It Takes Two

It Takes Two

by Jenny Holiday

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ISBN-13: 9781455542420
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 166,042
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jenny Holiday is a USA Today bestselling author who started writing at age nine when her awesome fourth-grade teacher gave her a notebook and told her to start writing some stories. That first batch featured mass murderers on the loose, alien invasions, and hauntings. (Looking back, she's amazed no one sent her to a shrink.) She's been writing ever since. After a detour to get a PhD in geography, she worked as a professional writer, producing everything from speeches to magazine articles. Later, her tastes having evolved from alien invasions to happily-ever-afters, she tried her hand at romance. She lives in London, Ontario, with her family.

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It Takes Two 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
gaele 8 months ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 2 Narration 3 Story 2 It’s Jane’s wedding from book one, and she’s found a new way to OTT the bridezilla experience by wanting to keep everything low key. Umm -perhaps not have your wedding in the place that defines tat and ott? But, I’m digressing. Here Jane’s BFF Wendy is up for her story, and it’s Noah, Jane’s older and far too involved /protective brother with his own slew of issues to contend with. So, perhaps I can buy in for a while here – even though it seems as if the ‘thing’ that Wendy and Noah had in high school is still their ‘thing’ and their communication often felt like it was better suited to a high school corridor. Wendy and Noah are both successful attorneys (or so we are told) but neither actually put down their briefs and actually LOOKED at their infantile behavior until I was close to tossing this title to the side. Sure, perhaps being stood up gave Wendy some backbone and self-reliance – but she charges about like Boudicea facing the Romans – every early interaction is sharp, clipped and practically comes with it’s own ‘I am Woman Hear Me Roar” intro music. But, Noah is no peach either – he’s mostly clueless (man thing) without the courage to actually speak about what’s important to him, and is utterly clueless about why Wendy would be hurt, or is still carrying that anger. OK – so I’m kinda with him on the still holding on bits, but truly, the clueless was frustrating. Aside from that youthful moment, he tries to do the right thing mostly, and is super protective (perhaps too much so) of those he cares for, so he’s redeemable. But, again I go back to the lack of sense in this story: quiet and low-key wedding in Vegas of all places, 30-somethings with the emotional ranges of teens, and not showing a ton of growth, and the often ridiculous moments when the two would be better off passing notes between classes. I was hoping for some of the sharpness and cleverness of the first, with growth and changes for the couple to overcome the moments that didn’t work, but for Noah and Wendy, I never found that. What I did find was a solidity and growth in the friendships of the four women, Elise, Jane, Wendy and Gia, and the connections and interactions they have were the highlight here for me. Again, narration is provided by Angéle Masters, and her ability to keep characters straight and solidly recognizable, while allowing moments to stand (or fall) on their own just wasn’t enough to keep me interested enough in the story to keep listening without several breaks. Sadly, the writing and character development failed, and the pacing of the plot, particularly when it should have been moving forward and simply stalled was just not enough to encourage me to continue with the series. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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ScrapNSign 10 months ago
Wendy Liu had her heart broken at a young age by her best friend's brother. She had to build up a wall to protect herself and hasn't been the same since that day. When Noah Denning enters her life again for his sisters wedding, she remembers why she's always conveniently been gone every time he's come home to visit. I absolutely loved this book and ordered both of them in paperback when I was only 60% of the way through reading. They can be read as a stand alone book, but it's more enjoyable if you read in series order. A wonderfully written and heart-warming story, that I'll be reading again soon!
