Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Wedding Date Disaster by Avery Flynn: Cute Premise, Flat Characters

The Wedding Date Disaster by Avery Flynn
Published: August 25th, 2020

Publisher: Entangled: Amara

Tropes: Enemies to lovers, fake dating, forced proximity, only one bed

Heat level: 🔥🔥🔥

# of pages: 330

My rating: 3 stars

Acquired this book: From the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest consideration

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Hadley Donavan can’t believe she has to go home to Nebraska for her sister’s wedding. She’s gonna need a wingman and a whole lot of vodka for this level of family interaction. At least her bestie agreed he’d man up and help. But then instead of her best friend, his evil twin strolls out of the airport.


If you looked up doesn’t-deserve-to-be-that-confident, way-too-hot-for-his-own-good billionaire in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Will Holt. He’s awful. Horrible. The worst―even if his butt looks phenomenal in those jeans.


Ten times worse? Hadley’s buffer was supposed to be there to keep her away from the million and one family events. But Satan’s spawn just grins and signs them up for every. Single. Thing.


Fine. “Cutthroat” Scrabble? She’s in. She can’t wait to take this guy down a notch. But somewhere between Pictionary and the teasing glint in his eyes, their bickering starts to feel like more than just a game…




This was my first Avery Flynn book. I was immediately drawn in by the beautiful cover, and the synopsis sounded really fun. This book was sexy with some fun moments and a great setting, but overall it fell a bit flat for me.


I liked the premise of the book: Hadley was making a rare trip home to the family ranch for her sister’s wedding and needed a buffer from all the family togetherness she knew she was in for. She asked her best friend Web to go with her, but instead she got his ‘evil twin’ - and her arch nemesis - Will. The pair disliked each other from their first meeting and that hatred only grew over the next year. Will made up his mind from the beginning that Hadley was a gold digger with her sights on his brother, and he was determined to put an end to her supposed scheming.


While the concept was fun and there were some great moments throughout, it was the characters that kept me from loving this book. They felt really flat to me with very little depth, personality, or growth. I liked Hadley well enough, but it was more than halfway through the book before we learned anything real about her. It did make me sympathize with her and connect to her a bit more, but by that point, it felt like too little too late. I didn’t like Will at all. He was a pompous, judgemental asshole, and he treated Hadley like crap for most of the book. His whole mission was basically to prove Hadley was a gold digger...while also sleeping with her every chance he got. The story was very repetitive at times because most of Will’s thoughts centred around how Hadley was a gold digger and he needed to keep her away from his brother.


I feel like if there had been a bit more build-up at the beginning, the pacing would have been stronger. The story launched right in, we were told all these things, including the fact that Hadley and Web were best friends, and yet we barely saw them together or learned how they became so close.


Overall, The Wedding Date Disaster was fun and playful, with some entertaining shenanigans. While it wasn’t a favourite for me, I’m sure it’ll be a winner for many other romcom lovers.


Have you read The Wedding Date Disaster? Have you read any of Avery Flynns other books?

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