Published by Harlequin on April 7th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Always the bridesmaid
Planning her sister's Italian wedding only reminds Jules Lane of how far away she is from finding her own true love. And worse, she's doing it alongside the brooding, mouthwateringly handsome best man, Stefano DeFiore.
Maybe the bride?
Having seen the destructive power of love, Stefano has no time for weddings but Jules's smile is captivating. Making her feel like the most beautiful woman in the world is one thing, but can he give this blushing bridesmaid a happily-ever-after of her own?
Thank you to the author, Jennifer Faye, for providing me with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
After reading The Playboy of Rome, I was thrilled to be able to immediately dive into the second DeFiore Brother’s book, Best Man for the Bridesmaid. Reading these books back to back was like an extended vacation in Italy & with good company too. Best Man for the Bridesmaid takes place right where The Playboy of Rome leaves off, but with the focus on Lizzie’s sister, Jules.
Jules, Lizzie’s foster sister, is making her way from New York to Italy to help with Lizzie’s wedding planning. Upon her arrival, she’s met by Stefano, Dante’s older brother. Stefano is immediately captivated by Jules “out there” appearance and a little butterfly tattoo that peaks out from under her shirt collar. But after loosing his first wife in a car accident, he’s decided he has no need to fall in love again. After all, DeFiore men have bad luck when it comes to love.
Jules has worked long and hard to make it through school, but after a negative experience at her most recent internship, she’s rethinking her career choice. The only problem is…telling her sister that she no longer wants to attend graduate school. But how do you tell someone who has only encouraged you and work hard to help you afford tuition? How do you tell your sister who is trying to plan a wedding as well as work on a cooking show that you’re not going back to school? That’s what Jules must try and figure out.
As Jules gets settled into live in Italy, she quickly takes on the challenge of planning her sisters entire wedding, all with the help of the best man, Stefano. What these two don’t know is that all the time they spend together planning their siblings wedding, will lead to quite the romance for each other.
Both Jules and Stefano have a lot of emotional baggage and inner battles that they have to deal with. Fortunately, they both seem to help one another in way they least expect. They pushed one another, in the best way possible, allowing each other to take chances and go outside of their comfort zones. Stefano and Jules compliment one another & encourage one another. I love when relationships are about more than just physical attraction, and that’s exactly what’s going on between these two leading characters. Of course, their newly developed relationship isn’t filled with rainbows and sunshine. Jules and Stefano face their fair share of trials and tribulations, together and individually.
Best Man for the Bridesmaid is a whirlwind romance set in beautiful Italy. If you’ve read the first book in the DeFiore Brother’s series, you get to revisit old characters all while meeting new ones. It’s a book about closing one chapter in life and starting another, but not without hitting a few road bumps along the way.
Four out of five stars