Photojournalist Christine Forsythe is ready to tackle her naughty little to-do list, and who better to tap for the job than a hot groomsman? But when she crashes into her best friend's older brother, Christine realizes her list needs updating. And fast. Tyler Dresco took her virginity during the best night of her life, then bolted. Now that they're trapped together at a destination wedding, she's going to get her revenge.
Tyler has never forgiven himself for how completely he lost control all those years ago. Being in Christine's arms had felt right...until he realized what he'd taken from her in the hallway of a cheap motel. And oh, how she's making him pay for it now. The insatiable heat between them has only grown stronger, but every time things heat up, Christine walks away.
With every encounter, things go a little bit further until Christine's caught in her own trap of seduction. And before their time's up, Tyler's not the only one wanting more...
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
About the Author
Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she's not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.
She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, four books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List, and TRY ME, hit #76 on Amazon. Her Swoon Romance novella, CAPTIVATED BY YOU, hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.
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Falling for the Groomsman
A Wedding Dare Novel
By Diane Alberts, Heather Howland, Ellie Brennan
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Jen McLaughlin
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Tyler Dresco closed the door to his hotel room and scanned the wedding itinerary. According to the schedule, the first event took place in a little under an hour, which left enough time for a quick drink at the bar, if he hurried.
God knew he'd need it.
He loved his sister, Kady, very much, as any older brother should, but a whole drawn-out event centering on one wedding seemed a little bit over the top. There were dinners, scavenger hunts — and ballroom dancing. Fucking dancing.
He'd been tempted to pretend the minor injury he'd gotten in Brazil was more serious than a bruise. There hadn't been much time to do anything fun while working there for Doctors Without Borders, so his last day there, he'd done it all.
Bungee jumping. White-water rafting. Rock climbing. He'd injured his knee while zip lining, so he hadn't gotten the chance to skydive. Maybe next time. But ballroom dancing? Yeah. He could do without that.
No one else could make him suffer through numerous days of flirtatious women, loud music, and fancy ballroom moves. But for Kady? He'd do it and smile, too, damn it.
But first, he'd get a fucking drink.
Without looking up, he turned on his heel and stumbled backward as someone crashed into him full force. He automatically steadied the person, making sure he didn't lose his own footing in the process. Judging by the slender frame plastered up against him, he held a woman. She was about five foot three and had curves in all the right places.
Not that he was noticing or anything.
"Oof," the feminine form in his arms said. She started to step away, but stumbled back into his arms. "Ah, crap. Hold on."
The second her fingers closed on his biceps, he tensed. A shot of desire punched him in the gut, making him frown. Her light perfume teased his senses, making him think of warm nights on the beach, tropical drinks, and light laughter. And her voice. It sounded oddly familiar. Weird.
Clearing his throat, he stepped back and released his hold on her waist. She didn't let go of him. He glanced down to see what the issue was. Her red heel was caught in the cuff of his pants. Slim legs were attached to that foot. Legs that made his mouth water. She had red hair that cascaded all around her shoulders, and that's about all he could see. It was enough. He was intrigued by a woman who was literally stuck on him.
He shifted uncomfortably. "Do you need help down there, ma'am?"
The woman froze. For a second, he couldn't figure out why. But she looked up at him, her bright-blue eyes that he'd never truly forgotten meeting his. "Tyler?"
Christine. Of course it was her. Shit. "Oh. Hey, Christine."
No wonder his cock had immediately stood at attention. It always had with her. She'd always been special to him ... well, back when they'd actually spoken, anyway. He'd unknowingly taken her virginity in Mexico in the heat of the moment, then left.
They really hadn't spoken since.
"I ... uh, didn't recognize you right away." She finally freed her heel and stumbled out of his arms, smacking her elbow on the doorjamb in the process. She grabbed it and hopped on one foot. "Ow, ow, ow."
His lips twitched. "I see I'm as dangerous to your safety as always."
"You're as dangerous as a cuddly teddy bear," she snapped, her blue eyes flashing with anger. Interesting. "I just wasn't watching where I was going, like usual. Man, that hurts."
"I bet it does," he said softly, watching her. She was even prettier than the last time he'd seen her at her college graduation. They'd kept their distance that day. Something told him it would be a little harder to do so now. He sighed and held out a hand. "Let me look at your elbow."
She gripped it tighter and scowled at him. "I'm fine."
