Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
When you start talking about a lovers reunited or a second chance at love story, you’ve caught my attention. I have to admit I’m a total sucker for those. The Worst Best Man is M.J. O’Shea’s tale of two former lovers reunited over one man’s best friend’s wedding and the clash of hearts that follows. Take the combination of London, wedding planners and old flames reuniting and M.J. O’Shea makes the most of it in this warm hearted and throughly entertaining story.
Really, the author had me at wedding planners.
When you think of all the things that can and do go wrong with weddings, the combustible bouquet of feelings waiting to ignite over the least thing from so many parties involved in wedding (not just the happy couple) and its no wonder people reach for wedding planners in desperation. But what happens when one of the wedding planners can set off a small explosion too? What a delicious idea! That would be American August O’Leary, the must have wedding planner in London and former dumpee of Christopher Burke, best man to his friend Libby who’s about to get married. And wants the best planner in all of London to work for her. Drumroll please!
But what could be high comedy becomes recognizable flawed human relationship choices (fear, pain, youth, its all there) in this sweet romance. Edward is not left off easy for his early cowardice, yes, everyone recognizes it for what it was. But its tempered by his youth and other factors. We also realize that doesn’t lessen August’s pain. O’Shea brings the past forward and makes it relevant as August regards Edward with shock and dismay in his office. The climb to realization that his love had never gone away take a little longer. O’Shea also takes into account here the role that status/strata plays in British society and the effect it had/has on August and Edward. I thought that was very realistic. Nice touches everywhere.
The Worst Best Man is full of great secondary characters, locations as well as a wonderful romance to lose yourself in. I absolutely recommend it. And of course, would love to see a followup.
Cover art by Bree Archer works for both the character, location and storyline. I liked it.
ebook, 208 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleThe Worst Best Man
ISBN 1635331439 (ISBN13: 9781635331431)