One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1)
"One and Only is a satisfying iteration of the contemporary bridezilla subgenre." - The New York Times Book ReviewIn this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday proves that when opposites attract, sparks fly.Miss Responsibility meets Mr. RecklessWith her bridezilla friend on a DIY project rampage, bridesmaid Jane Denning will do anything to escape - even if it means babysitting the groom's troublemaker brother before the wedding. It should be a piece of cake, except the "cake" is a sarcastic former soldier who is 100% wicked hotness and absolutely off-limits.Cameron MacKinnon is ready to let loose after returning from his deployment. But first he'll have to sweet talk the ultra-responsible Jane into taking a walk on the wild side. Turns out, riling her up is the best time he's had in years. But what happens when the fun and games start to turn into something real?"Delightfully sexy and sweet." -Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author

One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) Details

TitleOne and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1)
Author
ReleaseFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherForever
ISBN-139781455542406
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Adult

One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) Review

  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    MY FIRST FIVE STAR READ OF 2018 AND MY FIRST ABSOLUTELY-I-WILL-RECOMMEND-THIS-TO-YOU SHELVED BOOK MY RATING: 5/5 STARS I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and let you guys know that I sent out my request for this one as soon as I saw the instagram story Forever Romance (the publisher) posted simply because of how gorgeous the cover looks and how much it reminded me of a romantic movie poster. It's simply so stunning, I knew I would have t MY FIRST FIVE STAR READ OF 2018 AND MY FIRST ABSOLUTELY-I-WILL-RECOMMEND-THIS-TO-YOU SHELVED BOOK MY RATING: 5/5 STARS I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and let you guys know that I sent out my request for this one as soon as I saw the instagram story Forever Romance (the publisher) posted simply because of how gorgeous the cover looks and how much it reminded me of a romantic movie poster. It's simply so stunning, I knew I would have to get my hands on it one way or another. Now, it seems so shallow because I knew absolutely nothing about the book but it made it so much more enjoyable to not know sometimes. A quick run down of the plot and characters is that Jane, the 'responsible' one out of a group of her best friends, is put to the task of taming the resident 'bad boy', Cameron, who just so happens to be the groom's younger brother. Jane is this sensible character who prefers to wear comfortable jeans as opposed to short skirts. She likes order. She likes planning things and making sure things fall into place. She does not take risks unless she absolutely has to. In walks Cameron, a boy with a seriously bad reputation. He burned down a barn when he was a teenager, got a girl pregnant, dropped out of high school, and escaped the small town he grew out of and became a soldier in the Canadian army. He challenges her to open her eyes and jump. Not to worry about the future but just live life fully in the present. I knew this was going to be a good book from the first page because I found myself actually reading every word on the page. Typically, if the writing doesn't sit well with me, I skim a lot. But Jenny Holiday was able to captivate me and pull me into this silly world filled with a DYI bride and her best friends who love her to death but also want to throttle her. Then I knew I really would LOVE this book when I read this chunk where she described how Cameron saw the beauty of Jane. This one scene where he saw that wasn't a nerdy prissy girl but a fierce goddess who was a force to be reckon with made me smile so wild. It was absolutely beautiful to read. I also knew this was going to be a good read because of the characters themselves. Cameron had so many layers. He and his brother didn't grow up with a house and white picket fences and parents that loved and supported them. He, his brother, and mother lived in a trailer park, claiming themselves to be trailer park trash. It was rough growing up. After a couple of mishaps, Cameron was slandered by the small town. He was painted as the black sheep of the family, always causing trouble and never up to any good. And the really heartbreaking thing about this was that he wasn't anything what his reputation said he was but he BELIEVED every word they said. It broke me. It shattered my heart into a thousand pieces. It made my chest ache for this fictional character. He claimed to be a fallen angel from the skies. A fallen angel who wants to redeem himself, find the light, and reenter heaven. His story was so complex. I loved every page of it and all I want to do is crawl into his lap and tell him he's a good man. Next, Jane. Jenny Holiday wrote a strong story for Cameron but she didn't shy away from writing one for Jane. Her life may seem boring and she may sound very orderly but there's a reason for it. I'm not going to ruin it because it's kind of a big reveal in the end for her so read the book to know it. I ached for Jane too. She holds a lot of guilt on her chest from her childhood. I also felt frustrated for her a lot of the times too. Sometimes her friends too advantage of her and teased her for her personality. And Jane, not wanting to stir trouble, wouldn't say anything about it but it just felt so wrong. I applaud her for her character development because we saw a fierce goddess in the end of the book. I loved One and Only. It was a much more complex story than what the gorgeous cover suggests. It made me cry, smile, and laugh. One and Only delves into a world where one of the biggest things you can ever do in life is to forgive yourself for your mistakes and love without restrictions. MY RECOMMENDATION:READ IT. PRE-ORDER IT. READ IT. I am totally anticipating for the next book in the series coming out in June 2018.
