I don’t usually give 2 stars, especially when it’s a trope that I love–best friend’s brother to lovers. But there’s just something so wrong with this book that I didn’t enjoy reading it at all. I even flipped the pages just so I could get to the end, and even then, it wasn’t satisfying at all.
The role reversal was refreshing though–Noah was the serial monogamist, while Wendy didn’t believe in relationships–but even that failed to save this story.
So, what went wrong?
1. I just didn’t feel the banter between Wendy and Noah. Normally, Jenny Holiday’s banter between her main characters are usually witty and funny, but in this book, it fell flat. I guess I should’ve been warned with that first scene of them bantering in front of the photographer. I mean, I know what that scene is supposed to be, or the purpose it’s going to serve in the story, but I was left bewildered by their conversation and I wasn’t entranced at all.
2. In relation to #1, I just didn’t feel the chemistry between them. I thought them being together felt forced.
I guess that’s enough reason. When the main characters are uninteresting and their romantic development is not engrossing, the story falls apart. Such a pity, because I loved the cover, and I thought it pretty amazing that Wendy is Asian, something not oft seen in books. Jenny Holiday was able to pull it off with a half-Asian hero in a previous book (49th Floor Novels #2) and I loved that book, but sadly, it seemed to be a one-off.
I’m seriously deciding whether I want to read the last book or not. The jury’s still out.
You may, however, still want to try the book, because well, you might have a different reading experience than me. In which case, I’ve included the buy link for you below.
Rating: 2 stars
All’s fair in love and war
Wendy Liu should be delighted to be her best friend’s maid of honor. But after years spent avoiding the bride’s brother – aka the boy who once broke her heart – she’s now trapped with him during an endless amount of wedding festivities. Luckily she’s had time to perfect her poker face, and engaging Noah Denning in a little friendly competition might just prove that she’s over him for good…
Noah Denning is determined to make his little sister’s wedding memorable. But it seems Wendy is trying to outdo him at every turn. Challenging each other was always something he and Wendy did right, so when she proposes they compete to see who can throw the best bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, Noah takes the bait – and ups the stakes. Because this time around, he wants Wendy for keeps. And when you’re fighting for love, all bets are off.