Best Man with Benefits

Best Man with Benefits

by Samanthe Beck

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Logan McCade arrives at his best friend's wedding overworked and in desperate need of a vacation, only to discover his best man duties have been...expanded. He must coax Sophie, Colton's little sister, out of her shell or risk her hiding in her room all week. Logan figures he can handle one shy bridesmaid, but he's not expecting how much he enjoys "handling" Sophie.

Socializing has never been introverted web designer Sophie Brooks's strong suit, but she's determined to shed her wallflower image and embrace the "New Sophie"-a feat made easier with the supremely sexy Logan McCade tempting her to explore all her forbidden fantasies. If she's not careful, she just might fall for the best man.

Sophie's sweet, sexy, and delectably awkward demeanor brings much-needed calm to Logan's hectic life. With the nuptials only days away, Logan is forced to face the possibility that his favor to a friend might have become something else entirely...and that he's not willing to let Sophie go. Ever.

Each book in the Wedding Dare series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Falling for the Groomsman by New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin, w/a Diane Alberts
Baiting the Maid of Honor by New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey
Seducing the Bridesmaid by New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert
Best Man with Benefits by USA TODAY bestselling author Samanthe Beck
Dare to Resist by New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622667291
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/09/2014
Series: Wedding Dare , #4
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 229
Sales rank: 39,245
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling and award winning author Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her husband, their son, Kitty the furry Ninja, and Bebe the trash talkin' Chihuahua. When not writing fun and sexy contemporary romance, or napping on her beach towel with her face snuggled to her Kindle, she searches for the perfect ten dollar wine to pair with Lunchables.

Connect with Sam via Facebook, (, Twitter (@SamantheBeck1) or through her website at to check her progress on that never-ending quest, or to get the latest on her upcoming Brazens!

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Best Man with Benefits

A Wedding Dare Novel

By Samanthe Beck, Heather Howland, Ellie Brennan

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Samanthe Beck
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-729-1


Logan McCade never considered himself an ass man, but the heart-shaped one packed into snug black jeans practically begged to be kissed, licked, bitten, and quite possibly spanked. The distraction in question snagged his attention as he approached the Beaver Creek Resort concierge desk, which made all of the above highly unfeasible.

Still, the soaring ceilings, dark wood beams, and huge river-rock fireplace of the resort's lobby couldn't compete with the tight, round handful traveling in close company with toned legs that gave the impression of going on forever. A nice illusion, considering the woman leaning against the marble-topped counter looked about five foot nothing in her flat black sandals — even when she rose onto her tiptoes to speak to the resort manager.

He couldn't catch the full conversation, just her quiet, halting voice saying, "I-I think I'm going to hyperventilate."

As she finished speaking, she rocked down on her heels and took a half step back from the desk. Now that she wasn't leaning on the counter, the hem of her oversize white shirt settled below her hips, curtaining the world's most bitable backside.

Keep walking, he told himself, because thanks to a call from his CFO about some issues they'd hit with a potential acquisition, he was already late to the official kickoff dinner for Colton and Kady's epic week of wedding fun. As best man, he ought to be on time for shit like that, but something about the damsel in distress talking to the concierge — and, okay, maybe it was her sweet little ass in those jeans — had him detouring to the desk.

A shower of light from the chandelier splashed auburn streaks through chin-length dark hair that had been ambushed by restless hands a few too many times. Something about the texture and color set a flare of familiarity firing in his brain. He couldn't see her face from this angle, but he heard the resort manager reply, "... our sincere apologies, Miss Brooks. Please don't hyperventilate. Rest assured, we'll locate your dresses and have them sent to your room as soon as possible."

Miss Brooks? As in ...


She whirled to face him, and he fell into a pair of big brown eyes he remembered belonging in the slightly rounded face of a girl ... teenager ... whatever. Not a full-grown woman with high cheekbones and an actual jawline — both of which a man could spend days sculpting with his fingertips, or his tongue. The only plump thing about her face was her full, unpainted lips, currently parted in what he figured to be surprise at his interruption, but his imagination whispered, This is what she looks like when she comes ... cheeks flushed, eyes wide and dazed, and those soft pink lips parted.

The flush darkened from pink to flaming red, and a voice just a note deeper, and a hint huskier than the one from his memories, said, "Logan?"

"Hi, Sophie. What's up?" Holy shit, besides your dick.You've been fantasizing about giving your best friend's shy, adorable, strictly off-limits little sister an ass hickey. Of course, the last time he'd seen her, "little" had been the operative word. She'd been what ... eighteen? Nineteen? Definitely still a teen. Now she was all woman.

