The Stand-up Groomsman by Jackie Lau
Published: October 28, 2022
Hardcover, 368 pages
(Thanks to Netgalley & St. Berkley Publishing Group, I received an eARC)
GOODREADS RATING: 4/5 STARS
A bridesmaid and groomsman put their differences aside to get their friends down the aisle in this opposites-attract steamy romantic comedy.
They say to never meet your heroes, but when Vivian Liao’s roommate gets engaged to her favorite actor’s costar, she has no choice but to come face-to-face with Melvin Lee again. He’s just as funny and handsome as he is on-screen…but thinks she is a snob and a sellout. It’s none of his business how she chooses to live her life, no matter how charismatic he is.
Mel is used to charming audiences as an actor and stand-up comedian but can’t connect to Vivian. She’s a smart, talented artist–which is why he thinks she’s wasting her life as a corporate finance drone. The only thing uniting them is their goal for the wedding to go off without a hitch.
As they collaborate on wedding cake and karaoke parties, Mel realizes he might have seriously misjudged this bridesmaid, while Vivian discovers the best man might just be as dazzling off-screen as he is on. With the wedding underway, maybe more than one happily ever after is in the future.
I read this before first in series and it can be read as a stand-alone, but you will be spoiled and miss some backstory from the first. I always enjoy a fun enemies to lovers read. The added parts of family dynamics added so much to the story.
I was so happy we got both points of view. Vivian and Melvin were both fun in their own ways. I really liked each of them, at some points I wished they would just give in, but then we wouldn’t have a book.
I definitely recommend reading the first in the series before this one, so you don’t miss any background. As a little side note I enjoyed seeing some of Mel’s stand up comedy sets, I found them hilarious.