"Just let me look at it." He dragged a hand through his hair. "I am a doctor, you know."
"Oh, I know what you are," she said, backing up another step. "I know exactly what you are."
"What's that supposed to mean?" He stepped toward her, snatching her wrist in between his thumb and forefinger. Holy shit, her skin was actually as soft as he remembered. "That I'm an asshole?"
She stumbled back again, a small breath escaping her. "I didn't say that." Her back hit the wall and her chin tilted up stubbornly, ignoring his hold on her. "But, hey, if the shoe fits ... "
He laughed. "I suppose I deserved that. Now let me look at this."
"I told you —"
"You're fine." He gave her a level look. "I know."
She huffed. "You're as stubborn as ever, I see."
"Guilty as charged." He pried her left hand off her elbow. The skin was a little red, but she looked otherwise uninjured. She didn't even need ice, but for some reason, he didn't want to let her leave yet. They'd spent years avoiding each other and had it down to an art form. The second she slipped away, this interaction would be over.
But they'd been avoiding each other for the sake of avoiding awkwardness long enough. Maybe it was time to try something new. To start over.
"Well?" she asked, her soft voice sending something shooting through his veins. "Will I recover full use of my limb, Doctor?"
Her graceful form drew his eyes, no matter how hard he tried to resist. Her slim waist curved to generously swelled hips, and her long legs stretched on for what felt like miles. She wasn't in a short skirt — it reached just above her knees — but for the way his body reacted? She might as well have been strutting around in a fucking miniskirt.
"Yeah, but you need ice." He turned away and mumbled, "And so do I."
* * *
Christine watched Tyler swipe the card through the lock on his door with one smooth motion. He looked so in control of every move he made, while she was literally falling into walls and crashing into people. Bouncing off of Tyler wasn't exactly the most flawless start to the wedding extravaganza, but it could have been worse. Heck, the last time he'd held her in his arms, he'd looked at her with horror after he realized what he'd done, apologized, and run away without any sign of hesitation.
Anything was better than that.
But still. Finding out his touch still affected her after all of this time was a bit of a shock, to say the least. Sure, she'd been half in love with him back then — hence him taking her virginity in Mexico all those years ago — but it had been years since they were within touching distance of each other. They'd both moved on.
So why did his touch feel so freaking good?
Maybe she was just that horny. After all, it had been months since she'd gotten any action. Close to a year, if she was being honest with herself. She'd been so wrapped up in her work that she'd neglected life. She'd forgotten how to have fun.
So ... she'd made a list of things she wanted to do before the wedding was over. Things she'd read in romance books. Sexy things. She'd even titled it Christine's Sex To-Dos. Not very creative but it would do. So far it had three items on it: Kiss a stranger. Have sex outside. Make out in the elevator.
Rekindle an old flame was not on her list — and it wouldn't be, either.
But maybe, just maybe, she should add another thing: Get payback on Tyler.
She could make it sexy to fit in with the rest of the items on her list.
No, that would be too dangerous. He'd already hurt her once, and she wouldn't be going back for seconds. She played it safe now, thanks in part to him.
Tyler came out with the ice bucket, his green eyes settling on her instantly. The weight of his stare made her want to fidget, but she forced herself to stand still. His brown hair was longer than she remembered, curling slightly at the edges. He had a little bit of scruff going on, and muscles like whoa.
It was obvious that he kept in shape while he was out saving the world. So not fair. He reached out and placed a hand on her upper arm. His fingers on her bare skin sent a shiver straight up her spine. She tilted her chin up. "Stay here while I go get you ice?"
And spend more time walking an unwilling trip down memory lane? No, thank you. She shook her head and looked over her shoulder. The elevator was awfully close. "I don't need any. I'm fine, I swear."
"Just wait here for me." He skimmed his finger over her arm. God, he wasn't even trying to tempt her, yet he was. So unfair. "I'll only take a second. I promise I'll be right back."
Unlike the last time you left, she added silently.
And then? Blessedly, the anger took hold. Anger she'd thought long buried.
Oh, he thought she would stand there waiting for him, after all this time? He had another think coming. Time to turn the tables. Get payback on Tyler may not be on her actual sex list ... but she was metaphorically penciling it in right now. Dangerous or not, she'd make him want her. Then she'd walk away and forget all about Tyler Dresco — and their sloppy past.
