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.
Chick and Brain rating 3 out of 5
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review
This was my first time reading anything by Leddy Harper, and although I love her writing these characters did not grab me in the way that I had hoped. I was immediately drawn to this book with the idea that she was with her brother’s best friend. This is a trope that interest me greatly, but Harper did not take the course that I anticipated. Although it was not exactly as I expected, this was an enjoyable quick read.
I Do (n’t) focuses on the budding relationship between Janelle and Holden. After one drunken night in Vegas, these two find themselves stuck with each other for better or worse. Janelle leaves to go to college and Holden returns back to finish his degree. However years later the decision made that night come back to haunt both of them. Janelle is not the most likeable characters to start out with, but I believe Harper wrote her this way for a reason. As we watch these two get back to how they were before the fateful night in Vegas, we are also able to see Janelle for the person she truly is. We may be quick to write her off at the beginning of the story, but by the end she has a small place in all of our hearts. Holden, is just one yummy piece of a man. Not only does he have to carry the burned of their secret night, he is also there to watch Janelle’s family mourn the loss of her leaving for college and also endure all of the hardship that faced them before the story even begins. Although he desperately wish to make Janelle see the truth, he is more focused on ensure that her family not longer is missing its final piece.
Harper writes amazing characters that grow with us as well read the story. They are witty as well as annoying at times as well, but we can not help but hold them close to the heart once we are finished with the story. I would for sure recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a quick read with very little angst or drama to deal with.
Until next time,