Battling the Best Man

Battling the Best Man

by Elley Arden


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On the cusp of a brilliant Chicago medical career, Dr. Kory Flemming rarely gets a vacation from her demanding brain injury fellowship, but she can’t say no to maid of honor duties in her best friend’s wedding. Hometown or not, being in Harmony Falls, Pennsylvania, isn’t easy, especially when the only man smart enough to trump Kory’s high school academic achievements turns out to be a sexy, accomplished adult up to his old, flirtatious tricks.

Will Mitchell has been destined for success since the day he was born. After spending his formative years racking up academic honors, it was only natural for him to be named the chief operating officer of his family’s thriving company. He has it all - more or less - so when the target of his high school infatuation turns up hot and haughty at his brother’s wedding, Will decides he wants her, too.

An innocent dance at the wedding reception leads Kory and Will to an illicit tryst in the coat checkroom, and the game they’ve been playing since high school changes into something more serious. The new attraction takes Will and Kory by surprise, until a failed merger and family tragedy threaten both their professional goals.

Now, Will’s struggling to preserve his reputation as “the successful one” and Kory’s stuck in Harmony Falls watching her illustrious medical career slip away. Worse yet, maybe the only way to get things back on track is to work together. Can they put aside their rocky past and ignore their titillating present in order to secure the future for the people they adore?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440572333
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Series: Harmony Falls Series , #2
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Elley Arden is a proud Pennsylvania girl who drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness. Find Elley Arden at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @elleywrites.

