The Best Man (Alpha Men, #2)
It has all the makings of a picture-perfect wedding. There’s just one detail that could have used a little more planning… Hulking ex–rugby player Spencer Carlisle has crushed on Daffodil McGregor since high school. On the field he knew the moves. Off, he was a clueless clod who never gained an advantage. Rejected and rebuffed, his infatuation finally cooled—like ice.Now, it’s impossible not to feel the chill—since he’s the best man and she’s the maid of honor at their siblings’ wedding. For the sake of harmony, they’re calling a truce.Daff has her reasons for being a cynic when it comes to romance. And twice as many for not letting on that she finds Spencer attractive—although she’d rather gnaw off her thumb than admit it. Still, there’s more to the sweet and sexy lug than meets the eye. Maybe he is the one who can heal her emotional scars. Maybe he’ll give her a second chance. Because Spencer could be Daff’s own best man—if it’s not too late to come to terms with the past.

The Best Man (Alpha Men, #2) Details

TitleThe Best Man (Alpha Men, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 10th, 2018
PublisherMontlake Romance
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Sports and Games, Sports, New Adult, Adult

The Best Man (Alpha Men, #2) Review

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Me when I got this ARC...
  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    3 STARSAs a long time fan of all things Natasha Anders, I don't even bother to read the blurb before adding her books. But when I saw that this book will featured Daisy's sister and Mason's older brother from The Wingman, I was that much more excited.If you haven't read this series yet and are expecting it to be on the same level of angst as some of Natasha's previous books, you're in for some disappointment. While there's definitely emotion brimming from the pages of these stories, it's not tha 3 STARSAs a long time fan of all things Natasha Anders, I don't even bother to read the blurb before adding her books. But when I saw that this book will featured Daisy's sister and Mason's older brother from The Wingman, I was that much more excited.If you haven't read this series yet and are expecting it to be on the same level of angst as some of Natasha's previous books, you're in for some disappointment. While there's definitely emotion brimming from the pages of these stories, it's not that angsty overload the likes of The Unwanted Wife or A Husband's Regret. I love a little variety from authors, so this didn't bother me one bit.With a delicious unrequited love setup in the previous book, The Best Man was sure to deliver some feels, and it certainly did. I'll admit, I struggled quite a bit to stay engaged to the story in the beginning. This is a character driven story and was entirely too slow paced for my particular taste. Having said that, the pacing fit the story and anything more than that would have ruined the effect. Spencer Carlisle was a bit of a bumbling alpha in the previous book, I fell head over heels for him in this one. You truly get to know the heart of this incredible man, and it was full of love and depth. He's been in love with Daffodil McGregor since high school only to get her scorn and be ignored time and time again, almost cruelly. This is ultimately where my rating lowered. I'm a reader that has to love the heroine in my book, and if I don't, it will color my entire reading experience. And truth be told, I struggled hard with Daffodil. The author did a wonderful job with her character development and peeling back her true self layer by layer to reveal the scared and somewhat insecure woman beneath the boastful and sassy exterior. And even though I wanted so badly to connect with it and empathize, most of the time I just wanted to throttle her. Her constant hot and cold personality with Spencer drove me out of my ever loving mind. I adored how understanding and patient Spencer was with her and even though Daffodil tried to wrong her rights, most of the time it just didn't feel like enough.Because of this, I really struggled to completely buy into their romance. That's not to say I didn't still enjoy the story, because I did. While it was frustrating at times, it was still satisfying. And the set up for the third McGregor sister is nothing short of delicious so of course I can't wait for that.ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Alex ♈
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t dispute this author’s talent/the writing. I always rate and review the plot, the characters and the message/moral of the story.I didn’t particularly like the previous book in this series – The Wingman – and I didn’t plan on reading this one, but then I saw some reviews saying that the heroine was a ‘bad’ one, even an a§§… And since my understanding of the strong and different heroine leaves me often in the minority, I took it as a sign, that this heroine could be a sassy, maybe even b*tc I don’t dispute this author’s talent/the writing. I always rate and review the plot, the characters and the message/moral of the story.I didn’t particularly like the previous book in this series – The Wingman – and I didn’t plan on reading this one, but then I saw some reviews saying that the heroine was a ‘bad’ one, even an a§§… And since my understanding of the strong and different heroine leaves me often in the minority, I took it as a sign, that this heroine could be a sassy, maybe even b*tchy woman -> nothing like her wallflower-sister from the previous book and... hopefully not a doormat.The one with a hope is a lucky person…Review contains mild spoilers!!!