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The Best Man

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I didnt know her name, but I heard her laugh, tasted her lips, felt her warm skin as I held her in my arms. Together we watched our young children playing in the sand, the warm ocean lapping the shore behind them as the setting sun painted the sky. She was my soulmate and this was our life, our beautiful forever

Then I woke upalone in a hospital room, connected to wires
Published March 25th 2020
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Dilek VT
I was looking forward to this book. With its awesome blurb, it had captivated my heart so much that I got the book as soon as it came out and started to read it without checking any reviews. I wish I had been more cautious about it.

Something that sounds too good to be true usually is!

Now, let me warn you about it so that you don't make the same mistake. This book is a complete mess with very frustrating characters.


Cainan and Brie meet at a bar, they
1 "disgusting side characters, this is NOT romance, ruined the whole book with bff nonsense and I am never trusting people about safety details anymore, except maybe few that I know are true" stars

This is NOT romance, we wait the whole book for MC to be together and it is constant asshole ex interfering, hero feeling guilty bla bla there is no romance here until nearly the end of the book

- not celibate after meeting (they met at a bar, she blew him off the same night he had an accident, she
Jennifer Hinson
Its as though my soul has been waiting for her to come along my entire life. Now here she is. What I wouldnt give to make her mine


I was so pumped for this books impatient as I waited on the release date so I could download and devour it. So imagine my surprise and excitement level when I saw a new book sitting on my Kindle in the Uncollected section. Jumping up & down AND squealing occurred, I am not exaggerating and Im not embarrassed about it-I went total schoolgirl giddy
Beneath The Covers Blog
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kelly, arcs, 2020-reads
You need to have an open mind when reading this book. A second chance love story filled with angst, it broadens the contrasting perspectives of fate and free will.

The Best Man is a fascinating story that completely captivated me from the very beginning. There are so many different elements that develop within the story line suspense, mystery, forbidden, star-crossed, and friends-to-lovers. The development and flow of the story blends beautifully with the growth of the characters, both
Keri Loves Books
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A serendipitous love story that will capture your heart. Cainan and Brie share a fated love story that brings a feeling of happiness and a hope in happily ever afters.

She was literally his dream girl. They met before, yet he doesnt remember but he knows all about her.

Cainan was in a car accident. When he wakes from a coma, he asks for his wife. Hes never been married. His memories of her are so real, so vivid, but she doesnt exist. Then he meets her on the arm of his best friend, Grant. Brie is
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
The Best Man is one of those magnificent reads that touch your heart in ways you never saw coming. I loved Cainan and Brie and the way they were drawn to one another despite the circumstances they found themselves in. Their love story by no means was an easy road for them but their connection could not be denied. This story made me swoon and get choked up in the best ways. I loved them so much!

When Cainan wakes up from a car accident, he asks for his wife but he's never been married. But Brie,
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

When they first met Cainan was trying to seduce her into spending a night with him but Brie turned him down, no matter how panty-melting gorgeous he is.

"𝓝𝓮𝔁𝓽 𝓽𝓲𝓶𝓮 𝔀𝓮 𝓶𝓮𝓮𝓽, 𝔀𝓮 𝔀𝓸𝓷'𝓽 𝓫𝓮 𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻𝓼."

Months have passed and Cainan got in an accident. While in a coma, he dreamed that he's married with kids, it's so vivid that he thought it's real and it's not. But the face of the woman is so unforgettable, that he looked everywhere just to find her. And when he found her she belongs to another
Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)
"The woman I believed I was destined to love ... belongs to my best friend. She can never be mine."


The Best Man is a beautiful story that stole a little piece of my heart with every page. I was so excited to read this book and I devoured it in one sitting. I was so immersed in this captivating book that time escaped me... or seemed to stop (I can't really decide). All I know is that I couldn't believe how fast I read this.

Cainan has been in an accident and when he wakes up sometime
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
"AUTHOR'S NOTE:This angsty forbidden romance contains zero cheating and no love triangle."

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Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Best Man by Winter Renshaw is pure kismet. A combination of suspense, angst, mystery, and romance, this addictive book has it all and kept me on my toes the entire time. Cainan James, a successful divorce attorney, is content with his life as a bachelor, working hard and enjoying the ladies when the opportunity strikes. Most dont turn this smooth talker down when propositioned, but our strong, smart heroine, Brielle, did exactly that.

I admired Brie so much as she was independent, trusted
It was just OK. I did not believe their connection at all because it just takes forever for them to actually get together. I couldnt figure out what it was they loved about each other ...more
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From page one I WAS ADDICTED! LOVED Cain so much. Ah this is definitely one of my fave slow burn romances of 2020! I am fairly new to Renshaw, but have loved everything I've read!

If you're looking for a love story that will keep you on the edge of your seat with anticipation, you should grab this one!
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
This was an OK read for me. From the blurb this book had A LOT of potential, but for me, it just fell a bit flat. For the majority of this book the couple are not together and it is because of this, you just don't FEEL them. I wanted to know more about Cainan, the little glimpses we got were just not enough to really connect with him as a character. I just wish the author spent more time with them, rather than all the drama that led up to them finally being together.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
This love story begins as a dream. Cainan was in a terrible accident and was comatose for a while. During that time he had vivid dreams of a wife and kids. when he awoke, he was astonished to be told he was not married. when he meets his best friend's fiancee he realizes that she is his dream lover. Brie is engaged to a Grant who appears be a perfect match for her. Everyone loves Grant. Things come to a head when Brie and Cainan are thrown into each others space. They must respect the ...more
This had really good build-up to when the main couple meets, I was totally flying through the pages up till then!

