Overall rating – 5 silken sheets
Madison Daniels has worshipped 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 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of “accidents” as the family tries to prove their “spark” can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first…
I really REALLY like the new Brazen imprint from Entangled and I haven’t read a bad one yet. Next up in my recent Entangled splurge was Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn, first in the Gamble Brothers series. Three delicious playboy brothers, all sinfully handsome and all tantalisingly single 🙂
Chase Gamble has been best friends with Mitch for as long as he can remember, and tagging along with Mitch has always been his little sister, Maddie. All through growing up, Maddie has been like a little sister to him, and he’s been permanently in protective-big-brother mode.
From the lighthearted start to this book, right through to the closing paragraphs, I was enthralled. This is sexy, fun romance at its best, and with enough angst to make it feel realistic.
As you might guess from the title, it’s a wedding story. Maddie is the Matron of Honour at Mitch’s wedding and to her horror, Chase is the Best Man.
Mitch and Lissa weren’t the problem.
And a wedding held deep in Northern Virginia’s vineyards definitely wasn’t the problem.
Not even her semi-lunatic parents, who owned and operated a very profitable online store called DOOMSDAY “R” US and would likely be hawking gas masks to the guests, were the problem. In fact, she’d take an asteroid with “Earth’s My Bitch” emblazoned on it and headed her way over this.
Maddie has loved him since she was ten years old and dreamed constantly of a future with him.
Chase had a fierce protective streak that could make a girl’s heart do a little flutter in her chest. He was the type of guy who would rip off his shirt in the middle of Snowmageddon and give it to a homeless person on the street, but there’s always been this raw, dangerous edge to him.
Chase wasn’t the kind of guy anyone messed with.
The closest she ever came to getting his attention in that way, he backed off so rapidly she nearly had whiplash, and she’s resigned herself to never featuring in his life as anything more than a friend.
Bridget leaned down into Madison’s face and caught her attention again. “You’re going to put on your big-girl panties and deal with it. You may have a secret, undying love for Chase Gamble, but if he hasn’t recognised your awesomeness by now the man is clearly mental and so not worth this angst.”
Even getting to the wedding resort proves to be a nightmare and she has to call her father for help.
“You blew what?”
Madison rolled her eyes. “I blew a tire.”
“Wait, I can’t hear you. Guys, can you keep it down?” His voice got a little farther away from the mouthpiece. “Maddie’s on the phone and she blew something.” The room erupted in male laughter.
Oh. My. Freaking. God.
Chase volunteers to rescue her and we get the first real insight into his mind.
With each passing second, pulling her out of the car and throwing her over his shoulder seemed more likely. Maybe he’d give her a spanking he damn well knew she deserved.
Cock said yes by swelling almost painfully in his jeans.
Common sense said no with a punch to the gut.
If Chase was anything in life, he was his father – successful at a young age, determined, wealthy, and carrying the family gene enabling him to fuck up any serious relationship within ten seconds.
And everyone, even Maddie, knew he was just like his father.
The fundamental truth was that Chase didn’t feel he was good enough for Maddie and with this established, the story sets off at a gallop.
When they get to the resort, there’s a shortage of cabins, and Maddie’s matchmaking mother has decided the pair will have to share. After all, everyone can see that Chase and Maddie would make a perfect couple, everyone that is, except Chase.
Madison peeked at the still-silent form of Chase. A muscle worked in his jaw like he was grinding his molars down to the gums. This was horrific for her, but for him? God, he was probably ready to make a bid for the clerk’s room. No doubt this would put a major crimp in his woman-seducing plans.
This fabulous novella has way more depth than you would expect for its length. J. Lynn draws three-dimensional characters for Maddie and Chase with just a few well-chosen lines.
Crying over Chase had been an almost nightly occurrence in college, especially when he began dating every woman in the city after the night at his club and the subsequent apology. So many girls that she never bothered to keep them straight. Didn’t help they all looked alike: insanely tall, long-legged, blond, and big-chested.
The exact opposite of Madison.
Trouble was, she still couldn’t ignore him. And he seemed determined to use that to his advantage.
“Right at this very moment?”
“What’s wrong with right now?”
Was he daft? “I’m in the bathtub, Chase, in case you haven’t noticed.”
“Oh, I’ve noticed.” His voice dropped low, husky, and sexy as hell.
And her body went right into take-me-now land. God, there needed to be an anti-sex pill or something for when she was around him.
And Chase, the deluded man that he is, thinks he’s figured out the perfect solution.
His shoulders relaxed. “Because this is what we both need.”
God, did she ever need this – need him.
Chase smiled. “And once we do it, then… things will be normal again. It’ll be over.”
She started to nod in agreement, because she was still knee deep in fantasy coming true, but what he said slowly sank in. Icy dread drifted over her skin. “Come again?”
I devoured this in two sittings, so if you want something hot ‘n’ fun to whisk you away from the daily grind for a few hours, this is it. And even better, it’s the first in the series with two further yummy brothers to go 🙂
J. Lynn, by the way, is the adult romance alter-ego of the popular YA author Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Overall rating – 5 silken sheets
Sexy rating – 5 lips
Plot – great
Characters – fabulous!
Warnings – a potential addiction to Entangled’s Brazen line…
Genre: Contemporary erotic romance
Published: April 2012; $2.89 (Amazon)
Publisher: Entangled Brazen