"Do You Take This Man has one of the steamiest, most addictive, most satisfyingly hard-earned happily-ever-after I’ve read in ages!"—Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of Love on the Brain
A wedding officiant who doesn't believe in love and an event planner who's been burned agree to say "I do" to being enemies with benefits.
Divorce attorney RJ would never describe herself as romantic. But when she ends up officiating an unplanned wedding for a newly engaged couple in a park, her life is turned upside down. The video of the ceremony goes viral, and she finds herself in the unlikely position of being a sought-after local wedding officiant. Spending her free time overseeing “I dos” isn’t her most strategic career move, but she enjoys it, except for the type A dude-bro wedding planner she’s forced to work with.
Former pro-football event manager Lear is a people person, but after his longtime girlfriend betrayed him, he isn’t looking for love. He knows how to execute events and likes being in control, so working with an opinionated and inflexible officiant who can’t stand him is not high on his list. He’s never had trouble winning people over, but RJ seems immune to his charms.
Surrounded by love at every turn, their physical attraction pulls them together despite their best efforts to stay an arm’s length apart. Lear refuses to get hurt again. RJ refuses to let herself be vulnerable to anyone. But when it comes to happily ever after, their clients might not be the only ones saying “I do.”
Opposites attract when an unlikely wedding officiant meets an easygoing wedding planner in this sizzling enemies-to-lovers rom-com from Williams (The Fastest Way to Fall). Divorce attorney RJ Brooks's romantic side is at constant war with her ingrained cynicism, so the irony's not lost on her when—after stepping in at a friend's wedding—she becomes a sought after officiant for marriage ceremonies. Former football player Lear Campbell joins his cousin's wedding planning business as her assistant, but ends up forced to take the lead when Penny's adopted preemie winds up in the NICU—putting him on a collision course with RJ. The pair get off on the wrong foot, but their physical attraction is undeniable and they agree to an "enemies with benefits" arrangement. RJ's cynicism comes from witnessing her parents' failed marriage, and Lear was burned by his cheating ex-fiancée, but as they get closer, they may just restore each other's faith in love. Their bickering adds a spicy undercurrent to even the sweetest moments, but RJ's attempts to keep Lear at arm's length verge on cruelty, making her difficult to root for. Still, Lear's a swoonworthy hero and the pair earn their happy ending. Williams's fans will not be disappointed. Agent: Sharon Pelletier, DG&B.