(view spoiler)[The setting.For the most part I had a feeling the story took place 200 years ago. The communication, the expectations, double standards and benefit of the ‘inexperience’, defining the main role of the woman as a wife and a mother, and indicating to the ‘old’/dying ovaries etc. And I don’t only refer to the old brainless aunts of the h; this streamline went through the whole book. Every woman needs a strong man, who would save her, aka Prince Charming. Okay….The heroine, Daff.I didn’t quite like her, but I pitied her a lot.Let me start with saying my opinion about the ‘snobby’ side of her character. I didn’t see it. She said some rough and partly unfair things about the hero – and ‘thanks’ to her another weak sister (who didn’t warn her about the hero’s presence/his eavesdropping) she was put into the bad light and needed to apologize to everyone till the very end of the book. It could be one of the winner-books with the amount of times the heroine said she were sorry and yada. As she was young and the hero apparently had a crush on her: she was still a child and what shall we expect from a teenager girl and an awkward/shy/slightly antisocial teenager boy?!… It’s not that he chased her OTT, he wrote her some poems (which was sweet btw) but then moved on with his life… It’s not that he lived like a monk and waited for her, it’s not that he tried to show her his appreciation or/and sympathy. His behavior was weird and, maybe it’s not nice from me to say, but he was slightly weird too. It’s like the universe expected from the heroine to ‘smell’ his good heart and to pursue him…(?!) Okay…Since we constantly read about the couple from the previous book – the smart ugly duckling (Daff’s sister) and her fiancé aka the male model, who dated a princess… (I can’t stop to roll my eyes even months after I read it), I compared all 3 sisters and saw very many similarities. Well, the couple (from the 1st book) consist of a very insecure heroine with very low self-esteem, who found her Prince Charming and yada yada HEA (totally implausible, if you ask me; but please spare you this question). Ditto for the couple in this book, and very probably the next.So, what do we have? A family with 3 daughters, 2 of them were officially insecure, had zero self-confidence and apparently many complexes. (The 3rd one, which book would be the next, didn’t radiate self-confidence either…)And here I have a question…What did their parents do wrong???What a mother had raised 3 weak unconfident daughters with low self-esteem? What went wrong? A mother should encourage her daughter(s), she should make her daughter believe in her worth, she should help her to find her inner balance and to embrace her nature. And she should support her daughter!!!The mother of those 3 women wasn’t successful at all. Sorry but not sorry.Let’s see: Daff left the school and didn’t go to college: why not? all fine, it was her choice. But she had a job for 16 years, which she hated. And she didn’t quit, and no one from her family helped her to move on. Daff daten a couple of men, but of course had only 2 lovers (of course……………. at the end they even made her call some OWs sluts…………..yeah, see, she wasn’t a bad slutty girl at all!!! Only 2! See???!) Okay….Daff’s 1st man and her bf of 3 years forced her into BDSM sex… I repeat, she dated him for 3 years and hated everything he did, but never did anything against it. She just ‘tolerated’ him.Okay…Where was her mother? Where were her sisters???In this book every single Daff’s step was immediately noticed and analyzed – the chatted with a new man over the phone -> everyone noticed it; she had a new admirer -> everyone sensed it and started to gossip. etc etc etcWhere were all those ‘observers’, when this woman was in 3-years relationship with a man, who sexually forced her to the acts she didn’t want? I would even say, that he sexually assaulted her.Why no one noticed her depressed mood, her fear, her sadness???WHERE WERE ALL THESE ‘LIFE COACHES’ aka family & friends, when Daff suffered for years???!Her 2nd bf had the same tastes… And she went with it…At the end it’s all was the fault of her evil former BFF, who told all Daff's boyfriends that Daff were submissive...I mean, really??? Your friend spreads lies about you and you never try to assure your bf(s) you were NOT a submissive??? Everything about this twist is wrong, e.v.e.r.y.freaking.t.h.i.n.g!!!I just can’t even...!!!!! Ugh! Just No!After she ‘woke up’ and wanted to change / find herself… she finally saw hero’s beauty/abs/kind heart/good looks/white horse. I guess their ‘foreplay’ was meant to show how the heroine gained her strength and how respectful the hero was… But I couldn’t finish any foreplay/sex-scene because the only thing this h did was to beg. I find it anticlimactic. Well, to each his own; but to me no begging, please!The hero, Spencer.He was ok. I wouldn’t say he was a sweetheart or the opposite of it. He was just ok.I mean, this man was for 3 years in the relationship with a woman, whom he suspected of cheating, but broke up with her only after he found her with 2 guys in bed...He was a good man, but not perfect. He was always so hurt after the words of the h, but when he insulted her (and he did, IMO), it was ok and he never apologized.Okay…The twist with his sister was sweet, but his reaction was too slow at the beginning.He and his brother (the princess-charmer from the 1st book) met apparently homeless girl, but did nothing to find her for days (only spoke about how they would find her and help her and yada). It’s a miracle nothing bad happened to her till they finally found the time to go save her…Overall not what I expected. I really tired of the portrayal of women as damsel in distress waiting for the white horse to save her…Ups, sorry, for the Prince Charmitass of course.I didn’t have a feeling the author loved her heroine. I tend to be on the female side, in RL and in romance, I support women. I’m not that objective, that I could say I feel for both characters the same. I’m a heroine’s cheerleader. Women are not my competitors or enemies, if you know what I mean.I won’t read the next book. Male protagonist – UGH!!! Just NO!!! And the h/the 3rd sister wasn’t any stronger than her siblings. (hide spoiler)]
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  • BookLover
