May The Best Man Win by Mira Lynn Kelly Book Review

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

May The Best Man Win

by Mira Lyn Kelly

Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Book #1 in The Wedding Date Series

For their friends,

Emily and Jase will let their mutual resentment simmer just beneath the surface, right alongside their mutual attraction.

Jase Foster can't believe his bad luck. He's been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend's wedding: Emily Kleinof the miles-long legs and killer smile. She may be sin in a bridesmaid dress, but there's no way he's falling for her again.

They can barely stand each other, but given how many of their friends are getting married, they'll just have to play nice-at least when they're in company. Once they're alone, more than just gloves come off as Jase and Emily discover their chemistry is combustible, and there may be something to this enemies to lovers thing after all.


Steam Rom-Com Feel Good

May the Best Man Win is the first book in Mira Lyn Kelly's The Wedding Date Series. The Wedding Date Series follows four men, all of them best men, and their relationships. This first book centers around Jase and Emily, high school friends, but Jase also had feelings for her. He finally worked up the courage to ask her out, but before he could, his best friend Eddie asked her out. Jase starts distancing himself from Emily in hopes his feelings for his best friends girl would go away. In the year Emily and Eddie are together, Eddie becomes addicted to drugs. Emily tries to get her parents, Eddie's parents, and Jase to see what is going on, and get him help, but no one believes her. It all comes to a head one night when Emily tells Eddie she is done, and Eddie drives his car into a divider, almost killing himself, and injuring Emily. Jase blames Emily for messing with Eddie's head, and cheating on him (something Eddie accused Emily of, but she never did).

Fast forward eight years later. Jase and Emily are enemies, but unfortunately for them, their friends run in the same circles, and they get matched up, quite a bit, at their friends weddings. While they trade off insults at one another, there is also an undeniable chemistry between the two, and attraction. After being forced to spend time together so many times in a short period of time, they get into each others heads, and succumb to a moment of passion ... that leads to several moments. They try to not get feelings involved. It's easier to hate a person than face your issues, after all.

I do appreciate that the arc of Jase's and Emily's relationship isn't typical of other romance novels. It's a rocky start. Just sex once, turns into multiple times. Jase admits he has always had a thing for Emily, and she wants none of that, because she doesn't trust that he won't hurt her, like he did in high school. When she needed a friend the most, needed someone to believe her, he wasn't there for her. Blamed her even. So Jase decides to be her friend. After a few weeks of friendship, they succumb to their attraction again, and they finally start dating. Which is good for a while. Until their married best friends are having difficulties, and it brings up all of Jace's issues, as at this point, Emily has closure and opened herself up to Jace.

Jase, growing up with a mother who abandoned him and his dad, who had multiple affairs, doesn't have an easy time trusting women. He watched his father suffer from a broken heart for 20 years. He even still believed that Emily cheated on Eddie, which messed him up. His mother, coming back into his fathers life (much to his anger), and finally talking to Jase about why she was the way she was, brought him the much needed closure he needed.

Jase helps their best friends fix their marriage, and he tells Emily he is going to try to win her back. And he does. Less than a year later, they are married.

I had a hard time with this book. I actuall