Thursday, 10 August 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ I Do(n't) by Leddy Harper

I Do(n't) is LIVE!!!!

Book Description:

I fell in love with Holden York when I was six years old.

Most of my youth came with spiral notebooks filled with doodles, wedding plans, and “Janelle York” looped in bubbly handwriting.

However, one night in Vegas changed everything.

I woke up to more than just a fantasy of my brother’s best friend.

Five years later, I'm standing on his doorstep confronting him about the secret he kept from me. 

If you think this is the story of how we rode off into the sunset together…

You’re so wrong.

But if you think this is the story of how Holden blackmailed me into living with him...

You couldn't be more right.

Buy Links:

Free on Kindle Unlimited

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“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 bloody 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 FFS 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.

About the Author:

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped. 

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females. 

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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