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Best Foot Forward

(Best Men Inc. #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Rusty Best never expected The One to be his total opposite: an older, inexperienced, shy geek with two left feet. Swoon.

I’ve taught plenty of wedding parties to dance in my brothers’ family business, but this father of the bride stopped me in my tracks. He wants my help getting better at being gay, so he doesn’t embarrass his daughter. How can I say no?

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Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published July 29th 2020
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Story: 3 stars
Mc's: 4 stars
Writing: 1 star
Cover: 5 stars

So um. This didn't work for me.
I liked Rusty and Tom. They were great. I was rooting for them. I really wanted their HEA. And they got it. So that's good. Sure, the story was filled with every cliché you expect of a romance book. And sure there was some questionable cheesy scenes that even I thought was over the top. But they got their HEA. If that was all this would have been a three star read. Sadly it's not all.

The author loves her p
Joyfully Jay
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

Best Foot Forward continues The Best Men, Inc. trilogy with this second book in the series. I feel the books do work best read in order. In Best Laid Plans, we saw glimpse of Tom and Rusty, but the entire wedding plot is laid out in that book and I feel it works best to have all the background before starting here.

The books in this series are extremely high on the insta-love scale and this one may have been a little too much for me. Tom is new to the gay dating wo
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-blog, m-m, series, 2020
3.5 stars.

While I liked this story well enough, there were a few things that didn’t work for me.

Rusty was too forgiving. Tom did something that left him in tears. He should have been forced to grovel a bit. He didn't deserve to be forgiven as quickly as he was.

Tom was determined to be the ‘cool, gay dad’ to Beth. Those exact words are used so many times. When it was said it was usually with a comment or two about Tom’s age.

Okay, Tom was 43, not 83. This entire book made it sound like 43 is ancie
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was looking forward to reading this one.
I really like the writing style. It's fun and had great flow, easy and enjoyable to read. This translated into a great story for Tom and Rusty.
Tom is the father of the bride and Rusty is their dance teacher. Tom has a few struggles with being out around the obnoxious family of the groom being so new to the gay world.
A sweet, fun insta love story
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
Best Foot Forward is the second book in this series, and it while it did take me longer to connect with this couple, the intense smut scenes and bedroom talk helped make up for it!

I like how this author is telling the story of the same week again, just with a focus on a different couple. It was interesting to see the same events from the viewpoints of other characters, and she wrote it in such a way as it still felt new!

This book also relies on insta-love, and I mean, deep soulmate love within
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Best Foot Forward is the second installment in the Best Men Inc. trilogy, named after the Best Men, Inc. business owned by the Best brothers. The focus of this story is Rusty Best, who is a dance instructor with the family biz, and his relationship with Tom, the Father-of-the-Bride who, in his devotion to his daughter and dedication to have everything about her wedding be perfect, has signed up to take dance lessons from Rusty. Let’s just say that's not the only thing Rusty ends up teaching him. ...more
Linda Reads
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Slow-burn M/M romance: nerdy Tom, a gay virgin and Rusty, former twink on the prowl
This was a touching story of two entirely different men who find one another at just the right time. Tom had been happily married to his ex-wife for their daughter’s sake for two decades. They divorced to allow each of them to have a real life. Chrissy his ex-wife remarried and Tom gets along splendidly with both. But Tom has never really dipped his toe in the gay scene. He’s self-conscious because he’s a gay virg
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
From the start, Best Foot Forward screams fun! The second book in Zoe Dawn's Best Men Inc series, it is fabulous. It is easily read as a standalone, but it's even more delightful if you've read Best Laid Plans first. Although, from the author's notes, there will be a third book and they can all be read in any order. Basically - just read them all. You won't regret it.

