One and Only

One and Only

by Jenny Holiday

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ISBN-13: 9781455542406
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 96,909
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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One and Only 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
gaele 8 months ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 3 Narration 3 Story 3 This is a fun series, set up with four friends who are sharing their weddings, and being bridesmaids for one another. In this book, Jane, the YA Fantasy writer, a bit more sedate and quieter from her friends, not breaking the rules, and generally the best ‘time manager’ they have in their group. She’s also more than willing to support her friend Elise and her groom-to-be Jay, with everything. From hand stenciled invitations to cocktail inventions, the DIY aspect of the wedding day all seem to play into her fears, and she wants to help, but hates crafty things. Fortunately, there is one problem, Jay’s younger brother Cameron and his ‘wild child’ reputation, back from a stint in the Army that didn’t end well, and discovering his girlfriend is having an affair – it’s slowly shown that his reputation may not be entirely of his own making. And, who better to keep him on the straight and narrow but Jane. Responsible, steady and always good in a crisis Jane. It doesn’t hurt that at first, Cam just sees Jane as yet another ‘girl’, and not one he’s interested in. But quickly the lightness of the story is blended with several issues of more import, with Jane’s own childhood guilts that keep her contained and constrained, with Cam’s PTSD and his grief, both from the war and from his relationship exploding, not to mention he really does feel guilty about the disappointment he thinks he’s brought to his family. Slowly, after dealing with Cam’s outright dickish behavior, these two start to come to grips with the situation they’ve been thrust into, and as their acquaintance grows, their trust and communication follows. Soon, the quiet and reliable Jane is doing very un-Jane-like things: standing up for herself, taking chances, being more adventurous, and, you guessed it, falling for Cam. The writing here developed both characters with a HUGE twist shared at the end from Jane, the story felt plausible and carried some depth with the fun. And, bonus points for setting it in Toronto (if you’ve not been – go – it’s a lovely city) with lots of ‘touristy’ moments that just shine. Narration for this story is provided by Angéle Masters and it was a solid performance without overworking moments, emotions or humorous moments. There were plenty of characters that added to the story, from the friends and the laughs while crafting, sly moments of teasing (that bordered on pushy and obnoxious) Jane about her ‘steadiness’, and some lovely moments where both Cam and Jane open up and share difficult events and emotions, allowing their relationship to develop and grow. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. ( was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the plain Jane meets handsome military man story. Funny and steamy.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Overall, I enjoyed this book and the realistic issues. One of the best I've read in a while.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Boring. Didn’t finish.
ElleyKat 11 months ago
OK, for starters, who doesn't love main characters who are into Xena: Warrior Princess? Especially a leading lady who is a YA fantasy author who cosplays Xena for ComicCon? Sold! I'm in. This was a fun book that also made me tear up several times at the emotional stuff in there. Jane confused me a little bit, because she's fun and flirty and totally bad ass, but also a stick in the mud? I couldn't quite reconcile her character in my mind - which is good, because she's not some cookie cutter stereotype, but instead is a real, diverse human character. Cam is also amazing, and swoon at his white knight thing he's got going on. (I love me a bad boy with a heart of gold. So sue me.) I appreciate that they're both messed up in some ways, and totally great in so many other ways. Also, the sex scenes in this thing. To quote Jane, "OH, MY GOD." I listened to this on audiobook, and I *mostly* enjoyed the narrator. Her voices for Cam and Jay sounded exactly the same, so in some of the spots where they both had dialogue it got confusing. Other than that, though, she's great. I especially love how many ways she was able to express Jane's tag line, which is "Oh my god!" in such varied ways. (Read it and you will see...) If you're listening to the audiobook on your headphone while at work doing data entry, prepare to blush. A lot.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant, fun read and definitely a keeper IMHO! When Jane Denning agreed to be a bridesmaid for her friend, she didn’t anticipate her turning into a bridezilla! Now she’s been given the chance to miss out on some of the turmoil by babysitting the groom’s brother . . . should be easier, shouldn’t it? Oh no, think again! Cameron MacKinnon has recently returned from deployment and is out for fun, definitely not appreciating being baby sat! However, he finds it is so easy and such fun to wind Jane up!  Initially the two are not attracted to each other, what could possibly go wrong - or right? I loved this story, packed with laugh out loud moments, as well as some insightful looks at the impact of cruel gossip, the armed forces, PSTD and addiction. There’s no instant love in this story, in fact it is only as the two get to know each other that feelings between them developed, making this feel a more realistic romance. The dynamics between the bride and her friends are excellently portrayed, as is how Cameron acts and react with the reasons explained as the story progresses. It is a fantastic read to escape into, with great characters, plenty of twists and turns and fun - I have no hesitation in highly recommending it! I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
Bibliophagist More than 1 year ago