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  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC courtesy of publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a review***
  • Ivy Deluca
    January 1, 1970
    Every group of girlfriends has one and Jane is it. Y’all know the one. The dependable one. The mother hen. The one the others rib about being so organized, but also rely on that organization. So when one of her best friends is getting married and finds out that her screw up brother-in-law Cameron has “left” the military and coming to Toronto early for the wedding, Jane steps up to babysit. How hard can it be? Well, Cameron’s life is in transition. He’s spent a lifetime living down to people’s ex Every group of girlfriends has one and Jane is it. Y’all know the one. The dependable one. The mother hen. The one the others rib about being so organized, but also rely on that organization. So when one of her best friends is getting married and finds out that her screw up brother-in-law Cameron has “left” the military and coming to Toronto early for the wedding, Jane steps up to babysit. How hard can it be? Well, Cameron’s life is in transition. He’s spent a lifetime living down to people’s expectations. He’s the black sheep, the troublemaker, the opposite of dependable. When he’s released from service from the Canadian military and then finds his girlfriend hasn’t been the paragon of faithfulness, Cam is determined to do alot of things (and possibly people) to make up for lost time. When these two spend the week leading up to the wedding together, alot of perceptions are changed, adventures are had, and yes, romance happens.The GoodJane and Cameron are the opposite of insta-love (like there’s not even an immediate attraction), and I loved seeing their perceptions of each other change as they get to know each other. There’s some tasty tropes, for sure (opposites attract, slightly older heroine/hero, wedding themed), but it goes beyond the basic tropes. At first glance, Cameron’s a screwup, Jane’s uptight, and they are not vibing. However, peeling back their layers, Jane and Cameron’s chemistry is potent, and I adored how Cam pushed Jane’s boundaries while still being protective, sweet and falling for her with every new adventure. The frank and honest discussion they have regarding toys and the truly pleasurable uses they can have between couples was refreshing and fun. I swear, when Cameron refers to Jane as being in goddess mode, I was all in and rooting for these two to make it to their own HFN/HEA. I throw in HFN because the timeline on this story is very short and this does end on a very realistic and solid path to a HEA, which suits these two characters perfectly.The Bad(ish)Cameron struggles to get out of his own way. You know that moment when things are going to go sideways? Man, Cam slayed me and yet I wanted to hug him and tell him it’ll be alright once he gets his head out of his booty. Ms. Holiday definitely gives a foundation for Cam’s low self esteem, and he’s had a lifetime of never really believing in himself and allowing misperceptions to slide without defending himself because of it. His character arc is well done, so that’s why I say only bad-ish, because it’s that last act dumbassery that made me crazy. This is a personal peeve of mine, when one part of a couple unilaterally makes decisions for the other. Makes sense, but doesn’t mean it doesn’t irk me.Everything in BetweenThe female friendships are something that I love to see in a book, and there’s no real stereotypical female antagonist, so kudos to Ms. Holiday for that. I liked the tiny moments of jealousy by Cam and Jane, but it never went to caveman/woman levels. If Ms. Holiday were to explore this quad of friends a bit more (there’s a little tease of Wendy and Jane’s brother maybe?), I would not be mad. At all.I really, really enjoyed Jane and Cam’s romance, and I would recommend for fans of contemporary romances in general, who love the slightly older woman/younger man, opposites attract tropes. It was fun and I’d like to visit this ‘verse again.**ARC provided by publisher via netgalley for review**For more reviews, visit
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    OK I’m going to sound totally shallow, but I wanted to pick up One and Only because that cover is just absolutely adorable. It’s such a sweet and romantic cover, and I knew I had to discover all the goodness that lay on the inside. I’m happy to say that One and Only was just as delightful on the inside, and was a book that entertained me all throughout.I have a thing for romances that are set around weddings, and I was particularly excited for that element going into One and Only. Jane is a brid OK I’m going to sound totally shallow, but I wanted to pick up One and Only because that cover is just absolutely adorable. It’s such a sweet and romantic cover, and I knew I had to discover all the goodness that lay on the inside. I’m happy to say that One and Only was just as delightful on the inside, and was a book that entertained me all throughout.I have a thing for romances that are set around weddings, and I was particularly excited for that element going into One and Only. Jane is a bridesmaid for one of her best friend’s wedding, and has a lot of responsibilities to handle as a result of the bride turning into a bit of a bridezilla. One of her responsibilities? Make sure the groom’s notorious womanizing