Divorce attorney RJ would never describe herself as romantic. But when she ends up officiating an unplanned wedding for a newly engaged couple in a park, her life is turned upside down. The video of the ceremony goes viral, and she finds herself in the unlikely position of being a sought-after local wedding officiant. Spending her free time overseeing “I dos” isn’t her most strategic career move, but she enjoys it, except for the type A dude-bro wedding planner she’s forced to work with.
Former pro-football event manager Lear is a people person, but after his longtime girlfriend betrayed him, he isn’t looking for love. He knows how to execute events and likes being in control, so working with an opinionated and inflexible officiant who can’t stand him is not high on his list. He’s never had trouble winning people over, but RJ seems immune to his charms.
Surrounded by love at every turn, their physical attraction pulls them together despite their best efforts to stay an arm’s length apart. Lear refuses to get hurt again. RJ refuses to let herself be vulnerable to anyone. But when it comes to happily ever after, their clients might not be the only ones saying “I do.”
Title: Do You Take This Man
Author: Denise Williams
Publication Date: September 6, 2022
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
This was another enjoyable book from Williams. With a strong heroine, an enemies with benefits to lovers trope, and taking place in the same universe as The Fastest Way to Fall, it was a good read!
This book was dual pov which seems to be more normal in romance books nowadays. I think the plot of this book was really well suited for dual pov. If it had only been RJ’s pov, I think we would have missed a lot of development and emotional aspects from Lear, and vice versa.
Both RJ and Lear were Type A people so it was nice to see them so put together for the weddings they worked together and so out of sorts about their relationship. Depsite this similarity, we still see a lot of differences between them which makes for a nice enemies to lovers trope. As well, they both had skeletons in their closets they had to deal with before they could get serious with each other which added to the plot. It also added some mystery as we slowly got to know both Lear and RJ and what they were so desperately running from.
I thought there were lots of great side characters that were well thought out and gave wonderful support to our two protagonists. I wonder if we’re going to get to return to this world again with a third book? I wouldn’t mind.
I don’t love a friends/enemies with benefits trope so maybe that’s why I didn’t connect with this book as much as I would have liked, but it was still enjoyable. I think I’d recommend this book more for people who enjoy that trope than for those who don’t.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.