It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

Posted June 28, 2018 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Series / 0 Comments

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.
Titles in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series include:  One and Only – It Takes Two – Three Little Words

Title:  It Takes Two
Series:  Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2
Author:  Jenny Holiday
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 26, 2018
Publisher:  Forever – Grand Central Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

Although It Takes Two isn’t strictly speaking a second chance romance, it often feels that way because of the long history between Wendy and Noah.  Wendy is best friends with Jane, Noah’s little sister, has been for years.  Yet unknown to each other there was attraction, crushes back then that might have lead to a forever together life… but life can be cruel, and teenage boys the most clueless and cruel of all.  Mostly by simply being clueless as to how their actions appear, even if it makes perfect sense to the guy.  Noah left Wendy humiliated and heartbroken on a very important night in a teenager’s life.  At that moment, Wendy made a choice to change herself, to lose the shy wallflower girl and become strong, independent, and basically a total badass in everything she does.  She’ll continue to blame Noah for her transformation instead of simply owning that she made those changes all on her own decision.  Now, years later and successfully avoiding being around Noah for years Wendy is stuck spending time with her best friend’s brother.  A wedding is really no time to recycle the past but the competition to do better than each other for Jane’s wedding is going to get out of control real fast.

While I liked Wendy and Noah individually, at times Wendy’s determination to blame Noah for the woman she’s become got old.  I really wanted her to own the strong woman she’s become by her own hard work and determination, not because of a teenage heartache.  This couple had a really bad case of misunderstandings and miscommunications throughout their times together in the past, and in the present.  Watching them work through to the emotions that were real not miss-remembered was a joy and a frustration.  I got the impression of a Happy For Now ending for Noah and Wendy instead of a Happily Ever After.  Perhaps the next story will make that clearer in my mind.  But, still I enjoyed my time in It Takes Two and would recommend this story to any reader who enjoys Romantic Comedy or Contemporary Romance.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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