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.I was so excited to get this ARC for the follow-up to The Wingman. This was Daff and Spencer’s story. We got a glimpse of Spencer and Daff in “The Wingman” and I just knew their story was going to be good.Spencer and Daff’s story went all the way back to school, where Spencer had a hopeless crush on the popular Daff. Caving to peer pressure and the need to fit in, Daff was a typical “mean girl” to Spencer.On the surface, this seemed lik ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.I was so excited to get this ARC for the follow-up to The Wingman. This was Daff and Spencer’s story. We got a glimpse of Spencer and Daff in “The Wingman” and I just knew their story was going to be good.Spencer and Daff’s story went all the way back to school, where Spencer had a hopeless crush on the popular Daff. Caving to peer pressure and the need to fit in, Daff was a typical “mean girl” to Spencer.On the surface, this seemed like it was going to be a story of opposites attract, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth with which we got to know Daff and Spencer. This book did not go in the direction I thought it would. In fact, based on the way Daff and Spencer were behaving in the beginning, I couldn’t see either of them getting it together in enough time to find their way to one another.This is a story about two damaged souls. One who wants so badly to belong to a family and the other feeling like they don’t deserve to be happy. “Let me know if you need help with the cleanup.”Somehow Daff didn’t think she meant the cleanup of the house, and that made her feel small and petty.” Daff really rubbed me the wrong way when we were first introduced to her. She really did not do herself any favours and came off as a very stereotypical shallow mean girl. It was so nice to really get to know her and see where her behaviours stemmed from. Though, I have to say that I didn’t really “get” her reasons for the choices she made, I enjoyed watching Spencer chip away at her wall. “She wished that she could just wake up tomorrow and find herself living the perfect life. But she wasn’t entirely sure what constituted a perfect life, and she had no idea what would make her happy. It was a grim and disturbing awareness.” What can I say about Spencer except that he was pretty much a perfect hero. God love him for sticking with Daff long enough for the two of them to develop feelings. We need to invent another word that describes someone who is patient to the nth degree and then put a picture of Spencer beside it in the dictionary. I seriously loved him! Every scene with the McGregors had me feeling such emotion at Spencer’s reaction. “The news, while unsurprising, had shaken him more than he cared to admit. After Mason and Daisy left, he’d be alone once more. ” While I enjoyed Daff’s journey to figuring out what made herself happy, I have to say that Spencer made the book for me. Very enjoyable read!!
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  • Claire Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    5 - "The menu has changed and you're now on it..." Stars!Can’t lie Natasha Anders is an author that takes me to my happy place. I have adored every book that she has written and book two in the Alpha Men series, did not disappoint. Daffodil McGregor had been treating him like a second-class citizen since… well, since forever, really, and he was done with her. The Best Man gives us Daff and Spencer Carlisle’s story, we met both of them in book one; The Wingman and this story is based around Daisy 5 - "The menu has changed and you're now on it..." Stars!Can’t lie Natasha Anders is an author that takes me to my happy place. I have adored every book that she has written and book two in the Alpha Men series, did not disappoint. Daffodil McGregor had been treating him like a second-class citizen since… well, since forever, really, and he was done with her. The Best Man gives us Daff and Spencer Carlisle’s story, we met both of them in book one; The Wingman and this story is based around Daisy and Mason’s wedding (H/h book one). You can absolutely read The Best Man as a standalone, but you do get more of an understanding of this couple if you read the first book beforehand. Because initially Daff’s feelings towards Spencer seem to be mainly disdain and dislike, while Spencer leans to ambivalence and disinterest. Its only as you get into both of their heads you realize that the reasonings for their behavior stem back to their school days, and Daff’s treatment of Spencer back then. She was beginning to discover that she liked pushing his buttons… I won’t lie it was difficult to like Daff initially, and it was wholly due to the authors characterization, prickly and sometimes outright rude, I struggled to find any common ground with her, or her behaviour towards Spencer, who was an absolute darling, but then I realized that the author was doing to Daff’s personality exactly the same thing she is so good at doing with her men on occasion, and making her dislikeable in order to have her redeem herself as the book progresses."I don’t know how to be what you want…""That’s okay… You are exactly what I want."This was a quick read, the plot was pretty predictable, although the author did manage to throw in a couple of curve balls along the way. You can’t help but love Spencer, his actions towards Daff, even when she was behaving at her worst highlighted just how deep his feelings ran for her. As I said Daff was a tougher nut to crack, although as things were revealed in the stories progression, I did understand her behavior a little more. "It’s not that I don’t like you… It’s that I like you too much. And that terrifies me… I don’t want to like you. Not when I’m just starting to like myself."The stage has firmly been set for Lia and Sam to have their story told next in The Wrong Man, due for release in September, and once again it would seem that opposites attract. I cannot wait to see what type of story the author gives them, although I have an idea after the way things were left between them in this one."No regrets…"ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for the above honest review.
