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May the Best Man Win

May the Best Man Win

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by Mira Lyn Kelly

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Four friends
Each a Best Man at a wedding
One chance to get it right

Jase Foster can't believe his bad luck. He's been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend's wedding: Emily Klein of 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


Four friends
Each a Best Man at a wedding
One chance to get it right

Jase Foster can't believe his bad luck. He's been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend's wedding: Emily Klein of 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...

More praise for Mira Lyn Kelly:
"Incredible tension, a great cast of characters...and some really gooey emotional conflict."-Molly O'Keefe, USA Today bestselling author for Truth or Dare
"Sexy and with a truly fresh voice."-Tina Leonard, New York Times bestselling author for Touch and Go
"Mira Lyn Kelly's writing always sparkles."-Lauren Layne, USA Today bestselling author for Touch and Go

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This flimsy contemporary romance set in Chicago relies heavily on the hero’s inability to communicate. Emily Klein will never forgive Jase Foster for betraying their high school friendship, but avoiding him as an adult is not an option: his friends keep marrying her friends. At a wedding where he stands as the best man, she’s the maid of honor, making it doubly hard to get through the evening in a civilized fashion. Both Jase and Emily are one-dimensional characters, though Jase has slightly more depth, scarred by his mother’s abandonment and fixated on Emily’s past misdeeds. Jase has always had a weakness for Emily’s smile and legs, and when they hook up for a one-night stand, the chemistry is explosive. However, he doesn’t talk to Emily about his growing feelings, he avoids his father because he doesn’t want to discuss his mother, and he encourages his friend to walk out on his wife and baby instead of working out problems. There’s not much to recommend this romance other than the cast of friends, who have more personality and witty one-liners than the protagonists. It’s clear from the heavy-handed setup that those side characters will return in future sequels, which may be more entertaining than this one. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"With outstanding writing, impressive characterization, and plotting that both gratifies and surprises, Kelly proves that she's an author to watch. Sweet and sexy: a witty, smart, and romantic love story." - Kirkus

"This series introduction comes out of the starting gate by delivering the heat-and then some!" - RT Book Reviews

"This page-turner has it all: fantastic characters, witty banter, and sizzling chemistry. I absolutely loved it!" - Gina L. Maxwell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Playboys in Love series

"An author who can make a reader feel a wide range of emotions is clearly one who is skilled at their craft. Jase and Emily's happy ending inMay the Best Man Winis well deserved and I eagerly await the next story inThe Best Menseries .
" - All About Romance

Kirkus Reviews
When Jase and Emily are continually thrown together as wedding attendants, long-buried resentments, miscommunications, and attraction bubble up until a one-night stand becomes a red-hot affair that cools considerably once they actually face their painful shared past.Jase Foster and Emily Klein are good friends to everyone but each other and usually the tallest in a crowd—so naturally they are both highly sought-after wedding attendants in their overlapping social circles, and they're usually paired together. Because of a shared experience in their past—involving his high school best friend who was her boyfriend—they are definitely not friends, though there's always been a spark between them. When two friends need their help planning a wedding more quickly than expected, they are forced to spend time together, and, in an explosive moment that flashes from irritation to begrudging understanding, they give in to a long-standing attraction they've never allowed themselves to explore. A hot kiss leads to a one-night stand they'll use to get over it, though they never quite do. Giving in to their physical attraction and emotional rapport, the two fall into a relationship that may be love—until a series of events makes it clear that they are both holding on to some emotional baggage from their high school days, and they'll have to clear the air before they can truly be happy. The romance spans a year before Jase and Emily get it right and is an intelligent, perfectly balanced combination of humor, emotion, and sexual tension. With outstanding writing, impressive characterization, and plotting that both gratifies and surprises, Kelly proves that she's an author to watch. Sweet and sexy: a witty, smart, and romantic love story.

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Best Men , #1
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4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in fine arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her. They live in rural Minnesota.

