In Review: Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday

Posted November 26, 2018 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny HolidayMerrily Ever After by Jenny Holiday
Series: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Publication date: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Forever
Format: eARC, 104 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Elise Maxwell is loving her first Christmas with her husband, Jay Smith. So far, newlywed life has been filled with laughter and lots of steamy marital "bliss." But when Elise discovers she's accidentally, against-all-odds pregnant, happily-ever-after screeches to a halt. Although she sees it as a Christmas miracle, Elise knows her new husband might not agree...

Jay never wanted to be a father. In fact, he's avoided it his entire life, worried he'd repeat the patterns of his own messed-up childhood. He's madly in love with Elise and, until now, he thought they were on the same page about not having children. But her surprise pregnancy changes everything. Elise is suddenly committed to parenthood, and Jay knows he can't lose her. Facing his deepest fears will be difficult, but with a little holiday magic, Jay might be able to prove to Elise that - as a family - they're destined to live merrily ever after.

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

Jenny Holiday’s Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series is one of my favorite finds of 2018. Obviously I was thrilled when I found out she would be releasing a holiday novella in the series. Better yet? Merrily Ever After features the couple whose wedding in the first book kicked off this whole ride. I was so excited to get a glimpse at Elise and Jay’s life together.

Merrily Ever After isn’t all light and fluffy fun and games, but it’s a realistic look at what happens after the HEA. Just a few months after their wedding, Elise and Jay’s life together has come to a crossroads. Despite believing she was unable to have children, she’s pregnant. Jay didn’t want children. She didn’t think she did either, but now she wants nothing more. Except maybe Jay. The story that results gave me a ton of feels. I was inside these characters lives and honestly felt like I was living in their heads at times. Life might not be perfect, but it certainly feels that way when they’re together.

I was prepared for a bit of a bumpy ride with Merrily Ever After and I certainly got that. But it wasn’t overly angsty or anything. From the fun and sexy times to the more emotional ones, I was all in for Elise and Jay. I felt like I totally understood what each of them was going through and struggling with. I never once doubted they would get the ending they deserved, together. In fact, I think the unplanned pregnancy actually strengthened their relationship. They were so freaking good together. The romance and swoons outweighed the harder times and, of course, I ended up a little teary eyed before it was all said and over.

If you’ve been reading the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series, you’ll want this one on your TBR. If you’re just a fan of Christmasy romances, you’ll be able to enjoy the story without knowing the backstory. But you should think about checking out the series anyhow. It’s fantastic. Merrily Ever After was a delightful holiday romance and a great addition to a series I’m loving on so hard.

Favorite Quotes:

He was perfect. The perfect gentleman and the perfect… not gentleman, as the situation required.

“I did sign up for this. I signed up for you. So I signed up for this.”

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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