Falling for the Groomsman
by Diane Alberts
June 9, 2014
A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…
She’s the one that got away. He’s the one she can’t forget.
Photojournalist Christine Forsythe is ready to tackle her naughty little to-do list, and who better to tap for the job than a hot groomsman? But when she crashes into her best friend’s older brother, Christine realizes her list needs updating. And fast. Tyler Dresco took her virginity during the best night of her life, then bolted. Now that they’re trapped together at a destination wedding, she’s going to get her revenge.
Tyler has never forgiven himself for how completely he lost control all those years ago. Being in Christine’s arms had felt right…until he realized what he’d taken from her in the hallway of a cheap motel. And oh, how she’s making him pay for it now. The insatiable heat between them has only grown stronger, but every time things heat up, Christine walks away.
With every encounter, things go a little bit further until Christine’s caught in her own trap of seduction. And before their time’s up, Tyler’s not the only one wanting more…
I am loving this series so far–can’t wait for school to be over (so close! SO CLOSE!) so I can read the last two books with a clear conscience 🙂
Falling for the Groomsman is the first book in the series after the prequel novella Dare to Resist, but as all the stories are occurring simultaneously, reading order after the novella isn’t terribly crucial. Each book so far has given hints and glimpses into the h/H of the other novels, but they’ve stayed away from major spoilers, and each story stands alone just fine.
Tyler, the “groomsman” of the title, is the older brother of the bride (Kady). Christine, a bridesmaid, is a longtime friend of Kady’s, making this story–ta da!–an example of best friend’s older brother troupe! They’ve also got a past beyond the you-hang-with-my-annoying-younger-sister one, because eight years earlier while on a trip to Mexico the two slept together. He was-unknowingly ahead of time-Christine’s first, and once he realized it he bolted. And…they pretty much have avoided each other ever since.
Enter a destination wedding with every second of the week’s activities planned by maid of honor Julie (Baiting the Maid of Honor, and you know that these two are going to be thrown together. A lot. Let the chemistry ensue!
This book read very quickly. Once Tyler aplogizes for his earlier behavior, he pretty much gains the reader’s sympathy and holds on with all of his I’ve-got-a-six-pack-and-I’m-a-doctor glory. He apologizes and sets out to make amends, and it’s pretty much oooooh, yeah! from that point on as far as this reader was concerned.
Christine definitely has reasons for her resentment, but she does take the “I need to get back at Tyler for the last eight years of my life” a bit further than seemed strictly necessary. Still, she comes around in the end (after an awesome romantic guesture by Tyler, naturally) so all is forgiven.
Really, though, it was hard to be too upset with her when she had internal dialogue like this running through her head:
She bit down on her lower lip, just like the heroines always did in her books. Hopefully it actually looked more sexy temptress than hungry zombie looking for flesh.
(She apparently doesn’t quite get the temptress look down at this point, in case you were wondering–which makes it a lot harder to hold a grudge against her. 🙂 )
Falling for the Groomsman kept me turning the pages when I absolutely should have been getting work done this past weekend. Can’t wait to get to books three and four! 4 stars / B+ rating.
I recieved a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Grab the rest of the Wedding Dare series!
- Dare to Resist by New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye
- Baiting the Maid of Honor by New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey
- Seducing the Bridesmaid by New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert
- Best Man with Benefitsby USA TODAY bestselling author Samanthe Beck
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Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She’s hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
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