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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn


Tempting the Best Man
Series:  The Gamble Brothers #1
Author: J. Lynn
(AKA: Jennifer L. Armentrout)
Source: Publisher
Genre: Romance
ISBN: B007WY7T7Y
E-Book Edition

SUMMARY
(From Goodreads)


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…

MY THOUGHTS

Yes, this is by an author well known for writing young adult books.  I was shocked to realize this and didn't make the connection until after I started reading it. Now granted, I haven't read her young adult books yet, but I hear she is an amazing writer.  So I decided to take a chance on reading her adult themed book.  This is the first in The Gamble Brothers Series with a new cover as well.

This book started out with promise.  Childhood friends who secretly have pined for each other into adulthood is a common plot within the Romance Genre world.  Who doesn't like a good romance with a couple who actually start out as friends and have been for a long time.  Even with the great plot though, the story did have its problems.

The main problem is the back story and the characters falling in the "miscommunication" trap.  I wish we could have had read about more of the childhood that Chase had to make him think he wasn't worthy of Madison.  We get a small piece here and there, but flashbacks would have been welcome in this story.  It would have filled out better and gave the reader a better understanding on how he shaped into the man he is today.

Again, the way writers solve the problem of finding a problem to create a story by using the age old "assuming instead of speaking" route.  This story could have been solved in half the amount of pages if the two would just talk instead of bickering and denying their attraction.  Of course, then we wouldn't have much of book, but it also wouldn't start to have our interest wane.  I started to get bored with the story, and if it weren't for the bickering between the two characters --or hilarious side characters--I would have probably put this book down sooner instead of finishing it.

I am hoping the author gets the groove for the next book in the series because it did have promise.  I am hoping we get a better glimpse into the Gamble Brothers history in the next book as well.

MY RATING

Okay book, but it left me wanting more!


*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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2 Comments:

Blogger Annette said...

A agree. One of my pet peeves -- when the whole thing could be solved if they would JUST TALK. But, then there would be no book. Maybe there shouldn't have been one in the first place. I hate mis-communication as a plot device.

November 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Alexa said...

I'm sorry this one didn't work out too well for you. I have read Armentrout's YA books and I have to say avoid them if you can. I have loved some of her books but I'm actually starting to realize a very scary trend with her writing.

Her YA series the Covenant is an exact copy of Vampire Academy by Mead. Her YA series The Lux is an exact copy of Twilight, literally the ending scene you can take Bella replace the name with Katie, Edward replace with Damion, and vampires and replace that with aliens and you have Obsidian which is the first book in that series. I have loved Armentrout's books in the past but now I realize this horrible trend where she basically steals other popular plot lines and just changes the characters names and her writing has worn me down when I came to this realization.

Sorry for the rant but thanks for the awesome review.

November 4, 2012 at 8:46 AM  

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