ElleyKat More than 1 year ago
How does this book manage to be so many things?! It's a friends to lovers story sort of, but also an enemies to lovers story in some ways. It's a little bit childhood sweetheart story, and a lot of bit best friend's sibling. I love how real Holiday's characters are. Wendy and Jane are BFFs, calling themselves the Lost Girls and card-carrying members of the Dead Dads Club. They both had this traumatic event in their childhoods, their dads dying and then both pretty much losing their moms at the same time, one to work and the other to grief. Now Jane is getting married and Wendy is feeling pretty insecure, lost, and alone. But she's a total badass lawyer lady and doesn't DO vulnerable, especially not where Jane's brother (and Wendy's childhood crush) Noah can see it. Noah has his own damage, having had to grow up way too fast to support his mom and sister (and by extension his sister's BFF Wendy...) The chemistry and banter between Wendy and Noah is explosive. Arguing is like their happy place, which makes sense because he's a prosecutor and she's a defense attorney. (Also, WTG Jenny Holiday for humanizing and making me like and care about a couple of lawyers.) I really appreciate that they're not perfect people, they've both got some major issues, but they manage to work through them in the course of the book. I feel so much for Wendy, who is so alone in the world and struggling with "losing" her best friend to marriage. I also love her cackling laugh, haha. I'm not a travel person myself, but Wendy's plans and stories about travel made me want to be the type of person that does that. It was also lovely to catch up with some of the other characters I met in the first book in the series, One and Only. I loved Jane and her fierce struggle to make her wedding the most "low-key." And OH MY GOSH, Bennet. Please can I have a sexy Cajun chef/restauranteur to keep for myself? I need more of him (and lucky me, he's one of the leads for the next book in the series - YESSSSSS!) I basically want to go hang out with their entire friend group. I will even make macrame table settings or wear a tartan bridesmaid dress, I promise. :) I have found that I love when romance novels sort of break the fourth wall and say things about certain things only happening in romance novels. It's like a tongue in cheek insider nod, "yeah, we know this is a romance novel... but the characters don't." It Takes Two delivered on that little thrill for me in a couple of ways, this one being my favorite: "'I hate to turn this into a bad Hollywood rom-com, but you are going to have to hide in the shower.'" This is the second book in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. While it can probably be read as a stand alone, you're much better off reading the series in order and reading One and Only before diving into It Takes Two. Jenny Holiday mentioned in an interview or on Twitter or somewhere that the series is set up with a sort of domino effect, with the rather reluctant bridesmaids from the wedding in the first book falling like dominoes in subsequent books at the weddings of the couple in the previous book. There are definitely spoilers in this book for the first book, and probably a few things they talk about that will leave you like "huh?" if you haven't read the first book. That being said, I NEED THE THIRD BOOK RIGHT NOW! *grabby hands* There's some set up in this book for book 3, Three Little Words, and I already want to lick Bennet like an ice cream cone.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Wendy Liu finds herself in a problematic situation, her friend just made her a maid of honor for her wedding, which means she will be front and center at all the wedding festivities, and awfully close to the man she has spent years trying to avoid. She has harbored a serious crush on Noah Denning for years, but a long time ago he got a little too close to her heart and broke it, and since then she has kept him at a distance, often going out of her way to avoid him. She has her shield up, fully intact and protecting her heart, and she doesn't intend on letting him lure her in again... but sometimes love doesn't follow the rules! After his father's passing Noah Denning vowed to take care of his mother and sister, even if it meant working 24-7 and giving up his personal life, to keep a roof over their heads and in supply of everything they could possibly need. Being a prosecutor in one of the biggest cities in the country means there is always someone breaking the law and keeping him in the courtroom fighting battles, but he never expected to return to Canada and fight a battle at his own sisters wedding. He knew reuniting with Wendy Liu might bring about some animosity, and friendly banter, but this go around she came prepared and is really putting him through the paces... which also reignites some long forgotten sparks. It Takes To is a wonderfully crafted second chance romance that is full of moments to make you swoon, moments to make you giggle, and moments that will put a squeeze on your heart. I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two navigate through their little competition, throw around some heated banter, and of course find their path to love... it was purely magical! I must say it was quite an impressive first read, it kept me captivated from start to finish, and made me just curious enough to make a return visit and reunite with these endearing characters. Highly recommend this charming tale, it's sure to leave you smiling long after the last page is turned!! I requested an advanced copy of this title, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
It Takes Two is the second in Jenny Holiday’s Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. I hadn’t read the first one when I picked up this one, but I was hooked to the point that I had to go back and track down the first one. While it can easily be read as a stand-alone, I got so invested in the characters I wanted to know what happened before. Wendy and Noah are the perfect combination of history and new-love. I can’t wait for the rest of the series, and to go back and start at the beginning.