My Review – 3.5 Stars
This was a fun one if you can get past the premise. It had some of my favorite elements–friends to lovers, best friend’s little sister, and a fake marriage. All of these pieces made it better and so entertaining to witness Janelle and Holden’s journey to HEA. However, I struggled throughout the first half of the book with how everything played out. It frustrated me beyond belief how much Janelle and Holden closed themselves off to each other. There were moments when I wanted to scream at them to just talk it all out, especially after the initial incident in Vegas. So much hurt and distance could have been avoided if they had just taken a minute to figure out what happened. I completely blame Holden for all that was left unsaid and unresolved in that hotel room since he held all the answers. Additionally, I’ve known people to get blackout drunk, but none have ever spent an entire night doing all the things that Janelle did only to wake up and not remember a single thing.
Moving on to what I did enjoy. The snarky banter and sexual tension between Janelle and Holden were classic elements of an enemies to lovers trope. It was hard for them to put aside their hurt feelings (even though they were completely to blame for where they ended up) and move back to the easy friendship they had in the past. And the circumstances of their reunion certainly didn’t help matters. I loved witnessing them both give in to their attraction and love for one another, but at the same time, it was rough watching them fall apart over misunderstandings and missed opportunities. I’m not a fan of super angsty books, but somehow it worked here. I could have done without Janelle’s whoa-is-me attitude, but I also understood her frustration regarding her situation with Holden and her family. Too many years passed by and words left unsaid for their story to be an easy one.
I fell in love with Holden York when I was six years old.
Most of my youth came with spiral notebooks filled with doodles, wedding plans, and “Janelle York” looped in bubbly handwriting.
However, one night in Vegas changed everything.
I woke up to more than just a fantasy of my brother’s best friend.
Five years later, I’m standing on his doorstep confronting him about the secret he kept from me.
If you think this is the story of how we rode off into the sunset together…
You’re so wrong.
But if you think this is the story of how Holden blackmailed me into living with him…
You couldn’t be more right.
About Leddy Harper
Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.
She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.
She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.
The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.
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