Thursday, February 13, 2014

Battling the Best Man by Elley Arden

Title:  Battling the Best Man
Series:  Harmony Falls #2
Author:  Elley Arden
Published:  January 27th 2014 by Crimson Romance
Length:  182pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★


A Harmony Falls Novel Book 2 (The book stands alone.)

On the cusp of a brilliant Chicago medical career, Dr. Kory Flemming rarely gets vacation, but she can't say no to maid of honor duties in her best friend's wedding. Home town or not, being in Harmony Falls, Pennsylvania isn't easy, especially when the only man smart enough to trump Kory's high school academic achievements turns out to be a sexy, accomplished adult up to his old, flirtatious tricks.

Will Mitchell has been destined for success since the day he was born. After spending his formative years racking up academic honors, it was only natural for him to be named the chief operating officer of his family's thriving company. He has it all-more or less-so when the target of his high school infatuation turns up hot and haughty at his brother's wedding, Will decides he wants her, too.

Old conflict gives way to new attraction, taking Will and Kory by surprise, until a failed merger and family tragedy threaten both their professional goals. Can they put aside their rocky past and ignore their titillating present in order to work together to secure the future for the people they adore?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

I absolutely love how Arden combines an up and coming relationship with the realities of everyday life to create such a touching yet exciting read. I also appreciated the fact that the characters had a history with one another. They weren’t strangers who ran into each other on the street one day and magically fell head over heels in love, but rather had gone to high school together. This intriguing storyline is brought together by Arden’s brilliant skills as a storyteller. Everything melds together seamlessly, allowing you to picture it all

The main characters in this novel made me laugh, cringe, and want to beat my head off the wall in turns. They were quite well developed and extremely real. I enjoyed the fact that they both had real issues to deal with above and beyond their relationship. That said, the female lead was almost pigheaded in her single-mindedness at times. The supporting cast in this tale was intriguing.  They came from all areas of the community and were all connected in that small town way that warms your heart.

As a whole this was a quick, happy, enjoyable read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.  It is another awesome work by Arden leaving you satisfied yet wanting more.

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