Title: Battling the Best Man (Harmony Falls #2)
Author: Elley Arden
On the cusp of a brilliant Chicago medical career, Dr. Kory Flemming rarely gets a vacation from her demanding brain injury fellowship, but she can’t say no to maid of honor duties in her best friend’s wedding. Hometown or not, being in Harmony Falls, Pennsylvania, isn’t easy, especially when the only man smart enough to trump Kory’s high school academic achievements turns out to be a sexy, accomplished adult up to his old, flirtatious tricks.
Will Mitchell has been destined for success since the day he was born. After spending his formative years racking up academic honors, it was only natural for him to be named the chief operating officer of his family’s thriving company. He has it all—more or less—so when the target of his high school infatuation turns up hot and haughty at his brother’s wedding, Will decides he wants her, too.
An innocent dance at the wedding reception leads Kory and Will to an illicit tryst in the coat checkroom, and the game they’ve been playing since high school changes into something more serious. The new attraction takes Will and Kory by surprise, until a failed merger and family tragedy threaten both their professional goals.
Now, Will’s struggling to preserve his reputation as “the successful one” and Kory’s stuck in Harmony Falls watching her illustrious medical career slip away. Worse yet, maybe the only way to get things back on track is to work together. Can they put aside their rocky past and ignore their titillating present in order to secure the future for the people they adore?
I was very put-off by the way Arden portrayed Harmony Falls and the way that Kory acted about the little town. I live in a small town and I felt like the book’s entire plot focused around how people in a small town are “underacheivers”, trashy, dumb, or hicks. Her mother talks to her like living in a small town is horrible and she needs to escape because she’s “better than that”. Really? Better than what exactly? Better than waking up in the morning to sweet, fresh country air? Better than watching the fireflies dance above the wheat fields from your porch swing? It really is too bad that Kory’s character was made so condescending and snobby, because the book itself was very well written. I didn’t like Kory at all. She was kind of an idiot, in my personal opinion. And a selfish one at that. Did she give a crap about the nursing home before she needed it for her own personal use? No. Did it make me think any higher of her after what she did there? No.
Besides not liking the main character, I think the plot was pretty solid for a Romance novel. It did what Romance novels are supposed to do and not a whole lot more… but that’s just fine with me. The writing made sense, characters were believable and despite my annoyance with Kory, I was happy with the ending. I think I will enjoy Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding much more than this one once I purchase it. Because I will purchase it. From reading this book, I can see that anything Arden writes will be worth shelling out the cash for.
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a
night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.
Elley has been reading romance novels since she was a sixteen-year-old babysitter, sneaking Judith McNaught and Danielle Steele novels off the bookshelves of the women who employed her. She started her first manuscript when she was twenty-five, writing during babies’ naps. A total of three children and ten years later, the manuscript was complete. Little did she know, her journey to publication was only beginning..
Elley writes provocative contemporary romances for Crimson Romance.
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