brother doesn’t get into trouble! I really enjoyed Jane’s character. I think a lot of women will see themselves in her, especially when it comes to her self-esteem issues. She’s really entertaining to read about too, with her fiery personality. I really enjoyed getting to know her as the story progressed. I wasn’t sure what to make of Cameron, initially. He had that reputation around him, and there were times at the beginning of the book when he was quite mean to Jane, in my opinion. But he wound up growing on me. He is a military man who comes back to the country only discover that his girlfriend is cheating on him. So he’s a bit prickly and cold on the outside. Over the course of the book though, we get to see him open up thanks to Jane, and turn into a better person.I thought the romance here was really sweet! You have two people who completely start off on the wrong foot, but who are forced to spend time together – this is one of my favorite tropes! – and in the process, find themselves falling for each other. Jane and Cameron together were fantastic. Not only were they charming and totally sexy together, but they are a couple that help each other grow. I especially loved all the scenes of Cameron nudging Jane into doing things she was too afraid to do! I also loved how Jane shows Cameron kindness and teaches him a thing or two. I thought they worked so well together as a couple! My only complaint would be that there were a few scenes that I found to be cheesy that I could have done without, but they honestly weren’t bad enough for me to not enjoy the book. Besides the romance, I enjoyed the empowering depiction of female friendships. I especially liked Wendy, Jane’s best friend who is getting her book next.This first book in the Bridesmaid Behaving Badly series was a whole lot of fun! If you’re into swoony opposites attract romances, then One and Only is just the delightful book for you!
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  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I couldn't resist the cuteness of this cover and the fact this was a wedding themed storyline.  I don't usually read a lot of those, but when I do I tend to enjoy them and I thought it would be the perfect chance to try this author.  And for the most part this was a sweet intro to a series and a great place to start reading this author.  But some I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I couldn't resist the cuteness of this cover and the fact this was a wedding themed storyline.  I don't usually read a lot of those, but when I do I tend to enjoy them and I thought it would be the perfect chance to try this author.  And for the most part this was a sweet intro to a series and a great place to start reading this author.  But some other things I didn't really care enough about to give it a higher rating.First of all, I loved the heroine.  She's smart, independent, accomplished, and the responsible friend.  She's lived her life without taking a lot of risks or much excitement and that's in part of something in her past.  But I really liked her because she was real and solid.  When she meets the hero, and obviously he's a 180 from her, I felt that she might've stepped out of her comfort zone a little too easily for me.  I guess I wanted her to have more internal struggles about some of the things she was getting into instead of just changing her personality in the spur of the moment.Then there's the hero.  He's so sexy and easygoing I can see how anyone would get swept off her feet.  He's also sweet and has lived his life knowing people had such low expectations of him he felt like maybe he should just meet them, or let them believe he did.  That was both sad and sweet.  And I wanted him to have a more take charge attitude towards his life because that's something I find sexy.  I think he was still trying to find his way and that was a little bit of a turn off for me.ONE AND ONLY was a carefree and fun story and if you're looking for a sweet contemporary romance that will put you in a good mood, then you should give it a try.  I'm very interested in this group of girls and I can't wait for the next one in the series.  I have a feeling I'm going to love it because I just adored Wendy.*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Francesca❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Bambi Unbridled
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first read from Jenny Holiday, and I was excited to pick it up as I was in the mood for something light and fun. I'm not typically into the bridesmaid and wedding theme, but I an excerpt that was floating around for One and Only and the steamy selection piqued my smutty interest.So Jane Denning is our responsible introvert of a bridesmaid - a nerdy girl author who writes fabulous young adult fantasy novels. After a failed relationship, Jane has stuck to the solo life for the last six This is my first read from Jenny Holiday, and I was excited to pick it up as I was in the mood for something light and fun. I'm not typically into the bridesmaid and wedding theme, but I an excerpt that was floating around for One and Only and the steamy selection piqued my smutty interest.So Jane Denning is our responsible introvert of a bridesmaid - a nerdy girl author who writes fabulous young adult fantasy novels. After a failed relationship, Jane has stuck to the solo life for the last six years... something that definitely