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Battling the Best Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
They were childhood nemesis – competing for everything during their younger days. Will Mitchell may have been the valedictorian, but Kory was considered to be the most awarded girl in the history of their school. Now, she was a brilliant doctor finishing her fellowship in Chicago, and Will was still in their town, CEO of their company. They were bound to meet again her best friend and his brother’s wedding. It all started with an innocent dance, a little make-out session in the coatroom and suddenly – their old school games slash competition have upped. Fireworks were shooting across the room, as their attraction flares. But everything changed, when a merger failed and a family tragedy happened which threatened both their professional careers. I want him to be my booty call too! He can’t believe that he was going to be someone else’s booty call – most especially Kory’s. I adore watching him questioning his attractiveness and his ego. I can’t believe that he allowed himself to be Kory’s booty call. Better that than nothing, eh? He works hard on everything, why not this girl? Will is an amazing guy, patient, understanding, and a hard worker. He was charming, sexy and irresistible – so for Kory to resist this man for a couple of years, I think was an effort on her part. Brain injury fellowship – WOW. This girl must really be THAT intelligent to be able to get into this type of fellowship. Two words to describe Kory – DRIVEN & AMBITIOUS. "She was married to ambition, and she liked it that way." But was she happy? Was it really what her life is all about? Granting that only a few could get to the place where she is right now – but is it worth it? She had lived her life in a fast-paced way, she lost track of time, and her surroundings. So coming back into her small town, experiencing a near-tragic event with her family had put everything on hold for her. Her career was on pause, she made a deal with Will which put her career on a different path. This time, instead of dealing with surgeons, with patients in less than a second – she deals with life, and death. Not just with strangers, but with people whom know by heart. Day by day, I see change in her. She was learning things that weren’t found in expensive medical textbooks and weren’t taught in medical school. It was a little tougher than what she originally thought – but one thing is for certain, you can feel the contentment. She was finally making a difference in the life of other people. As a healthcare worker myself, earning money doesn’t really equate to the feeling that patient gives you when they say how grateful and thankful they are for taking good care of them. You get that feeling of adrenaline rush when you save a life, when the family can finally take that one long breathe after holding on for so long after giving them the good news, or even that feeling when you offer them comfort when they’re mourning. They were good for each other. I love watching how these two great people came about. He wasn’t pushy, and all she wanted to do was to get away. He never really demanded she would stay, but he did everything to woo her. As nemesis, the tension was already present, and both of them can achieve great things, but working together just proved that everything they work for could never be much better. What I love most – Not just those HOT steamy scenes that makes me want Will for my own, but it’s family stuffs that made me cry. Arghh. Will is a great son who tries everyday to please his mother, even though her mother wasn’t generally a happy person. And for Kory to allow her career to be put on hold for her family. There was no second guessing about it, her family needed her, and even though her mother would constantly push her back to Chicago, she still stayed and watch everything fall back into their normal places. The scene with her dad – it had caused me to shed some tears. It was a simply constructed scene but filled with emotions that had rocked me to the core. Good things come when you least expect it – at least I did with this book. I didn’t expect to laugh, cry and fall in love. But Elley Arden did those things to me, and after that short read, I think I’m coming back for more from this author. ¿ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 stars An intriguing tale of small town, weddings, family, and fate. Battling the Best Man by Elley Arden is her second book in the Harmony Falls series. Kory is back in her small hometown doing her duty as her best friend's maid of honor. Will is best man at his brother's wedding and when Kory and he share one dance together it leads to a secret hookup in the coat closet. This is a much more dangerous dance than they used to do in high school. Things start to develop and then something goes wrong and now they're both struggling to find their way. They learn that they may have to join forces instead of acting against each other to get a favorable end result. A short, sweet, feel-good romance that is well paced with likeable characters you really start to care about.
Luvmyhootie More than 1 year ago
Stubborn characters perfect for each other! ** 3.5 Stars ** After the bombshell that was dropped in the first book I had hoped book 2 would have been about the characters involved in that drama. Alice and Justin got their happy ending in Crashing The Congressman's Wedding so now it's Kory and Will's turn this go round. An old high school rivalry/crush/hatred has been going on between Will and Kory for years. They were very competitive throughout school trying to prove which one was smarter with Will seeming to always squeak out ahead of Kory. She's always resented him for it even to the present day. When they meet back up at her best friend Alice's wedding and have a private kiss in the coat room it leads to some casual sex they can't pass up. Neither one of them is looking for anything serious because Kory is only in town long enough to help her father recover from a stroke before she heads back to Chicago to assume her medical career. Will needs her in Harmony Falls to take over working at the nursing home as it's director while he makes a deal with another hospital to take over. If he can't manage to make this deal happen then all the residents will have to go somewhere else and Will doesn't want that, plus his mother is salivating for him to fail so she can sell it out from under him. when sex turns into something else Kory and Will have to decide what's more important to them.  I can't say that Kory and Will were characters that made me fall for them honestly. I did like them ok but I didn't really swoon for their romance. I didn't really know much about Kory going into this book but her story wasn't something I connected with. She always felt like she wasn't with her parents always pushing to excel in life that left her to assume they didn't want her around. I didn't understand why she felt this way until she hashed everything out with her parents and then I understood where she was coming from. She was stubborn at times and a little abrasive when it came to her growing feelings for Will. She was so uptight it was nice to see her let her guard down and enjoy herself a little bit. Will was like the counterbalance to Kory's abrasiveness with his sexy, fun and charming personality. He was laid back and easygoing despite his ongoing business pressures he felt he needed to maintain. I loved that he could just kick back with some classical music and relax. He wasn't a lady killer type but he did enjoy companionship from time to time. His determination to win Kory over definitely won me over from the start, even if she took longer. It's usually the guy wanting to run away from his feelings but Kory turned out to be the one to run and it left me sympathizing with Will and loving his character a little more than hers. Battling The Best Man wasn't a book I felt I couldn't put down but at the same time I was oddly compelled to finish Kory and Will's story once I started. If that makes any sense. They had a nice, sweet and romantic love story but I can't say it was my favorite. It was nice seeing ALice and Justin again and see them so happy. I always love seeing my favorite characters again and see how things worked out for them once their book was over. I'm not sure which book is next but I really hope it involves the drama I mentioned earlier because that promises to be really juicy! If you haven't read Crashing The Congressman's Wedding to get the dirt on the juice then you should! Battling The Best Man was a nice palate cleanser in between the dramz to lull you while the next course is being served. This was a really quick read that wouldn't take long to get through for anyone who doesn't have time to read a super long novel.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
My Review: 4.5 Star Review - Battling The Best Man Kory has come to town for a wedding. During the wedding she runs into her high school rival. She is still mad at him for something that happened years ago. Will is attracted to Kory and wants to spend time with her. Only problem is she is only in town for a day or two. When a family tragedy strikes does Will see an opportunity to keep Kory close and lure her into a relationship. He thinks he can get her so involved in things in town that she will stay. Can Will keep her around or is he fighting a losing battle as her own family is pushing her to return to her job out of town? In the end will they see what they are missing by not trying to be together?
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love how Arden combines an up and coming relationship with the realities of everyday life to create such a touching yet exciting read.  I also appreciated the fact that the characters had a history with one another.  They weren’t strangers who ran into each other on the street one day and magically fell head over heels in love, but rather had gone to high school together.  This intriguing storyline is brought together by Arden’s brilliant skills as a storyteller.  Everything melds together seamlessly, allowing you to picture it all The main characters in this novel made me laugh, cringe, and want to beat my head off the wall in turns.  They were quite well developed and extremely real.  I enjoyed the fact that they both had real issues to deal with above and beyond their relationship.  That said, the female lead was almost pigheaded in her single-mindedness at times.  The supporting cast in this tale was intriguing.  They came from all areas of the community and were all connected in that small town way that warms your heart. As a whole this was a quick, happy, enjoyable read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.  It is another awesome work by Arden leaving you satisfied yet wanting more. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
*Received for an honest opinion. I really enjoyed "Battling The Best Man" by Elley Arden. Although this is your typical love/hate romance between Dr. Kory Flemming Will Mitchell I liked the uniqueness of some aspects of the story. Yes, I thought that they characters had great chemistry and their banter was fun. But I have to say that one of my favorite parts was when Kory expressed her difficulty at achieving her success. Although it was not the biggest part of the story, I enjoyed the authenticity of Kory's struggles. My second favorite thing was how they both got over their misconceptions about each other and truly let their guard down. This was a fun and light romance. I recommend it and enjoyed it!