Sela Sullivan is resolved to be the best maid of honor ever, even if it means tolerating the best man. Insufferable, too-handsome Luke Watters is not only the guy who humiliated her at a kissing booth in high school, but he also happens to be her best friend’s older brother. Positive he’s the same arrogant jock, Sela vows to focus on her duties and steer clear of the frustrating—and frustratingly tempting—Luke.
As a world-renowned extreme-sports photographer, Luke is used to undertaking life-risking adventures. But risking his heart for the beautiful Sela Sullivan, who clearly still hates him for his rejection all those years ago? He didn’t see that coming. Sela inspires a passion he’s never known, and the more time they spend together, the more he craves her. But can he prove to the maid of honor he’s become a man of honor?
Kissing the Maid of Honor is exactly the type of title I have come to enjoy about the Bliss imprint from Entangled – lovely, sweet and very romantic.
In an episode of typical teenage-boy form, Luke humiliated Sela in an incident at a high school fair kissing booth. Ten years on, Sela and Luke are thrown back together at the wedding of her best friend Vanessa (who just happens to be Luke’s little sister). Sela vows only to tolerate Luke for the duration of the wedding festivities and only for Vanessa’s sake.
The more time they spend together as part of the wedding, the more it becomes evident to Sela that Luke may not be the rakish heartbreaker she remembers him as…and that her teenage crush is not only not dead, it’s fired back up with a vengeance.
I love how Sela and Luke’s romance unfolds. The premise is a well-used one in romanceland (Best Man-Maid of Honor with a dose of misunderstanding), however Robin Bielman has managed to imbue this story with a real freshness and warmth. They don’t dive straight into involvement, but when they do come together, it’s really lovely. As with most in the Bliss line, it’s more towards the closed-door side of sexytimes, however it is nice on occasion to have that moment left to your imagination. Not every story suits it being thrust in your face (pardon the pun).
The secondary characters in Kissing the Maid of Honor are very strong and I would have to agree with a couple of other reviewers when I say I hope Sela’s brother (& Luke’s best mate) Shane gets his own story. He was hilarious.
I love discovering new authors, and it’s safe to say that Robin Bielman is someone I will definitely be keeping my eye on.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 13 May 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Entangled Publishing, LLC in return for an honest review.