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  • Lady Heather
    January 1, 1970
    The Best Man (Alpha Men, #2) by Natasha AndersExpected publication: April 24th 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance - Adult A short excerpt:“It was just a kiss, for God’s sake,” Daff said with some of her old spark.“Why do you have to overthink things like this?Why can’t we just be in the moment and share a kiss?”“Because we weren’t just in a moment. You showed up at my house at two thirty in the morning, soaking wet, rambling on about liking me, and then you planted your mouth on mine in the most The Best Man (Alpha Men, #2) by Natasha AndersExpected publication: April 24th 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance - Adult A short excerpt:“It was just a kiss, for God’s sake,” Daff said with some of her old spark.“Why do you have to overthink things like this?Why can’t we just be in the moment and share a kiss?”“Because we weren’t just in a moment. You showed up at my house at two thirty in the morning, soaking wet, rambling on about liking me, and then you planted your mouth on mine in the most desperate excuse of a kiss I’ve ever had the misfortune to experience.” "5-Learning to Love Stars"The Best Man is the second book in Natasha Anders' Alpha Men series.I really enjoyed this story.Spencer and Daffodil (Daff) were great, complex, volatile characters to get to know and read about.This is an emotional, slow burn story about learning to love and trust.Purchase Links:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07...https://www.amazon.com/Best-Man-Alpha...https://www.amazon.com/Best-Man-Alpha..."I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy which has been provided by the author."
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  • Libby Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    The heroine was a snobby piece of sh*tDNF'd at chapter 3
  • Karen111
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was disappointing. I’m so gutted as I love this author, have waited a long time for this book to come out, and Wing Man is one of my favourite books. I LOVED Spencer and the chivalrous principles he held so dear. What a great character. The writing was executed very well, as I always expect from this author. But I just couldn’t stand Daff and all her non-issues, and they really were non-issues. What a complete and utter wet blanket. She didn’t deserve Spencer, and she ruined this book Well that was disappointing. I’m so gutted as I love this author, have waited a long time for this book to come out, and Wing Man is one of my favourite books. I LOVED Spencer and the chivalrous principles he held so dear. What a great character. The writing was executed very well, as I always expect from this author. But I just couldn’t stand Daff and all her non-issues, and they really were non-issues. What a complete and utter wet blanket. She didn’t deserve Spencer, and she ruined this book for me.
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  • Chitra *CJ*
    January 1, 1970
    ITS HERE!!!!!!!!!!OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG A NEW NA!!!!! GIVE ME ALL THE LOVE AND ANGST!! #CANTWAIT #OMG
  • Cansu
    January 1, 1970
    I was confused at first when I saw the rating... but then I see that this book is not available yet. So why giving 1 star ? Who is cruel enough to do that ? 😪
  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I'll get my minor criticisms out of the way first so I can commence with telling you just how much I adored this storyline. The Best Man felt a bit slow moving at first, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. This story was the PERFECT blend of humor, heartache, angst and steam and I enjoyed every single second. There were some minor transitions that felt a little jarring in the moment, but other than that, this book was adorably unputdownable and I couldn't get enough. Daffodil McGregor I'll get my minor criticisms out of the way first so I can commence with telling you just how much I adored this storyline. The Best Man felt a bit slow moving at first, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. This story was the PERFECT blend of humor, heartache, angst and steam and I enjoyed every single second. There were some minor transitions that felt a little jarring in the moment, but other than that, this book was adorably unputdownable and I couldn't get enough. Daffodil McGregor and Spencer Carlisle are like oil and vinegar. They don't mix well, they push and spar and compete, but they're absolutely delicious when they come together. This story is an enemies to lovers romance kicked up a notch by the bittersweet history this pair shared in high school. I fell in love with their story. I was addicted to their push and pull, and I loved the bumpy journey that evolves in this book. Sometimes I couldn't even tell if these two actually loved each other or if they truly hated each other because their mutual disdain was so palpable yet their chemistry was off the charts. Figuring these two out was entertaining, so emotional, and captivating from beginning to end. This is one seriously refreshing read. Natasha Anders has such a unique voice in romance and I have been over the moon for every one of her books. But I have a newfound appreciation for her work with The Best Man. This story was lighter than some of her other books, but super super steamy, and it made me unexpectedly laugh out loud more than once. It tugged at my heartstrings (those notes!!! Sigh.) And it swept me away with how absorbing the romance is. I so enjoyed Mason and Daisy's story in The Wing Man but I think Spencer and Daff just knocked them down a peg with this book. The more I think back on this book, the more I fall in love with it. Daff is infuriating at times, so relatable at others. Spencer is a big brooding jerk at first, but he truly stole my heart with his sweet words and his heartbreaking history. I adored these characters so much. I was enamored by their twisty, complicated romance and I am head over heels for this world Anders has built around the McGregor family. I may have started out anxiously waiting for the story to pick up but it didn't take long for me to never want it to end. The Best Man is a delightfully addictive gem of a romance, an unforgettable story of enemies turned lovers, and a uniquely smart story that's as sweet as it is salty. Now more than ever I can't wait for Lia's story just to see more of all of these characters! I really loved this book. 