She gave him a sweet smile, satisfaction coming over her when he paused, his eyes heating up with ... desire, maybe? She reached out and tucked one of his errant curls back in place. His nostrils flared. "Oh, I'll be waiting, all right."
His gaze dipped down to her mouth, making her stomach tighten, and then flew back up to hers. "All right then. Good."
He left, his steps long and even. Even while leaving, he managed to look so damn confident and hot that it drove her insane. So much like a man, as opposed to the boy he'd been when he'd taken her virginity and apologized before running away. He might have changed, but not enough to make her change her mind about him. There was nothing between them except awkward silence and memories.
Time to go back to what they did best: pretending that night in Mexico had never happened. As soon as he rounded the corner ... she spun on her heel and headed for the elevator.
It was her turn to run away.CHAPTER 2
Close to an hour later, Christine leaned back in her chair and fiddled with her wineglass. She glanced over her shoulder for what had to be the millionth time before looking back at her best friends. The girls were all arguing over some nonsense or another, but Christine was clueless. Normally, she would have been right there with them, fighting over ...
What were they talking about, anyway? They could be telling her she was winning the Pulitzer Prize for her upstanding investigative journalist abilities, and she wouldn't have heard a single word. Her mind was still stuck on Tyler Dresco and all the memories he'd brought back with him in that stinking hallway.
Now all she could think about was Mexico, and all of the intense emotions that went with that vacation. It had been three months after a drunk driver had killed her parents, and she'd been a shell of the girl she'd once been. She hadn't even wanted to go, but Kady had insisted she should. Insisted she needed to live, and stop crying herself to sleep every night. She had reluctantly agreed, and tried to act as if she were having fun for the sake of her friends.
Tyler had seen through her act.
Regan, New York City headhunter and her Tri Delt sorority sister, leaned close, pulling her out of her thoughts. "You know how you haven't told anyone else you're moving to Maine? We're all together, so now might be a good time."
Christine sighed. Regan had a point, but it just didn't seem right to draw attention to herself when it was Kady's big week, let alone during the bachelorette party. Right before a wedding was not the time to make a huge formal announcement about moving away. It wasn't even all that important, really.
Maybe she'd tweet about it ... Hey ... Surprise! Moving to Maine. Come visit me sometime! Wait. Was that more than one hundred and forty characters?
She sighed. "I'll tell them after the wedding is over, but before we all leave. I don't want to take attention away from the blushing bride." Christine smiled at Kady as she animatedly talked to Julie. They all looked so happy, her news could wait. "But enough about me. How are you doing?"
"Great." She made a show of looking around the bar. "But considering the man candy wandering around here, I'm about to get a whole lot better." Regan popped a mint in her mouth and asked, "Are you excited to be going back home, living on your own for once?"
Of course her attempt to divert the attention from a topic she didn't want to discuss failed with Regan. It always did. "Yeah. I went from living at home with my parents and Jake, to college with you girls, to rooming with Kady in San Francisco. Then, when she moved here to be with Colton, I actually came with her, which is crazy, too. Now I've got a crap roommate who is anything but my friend, and for the first time in my life, I'm going to be alone." Christine shrugged. "For once, that doesn't sound so bad. It's time for me to try it out. Start over and all that crap."
"Understandable." Regan nudged her with her heel. "But if you ever want me to fly up for a good Chunky Monkey binge night, you know I'm your girl. I'll be the closest one to you once you move."
Regan sipped her drink. "How does your brother feel about you coming back?"
"He's happy about it. He's not the same Jake he used to be, not after the war, but he sounded excited about it."
Now that he was a civilian again, Jake worked at a private security agency called Shillings Agency. He'd gotten out of the marines only recently, after injuring his leg. He wasn't the same man anymore. He was quiet. Reserved. Serious. Not even remotely similar to the daredevil he used to be. And he definitely wanted his big sister to come back home.
He was finally getting his wish.
Christine brushed her hair over her shoulder, using the opportunity to peek backward again. She couldn't concentrate on these things when at any second, a green-eyed, brown-haired, smooth-talking devil could walk through the door. She hadn't really thought about him much at all over these past eight years, but now that she'd seen him again? She couldn't think of anything else.
How utterly irritating.
"Holy crap. Why is Tyler wearing that god-awful shirt?" Regan whispered to Christine. "It's got tropical flowers on it, for the love of God."