But it ended up playing out in a super lame way. And everything from then on was tedious and boring.

I wanted drama and angst and emotions! Based on the blurb, I thought for sure that's what I was gonna get.

Instead what I got was a bunch of boring conversations, repetitive monologues, and a couple with ZERO chemistry.

Also, I really hate cartoony style villains. Which this book had.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read one of Winter's books, I loudly exclaim "this one is my favorite!" So yup, here we go again...

This one is my favorite! I LOVE the characters. So many romance novels are filled with characters who are just too boisterous, raucous, and perfect to be believable. Brie, an accomplished actuary, is the girl next door -- she's smart, pragmatic, mature, and of course beautiful. An odd mix of serendipity and frightening circumstances have her running into Cainan on more than one
Cassie Ashford
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book pushes the mind and makes you try to imagine things you didnt know were possible.

How could a man in a coma live his whole life with his wife and children that he doesnt even have yet? How can he know is wifes favorite authors, books, movies, food, favorite places to visit, etc when he has never truly met her?

Brie comes across to everyone as afraid to love but that isnt necessarily the case. She just doesnt want to settle for anything or anyone unless its true love. She has already
Apr 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
And a whole lot of melodrama

Life was a dream until he woke up

Serendipity. Fate. Destiny. Kismet. Soul mates.
All those magical ingredients that create the strongest chemistry and most unforgettable love stories. In our hearts, its all the ethereal stuff of our deepest romantic fantasies and leads to the kind of star-crossed love story that really tugs at the heartstrings. When were in a dream, it seems so real. But what if youre not sure whats real and whats a dream? And then destiny gives
Racy Reader
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I spent over an hour on Kindle Unlimited trying to find my next read before stumbling upon this excerpt and I was sold.

I love Winter Renshaws books, including my all time favorite of hers Absinthe. I know she has the ability to create and unravel an incredible story that keeps readers invested in each character while they endure the journey she has set out for then.

Having said that, this book left me feeling, well meh. There was such an opportunity to go so deep with this book, creating a story
Caroline F
4.5 stars

"It's ironic - I almost died. And yet, since the moment I was condemned back into my body, I've never felt more...dead."

Cainan James wakes up from a coma asking for this wife and kids. However, the beautiful reality he was convinced he had seemed to be just a dream because they don't exist. Until he meets a familiar stranger one night. Until he meets her again and realises that he can never have her.

"Everything is criss-crossing and intersecting in the strangest of ways, and I don't
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads-2020
The Best Man was completely unexpected. I went into this book completely blind and it was the best kind of surprise. This story captured my soul and I completely fell in love with it.

Brie is the girl of Cainans dreams, literally. One fateful night forever changed both of their lives.
Cainan was in a horrible car accident and when he wakes up weeks later asking for his wife and children everyone is confused. He doesnt have a wife. However, there is a woman and a family he saw vividly in his
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brie and Cainan's first meeting sets the wheel of fate in motion, putting them on a life-altering course to happy ever after. The final outcome isn't set in stone though and the choices they make will determine where they end up.

The intriguing book blurb alone should whet your appetite for this amazing story! There's something magical, literally and figuratively, in this incredible love story. It is sweet and heart-warming and special in every way. The appealing characters, the excellent
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wheres my wife

What have a just read???
What did I just spend all night reading???
This story was absolutely amazing and unlike anything I have read before! I loved this one from start to finish. I dont even know what to tell you about it. Its one of those stories that leave you speechless... you really dont even know what youve read. You want to read it again. Catch stuff you missed the first time through. Cainin and Bri were wonderfully written characters.

Words that come to mind with
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Do you believe in fate? Do you believe that dreams do come true? Well this book is about that and more! I couldnt put it down.

Brie is shy and has her life planned out, until one night when she witnesses a terrible accident, and she holds a mans hand until the paramedics come, she talks about her life to try and keep him with her. At the hospital she meets his best friend Grant and they start a relationship, but Grant doesnt just want Brie for her, he has a bigger plans.

Cainan wakes from a coma
A lovely story about destiny. Although a lot of chapters, they are brief and smoothly flow between points of view. I especially liked the development of Cainans character from his introduction pre-accident. I warmed up to Brie about midway. Shes a bit indifferent but once she spends time with Cainan I liked her growing confidence and how she became comfortable with herself. My only confusion was how she didnt realize he was the same guy from the bar a few days before his accident. If youre ...more
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cainan and Brie will capture your hearts in this touching story. Cainan awakens from a dream that was so detailed he actually believed that he was married with a family. Imagine his surprise that said woman is fiancé to his best friend. They met previously and she had turned him down. Brie met Grant at the hospital and struck up a relationship. Now he has asked for her hand in marriage but Brie is having second thoughts because she also has feelings for Cainan. This romance can turn out one of ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Pure destiny!!

Love me a good second chance romance novella.

Caine and brie meet and then an unexpected accident happens.

Brie and Caine meet yet again but cain doesnt remember meeting her. Brie discovers her fiances best man is none other than her mystery man she met at a bar months ago.

Angst filled pages and unrequited love.

Will cain and brie find their way back to each other?

Love cain and bries story.
Gut wrenchingly good.
Teresa Banschbach
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Winter Renshaw's latest is everything you'd expect from her writing, including a twist. A highly unusual twist. Cainin & Brie meet in a bar, where she shuts him down and leaves. Over time and through circumstance, they meet again and discover that he has had recurring dreams of her. She, meanwhile, has met & is unknowingly dating, Grant, Cain's best friend. This book is well worth the time. HEA is assured and there is a slight element of cheating involving a secondary character. No ...more
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