Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the release day book blitz for; The Best Man by A.S. Kelly. I Can’t wait to share my review of this book with you all.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to the tour.
Disclosure, My stop of this tour was scheduled for yesterday, but due to shocking WiFi issues (it doesn’t help that I live in a area with atrocious WiFi/phone signal) and the addition of a new member of the family (the furry kind) so unfortunately my posts are now going out late – apologies to everyone!!
About the Book
The Best Man by A.S. Kelly.
Narrator: Jenn McGuirk
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Women’s Fiction
I always turn up at just the wrong moment. I never know how to make the most of a situation; I don’t know the right thing to say, or when I should come or go.
Let’s just say I have really shit timing.
I’m not a smart guy. I don’t have great ideas.
I’m practical, a hard worker; someone who lives for his family, and for the air that she breathes.
It’s just a shame that the “she” in question never knew this. It’s a shame that I waited all these years to make my move. It’s useless to tell you, readers, that it was already too late; that I’d screwed everything up, once again. And, this time, my mistakes forced her to come home.
Except she didn’t want to stay.
And now she hates me – or maybe she doesn’t. I still haven’t worked out what’s going on between us, but like I said, I’m not the sharpest tool in the box. And even though this could be my last chance, I’m not going to be the one to ask her to stay. Not even if she turns out to be the one I’ve always waited for.
Because she doesn’t belong in this place.
And she doesn’t belong in my life.
My name is Alex Brennan, and this is my story: of how I realised I’d lost the most important person in my life, before I even had her.
I have recently really got into Audiobooks, they tend to fit around my life better than another format. The Best Man is a decent listen, the narrator does a great job at bringing the listener into the story, it didn’t feel like a drag or long-winded the pacing and the tone of the narrator worked perfectly with the plot.
The Best Man is a sweet and thoughtful friend to lovers/lost lovers reunited story which will have you sighing in wistful delight throughout.
I liked the story, it’s uncomplicated, emotional, light-hearted and very easy to read – or listen to – love story. I loved the twist that they had drifted apart earlier only to be reunited years later, but things don’t run smoothly and there is quite the heartfelt and emotional roller-coaster for them to reach that elusive happily ever after. I do love that in a love story the couple must jump through hoops and face challenges before they find happiness.
I liked the plot twist, it kept the story fresh and interesting and it was cleverly incorporated with the overall story.
There is a real gut-wrenching lost feel about aspects of this especially in regards to Alex, I felt every emotion. I loved that Alex isn’t a stereotypical ‘hero’ he isn’t an alpha male, he’s a normal run-of-the-mill guy next door. The sort of man you can trust and have a good old chat within the supermarket over the bread counter without fear of him praying on you. He is sweet-natured, kind, hard-working, caring and instantly likeable and it is so sad to see him going through so much emotional turmoil when Ellie returns, I just wanted to give him a huge hug.
I have to be honest and say it took me a long time to like Ellie, I did think she was a little thoughtless in her actions, but then again she wasn’t to know that her actions broke the heart of Alex as he never shared his feeling for her, she charmed him and then left. But, as the story moved steadily toward the finale I ever-so-slowly warmed to the charismatic Ellie.
I loved the cover, it’s eye-catching in its simplicity and I thought that it worked well with the overall story and I thought the characters are represented well.
Overall, The Best Man is a sweetly charming, heart-warming and delightful story, albeit a little on the slow side at times and in my honest opinion too long, I think that the overall love story could have easily worked as a short story/long novella but still worth a read or a listen
About the Author
A. S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.
She’s passionate about English literature, she’s a music lover and addicted to coffee.
She spends her days in a small village North of Dublin, looking for inspiration for her next stories.
Rainy Days is her debut novel.