resonated with me. Sometimes its just easier to be in your own space than it is to think of inviting someone into your life and all your "stuff." But her long bout of celibacy and tendency to wrangle her girlfriends has earned Jane the reputation of being a responsible, boring, wet blanket. This was a bit harsh because there is nothing wrong with being responsible and not sleeping with half the town. We aren't supposed to slut shame... but how about we don't single shame either, okay ladies? And besides - Jane wasn't TOTALLY an adult. She lived in fantasy worlds and dressed up for Comicon! That's not boring! So I connected with Jane a little bit with her single life and nerdy girl introvert tendencies. I also didn't like Jane sometimes though, particularly when she was judgy and willing to believe the worst of people despite evidence to the contrary.Cameron MacKinnon has just returned home from war and is dealing with a whole lot of caca. His military career is over, as is his relationship with the girl he thought to be living with after his deployment. Escaping to Canada for his brother's wedding comes at the right time and Cameron arrives in Toronto... to find that he has a babysitter in the form of responsible Jane. I didn't start off enamored with this hero. When he meets Jane, he has some particularly unkind thoughts that made it hard to like his character. And while his opinion changes rather quickly, I still had a hard time getting over the sting of those words (even if they weren't said aloud). That being said, Cameron was a misunderstood hero and I absolutely detested how everyone treated him and didn't even think twice about not giving him the benefit of the doubt. While he did have a reputation as a teenager, not only were stories misconstrued, but no one even considered that he may have changed after joining the military and deploying to war zones. I got angry on Cameron's behalf many times in this book, enough that it was starting to make me ranty. Once I got past Cameron's stinging thoughts and Jane's judgy behavior, I ended up liking them together as a couple. Cameron brought Jane out of her comfort zone, and Jane was really the only person who saw past Cameron's reputation to see the wounded man beneath. I also liked how open and communicative they were when it came to intimacy, and how much fun they had on dates and adventures. Overall, the romantic aspects of the story were light and fun and steamy, and were my favorite parts of the story.This is the first book I have read in a while where I really didn't care for any of the secondary characters. Usually I like the distraction that a good secondary group will provide, but I just hated all these people for the way they treated Cameron. I did get a few good laughs at the bridezilla antics that were happening during the wedding planning though. That sounded like a total nightmare and made me extra glad that I haven't been in any weddings since the introduction of Pinterest!I had a little pet peeve about the cover of this book as well. Our heroine is a curvy girl who is trying to lose a few pounds. She's a size 12, and her body size/type and diet were mentioned a lot in this story. As this was a focus of the story and a major aspect of our heroine, I think the cover model should have been more representative of Jane's character.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, St. Martin's Press.
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  • Maria Rose
    January 1, 1970
    In the future readers will describe this book as 'vintage Holiday' - funny, sexy, a little heartbreaking and a book you won't want to put down once you start. Full review to come!
  • Isha Coleman
    January 1, 1970
    Weddings, bridesmaids and love. Jenny Holiday takes the best aspects of romance and creates a comedic masterpiece. Jane is no rule breaker. In her mind there's a time and place for everything. Cameron has never met a rule he won't break. After a stressful deployment, this playboy is on the prowl. What happens when uptight meets footloose? Uncontrollable fun. Let the good times roll with this laugh out loud funfest.Courtesy of Night Owl Reviews
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCsI received this book for free from Netgalley, Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.One and Only was such a fun book. It had the typical plot, good girl with the reckless guy, but it felt anything but typical. It felt new and fresh. Jane and Cameron were anything but the stereotypes they were place in if you got to know them. And quite honestly they brought out the best i This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCsI received this book for free from Netgalley, Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.One and Only was such a fun book. It had the typical plot, good girl with the reckless guy, but it felt anything but typical. It felt new and fresh. Jane and Cameron were anything but the stereotypes they were place in if you got to know them. And quite honestly they brought out the best in each other, kind of the ying to each others yang. They also had some of the best banter! They played off ea ch other nicely and were able to just be themselves when they were together without having to worry about the preconceived notions others had of them. All in all this was a fantastic start to a new series. I personally can't wait to see what the next bridesmaid will be up to!
