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.
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So I have mixed feelings about I Do(n’t). I was super excited to read it. It sounded funny and was a combination of two of my favorite tropes: friends-to-lovers and second chance. But I had a really hard time getting into the book at first. I found the push-pull between the two characters on the immature side and had a hard time reconciling their actions with their age. However, there were some humorous moments that kept me plugging away at the story. And I am so glad I did, towards the latter half of the book, I started getting drawn in. In the end, there were periods were I teared up and my heart broke for the characters.
Janelle “Jelly” Brewer is feisty, independent, and has a plan to net herself some money. There’s only one problem. Holden is sweet, protective, and standing in Jelly’s way. The relationship between the two is visibly strained in the beginning. I liked that it was so obvious that their friendship had gone sideways. Sometimes with books it’s more of a tell then a show when it comes to tension. There was some definite tension here, sexual and otherwise. I liked watching the evolution of their relationship. I felt both characters were pretty well-developed and complex. They each had their own motives, flaws, and quirks.
Overall, it was a solid effort by Leddy Harper. I’ll probably re-read it at some point and I’m looking forward to see what else she has to offer. If you like friends-to-lovers stories, you should check this one out. It ended up worth it for me.
About Leddy Harper
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.
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