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  • Nichole
    January 1, 1970
    Daff is so annoying and hypocritical I can't even finish this book. I just hope Spencer leaves her in the dust and finds someone who isn't an asshole.
  • Alaina Meserole
    January 1, 1970
    Finally, it's Daisy and Mason's wedding! Well, not yet.. but it does happen somewhere in this book. Nope, it's actually more about Spencer and Daffodil. They are the best man and maid of honor at their wedding. Spencer had a huge crush on her back when they went to high school together.. and sure enough, it's still there till this day. Then there's Daff, who wont give him the time of day anymore. They, of course, still have to work next to each other while at this wedding and through the entire Finally, it's Daisy and Mason's wedding! Well, not yet.. but it does happen somewhere in this book. Nope, it's actually more about Spencer and Daffodil. They are the best man and maid of honor at their wedding. Spencer had a huge crush on her back when they went to high school together.. and sure enough, it's still there till this day. Then there's Daff, who wont give him the time of day anymore. They, of course, still have to work next to each other while at this wedding and through the entire planning process of it all. So they decided to play nice with each other.. for now.Of course I started shipping them together! How could I not do that?!? I loved how things would slowly but surely start to escalate between the two. I mean you could just feel the tension building up between them while reading. It was beyond obvious that they would eventually hook up and then potentially be together. So with that in mind, the ending didn't really surprised me.However, I will say that I enjoyed their smuttiness. I loved their romance and their chemistry. They were on fire together. Besides all of that, I was so happy to see the damn wedding happen! From that ending we sort of get a glimpse into what the next book will be about and I can't wait to read it!!
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  • *~* Susie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars!I love this author and was anxious to get this arc. I remember Daff from the The wing man, and honestly did not like her. While I still thought she could be a bitch, her behavior was explained. I just didn’t think it was a good enough reason. Poor Spencer bent over backwards for her, all the way back to high school (or before) and she was pretty mean to him. That being said, I’m really looking forward to Lia’s book.
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 80%I was willing to overlook a weird BDSM thing in the beginning but it's become downright insulting and kink shaming by now, so I'm giving up. I loved some elements in the story but killed it for me.
  •  B.E.Love
    January 1, 1970
    So at the beginning of this book I'm not gonna lie This book was not going to be getting a 4 star review for me. I read book 1 and really enjoyed it and I liked the characters in this book form book 1. So reading this book was a no brainer for me and I also think this author is as sweet as can be. The problem or issue for me was when I was reading this book I was not liking the heroine. She came off too mean and opinionated so I wasn't sure how this book would turn out. Add to that that this her So at the beginning of this book I'm not gonna lie This book was not going to be getting a 4 star review for me. I read book 1 and really enjoyed it and I liked the characters in this book form book 1. So reading this book was a no brainer for me and I also think this author is as sweet as can be. The problem or issue for me was when I was reading this book I was not liking the heroine. She came off too mean and opinionated so I wasn't sure how this book would turn out. Add to that that this hero(Spencer) is so sweet and caring and just wants the best for everyone and to belong and to just be a part of a family. How can you fault someone like that. Since I liked him so much her deserved a great heroine.Daffodil and Spencer have known each other since they were little and Spencer has always let it be known that he has feelings for Daff but when he gets his brother to distract her sister so he can talk to her Daffodil is done. But Daff really isn't done with Spencer. Now that her sister and his brother are getting married and they are both in the wedding Daff has to see Spencer a lot. That they work right across from each other makes it all the more often. What Daff doesn't want to admit is that she likes Spencer's attention and maybe just maybe she likes him a little too. As Spencer and Daff see each other more they both start to learn more about the other and enjoy each others company. When they decide to take things even further Daffodil can't believe how great of a guy Spencer really is. Not only does he care about her and think she is beautiful but he shows her in every way possible that she, Daff matters and that is one of the most important things to Daff. But even though Spencer is great relationships scare Daff and putting a lable on what they have may be too much for her. While not going further and having a happy life together is all Spencer wants and he isn't sure he can accept anything less.Well I was wrong this heroine(Daff) does start on a