The Best Thing

The Best Thing

by Jaci Burton

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The Best Thing by Jaci Burton

A year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can't let it happen again. She loves Brody, but he's got a reputation for loving and leaving. She'll have to keep her heart—and her libido—in check.

Brody can't get the time of day from Tori—ever since that impulsive kiss, she's avoided him with the same brutal efficiency she uses to manage his family's construction company office. The company can't afford to lose her, and Brody's come to realize that he can't live without her. But how can he convince Tori that he's a changed man?

It just might take a Christmas miracle.

Book 3 of the Kent Brothers Trilogy

31,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426894732
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 12/03/2012
Series: Kent Brothers Trilogy
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 93,623
File size: 364 KB

About the Author

Jaci Burton is a bestselling, award winning author who lives in Oklahoma and spends a fair amount of time on the back of her husband's Harley, where she often gets lost plotting her next story as the warm (and sometimes cold) breeze whips her face. She loves reality television, is a sucker for romantic comedies, and completely loses track of time when reading a great book. She's a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you'll find in all her books.

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"You need to fix Tori. She's broken."

Brody Kent frowned at his brother Wyatt. "What the hell are you talking about?"

They had an early-morning meeting at Kent Construction Company, which meant their office manager, Tori Lewis, wasn't there. Which was why they were talking about her. Because normally Tori had acute hearing, and you couldn't whisper anything she couldn't hear.

"I'm talking about what you did at the company Christmas party a year ago," Wyatt said, looking to their brother Ethan for confirmation.

Ethan crossed his arms. "I didn't see it, but I heard about it. You know—that kiss. The one that screwed up Tori and made her hate you. And apparently us by proxy. For the past year we've been walking on friggin' eggshells around here."

"More like walking on fire," Wyatt said. "And we're all getting burned because she's turned into a fire-breathing she-dragon. It's unpleasant, Brody. Fix it. Fix her. Make her not hate you anymore so things can be normal again."

"She doesn't hate me," Brody defended, though it had seemed that way over the past year. Ever since that night at the Christmas party last year. They'd been having one of their usual arguments over—hell, he couldn't even remember what they'd been arguing about. The only thing he could remember about that night was how beautiful Tori had looked with her fiery red hair pulled up, pieces of it spilling down her neck. He really liked her neck—there was a sprinkling of freckles there that had always caught his attention.

Oh, now he remembered. She'd accused him of staring at her neck, and they'd argued about that. He was so damn tired of her always picking fights with him about the stupidest shit. And maybe he'd had a few beers and he'd wanted to shut her up, so he'd grabbed her, hauled her against him and had done what he'd wanted to do every time she opened her smart, sassy mouth—he'd kissed her.

It had been an accident. Or maybe it hadn't been. But that accident had been a two-way street, because she'd kissed him back. For a full minute. With tongue.

Until she'd taken a step back, and she'd run like her dress had suddenly fallen off, which it hadn't, because he would have definitely noticed if it had.

She'd avoided him the rest of the night. Hell, the rest of the year. She hadn't even come to his family's house for Christmas that year, something she'd done ever since she'd joined Kent Construction four years ago.

So maybe the guys were right, because ever since that night, things had been different. A lot different.

Like she'd avoided eye contact. She'd gotten quiet, and Tori was never quiet. She was loud and brassy and kind of obnoxious in a lot of ways—all the things he liked about her. But it was a fun loud.

That Tori was gone. The Tori of the past year did her job efficiently, as always, but it wasn't the same Tori they'd all grown to—

Well, the one they'd gotten used to.

And when she wasn't quiet, she was mean. Not fun and sarcastic, just downright bite-your-head-off mean.

"If she doesn't hate you, she sure doesn't like you," Wyatt said. "Things are tense now. I don't like it tense. Nobody does. And you must have your head up your ass not to notice what's going on."

Brody preferred denial to actually figuring out how to deal with Tori.

