Pub Date: June 26, 2018
Source: ARC via publisher (Thank you Estelle + Forever Romance!)
Summary: Wendy Liu should be delighted to be her best friend’s maid of honor. But after years spent avoiding the bride’s brother – a.k.a the boy who once broke her heart – she’s now trapped with him during an endless amount of wedding festivities. Luckily she’s had time to perfect her poker face, and engaging Noah Denning in a little friendly competition might just prove that she’s over him for good…
Noah Denning is determined to make his little sister’s wedding memorable. But it seems Wendy is trying to outdo him at every turn. Challenging each other was always something he and Wendy did right, so when she proposes they compete to see who can throw the best bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, Noah takes the bait – and ups the stakes. Because this time around, he wants Wendy for keeps. And when you’re fighting for love, all bets are off.
Genre: contemporary, Romance
To say Jenny Holiday’s debut, One and Only, was wildly popular would be the understatement of the century. I felt like this book was everywhere earlier this year, from Best Of lists to gushing, heart-filled tweets. So when I heard the sequel was due (just a few months later – Jenny is a writing machine!), my ears were definitely perked. And when I received a surprise bundle in the mail that included It Takes Two? I couldn’t push aside my other books fast enough!
Jane and Cameron, the pair who hit it off in the first book, are mere months away from their wedding. Jane insists she wants everything super low-key (though as the date rapidly approaches, her idea of ‘low-key’ hilariously does a 180 – think having the entire wedding party do away with their outfits and refitted with kilts and tartan sashes days before the big day), which is perfectly fine with her best friend Wendy. Though Wendy fiercely loves Jane and is determined to be the best maid of honor, she is not looking forward to spending time around Jane’s brother Noah.
Wendy has spent the past 17 years avoiding Noah after being stood up at prom. She still harbors a grudge – and a broken heart. Naturally Noah, who always treated Wendy like a second little sister, was totally clueless (ugh, boys), and views Jane’s wedding as a chance to rekindle his friendship with the woman who practically lived in his house growing up. But as the lawyers’ sparring becomes more heated and one-up challenges are thrown into the mix, Noah, once oblivious, slowly begins to realize his feelings for Wendy definitely aren’t sisterly…and he’s not about to let her go again.
I’m just going to cut right to the chance, okay? I loved this one. A lot. Between the banter, the amazing group of women (#goals, seriously), the Toronto/New York/Las Vegas setting, and the romance, I was completely sold. It Takes Two was a book I was constantly thinking about if I wasn’t reading it and had me counting down the hours until I could get back to it – I mean, who really needs work?
Though this is a shaping up to be a series that heavily features characters from previous books, don’t feel as though you need to read them in order. Sometimes I actually prefer, going back and discovering how a couple ended up together!
I did have one teensy problem and that was with the cover. Normally I wouldn’t even give it a second thought, but Wendy is constantly described as tiny, small, overly petite. At one point it’s mentioned she came up to Noah’s chest. I viewed the height difference between her and Noah as the difference between me and Matt: he’s 6’2, I’m 5’0. Had her stature not been described so frequently I honestly wouldn’t have even noticed, but the models on the cover threw me off. Something worth mentioning, though it in no way detracted from the story!
If summertime reads are on your mind, Jenny Holiday is your girl. Although the romance is great, her books are so much more than that and I’d say the love and friendship this group of women has for each other is just as wonderful – if not more so! When I wasn’t reading It Takes Two, I was counting down the moments until I could get back to reading it, and that is the mark of an excellent book. I’ll be not-so-patiently waiting for the next book, Three Little Words, which comes out in January (seriously, Jenny, do you ever sleep??)