Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Gamble Brothers #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 27, 2013
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 4 hours and 36 minutes
Narrator: Kaleo Griffith
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Madison Daniels has worshiped 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 '70s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of "accidents" as the family tries to prove their "spark" can be used for more than fighting. That is, if they don't strangle each other first...
You know what’s kind of funny? I really had no recollection of reading this book, but apparently I read it back in 2012. Oops. I guess it didn’t have much staying power. Since I couldn’t remember anything about it, I still decided to go forward with the re-read in audiobook format. Bits and pieces did sound somewhat familiar the second time around – and I did like the story – but I fear it’s probably doomed to be forgotten once again. It was good, but not fantastic and I never formed a real attachment to either of the characters, sadly.
The story is pretty cliche, but I’m ok with that. I don’t mind when books are predictable. In Tempting the Best Man, Madison is on the way to her brother’s wedding and is less than thrilled about spending more time with her brother’s best friend (and best man), Chase. They’ve been friends forever. They live in the same city… and in the same apartment building. They’ve known each other forever and she’s been in love with him just as long. Chase is a certified manwhore (which I’m more than a little over, if I’m being honest) and she’s hurt that he turned her down after one minor hookup not all that long ago. Things have been obviously strained as she continues to see him with new women and can’t understand why she isn’t one of them. Perfect drama setup for an otherwise calm wedding weekend, right? Well, the fun is just starting…
Madison and Chase end up unwilling roommates for part of the weekend because the hotel is overbooked. We all know I love this kind of thing, so I was more than ready to see what would happen. There were some fun, sexy times. But, if I’m honest, I just didn’t love Chase. I can’t say he rubbed me the wrong way, because it wasn’t something like that, but rather, I just didn’t swoon when he was around. I thought he seemed a bit standoffish and unable to make up his mind and, that despite her feelings for him, Madison could probably do better. He did finally win me over, but he’s never going to be on my favorite book boyfriends list.
If I’m honest, I think the biggest problem with this book was that I listened to the audiobook and it just didn’t work for me. I don’t want to bash on a narrator, but I didn’t enjoy this one. This might be a strange statement, but … he sounded like Casey Kasem to me. A young Casey Kasem… but still. I didn’t love the way he voiced some of the characters and sexy times were bit uncomfortable because I kept trying NOT to picture Casey Kasem. I really think I might have enjoyed this more if I’d just read it instead of listening to it.
All in all, this was a quick and easy read. It was sexy and a little sweet. I still plan to read the rest of the books in the Gamble Brothers series. I need to see what happens when Chad and Chandler are tamed. 😉 If you’ve not read this book and are interested in it, I recommend reading and NOT listening to it.