“The Worst Best Man” by M.J. O’Shea

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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.

 

review

Second chances are almost always a win for me. I enjoy the redemption and groveling. I love it when obstacles are overcome and true love is given another opportunity. I especially adore it when they make it happen, despite their failures the first time around. O’Shea takes us across the pond and into the beauty and chaos of wedding planning with an unexpected twist. The best man is a flash from the wedding planner’s past. To say August has been harboring hurt feelings would be putting it lightly. Christopher broke August’s heart nearly a decade ago and neither have recovered. Fate brings them together again but their situation is still the same. Is their love strong enough to withstand their differences? Or is this a cruel deja vu leaving them brokenhearted all over again?

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I liked Christopher, I loved August, and I found many of the secondary characters extremely endearing. I always enjoy a strong and well-rounded cast. Libby is sassy, sweet and strong-willed. She was a fun bride. August has resided in London all of his adult life and created a wonderful substitute family. It was awesome to see how much they loved him. August’s best friend Will is cheeky and protective. I also found Christopher’s furry son a lovely addition. Excluding Christopher’s parents, everyone was delightful and entertaining.

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I love weddings. My heart flutters with all of the glitz and glamour. Make it a posh British wedding and you’ve definitely got my attention. I recently became obsessed with Downton Abbey. If I closed my eyes (I know I’m reading but go with it…please?) I could almost feel as though we were visiting Lord Grantham’s famous estate when Chris went home. However, fortune comes with high expectations and is often a double-edged sword.

Christopher lives a charmed life. He was born into wealth and nobility. He fell madly in love with a middle class American during University but tragically caved to the pressures of his family. Clearly we all know, money does not buy happiness and Christopher is a painful example. He hasn’t known a day of bliss since he turned his back on August. Then their paths cross a second time and Christopher is determined to win August back. August is older, wiser and refuses to make it easy. Words mean nothing this time, Christopher will have to prove his intentions with solid actions. Trust is never easy to get back but I was rooting for Chris the whole time.

bewareI think the ending was a tad rushed and could have been stronger. I was a little disappointed with how a particular moment was handled. And a frustrating misunderstanding had me cursing at my kindle. It almost ruined things for me but I was smiling again before the final pages.

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If you are drawn to the recovery of lost love as well as opposites attract, this is a guest list you’ll want to make.

bookinfo

TITLE: The Worst Best Man
AUTHOR: M.J. O’Shea
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 208 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2017
BUY LINKS: Dreamspinner, Amazon 

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