Craig Oliver and Alex Scheff lead a charmed life. Craig is part owner of Sucre Coeur, the bakery he’s loved and managed for years. Alex is an up-and-coming Seattle photographer. Their relationship has been going strong for a year, and everything is absolutely perfect—right up until Craig receives a wedding invitation from his long-estranged brother.
As Craig grows tense over seeing his brother for the first time in years, Alex can’t control his anxiety over meeting Craig’s family. At the wedding in an English hamlet, boisterous Scottish mothers, smirking teenage sisters, and awkward ex-boyfriends complicate the sweet life they lead.
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This is the third book in a series, but enjoyable on its own. Craig and Alex have been together for nearly two years and they are very much in love. Alex is a bit of an emotional mess, thanks to an abusive ex, but he and Craig are solid. Stable. And...freaking out about returning to England for Craig's brother's wedding to his dearest childhood friend, Chloe. Craig and his brother, Duncan, are estranged because Duncan was a horse's patoot of a sibling, who mercilessly bullied young Craig and never apologized for years of emotional and physical torment. Alex doesn't want to go at all, but he's not going to let Craig go alone. They head off to Merry Olde for the festivities and it's...uh, I believe the correct British term is: unmentionable in decent company. O.o. Chloe is a bridezilla, hell-bent on getting Craig and Duncan to make up in time for the wedding. She's adamant that Duncan has changed his personality completely from when they were all kids, and Craig should give him the chance to make amends. Still, it's easy to see that she's a decent person, despite her many tantrums. Craig and Alex are reliant upon Craig's childhood boyfriend, David, a sweet man attractive to both of them, to navigate the parent-infested waters. And Duncan, well, if this would have been playing out in front of me, that man would have gotten a swift boot to his manparts. I haven't read any of the earlier book in this series, but I had no trouble dropping into this rom-com. Alex's medications for anxiety make him loopy and he gets a hysterical fit in response to Duncan's shenanigans. Craig doesn't let the slights go, and Duncan--if Chloe doesn't ditch him--might turn up to his own wedding with a (well-deserved) shiner. Throughout, stalwart Craig is the hot mess and shaky Alex the voice of reason, which is quite the juxtaposition. I loved the folks, and the fun. Duncan and Craig's family is large and boisterous, and they love with abandon. There's just a little bit of steam to go along with all the zaniness. Fans of the series will love the twists, and the sweet resolution, which brings along a super-sized HEA. I had a lot of fun with the Brit English bits, and watching Alex grow as a partner to Craig. I read a review copy provided by NetGalley.