Thursday, February 20, 2014

Battling The Best Man by @ElleyWrites

Title: Battling the Best Man (Harmony Falls #2)
Author: Elley Arden
Published: Jan. 17, 2014
Published by: 
Crimson Romance
Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis:
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?

Battling the Best Man is a refreshing story of Will and Kory. Childhood rivals that turn to each other, though part of their need for each other is selfish they find happiness along the way.
I didn't read book one of the series Crashing the Congressman's Wedding and was able to follow along so i will say Battling the Best Man could be a standalone.
Will and Kory were those two overachieving friends who though it was fun to do homework on the weekends. Getting together for Korys best friend and Wills brothers wedding throws them back into each others lives. Circumstances happen that keep Kory from returning back to her life (work and more work) and into an agreement with Will.
Kory's character is endearing, though there are many times i wanted to bang my head against a wall she could be frustrating. Seeing someone who seems to have there head on educationally but not worldly is always a train wreck waiting to happen. She lived in a bubble motivated by her need to be the best. I wanted to shake her and scream at her but most of all i wanted to watch her succeed and grow.
Some of my favorite dialogue was wills constant bickering with his mom, i speak sarcasm fluently so their battle of whits tickled me pink.

Overall great short read, cute, funny and would recommend
I also want to read book one now 

I give Battling the Best Man by Eley Arden

Author Bio:
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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