The Wedding Date Disaster by Avery Flynn
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Point-of-View: Third person
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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…
Hadley Donavan is a Nebraska girl who left the ranch to live in the “big” city. She’s been working and loves her job, but her best friend’s brother shows up to an event that will make or break her next promotion. They are arguing, but end up getting caught kissing in the coat check and Hadley gets fired instead of getting a promotion.
Will Holt is a man who has been hurt by gold-diggers in the past. He is attracted to Hadley but refuses to admit it. He’s talked himself into hating her and treats her like shit. He is determined to get her away from his brother, Web, and prove that she’s just after his millions.
Web is supposed to be Hadley’s wedding date for her sister’s wedding in Nebraska. She wants a buffer so that her family won’t ask too many questions and she can have an excuse to not spend too much time with them. Unfortunately, Will ends up attending when Web gets food poisoning. Hadley is furious but has no choice but to deal with him for the week that they are in Nebraska.
I can’t say that I read too many haters-to-lovers romances and now I know why. I don’t like them. I don’t like that the “heroes” always end up treating the heroines like crap and it just makes it harder for them to redeem themselves. In this story Will really liked Hadley, but was jaded by his past and couldn’t believe that she was just friends with his brother. Because of this he was just mean to her, for most of the book (he was nice for about a chapter), I might add, and his groveling at the end didn’t redeem him in my eyes. He was an idiot up until the last couple of pages before the epilogue. Yeah, no, that doesn’t work for me.
I found Hadley annoying. She did get better once she got around her family, thank heavens, but even then, I didn’t really understand her. I get that she had portrayed her life in the city as perfect in order to prove to her family that she could make it. I get that she didn’t want too many questions asked by her family and that’s why she brought a buffer. But really? Hadley’s family was amazing and not the judgmental family I expected. They were not the type of family that needed things to be perfect – they were supportive no matter what. So her growing up in that family but yet not knowing them at all? Just weird. The puzzle pieces didn’t fit for me.
Unfortunately this was not a fun read for me and I found myself skimming a lot because there was a metric ton of introspection, which just got old after a while. I think I’m in the minority when it comes to my feelings on this book so you judge for yourself whether it works for you or not. For me, that would be not.
Rating: 2 out of 5