Saturday, March 16, 2024

#Review ~ The (Anti) Wedding Party by Lucy Knott ~ @LucyCKnott @rararesources @AriaFiction

The (Anti) Wedding Party

It's the biggest day of their best friends' lives... and they might just ruin it.

About the Book:

Andi hates weddings. So when her best friend Alex tells her she’s getting married in Italy, and asks her to be her maid of honour, she knows she’s the wrong woman for the job. But Alex won’t take no for an answer, and so begins a week-long trip to a beautiful villa in Italy, full of potential disasters that it’s Andi’s job to avoid. But what if she’s the one causing them?

Enter Owen, fellow wedding-hater, Best Man and also the worst person for the job. Tall, sexy and warm, Andi can’t help but feel the ice around her heart begin to melt when he’s around. But as Andi and Owen grow closer, the disasters begin to multiply, try as they might to keep them at bay. Together, can they put their feelings aside and pull off a successful wedding for those they love most?

My Review:

The (Anti) Wedding Party stars Andi as the cynical, wedding-hating main character. Her parents' marriage was a failure and Andi's own fiancée cheated on her on their wedding day, in the bathroom, with one of the maid's of honor. Her hatred of anything matrimony related permeates off the pages. 

Andi is dismayed when her bestie Alex announces her engagement and asks Andi to be her maid of honor. Andi knows she's not the person for the job and expresses her displeasure during a time when all there should be is excitement. I wasn't a fan of how Andi reacted to Alex's news. Personal dislike for anything wedding related is fine but you don't drag your friends down during a very exciting and happy time in their lives. Andi does finally buck up and she and her mom travel to Italy for the festivities.

Paired up with Alex's fiancée Charlie's best man, Owen, there are now to wedding-haters in very prominent positions. Between the banter, hating on the very reason they are in Italy, and the disasters that continue to crop up, is a successful wedding even possible? Andi and Owen need to pull it together in order to make the wedding between Alex and Charlie as epic as possible. 

This book had its ups and downs but ultimately we got the story we desired. I was not impressed with Andi's character and did not relate to her at all. In fact, she and I would probably never be friends in real life. However, she was the perfect character for the role she played in the book. The author did a great job creating her and helping her to evolve past her wedding-hating ways. Owen can take some credit for that, too. He was a fantastic character.

Ultimately, this was a fun story with great writing and wonderful imagery. I don't need to like all the characters in the book for it to be a fantastic read. Sometimes having a downer in the book aids the needed controversy or conflict. Eventually that controversy or conflict is solved, allowing said character to grow and move forward in their life.

I was provided a copy of this book.

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Meet the Author:

Lucy Knott loves nothing more than curling up in a cozy writing spot, with coffee and biscuits on hand, and writing the day away.

She loves love in all its forms and adores writing warm, happy stories full of romance, sibling bonds and best friends who know each other inside and out. You’re also guaranteed to find the most delicious food in her books, with Lucy being a lover of Italian food and anything and everything sweet.

When not writing Lucy enjoys spending time with her partner and her family, cooking her Nanna and Grandad’s Italian dishes (that you can find in her and her twin sister, Kelly’s cookbook, Fame Da Lupo), baking all kinds of cake and cookies, and getting lost in a good book.

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