Series: The Hamilton Sisters #2
Published by Entangled Publishing: Lovestruck on September 18th 2017
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Niki Hamilton had her hopes pinned on moving to Europe with her boyfriend. But then he dumped her. By text message. Just before her sister’s wedding. Left dateless in a flamingo-pink monstrosity of a bridesmaid dress, she decides to drown her sorrows in a glass of tall, dark, and handsome.
Firefighter Grant Powers has been burned by love, but when his best friend’s new sister-in-law falls into his arms—and stays there for one sexy night—he enjoys the experience a little too much.
Then a rental snafu leaves Niki temporarily homeless. So, gentleman and masochist that he is, Grant offers his spare bedroom. Despite the smoldering sexual tension between them, starting anything would be playing with fire.
Now, they just have to survive living together for a few weeks…
‘The Best Man’s Proposal’ doesn’t quite seem like a title that would fit the blurb at all. Nonetheless, the premise—of life pulling people in 2 different directions and the compromises needed to close those 2 opposing ends—sounded interesting enough for me to put in a request for it. But not having read the first book, I didn’t quite know of any history between Grant and Niki and there are hints that something else had happened in the prequel for this story to begin with the morning after walk of shame that ended up as a forced-roommate situation.
Admittedly, it did take me a while to get into the book as there was quite a fair bit of repetition from the start: the best sex of Niki’s life, her inability to stop noticing how hot Grant’s body is, her inability to think when he was near. She did come across as a disaster though: insensitive, self-absorbed, presumptuous about the way Grant might think and also too much of a damsel in distress who can’t seem to handle herself without needing Grant to come to her rescue. In fact, Niki didn’t seem to know what she really wanted except to go to Europe and live in London, to the extent where she did nearly everything that her manager dangled in front of her—with the London job as bait—while treating her like crap. That she finally grew a spine towards the end redeemed her a mite bit for all the indecision that plagued her.
Apart from an undeniable attraction, I couldn’t find very much that would make Grant and Niki an equal (let alone well-suited) pairing, the differing maturity levels being the most glaring point for me along with their contrasting living preferences. But this perhaps also has to do with the fact that I liked Grant a lot more than I liked Niki which clearly affects my rating of the book. Grant’s sweetness towards his geriatric cat was adorable though (cats are my weak spot; men with cats slay me) and to be absolutely unfair, that shot him up in my esteem immediately.
In short, it wasn’t quite a story that resonated with me, particularly when a protagonist stood out more than the other. I only wished I enjoyed it much more than I did, especially since the only mental takeaway I have here is a picture of Grant with his beloved Orange cat.