Christine blinked and yanked herself out of her head, scanning the room with a racing heart. "Huh? He didn't have it on earlier. Where is he? I don't see him."
"I know. But now I know you saw him already." Regan looked at her skeptically. "I'd suspected as much, considering the way you're acting. So, how did it go?"
Christine shifted in her seat. Regan didn't know about her and Tyler. No one did. It was their dirty little secret. So what was Regan hinting at? Christine smiled. "It was fine. Why wouldn't it be? We barely know each other."
That much was true. They just knew what each other looked like naked, is all.
"You tell me," Regan said, watching Christine too closely. "Every time someone mentions him, you tend to zone out and pretend he's not real. Now that you've seen him, you're acting like a space cadet. Something's going on."
"My distraction has nothing to do with him." Christine forced a smile. "I'm just tired."
"I know a good remedy for tired," Regan said, using air quotes around the word "tired." "Want me to share it?"
"Does it involve a hot man and a bed?" Christine asked, biting down on the corner of her lower lip to keep from laughing, since she knew it almost certainly did. "Because that's totally on my list."
"Ah, yes. The sexy list of 'things to do while unemployed.'"
"I'm not unemployed," Christine whispered, peeking at Kady. "I just didn't start my new job yet. Thanks for the help, by the way."
"Don't mention it," Regan said, waving away the fact that she'd helped Christine get her new job. "Back to the fun stuff ... let's talk about the party train you have planned. It's about time you started living life instead of reading about it." Regan leaned closer, her expensive perfume wafting over. "But as far as my earlier remedy goes? The bed's optional."
Christine laughed. "I'll make a side note on my list."
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Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim I so love this book and the characters. Tyler Dresco is definitely on my list of book boyfriends. And, Christine Forsythe is on my list of book friends. Do you believe in second chances? Falling for the Groomsman is all about second chances and doing whatever it takes to get the one who got away back. This is a wonderful story of a second chance at love that could possibly bring tears to your eyes. Eight years ago, Tyler Dresco and Christine Forsythe had a magical encounter, one neither has forgotten. The encounter left Tyler confused and running for the hills. It left Christine heartbroken, to say the least. Now forced to be in the same place for their sibling and friend’s wedding, they are forced to confront the past. Even with the passage of time, Tyler and Christine still have strong feelings for each other. Tyler is the guy Christine compares all others to and Christine is the one who captured Tyler’s heart and scared him to his core. Christine wants to let loose during wedding week and comes up with a naughty list to show the new woman she is. With Tyler around, she decides to use the time to get back at him for the way he treated her all those years ago. Too bad the heart knows what the heart wants and her cat and mouse game catches up to her. Be prepared to fall in love with this couple as they go after their happy ever after. Falling for the Groomsman is part of the Wedding Dare Continuity series. It can easily be read as a standalone. However, if you would like to read the series in order, this is the order you should read it in: Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye Falling for the Groomsman by Diane Alberts Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey Seducing the Bridesmaid by Katee Robert Best Man with Benefits by Samanthe Beck Source: Publisher
## GREAT READ. I enjoyed reading this continuation of the Wedding Dare series. Although it wasn't my favorite (Baiting the Maid of Honor was), I still found it to be a really fun read. Normally I don't really like books that include a ton of arguing, but for some reason it works in this story. I absolutely loved that the heroine wasn't some needy woman with instant forgiveness (that gets old fast). And I could kiss Ms. Alberts for not portraying Tyler as a man-slut. It was so refreshing that THIS McDreamy didn't have a revolving door in his bedroom. I laughed and even teared up a bit as I read this. Perfect combination of sweet, sassy and sexy. I will read again.
This could be real life this could be a fantasy that depends on how you intrepid the book.
The beginning was a little slow, it was a good read. I would recommend it.
Please read it and put yourself in the book and dream later while you sleep.
My thoughts: "But when we get too close... sparks fly. Inevitably, you end up pressed against a wall with me between your legs. Mexico. Last night. Tonight..." FALLING FOR THE GROOMSMAN by Jen McLaughlin writing as Diane Alberts is a very enjoyable short, racy read! It's the first novel in the Wedding Dare series, a series in which all the tales take place around the wedding of Kady and Colt. Kady and Colt's story was told in Laura Kaye's novella, Dare to Resist. FALLING FOR THE GROOMSMAN is the story of bridesmaid Christine Forsythe and groomsman Tyler Dresco. My full review has been posted to Reading Between The Wines Book Club.