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    I read a lot of historical romance - I love it. But when I want a quick, feel good HEA, I inevitably pick up something contemporary. So, yesterday night, after perusing my kindle and bypassing all the books I have on my review schedule, I discovered a new Jenny Holiday book just waiting to be read. I smiled, settled into a comfy spot on the couch, and went to bed much too late because I didn't want to stop reading. Ms. Holiday writes reliably good, sexy, smart novels - and lucky for us, she hits I read a lot of historical romance - I love it. But when I want a quick, feel good HEA, I inevitably pick up something contemporary. So, yesterday night, after perusing my kindle and bypassing all the books I have on my review schedule, I discovered a new Jenny Holiday book just waiting to be read. I smiled, settled into a comfy spot on the couch, and went to bed much too late because I didn't want to stop reading. Ms. Holiday writes reliably good, sexy, smart novels - and lucky for us, she hits mostly high notes in One and Only, the first novel in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series.Let me preface this review with a caveat: our heroine, Jane Denning, isn't a bridesmaid behaving badly. She's a friend and bridesmaid trying to help her bride - mostly. And the only person behaving badly is the increasingly stressed out bride, who goes a bit mental preparing for her big day. Jane and fellow bridesmaids (and besties) Gia and Wendy want to ensure Elise has the wedding of her dreams...but they're all counting the days until Elise and Jay say I Do. When Elise asks for a different kind of help (help that doesn't involve any DIY projects) Jane volunteers - never realizing her decision will change her life.Cameron Mackinnon is back in Canada after a discharge from the military. He served two tours in the middle east - the last on the front lines against ISIS; shortly before his discharge, he was planning to go to university and join the officer corps. But he screwed things up - as usual - and after returning home and walking in on his girlfriend with another man, he's arrived early for his half-brothers upcoming wedding. Cam's lost faith in himself and his future...but he's determined to have some fun before he makes any decisions about what he should do next. On his immediate to-do list: a steak dinner, sex and...well, more sex. He isn't expecting a babysitter to greet him at the airport...Jenny has a job to do: keep Jay's wild brother out of trouble until the wedding - and when she spots Cameron in the arrivals lounge, she follows him out of the airport and gets to work.The story unfolds as Jenny attempts to 'babysit' Cameron, and Cameron, after sussing out her purpose and discovering he likes spending time with her, comes up with increasingly wild ways to challenge her. It's a delicious slow burn watching these two develop a friendship and then fall - hard - for each other. Cameron has a complicated backstory. He suffers from PTSD and struggles with self doubt. Life never seems to turn out the way he wants and he struggles to believe someone like Jenny could or should be with a man like him. A loser like him. Jenny has struggles of her own - a belief that she isn't good enough for someone to want long term, and a fear of embracing the unknown and taking risks. They're a terrific match-up and I loved that Ms. Holiday splits the 'saving' equally: Cam needs a Jenny in his corner - someone to protect and nurture who believes in him and supports him through thick and thin; Jenny needs Cam to love her and prove she's worthy of a partner who wants and needs her, and isn't afraid to challenge her to live her dreams. Sigh. They're great together and their chemistry - in bed, in conversation, in texts - is terrific.One and Only is a great opposites attract romance - except these two aren't totally opposites. Appearances aside, they're both looking for love, acceptance, and that special someone who builds them up. But neither knows this when they first meet and the author does a lovely job showing us the evolution of their relationship.Jane is a writer of YA fiction - she likes her job and her life and though she's been unlucky in love, she's happy. When Cameron first spots her at the airport his impression of her is brutal - muddy hair, muddy brown eyes, muddy...well, you see where I'm going with this. But not long afterwards, he's singing a much different tune. Jenny doesn't dwell on her appearance - much - though she's obsessed with dropping weight to fit into her bridesmaids dress. She's smart, interesting and initially, that's what draws Cameron in and keeps him coming back for more. Cam is your stereotypical black sheep hero: he's hot, built, big and tattooed up. But Jane falls for more than his good looks - he's kind, funny, and good...and Jenny believes in him. **He's a keeper**I liked the secondary characters - despite the over the top stereotypical bridezilla. Unfortunately, we don't get to see very much of any of them. I'm looking forward to the rest of their stories...& I have a sneaky feeling Jenny's brother will feature in at least one of them. He sounds like another great guy so...fingers crossed. Watch out Wendy!
