Sunday, June 21, 2015

Best Man…With Benefits - Nancy Warren

Best Man…With Benefits
Nancy Warren
Harlequin Blaze, Jun 16 2015, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373798582

At the Hotel Messina on a Southern California barrier island, Amy and Seth are getting married.  Her Maid of Honor BFF Lauren Sanger and his Best Man and BFF Jackson Monaghan simply detest each other in spite of the bride and groom pleading with them to play nice.  Others in the wedding party led by Willie and the Frat boys, well aware of the animosity, pull a prank in which the best man and the maid of honor share the same hotel room with only one bed. 

Instead of killing each other, the enemy combatants share a tryst that has both stunned by the intensity.  Lauren and Jackson continue their benefits even after they go home to their different towns while concealing their rendezvous from everyone who knows them.  As they fall in love, tremors shake the perfect HEA marriage between Amy and Seth when pragmatic realism supersedes sexual idealism.

As Nancy Warren states in the forward of Best Man…With Benefits this is her riff on Much Ado About Nothing.  Filled with humor and shrewd comparisons of relationships, this Wrong Bed entry (see Just One Night) is a delightful contemporary.

Harriet Klausner

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