I love this book. The tone, the characters, the flirting. Everything about it is fantastic. There's dancing, wedding prep, and an
Ravenclaw Silverstripe
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you read the first book in this series, you will have already met Tom and Rusty. In the first book we were given a glimpse of their romance, and I am so pleased that they got their own full fledged story. Tom and Rusty are total opposites in terms of age and interests. Tom is a 40 something divorced father who is finally able to live life as a gay man. Whereas Rusty, who is in his late 20’s, is a out and proud gay man. Tom is in IT. Rusty is a dancer. Tom’s daughter Beth is getting married an ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love that all of the books in this series take place during the same week of the same wedding but from different perspectives. It's really interesting to see how so many different things can happen to the people involved with others not being aware of it.
Tom is so adorable in his innocence, just wanting to be the best dad he can for Beth and not embarrass her in front of her future in-laws. He never imagined meeting and falling for a younger man such as Rusty. It's sweet how both men dream of
Amy Stauffer
1 limber extrovert
1 clumsy introvert
1 sweet bride
1 sour groom
sass (to taste)
courage (as needed)

Blend ingredients together. BEST served on the dance floor. (Recipe can be made without the groom, if you prefer a sweeter dish)

Oh man, the week leading up to the wedding was just as fun from Rusty and Tom’s POV as it was Griff and Dill’s! I really enjoy how this series is playing out. By now, we know the events, but it’s still different from another perspective. I
Independent reviewer for Gay Romance Reviews, I was gifted my copy of this book.

This is book 2 in the Best Men Inc series, and runs a parallel timeline to book one, so you don't NEED to have read book one, Best Laid Plans, but I would advise you to. I really enjoyed that book.

This one, not so much.

What I liked in book one, doesn't work for me here, and I have no idea why.

Taking place over the same time period, the relationship between Rusty and Tom moves at speed, FAR too fast for my liking, e
Anna Torres
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rusty helps the family business through his dance studio. Whenever there is a need for dance lessons in the party planning that his brother does, he provides it. He is happy with his life but at 27 years old, he wants a serious relationship, but hadn’t found one man willing to commit.

At 43 years old, Tom can now openly live his life as a gay man. But he doesn’t really know how. His ex-wife and daughter urges him to go out and date, but he thinks it is a bit late already. He has put his life on h
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Tom and Rusty's story. You first meet these two in book one Best Laid Plans, which focused on Dill and Griff. Seeing Tom struggle to figure out who is as a person and also the father of the bride was a beautiful story. Rusty really shines as the dance instructor who decides he wants to be with Tom and help him figure out "how to be the cool gay dad." Turns out, he just had to relax and embrace himself. It doesn't hurt that he gets to put that future groom in his place. A wonderful book. ...more
avid reader 1
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4 ½ stars
Best Foot Forward is a good continuation of the Best Men, Inc. series. As in the first book, the secondary characters are well placed and supportive of the storyline. The unlikable characters are just as easy to hate from this perspective as they instigate angst and unrest with their evil plotting.
This romance is fast, as in the first book, but I am still satisfied with the believability the author infuses into the pages. Sometimes a couple knows what is there.
The age gap is handled w
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This is such a sweet, low angst, medium heat age gap romance. There is 16 years between Rusty, the dance instructor and Tom, the father of the bride.
Both of these characters are so very likeable. Rusty is the proverbial ray of sunshine and Tom is a shy, insecure, cute and sometimes oblivious nerd. I loved watching his transformation into the cool gay Dad that he always wanted to be.
The instant chemistry between them is kept to a slow burn so don’t expect fortuitous steamy scenes but there is l
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book two in this series and it is just as good! Centered around the same time frame, a wedding, as the first book, but we see it from other characters perspective. The author tries make it readable as a stand alone but it really does go tons better if you read book one first. This is a fantastic series so far and I have my pre-order for the third and final book, can't wait. This is a lovely setting, brothers working together in a wedding planning company, but dealing with the family from hell, w ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This really is one of the craziest weddings and I have loved reading every minute of it so far. It's quite a fun experience reading about the same overarching storyline but from different perspectives. Definitely not boring at all! Like the first, this instalment is full of fun shenanigans, humour, and family drama, and also comes with an adorable, low-angst, opposites-attract romance. Although Rusty and Tom are total opposites, they quickly become totally smitten with each other. Rusty is a you ...more
Amber Antus
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think it was possible to like this one more than the first one but Tom melted my heart. I loved his quirky shyness and watching him become confident in himself was heartwarming. I loved Tom and Rusty together because Rusty was perfect for drawing out Tom's true self. I loved how the bedroom scenes grew steadily hotter as Tom grew more confident. I liked being able to see another side of this wedding from hell and it was refreshing to see more of Beth at her strongest. I can't wait to si ...more
Ida Umphers
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book unconditionally! It will go on the list of about 6-8 that I pull out when I need a feel good re-read. The characters of Tom and Rusty were just perfect. Tom has finally come out, but not really entered the gay dating/social scene in any way. Rusty is out and proud and has to try to figure out how to get Tom out of his shell. The secondary characters were great and I was delighted to see that Tom's ex-wife was not set up as the villain or bitter as can often be the case. The plo ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice romance

Three and a half stars for this first time gay story. This is a may/december read, which is sweet and romantic. I enjoyed both Rusty and Tom together, although Tom did annoy me near the end of the story. I just wanted to smack him on the upside of his head !