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny Holiday's ONE AND ONLY is one of those books that leaves you smiling at the end. It's full of elements that are delightful on their own, but combined make something full of hope and joy and laughter. And hot sex. That, too. Jane is a YA fantasy author who cosplays Xena at one point in the book. XENA. This line is what got me to pick up the book, but I stayed for a bunch of reasons. The Wedding Hijinks and Female FriendshipsI'll be honest, I usually hate Big Weddings in romance novels. I wo Jenny Holiday's ONE AND ONLY is one of those books that leaves you smiling at the end. It's full of elements that are delightful on their own, but combined make something full of hope and joy and laughter. And hot sex. That, too. Jane is a YA fantasy author who cosplays Xena at one point in the book. XENA. This line is what got me to pick up the book, but I stayed for a bunch of reasons. The Wedding Hijinks and Female FriendshipsI'll be honest, I usually hate Big Weddings in romance novels. I worked weddings for years as a banquet server and captain, so I've seen just about every way it can go wrong. This wasn't that, though. This is the first in the series, so Holiday has some work to do setting up the four friends at the center of it all. Wendy, Jane, and Gia are bridesmaids and Elise is the Pinterest-addicted Bride. I won't say she's a Bridezilla, since she's mostly nice through it all, but she is increasingly stressed out and channels her anxiety into a series of comedic craft projects that the bridesmaids have to help out with. One project, however, is "babysit the groom's brother." Jane, the responsible one, is tasked with the job.CameronThe groom's brother, Cameron, has a bad reputation. He's known for burning down a barn and getting a girl pregnant in high school. And that's all before he's dismissed from the army. Spoiler: there are good reasons for all of these stories and Cam is a really good guy. He's been trying to change his life for the better, but did spend some years living down to everyone's expectations of him. It's an interesting exploration of the assumptions we make and how they affect our relationships.Cam has PTSD from two different events during his two tours, but it's handled with care and didn't feel like a plot device. Both of my brothers served in the US Marines, so I don't usually read military heroes for fear of fetishization. This wasn't that.JaneThe biggest reason I stayed? Jane! She loves fantasy worlds, both writing them and playing in those written by others. She's practical and responsible, due in part to an alcoholic father who died when she was young. She's a little insecure, in the ways most of us are, but she's smart and kind and funny and awkward and I want her to be my best friend.There's a lot to love in ONE AND ONLY, from exploring Toronto's landmarks to I-Don't-Have-A-Condom sexy creativity. The timeline of the book, starting just over a week before the wedding, gives a framework to the story that adds a little suspense and an expiration date you don't want to arrive. Jane and Cam are the sort of characters you can root for and I can't wait to see what Holiday does with the next two books!
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  • The_Book_Queen
    January 1, 1970
    Solid 3 1/2 Stars, inching towards 4 First time with Holiday but it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this one, and it was fun and sexy. By far my favorite thing was the scene involving the two of them and one of her vibrators. YES, PLEASE, MORE OF THAT IN ROMANCELANDIA. I will say I was a bit more disappointed in the "full sex scenes" (aka, PIV scenes) after that; they always felt rushed and just left me wanting a bit more? Hot, yes, but I wanted something more from them. Maybe that's my inne Solid 3 1/2 Stars, inching towards 4 First time with Holiday but it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this one, and it was fun and sexy. By far my favorite thing was the scene involving the two of them and one of her vibrators. YES, PLEASE, MORE OF THAT IN ROMANCELANDIA. I will say I was a bit more disappointed in the "full sex scenes" (aka, PIV scenes) after that; they always felt rushed and just left me wanting a bit more? Hot, yes, but I wanted something more from them. Maybe that's my inner dirty reader though.I was a bit iffy about her being curvy, and how she acts about her weight and being able to fit into an (intentionally bought) smaller dress for the wedding. I'm still a bit iffy on all that, personally, but I will admit she changes her views as the story goes on, which I appreciated at least.This entire book takes place over the course of a handful of days, which means that it was both slow moving and yet faced paced, in regard to the timeline. For the most part, this worked okay, but I did feel like it was a bit too rushed as the book wrapped up in the final two or so chapters.I was also hoping to get at least some mention of his plans to go to therapy to address his PTSD. But, as I've said before, this is a common thing in romancelandia (and needs to change).Overall, a few minor things, but nothing that was a deal breaker in anyway. I truly enjoyed this one and I am very much looking forward to book 2.~ * ~ * ~ * ~ If you wish to look at some quotes/thoughts I highlighted, please check out my Twitter feed
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book thanks to Grand Central Publishing // Forever Romance Books. I absolutely LOVED IT! I was in a bit of a slump before this book, but boy oh boy! Everytime I had to stop, I kept coming back for more. Jane is one who doesn’t settle for relationships, until she has to babysit the bride’s future brother in law. This book was too good! Adorable in all the right places and the chemistry oozed off the pages. Gonna keep this brief, but overall an amazing book! The sex was amazing too I received this book thanks to Grand Central Publishing // Forever Romance Books. I absolutely LOVED IT! I was in a bit of a slump before this book, but boy oh boy! Everytime I had to stop, I kept coming back for more. Jane is one who doesn’t settle for relationships, until she has to babysit the bride’s future brother in law. This book was too good! Adorable in all the right places and the chemistry oozed off the pages. Gonna keep this brief, but overall an amazing book! The sex was amazing too and you were always left wanting more. How two unlikely characters come together and end up perfect for each other is amazing.
