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1.5 stars Angst Level Anna Audiobook Billionaire Book class difference Contemporary Dreamspinner Fade to black/No Steam Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Length m/m Mid level angst New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series second chance at love

The Worst Best Man Audiobook by M.J. O’Shea narrated by Dorian Bane

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-worst-best-man-by-mj-oshea-8404-b

Blurb

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
I was raised on Harlequin romances. I have read hundreds and hundreds of them in my teenage years. And I love the concept of the Dreamspun series, where authors pay homage to the tropes of Harlequin romances in days gone by. And with that being said, I have to say that this leaves me in a slight dilemma.

Because this book certainly lives up to the trope it is aiming for: I couldn’t have you then, left you for your own good, but I have never stopped loving you, and I will have you now, come hell or high water… there might be a slightly shorter actual description of the trope, but I reckon you get the idea.
So, really, it does what it says on the tin, right? So how come I was disappointed and ended up only giving it two stars? Good question!

The main reason for that would be the lack of connection between the characters. I just never felt it. Not for one single moment did I believe that these two were ‘star crossed lovers, destined to be together’, that they were one another’s THE ONE. There was really nothing between them, except hurt feelings and awkwardness. And furthermore I really didn’t like either of them, especially not Christopher!

Added to that, their backstory didn’t ring true. Apparently August and Christopher were almost set to marry eight years ago, complete with promise ring and all, and yet, August had never met a single one of Christopher’s friends, never visited his home, never met his parents – said parents didn’t even know his name! I found that completely implausible. Frankly, had I been August I would have dumped him way before they broke up back then, no matter what he said, he obviously wasn’t committed at all.

However, if you swallow the unbelievable back story, the courting part of the book was rather sweet, if slightly too slow, but the conflict that arose was just so incredibly stupid! And again, Christopher was obviously not committed, regardless of what excuses he tried to use: “I was protecting you from them” – bah! Move on August, the man is a spineless liar.
At this point I was so over Christopher, that the conclusion left me with a bad taste. Christopher’s actions at the end were not romantic to me, they were borderline stalker-ish. If your ex moves to another continent to get away from you, following him there and interrupting him, whilst he is kissing someone else, and yelling: “Keep your hands off my boyfriend!” – is NOT romantic! It’s creepy and obsessive!

However, I have enjoyed other books by this author, so I will just write this one down as a glitch and not worry more about it. If you enjoy a slow burn, no steam, easily read little snack of a book this might still be for you, even if it wasn’t for me.

This was an audiobook, and I do wish I had read it, instead of listening to it, because the prose flowed easily enough and the writing seemed fine, when listening to it. Unfortunately the choice of narrator was not a good one. There wasn’t anything wrong with the narration as such, and I would give Dorian Bane another try, if the book he was narrating was set somewhere in the US. But his British accent was horrible, his northern accent was some kind of weird Dick Van Dyke imitation and his pronunciation on some words were so off that they pulled me completely out of the story several times. I did however learn to disregard the accents during the course of the book, if only because the characters actions annoyed me even more.

1.5 stars

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