In Review: One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday

Posted April 16, 2018 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny HolidayOne and Only by Jenny Holiday
Series: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Forever
Format: eARC, 337 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
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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?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

One and Only was absolutely delightful! I’d never read any of Jenny Holiday’s books prior to this one, but the cover drew me in and I was intrigued by the reviews I saw. Plus, I enjoy a good romance set around a wedding. This one was funny, sweet and a lot sexier than I anticipated (which is NOT a bad thing, just to be clear) and I loved it.

As much as I love the hate to love trope, I was a little put off by Cam’s attitude in the beginning. He was actually pretty mean to Jane for awhile there, so I was side-eyeing him hard. I can’t tell you exactly when that began to change, but it did. It wasn’t all that long before I was singing his praises. Jane, I basically loved from the start. She was safe and sensible and while that’s not exactly exciting, it is relatable. Of course, I loved even more when she started to come out of her shell and take risks with Cam. Watching them begin to tolerate each other then become friends and ultimately more was a lot of fun and came with a few feels along the way.

Despite my initial reservations, I became a huge Cam fan. There was so much more to him than what met the eye, what he allowed people to see. I won’t get into spoilers, but he was a bit broken and misunderstood. He really was sweet and thoughtful and, of course, a little bit dirty which I really liked. He and Jane, despite all their differences, had oodles of chemistry and some really deep feelings. I loved watching them discover each other and help change each other. I also fell in deep like, if not love, with some of the secondary characters, so I can’t wait to continue this series!

FAVORITE QUOTES

“You are a very bad girl masquerading as a good girl.”

“I am completely, utterly, fiercely, surprisingly in love with you.”

“Somehow, I can jump off buildings and be on the front lines of a war, but I don’t know how to… I don’t know how to let someone love me.”

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.

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