Tuesday, March 19, 2013

L.A. Witt - The Best Man

Jon Beatty thought he had the best man in his ex, Craig. But in the six months since their break up, Craig's managed to find a new lover—a woman—and wants Jon to be a different kind of best man…at his wedding.
Reasoning that the only way to get over one man is to get under another, Jon heads for a local club to get drunk and laid. Bartender Liam Sable is more than willing to help with both.
Their one night stand turns into a rebound fling which enables Jon to move on. Craig, however, is having second thoughts about the break-up. While inconvenient and annoying, Craig’s antics are nothing compared to the danger posed to Jon and Liam's relationship by another, more sinister threat...

Comment: I've picked this book to read this month because it has been in my TBR list for a long time..like most of them are, poor things.

This book starts with the main character, Jon, still mopping because his ex left to marry a woman. He still feels awful and to make things even harder, he is asked to be the best man at the wedding. After this, he decided it's time to go out and have some fun otherwise he feels he can' stand it. So he goes to a gay club where the clients are known to find someone to hook up with anytime...so Jon goes there after six months of hurt and one of the bartenders immediately recognizes the signs of someone who's there exactly for the reasons Jon picked the bar in the first place. However, thy ended up talking and going out together and they spend the night in the bartender's house. When they say goodbye the next morning it seems it was all a one night stand but a few days later Jon is back in the club not knowing if he would be welcome by Liam, the bartender, as they never talked about meeting again. After a strange meeting, however, they start going out together often and it's clear something is happening to them, could it be love?

I enjoyed this book. It was good to read, the writing is fluid and easy. I still think they didn't have to give in to sex so many times, but oh well. The book has a lager amount of air time dedicated to plot other than sex, so I can't really complain.
The characters seemed real enough. Both had baggage from their exes and some things weren't hard to get over with. Jon was rally in love and took the break up too hard, although he tried his best to remain friends with his ex, he accepted to be best man at his wedding and even tried to get an easier relationship to the bride, who couldn't stand him. All in all, Jon seemed a good guy and I felt sorry for him. I was quite happy when he and Liam started to fall in love, it was good to watch. 
Liam too has a lot of issues concerning his ex to deal with before really accepting a new relationship and part of the plot was him dealing with it. This originated the conflict in the book, some things seemed a bit too much, but I guess it could really happen in real life, who knows what's going on through some people's minds, so, not that bad.
The romance started slow but soon it grew stronger and it felt right for them. I liked how the author didn't follow the usual stereotypes of his type of relationships, like the good looking bartender rather alpha and the nerd tech guy more submissive, no, their relationship was equal parts and I liked how they took turns and Liam was more emotional than what I thought and Jon wasn't as shy as I imagined. It was a nice change.
In the end, a good story. I don't feel dazzled at all, but it was quite interesting and I felt very interested in knowing what would happen next.
More titles by this author to look for in the future, as this is the second story by her that I read and enjoyed, so...let's see.

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