Friday, July 24, 2020

Book Review: You May Kiss the a special giveaway

By Sara Steven

Archibald Hill is handsome, single, and he’s going to his best friend’s wedding ready to make a conquest or two. After all, everyone knows weddings are the perfect setting to get lucky.

Summer Knowles used to have a life—friends, family, a sister who’d do anything for her—until she blew it all away with a terrible mistake. Now, attending her twin’s wedding as the party’s undesirable number one seems like more than she can handle. So, when a tall stranger with smoldering ice-blue eyes offers her a therapy of seven nights of no-strings-attached fun, she might even ignore that he has a beard and accept.

Problem is, Summer has never been good at keeping sex and feelings separated… (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

One of the things I love most when reading a book series is the reintroduction to some of our favorite characters. Having read From Thailand with Love, an exciting love story that focuses on Winter Knowles and Logan Spencer, I couldn’t wait to read about Winter’s twin sister, Summer. We learn that Summer has a lot to contend with, considering her past and the mistakes she’s made, which sends her into the arms of Archie, Logan’s best man at the wedding and in most other things, as well. We learned a little bit about Archie in From Thailand with Love, but it was nice to see a more behind the scenes look at who he is as a character this time around.

While Summer and Archie appear to be two opposing personalities, they have a lot more in common than meets the eye. Their relationships with loved ones is most important, which is why Archie wants to be there for Logan and Winter, and Summer will do whatever it takes to stand up for her sister, even if it means facing judgment and potential hostility. Archie is a bit of a commitment-phobe, while Summer is out for fun, with no strings attached. On paper, it looks as though the time they might spend together will go off without a hitch, yet deep down, they both have unresolved issues that lend into pushback. How much can they both avoid feelings, in order to engage in something that might mean more to them than either of them wants to let on?

While Bridesmaid focuses heavily on the potential between Summer and Archie, it was nice to see Summer face the music and deal with the fallout with her friends and family, even though it’s the hardest thing she’s ever had to do. It would have been easier to run away, and not that she doesn’t think of that from time to time, but I appreciated the subplot that ran concurrently to what was going on romantically for her. When it feels like she has no else in her corner, Archie is there, only endearing me more to him.

I loved this latest addition to the First Comes Love series. I got to acquaint myself with some of my favorite characters, witness a budding relationship between two characters who say they don’t want more, but it’s obvious they do. Then there’s the moments of growth, not only for Summer but for Archie, too. You May Kiss the Bridesmaid can be read as a standalone, no problem. But, the other books in this series are phenomenal too, and worth the read. It’s another five-star rating from me!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Camilla Isley is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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