Spotlight & Giveaway: May the Best Man Win by Mira Lyn Kelly

Posted August 4th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 51 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Mira Lyn Kelly to HJ!

Hi Mira Lyn and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, May the Best Man Win!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

May-the-Best-Man-WinFour friends
Each a Best Man at a wedding
One chance to get it right

Jase Foster can’t believe his bad luck. He’s been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend’s wedding: Emily Klein of the miles-long legs and killer smile. She may be sin in a bridesmaid dress, but there’s no way he’s falling for her again.

They can barely stand each other, but given how many of their friends are getting married, they’ll just have to play nice-at least when they’re in company. Once they’re alone, more than just gloves come off as Jase and Emily discover their chemistry is combustible, and there may be something to this enemies to lovers thing after all…

Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • Even though it’s been years since I lived there, I always consider Chicago my hometown and love making it the backdrop for my stories. The scene below takes place in a restaurant called Café Ba-ba-reeba–Okay the part I’ve shared is in the ladies room, lol. But Ba-ba-reeba is one of my favorite restaurants not only because I’ve been going there for almost 30 years, but also because it was where Mr. Kelly took me for our first official date!!
  • The Westin Chicago River North Hotel is where Mr. Kelly and I had our wedding reception. It was beautiful and I couldn’t resist making it a stop when Emily and Jase were out scouting replacement sites for their friends’ failed wedding.
  • Jogging the Lakefront paths was one of my favorite early morning activities when I lived downtown. No matter what kind of crazy the day had in in store, those miles were the most peaceful and precious of my day. So when Emily is going through a tough time, I sent her jogging those same paths to help her try to get through it all.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

So one of my favorite scenes takes place when long time enemies Emily and Jase realize that, after months of being forced to spend time together for their mutual friends’ wedding planning, they’ve been paired up for yet another wedding. To this point in the story they’ve been clinging tight to that old animosity…but a hard grudge can be tough to hang on to when they start to see each other for the people they’ve become and not just the old rival they love to hate.

The door was at the bottom of the stairs, only feet away, when she heard someone on the steps behind her. She didn’t have to look; she already knew. Something about the way her heart skipped a beat and then started to race. About the way that spot deep in her belly tensed and her skin started to tingle.
“Emily, wait,” Jase said, his deep voice rumbling around the claustrophobic hall surrounding her. No way.
“Sorry, just give me a minute, and I’ll meet you back at the table,” she said, barely turning her head so he wouldn’t be able to see her face.
She pushed into the ladies’ room, but there wasn’t even time for the door to swing shut before Jase came in after her, shocking her into stumbling back a step.
His hand shot out, catching her elbow.
“Are you okay?” he asked, maintaining that hot grasp on her arm even after she had steadied on her feet. The fact that she was thinking of the way that touch felt, that it was good, suggested that, no, she most definitely wasn’t okay.
“I’m fine,” she whispered, but the tremor in her voice gave her away. “You just startled me coming in here.”
Jase’s eyes were locked with hers, the look in them telling her that wasn’t what he’d meant when he asked. “I didn’t know about the engagement until tonight. Honestly, I didn’t even know you were Delphine’s friend.”
Emily nodded, more embarrassing tears pushing at her eyes.
“I knew you were friends with Marcos.” Of course she knew. Women loved talking about Jase. Handsome, funny, such-a-
great-catch Jase. Even when they were fully committed to someone else. Maybe especially then. “But I didn’t think… I didn’t know how close they were to getting engaged.”
Not the way Delphine had been talking. But apparently that was behind them. And now Emily was going to be standing up in her friend’s wedding, and Jase was too.
Emily felt her lip start to tremble and she blinked, but the tears were coming as quickly as the words tumbling past her lips. “I’m at least five inches taller than the other girls.”
Jase nodded, his brows furrowed as he stroked a comforting thumb over the sensitive inner skin of her elbow.
“Brody’s the only guy even close, and I’ve got an easy three on him.”
Emily blinked again, peering up into Jase’s face as she gave in to the tears completely. “But I hate you.”
“I know, honey.” He pulled her to his chest, closing those powerful arms around her back so all she could do was crumble into him. “I feel the same way.”
God, how could he make her feel so much better?
How could burrowing her face against his shoulder feel so right?
She drew a shaky breath, catching the scent of his cologne as he brushed his fingers through her hair. And then something wholly different from the overwhelming frustration that had sent her running from the table moved through her body. Something warm and quiet.
An awareness that shouldn’t be there.

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Meet the Author:

Mira Lyn KellyUSA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in fine arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her. They live in rural Minnesota.
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51 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: May the Best Man Win by Mira Lyn Kelly”

  1. Marilyn

    I attended my cousin’s wedding and met cousins I never knew.

  2. Texas Book Lover

    A coworkers of my husbands wedding was really fun. The groom’s father who my husband is also really good friends with got really toasted and kept wandering out to the parking lot with us instead of being inside with his family.

