Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Best Man Plan by Jaci Burton

New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton kicks off a dreamy new series with a sweep-you-off-your-feet friends-to-lovers romance.

Three days before Erin Bellini's wedding, her fiancé breaks up with her—in an email! Hurt and embarrassed, she decides to have a fling with veterinarian Jason Callum, who's both the best man and the hottest guy she knows. But Jason wants a lot more than just a one-night stand with the woman he's cared about for years. So he's taking things slow. And hot. And showing Erin what real love can look like.

Suddenly Erin finds herself spending a lot more time with Jason than she intended. Feelings she never planned on having again are wrapping around her heart, refusing to let go. Erin isn't sure she can trust her instincts, though. After all, she made a terrible choice with her ex-fiancé. But Jason intends to convince her that he's the best man for her, and that what they have together is a real love that will last forever.

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars of best friend romance

This may be book #1 in the series, but do read book #0.5, The Matchmaker's Mistletoe Mission, which gives you Clay and Alice's story, and introduces the vineyard and the Bellini family to us. What I think I loved most about this book was the setting for the story – both the vet's life as shown to us by Jason, and the vineyard/wedding business of Erin and her family. The two provide an idyllic setting for romance, and give plenty of opportunities for cute, awww moments.

I found Erin to be a curious character, who still had quite a lot of growing up to do. She had a responsible role in the business, yet was at a bit of a loss when dealing with people. It made me very curious about how she was with her ex-fiancé, Owen. As it is, we only see her days before she is to marry, when it is all called off. She then decides she needs a fling, and her best friend Jason seems to be the first target. Not only did I feel sorry for Jason because he had long cared for her but accepted she had chosen Owen, but because she makes it clear it is just about revenge. In my mind I was thinking, if this was a guy suggesting this, few people would be impressed – but it was just as bad from her.

As time moves on, she stabilises somewhat and straightens her head out – until a very unexpected twist moves the story in a different direction again. Through all this, Jason definitely comes out as the most sensible, loving, and patient man – lucky Erin!

I enjoyed reading this story, and particularly enjoyed catching up with the rest of the gang from the first book.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Erin is used to being the one in control, but when her conniving fiancé breaks up with her via email a few days before her wedding, she can't help but feel hurt and embarrassed. The money spent on a wedding not taking place, the humiliation of not only being dumped but by email. Erin's way of handling the fallout is unconventional as she opts to rebound with her best friend, Jason.

Jason has had more than friendly feelings for Erin for a while, but stepped aside when Own began dating Erin. He's stood in the wings, always ready to support Erin in whatever way she needs. He just never suspected that he would become her rebound guy.

As the story evolves, Erin begins to mature and realizes that she needs to trust her instincts, as well as her heart. Being "in love" is more about appearances, but about the commitment deep inside of yourself to put another person first.

Also Available in the Boots and Bouquets Series

Book 0.5
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For reviews & more info, check out our The Matchmaker's Mistletoe Mission post.

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance novelist. In addition to writing the Play-by-Play, Hope, and Wild Riders series, she has also coauthored a number of anthologies with fellow romance writer Lora Leigh. Burton lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Best Man Plan (Boots and Bouquets #1) by Jaci Burton to read and review.

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