In high school, Tess Bonham was the go-to for party planning. So it’s no surprise that she’s built that talent into a successful party planning business. Tess loves her job—most of the time. Planning her own ten-year reunion weekend promises to be the highlight of her career, even if making it perfect for her former classmates means she won’t actually have time to enjoy it herself.
Hotelier Jeremy Wright has wanted Tess for months, and he’s tired of watching her sacrifice her social life to her overbooked calendar. So when she’s short-staffed, Jeremy jumps at the chance to help out with her reunion during the day—if Tess surrenders the nights to him. He’s got plans for a private party, and she’s the guest of honor…
Tess should say no. But she really, really wants to say yes. Spending time with Jeremy reminds her just how much fun life can be. But she’s not sure she can be “just friends” once she knows how amazing the benefits are…
Out of the three books in this series, The Girls Most Likely…, I would have to say that Life of the Party sticks out as the one that I enjoyed the most. I think what made this my favourite of the three was that I felt as if I knew Tess and Jeremy just a little bit more. They are talked about a fair bit in the first two in the series, so the connection with them as characters and as a couple is that bit stronger with me.
Tess has been the go-to girl for so long, it’s as if she has forgotten how to say no. She’s got such a lovely, caring and trusting nature (which I love in a heroine and people in general), however people have sadly taken advantage of this. Men have seemingly always slotted Tess into the dreaded friend-zone. Because of this, her self-esteem and self-image have really taken a beating. There’s just a little bit of Tess in all of us, I think.
Jeremy has plans for Tess that go way beyond just boosting her spirits. He’s adored Tess from afar and hates seeing how people treat her. I loved how he used his charm and looks for good rather than evil, and the way he helped Tess come out of his shell….oh yes that’s sexy!! He’s pretty sexy too. The way Kate Davies describes him makes me think of Johnny Depp circa 21 Jump Street (there are a lot of heroes at the moment that make me think of JD – not a bad thing AT ALL).
I liked that their age difference (Tess is a few years Jeremy’s senior) was never really made too much of. Too often, characters freak out over almost non-existent differences, so thank you, Ms Davies for not going down that path. Their chemistry is very strong, but what is equally strong is their friendship. This side of a book relationship is sadly ignored sometimes – if you’re going to spend your life with someone, actually liking them helps.
This was a really lovely resolution to a relationship I’ve been reading little hints of in two earlier books. The Girls Most Likely… series has ultimately been one of peaks and troughs for me – Most Likely to Succeed was great, but I didn’t have as good luck with the second in the series, Cutest Couple. So it was fantastic to have this series end on such a high note.
Oh, yeah, thank you also to Carina Press for having people on the cover that actually resemble the characters in the book!
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release date: 8 July 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.