ARC Review: One Week with the Best Man by Andrea Laurence and Reclaimed by the Rancher by Janice Maynard

In One Night with the Best Man by Andrea Laurence, a plain Jane wedding decorator is hired to be a gorgeous Hollywood actor’s fake date to his best friend’s wedding, only for things to take a turn toward the real…

In Reclaimed by the Rancher, a bonus Texas Cattlemen’s Club Lies and Lullabies prequel story by Janice Maynard, a woman who left her rancher fiancé before their wedding now needs his help to save her family’s land, but his help comes with a price…

One Night with the Best Man

Brides and Belles

Book Three

Andrea Laurence

Reclaimed by the Rancher

Texas Cattleman’s Club: Lies and Lullabies

Prequel Short Story

Janice Maynard

256 Pages

Release Date: 11/01/2015

Publisher: Harlequin | Imprint: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Series Romance
Series: Brides and Belles | Texas Cattleman’s Club: Lies and Lullabies

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One Night with the Best Man by Andrea Laurence

What happens when a fake wedding date gets all too real?

Pretend to be famous bachelor Julian Cooper’s girlfriend? Some women might be thrilled with the request—not Gretchen McAlister. Her job is planning weddings, not being the best man’s date. But after Julian’s latest celebrity breakup, “ordinary” Gretchen is the perfect PR ploy.

Julian is against the whole plan…until he meets Gretchen. Honest and beautiful—even beneath her fancy makeover—his new “girlfriend” makes him want something more, something real…

Reclaimed by the Rancher by Janice Maynard

Only the fiancé she left in the dust can help her!

To fend off a mysterious oil company’s aggressive buyout offer and save her family land, Lucy Peyton can only turn to one man for help. Yes, she’d practically left Jeff Hartley at the altar, but she’d had her reasons. Such as catching the rich rancher kissing her best friend before the wedding! But now, face-to-face with Jeff on his doorstep, she realizes the chemistry between them is as strong as ever and panics.

If Lucy wants his help, she’ll have it—on his terms. She’ll also receive a lesson in what she missed when she ran. Because in the end, Jeff Hartley always gets what he wants…no matter how long he has to wait.

Texas Cattleman’s Club: Lies and Lullabies—Baby secrets and a scheming sheikh rock Royal, Texas


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One Night with the Best Man by Andrea Laurence is a well-written and engaging read. I totally loved insecure and wary Gretchen and intrigued but mistrustful Julian. They were a great match for each other and their story felt effortless and real. I could completely see these two coming together and falling for each other in real life because Laurence made them living, breathing people on each and every page of this story. She sprinkled so many excellent character gems and true-to-life realisms throughout the story that the more I learned about both of these characters, the more I wanted to know and the more anxious I got to see Gretchen and Julian reach their happily ever after. Each and every scene drew me more and more into Gretchen and Julian’s journey, making this a truly delightful, entertaining, and sexy read. One of my favorite Desire reads, in fact. Highly recommend reading it!




Reclaimed by the Rancher by Janice Maynard might be a short story, but it packs some heat and has plenty of emotional depth to make it a great romance read. The idea of people getting a second chance at love appeals to me, which is why reunion romances have always been among my favorite romances to read. Reclaimed by the Rancher was a short, but well-written reunion romance and an excellent start to the new continuity series.




About Andrea Laurence

Andrea Laurence is an award winning contemporary author who has been a lover of books and writing stories since she learned to read. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to be able to share her books with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she’s working on her own “happily ever after” with her boyfriend and five fur-babies. You can contact Andrea at her website:

About Janice Maynard

In 2002 Janice Maynard left a career as an elementary teacher to pursue writing full-time.  Her first love is creating sexy, character-driven, contemporary romance.  She has written for Kensington and NAL, and is very happy to be part of the Harlequin family–a lifelong dream.  Janice and her husband live in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains.  They love to hike and  travel. Visit her at


Deanna | OkieDreams

Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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