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  • Nathália
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely! I have a theory that authors seem to have such good romantic relationships (the dedications and the acknowledgements! omg!) and this proves my point entirely! hahahahaI’d like to read one of her books just to see the acknowledgements to Cameron ;)
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  • Kate (Beyond Bookish)
    January 1, 1970
    So. Stinking. Cute. Review coming soon!
  • CK
    January 1, 1970
    What a funny sweet romantic read! I found myself giggling and laughing throughout the book! Heard many great things about this author and was impressed!! Needless to say, I’m stalking Jenny now!
  • Shala
    January 1, 1970
    True rating 4.5 stars. When it comes to "smutty romance books", this one was top notch. The smutt factor was high, but not overly graphic. The writing was clever, and not at all dumbed down for the reader. Our characters are very real, and their reactions to the situations are genuine. Nothing felt forced at all through the novel. I really enjoyed my experience reading this, and would recommend it!
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  • Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent this book from the publisher. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. A hot military man and a bad boy? Yes, please! Cam reminded me so much of some of my closest Marine friends back home. So, I loved him even more. He was an asshole, but sweet all at the same time. I love when characters banter back and forth, so of course I loved this between Cam and Jane.I also loved how Cam I was sent this book from the publisher. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. A hot military man and a bad boy? Yes, please! Cam reminded me so much of some of my closest Marine friends back home. So, I loved him even more. He was an asshole, but sweet all at the same time. I love when characters banter back and forth, so of course I loved this between Cam and Jane.I also loved how Cam fell in love for Jane for who she was. Jane was dealing with self esteem issues in regards to her weight. She is trying to lose weight for the upcoming wedding, and Cam keeps telling her she does not need to lose weight. He liked her for who she was. He helped her embrace that as well. I loved that.I loved the friendship with the girls as well, and I am excited to see that this will be a series, so we can learn more about them as we go. Overall, this was such a fun read. I loved it.
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    A fun read, with characters you can't help but fall in love with! Cameron was completely awesome and I loved him so much! Jane was a great heroine and her friendship with the other bridesmaid was awesome! A fun adventure of a book!
  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Cameron is one blunt man, “you get yourself off in this bed,” he said, grinning. “That’s what you meant when you said you ‘napped’ in here a lot.” I really liked Cameron and Jane together: He put his hands on his hips in mock outrage . “Are you impugning my manhood?” She shook her head. “Oh, no. I would never do that. I’ve seen your manhood.”I liked this book, I loved Cameron and Jane.
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  • Estelle
    January 1, 1970
    As much as I enjoyed my reintroduction to romance almost six years ago, I always wondered when they would feel more modern day to me. Then I read authors like Megan Erickson, Maisey Yates, Dahlia Adler, and I'm like HEY. This is what I've been waiting for. We can add Jenny Holiday to this list.The first book in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series centers around a bridal part of Elise, who is at the point of her wedding planning where she's absolutely impossible to deal with (and yet you have t As much as I enjoyed my reintroduction to romance almost six years ago, I always wondered when they would feel more modern day to me. Then I read authors like Megan Erickson, Maisey Yates, Dahlia Adler, and I'm like HEY. This is what I've been waiting for. We can add Jenny Holiday to this list.The first book in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series centers around a bridal part of Elise, who is at the point of her wedding planning where she's absolutely impossible to deal with (and yet you have to deal with her anyway). Jane and her friends are able to easily be annoyed by her but are also quick to assure each other that she will be back to her regular self soon. I loved it because so often it's hard to remember that part of your friend when wedding planning goes array. (Can you tell I've been a bridesmaid a few times?)So we have strong female friendships and a killer killer romance building between Jane and the man she is tasked to baby-sit. It's the groom's brother that no one really knows anything about except he's sort of a trouble maker. Jane is a YA writer (fantasy), totally on the straight and narrow, and has accepted that she will probably not find the man of her dreams. Cameron has been asked to leave the army, his girlfriend has left him for someone else, and he's currently homeless and staying with his brother until the wedding. Jane and Cameron have some shaky moments in the beginning, and while she's keen to hang out with Cameron so she can get out of weird bridesmaid bonding activities, she starts to realize she actually likes hanging out with the guy. Cameron came to town to get drunk and get laid but with Jane around... for various reasons... it's not happening. He's definitely dealing a bit with the woe is me syndrome because his family doesn't understand him and doesn't even try to... he's surprised as anyone when he is able to confide in Jane.If you are looking for a romance novel with strong female friendships, majestically sex positive (I mean most of them are but I love how Jane is so open about HER needs in the bedroom), and filled with so much tension, you won't want to stop reading -- look no further. This book was so much fun and had me reminiscing about some of the best times I had while being a bridesmaid. I'm so looking forward to the rest of the series!