Best Men

Berkley. May 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780593439487. pap. $17. LGBT ROMANCE
DEBUT A journey of self-discovery for the gay best friend of a bride overshadows the rom-com vibes for most of this debut novel by screenwriter Karger. The book follows Max Moody, who moved to New York City with his BFF Paige years ago and still doesn’t quite have it all figured out yet. His life basically revolves around the chaos of Paige’s life—until she announces that she’s getting married, and she wants Max to be her man of honor. Paige clicks with her future brother-in-law Chasten, who is gorgeous and gay and seems to have it all together. But Max and Chasten don’t hit it off. As they get to know each other a little better, however, a connection begins to form. It takes a long time for Max and Chasten to get to that point, though, and a lot of the book focuses on Max’s journey and Paige’s antics.
VERDICT Karger tells a good and ultimately compelling story, but readers seeking a romantic tale may be disappointed by the focus on the main character’s internal struggles.
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