Jenny Holiday is back with the second in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series also narrated by Angéle Masters in
It Takes Two
It’s Jane’s wedding from book one, and she’s found a new way to OTT the bridezilla experience by wanting to keep everything low key. Umm -perhaps not have your wedding in the place that defines tat and ott? But, I’m digressing. Here Jane’s BFF Wendy is up for her story, and it’s Noah, Jane’s older and far too involved /protective brother with his own slew of issues to contend with. So, perhaps I can buy in for a while here – even though it seems as if the ‘thing’ that Wendy and Noah had in high school is still their ‘thing’ and their communication often felt like it was better suited to a high school corridor. Wendy and Noah are both successful attorneys (or so we are told) but neither actually put down their briefs and actually LOOKED at their infantile behavior until I was close to tossing this title to the side. Sure, perhaps being stood up gave Wendy some backbone and self-reliance – but she charges about like Boudicea facing the Romans – every early interaction is sharp, clipped and practically comes with it’s own ‘I am Woman Hear Me Roar” intro music. But, Noah is no peach either – he’s mostly clueless (man thing) without the courage to actually speak about what’s important to him, and is utterly clueless about why Wendy would be hurt, or is still carrying that anger. OK – so I’m kinda with him on the still holding on bits, but truly, the clueless was frustrating. Aside from that youthful moment, he tries to do the right thing mostly, and is super protective (perhaps too much so) of those he cares for, so he’s redeemable.
But, again I go back to the lack of sense in this story: quiet and low-key wedding in Vegas of all places, 30-somethings with the emotional ranges of teens, and not showing a ton of growth, and the often ridiculous moments when the two would be better off passing notes between classes. I was hoping for some of the sharpness and cleverness of the first, with growth and changes for the couple to overcome the moments that didn’t work, but for Noah and Wendy, I never found that. What I did find was a solidity and growth in the friendships of the four women, Elise, Jane, Wendy and Gia, and the connections and interactions they have were the highlight here for me. Again, narration is provided by Angéle Masters, and her ability to keep characters straight and solidly recognizable, while allowing moments to stand (or fall) on their own just wasn’t enough to keep me interested enough in the story to keep listening without several breaks. Sadly, the writing and character development failed, and the pacing of the plot, particularly when it should have been moving forward and simply stalled was just not enough to encourage me to continue with the series.
Stars: Overall 2 Narration 3 Story 2
Title: It Takes Two
Author: Jenny Holiday
Series: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2
Also in this series: One and Only, Three Little Words
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Interracial
Narrator: Angèle Masters
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 26 June, 2018
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 37 minutes
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All's fair in love and war
Wendy Liu should be delighted to be her best friend's maid of honor. But after years spent avoiding the bride's brother - aka the boy who once broke her heart - she's now trapped with him during an endless amount of wedding festivities. Luckily she's had time to perfect her poker face, and engaging Noah Denning in a little friendly competition might just prove that she's over him for good...
Noah Denning is determined to make his little sister's wedding memorable. But it seems Wendy is trying to outdo him at every turn. Challenging each other was always something he and Wendy did right, so when she proposes they compete to see who can throw the best bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, Noah takes the bait - and ups the stakes. Because this time around, he wants Wendy for keeps. And when you're fighting for love, all bets are off.
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.