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May the Best Man Win 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
julieford 6 months ago
I received this book from Sourcebooks for a fair and honest review. Mira Lyn Kelly writes a witty, sometimes serious, emotional story based on friends who are attendants in their friends weddings. Jase and Emily were friends in high school until tragedy strikes a mutual friend. Since then they have a somewhat hostile relationship but must put on a smile since they seem to be constantly paired for their friends weddings. They say that there is a thin line between love and hate which proves true. The more time they spend together, the more their feelings change and they must address their past in order to have a future. Great story.
Anlenhart1 8 months ago
May the Best Man Win is a second chance romance that features Emily and Jase as people who met and became friends in high school. Jase had a crush on Emily, but she ended up dating his best friend Eddie. Things didn't end well with Eddie and Jase and Emily friendship ended. They went form bad to worse, and eventually Emily and Jase didn't want anything to do with each other. 10 years pass, and while they make every effort to avoid each other, Emily and Jase are often paired up in wedding parties. Jase begins to realize his feelings for Emily are still real. But she now wants nothing to do with him because of the past. Will they be able to work out their problems? This was a confusing book that featured to strong willed characters. It jumped between events fairly fast and was difficult to follow at times. Overall it was good, but I dodn't know that I would read the next book in the series. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Maria-Rose 10 months ago
What a lovely read! The series idea hooked my attention and the first chapter clearly sets out the antagonistic relationship between Emily and Jase. Their friends seem to have no idea just how much the pair hates each other since they keep putting them in the unenviable position of being partnered in wedding parties due to their physical heights – Jase is over six feet tall and Emily is just under, making them the most obvious pairing when matching up their guests – much to the chagrin of both. And individually they are really nice people. Emily is a warm hearted, friendly woman who seems to always get the role of keeping the bride calm during the wedding preparations. She offers sound and practical advice, handkerchiefs for tears, and a buffer between them and the mothers or mothers-in-law as required (before and after the ceremony). She is, in fact, the perfect bridesmaid. Jase, well, he pulls off the best man role like a champ. In a somewhat stereotypical fashion things seem to happen to the groom on the night of the bachelor party or the morning of the wedding that require quick thinking and inventive excuses. His job is to make sure the groom makes it to the altar, and he does it with aplomb. He’s a loyal friend, a handsome and smart guy, and a hit with the ladies – even if it’s Emily’s scornful eyes he can’t help catching. This romance focuses heavily on the relationships and as the story unfolds from wedding to wedding, there are glimpses of Jase and Emily’s past and we learn how and why they ended up where they are now. Part of it involves a high school love triangle that, if they had the chance to change it, would play out differently. But it’s not just teenage angst that is behind their fallout. There are some fairly serious issues at play here that when revealed, make their antagonism and hurt feelings understandable. The attraction they feel to each other may have matured into more adult feelings but the underlying trust that was broken must be rebuilt for them to move forward. Still, you don’t need to trust someone or even like them to sleep with them, and the lustful feelings they have drive their relationship into new territory. They share some steamy scenes in some interesting places, and find out that perhaps hate and love are not so far apart after all. Since the series will comprise four books, we are introduced to the three other men who will get their own stories and they are quite the gentlemen. Bromances in books are some of my favorite scenes to read and these guys make me laugh with their antics. One of the couples that gets married in the story goes through some interesting relationship difficulties that put Emily and Jase squarely in the middle. The fallout from those scenes and the subsequent conflict and resolution to Emily and Jase’s own relationship brought tears to my eyes. An author who can make a reader feel a wide range of emotions is clearly one who is skilled at their craft. Jase and Emily’s happy ending in May the Best Man Win is well deserved and I eagerly await the next story in The Best Men series .
onlyminordetails 10 months ago
My Thoughts: Mira Lyn Kelly's Dare to Love series had me hooked from the start, so when the opportunity arose to join her street team, I jumped at the chance. I was super excited to be able to read May the Best Man Win before it was released, and my excitement was justified because it was pretty awesome! Jase and Emily have a history together, one that led them to avoid each other at all costs. So when they have to be around each other for the duration of the wedding, you better believe things get a bit heated. Enemies to lovers always creates that perfect tension: the one where you know they supposedly hate each other, but the hate passion turns to love passion. And oh boy did their love passion explode! I enjoyed watching them learn to trust each other after everything they've been through, not because they're forced (even though they are at first), but because they want to. They learn how to move on from the past and discover what they want in the future: each other. May the Best Man Win was definitely a win in my book. Mira Lyn Kelly has delivered yet another solid and sexy story that will keep you turning the pages. Jase and Emily will draw you in with their romance and keep you there until the end. My Rating: Very Good
mamalovestoread22 10 months ago
A long time ago Jase Foster fell for a girl, but his best friend fell for the same girl, so he did the honorary thing and stepped aside, but when the relationship ended, and trouble ensued it put a huge damper on his thoughts about the Emily Klein. From that point on his impression of her changed, and a extreme dislike settled in, the problem is they tend to run in the same circles and continually get thrown together in social settings all the time, so he usually just grins and bares it. But now that their friends have decided to move onto the next step in their lives, they keep calling on both of them to share their special days with them, and because the two share similar heights, they often find themselves walking down the aisle alongside one another. Which makes his plan to just grin and bare it harder and harder with each trip they take, and harder for him to keep his feelings about the past to himself. But every time he decides to voice his opinions he gets blinded by her beauty and mile long legs and it has him wanting to forego his discussion with her, for a little time between the sheets... Emily Klein fell for a Eddie a long time ago, and when things started to change between them because of his odd behavior she tried to get his family and friends to intervene and help him, but her requests were ignored. So when she couldn't bare to stay in the relationship any longer she attempted to end things between them, and he took it hard and attempted to take their lives, and since then she has been blamed for his behavior and how things turned out. The brunt of the anger coming from his best friend Jase, and so she has always tried to avoid encounters with him, but they unfortunately run in the same social circles and constantly find themselves having to interact with one another, and Emily can't stand it! Everything about Jase infuriates her, if he would have just listened to her, things in the past would have never happened, but he didn't and she has never forgiven him for walking away from her. So, each time their near one another she has to bite her tongue... but before long her resistance to him becomes harder to maintain and soon she finds herself wanting things from him she never thought she want... As soon as I saw the title for this book my interest was peaked, then I read the synopsis and I knew it was one I just HAD to read, and I am happy to report my initial instincts were spot on... it was a truly spectacular read!! