When two of the best MM romance writers team up to write a book together, you definitely take notice!
Check out my book review of The Best Men by Sarina Bowen and Lauren Blakely to see if this is a romance book worth reading.
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The Best Men
by Sarina Bowen and Lauren Blakely
Category: Contemporary Romance, MM Romance
Tags: MM, Opposites Attract
Published January 2022
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My sister is rushing into a marriage and instead of stopping it, I’m left to plan the wedding and share a too-small guesthouse in steamy Miami with the other best man. Three days in the sun with the charming former athlete who likes to push my buttons? Fine, two can play at that let’s-infuriate-each-other game.
Until Asher ups the stakes with one wild suggestion. A no-strings fling, then I go back to my single dad life in New York, and he returns to his star-studded one.
But the more nights I spend with the other best man, the more I want days too, and that just can’t happen. Especially when I find out the real reason why.
If Sabrina Bowen and Lauren Blakely, two women who’ve written MM romances I adore, are pairing up to write a romance together, I’m so there for it. And I’d say overall it was a success and deserved it’s place on my most anticipated romance books of 2022 list!
What we have is a fun, opposites attract love story between two men picked to be the best men for an upcoming wedding.
Mark Banks is the glasses and polo shirt wearing, brother of the bride who loves spreadsheets and is still smarting over the way his life turned out with his recent divorce.
Asher St. James is the beautiful, former professional soccer player who lives life to the fullest and always strives to please everyone, though he too is a bit sore from his recent breakup with his boyfriend for essentially being a hot mess. BTW – I think the cover model fit him perfectly!
The story arc for me was a bit reminiscent of Blakely’s “A Guy Walks Into My Bar.” Here you have two men whom you wouldn’t think would like each other (and maybe get off on the wrong foot) but are forced to work together in beautiful Miami to put the finishing touches on the wedding plans for Banks’ sister and Asher’s best bud.
Of course, being in close quarters, the chemistry ignites but what happens in Miami should stay in Miami, right, when you have real life to return to?
Overall, I really liked both characters. Asher was definitely fun and carefree and though Mark was a bit more straightlaced as the single Dad, I loved how he really went after what he wanted once his mind was made up. Especially in the bedroom 😊
Their chemistry was hot which helped move the story along for me. If you’re looking for a book with crazy angst and drama, this isn’t it which I liked. It’s more or less watching these two fall hard for each other over the course of a week and then trying to figure out what to do about it.
I enjoyed it and welcome this writing duo to write more together.
*I received an advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.