Bridesmaids Behaving Badly Series by Jenny Holiday – Review

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Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series by Jenny Holiday
One and Only / 
February 27, 2018
It Takes Two / June 26, 2018
Three Little Words / January 29, 2019
Publisher: Forever Romance
Contemporary Romance
(Click on the titles above to read each synopsis)


MY REVIEW

Y’all get a three-for-one review post today! I recently picked up Jenny Holiday’s Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series and devoured the books.

What a fun series! I needed something to take me away from the recent stresses of my life and these three books did just that. The series follows a group of friends who are bridesmaids in each other’s weddings. Each friend has a distinct personality which I love. Some writers tend to write the same characters repeatedly, just plopping them in different scenarios and calling it a new book. But that’s not the case with Jenny Holiday. Each heroine was individual and had different struggles they had to overcome.

While all of the books were wonderful, I think my favorite of the series was Three Little Words. I loved that the obstacles were realistic and how much fun Gia and Bennett had together. How they supported and cared for each other as people so early on when it wasn’t romantic yet. They were just honestly good and compassionate characters and I really loved that.

If you’re looking for a fun read that will let you escape, I definitely recommend checking out this series.

See my individual review of One and Only and It Takes Two on my Goodreads page!

I received a free copy of One and Only and Three Little Words from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


MEET THE AUTHOR: Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, spending many years promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings—minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her on twitter at @jennyholi or visit her on the web at jennyholiday.com.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren – Review

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My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Gallery Books / December 4, 2018
Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship…but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

Perfect for fans of Roxanne and She’s the Man, Christina Lauren’s latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you’ll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand.


MY REVIEW

4 Stars

I was a little nervous to read this one because I didn’t love Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, but I’m so happy and relieved to say I enjoyed this one a lot!

It was exactly what I needed and a total pick-me-up during a rough time. It made me laugh out loud so much and I completely fell in love with this group of friends. I’m officially on the hunt for my own Reid, Alex, Chris, and Ed who will let me be their Millie.

Millie has some pretty big things she needs to work through in this book. She keeps her feelings really close to her chest and really doesn’t share them with anyone, not even her closest friends.

Sometimes when characters have major issues like this, the author will have the solution or the issue fixed/resolved by the significant other or the relationship. But that’s usually not how it works in real life nor is that particularly healthy. When you have deep seated issues and insecurities you need work through, it’s best and smartest (if you have the means) to get professional help. I’m glad the authors have Millie eventually get the help she needs, and doesn’t make Reid the solution to her problems.

Reid also had to let go of some unrealistic expectations he had of Millie. She wasn’t going to all of a sudden turn into an open book of sharing her thoughts and feelings. It’d be work and he’d need patience to allow her the chance to learn and grow. It took a while but he knows in the end she’s worth that work and waiting and patience. And Millie knew Reid was worth her working to be better.

Friends-to-lovers is a favorite trope of mine. I especially enjoyed this one, because the characters didn’t try to lie to themselves and tell themselves it was “just sex.” While it took them quite a while to be honest with each other, they both knew early on they were catching some deeper feelings.

It didn’t really give too much of a depiction of online-dating, as it focused on Millie and Reid interacting. And I do understand why some people had issues with Millie basically cat-fishing Reid. It is deceitful. I was able to suspend real-life for awhile though while reading it, and it didn’t bother me as much as it did some others.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It made me laugh and I loved all the guys! This group of friends is an amazing support system for each other and I’m frankly a bit jealous I don’t have a close knit group like they do.

If you’re looking for something light and fun to read over the holidays, definitely pick this one up!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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MEET THE AUTHORS:

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

 

Labor Day Weekend Reads

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Who doesn’t love a three-day weekend? It’s the perfect time to relax and take a break from those pesky adult responsibilities. Take advantage of that extra day off from work and get some reading in. Today, I’m sharing books that are all under 350 pages, that you can read over this long weekend. While I don’t have written reviews for all of these, I have read them all and highly recommend them!

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