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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,487 ratings  ·  559 reviews
I didn’t 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 up—alone in a hospital room, connected to wire
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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
Jennifer Hinson
“It’s as though my soul has been waiting for her to come along my entire life. Now here she is. What I wouldn’t 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 I’m not embarrassed about it—-I went total schoolgirl g
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 ca
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you believe in soulmate?? The Best Man takes inspired from The Alchemist. In Miss Renshaw hands, she turned it into romance story.

The story contains many plots and many drama. In some part, I got bored little bit waiting for the climax. The drama between Grant and Cainan is... well.... overly dramatic.

Aside from the overly drMatic bromance, I enjoy the story very much. The idea if soulmate that comes into dream is interesting.

4 stars
Beneath The Covers Blog
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, kelly, 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 individu
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 doesn’t remember but he knows all about her.

Cainan was in a car accident. When he wakes from a coma, he asks for his wife. He’s never been married. His memories of her are so real, so vivid, but she doesn’t exist. Then he meets her on the arm of his best friend, Grant. Brie
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, t
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
Jun 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh! I can’t remember (at least at the moment) when I have been more disappointed by how a book turns out computed to the summery. The bio of this book reads like a dream, but it’s more like a nightmare. I find it particularly ironic that the author specifically states that there is “no cheating or love triangles”. Because she lied on both points. He basically cheats because he feels like he loves a woman and still goes out looking for and scoring a piece of a$$ over and over again. She was real ...more
Jenny Jo Weir
Wow! I read this one in ONE sitting. The chapters are seriously small, so I kept saying "just one more chapter" and then I was at the end.
I loved so much about this one. First, she's prudent, which is not a common thread among female leads. Most jump straight in without thinking pro's and cons. Also, she makes up her mind and STICKS to it! I applaud that. A lot of other female leads are fickle and have a hard time making up their mind, if ever they stop to consider choices that is.
I also appre
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. S
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
It was just OK. I did not believe their connection at all because it just takes forever for them to actually get together. I couldn’t figure out what it was they loved about each other
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I was really enjoying this and then the author threw in the fake dating crap and she lost me. There were also passages that were so childish I could barely continue reading. What saved it was the premise of fate finding your soul mate.

Final nail in the coffin...she insulted Sex and the City


Outdated clothes? Who gives a shit, Manolos and Dior never go out of style.

"AUTHOR'S NOTE:This angsty forbidden romance contains zero cheating and no love triangle."

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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!
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Slow Burning Stars!!

WTH???? I have no idea what I was expecting from this book but this was not it. This book will absolutely grab you from the beginning and does not want to let go. It was so hard to put down when something needed to be done. This book is definitely one of my favorites in 2020.

I don’t like a wishy washy character and Brie is not at all that way. Cain was great from the get-go. There was something that I knew early on was going to come out but still the twists are great on th
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
So, I hated Grant.

The Best Man was an okay book. Not particularly my favorite but it also wasn't completely horrible at the same time? In it, you will meet Cainan and Brie. How they met kind of seemed like fate. Yet, thing also seemed to tear them apart at the same time? Yes, they met at a bar and he thought he was hot shit. Long story short, she denied him and went home all alone. Happy and alone. She was forever on his mind.

Then they sort of see each other again when he gets in a terrible acci
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 don’t 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 h
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. ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winter Renshaw was so underated. She's write a lof of beautiful story. Focusing on the storyline development instead of steamy scene. I hope a lot of people read her books. ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
And a whole lot of melodrama
I admit that I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.

A short summary.
She saved him from a car wreck which lands him in a hospital. He was put in a coma to save his life. He dreamt that he was married and he had children and he was happy. Everything he dreamt was a vivid memory, so when he woke up, he asks for his wife and children only to be told he had none.
When he finally finds the woman he dreamt about, she is engaged to his asshole friend.
But he has to decide if he is willing to betr
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Author tells this isn't a love triangle, but what was is then?
Main characters were having kisses and everything else in about 85-90% of the book. Till then, they were struggling, they liked each other but couldn't be together because heroine's bf was bbf of our hero...
Not safe
Main characters have other partners. But thank God we don't see any scenes...
I didn't like the story, it had potential but author didn't develop it good enough. Skipped a lot.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 ⭐️ The beginning was so good , it caught my attention and I was looking forward to it and then it just went downhill . The side characters annoyed me , with their terrible judgment in people and horrible advice they kept giving Brie. There was absolutely no chemistry between Brie and Cainan , their relationship just wasn’t convincing.
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brie & Cainan meet in a bar one night and they have an instant connection, but Brie walks away since she isn’t the type to have a one-night-stand. Cainan says maybe they’ll one day meet again, but not as strangers.

A couple days later, Cainan gets into a car accident and by chance, Brie is on the scene. And while he’s in a medically induced coma, Brie starts dating Cainan’s best friend, Grant, who she meets in the waiting room.

When Cainan wakes from his coma, he’s convinced he’s married with 2
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 boundaries ...more
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 occasio
“You said, ‘Maybe next time we meet, we won’t be strangers.’”

I never read anything like this plot device before. Its intriguing, peculiar and was able to grasp my attention from the beginning. I like how the fated soulmates and serendipitous chances isn't overdone its just the right amount of delivering. I also loved how ti's story was inspired by Winter's Renshaw grandma surrealistic dream. its intricately fascinating. The Slow build of friendship dynamic does not feel rush and shallow,
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