Another great installment in the Wedding Dare series. I am really loving this series, each author has done a great job so far with their assigned couple. This one is about Christine and Tyler. Tyler unknowingly took Christine's virginity years ago on a group trip to Mexico and freaked and left her sad and confused. Over the years they avoided each other. When Tyler's sister plans to marry his best friend Colt he and Christine are throw back together for a wedding bash weekend. The sparks fly from their for reconnect, Christine smashing into him in the hotel hallway. Will they both realize that they been fooling themselves all these years thinking there wasn't anything between them. Tyler really stole my heart, he's a doctor so he's the guy who takes care of everyone around him. When Christine literally stumbles back into his life he can't help but fall for her. "You should have been mine" he tells her at one point and my heart just about melted. This story along with the others in this series are really fun to read. Watching how each relationship plays out around the others is exciting. The sex scenes are hot. The banter between the groomsman is heartwarming and silly at times. The girls are awesome their friendship strong and true. In each installment we get a glimpse of each couple making us wonder how their story will go. I think the authors did a great job keeping the couples in each book separate while staying true to the characters we have already meet. My favorite part is that each book has an epilogue so we get to find out how the couples did after the wedding week. Moving on to the next one. If you like a series I highly recommend this one and not waiting or cliffhangers all the books are out now.
I read this story third after Dare To Resist which really should be read first to get the full effect of the series. But let me note this story does stand on it's own, though better understood in the series. I totally enjoyed this couple, how each individually came to make peace with the past and become open to the present and future. Well, worth your time. I recommend this story for 18+ and mature due sexual content.
Falling for the Groomsman is the first book in the series after the prequel novella Dare to Resist, but as all the stories are occurring simultaneously, reading order after the novella isn't terribly crucial. Each book so far has given hints and glimpses into the h/H of the other novels, but they've stayed away from major spoilers, and each story stands alone just fine. Tyler, the "groomsman" of the title, is the older brother of the bride (Kady). Christine, a bridesmaid, is a longtime friend of Kady's, making this story--ta da!--an example of best friend's older brother troupe! They've also got a past beyond the you-hang-with-my-annoying-younger-sister one, because eight years earlier while on a trip to Mexico the two slept together. He was-unknowingly ahead of time-Christine's first, and once he realized it he bolted. And...they pretty much have avoided each other ever since. Enter a destination wedding with every second of the week's activities planned by maid of honor Julie (Baiting the Maid of Honor, and you know that these two are going to be thrown together. A lot. Let the chemistry ensue! This book read very quickly. Once Tyler aplogizes for his earlier behavior, he pretty much gains the reader's sympathy and holds on with all of his I've-got-a-six-pack-and-I'm-a-doctor glory. He apologizes and sets out to make amends, and it's pretty much oooooh, yeah! from that point on as far as this reader was concerned. Christine definitely has reasons for her resentment, but she does take the "I need to get back at Tyler for the last eight years of my life" a bit further than seemed strictly necessary. Still, she comes around in the end (after an awesome romantic guesture by Tyler, naturally) so all is forgiven. Really, though, it was hard to be too upset with her when she had internal dialogue like this running through her head: She bit down on her lower lip, just like the heroines always did in her books. Hopefully it actually looked more sexy temptress than hungry zombie looking for flesh. (She apparently doesn't quite get the temptress look down at this point, in case you were wondering--which makes it a lot harder to hold a grudge against her. :) ) Falling for the Groomsman kept me turning the pages when I absolutely should have been getting work done this past weekend. Can't wait to get to books three and four! 4 stars / B+ rating. I recieved a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Tyler is a mistake Christine wouldn’t like to repeat…at least that’s what she keeps telling herself. Too bad her heart has a different idea. Being her bff’s older brother, Tyler had really always been off-limits but thanks to one night in Mexico years ago, he now holds the title as the man who took her V-card. And she’s been trying to ignore him since that night….just like he had ignored her the “morning after”. But old flames die hard and being in such close proximity proves to fan the flame that burns between them and suddenly the reasons why he left he all those years ago don’t matter and with Tyler trying desperately to win back her affections the hold she has on her resolve is slowly giving way. I really enjoyed the angry chemistry between Christine and Tyler and was pulling for them to make amends from the very beginning. That being said, Christine made that man grovel and he totally deserved every minute of it! But you know what they say about the post arguing sex, right? Hottest sex ever! Diane gave the perfect amount of push and pull into this couple’s relationship and it was a great follow up to Laura Kaye’s story as well as a great intro to the rest of the continuity! Thank you, Diane, for another hot and sexy story!