Colt's request from earlier in the day replayed in his mind. You know what a hermit Sophie can be. Last night at the bachelorette party, she bailed as soon as she could sneak away. Do me a solid and look after her this week. Make sure she doesn't bunker in her room and miss all the fun.

"Logan," she repeated and backed up, sounding distinctly uncomfortable and looking like she'd dearly love to bolt to her room right that moment. She had the bolting thing down cold, because he couldn't remember seeing her at all last night when Colt and the rest of the groomsmen had invaded Kady's bachelorette party. And based on the way his body reacted to grown-up Sophie, he would have remembered. Then again, thanks to work he'd been functioning on a handful of hours of sleep all week. He'd spent most of last night on autopilot.

"Hey," he smiled and leaned against the counter, aiming to throw as much relaxed and casual at her as he could muster to counteract all her skittishness. "Are you on your way to the dinner at Spago?" Her outfit suggested she was not, and he was suddenly bound and determined not to let her slide under everyone's radar and skip it. Because you promised Colt. "Walk over with me."

She shook her head and lifted a hand toward the hotel manager, enlisting his support. "I can't go. I have nothing to wear. I sent my dresses ... oh, goodness, including my bridesmaid dress" — she added as if that particular realization had just hit her — "to get the wrinkles steamed out, and they've disappeared."

"Temporarily misplaced," the manager interjected, aiming an apologetic look at them both. "We're very sorry. This has never happened before."

Sophie stretched her pretty lips into a pained smile. "Things like this happen to me all the time. I'm cursed with bad luck. But this is particularly awful because I can't be a bridesmaid without the bridesmaid dress." She paused as the ramifications of her words sank in, and then her tense expression cleared into a look of pure relief. "Darn it, I won't be able to stand in front of a packed chapel while my brother and Kady exchange vows."

Colt sure knew his sister. Not only was she trying to use the laundry glitch as an excuse to back out of tonight's dinner, she was aiming to back out of being a bridesmaid.

"Let's not reserve you a pew in the back of the chapel just yet. They've got five days to find your dresses."

"We'll find them, sir —"

"I have every confidence," Logan told the manager. "In the meantime ... " He caught Sophie's hands between his and gave her a gentle tug. "Come with me to dinner. You look great just as you are." She did. Total opposite from the high-powered, high-maintenance, airbrushed-to-perfection corporate types surrounding him most days, and he found her lack of artifice refreshing as hell.

"Oh, no. I couldn't." She freed her hands and tucked them behind her back, which made her look like a little girl with something to hide until he noticed how the front of her button-down shirt stretched across her chest, revealing generous, incredibly distracting curves beneath the thin white cotton. Jesus, when had Colt's little sister turned into a centerfold? He found the transformation of the cute, quiet Sophie of his memory to the Sophie in front of him so unsettling it took him a moment to get his head back on what she was saying.

" ... the invitation said cocktail attire. I'll be the only one dressed like a salesgirl from the Gap." She actually took another step away and he had a sneaking suspicion if he blinked, he'd open his eyes to find a vortex of empty air where she now stood ... maybe one sandal halfway across the lobby.

Thing was, he hadn't earned an economics degree and an MBA, and founded his own outdoor adventure gear company without picking up a few problem-solving skills along the way. "Let me see if I understand your concern. You don't want to be the only person there tonight who doesn't look like they got lost on the way to the red carpet?"

He found the unwilling grin flirting across her lips ridiculously gratifying, and her reply more revealing than she probably intended. "I'd feel too self-conscious ... like everyone was staring at me thinking, 'Didn't she get the memo?'"

"Okay, I can solve this problem." He hit her with his patented this-will-work stare, the one he'd perfected five years ago to convince angel investors to put millions into Defy Gravity, a fledgling company best known, until that point, for manufacturing rock-climbing gear. "Don't move. I'll be back in five minutes."

* * *

Sophie watched Logan stride away. Watched every female in the vicinity discreetly or not-so-discreetly check him out as he passed, and tried not to squirm when those same sharp gazes cut to her and she inevitably became the object of baffled, disbelieving, or outright rude looks. All of them conveyed the same underlying question. Namely, "What the hell is that monument of male perfection doing with her?"