"The only place my head is right now is on these bids. Can we get back to work?"

Ethan pulled up a chair. "Are you going to fix Tori?"

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The Best Thing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute book, about 120 pgs long. Good book for the money.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
* This is the third and final book in the Kent Brothers series, however it is a stand alone and reading the previous two books is NOT required. But if you haven’t read them, you will want to after reading this one.* For three years, Jaci Burton has graced us with the pleasure and privilege of being able to visit the Kent family of Missouri. For all of that time, Brody Kent has had a thing for Tori Lewis. In fact, Brody’s attraction for Tori started the day she walked into his family’s construction office four years ago, he just thought she was too young for him. For Tori, the attraction and love goes back even further than that. Tori has been in love with Brody since high school. Roger and Stacy Kent have even made Tori their unofficial adopted daughter. There isn’t a family event she isn’t included in. Things for Brody and Tori come to a head at the Kent Construction Christmas party in last year’s A Rare Gift. At the party, in the middle of a heated argument between Brody and Tori, Brody kisses Tori and she kisses him right back. After the kiss, Tori realizes it was a mistake and that she can’t possibly get involved with Brody Kent. Brody has a well deserved reputation around town as being a love them and leave them kind of guy. Tori doesn’t want to be just another notch on his bedpost. In addition to that, she loves Roger and Stacy Kent and the rest of the Kent family. She doesn’t want to lose the family ties she’s made with them or her job at Kent Construction because of Brody. For Brody, that kiss changed everything for him. He realizes that he wants to give himself a chance with Tori, but Tori is now avoiding him like he has the bubonic plague. Tori is in the office being meaner than usual to all the Kent brothers and Wyatt and Ethan know the reason has something to do with Brody, they just don’t know what. Wyatt and Ethan both tell Brody to fix Tori and the dance of the magnets begin. Tori and Brody actually have an easy time talking and hanging out with each other, when they aren’t trying to fight their attraction. Brody is more than just the love them and leave them guy everyone thinks he is, and he will do anything he can to make Tori realize that. Unfortunately, his family and various people in town just can’t seem to leave him and Tori along. I love happy ending romances. For me, it’s the journey a couple takes to get to that final destination that I love so much. People tend to shy away from love and commitment because they don’t want to risk their heart getting broken. But there are definitely times when that risk is well worth the reward in the end. Brody and Tori both finally decide to take that risk and their journey is incredible. But of course, there’s a Kent brother involved, so you know sooner or later, he’s going to mess up royally. Rating: 4 ½ (I really liked it.) Source: NetGalley Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Review blog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Enjoyable story albeit a tad short. The ending seemed rushed. However it was still fun to read. I loved that the hero and heroine had some fun, playful moments in the story. Not just argument after argument like so many books I've read. Cute, quick story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The project was incredible to read. Although short, the author did a remarkable job at telling a complete story. I am not a fan of triangles where the man is in the middle, because it makes him look pathetic and passive-aggressive, and rightfully so. Trevor nearly destroyed two women's lives. He would have lost his best friend, and been married to a woman who have grown to hate him more and more every day. With that said, this is classified pre-adult read, even though the characters are in their 30's. 
JBeckett More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I could not put it down. I have read all three Kent Brother books and each one is great. I am so sad to see this series end...I secretly hope there will be more for this passionate and fun family. You have to read this book if you want a short, playful, and sexy read.
mceckk More than 1 year ago
A great read! The last of the Kent Brothers books. You get to see the whole family. Tori and Brody are HOT, and I love the dialog between Brody and his siblings.
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Great book, couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really love this author and how she makes me feel what the chatacters feel. Such a great quick read.
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I love Jaci Burton. She is one of my favorite authors!! Loved this book. I'm glad I purchased it. I look forward to all Jaci Burton's books. Must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Jaci Burtons books and would recommend all of them.
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I couldn't put this book down. I'll read more by this author.