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    One and Only was a fun and quick read. I fell in love with the synopsis from the moment I read it and just knew I had to check out this book. I mean, a bridesmaid who gets stuck having to babysit the groom’s brother! I couldn’t wait to see what trouble these two would get in to. Cameron and Jane were a lot of fun together. Cameron was perfectly flawed and sexy. He showed Jane what is was like to let go and in turn, Jane brought some much needed light into his life. Overall, I thought these two w One and Only was a fun and quick read. I fell in love with the synopsis from the moment I read it and just knew I had to check out this book. I mean, a bridesmaid who gets stuck having to babysit the groom’s brother! I couldn’t wait to see what trouble these two would get in to. Cameron and Jane were a lot of fun together. Cameron was perfectly flawed and sexy. He showed Jane what is was like to let go and in turn, Jane brought some much needed light into his life. Overall, I thought these two were great together. I loved their chemistry and I enjoyed seeing Cameron push Jane’s buttons.One and Only is the first book in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly Series and was a good book to spend the day wrapped up in. This book was sexy, entertaining and kept me on my toes. I enjoyed the characters and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Jennifer Schultheis
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Denning is the responsible one in her friend group. It's probably the reason that she's been chosen to babysit the younger brother of her bridezilla friend's fiance. She's not thrilled by that assignment but at least it gets her out of the rest of her bridesmaid's duties.Cameron MacKinnon is not surprised that his brother's fiancee wants to set Jane on him. He had a pretty wild reputation growing up. But it doesn't mean that he has to sit down and take it. Especially since his list of thing Jane Denning is the responsible one in her friend group. It's probably the reason that she's been chosen to babysit the younger brother of her bridezilla friend's fiance. She's not thrilled by that assignment but at least it gets her out of the rest of her bridesmaid's duties.Cameron MacKinnon is not surprised that his brother's fiancee wants to set Jane on him. He had a pretty wild reputation growing up. But it doesn't mean that he has to sit down and take it. Especially since his list of things to do after being dismissed from the army includes getting laid and Jane keeps preventing that from happening. So, maybe he should focus on her instead...I liked the building of this relationship. Yes, there were some one dimensional aspects (especially with Cameron) but, overall, we got to know both Jane and Cameron pretty well. We got to see just enough of her friends that there might be more of them in later series (worker girl Wendy and super model Gia) but it wasn't overly heavy in trying to build them up.
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  • Ea_reader
    January 1, 1970
    this was perfection! I loved this book - I loved Jane and I loved Cam and I loved everything about their story. he's kind of a misunderstood bad-boy type with a heart of gold, and she's kind of a risk-averse 'plain jane'. they each see through the superficial layers of the other to what's on the inside, and somehow the story rides along on top of the various tropes in the best possible way. I loved Cam and Jane's conversations - good conversations make a book relationship for me, and this book d this was perfection! I loved this book - I loved Jane and I loved Cam and I loved everything about their story. he's kind of a misunderstood bad-boy type with a heart of gold, and she's kind of a risk-averse 'plain jane'. they each see through the superficial layers of the other to what's on the inside, and somehow the story rides along on top of the various tropes in the best possible way. I loved Cam and Jane's conversations - good conversations make a book relationship for me, and this book delivers. I will absolutely look forward to book #2 in the series, and I am putting this one on my to-re-read list, which is a pretty big deal in my book-world.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    A charming and quirky romance that reminds me a bit of Jennifer Crusie. Important information (for people I know) not mentioned in the book description: the heroine is a YA fantasy writer and Xena cosplayer!
  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    Great fun read, exactly what I expect with a Jenny Holiday romance. I eagerly await the next book. Also, if it's not too much to ask, I'd like her to write the Mystery Inn series she referenced because that sounds awesome.
  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Cute at times, but I got annoyed easily with little things. The bride was a nightmare of epic proportions, no one gave Cameron any benefit, the military thing irked me a bit, and the author used imperial measurements when Canada is on the metric system.
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  • michelle
    January 1, 1970
    YES YES YES YES YES jenny holiday i will read literally anything you write for the rest of my life forever amen thx
  • Bec - Book Magic: Under a spell with every page
    January 1, 1970
    Review to Come
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