Even as a crazy part of her wished he could really be hers, she imagined shouting, "Calm down. You have not fallen into some parallel alternate universe where the impossible becomes reality. He's not with me." But of course, she'd never actually do it. The girl who'd passed out attempting to deliver her single line in her kindergarten class play didn't have the nerve to engage in a public outburst at a posh hotel.

Anxious to escape what felt like a glaringly bright spotlight, she made her way to an empty chair in a quiet corner, sat, and tucked her card key into the back pocket of her new skinny jeans. Jeans she'd bought on a whim, and packed on an even bigger whim, and was pretty sure now she should have waited to wear in public until she'd lost another five pounds. She stared down at her plain, unpainted toenails. He'd asked her to wait, so she'd wait, even if she would have preferred to disappear. Have a hole in the time-space continuum open beside her and suck her right in.

Poof! She could land back in her hotel room, or, as long as she was dreaming, back in her little walk-up apartment in West Hollywood, sitting on the postage stamp of a balcony she shared with her incredibly hot neighbor, Mark. He was an unrepentant flirt, but she could handle flirting with him and all his equally hot, equally gay friends. Hanging out with them was the very definition of looking for love in all the wrong places, but it was completely safe.

Logan? Not so safe. Not for someone woefully inept at the boy-girl banter. But that hadn't stopped her from developing an immediate and lasting crush on him the day she and her mom had dropped Colt off at college and met his freshman year roommate. Even now, fourteen years later, she still reverted to the tongue-tied preteen she'd been whenever she found herself in Logan's presence.

She needed to remember the fascination only ran one way. He hadn't even noticed her last night when Colt and his groomsmen had crashed the bachelorette party. Admittedly, she hadn't stuck around long after the guys had arrived — long enough to witness two of the bridesmaids enter into a pact to bed the groomsmen of their choice, and of course, Logan had topped their lists. Seeing one of the girls swipe his room key had been her cue to leave, and slipping out unnoticed hadn't been difficult. A short, frumpy chick didn't attract much attention.

Logan, conversely, commanded attention. She couldn't put it down to height. At six-one, he was tall, but not necessarily the tallest guy in the room. His rock-climber's physique boasted a truly mind-boggling collection of hard-etched muscles. Not that she'd been lucky enough to make a personal inspection, but she'd spent hours studying a memorable Climber's World article featuring Logan hanging from Half Dome, wearing nothing but electric-blue Defy Gravity flex shorts. Impressive as his body was, most of those lean, limber muscles stayed hidden under his clothes. His appeal sprang from something deeper than thick black hair and mood-ring hazel eyes staring out from the kind of bone structure a male model would kill for. He radiated ... something. Some magical blend of energy, charm, and confidence.

Confidence. Something she lacked. Not that she never accepted a challenge or took a dare. She had an adventurous side — one she'd recently set a specific goal to nurture — and it had itched to speak up last night, deal her into the bridesmaid pact, and stake a claim to Logan. Instead, she'd opted out under the guise of avoiding putting her brother in the awkward position of having his little sister hook up with his best man during the wedding week festivities. But that wasn't the real reason she'd held her tongue. In reality, well ... she'd set fitness goals, too, and stuck to them, but logging her three miles every morning was never going to turn her into an elite marathoner. Going head-to-head against those other girls for Logan's attention constituted the sexual equivalent of Olympic-level competition. In the end she'd get laughed off the course, and hurt.

A hand landed on her shoulder at the same time a low, thrillingly masculine voice, asked, "Ready?"

She looked up to find Logan standing over her, smiling like a co-conspirator, and momentarily lost her powers of speech. Gone were his crisp white dress shirt, silk tie, and light-gray trousers. Instead he wore an olive-green T-shirt that molded to the hard planes of his chest and turned his hazel eyes to jade, paired with wash-worn khaki cargo shorts that left his tanned calves bare. God, even his feet are gorgeous, she thought as she inspected his brown leather Tevas.

"Ready, Soph?" He gave her shoulder a playful — perhaps prompting — squeeze, and she had a shockingly vivid fantasy of surging to her feet, tearing his shirt off and running her hands all over his warm, naked skin. Well aware her face was on fire, she forced her eyes back to his, and swallowed to ease the dryness in her throat.

"Ready for what?"


"Oh my God, we couldn't be more out of place if we'd worn our pajamas."

Logan simply tugged his reluctant companion through the door and into the sleek, elegant restaurant. "I doubt that, seeing as how I don't wear pajamas."