  3. Ellen C.

    My own. We had a great DJ and everyone had fun dancing. Lots of fun with friends and family.

  4. isisthe12th

    The most fun wedding I attened was my brothers. I was a teenager and I remember dancing all night long. Thank you

  5. Kate Sparks

    Lovely wedding in Kentucky State Park!! A lot of fun. Young people dancing..

  6. Banana cake

    My cousin had his wedding at his parents barn that was no longer being used, they fixed up nice. I got a little drunk which is easy for me because I am tiny.

  7. lraines78

    There was one I really enjoyed because there was a nice band for dancing.

  8. Mary Preston

    My brother’s wedding was a lot of fun. Great food, wine & company.

  9. erinf1

    honestly, I haven’t attended a wedding that I really enjoyed. Either I was in the wedding and was being tortured as maid of honor, or it was a family or acquaintance. I’m not big into weddings, which could explain it 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  10. Glenda

    My own. Mostly because I was marrying a wonderful man. I honestly don’t know if others thought it was fun. 😉

  11. Glenda

    My own. Mostly because I was marrying a wonderful man. I honestly don’t know if the guests had as much fun. 😉

  12. glam009

    I go to few weeding….. I remember my cousin and his first wife…the bride in the church in the moment to pray she have to sit in this little chair without back…well the bride miss the chair and fall her legs up, and the mother of the groom (my aunt) laughing so hard…. the weeding party we have to wait at least 1 hour standing (my feet really killing me) …. remember dancing with my grandfather…. so it was fun ad really the best memories … well the marriage not last but still remember…

  13. Amanda

    Its hard to say because all the weddings I’ve been to have been my cousins getting married and for all but 1 of those I was under 18. I have another next month which is just the reception because they are getting married on a cliff but if its going to be like the invitation it should be really good.

  14. Anita H.

    It was one of my friends from high school. She had a Cinderella themed wedding, there was a Cinderella coach wedding cake, a castle ice sculpture and guests had to sing Disney songs to get the newlyweds to kiss. Good fun!

  15. AmandaS

    The most fun was probably being a junior bridesmaid in my sister’s wedding when I was a kid. I think because I was just so in awe of everything 🙂

  16. Cheryl Hastings

    Our cousin just got married a few months ago…great food, great music, great company!

  17. Kathleen O

    I have been to so many great weddings, it’s hard to pick one, but the one with the most laughs was when friends of mine got married and there were so many hiccups from the forgotten marriage licence to the groom screwing up his wedding vows and letting a few “F” words out while reciting them that the best man started to shake with laughter and then the whole wedding party, including the bride broke up with lol. Which lead to the congregation doing the same thing.. That is one we still talk about to this day.

  18. cheryl c.

    my brother’s wedding – He married into a Lebanese family, so picture something like My Big Fat Greek Wedding

  19. Amy Rickman

    My sister-n-laws wedding was fun because my husband’s family likes to party and I also enjoy visiting with them.

  20. Cynthia P

    My cousin’s wedding was particularly nice. The reception was a lot of fun. Lots of dancing, and being with relatives I love.

  21. kermitsgirl

    Can I say my own? We did a cruise wedding – and being surrounded by family and friends on a cruise for one giant vacation and wedding was a fabulous time that everyone still talks about 🙂

  22. Nancy Luebke

    It would be one of our son’s wedding, at the reception. When the bride and groom did their dance, it was a special dance to WMCA. It was so funny, everything else after that was fun too.

  23. infinitieh

    My cousin’s officiate was an Elvis impersonator (yes, it was in Vegas) with a showgirl there, too. It was actually more moving than I expected. Viva Las Vegas!

  24. Mary C.

    A friend’s wedding held on a hill behind her home followed by a cookout and hanging out by the swimming pool.

  25. Krysten M

    I can’t wait to read this one! I haven’t been to any weddings yet though, but I’m going to one in 1 month! 🙂

  26. Elizabeth T.

    Love weddings – as long as there’s cake and dancing, then I’m happy.

  27. Meredith Miller

    I went to a wedding with a one hour open bar. Right at the beginning of the reception, it was like an alcohol festival! Everyone was stacking them up for the rest of the reception–even the kids because the bar was making them grape juice milkshakes.

  28. Trudy

    I thought a friend was crazy when she invited a bunch of little kids to her wedding. They made it the best day ever.

  29. Irma

    I’ve only been to one wedding and that was years ago, when I was a child. I only remember my father dancing that whole night with me.

  30. Ada

    All the weddings I’ve been to were pretty fun. Good music,food, cake, friends and family all adds up to a fun wedding!

  31. Jenn McElroy

    My best friend’s wedding had awesome food, so that was pretty great. However, the most fun I’ve had at a wedding goes to one of my husband’s colleagues. The guys (& their wives) in that group of friends are a hysterical and we danced the night away.

  32. BookLady

    A close friend celebrated her wedding on the beach. It was so beautiful.