Official book description:
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?
For way too much of this year, it feels like I’ve been playing catch-up, reviewing books I read three, two, or one month ago. I don’t think I can remember reviewing a book right after I finished it. It’s certainly made the work more challenging, and sadly, I suspect it makes my reviews a lot less informative and useful. So I’d like to hereby apologise to the writers whose books are possibly not being picked up because I’m not adequately conveying how good they are, and to my readers for harping on about the same complaints in too many of my reviews this year. I’d promise to do better in 2021, but large backlogs just seem to be how I roll these days. Sigh.
At least it’s only been two months (pretty much to the day), that I finished this one. I read it as part of one of my many reading challenges, and it was a nice palate cleanser from some of the more heavy books that seemed to take me ages to get through. It only took me a little over a day to read the whole thing, and while this is my first Jenny Holiday contemporary romance, I can absolutely see why I’ve seen her name on a lot of recommendations lists in the last few years.
The pairing in this romance is one we’ve seen many times before, in both contemporaries and historicals. The trustworthy, bookish, and sensible heroine whom everyone sees as possibly a bit boring, with the rakish, irresponsible bad boy hero. Jane is a successful YA author who works from home, so when one of her demanding best friends is getting married and asks her for a huge favour, she agrees just to get out of a million other crazy bridesmaid’s duties. While Jane in actuality has a fairly tight schedule working on her newest book and getting her costume ready for an upcoming con, she also can’t say no to her friend Elise, and she also can’t stand the thought of spending all of her free time doing DIY wedding favours.
Full review on my blog.