I didn’t read the first book in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series, and don’t think I missed much by not doing so. Though there’s a progression to this group of friends finding their true loves, the prior couple was in the current book enough to not make me feel left out of the story. It can be read as a standalone, but I’m guessing it’ll be stronger as a whole series.
Wendy Liu and Noah Denning have known each other for a very long time, as Noah is her best friend’s older brother. At some point, their feelings evolved but neither admitted it to the other. An “incident” occurred during their teenage years that caused Wendy to reject the notion of a committed relationship and hold onto years and years worth of a grudge toward Noah.
Now her best friend is getting married, and Wendy and Noah are thrust together as the wedding draws near. The two have obvious chemistry, but Wendy continues to hold onto a grudge that Noah doesn’t even realize exists.
This story moved along nicely, and the cast of characters were relatable and fun. The bits of Jane’s wedding preparation and Wendy’s involvement as maid of honor build up and are interspersed nicely throughout the story.
However, the grudge storyline drug on for way longer than my patience for it did. This hampered part of Wendy’s maturity, which is a shame, because she otherwise was a powerful woman.
Another minor thing that bothered me during the story was the formatting when the two are texting each other. I loved the texting bits, they were great lines that played well to Wendy and Noah’s characters, but there were no italics or indentions to set them apart from regular paragraph text, so it was difficult to orient sometimes when they appeared.
Overall, this is a fun story and worth a read. While I’m still not interested to go backward to Jane’s story in book one, I do look forward to Gia in book three.