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent with these two, barely a chapter into it and I was hooked, and flying right through the pages on a quest to find what I hoped to be their well deserved happily ever after... and I found that and SO much more!!! This was my first experience with Ms. Kelly's work, and I have to say that she totally won me over with her endearing characters, and unique story line, and turned me into a fan!! I highly recommend you meet these two wonderful characters, their charming story is destined to touch your heart and leave you with a smile on your face!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
ljtljtljt 10 months ago
May the Best Man Win by Mira Lyn Kelly, is a fun and slightly emotional romance. It is the first book in the author's brand new series, The Best Men, and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. The attractive cover and entertaining book blurb is what drew me into this read. This is the love story between Emily Klein and Jase Foster. They have known each other since high school and even shared a crush way back when, but that was almost a decade ago. Now they are both successful in their careers, still experiencing life in the Windy City, and their respective friends are getting married to each other. Due to the fact that Emily is a tall woman and Jase is over six feet, they are always paired together as attendants in the bridal party. Their past was not a happy one, and to this day they have a love/hate relationship. However, each wedding brings them closer together, which results in a very hot, yet tenuous affair. In the end, they learn to trust each other and forge a future together. Overall, this is a nicely written book with an exciting plot and well-defined characters. I felt the connection between Emily and Jase immediately, and truly enjoyed discovering how their relationship evolved over the years. They are a seductive couple, and their sexy times are steamy. The lives of their close friends add some interesting subplots to an already engaging story. Although I found Ms. Kelly's writing to be a bit incohesive at times, I was still able to follow the story. If you love books centered around wedding festivities, along with some amazing personalities, then this book and series is for you. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Bette313 10 months ago
I loved this fun read and I am so excited that it is just the beginning of what should be a great series. To say that the relationship between Jase Foster and Emily Klein is complicated is a gross understatement. Their history has taken them from friends to enemies to whatever the heck they are now! As their mutual friends start marrying off they find themselves constantly paired together in the bridal party so they agree to put the past behind them and play nice. You can feel the sexual tension between them but even though they are combustible together the pain of the past and the different directions they see their lives going in the future make any sort of relationship impossible. Now that they aren't tearing each other apart though being together just feels so right! There is a wonderful group of characters in this story that should give us several great stories to come. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
heavenlycirce 10 months ago
"May the Best Man Win" is written by Mira Lyn Kelly, and it is the first book in her The Best Men series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Emily Klein and Jase Foster. I really enjoyed this book! I've read so many romance novels throughout the years, but I felt like the premise for this story was a little different. Emily and Jase have a lot of mutual friends, who have all decided to get married. Emily and Jase may not exactly get along, but because their friends want them in the wedding party, they always get paired up and play nice. There's a lot of tension between the both of them in the beginning of the book, and it had to do with something from their past. They never exactly talked about it all these years until it gets brought up one night. But the more times they are paired together at these weddings, the more they realize that maybe they do have feelings for one another. That just maybe, they want to be in a relationship. But can Emily and Jase learn to trust one another? Are they willing to give love a chance, or will the past stop their relationship from going any further? Mira did such a wonderful job with "May the Best Man Win"! It was a well-written, complex story with a strong, yet vulnerable hero and heroine. You can't help, but root for Emily and Jase! Really looking forward to the next installments in this series! "May the Best Man Win" is definitely a must read!
beckymmoe 10 months ago
Enemies-to-lovers in the absolute best possible way--loved it! The banter, the off-the-charts chemistry, the smoking hot you-know-what--honestly, I don't think I could have put this one down even if I wanted to. And then--OMG, the relationship black moment--even knowing this is a romance and there's going to be an HEA in there somehow, somewhere, I still was crying. I can't think of the last time a book had me in actual tears without a character dying. There may have been sobbing involved. So. GOOD. I loved Jase. I loved Emily. I adored their group of friends, especially Jase's four BFFs--Max, Brody, Sean, and Molly (which is fortunate, because they're going to star in future series books--I'm guessing Max, whose POV we see in the epilogue, is the next lucky "best" man?) And Janice, Jase's almost eternally pregnant personal assistant? OMG, she defies description. I'm pretty sure she's my first book girl crush. (When Jase asked her what she'd been feeding her newborn, who was growing like a weed and she replies "You really want to know?" with that Janice-y raised brow? All I can say is it's a darn good thing I hadn't just taken a drink...) Read this book. Do not pass Go, don't wait for your two hundred dollars. Just. Read. It. You won't be sorry you did! Rating: 5 stars / A+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 12 months ago
Romance is a small genre and Ms. Kelly knows how to spread the magic of love. From her addictive Harlequin reads to her swoon worthy Loveswept novels and her enchanting Sourcebooks titles she knows how to keep the fires burning. Her romantic soul shines through in every paragraph she writes and every adorable character she creates. What I love most about May The Best Man Win is that it combines the best of her traits to create a story that is light, amusing and hard to put down. Am looking forward to the rest of the Best Men series.