What else can go wrong? Or is everything finally going right?
After catching her fiancé lip-locked with the wedding planner an hour before their vows, Hailey Miller hikes up her wedding dress and runs. The last person she expects to chase her down is her ex’s sexy but aloof business partner who’s kept her at arm’s length for years. He offers her a lifeline, but his help comes with a catch. Does she dare say yes?
Jace Hartman doesn’t believe in love. And he doesn’t believe in giving up. He won’t let his company’s event planner walk away from their biggest launch—even if she has a broken heart. Business comes first, so he makes Hailey an offer she can’t refuse. But it’s her counter offer that has him worried. She needs a place to live for the month, and he has an extra bedroom.
Jace has spent the past few years trying his best to bury his attraction to Hailey. Now she’s everywhere and making him forget all the reasons he should never mix business and pleasure.
Dallas pairs a runaway bride and an emotionally damaged businessman to charming effect in her debut and Hartman Brothers series launch. After Hailey Miller catches her fianc , Evan, cheating on her with their wedding planner an hour before their wedding, she bails on the ceremony, running out into the rainy Houston streets. She's rescued from her distress by the last person she would have ever expected: Jace Hartman, Evan's business partner and best man, who offers Hailey his guest futon while she figures out her next steps. Hailey, who's been freelancing for Jace's tech company, is ready to ditch the business and head home to California until she realizes that Evan's stuck her with the astronomic wedding bills. Jace offers to double Hailey's fee if she stays on long enough to finish her work planning an important launch, extending her stay in his apartment. In close quarters, their long simmering chemistry ignites but Jace hasn't believed in love since his parents abandoned him at age four. Watching this couple navigate the bumpy road to their happily-ever-after makes for enjoyable reading, though the cartoonishly dickish Evan will leave readers wondering why Hailey ever said yes to his proposal. Still, contemporary romance fans will find plenty to love in this unexpected couple. \n
Authentic and relatable
Jamie Dallas’ first book, The Best Man’s Bride, in The Hartman Brothers series is a case study in perseverance and self discovery. From its onset, Jace and Hailey’s story will create a bond that is difficult to let go of once the story has ended…I’m thrilled this is a series and that there are more stories to come. The characters are authentic and relatable, the indecisions and conflicts of where Jace and Hailey’s lives are headed (separately of together?) are palpable. The dialog flows without effort, it’s intelligent and captivating…the moments of intimacies are tasteful and emotional.
This definitely a story I’ll want to revisit prior to the second in the series releases.
This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.