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Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.
Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.
But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?
Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.
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I feel like it’s been so long since I read a good New Adult book. I have loved New Adult books by both these authors before although this is my first book by them writing together (I think), but I was hoping that this would be another book to add to the ‘I forgot how much I liked good NA books’ list. Although the beginning was a bit rocky for me (to be fair, I find that most things that annoy me now didn’t back then) I really did end up liking this book. It had good characters, great family and friendships, really good romance with swoony scenes that were just the right amount of sexy and not over the top and/or cheesy and it was relatively drama free, which is always a plus for me these days.
Like I already stated, this book did start off a bit rocky for me. There was just something about both of the main characters that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Jess was so stressed out to the point of kind of being a stick in the mud, she was super uptight and in general she was just not very fun. Blake was also a bit annoying in the beginning. It was hard for me to imagine that this was a grown man who was basically acting like an over hyper and over horny guy. It was a little off-putting especially since Jess clearly was not giving him any signals in the beginning (even though we all knew she definitely had the hots for him). But hey. props to the guy for not losing focus and being determined to go after what he wanted. I quickly realized that although these were annoying quirks of their characters, it totally made sense for them at the same time and therefore also made sense for the progress of their relationship. After this, I was all in for the characters, the story and the romance.
I absolutely loved how drama free this was! This was actually the main reason I picked it up in the first place (Nick promised me this was low on drama) and I’m so glad for this because this was exactly what I needed. No dumb plot twists added for shock value here guys! I loved the slow burn romance between them that blossomed from a really nice friendship. Other than the great romance, I also kind of fell in love with the rest of the family, their extended circle of friends and teammates and it just made the story that much more enjoyable. I love that this book reminded me how simple yet good new adult was/could be, I really need to keep up with this series!
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