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But, enough about me and back to the story. Nicholas is an adorable dork. He means so well but doesn’t always get it right despite his best intentions. Forgetting to book the harpist he’d promised to arrange for his sister’s wedding, and only realising his mistake a week before the big day means he’s facing an almost impossible task; find and book a great musician on ridiculous short notice.
Enter Fynn, guitarist extraordinaire. Nicholas can’t believe his luck when Fynn is willing to do the gig for him. And Nicholas is even happier when Fynn appears to enjoy spending time with him. Not that Nicholas immediately understands why that makes him so happy, but over the course of a long and stressful week, his eyes are opened to who he really is, and where his interests lie. And fortunately for him, Fynn returns the interest and isn’t scared off when Nicholas confesses to having no experience with men whatsoever.
But, while Nicholas’ love life progresses in leaps and bounds, the wedding appears to be running into disaster after disaster. Between torn dresses, destroyed wedding cakes, sick relatives and disrupted travel plans, it’s starting to look like it will take a minor miracle for the wedding to take place at all. Throw in a matron of honourzilla (yes, I totally made that term up, but in this case it really wasn’t the bride), and you’re in for a heartfelt comedy of errors.
“Art lasts. People don’t.” – Fynn
While Nicholas’s low self-esteem and Fynn’s lack of trust in people’s loyalty provide some emotional depth and there is one major crisis to overcome, this is mostly a low-on-angst story. For the most part it’s a wonderful and light-hearted tale of first love and sexual awakening.
In short, A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes is a sweet, fun, touching, and very enjoyable story. It was easy to get lost in this world of first love and wedding madness and I flew my way through the book, unable to put it down. I do have on piece of advice though. If you are getting married in the foreseeable future you may want to postpone reading this book until after the event. Js. Although, this was a definite case of ‘all’s well that ends well’. In fact, I think it’s safe to say this book ended with happily ever afters for more characters than just Nicholas and Fynn.
Nicholas had one job to do for his sister's wedding, hire the harpist, and of course he forgot! With a week until the big day he finds a street performer whose guitar playing and voice move him. Out of options, he asks Fynn to play and the two spend the next week preparing for the ceremony and getting to know one another. As time goes on the two grow closer and Nicholas finds out quite a bit about himself.
This was a sweet love story packed into a mess of catastrophes. One thing after another is going wrong but amidst all the hullabaloo we get to see Nicholas and Fynn opening up to one another and creating a relationship. Both of these character were endearing. Nicholas was insecure and unsure of his sexuality. He always thought something was wrong with him since he didn't get excited over the girls at school. Meeting Fynn helped him to gain a clearer understanding of who he is. It was interesting and a bit emotional to witness. Fynn was confident and cool. There was just something about him that was intriguing. He paired so well with Nicholas. He was extremely patient and understanding of him and I enjoyed their dynamic.
I felt that the pace was slow until about fifty percent of the way through the book and then things started to move more quickly. It was cute to see the beginning stages of the relationship. Nicholas being unsure and questioning himself and Fynn, as well as the build of the relationship, it kept me reading even when the rest of the storyline at that point wasn't as captivating. The sex scenes were more tender than steamy but totally fit the feel of the story and we're still sexy. The characters and Nicholas' personal journey grabbed ahold of me and had me eager to find out how everything would turn out.
This was my first book by Helen Juliet, I very enjoyed it and will definitely check out more from her.
I am LOVING this run of books that find themselves on the "too stinking cute" shelf!!
Nicholas had but ONE job: book his mate's sister to play the harp for Clara's wedding. A week before, and he forgot, totally and ends up hiring the busker with the guitar and the smooth voice. But hiring Fynn doesn't stop the list of things that go wrong. What with an overbearing Maid of Honour, a cat that hates everyone and everything, and the British weather wishing to dump the entire contents of the clouds down for three days, Nicholas wonders if there will even BE a wedding!
I don't usually much care for main characters who are late teens/early 20s and both Nicholas and Fynn are here, but I LOVED these guys! Or rather, I loved Nicholas. Because Fynn doesn't get a say. And yes, I KNOW you don't want me to say it, but I GOTTA!!! Had Fynn had his say too, I have no doubt this would have been a 5 star read, none at all.
The story flows well, with everything going wrong for the wedding told in a highly believable way. Very British things, but things that could and do happen to anyone.
Nicholas (oh and many Brownie points for not shortening Nicholas!) finds himself in the course of the week spent in this book. He discovers many things about himself and his friends that make for a very, VERY great read. I LOVED how his relationship with Fynn moves. LOVED how it was written, how it all came across and just LOVED it!
Ah sod, it, I wrote 4.5 stars, at the top of the page, but ONLY because Fynn doesn't get a say, but now I'm typing it up....
5 full stars!
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