Published by Tantor Media on May 27th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Owned Audible Book
Madison Daniels has worshiped her brother's best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can't stop bickering.
Forced together for her brother's wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they're forced to shack up in a tacky '70s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of "accidents" as the family tries to prove their "spark" can be used for more than fighting. That is, if they don't strangle each other first...
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
If you’re thinking of writing a romance and you’re asking yourself “What would Kate want to read?” then you should write a romance about a woman who is in love with one of her older brother’s best friends. I spend a lot of my childhood crushing over my brother Patrick’s soccer friends. Naturally, nothing came of that because they were all 7 years older than me, which is the same age difference between the Hubs and me, but what works for a 22 and 29 year old dating is flat out criminal between a 10 and 17 year old. So I never got to date any of my brother’s friends (and the one friend of his who did flirt with me when I was 16 quickly became an ex-friend) (I don’t remember this incident because it was during the summer that I discovered Zima and so I was drunk at the time.) (Zima is really gross).
Tempting the Best Man is about Madison, who has a huge thing for her brother’s bff- Chase Gamble. He’s a Gamble brother, so he’s hotness incarnate, and is completely unaware of how wonderful he is because of his douchebag dad. There was an almost hookup once between them that led to a massive misunderstanding (he was horrified that he almost crossed a line with her, and she thinks he isn’t really interested in her.) (But of course they are stupid attracted to each other and already in love).
At this point you’re probably wondering what is up with all the parentheses- I just finished reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell and she did double parentheses and if she can, then so can I (because I really adore them) (And it feels like I’m talking to you more).
The heat between Madison and Chase is pretty epic- Armentrout knows how to write about sexual attraction. My only complaint with the story is that I would have liked it to be a little (or a lot) longer. The audio was just over 4 hours, so it ended all too soon.
Kaleo Griffith narrates, and I believe it was the first time I listened to anything read by him. I kind of wish they’d done a dual narration on this one. Griffith has a good voice, but not so much with the female voices. It wasn’t so distracting that I couldn’t overlook it, and it won’t stop me from listening to the next book (about the next Gamble brother who’s even more of a bad boy!).