The Best Men
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Lauren Blakey
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
Publisher: Troliver Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ+
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Bestselling authors Sarina Bowen and Lauren Blakely team up for the first time in an enemies-to-lovers, opposites-attract, irresistibly sexy standalone romance between the best man and the other best man!
In my defense, I was left alone with a bottle of single-malt and a life-long penchant for protecting my baby sister. Still, that’s no excuse to send ten drunk-texts on why her hasty marriage would be a mistake.
If only I had just texted my sister. But nope. I accidentally sent the message to her, her groom, and his super hot wingman.
I also used the phrase “super hot wingman,” so I’d like to die now.
Instead, I have to plan a wedding with the aforementioned hottie and share a too-small guesthouse in steamy Miami.
Three days in the sun with the cocky, 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 wildly sexy 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.
Sign me up.
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…
What could be better than two best men who don’t like each other setting out together to help plan their sister’s/best friend’s wedding in Miami? Not much. The Best Men was a great time full of fun(ny) moments.
I have to admit that I wasn’t a big fan of Asher St. James at first. I’m not sure why. Maybe he’s just not the type of person I would hang out with in real life. I don’t know. Asher was cocky and suave, but also had a good heart. He grew on me pretty quickly. I loved the way he teased Mark, while appreciating the things he was teasing Mark about.
Mark Banks was described as this hot nerd with bad fashion sense. He was a single father who put himself after his daughter. Despite his mistakes, I liked him instantly. I could tell he was a good guy with a heart of gold. I liked his backstory best. Plus, spreadsheets.
Asher and Mark’s relationship was full of ups and downs. They started off as enemies of sorts and quickly moved into the attraction and passion phase. I loved seeing how real they were each other and how their friendship grew. Mark and Asher were pretty adorable together — even when they weren’t so fond of each other.
I have to give a shout out to the setting and plot of this book. It was so much fun! Most of it was set in Miami preparing for Mark’s sister’s and Asher’s best friend’s wedding. There were so many awkward, entertaining, and fun moments there. The wedding dynamics with the best men, the engaged couple, and the parents couldn’t have been better. Oh, and Mark’s daughter Rosie. She was adorable.
This first co-written romance by Bowen and Blakely was a hit for me. It was just such a good time. I would definitely recommend.
If you’re curious about The Best Men, Bowen & Blakely have released a free (for now) prequel novella called Super Hot Wingman. It’s a fun read that sets up the full-length novel. I loved getting to read about what lead up to the texts Mark sent. It’s also worth a read if you already read The Best Men.