tough note, but then her shell starts to come down and she starts to fall in love and trust Spencer and I loved her. Another thing I really appreciated was that once she realized what she was doing she makes it right and does everything she can to show Spencer she loves him and values him. And that right there is huge for me. I don't mind a character who is rough round the edges and has some lessons they need to learn as long as they do in fact learn those lessons and then makes their wrongs right.I really, really liked this book The story is great and this is an amazing addition to this series. The added character towards the end was such a impressive addition to this storyline and made me fall even more in love with this book. How this new addition is handled just shows us yet again(even though we are shown through out this entire book) how wonderful of a hero Spencer is and not just with Daff but with everyone. Spencer is the type to tie himself in knots to hep someone one in need and to do everything possible for those he loves. I love after her rocky start that we get to see Daff fall so in love and that we get to see how great of a person she really is while not only working on her and Spencer's relationship but herself. And thank goodness we also get to see that Daff and Spencer tell others to stop worrying about them and butting into their relationship even if it wasn't malicious.I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to see how the next book turns out. We get a nice sneak peek into book 3 and it really got me excited for Lia and her hero. Also if your like me we get to see a nice little section of the villain from book 1 getting put in her place in this book. This was a great read and with every book I have read from Natasha Anders I fall more in love with her writing style. I also love that this book like her other books are set outside of America, it's just another thing that makes this book really stand out.*Thank you Natasha Anders, NetGallery and Montlake Romance books for this book for my review.
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  • Jennifer Lanak
    January 1, 1970
    Spencer and Daffodil are thrown together again as they are best man and maid of honor for Mason and Daisy's wedding. While Spencer has always had a huge crush on Daff, even writing her poems back in high school, Daff has barely given him the time of day for fear of judgment from her uppity friends. Now they both have to play nicely to get through the wedding. What starts off as "planning meetings" to discuss the wedding festivities, eventually escalates to friendship and then more. Daff struggle Spencer and Daffodil are thrown together again as they are best man and maid of honor for Mason and Daisy's wedding. While Spencer has always had a huge crush on Daff, even writing her poems back in high school, Daff has barely given him the time of day for fear of judgment from her uppity friends. Now they both have to play nicely to get through the wedding. What starts off as "planning meetings" to discuss the wedding festivities, eventually escalates to friendship and then more. Daff struggles with scars of her past relationships, and Spencer has a hard time not pushing Daff into more than she is ready for. I really loved Spencer's character. He is a good guy, an old soul, and certainly doesn't deserve Daff's bitchiness. Yet, she is the only one that he seems to want. It was almost heartbreaking to read when Daffodil pushed him away, despite having very good personal reasons.
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  • Rejane
    January 1, 1970
    When I read reviews like this, I am thankful for books that gave the inspiration for them. Even if the reviewer had a bad experience. Sorry Alex.. thanks for taking one for the team. I am sure the best thing about this book is your review 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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  • Ana Buenrostro
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsSighhhhh!! Natasha Anders! What can I say? I ask myself this question all the time. Why cant she release a book a month??!!! Ughhhh, I am just obsessed with her writing, her style, her everything. I just loved the story and I want to read the following book right now!!!
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. I enjoyed this book but Daffodil's demeanor at times was very off-putting. I understand where she was coming from, but I didn't like her very much in the beginning.Spencer's understanding and charm worked miracles on Daff's attitude and everyone began to notice. Daff's inability to trust made it hard for her to relate to everyone around her.~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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  • Yanyan
    January 1, 1970
    OMG NATASHA, I NEED THIS!!!
  • Joana Ferraz
    January 1, 1970
    4.5
  • Mary at USAT's HEA
    January 1, 1970
    I love Natasha Anders, but The Best Man did not really work for me. While I adore Spencer, which is a bit awkward, I just couldn't warm up to Daffodil. She was not nice, and it was hard for me to understand why Spencer wanted to be with her. Anders does reveal why Daffodil acts the way she does, but it took to long and my dislike was firmly established. I wish I had liked this more.
