Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: My Best Man
AUTHOR: Linn Edwards
PUBLISHER: JMS Books
LENGTH: 62 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 4 2017
After a painful outing experience that was a defining moment for Ian, he left school early, earned his GED, and eventually moved on. But he never really lives in the open, as an out-and-proud gay man.
The morning after his sister’s wedding, Ian wakes up next to the best man at his sister’s wedding — Andrew. Though his new in-laws are “slightly homophobic,” Andrew is able and more than willing to keep Ian company … and more.
What surprises Ian even more is that Andrew is interested in more than just a one-night stand. Much more. Can a wedding night romance end up in a wedding of its own?
My Best Man by Linn Edwards is a sweet book, with a cute story line. Ian wakes up with his new brother in law’s best man, Andrew. Problems arise from homophobes, medical issues and interfering family.
The story is well paced and the two men together work well. Ian is a nurse practitioner and Andrew is in the military. They have some really charming interactions with each other. The secondary characters are good too. They help provide context to the story and create a well-rounded feeling to the narrative.
This book does have some issues for me. The editing is not great. There are typos, some tense issues and a couple of awkward sentences. These pulled me out of the story from time to time. I also felt that the author was hesitant with using pronouns, particularly at the start of the book, so you end up with the MC’s names being used a lot.
I also honestly didn’t feel the drama of the health issues. It felt like a deviation from the theme of the blurb. I would have rather the story focused on working through the issues of coming out, homophobia and Ian and Andrew deciding if they can be more than a one night stand. I don’t know if other people will agree with this assessment as I fully admit I don’t enjoy hospital drama in books.
I also find it annoying that a nurse practitioner would have sex with someone he didn’t know without a condom. I understand the heat of the moment etc. but at the same time, a highly educated medical professional should have had more sense. I just can’t see it happening in this day and age with all his education.
Despite my issues with this book, I still enjoyed reading this novella. The story line is good and the character interactions are well done. It made for a pleasant read on a Sunday afternoon.