down wanting to keep their friendship instead. Since then, nothing has been the same between them. Even though Maddie still has a major thing for Chase, it's hard not to when she's loved him from afar her whole life and they see each other everywhere, their relationship is stilted and she tries to avoid him as much as possible.

However, avoiding Chase will be harder than ever at her brother's wedding, where she's the Maid-of-Honor and he's the Best Man. To top that off when they first get to the cabins to check-in they find that the location overbooked so they both have to share a "honeymoon suite" cabin, which will bring both their temptations to a crashing point. Will they be able to make it through the wedding weekend unscathed? Will all their secrets be laid bare? Maybe will this weekend of extreme close proximity turn out to be what they both needed? Or will they find that what they want and what they should do won't work out in the end?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, this novel proves that old crushes are hard to overcome especially when it's someone who has grown up around you. A fast-paced, entertaining, and fiery novel leaves you wishing for more!

The characters were all engaging in their own ways. Maddie is very opinionated, but I didn't like how she went back and forth between being a strong heroine and a weak one. Chase had his own "player swagger" but when it comes to Maddie, he's willing to drop everything to make sure she's okay and nothing bad happens to her no matter the cost. The only problem is what Chase believes to be good choices a first don't always turn out to be the right choices during his follow-thru.

And---OMG---Chase's older brothers Chandler and Chad made this novel funny! I couldn't wait to see what would come out of their mouths next! I hope there'll be other books with them as the main characters to find out what happens to them as well as seeing where Chase and Maddie go off too! I really think Maddie's best friend and co-worker, Bridget, needs to be the one to tame one of Chase's brothers!! =0)

I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance novels!

Author's Novel Extras : Meet Chase Gamble

Book Teaser(s) :
Madison ran a hand over her hair, stunned. Rooming with Chase? There was no way. Between gawking at him in close proximity and wanting to beat him over the head when he opened his mouth, she was going to go insane.
The days leading up to the wedding were supposed to be fun and relaxing. Not a trip into crazy land. And her mom—her nutso, matchmaking mom—had a hand in this. She was going to bury that woman in a bomb shelter. ~ within Chapter 2
“Don’t tell me you shouldn’t have done it.”
His eyes went wide and then narrowed. “Maddie—”
“And stop calling me that.” Her hands balled into fists. “I think you’ve made it perfectly clear how unattractive you find me.”
“Whoa. Wait.” He threw up his hands. “This has nothing to do with that.”
She huffed. “Yeah, because when you’re attracted to someone, you actually enjoy kissing them and afterward, you don’t act like you kissed Adolf Hitler.”
His lips twitched as if he were trying not to smile, and he stood, too. “For one thing, that’s not how I acted. And secondly, I don’t want to hear ‘kissing’ and ‘Hitler’ in the same sentence ever again, because now I’m picturing you with that little Hitler mustache.”
“Shut up.”
“And that’s not hot—not hot at all.” ~ within Chapter 5
For more information on this book and/or any other books by J., then please check out her website.

2 comments :

  1. I loved everything about it. It's got romance, humor, intrigue - everything you need in a good romance novel. And it's in the adult genre so there are some pretty racy/steamy scenes in there that make you swoon and do a bunch of other things, *wink wink*. I loved that the story was told by both Chase and Madison's points of view, because it gives you the chance to see what's really going on and made the story that much more fun to read. I'm a sucker for a male's POV so reading how he felt about Madison and their history together was what really made this an excellent read for me.

    I found all of the characters to be fun and a great addition to the story. The brothers, especially, were the centers of attention and I definitely wanted to know about them.

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    1. Thanks for the comment! Glad to hear your view on the book and that you liked it!

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