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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Falling for the Best Man by Amanda Ashby - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Emmy loves living at Wishing Bridge Farm in a small town in Connecticut. She owns this farm together with her sisters Pepper and Bec. Her sisters want to sell the farm, but Emmy is working hard to prevent this. She's determined to turn it into a vintage wedding venue. If she can convince the bank manager that her business will be successful she can get a mortgage on the farm. Her plan is to buy her sisters out, so she will be the only owner of Wishing Bridge.

Emmy is a wedding planner and is making the preparations for a big wedding. Due to unforeseen circumstances the best man needs a place to stay and Emmy offers him a room at the farm. She goes to the airport to pick him up and when she sees him she's more than surprised the best man turns out to be Christopher, a man she hooked up with for a weekend 2 years ago. They have some unresolved business and the attraction is still there. Is there room for love in Emmy's ambitious plans?

Emmy is sensible and quiet with a special skill to fade into the background. She's a people pleaser and finds it difficult to stand up for herself. The fact that Emmy is working so hard to keep Wishing Bridge Farm, and therefore has to go against her sisters wishes, made me cheer for her to succeed. She's such a sweetheart and I connected with her immediately. I always love it when that happens.

Christopher doesn't do bad days. He learned a long time ago that if you want something to happen, you go out and do it yourself. That includes being happy. Christopher is a travel writer and he visits the most exotic places in the world. Emmy stood him up at the airport two years ago and this still stings. Christopher is confident and even a little arrogant at times. He pretends he is tough, but he is actually very sweet and caring once he lets someone in. I immediately liked his character and loved his wanderlust.

Falling for the Best Man is a heartwarming love story. Emmy and Christopher couldn't be more different, but it turns out that opposites do attract. They have great chemistry and they actually have more in common that they thought. Because of the fact that I'm getting married myself this year I enjoy reading books about weddings even more than usual. I loved reading about Emmy's beautiful farm and I could instantly visualize what a gorgeous wedding location it would be. Falling for the Best Man is an easy, fun and quick read. It's such a lovely romantic story, I highly recommend it.


Falling for the Best Man is a sweet lighthearted story and it's perfect for fans of small town romances.

About Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed in the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

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“Emmy,” he countered, trying not to be distracted by the delectable sight of her chest rising and falling. “One dance. That’s all I’m asking. For old time’s sake.”

Emmy’s lips twitched, and Christopher could almost see the two sides of her battling before the carefree smile he recognized from their time together in New York appeared. It changed the shape of her face and brought everything about their first meeting slamming into his mind. She stood up, so close that his skin prickled with desire.

“Fine. One dance.”

“Great.” He led her to the small wooden dance floor to the left of where the jazz band was playing. Lewis and Miranda were in the middle, and fanned out all around them were the rest of the bridal party, but all Christopher could see was Emmy.

The music pulsated around them, and even the pale yellow moon above swayed to the beat. He sucked in a breath and pulled her toward him. It was a mistake, and his lungs were filled with the smell of her freshly washed hair and the evening clematis climbing up the crumbling brickwork of the courtyard walls. His arms tightened around her waist, and her bunched, tense muscles seemed to relax as she melted into him. The rest of the world disappeared, and all he was conscious of was her pounding heart as it pressed against his.

This was the woman he’d met two years ago.

And it seems I’m just as helpless around her as I ever was. Which is either a good thing, or a very, very bad one. The verdict’s still out.

As if reading his mind, she turned her face up to him, a soft, suggestive smile tugging at her full mouth. Desire flared through him, and if they were anywhere else he would’ve kissed her without a second’s hesitation. He forced himself to return her smile and simply enjoy the way her body molded his.

It wasn’t until the lead singer announced the name of the next song Christopher even realized the music had stopped. Emmy was the first to recover, and she stepped away, her face flushed and her eyes not quite meeting his.

“Um.” She licked her lips. “I’m not sure that was such a good idea.”

“I hate to disagree with you, but I think it was an excellent idea. And one that should definitely be repeated. You can’t deny that there’s still something between us.” Christopher tried to pull her closer as the next song started, but she folded her arms firmly in front of her. Ironically, it highlighted the soft curves of her body.

At this rate I’m going to need a fire engine to cool me down.

“I’m serious,” she insisted before letting out a soft sigh. “You’re right. There is still something between us, but there’s nowhere it can go. I want to save the farm, and you want to go visit every strange nook and cranny in the universe. Don’t you see? Nothing’s changed.”

“My hair’s longer,” Christopher said, but it was obvious by the way Emmy had pushed her lips into two compact lines, she wasn’t in the joking mood. “I know you like to be organized, and I get that, but aren’t you over thinking this? I mean, shouldn’t we be having the fun first and then move on to the serious conversations about why it would never work?”

“I’m sorry.” The muscles around her jaw tightened. “I think we should just be friends.”

“Friends that do friendly things together? Like dancing?” he asked in a hopeful voice.

“How about friends that help other friends ensure the groom’s brother doesn’t do anything he might regret?” she countered.

Christopher winced. Ouch. He’d been friend-zoned. Logically, she had a point. She hadn’t changed her mind, and he wouldn’t change his, which meant it was for the best.

If only someone could inform my body of the situation.


Two very lucky winners will receive an ebook copy of Dating the Guy Upstairs by Amanda Ashby.


  1. Romance keeps the world smiling

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely review for FALLING FOR THE BEST MAN!

  3. This sounds like a great rainy day read.

  4. Sounds like my type of read. Thanks for the wonderful review. Congrats on your upcoming wedding.
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