A strangled sound served as Sophie's reply. Curiosity had him craning his neck around to see if he'd made her blush — and why the idea of bringing heat to her cheeks gave him such a charge, he couldn't say — but a familiar figure standing by the bar talking to a group of guests caught his attention before he could satisfy his curiosity. Colt.

Whoa there, Romeo, get yourself in check. You just flirted with your best friend's shy, adorable, strictly off-limits little sister.

"Hey, there's your brother. Want to go over and say hello?"

Sophie stared at the bar for a moment, clearly debating, and then shook her head. "No. He's talking to people I don't know, and I'm not dressed for introductions. I don't want to embarrass him. You go ahead, though. He wouldn't feel the need to make excuses for you. I'll just hang out here."

Yeah, right. She'd leave the second he turned his back. He'd gotten her to the party, but getting her to relax and have a good time was going to take more effort. A drink seemed like a good place to start, but he didn't want to force her to accompany him to the bar and into an interaction that would make her more self-conscious. "How about we find a place to sit? Then I'll go over and get us some drinks, and let Colt know we're here."

Her eyes darted left, and then right at his suggestion, like someone seeking an escape route, but she simply nodded and beelined to a booth for two in a dim, comparatively quiet corner of the restaurant. Out of the way, he noted, just like the seat she'd chosen when she'd waited for him in the hotel lobby. She had a knack for blending into the background. Something to keep in mind for the rest of the week.

Once she'd settled herself into the most recessed corner of the booth, he handed her the card key to his suite. "Would you hold on to this for me while I get our drinks? I lost mine last night and had to get a replacement from the reception desk. I'm hoping to do better with this one."

He expected reluctance, since agreeing to be his key-master meant relinquishing any escape plans she'd hatched, but the odd look she gave him made him wonder if she knew something about what had happened to his key last night. All she said, however, was "Sure," as she took the small plastic card.

"Thanks. What can I get you to drink?"

"Maybe some water."

Maybe not. He doubted the power of H2O to chill her out her and get her into the party spirit. "How about some champagne? It's a celebration, after all."

"Um." She glanced around again, as if to confirm others were drinking. "Okay. I guess. If that's what you're having."

After the day of business calls he'd endured, he'd planned on something with more kick, but he suspected three fingers of Johnnie Walker Black, no water, no ice, would put Sophie under the table. "Two champagnes, coming up. Guard that." He pointed to his card key. She'd picked it up and was absently sliding the pad of her index finger back and forth over one rounded corner. A disconcerting image hijacked his brain ... of her, running that same soft fingertip along the center of his chest, over his abdomen and down his — "I'll be right back." Self-preservation sent him striding to the bar before his imagination embarrassed him.

He'd been working too hard these last few weeks, and ignoring certain basic human instincts. That had to be the reason he suddenly couldn't get his head out of his pants. "Jesus, I need a drink," he muttered under his breath.