Falling for the Groomsman was the book that led me to the pure sexy awesomeness that was the Wedding Dare series. I'm a huge fan of Jen McLaughlin/Diane Albert's books and jumped at the chance to participate in the blog tour for this book when the opportunity presented itself. After finishing this one, I one-clicked the rest of the books in the series and devoured them all in a matter of a couple days. So, thanks Jen/Diane, for introducing me to this series. I may have said it a time or two before, but I *love* second chance romances. Falling for the Romance is exactly that. Tyler and Christine have known each other for years. He's the bride's brother and she's one of her best friends. They knew each other growing up and – in a moment of indiscretion – he took her virginity when they were younger. He panicked and left her... left their town... and they haven't talked since. She thought he used her and has no idea of what really caused him to run. Now they're face-to-face again after all this time. Things were complicated and, eventually, rather sexy. I loved these characters! Tyler is a hot and sexy doctor who is a bit of a daredevil. Christine is a photojournalist. They were both strong, and a bit stubborn. Now that they're together again, Tyler wants another chance. He wants to explain what really happened. Christine is scared of being hurt again, but finds it really difficult to fight what she feels for him. And, rightfully so, because he's pretty much the total package. I really liked the two of them together. I love a couple that challenges each other. Since this book is written from both Tyler and Christine's POVs, readers are given a great look into both of their heads, which made the story feel more complete to me. If you're looking for a great, sexy adult standalone series, I can't recommend this one highly enough. I've read several Brazen titles, but I've never read an entire series yet. I tend to stick with the ones written by authors whose work I'm familiar with. This series has made me see the error of my ways. I'm definitely missing out on something. I thoroughly enjoyed the way all the characters appeared in each novel, giving another perspective to the pairings and the individual characters. These stories all meshed really well together and that's one of the things I enjoyed most about each of the books individually and the series as a whole. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
OMG this was the best book in this series. You fall in love with both characters and understand both of their issues. They have not been together in the same room for eight long years. They have their reasons, maybe not good ones, but still reasons none the less. They are both good people and both need each other. Fun quick read. Enjoy
A snowy clearing where warriors can share tongues.
hot start to a new series This is the first book in the "Wedding Dare"-series and it tells the story of Christine, best friend of the bride, and Tyler, the brides big brother Christine and Tyler have some history, nobody knows about. years ago, he was her first lover and ran away afterwards. since then Christine is more than insecure about herself as a person. Tyler regrets running away from her after their encounter but doesn't know what to do about it. When they meet again, the attraction once again burns hot. this story is about second chances - normally not my favorite plot, but "Falling for the groomsman" was a nearly perfect combination of story telling, sizzling chemistry and romantic feelings. it is a good combination of conflict, chemistry, love and a good amount of hot bedroom scenes. I liked the main couple and would have loved to learn more about the other characters involved - but that is what the other books are for. so I am waiting and see what the other authors have in store for the other couples all in all it was a quick and easy read with a perfect ending. I absolutely love it when the epilogue gives us the scene we were waiting for an ARC was provided to me by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
I thought Kady and Colton were hot, Tyler and Christine are even hotter. Sexy read about two hearts meant to be! :)
Great story, with Tyler and Christine two characters you will love to fall in love with as i did. This is a very hot read and will have you not wanting to stop reading this book. great read
I have to say that I enjoyed Falling for the Groomsman. Plus, it's one steamy read. Anyway, I absolutely loved Tyler. He's actually pretty carrying and concern about everyone's welfare. Christine, I actually had to warm up to. It's so easy to fall in love with hero. Like most ladies, I tend to forgive the hero more often. Poor Tyler, he had been living with the guilt of taking Christine's virginity. So, he figure as long as he got through with the wedding with minimal damage he should be fine, but never thought he would still feel that instant attraction to Christine. However, Christine still felt the sting of his abandonment after the deed was done. So, she figure the wedding would be a perfect time extract her revenge. Seriously, I felt bad for Tyler. He seriously tried to make things up with Christine, but the girl had him by the string. I'm surprise he didn't give up. However, I have to give him credit for sticking with all the guff she put him through. Yes, I struggle with Christine's character, because she carried the grudge with her. Granted I get that she was hurt by his actions, but she was in his early 20s, and who doesn't do stupid things during that time. Even though I struggle with Christine's character, I still enjoyed the story. I thought the wedding shenanigans were a lot of fun and I can't wait to see what happens to the other bridesmaids and groomsmen. So, you want some shenanigans and steam look no further.
