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“She vowed to always be his sidekick. And he swore to always be her hero.”
I absolutely adored this book, from the first page Leddy Harper held me hostage as I cried tears of laughter and tears of sadness. The character connection was on point, the dialogue was hilarious at times and emotional when needed and the chemistry was fervent. This had so many tropes I adore, brothers best friend and second chance romance all wrapped up in a perfect romantic comedy with just enough angst to keep you on the edge of your seat begging our hero and heroine to wake up and smell the damn coffee. Yes, at times it was incredibly infuriating, I wanted to jump into this book and smack their bl**dy heads together, but the build up to the main event was so entertaining I soon forgot my frustrations. The lighter side of Leddy Harper was certainly damn entertaining.
The main characters are what car crash TV were made for, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas but what happens when the one night stand you don’t remember is the man you had been crushing on for years? What happens when said one-night stand is your brothers best friend? What happens when the whole truth and nothing but the truth doesn’t get discussed until five years later? I Do(n’t) is what happens and I lapped up every single word.
“…had I known when I knocked on your hotel door after the wedding that what we did that night would end our friendship, I would’ve gone to my own room.”
Holden was adorable with a capital A. This man had the hugest of hearts and appreciated a good thing, a good person and especially a great family. Holden had been considered part of Janelle’s family for years, he treasured the connection he had with them and was there for everyone with the hugest shoulders and the deepest pockets. Holden’s friendship with Janelle’s brother was as strong as blood, they knew one and other inside out and even as adults, they were now closest confidantes and business partners.
Janelle has just graduated from university and after a few months of freedom finally has a reason to come home after being away for more or the less the entire four years. Janelle has stayed away due to “Vegas” but four years is a long time, a lot has happened in the family of which she has not been a part of. Coming back to town and seeing Holden is not on Janelle’s bucket list, but needs must and Holden sees her return as the ideal opportunity to get her reunited with the family she has basically emotionally estranged herself from.
“He was my cape – he could send me flying while cloaking me in refuge all at once.”
I am being deliberately vague, the story is hilarious and you need to laugh those laughs for yourself, but if like me you are an emotional reader, you also need to experience the lows. This was an emotional journey for both Holden and Janelle, these two just sizzled together, whether they be baiting one and other, pulling pranks, or screwing each other’s eyes out. These two were seriously hot, but also their friendship is what made them as a couple. Even before “Vegas” these two were friends, they just got one and other, same senses of humour, they bounced off one and other and together they clicked. Janelle needed to grow up and her immaturity at times was a little frustrating, but I could understand her, it just made her real. Having no real relationship to speak of she had a lot to learn and if anyone could teach her it would be Holden.
“Every action has an opposite reaction. So if I’m in love with you, that means there’s an option to be out of love with you. And that’s not possible. If anything, I’d say I indefinitely love you.”
The interactions between Holden and Janelle will have you belly laughing one moment and ripping your hair out the next. As I said above, it was so frustrating, and I constantly found myself on the edge of my seat screaming at my kindle “OH F F S COME ON YOU TWO!!” But it was that constant push and pull that made this book as these two figured out their real feelings. It was a journey for both of them, forgiving the past and working to a future, a future that certainly looked a lot rosier with each other…if they didn’t kill each other first. I Do(n’t) was the gift that kept on giving. I adored every hilarious, infuriating, emotional second of it.
There is a huge age difference between Jenelle and the rest of her siblings. Janelle left for college and sort of didn't look back. Sort of. It's not like she didn't call or check in and she did visit home a few times, however sporadically. We're told her reasons for staying away, which I felt were a little lame, but whatever she's young. While she's gone, her family decides to leave her uninformed about important things happening within the family. I don't understand why. They purposely alienated her. Not telling her someone was ill or in need of support and then blaming her for not being there doesn't make any sense. She's young and not psychic, if they told her she'd have wanted to help. No matter how many times the author tried to explain it from the families' perspective I was thinking this is BS. I felt Janelle was very justified in her anger and hurt but she's the one who ends up going around and apologizing to everyone. And Holden I felt was more on the families' side than Janelle's. "Sorry Janelle, but you don't get to be butt hurt over this because you should have been home more and known what was happening."
Holden wants her to get back to being close to her family but he has an odd way of showing it. She sneaks out on him one night after he said he wanted to hang out with her, so the next morning he tells her she can't come boating. It's with her brother and some of her family. I really didn't get the whole point of this. He lied that she has to wait for some package that needs to be signed for when there is none. what lesson was he teaching her? It's counterproductive to what he supposedly wanted for her, getting closer to her family. He was just getting back at her. He tells her to reach out to other family members (ones not going boating) if she wants company. The boat seemed like a no brainer to me if he wasn't acting childish. And they both do these childish things.
This plays back and forth with them trying to one up each other and maybe it was supposed to be funny but I didn't find it humorous. Sorry.
They make a truce and become closer but of course the lack of communication causes a misunderstanding and off we go. It gets resolved but I honestly didn't care if they made up. I was more concerned about Connor. The whole ending with the game show was a silly and contrived. I'm still wondering about Connor since I skimmed the last part and I don't know if he got shafted or not.