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    No matter what Spencer is always willing to take care of his girl, “Jesus, have you been drinking? Come in, for Christ’s sake, it’s freezing and you’re turning blue.” He dragged her over the threshold..." Spencer's woman can easily read him like a book, “please, you say more with your noises than most people do in a full conversation.” Spencer says the nicest things, “you’re so effing beautiful, Daff. And when you turn into a hairy yeti in winter, I’ll still think you’re gorgeous..." I liked thi No matter what Spencer is always willing to take care of his girl, “Jesus, have you been drinking? Come in, for Christ’s sake, it’s freezing and you’re turning blue.” He dragged her over the threshold..." Spencer's woman can easily read him like a book, “please, you say more with your noises than most people do in a full conversation.” Spencer says the nicest things, “you’re so effing beautiful, Daff. And when you turn into a hairy yeti in winter, I’ll still think you’re gorgeous..." I liked this book, I fell in love with Spencer.
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  • Linda Quick
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED this book! Daffodil's sister and Spencer's brother are getting married and have asked them to be the maid of honor and best man. Too bad that they don't get along and have a history of sniping at each other.....well, Daff snipes and Spencer grunts. Then Spencer overhears Daff criticizing him. Daff feels horrible and goes to some length to apologize, which has them spending more time together. Thus begins an unusual relationship. This novel didn't begin with an "instant love" type of romanc LOVED this book! Daffodil's sister and Spencer's brother are getting married and have asked them to be the maid of honor and best man. Too bad that they don't get along and have a history of sniping at each other.....well, Daff snipes and Spencer grunts. Then Spencer overhears Daff criticizing him. Daff feels horrible and goes to some length to apologize, which has them spending more time together. Thus begins an unusual relationship. This novel didn't begin with an "instant love" type of romance, but rather a slow burn that gradually unfolded and was given the time to develop and grow. I fell in love with the characters and loved the way they grew during the story. Daff's story of prior relationships was a bit ugly, but that led her to where we first met her in this novel. Spencer's story was even uglier and made his own metamorphosis that much more interesting. If you are looking for an engaging romance that is full of depth, you have found it with this book. Fans of the genre will love this novel and want to put it at the top of your TBR list. The author is on my must read authors' list.
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    Review written: April 1, 2018Star Rating: ★★★☆ Heat Rating: ☀☀☀☼☼ An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. After Daisy and Mason's book, Spencer and Daff were a logical conclusion. After all, Spencer has been crazy about her forever. But this book had unexpected depths that elevated it rapidly and made reading it a pleasure.Spencer has always wanted Daff. In fact, his pursuit of Daff caused the issues in Mason and Daisy's book. But now Ma Review written: April 1, 2018Star Rating: ★★★½☆ Heat Rating: ☀☀☀☼☼ An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. After Daisy and Mason's book, Spencer and Daff were a logical conclusion. After all, Spencer has been crazy about her forever. But this book had unexpected depths that elevated it rapidly and made reading it a pleasure.Spencer has always wanted Daff. In fact, his pursuit of Daff caused the issues in Mason and Daisy's book. But now Mason and Daisy are getting married and Spencer and Daff need to get along for their sake and for the sake of the wedding. So get along they do.Slowly, slowly, Spencer and Daff reveal themselves to each other. The tender, sweet side of Spencer. The vulnerable, frightened side of Daff. As they continue to spend time together and start to let go of old feelings, they begin to... gasp!... like each other. And then Daff likes other things about Spencer. He's hot, he's nice, he's great in bed, he's romantic. But Daff is... none of these things. She's hard and cold, she's not made for relationships, and she definitely is not made for anything more than casual sex. At least, that's how she sees herself.But both Daff and Spencer go on journeys of enlightenment as they each discover that they are more than what they think they are. Together, they are better than apart. Even when the going gets tough, and it does, they still come back to each other. And then the bombshell hits: one for each of them. For Spencer, it's a real kick in the heart. He has to work through a lot of guilt and fear and frustration and learn a whole new way of dealing with things. For Daff, it's the understanding that she was taken advantage of (putting it very nicely) and that she has merit as a person in her own right. These events lead to significant changes for both Daff and Spencer and really round them out as three dimensional characters.The shock for each of them is significant and without the other the help them through it, could easily have undone them both individually and as a couple. It's a pleasure to see them working together and a pleasure to see Daff begin a new way of looking at the world.I really enjoyed The Best Man and can't wait to see what more is in store for Daff and Spencer as well as what's in store for Lia. This review is ©April 2018 by Monique N. and has been posted to Netgalley.
