Series: Elizabeth & Violet #2
Published by Small Cow Productions on May 3, 2012
FINAL DECISION: A fun, steamy, and engaging enemies-to-lovers romance novel that explores the complexities of relationships. I enjoyed this very much.
THE STORY: Violet Sutcliffe has always believed that Martin St. Clair, her best friend’s fiancé, is not right for her. Martin is conservative and stuffy, and the two of them have never gotten along. However, when her friend unexpectedly leaves Martin just weeks before their wedding, Violet begins to feel sorry for him. As she spends more time with Martin, she discovers a strong sexual attraction between them that is both intense and all-consuming. But their relationship is complicated by the fact that Martin was once involved with her best friend, and Violet is afraid of damaging their friendship.
OPINION: This is a great enemies-to-lovers romance novel that delivers a satisfying blend of tension, humor, and steamy passion. Violet and Martin have always been at odds with each other. Violet finds Martin too conservative and stuffy, while Martin finds Violet to be too provocative with a messy life.
When Violet’s best friend, Elizabeth, suddenly leaves Martin just weeks before their wedding, Violet finds herself spending more time with Martin when she should be happy to never spend time with him again. It turns out that they have a sizzling sexual attraction that they can’t ignore.
The book does an excellent job of exploring the complexities of relationships, particularly the fear of losing a friend. The characters are well-developed, and their banter is witty and entertaining. Mayberry’s writing style is engaging, making it easy to become invested in the story.
One of the novel’s strengths is the way it presents the classic enemies-to-lovers trope. The tension between Violet and Martin is palpable, I enjoyed watching their relationship evolve as they began to see each other in a new light.
Overall, HER BEST WORST MISTAKE kept me entertained from beginning to end.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a novella, but the story is constructed to fit perfectly in that space. It didn’t feel rushed or superficial to me.
CONNECTED BOOKS: HER BEST WORTH MISTAKE is part of a duology with HOT ISLAND NIGHTS. This book can be read apart from that book as both books happen at the same time.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.