Once Upon a Bride by Jenny Holiday

Thursday, October 18, 2018


by Jenny Holiday
Series: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 9th 2018
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

I'm not a novella fan as they tend to leave me feeling very much unsatisfied. That being said, in the hands of the right author, a novella can absolutely shine. I picked upon Once Upon a Bride because I've been thoroughly enjoying Jenny Holiday's Bridesmaids Behaving Badly, and I knew that I wanted to read more about the love story of the bridezilla herself. I knew I was going to enjoy this read, but I never thought that I would love this as much as I did. Seriously, Once Upon a Bride had me grinning ear to ear. It was just so good!

Jay and Elise are somewhat in the background in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly, but from what I could gather, they were both very intense (she is a bridezilla, after all!) people who were just dealing with the stress of a wedding. It was lovely to read this book dedicated to them. They meet when Jay hires Elise to be the interior designer to redo his company's lobby. The attraction between them is fierce, but they don't immediately act on it because technically he is employing her. I loved getting to know them here. Elise comes from a wealthy home but growing up, her father did not want her to have any career aspirations beyond becoming a trophy wife. She broke away from that lifestyle and went after her dreams of becoming a designer. In Once Upon a Bride, we got to see Elise's ambitious side. Besides being driven, she was also someone who was genuine and open. Even though she was a bridezilla, she was also a sweetheart who cared about her best friends. I also loved that Jenny Holiday touched on her endometriosis and how that affected her life in a thoughtful manner.

I didn't expect to love Jay as much as I did either, but boy did he impress him. I love that he was a simple and normal guy who knew exactly what he wanted from his future. He thought of himself as a bit of uptight and he certainly was, but not in an overwhelming way. He had a tough childhood with two abusive fathers and he was trying his best not to be the people that they were. Obviously, he had hesitations and doubts that he would become like them, but just the fact that he constantly thought about his actions made it obvious that he was a much better man than either could ever become. Anyways, I was a bit in love with Jay and his kindness and even his more possessive side in the bedroom! I thought Elise and Jay made for such a great couple. Because they waited for Elise's design job to be over before they jumped into bed, there was a lot of anticipation, and Jenny Holiday just built and built on that sexy chemistry between the two. By the time, it did happen, it was just so satisfying and had me swooning! Seriously, this romance was so so good!

I enjoyed pretty much everything about Once Upon a Bride other than its length. I loved these characters so much that I wanted to spend more time with them. Kudos to Jenny Holiday though for writing a novella that was well-developed and brilliantly written!

Do you enjoy novellas? Have you read the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series?
Let me know in the comments below!

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