Release Day Review ~ The Worst Best Man by M.J. O'Shea
Title: The Worst Best Man
Author: M.J. O'Shea
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Category: Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
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.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.*
August and Christopher met at Oxford University, where they both attended school and fell in love. They spent nearly 3 years being almost inseparable. But they come from very different social and economic classes. Christopher is from a very prominent British family, while August comes from a working class family from Boston. It's been 8 years since Christopher succumbed to family pressures and broke both his and August's hearts. Christopher and August have both been miserable, but they never expected to be thrown back together and get a second chance.
I love second chance romances. It's probably one of my favorite tropes. I absolutely adored this book and it's characters. I just wanted to wrap them both up in a blanket, cuddle with them and keep them warm and safe. They were both lovable characters. Christopher had to really work to get August to forgive him, and this made the progress of the story feel realistic and believable.
The story was well-written and the characters had an amazing chemistry. I loved the secondary characters, as well. They really added a depth to the story and weren't just fixtures or page fillers. This story is packed with angst, sadness and heartbreak, but also friendship, sweetness, romance and of course love. The only reason this didn't get 5 stars is the ending. It felt much too rushed. I think had the author given me another chapter or two in the story, the ending would have felt more complete and satisfying. Still, a highly recommended read!!