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Thursday, July 26, 2018

When The Female Friendships Outshine The Romance: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

IT TAKES TWO

by Jenny Holiday
Series: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: June 26th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷
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Having enjoyed One and Only, I was very eager to read It Takes Two, even more so after I took one glance at that adorable shippy cover. While I didn't like It Takes Two as much as One and Only, I was still invested in the bridesmaids and their friendship.

I was curious about Wendy ever since we met her in the first book. In It Takes Two, my curiosity and interest in her only grew. She was not the most conventional heroine in that she was prickly and cold at times. Let me tell you, I was here for that. She was a little guarded with her emotions and she had her reasons for why she was that way. She did open up a little more as the story progressed and  I also loved how even though she was very happy about her best friend getting married, she wasn't entirely gaga over her fiance. We don't always love every person we meet in real life and I found that aspect of her personality to be very relatable. I was hoping that I would like Noah as much as I liked Wendy, but that didn't quite happen. For some reason, I had a tough time connecting with Noah on any level. He was a workaholic, uptight and very protective and loving of his sister. These are personality traits I should have liked, but I never quite warmed up to him.

As a result of me not loving him, I wasn't completely invested in the romance - part of me felt like my girl, Wendy deserved much better than him. Wendy and Noah had some animosity between them and there were also second-chance romance vibes here. Growing up, Wendy had a huge crush on him, but he ended up breaking her heart which results in her feeling very cold towards him despite her never-quenching attraction to him. I thought the chemistry in It Takes Two was well-written. The banter, the back-and-forth quips between the two really made them flame as a couple. The sexy scenes nearly set my book ablaze! They also openly conveyed the hurt they experienced which I very much appreciated. What stands out for me about the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly is the unbreakable female friendships between Wendy and her best friends. These girls were so supportive and loving of each other. There was a comfort level in their relationship that honestly made me envious as I have yet to find a relationship like that.

It Takes Two was a solid addition to the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. If you enjoy romantic comedies with a touch of angst, steamy romances, and positive female friendships, you should most definitely give this series a try. I'm excited to read the next book, Three Little Words, which is Gia's book, who I already love.

Has a hero ever taken away from your enjoyment of a book?
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