One and Only

Jenny Holiday
One and Only
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Publisher
Forever
Release Date
February 2018
ISBN
9781455542406
Series
Book 1 of Bridesmaids Behaving Badly
Genre
Contemporary Romance

SUMMARY
Miss Responsibility meets Mr. Reckless

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?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Feb 05, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
22 people found the following review helpful
Another superb offering from Jenny Holiday!

It's no secret that I love Jenny Holiday's books (49th Floor Novels). So it's an auto-reflex to snatch this one up, especially when the hero and heroine promised to deliver sparks of the clashing kind. I'm happy to report that the author exceeds expectations and more. Jenny Holiday is a superb storyteller and she presents the romantic journey of Cam and Jane in a clear manner that is every bit as thrilling and fulfilling as her previous books. Not only do Cam and Jane develop as a couple, but their individual ARCs were fulfilled as well.

First up, you'll love Cameron McKinnon--he's adorable and sweet, vulnerable, honorable, thoughtful and all other adjectives that make him a wonderful hero you'll want to root for. Needless to say, he's gorgeous and also covered in tats. Jane was warned that he's the ultimate bad boy, and thus she was initially wary of him. Cam certainly didn't try to prove her wrong with his jerkish attitude toward her at the start. Yet, when we read things from Cam's point of view, we see how misunderstood he was, and how lonely and miserable he was inwardly. He thought of himself as a lost cause due to the shitty things he'd done in the past, and he'd been trying to reinvent himself when more shitty things happened to him. The author sure knows how to tug on the readers' heartstrings with this contrast of the bad-boy outer image and the lost-and-lonely-yet-fighting-to-be-worth-something inner person of Cameron McKinnon.

Jane herself is an amazing heroine--the way she wasn't judgmental despite warnings but related to Cam with an open mind, the way she took care of Cam, and best of all, the way she embraced new experiences despite her fears. Of course, Cam was beside her and gave her courage, but I think at the root of it is Jane having the courage to grow into the person she was meant to be. I think what I love best about these two main characters is their interaction with one another, how each prodded and encouraged and inspired the other to be the best person they can be. That, I believe, is how a relationship and love should operate.

I truly enjoyed the scenes where Jane and Cam got to know one another, and for me, the romantic feelings developed at a believable pace. And their chemistry! Bring on the ice cubes!!

Seriously, I didn't want this story to end. I want to read more of Cam and Jane. So I'm hoping we'll see more of them in the next two books in this series. (Please, please, please!) Jane's friends, especially bridezilla Elise, were a hoot. I love reading about the dynamics of their friendship and I also want more of them in the next books. Can't wait to read about Jane's best friend Wendy and Jane's brother Noah. And though we don't see Noah here, I love him already from what Jane tells us about him.

Unforgettable and adorable characters, sizzling chemistry, romantic and heartwarming romance all wrapped up in one pageturning story--what else are you waiting for? Pick this one up now!
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