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Wendy Liu is happy for her best friend Jane, she really is – or at least she's trying to be. Jane is marrying Cameron (they met in the first in the series One and Only), someone Wendy isn't sure is suited to Jane. Wendy and Jane have been friends since they were kids, members of the Dead Dads club, and supportive of each other throughout all their troubles. In fact, Jane's older brother Noah had taken on the responsibility of caring for Wendy like another sister, though as Wendy became a teenager her feelings towards Noah had become decidedly not brotherly. When Noah agrees to take her to the prom but then ends up working a double shift, the humiliation is the beginning of a transformation for Wendy. She's never forgiven Noah for the slight, and the approaching wedding means she's going to have to play nice with him until it's over. Noah is a lawyer, like Wendy, though they are on opposite sides of the bench as Noah is a prosecutor and Wendy is a defense attorney. They've scarcely seen each other for the last several years, though when they are in the same room they spar like worthy adversaries. In fact, it sets off some other sparks as well. A trip to New York where 'what happens in New York stays in New York' results in some sexy times, and the start of a secret affair. As Jane and Cameron's wedding gets closer, will Wendy find a way to let go of the hurts of the past and take a chance on a future with Noah? The concept of this series is really fun! I loved the first in the series, and this one is equally good. The women friends are all coping with the bride's determination to pull off the perfect wedding. Jane's 'low-key' wedding keeps ramping up a notch, a very amusing turn of events after the more 'bridezilla' type of bride in One and Only. The friendship between the now two unmarried women, Wendy and supermodel Gia is one where they can commiserate over being single and all that entails – including the desire for some uncomplicated sex. For Wendy of course, sleeping with Noah is anything but uncomplicated. Wendy's painful memories of being stood up for the prom by Noah, things she never shared with him form the basis of her emotional struggles with her feelings about him now. It takes some time before she expresses her real thoughts on what happened to him in some emotionally laden and tear inducing scenes. Noah was in a position as a teenager where he really was focused on one thing, and one thing only – helping his sister and mother to survive financially after the death of their father. He had no idea that his actions had affected Wendy so deeply. That singlemindedness of purpose has translated into a continued workaholic personality, and a need to see Jane looked after, something he is relieved to relinquish to Cameron who will be his new brother-in-law. He views the upcoming marriage quite differently from Wendy, who sees it as the loss of another person in her life with which she is also struggling. The combination of laughs and emotional moments is what makes me love picking up a book by Jenny Holiday. She plays with the reader's emotions equally as well as the characters themselves, making the resolution of the romance very satisfying. Wendy and Noah have chemistry that results in great banter and hot sex and when they finally admit their true feelings to themselves and each other, it paves the way for a wonderful happy ending. I can't wait for more in the series!
FernsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
OMG another completely adorable book in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series! These books are seriously so sweet and I just completely fell in love with both Wendy and Noah! This book is a perfect light and sweet read for the summer! Wendy defended people. It was just what she did. Too bad she didn't know how to defend her heart. We met Wendy is the first book of the series, One and Only! She is best friends with Jane and the two of them formed a little group called the "Dead Dads Club" when they were young. Since her dad passed away, Wendy has felt like she is completely alone except for Jane. With Jane getting married, Wendy feels even more alone. It doesn't help that Jane's brother, Noah, keeps coming around during all the wedding festivities. She has had a crush on him for forever and it seems like the feelings might be mutual! Noah is like the ultimate good guy! He is protective and sweet and only cares about keeping the women in his life safe and happy. After his dad died, Noah took the brunt of the responsibility which has made him a little over protective over his sister and her friend Wendy. Him and Wendy are both lawyers are love to bicker with one another. The banter in this book was seriously amazing! Both Noah and Wendy were so cute in their very obvious flirting! What I really enjoy about this series is that each book covers some pretty heavy issues (like how your dad dying can effect your personality) but does so in a way that makes it not so heavy and angsty. It's still a sweet and charming romance with some thought provoking ideas! I seriously adored this book and if you are looking for a light and fun read then I seriously recommend this one!!
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It wasn't an immediate happily ever after. Their childhood 's together were no picnic but Wendy and Jane survived with Jane's brother Noah taking care of them. They grew up, Jane is getting married and Noah comes back into Wendy's life. Noah broke Wendy's heart when she was young and she never could forgive him. I cried right along with Wendy at that point in her life. I felt it. Forgiveness is good. But always remember that what happens in Fake New York stays in Fake New York. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
It Takes Two is the second book in The Bridesmaids Behaving Badly Series and can be read as a stand-alone novel. It Takes Two follows the story of Noah and Wendy. Noah and Wendy have known each other for forever. In Wendy’s eyes, Noah is the one she’s always wanted, but he broke her heart. Wendy has spent many years trying to avoid Noah. But when Noah’s sister gets married, staying away is no longer an option….. It Takes Two is a super sweet romantic comedy with a bit of forbidden flare. I’m a big fan of the friends/bff’s older brother troupe and this one was a lot of fun. Noah and Wendy fought like cats and dog and were always trying to out do each other. I loved watching these two interact. Their banter was entertaining and led to some seriously delicious tension. Wendy is the sweetest girl. She’s hard working, smart, isn’t afraid of a challenge, and is a fan of casual sex. That brings us to Noah. Noah is hard-working, dependable, protective and a serial dater. He has a bit of an attitude when it comes to causal sex, but doesn’t judge others on their preferences. These two have so much in common and such explosive chemistry. I really enjoyed the two of them together and loved watching them try to figure things out. It Takes Two was a really fun book to spend my day swept up in. I loved the characters and the story-line. There is a bit of an insta-love quality to this story, but I think it works really well. It Takes Two had just the right amount of romance, steamy moments, laughter and light drama. I think book is a perfect summer read that will leave you with a smile on your face.