Still, another nice romance from this series, I enjoyed seeing Tom coming into his own, helped by Rusty who was a delightful character. Tom did redeem himself, so I forgave him his misdemeanour, 😉, and I have to say I did enjoy t
Lisa Klein
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zoe Dawn did it again. This is the second book in the Best Men Inc series, and she did an amazing job of telling Tom & Rusty's story. All the events take place during the same time frame as book 1, so the secondary characters and general idea of it being the week before a wedding are the same for each book. Zoe did a great job of letting us see a little of the other books without giving anything away. I feel as if it doesn't really make a difference which order you read them in. I can't wait for ...more
Janet Hunt
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rusty is the dance instructor that teaches the wedding party. He teaches Tom and his daughter to dance the daddy/daughter dance for her upcoming wedding. As soon as he puts his hands-on Tom, he knows he wants him. Tom is the bride’s father. Tom is shy, recently divorced and newly out. But he thinks he is too old for Rusty. They start spending time together and realize age really isn’t an issue. Loved it!!! I am voluntarily leaving a review form an ARC that I received. My reviews are solely based ...more
This was a really unique book...lots of plot twists, great humor, and a May/December romance. Along with a novice learning how to be gay. He had a great teacher though, just in time for his daughter's wedding. And it certainly is a memorable one!

There are moment when you want to loan a little of your back bone to several in the story, but in the end they find their own and make everyone around them proud...well most of them anyway.

The Best family is great so enjoy the series. I certainly am.
Rock N Read
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one.

Cue the flirty, fun dance teacher and the awkward father-of-the-bride. Their entire "courting" was nothing but fun and sweet giggling for me. I just wanted to hold Tom and love him. He was so shy and unsure of himself, his perception of himself was so far off of how Rusty viewed him.

Rusty was not only the sweetest, but he tried so hard to make Tom feel like he mattered.

Seriously, their entire story was full of swoon.

A great read and I will definitely be reading the res
Joanne Mccorkell
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tom never saw himself.
He saw an over the hill forty something, gay virgin, geek. He couldnt see what a younger man would want with him.

Rusty was done with hook ups, and wanted love and to settle down. He saw his future in Tom, a man whose family could walk on water as far a he was concerned. He put his family first, exactly like the best family.

There were numerous times I could have shaken Tom. But it was a sweet read
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet story between outgoing Rusty, and Tom, who is learning his way in the world tentatively. Rusty is the man who is going to teach Tom how to dance for his daughter's upcoming wedding. The spark between the two men runs deeper than surface attraction and as the two men spend time together, Rusty helps bring out Tom's assertive side. I enjoyed getting to know both men, but I loved Tom's character arc. A great read!! ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable.

This is the second book in a trilogy where three brothers all find love in the same week of an insane wedding. Tom is the shy father of the bride, Rusty is the extrovert dance instructor, that show opposites most definitely attract. I found this to be a book about courage, while being light hearted, an escape which was a delight to read. Really enjoyable, now waiting to read the final book.
Kendra T
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-review, mm, age-gap
This takes place during the same week that Best Laid Plans did, but focused on Tom and Rusty's story. We got a glimpse of them in that book, but I liked seeing their story unfold. It was fun to see the characters I already knew from a different perspective. As for Tom and Rusty, there was little angst with insta-love, and it was great to see Tom come into his own. The secondary characters in Tom's life were great.

I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC provided by Gay Romance Reviews
Kashonna Shaw
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story was totally cute.
Rusty was such a sassy little thing. I loved how confident he was. I was really happy he didn't let the crazy wedding party get to him.
Tom was an absolute adorable man! I love reading about nerdy guys that are so sweet. Tom made me swoon with how sweet and clumsy he was.
This book happens at the same time as the first, so you don't really need to read book 1 first. If you like ready about sweet, shy, clumsy nerdy types finding love, then this is a book for you
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