Book Reviews

The Best Man (Wilde's 1) by L.A. Witt

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 24-January-2018

Book Blurb

The FIRST Wilde's book. Go back to where it all began...

Jon Beatty thought he’d found the best man for him until Craig walked out. To add insult to injury, Craig's got a new lover—a woman—and wants Jon to be a different kind of best man…at his wedding.

Reasoning that the only way to get over one man is to get under another, Jon heads out to Wilde’s, the night club on Capitol Hill famous for its hot clientele and hotter bartenders. Jon just wants to get drunk and get laid, and bartender Liam Sable is more than willing to help with both.

Their one night stand turns into a rebound fling, but as Jon moves on with Liam, Craig starts having second thoughts about the break-up. His tiresome antics are the least of Jon and Liam’s worries, though. The least annoying, and the least dangerous…

First edition published by Carnal Passions, 2010.

Book Review

The first thing I knew about ‘The Best Man’ and its characters is that Craig is an a**hole of the highest order. He breaks up with Jon after two years, starts dating a woman, proposes marriage to her after four months, and then asks Jon to be his best man. Selfish much? Jon should have never stayed friends with Craig, in my opinion, but I could understand where Jon was coming from. Craig, knowing that Jon hasn’t gotten over him or their relationship, should have had the cojones to step out of Jon’s life. Regardless, I fully applauded Jon’s desire to get drunk and laid.

Jon isn’t much for one-night stands, he’s more of a serial monogamist. Liam just got out of a three-year relationship. Statistically these two should have been a bad bet but one night of intense, amazing, electric hot sex, leads to another, and so on, and so on, although not immediately. Jon and Liam both have emotional issues from their exes so it’s incredibly easy to view this as a one-night stand, at first, then friends with benefits, and neither has a clue when it suddenly morphs into something else.

“I liked the fact that Liam was a better lover, a better friend, and a better man than Craig. I was unnerved by the very same thing. I’d told him all along I didn’t want anything serious, but the more I got to know him, the less I could imagine being anywhere but here.”

I wasn’t particularly surprised by Craig’s jealousy over Jon and Liam. Craig wants his cake and to eat it, too. Of course, the extent of Craig’s sleazy behavior is revealed over time, and all I can say is that he and Liam’s ex would be perfect for each other. I also wasn’t surprised by the identity of the attacker coming after both men but I think the author did a good job of it, and I didn’t feel as if it was too stereotypical.

I greatly enjoyed this intro into the men of Wilde’s. Jon and Liam are smoking hot and the way their love story played out was beautifully done. I’m looking forward to more!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 280 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-August-2013
Price $3.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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