What I liked:
– The story has a great premise. Jack and Amy knew each other years ago and Jack made a very selfish decision that helped him become a celebrity, yet really hurt Amy. Jack has regretted his actions and I did like seeing him work to try to rectify things.
– The writing flowed well for me. I did not get bogged down or bored in the story. I did keep wanting to know what would happen next.
– There was good attraction between the two characters and the hurt that Jack caused is very palpable and can really be felt as the reader connects with Amy in her thoughts and actions.
– There is some fun humor in this book. The “bridezilla” sister got annoying, as she should, and offered another way for the reader to sympathize with all April was going through.
What I didn’t like:
– This is part of an inspirational fiction line and I really did not get any feeling of this being an “inspirational story”. It is clean, albeit with some very heated looks and thoughts. But, nothing too far. I have since read that this author is considered “edgy”, and since I don’t mind “edgy”, I can see that it fits her style.
– I didn’t truly connect with either character. I felt that both of them were still very immature by the end of the story. I thought that Jack still was very much the spoiled celebrity and left the story not feeling very secure in the idea of their relationship lasting.
– It did end abruptly. It’s a novella and that does sometimes happen with those.
All in all, it was a cute story and I will probably try another full length book by this author some day to see how I feel about her characters when they have a bit more time to tell their story. (3 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
April is willing to do anything for her sister’s wedding—until she comes face to face with a guy from her past.
April Quinn is thrilled to be her sister’s maid of honor, until the wedding coordinator quits and the responsibilities get dumped on her. It’s April’s worst nightmare—especially since her sister has more objections and opinions than a lawyer presenting a high-profile court case. When the wedding singer walks out at the last-minute, her sister hires a replacement. When April finds out who the replacement is, she’s ready to call it quits as well.
Because there’s only one person in April’s past that she never wanted to see again, and her sister just handed him a front row seat to the wedding.
Jack Vaughn finally has the career he’s always wanted. After playing in bars and singing in weddings as a struggling musician for half a decade, he’s just released his second album and sales are skyrocketing. But while visiting his parent’s Nashville home the weekend before his first headline tour, he runs into an old friend. When she asks him for a last-minute favor, he can’t bring himself to say no. Even though saying yes means he has to come face to face with April Quinn—the girl who hasn’t spoken to him in years.
And rightly so, since he stole something from her that he’ll never be able to repay.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Matayo graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. Afterwards, she went to work at DaySpring Cards, where she worked for seven years. After the birth of her first child, she became a freelance writer for David C. Cook before pursuing novel writing full time. The Wedding Game won the 2012 ACFW Genesis award and is her first novel. Her second in the series—Love Gone Wild—releases March 1, 2014.
As the mother of four children with a husband immersed in political life, Amy has very little free time, preferring to spend that time enjoying intellectual pursuits such as: watching television with her feet propped up, watching movies with a bucket of popcorn, and watching her laundry pile high—with no desire to do anything about it.