“The Best Man”

Another not-a-book-review. Warning: Adult content.

The past couple of weeks I’ve hit that mid-separation slump, where the loved one has been gone for what seems forever, and an equally long forever stretches in front of you until you see them again. This has resulted in a certain amount of nocturnalism followed by difficulty concentrating and a general slump in productivity. Thankfully, this weekend I went out with friends and had a blast, thoroughly restoring my equilibrium and so I do apologize for the extreme silence lately.

Warning: Below the cut I talk about erotic romance. If such things offend you or you are under-age, please do not click through.

Anyway, one of the things which has distracted me was fiddling about a bit more with erotica, and trying new things. In that vein I thought I’d talk a little bit about a book I very much enjoyed in the genre. The book is called The Best Man by L.A. Witt, who is of course the very lovely Lori. I’ll quote the book’s cover-blurb to give you an idea of the story.

Jon Beatty thought he had the best man in his ex, Craig. But in the six months since their break up, Craig’s managed to find 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 for a local club to get drunk and laid. Bartender Liam Sable is more than willing to help with both. Their one night stand turns into a rebound fling which enables Jon to move on. Craig, however, is having second thoughts about the break-​up. While inconvenient and annoying, Craig’s antics are nothing compared to the danger posed to Jon and Liam’s relationship by another, more sinister threat…

The romance is of course between Jon and Liam, and it starts out as a one-night-stand and rebound relationship for both of them. Over the course of the book both gorgeous men go from physically passionate to sweetly devoted to one another (though of course still physically passionate). They’re quite adorable really. Craig on the other hand is really rather annoying and by the end of the book you have to wonder how Jon stayed devoted to him for so many years. Jon is a sweet guy, but he seems to have some difficulty with standing up for himself, continuously laying down to be Craig’s doormat, even when it threatens to shatter his heart. Liam’s pattern of flinches early in the book also speak of a certain difficulty with standing up for himself. Naturally, they both learn to stand up for each other, which is a start towards doing it for themselves. It isn’t quite a Fairytale “Happily Ever After” but then again this isn’t a fairy-tale either. The ending is satisfactorily sweet, however, with just a dash of romantic realism.

Part of what I liked about The Best Man, aside from the incredibly hot sex (seriously if you haven’t read smut generated by The Lori, you haven’t lived), was how very relatable I found both main characters. Both have unfortunate choices in exes, which many people can certainly relate to. But, more importantly, the arc of their relationship from a casual rebound to serious love resonated with me. My husband and I met about the same time as I split from an emotionally abusive ex, and our relationship began as a rebound. Nearly six years later we’ve been married for over a year and are thoroughly happy (and I miss him!). Rebound relationships get a bad rap a lot of the time, usually from people predicting that they “never work out.” Well, Liam and Jon and I are here to say, yes they bloody well do! We also say, go buy The Best Man right now! It is an awesome story and a thoroughly steamy book. I read it in one sitting, and regretted not having my husband around to drag off to bed. It’s just that good.

Thought for the Week: “Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.” Andy Warhol

Currently Reading: Women in Ancient Egypt by Gay Robins


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