Series: Nashville Connections, #5
Published by Choc Lit on July 10 2018
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction
Perfect for fans of Nashville! Sadly no Avery, Gunnar or Deacon but you do get a new hunky hero - Josh! Sit back, grab a copy and take yourself off to Nashville, Tennessee! Being the best man is a lot to live up to … When troubled army veteran and musician Josh Robertson returns home to Nashville to be the best man at his younger brother Chad’s wedding he’s just sure that he’s going to mess it all up somehow.
But when it becomes clear that the wedding might not be going to plan, it’s up to Josh and fellow guest Louise Giles to make sure that Chad and his wife-to-be Maggie get their perfect day.
Can Josh be the best man his brother needs? And is there somebody else who is beginning to realise that Josh could be her ‘best man’ too?
This book was quite a cute little read and you can totally lose yourself in it. It is apparently the fifth book in a series but none of the books are linked (although there is a prequel to this one which I might go and just pick up). I picked this up because of the word Nashville just rang out to me and with all the psychological thrillers, I needed to read something, dare I say it, fluffy (and I do not mean this in a derogatory way), so this book was perfect for me.
So the story picks up with the American Chad marrying the English girl Maggie (from the prequel) and Josh, the older handsome brother, is the best man, returning home for the first time in years. He spots Louise, another English girl, and instantly they fall in love.
The story is predictable in a way that boy meets girl and they fall in love, what made this story different, and appealed to me, is Josh went against his father and did not run the family business but joined the army. Being an army wife I sit on a knife edge so to speak, I love to read things about soldiers but I find it quite hard at the same time. Not too much detail was given, which I thought was a shame as I felt more could have been explored with PTSD. However, saying that, the dream that Josh had, once Chad nudged him in the right direction, of music and ex-military was actually quite serene and beautiful. I actually wanted to know more about this and what happens but alas that is not the story here.
I did enjoy the story of Josh and Louise, at times though I felt like it was a bit rushed and that conversations were missing, everything was 50 mph. Even when we discovered what happened with Louise, the way it was resolved was so quick and a tad bit easy, but do you know what I didn’t care for a change. I was rooting for them from the beginning, so what if a few steps were missed. It was just refreshing not to have the whole miscommunication, stop talking to each other and makeup at the end. (P.s I do love those as well)
Instead, we had two characters, who didn’t mince their words and had amazing chemistry and banter. They were honest with each other, both had their baggage but as long as they could just take one day at a time with each other and be honest when the time was right, it would work. You know what…it did. I loved reading a romance book (set in Nashville and it’s “honky tonk”) where it was just quite simple. I also quite enjoyed that a lot of this book had a leading man instead of a woman. Josh took up quite a lot of the reading time and it was quite a welcome attribute to have in a book, and not just be in the woman’s head.
It was boy meets girl and boy loves girl and a happy ending they both thoroughly deserve.
Josh is definitely the best man in this story.
*Thank you so much to Choc Lit, Net Galley and the author Angela Britnell for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*
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