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Best Man with Benefits (a Wedding Dare Novel) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was the better written one out of the series- Thank You!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Just Ok in my opinion. Although the writing style was superb, the conflict was entirely too predictable. I enjoyed Logan but couldn't wrap my head around the fact that he fell for this young, shy, insecure girl. Some insecurities are fine but the story relied to heavily on hers. She was definitely too immature for my liking with her tantrums. And I really, really had a hard time believing she would blindfold and spank the hero during their first time together. It was just plain awkward, as was that speech she blurted into the microphone at her brother's wedding. It was embarrassing and simply unbelievable. Whether I read this again or not is to be determined.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started Best Man With Benefits last night and ended up staying well past my bed time to read it! I absolutely loved the banter between Sophie and Logan, and their sexual chemistry was off the charts hot! I haven't read any of the other books in the Wedding Dare series but Beck wrote a book that can definitely be read as a stand alone - in fact, I'll be checking out the other books ASAP now, especially if they're as well written as this. It did take me a bit of time to sort out all the characters, but that didn't make me enjoy the book any less. My one teeny, tiny nitpick is that several times within several pages, Beck used "so saying" to introduce action - because the phrase was used so close together it was a little jarring. That doesn't change that this is definitely a book I'll be reading again. *I received an ARC of this for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable read! Sometimes I found the heroine' s insecurities tiring after a while but overall the book was fun with some good steamy moments. I definitely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You got to read this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this and couldn't get beyond the first few pages. What the heck is it with this all consuming lust drive that several authors imbue their characters? Now I like dogs but when they are in heat or if a male, chasing a female in heat, they are really exhasperating. Authors: your readers are not dogs! Give us characters who are real. If you want to dabble in porn then go someplace else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, written well, no cliffhangers
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Nook sex anyone?
sissie2 More than 1 year ago
Great book, Don't miss this one !!!!
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awesomesally More than 1 year ago
Samathe Beck is another writer who has feeling in it. Can't wait until the book is down. WOW!!!!
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Loved it.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
BEST MAN WITH BENEFITS is the fifth and final  instalment in Entangled Brazen’s contemporary, erotic romance Wedding Dare series and runs parallel to the previous three Wedding Dare novels.   There are a total of five storyline including Laura Kaye’s introductory novella Dark To Resist that sets the stage for a wedding where four bridesmaids dare one another to seduce the groomsmen. Each consecutive instalment will be written by a different author but all five storylines will be centered around the wedding of Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks-first introduced in Dare to Resist.  This is web designer and Colton’s little sister Sophie Brooks and sporting goods entrepreneur and best man Logan McCade’s storyline.  Colton has asked his best man Logan McCade to make sure his little sister has a good time. Colton knows that without a little push, Sophie would rather hide away in her room until the wedding ceremony. To Logan’s surprise, Sophie is no longer the shy and awkward teenager he to whom he was introduced years before but a beautiful, petite, voluptuous woman whose self esteem has been shattered by the taunts of her past. Logan is instantly attracted to Sophie but knows she is off limits. What ensues is a relationship built on needs and wants, and Logan wants Sophie for his very own.  Samanthe Beck is in the fortunate position to wrap up the Wedding Dare series. As with each previous instalments Logan and Sophie will find their happily ever after but not before mistaken beliefs and the bridesmaids dare goes a little too far. The reader is pulled into an emotional storyline where the pain of growing up the ugly duckling is a vivid reminder every time one looks into the mirror.  And it will take the love and determination of a man with the looks of a model to show Sophie she is more beautiful than she could have ever imagined. Entangled Brazen’s WEDDING DARE series is the culmination of five authors and five storylines that overlap and run concurrently with one another. Each story involves the building of a relationship, a broken heart and the love affair of a happily ever after. No one ever said the road to happiness was easy, but one couple will bring together eight people and by week’s end, each will have found the one person that will hold their heart and call to their soul. At the end of each instalment, the author will offer up an epilogue-a quick look into the future from four months to one year. The reader will get a glimpse at what is in store for each of our couples and BEST MAN WITH BENEFITS will bring all five couples back together for another celebration-of a different kind. Each of the storylines is a blend of romance and erotic sex; there is the allure of the first kiss, the butterflies in the stomach and the anticipation of waking up in the arms of someone new. The Wedding Dare series focuses on ten people whose lives will collide at the wedding of their best friends-eight people who are looking for the someone special to share the rest of their lives-and one couple who are about to walk down the aisle and say their ‘I do’s’.
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jeniNY More than 1 year ago
This was a really great ending to a very enjoyable series. Logan and Sophie were a fabulous couple. Sophie surprised me and Logan at every turn, she initiates their first sexual encounter which was like wow hot hot... Logan McCade a outdoor type business owner workaholic connects with this best friends shy sister at his wedding.  She makes him crazy for her from the first sight of her and her skinny jeans. Sophie is painfully shy but has decided its time to breakout of her shell and uses her forever crush Logan her brothers best friends from college.  Sparks fly between these two right off, I really like reading about them and their love story. From start to finish this was a really fun series to read, I had if for awhile don't know why I waited so long to read it.   I totally recommend anyone who enjoys reading to grab these books you will love them.  Each couple was unique in their stories and kept me intrigued to find out what would happen next. Also added Logan's brothers stories to my TBR the McCade brothers sound hot.   Once again we also heard from all the other couples, the friendship between the girls is fun.  The guys giving each other advice on love was sweet and sometimes hysterical.  I loved how at the end we got to find out how everything was going for each couple in the epilogue. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Beck had me hooked on Logan & Sophie from the opening scene. They always seemed to sizzle with chemistry but with the dual POV they are written so the reader connects to them and their faults and can sympathize with them. Logan has a delightful dirty mind and filthy mouth which helps to draw Sophie out of her shell. His reaction to her and his subsequent thoughts and dialogue is my favorite part. I enjoyed the epilogue because it does in fact wrap up the series and we get to see glimpses of all the wedding dare couples and what life has in-store. This book has the most of Kady & Colt the wedding couple from the original novella and that was a wonderful added bonus since we last read about them 4 books ago. I would recommend this fun and flirty series.
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