The Best Man

The Best Man

It has all the makings of a picture-perfect wedding. There’s just one detail that could have used a little more planning… Hulking ex–rugby player Spencer Carlisle has crushed on Daffodil McGregor since high school. On the field he knew the moves. Off, he was a clueless clod who never gained an advantage. Rejected and rebuffed, his infatuation finally cooled—like ice.Now,...

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Title:The Best Man
Author:Natasha Anders
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The Best Man Reviews

  • Lady Heather

    “It was just a kiss, for God’s sake,” Daff said with some of her old spark.

    “Why do you have to overthink things like this?

    Why can’t we just be in the moment and share a kiss?”

    “Because we weren’t just in a moment. You showed up at my house at two thirty in the morning, soaking wet, rambling on about liking me, and then you planted your mouth on mine in the most

    “It was just a kiss, for God’s sake,” Daff said with some of her old spark.

    “Why do you have to overthink things like this?

    Why can’t we just be in the moment and share a kiss?”

    “Because we weren’t just in a moment. You showed up at my house at two thirty in the morning, soaking wet, rambling on about liking me, and then you planted your mouth on mine in the most desperate excuse of a kiss I’ve ever had the misfortune to experience.”

    is the second book in Natasha Anders'

    series.

    I really enjoyed this story.

    Spencer and Daffodil (Daff) were great, complex, volatile characters to get to know and read about.

    This is an emotional, slow burn story about learning to love and trust.

  • Claire Robinson

    5 -

    Stars!

    Can’t lie Natasha Anders is an author that takes me to my happy place. I have adored every book that she has written and book two in the

    series, did not disappoint.

    gives us Daff and Spencer Carlisle’s story, we met both of them in book one;

    and this story is based around Daisy

    5 -

    Stars!

    Can’t lie Natasha Anders is an author that takes me to my happy place. I have adored every book that she has written and book two in the

    series, did not disappoint.

    gives us Daff and Spencer Carlisle’s story, we met both of them in book one;

    and this story is based around Daisy and Mason’s wedding (H/h book one). You can absolutely read

    as a standalone, but you do get more of an understanding of this couple if you read the first book beforehand. Because initially Daff’s feelings towards Spencer seem to be mainly disdain and dislike, while Spencer leans to ambivalence and disinterest. Its only as you get into both of their heads you realize that the reasonings for their behavior stem back to their school days, and Daff’s treatment of Spencer back then.

    I won’t lie it was difficult to like Daff initially, and it was wholly due to the authors characterization, prickly and sometimes outright rude, I struggled to find any common ground with her, or her behaviour towards Spencer, who was an absolute darling, but then I realized that the author was doing to Daff’s personality exactly the same thing she is so good at doing with her men on occasion, and making her dislikeable in order to have her redeem herself as the book progresses.

    This was a quick read, the plot was pretty predictable, although the author did manage to throw in a couple of curve balls along the way. You can’t help but love Spencer, his actions towards Daff, even when she was behaving at her worst highlighted just how deep his feelings ran for her. As I said Daff was a tougher nut to crack, although as things were revealed in the stories progression, I did understand her behavior a little more.

    The stage has firmly been set for Lia and Sam to have their story told next in

    , due for release in September, and once again it would seem that opposites attract. I cannot wait to see what type of story the author gives them, although I have an idea after the way things were left between them in this one.

    ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for the above honest review.

  • Nadine

    I loved the first book of this series ( The Wingman ). It was a ugly duckling story, but with 'The Best Man' we get the complete opposite.

    Daff (our h) is not a nice person. She's bitchy, self centered and treats Spencer ( the H) like dirt.

    Spencer is in love with her since high school and she never ever even thought about giving him a chance.

    Sounds like a great start for a romance, doesn't it?

    It's a complicated story and I truly understand why everyone seems to hate Daff. Spencer is su

    I loved the first book of this series ( The Wingman ). It was a ugly duckling story, but with 'The Best Man' we get the complete opposite.

    Daff (our h) is not a nice person. She's bitchy, self centered and treats Spencer ( the H) like dirt.

    Spencer is in love with her since high school and she never ever even thought about giving him a chance.

    Sounds like a great start for a romance, doesn't it?

