[Review] One and Only by Jenny Holiday

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Title: One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1)
Author: Jenny Holiday
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: February 27, 2018

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?divider_line (1)Review:

Overall, this was a pretty fun read for me. The chemistry was definitely ON and I loved how goofy Jane and Cameron’s relationship got at certain points. It was great getting a romance set in Toronto and they even visit Niagara Falls at one point.

At the beginning I did struggle trying to get into the writing because if I don’t get enough dialogue I find it more difficult to read. There was also one subplot that dealt with diet culture and body shaming (mostly self imposed) and it made me want to shake some sense into the characters. I also felt super bad for Jane as well because her friends definitely took advantage of her. It actually reminded me a bit of 27 Dresses (minus James Marsden, but we do get a smokin’ hot love interest in Cameron) for some reason.

While it was mostly light-hearted, this story actually dealt with some heavy themes like PTSD and alcoholism between the romance as well. I found that it definitely added some depth to the story overall. To be honest, I didn’t find myself caring for any characters outside of Jane and Cameron. They were kind of in their own little bubble the whole time. But it was a pretty good bubble. There were definitely a ton of fun moments packed into this story and I loved how Jane and Cameron both challenged each other and brought the other out of their shells. Despite some minor issues, I did enjoy this story and I’ll probably pick up the other two books at some point. It was a pretty quick read and the romance was well done.

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