The Virgin and The Best Man by Kate Richards

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The Virgin and The Best Man by Kate Richards
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (76 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Aster

Mark and Julia from The Virgin and the Playboy have set the date! They are to be married at The Castillo Las Vegas, where they met on their 1Night Stand. All their family and friends are invited and they have planned a special surprise for their maid of honor and best man.

Karin, Julia’s cousin, a small town librarian, chose family obligations over her dreams of the stars. She loves them all, but wonders when it will be her turn to live as she wishes…if it isn’t too late.

Ray, commercial pilot, is every bit as much a playboy as his brother Mark used to be. He isn’t opposed to finding The One, but fears his brother has collected the only perfect jewel.

What more appropriate gift for these two than a 1Night Stand with a date personally selected for them by Madame Evangeline.

What’s the perfect gift to give to the attendants of your wedding? Well, when you met by way of Madame Eve’s 1Night Stand Service, the answer to that question is easy. You give them the opportunity to meet the perfect partner by arranging a 1Night Stand of their own. But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

Julia and Mark, both of whom were introduced in an earlier tale, are heading to Vegas to get married. Their maid of honor, Julia’s cousin Karin, and best man, Mark’s brother Ray, are among the various family members in attendance. Because of the success of Madame Eve’s pairing of Julia and Mark, they arrange a date for Karin and one for Ray. Each are to contact the service for details after the rehearsal dinner. Karin and Ray, feeling a spark between them, instead follow their own path.

This story was a little different than other 1Night Stands in the series, in that we get a glimpse of what life is like for Julia and Mark before being introduced to the focus couple. For those who read the first book, The Virgin and The Playboy, this will be welcomed. I had not read the first story, but after a glimpse and reading the story of Karin and Ray, I’ll certainly look into it!

There was little in this book I didn’t like. The characters were well defined, the setting was described wonderfully, and the attraction between Karin and Ray was palpable. In a few short pages, the Ms. Richards takes us from initial meeting to blossoming love, and I enjoyed every minute. The sex was hot, and I especially enjoyed the way she allowed us into the thoughts of each character-sometimes switching point of view in the middle of a pivotal moment. It drew me into the scenes as if I was a bystander in the room.

There were only two minor items that kept this story from scoring a perfect 5 stars. One, was a handful of editing errors, including a missing word (and I’d still like to know what the author intended to say). The other was an unanswered question. I don’t believe it’s a spoiler to say the maid of honor and best man spend the evening together, but we never got resolution of the 1Night Stand date. Each was supposed to be set up with someone, but neither chose to make the call for arrangements. Who were they supposed to meet? I was expecting one, or both, to contact Madame Eve, only to find out the person they were with was their chosen date, but it didn’t happen. So what happened to their dates? Madame Eve may not have been directly responsible for this matchup, but it certainly didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story!

I’m a huge fan of the 1Night Stand Series, and this installment was no exception. For a quick, hot, entertaining read, pick up The Virgin and The Best Man. You won’t be disappointed.

Comments

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for the wonderful things you said. I hope you’ll have a chance to read The Virgin and the Playboy and spend some time with Mark and Julia 🙂

  2. Wonderful review! I’m co-creator of the 1Night Stand series, and I’m proud to see so many amazing reviews coming in for the series! Plus Kate is a fantastic author so doubly great to see a great review for her as well.

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