*4.5 Stars* We all deserve a second chance A wedding is not the only thing Tyler and Christine have to get through. They have eight years of air to clear after an encounter where Tyler took Christine's virginity and ran off right after. I love these kinds of stories because you automatically know that with him being the brides brother and her being the best friend to the bride that they can't avoid this come to Jesus moment. Tyler and Christine were a really fun couple to fall in love with, and it was effortless. The chemistry between them right away was evident so I knew I was in for a treat. Christine has done well for herself as an investigative journalist and has spent the last several years building her career without any time for serious relationships. It's hard to build something else when you know the one that got away was the one you were meant to be with right? Christine was the kind of woman I love to get behind. She was determined, as was evidenced by her choice in career. She was fiercely independent, proven by how she fought Tyler almost every step of the way and she was loving. The way she talked about her brother showed how special their bond was. It would have to be after losing her parents to a drunk driver when she was a freshman in college. That was the catalyst in the story, On a trip to Mexico 8 years prior in order to try and have fun and forget about her pain is when she hooked up with Tyler. Having a crush on Tyler already, plus being young and vulnerable only added to the circumstances surrounding their first connection. She needed comfort when Tyler found her crying trying to get into her hotel room and at first he offers just a shoulder but one thing lead to another and 8 years later, BOOM! Here we are. Although he was a stubborn ass at times Tyler was a great male character that made me swoon and he just melted my heart overall. He became a doctor and not only does he save lives but he also helps out overseas with the "Doctors Without Borders" program. That right there is a big win in the swoon worthy traits category. Aside form that though his genuine character came out in the way he cared for others around him. Not just his sister but also the time he took to care for Christine and prove to her he's a different man than he used to be. Being a young doctor on the cusp of leaving to head overseas 8 years before, Tyler wasn't ready to settle down and Christine made him FEEL ALL THE THINGS! Of course he probably could have handled letting her down a little better than running out the door with his pants around his ankles but I digress. In his defense though taking someones V-card is a big deal and that can mess with a guy's head it seems because he's beat himself up over it for years. I loved Tyler from beginning to end and didn't stop. Even his moments of being bossy with Christine, I just wanted to pull off my Granny panties and tie them to his FACE! UNFF! Surrounding the wedding of Kady and Colton, whom we met in Dare To Resist which is the setup for the stormy Christine and Tyler are pushed together repeatedly in a cosmic alignment of the stars. The wedding activities that are setup for the entire week have them in close proximity several times even when a scavenger hunt takes them off the beaten path for a night under the stars. Albert's had my heart in a constant state of pitter-pattering watching her two fiercely hardheaded characters TRY to resist each other but with the past connection they shared and the current heated passion jolting through them it was inevitable they got hot and heavy. One of the main things I usually love about Adult romance is the moment where the characters finally give into their feelings and throw caution to the wind. That moment between Catherine and Tyler was hot, twice. In the beginning I thought Albert's was going to drag out their sexcapades seeing as how Cathrine would run off and was more gun shy than a deer during open season, but thankfully she gave me what I wanted in a relatively pain free time frame. Couples who have fun together always make me feel like relationships can't be all bad. The way these two laughed together and played when they stopped being so concerned about feelings made me feel connected to them. They were real and didn't seem as if I was being told a story but experiencing their love affair first hand and that's a great way to write a story in my opinion. They had moments where they frustrated each other and me but seeing the outcome made all that craziness worthwhile. The Wedding Dare series is an interesting way to bring several authors together and establish characters and you would think it would be difficult to work out all the logistic but Albert's managed to write characters that felt authentic as well as characters established by another author seem genuine to who they were. I'm anxious and excited to see how the other books flow into the others as I continue in this wickedly sexy series. Falling For The Groomsmen was very sexy and fun, with two people I couldn't imagine not being together when the story was finished. Albert's wrapped me in a warm cocoon as her story came to a close and left me with a sweet gooey feeling.