Audiobook ARC Review: You May Now Kiss the Groomsman. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You May Kiss the Groomsman by Samantha Chase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seemed like a good idea at the time…

When Josie Sullivan agrees to marry her friend Tyler, it’s just so he’ll get a promotion at work. That’s what friends do, right? But what should have been a quick, quiet affair starts to look like the real thing when his family shows up in the middle of the “proposal.” Now, it’s no longer a quick stop at the courthouse during a lunch break, but a full-blown wedding and there’s nothing Josie can do to stop it.

There was no way he could hold his peace…

Daniel Alexander hasn’t been home in years. After fifteen years as a Navy SEAL, he’s more than ready to return to civilian life. Being away for so long, he’s missed a lot of his younger brother’s life and it seems like he’s back just in time to stop him from making the biggest mistake of his life. No matter how he breaks it down, something’s just not adding up about this wedding and he’s determined to figure out why. And he’s not just trying to stop it from happening because he’s finding himself wildly attracted to the bride-to-be.

Or because they can’t stop kissing each other.

Josie had given up on finding her own happily ever after and as her attraction to Daniel keeps growing, she’s suddenly regretting her decision to help out a friend. Now she just needs to decide if she wants to kiss the groom…or the groomsman.

You May Kiss the Groomsman

Not your typical fake engagement!




The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 🖤💜🤎💚💛
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📘
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌍
Character development: 😍😕🙃☺️🤩

The heroine: Josie Sullivan – part owner of a wedding planning/event planning business called Meet Me at the Alter. Josie suffers from wedding planner syndrome where she is always planning somebody else’s wedding but never her own. One of her partners in the business, Skye married her brother Elliot not too long ago and they just had their first child.

The Hero(es): Daniel Alexander – Just returned from 15 years as a Navy Seal, he plans to start a Security business with his two friends and strengthen his family ties which fell to the wayside a bit while he was in the military. He meets Josie in the hospital while visiting a friend and takes her out to dinner which doesn’t go too well though they are wildly attracted to each other.

The story: Josie, who is yearning for a marriage and family of her own, helped her best friend Tyler plan a party for his Law Firm. Tyler has seen other men is his firm reach partner status by doing things like that and especially after getting married, so when Tyler’s boss and his wife assume that Josie is his fiancé, neither of them correct the mistake.

Tyler sees that he could get on the partner track by getting married and so he suggests that he and Josie get married in a civil ceremony and stay married for a year or so in order for him to become a partner and to grow her business from wedding planning to event planning using his contacts at the firm. He proposes to her in a restaurant only to find that his parents and brother Daniel who just returned from the military are in the next booth and overhear his proposal.

Josie and Daniel are attracted to each other and Daniel couldn’t get her out of his mind after their date. He can’t figure Josie out. He is determined to find out what is up with his brothers engagement and wants to prove that Josie won’t be faithful to his brother.

The story is a good one and so different from the fake engagement/fake marriage stories I have read before where the bride and groom get involved for whatever reason and fall in love for real as the story progresses. In this story, Josie is the kind of person that never wants to let anyone down and she feels her friend Tyler really needs her, but she is having trouble fighting her attraction to his brother Daniel.

The narration, done by Avery Reid, was good. She has a pleasant voice which was perfect for Josie and her friends. However, the book was told in dual POV (Josie and Daniel) and there was only a female narrator so I am taking off a point for that. I just hate when female’s do the male voice and vice versa. Especially for a big, tough Navy Seal. I like to hear a sexy male voice for that.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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