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  • LJT
    January 1, 1970
    Author Natasha Anders brings us the second book from her ALPHA MEN series, THE BEST MAN. Since I enjoyed the first installment, requesting its follow-up was a no brainer. At times I really disliked the female heroine, but as the story progressed she let down her barriers and became absolutely genuine and easy to identify with. The male hero was a total sweetheart, and his ability to be patient was inspiring. Although this book is part of a series, it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.Boutique stor Author Natasha Anders brings us the second book from her ALPHA MEN series, THE BEST MAN. Since I enjoyed the first installment, requesting its follow-up was a no brainer. At times I really disliked the female heroine, but as the story progressed she let down her barriers and became absolutely genuine and easy to identify with. The male hero was a total sweetheart, and his ability to be patient was inspiring. Although this book is part of a series, it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.Boutique store manager Daffodil McGregor, or just Daff to her friends and family, is in a dead-end job that she hates. She has no love life to speak of, even though one man has crushed on her since childhood. In high school, Daff was quite nasty to Spencer Carlisle and humiliated him whenever she got the opportunity. Now Spencer is a successful businessman and a real catch. Daff’s sister is marrying Spencer’s brother, and as a result, their bridal party duties throw them together. They have to be nice to each other, which they both find difficult at first. As time goes by, they get to really know each other, and Spencer forgives Daff for her past actions while Daff realizes that Spencer has always been the man for her.This is a nicely-paced story with well-defined and identifiable characters. I loved the way Ms. Anders evolved Daff and Spencer’s relationship, with tenderness, delightful banter, and longing. This novel incorporates many emotional elements, while Daff’s sisters provide depth and some humor. Spencer’s childhood situation brought me to tears, and his ability to make something of himself was quite uplifting. If you are looking for a contemporary romance with the perfect balance of sweetness and heat, an engaging plot, and a happily-ever-after that will leave a smile on your face, read this book!LJT, Romance Junkies, 4 Hearts
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  • Book Reader
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 StarsI'm one of those people who HATE reacting overtly emotionally to situations especially ones that don't merit them. So all the extra reactions in the book really annoyed me. The author also randomly in between wrote sections in Lily's POV just to set up the premise for the next book , which honestly made me angry. At least finish the the story of the main characters first before trying to sell the next book. I know the author only wanted to show that certain events happen in the same tim 2.5 StarsI'm one of those people who HATE reacting overtly emotionally to situations especially ones that don't merit them. So all the extra reactions in the book really annoyed me. The author also randomly in between wrote sections in Lily's POV just to set up the premise for the next book , which honestly made me angry. At least finish the the story of the main characters first before trying to sell the next book. I know the author only wanted to show that certain events happen in the same timeline as the one in this book but those events could have just been observed by our main characters. Although I do have to say this, the hero of the next book seemed more interesting than Spencer. Mean, but yeah. Spencer was a true gem of a human being but not the most interesting, at least for me as a romantic hero. All that niceness is just that...nice. Not sure if after sort of disliking this and the previous book in this series too, if I want to read the next book, but I just might for that hero.
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  • Sadie
    January 1, 1970
    Starting with what I loved:Let's be honest, Spencer is perfect. I'm usually not a pro-perfect hero reader, but with the fact that he did have insecurities also, I'm okay with this. Daff was a loveable mess. Together they were a wonderful journey.Buuuuuutttt.....I had some definite problems with this book, most of which I'm blaming on the editor (sorry whoever that person is, but I assume you should have helped on this). I didn't read the first book and felt adrift a lot. It takes 50% of the book Starting with what I loved:Let's be honest, Spencer is perfect. I'm usually not a pro-perfect hero reader, but with the fact that he did have insecurities also, I'm okay with this. Daff was a loveable mess. Together they were a wonderful journey.Buuuuuutttt.....I had some definite problems with this book, most of which I'm blaming on the editor (sorry whoever that person is, but I assume you should have helped on this). I didn't read the first book and felt adrift a lot. It takes 50% of the book to get the backstory which means that I have no idea what the heroine was angry about for 50% of the book and that means I thought it was HUGE when it wasn't. The heroine's issues seem to come out of nowhere. These things bothered me. It feels like having someone be a reader for this author to make this more solidly standalone would have been of great help. That said, I'm grabbing the first book and planning on getting the next one.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I won this on a Goodreads giveaway. I was familiar with Natasha Anders after reading the Unwanted Wife.After reading The Best Man, I was pleasantly surprised. Daff is a girl who has always done what she believes people want her to do, especially boyfriends, she wants to be wanted and loved and she wants to fit in. Spencer was an outcast, a poor boy from the wrong side of town. His love for her never diminished even when she would mock his poems and read them aloud to all her snobbish friends.Yea I won this on a Goodreads giveaway. I was familiar with Natasha Anders after reading the Unwanted Wife.After reading The Best Man, I was pleasantly surprised. Daff is a girl who has always done what she believes people want her to do, especially boyfriends, she wants to be wanted and loved and she wants to fit in. Spencer was an outcast, a poor boy from the wrong side of town. His love for her never diminished even when she would mock his poems and read them aloud to all her snobbish friends.Years later, Spencer is back in town after a stint as a hockey player. He looks better than ever and they are being thrown together as best man and maid of honor for their siblings wedding.Real love doesn't fade and Daff is finally able to gain the strength and confidence to be her own woman, with her own likes and needs and desires and who better than Spencer to make her realize she deserves it.
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