    It's a complicated story and I truly understand why everyone seems to hate Daff. Spencer is such a great guy, but she just doesn't see it. Or she doesn't

    to see it.

    Throughout the story we learn more about why she is the way she is. Are her reasons good enough to justify her actions? I don't know.

    All I know is that the end made me very happy.

    This not Natasha Anders' best book. If you haven't read anything by her, give "The Unwanted Wife" or "Ruthless Proposition" a try. These two are my favorites.

  • BookLover

    I was so excited to get this ARC for the follow-up to

    . This was Daff and Spencer’s story. We got a glimpse of Spencer and Daff in “The Wingman” and I just knew their story was going to be good.

    Spencer and Daff’s story went all the way back to school, where Spencer had a hopeless crush on the popular Daff. Caving to peer pressure and the need to fit in, Daff was a typical “mean girl” to Spencer.

    On the surface, this seemed lik

    I was so excited to get this ARC for the follow-up to

    . This was Daff and Spencer’s story. We got a glimpse of Spencer and Daff in “The Wingman” and I just knew their story was going to be good.

    Spencer and Daff’s story went all the way back to school, where Spencer had a hopeless crush on the popular Daff. Caving to peer pressure and the need to fit in, Daff was a typical “mean girl” to Spencer.

    On the surface, this seemed like it was going to be a story of opposites attract, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth with which we got to know Daff and Spencer. This book did not go in the direction I thought it would. In fact, based on the way Daff and Spencer were behaving in the beginning, I couldn’t see either of them getting it together in enough time to find their way to one another.

    This is a story about two damaged souls. One who wants so badly to belong to a family and the other feeling like they don’t deserve to be happy.

    Daff really rubbed me the wrong way when we were first introduced to her. She really did not do herself any favours and came off as a very stereotypical shallow mean girl. It was so nice to really get to know her and see where her behaviours stemmed from. Though, I have to say that I didn’t really “get” her reasons for the choices she made, I enjoyed watching Spencer chip away at her wall.

    What can I say about Spencer except that he was pretty much a perfect hero. God love him for sticking with Daff long enough for the two of them to develop feelings. We need to invent another word that describes someone who is patient to the nth degree and then put a picture of Spencer beside it in the dictionary.

    Every scene with the McGregors had me feeling such emotion at Spencer’s reaction.

    While I enjoyed Daff’s journey to figuring out what made herself happy, I have to say that Spencer made the book for me.

  • Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️

    First of all, let me say, my apologies to Natasha Anders. She's a total sweetheart and gave this ARC to me and how did I repay her?

    By taking MONTHS to finish it.

    For real though.

    Not cool of me.

    I'm sure you can all relate to this, but I am a moody AF reader on super steroids.

    I will binge on one trope of romance and blow through six books in one weekend and then I will turn around and not touch that genre for months.

    Also, *confession time* straight contemporary romance (with no sp

    First of all, let me say, my apologies to Natasha Anders. She's a total sweetheart and gave this ARC to me and how did I repay her?

    By taking MONTHS to finish it.

    For real though.

    Not cool of me.

    I'm sure you can all relate to this, but I am a moody AF reader on super steroids.

    I will binge on one trope of romance and blow through six books in one weekend and then I will turn around and not touch that genre for months.

    Also, *confession time* straight contemporary romance (with no sports or military angle) is a genre that I am usually in the mood for the least.

    What can I say, I am a paranormal, fantasy, MC club, mafia, dark romance slut of the highest order.

    And I think that accounts for the bulk of my lackluster pace here.

    The other part is probably this:

    The main character in this story, Daffodil, is one ginormous C-U-Next-Tuesday.

    She was a bitch in the first book and she was almost even worse in the beginning of this one.

    She treated Spencer (the H) like complete shit and I wanted to punch her ass in the face.

    However.

    Once I pushed past that hump I was stuck behind, we got to see where Daffodil was coming from and why she was the way she was.

    I still don't think it excused some of her behavior...but at least I didn't still want to smack-a-ho at the end of the book.

    Is this book as good as

    ?

    No.

    But then again, I love that book so hard I don't know if anything else in this vein will ever come close.

    Still.

    Once I finished this book, I appreciated the character development and I think I will like it even more when I re-read it in the future.

