Blog Tour Review: The Best Man by A.S. Kelly

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A romantic contemporary novel that tackles many difficult issues.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and A.S. Kelly for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary audiobook and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

A. S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.

She’s passionate about English literature, she’s a music lover and addicted to coffee.

She spends her days in a small village North of Dublin, looking for inspiration for her next stories.

Rainy Days is her debut novel.

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Narrator: Jenn McGuirk

I always turn up at just the wrong moment. I never know how to make the most of a situation; I don’t know the right thing to say, or when I should come or go. 

Let’s just say I have really shit timing.

I’m not a smart guy. I don’t have great ideas. 

I’m practical, a hard worker; someone who lives for his family, and for the air that she breathes.

It’s just a shame that the “she” in question never knew this. It’s a shame that I waited all these years to make my move. It’s useless to tell you, readers, that it was already too late; that I’d screwed everything up, once again. And, this time, my mistakes forced her to come home.

Except she didn’t want to stay.

And now she hates me – or maybe she doesn’t. I still haven’t worked out what’s going on between us, but like I said, I’m not the sharpest tool in the box. And even though this could be my last chance, I’m not going to be the one to ask her to stay. Not even if she turns out to be the one I’ve always waited for.

Because she doesn’t belong in this place.

And she doesn’t belong in my life.

My name is Alex Brennan, and this is my story: of how I realised I’d lost the most important person in my life, before I even had her.

Review (No Spoilers)

It’s day three (aka the final day) of my back-to-back blog tours! Today’s featured tour was a completely new experience for me because I’ve never done an audiobook tour before. In the past, I only listened to audiobooks for books I had previously read, but I’ve been branching out recently to explore new titles as well.

Listening to The Best Man was a very interesting experience. The blurb for the book doesn’t give you much information about what the plot will involve, so I had no idea what I was getting into. The very beginning of the story was an absolutely wild ride. The plot begins with a woman, Ellie, getting married to a man named Chase. Alex, the best man, has been in love with Ellie since they were children. Without spoiling too much, I’ll just say that in an attempt to stop the wedding from going down, Alex causes a bit of a scene.

The craziness of the first chapters set a really high tone for the way I thought the story was going to go–and I was super excited to see what would happen next–but then the story took a turn, in both tone and plot, in a way I hadn’t at all predicted. In fact, for around 40% of the novel, I had no idea what it was supposed to be about. When I tried to explain the plot to my partner, I ended up describing it as one of those stories that doesn’t really seem to be about anything in particular. And that’s not a bad thing. A lot of contemporary novels aren’t really about anything, and some of the best movies/books are very hard to describe (try to describe Pulp Fiction right now). There does end up being a solid plot-arc at the end of the book, but it doesn’t begin until around 70/80%.

Since I wouldn’t describe The Best Man as a plot-driven novel, I’d definitely say it is character-driven. The book not only explores the relationship between Alex and Ellie, but it also dives into several other connections both within and between Ellie and Alex’s families. I really appreciate when books take the time to show the importance of not only romantic relationships, but familial and platonic ones as well. Unfortunately for me, I never actually felt connected to anyone in the book which made it hard for me to stay engaged. I’ve never experienced anything similar to what Alex and Ellie have, so I’ll probably put it down to that.

In the end, I think that The Best Man is a novel that carries a lot of meaningful life lessons. It tackles heavy discussions about what it means to love and what it means to be family. It was, quite honestly, a very difficult book for me to rate, and I can definitely see how this will be a book loved by many.

If you’d like to purchase The Best Man, you can find it on Amazon (affiliate link) or on Audible!


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