Do You Take This Man is an enemies-to-lovers journey, and man, the hate dripping from the dialogue between our two main characters is palpable. This book shows us that honest conflict is an aphrodisiac. I loved the characters because they treat falling in love like it’s the first step towards driving off of a cliff. I was delighted at the irony of a wedding officiant being unromantic based on principle potentially falling in love with a man who thinks love is a scam after a prior relationship gone terribly sour. It’s a crazy ride that manages to be inventive in its arrival at the inevitable happy ending.
"Do You Take This Man has one of the steamiest, most addictive, most satisfyingly hard-earned happily-ever-after I’ve read in ages!"—Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of Love on the Brain
A wedding officiant who doesn't believe in love and an event planner who's been burned agree to say "I do" to being enemies with benefits.
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.”
About the Author
Denise Williams wrote her first book in the second grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD in education, going on to work in higher education. After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, son, and two ornery shih tzus who think they own the house.
"Denise Williams is known for her swoon-worthy tales that celebrate love, and her latest rom-com follows suit!"—Woman's World
"If, hypothetically, Denise Williams decided to establish an academy (let’s call it The University of DW) and offered courses on how to write pent-up sexual tension, steamy banter, and enemies to lovers, I would burst into the classroom and yell “TAKE MY MONEY!!” The writing is unmatched, the chemistry is on fire, and Do You Take This Man has one of the steamiest, most addictive, most satisfyingly hard-earned happily-ever-after I’ve read in ages!"—Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis
"Denise Williams has mastered the art of writing fun, sexy banter. Smart and witty, with the perfect amount of steam, Do You Take This Man is a gift to romance readers."—Farrah Rochon, USA Today bestselling author of The Dating Playbook
"Once again, Denise Williams masterfully blends humor and heart with the perfect amount of steam. Do You Take This Man is full of authentic characters with relatable issues, hilarious wedding hijinks, and swoony sexy times. Lear earns a place on my list of favorite heroes, and Williams cements her spot on my list of favorite writers."—Falon Ballard, author of Lease on Love
“This annoyance-to-lovers story is steamy like the most luxurious bubble bath! Readers are in for a beautiful ride watching the deliciously prickly RJ learn to let someone care for her body and soul. Denise Williams consistently crafts romances that are so sweetly real. Her voice shines—full-hearted and playful—through every scene.”—Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate "Denise Williams delivers again with twice the banter, twice the heat, and the best enemies to lovers tension. A stellar romance!"—Jane Igharo, author of The Sweetest Remedy
"A fun enemies-to-lovers tale set in Asheville, North Carolina, featuring a no-nonsense divorce attorney who moonlights as a wedding officiant and a wedding planner who used to be a pro-football events manager.'--Booklist
"RJ and Lear are instantly likable: Each has a lovely sense of humor, and their personal struggles ring true and demand empathy...Williams has a talent for weaving moments of genuine warmth and tenderness with sizzling sexual chemistry in ways that are consistently engaging."—Kirkus
"There's enough authentic angst between the two, both of whom have been hurt badly in the past, to keep the reader doubting and wishing for their happily ever after in equal measure."—BookPage