The Wingman (Unabridged)
by Natasha Anders
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She was supposed to be his one-night distraction. But their attraction is undeniable. Introverted Daisy McGregor is used to being a wallflower, but what she lacks in style, she makes up for with an acerbic wit, a passion for life, and a deep devotion to her family. So she'll suffer through her sister Dahlia's bachelorette party and accept the cloud of pity for going stag to the wedding. Out at the pub, sexy bad boy Mason Carlisle is a reluctant wingman tasked with entertaining Daisy while his brother flirts with her oldest sister, Daffodil. When the plan fails and Mason's true intent is revealed, he feels intense guilt - and a sensual spark of desire for the unlikeliest of women. Daisy decides to use this unfortunate encounter to her advantage: to make it up to her, Mason will be another kind of wingman, playing the role of her boyfriend and wedding date. Will their ruse unravel completely - or will Mason and Daisy's undeniable attraction ignite a scorching love affair that knows no rules?
Good but conflicted
This is one of those stories that while I enjoyed it, I also struggled with some of the content. I've never been a huge fan of the ugly duckling tropes. I don't like the reminder of how shallow we all can be, but I also know it's a reality that will always be.
While this has a great message to the story that a persons value is not in looks, it also focused too much on body image. It's not an easy feat to convince their is true love when you hear certain degrading thoughts. Thankfully, Mason stood up for Daisy from the beginning. He isn't completely innocent though. He did have a few cringe worthy moments.
What it comes down to for me, is that my enjoyment of the story outweighed the body image issues. I still liked the characters and enjoyed reading about these two together. ARC provided by NetGalley.