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    As a long time fan of all things Natasha Anders, I don't even bother to read the blurb before adding her books. But when I saw that this book will featured Daisy's sister and Mason's older brother from

    , I was that much more excited.

    If you haven't read this series yet and are expecting it to be on the same level of angst as some of Natasha's previous books, you're in for some disappointment. While there's definitely emotion brimming from the pages of these stories, it's not tha

    As a long time fan of all things Natasha Anders, I don't even bother to read the blurb before adding her books. But when I saw that this book will featured Daisy's sister and Mason's older brother from

    , I was that much more excited.

    If you haven't read this series yet and are expecting it to be on the same level of angst as some of Natasha's previous books, you're in for some disappointment. While there's definitely emotion brimming from the pages of these stories, it's not that angsty overload the likes of

    or

    . I love a little variety from authors, so this didn't bother me one bit.

    With a delicious unrequited love setup in the previous book, The Best Man was sure to deliver some feels, and it certainly did. I'll admit, I struggled quite a bit to stay engaged to the story in the beginning. This is a character driven story and was entirely too slow paced for my particular taste. Having said that, the pacing fit the story and anything more than that would have ruined the effect.

    Spencer Carlisle was a bit of a bumbling alpha in the previous book, I fell head over heels for him in this one. You truly get to know the heart of this incredible man, and it was full of love and depth. He's been in love with Daffodil McGregor since high school only to get her scorn and be ignored time and time again, almost cruelly. This is ultimately where my rating lowered. I'm a reader that has to love the heroine in my book, and if I don't, it will color my entire reading experience. And truth be told, I struggled

    with Daffodil. The author did a wonderful job with her character development and peeling back her true self layer by layer to reveal the scared and somewhat insecure woman beneath the boastful and sassy exterior. And even though I wanted so badly to connect with it and empathize, most of the time I just wanted to throttle her. Her constant hot and cold personality with Spencer drove me out of my ever loving mind. I adored how understanding and patient Spencer was with her and even though Daffodil tried to wrong her rights, most of the time it just didn't feel like enough.

    Because of this, I really struggled to completely buy into their romance. That's not to say I didn't still enjoy the story, because I did. While it was frustrating at times, it was still satisfying. And the set up for the third McGregor sister is nothing short of delicious so of course I can't wait for that.

  • Karen111

    Well that was disappointing. I’m so gutted as I love this author, have waited a long time for this book to come out, and Wing Man is one of my favourite books.

    I LOVED Spencer and the chivalrous principles he held so dear. What a great character. The writing was executed very well, as I always expect from this author.

    But I just couldn’t stand Daff and all her non-issues, and they really were non-issues. What a complete and utter wet blanket. She didn’t deserve Spencer, and she ruined this book

    Well that was disappointing. I’m so gutted as I love this author, have waited a long time for this book to come out, and Wing Man is one of my favourite books.

    I LOVED Spencer and the chivalrous principles he held so dear. What a great character. The writing was executed very well, as I always expect from this author.

    But I just couldn’t stand Daff and all her non-issues, and they really were non-issues. What a complete and utter wet blanket. She didn’t deserve Spencer, and she ruined this book for me.

  • Alex ♈

    I don’t dispute this author’s talent/the writing.

    I always rate and review the plot, the characters and the message/moral of the story.

    I didn’t particularly like the previous book in this series –

    – and I didn’t plan on reading this one, but then I saw some reviews saying that the heroine was a ‘bad’ one, even an a§§… And since my understanding of the strong and different heroine leaves me often in the minority, I took it as a sign, that this heroine could be a sassy, maybe even b*tc

    I don’t dispute this author’s talent/the writing.

    I always rate and review the plot, the characters and the message/moral of the story.

    I didn’t particularly like the previous book in this series –

    – and I didn’t plan on reading this one, but then I saw some reviews saying that the heroine was a ‘bad’ one, even an a§§… And since my understanding of the strong and different heroine leaves me often in the minority, I took it as a sign, that this heroine could be a sassy, maybe even b*tchy woman -> nothing like her wallflower-sister from the previous book and... hopefully not a doormat.

    The one with a hope is a lucky person…

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  • Libby Harrison

    The heroine was a snobby piece of sh*t

    DNF'd at chapter 3

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