One and Only: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1 by Jenny Holiday

One and Only: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1 by Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday comes to the blog today with the first in her Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series, narrated by Angéle Masters.

One and Only

This is a fun series, set up with four friends who are sharing their weddings, and being bridesmaids for one another. In this book, Jane, the YA Fantasy writer, a bit more sedate and quieter from her friends, not breaking the rules, and generally the best ‘time manager’ they have in their group. She’s also more than willing to support her friend Elise and her groom-to-be Jay, with everything. From hand stenciled invitations to cocktail inventions, the DIY aspect of the wedding day all seem to play into her fears, and she wants to help, but hates crafty things. Fortunately, there is one problem, Jay’s younger brother Cameron and his ‘wild child’ reputation, back from a stint in the Army that didn’t end well, and discovering his girlfriend is having an affair – it’s slowly shown that his reputation may not be entirely of his own making. And, who better to keep him on the straight and narrow but Jane. Responsible, steady and always good in a crisis Jane. It doesn’t hurt that at first, Cam just sees Jane as yet another ‘girl’, and not one he’s interested in.

But quickly the lightness of the story is blended with several issues of more import, with Jane’s own childhood guilts that keep her contained and constrained, with Cam’s PTSD and his grief, both from the war and from his relationship exploding, not to mention he really does feel guilty about the disappointment he thinks he’s brought to his family. Slowly, after dealing with Cam’s outright dickish behavior, these two start to come to grips with the situation they’ve been thrust into, and as their acquaintance grows, their trust and communication follows. Soon, the quiet and reliable Jane is doing very un-Jane-like things: standing up for herself, taking chances, being more adventurous, and, you guessed it, falling for Cam. The writing here developed both characters with a HUGE twist shared at the end from Jane, the story felt plausible and carried some depth with the fun. And, bonus points for setting it in Toronto (if you’ve not been – go – it’s a lovely city) with lots of ‘touristy’ moments that just shine.

Narration for this story is provided by Angéle Masters and it was a solid performance without overworking moments, emotions or humorous moments. There were plenty of characters that added to the story, from the friends and the laughs while crafting, sly moments of teasing (that bordered on pushy and obnoxious) Jane about her ‘steadiness’, and some lovely moments where both Cam and Jane open up and share difficult events and emotions, allowing their relationship to develop and grow.

Stars: Overall 3 Narration 3 Story 3

One and Only: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1 by Jenny Holiday

Title: One and Only
Author: Jenny Holiday
Series: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1
Also in this series: It Takes Two
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Narrator: Angèle Masters
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
ISBN: 1455542407
Published on: 27 February, 2018
Format:Audiobook
Source: Hachette Audio
Pages: 368
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 50 minutes
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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Miss Responsibility meets Mr. Reckless

With her bridezilla friend on a DIY project rampage, bridesmaid Jane Denning will do anything to escape - even if it means babysitting the groom's troublemaker brother before the wedding. It should be a piece of cake, except the "cake" is a sarcastic former soldier who is 100% wicked hotness and absolutely off-limits.

Cameron MacKinnon is ready to let loose after returning from his deployment. But first he'll have to sweet talk the ultra-responsible Jane into taking a walk on the wild side. Turns out, riling her up is the best time he's had in years. But what happens when the fun and games start to turn into something real?

A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

About 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.

 

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