What a sweet book. When I first started this book, I thought the H was a real jerk. I want sure I'd like this book. But I quickly changed my mind. Cam has just been what we, in the States, would call dishonorably discharged. He is coming to Toronto for his brother's wedding. All his life, Cam feels that he has been the family screw-up. After a particularly devastating event, he decided to just roll with that, since that was what people think of him anyways. Now that he is home, he is at a loss as to what to do. All of his plans are gone. He also suffers from PTSD. Falling back on his "everyone thinks I'm a looser anyways", cover, he has a bucket list: get drunk, eat a steak and french fries, get laid... Jane is a YA novelist. She has been hurt in a past relationship and has put up walls to protect herself. Her friends think of her as the responsible one. This makes Jane feel like a dull plain-Jane. Jane's longtime friend is getting married. She had turned into somewhat of a bridezilla but her bridesmaids still love her. When the bride finds out that her husband-to-be's brother is coming for the wedding, she needs a bridesmaid to babysit him. Cam wasn't supposed to be back from his tour in time for the wedding but now, mysteriously, he is. She has heard stories about things Cam has done and wants to make sure he stays out of trouble. She asks Jane to help. After all, she is the responsible one. When Jane show up at the airport to meet Cameron, he thinks of her as "muddy". Her hair is sort of muddy colored, her eyes are... He isn't very endearing. He tries his best to make Jane give up and leave him but Jane takes her assignment seriously. It isn't long before the two damaged souls find some common ground and a relationship grows. But the emotional damage is still with them. The ending of this story is really sweet. I hope that there are other books to follow so that we can see more of these characters.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: She was talking fast and ending declarative statements with question marks— sure signs she was stressed. Elise always sounded like an auctioneer on uppers when she was upset. The words job list practically gave Jane hives. Elise had turned into a total bridezilla… But, oh, the job list. The job list was like the Hydra, a serpentine monster you could never get on top of. You crossed off a job, and two more sprouted to take its place. He was having trouble imagining Jane as a girl. She seemed like the kind of person who had been born thirty years old. Gia was gorgeous. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Jane was used to it— it was like she’d had exposure therapy or something— but when you were meeting Gia for the first time? Well, just hope you weren’t simultaneously operating any heavy machinery. Gia started humming the wedding march but morphed it into the theme from Jaws as Elise approached the bar. My Review: I greatly enjoyed this humorous and sexy tale but it wasn’t all cotton candy and marshmallow fluff as the author skillfully wove in some insightful and thoughtful observations about the military, family drama, the cruelty of gossip, self-concept, anxiety, addictions, and PTSD. I adored her complicated and quirky characters with my favorite being the geeky yet staid and responsible Jane who was a devotee of cosplay, Comicon, and all things Xena. The storylines were adroitly paced, consistently engaging, pleasantly entertaining, and cleverly amusing with sizzling hot licks of sensuality between the two main characters. This was my first Jenny Holiday read, an experience I plan to habituate.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher** One and Only was my first Jenny Holiday book, but I can assure you it will not be my last! I highly enjoyed this fun, entertaining wedding romance. Jane Denning is part of the "bride squad" for one of her best friends Elise, who has turned into somewhat of a bridezilla. Her DIY projects are off the charts and all of the bridesmaids are growing weary. Jane has always been known as the responsible friend and so when it comes time to divvy out the role of babysitter to the grooms "wild" brother, Jane jumps at the chance realizing this will be better than any arts and crafts project that the rest of the group will be working on. Cameron MacKinnon has just returned from deployment overseas and it didn't end at all the way he expected it to. Not with the service and not with his girlfriend, or now ex-girlfriend, when he returned home and caught her with someone else. Getting home early meant he'd be able to attend his brother's wedding, but the plans he had for himself to get drunk, have sex and just enjoy himself are thwarted when Jane shows up at the airport to pick him up. Or as he quickly realizes to babysit him. Jane and Cameron totally get off on the wrong foot. She's trying to make sure he doesn't do anything reckless and he wants to just live. What was great about these two characters is in the end they really balanced one another out and brought out the best qualities in each other. Cam made Jane be more adventurous and Jane made Cam realize that kindness abounds. When the sparks flew, they flew and it was a pleasure to witness. Together they ended up being one another's missing piece. Another thing I really loved about this book was the friendships between the girls. They held each other up, encouraged one another and were there for one another when they needed it. It was empowering and I loved it. I can't wait to see what these bridesmaids get into next!
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars This was an entertaining and cute wedding romance. Jenny Holiday is a new to me author and I'm glad I took a chance and read this book. The story revolves around responsible bridesmaid Jane and the groom's bad boy younger brother Cameron. Both have some heavy emotional baggage in their pasts, but together, they find peace and are able to be the best versions of themselves. Yes, there is instalust/love, but in this book it didn't bother me since I felt like Jane and Cameron were actually getting to know each other during that time. They had wonderful chemistry and I loved the build up and tension between them. There's a bit of push and pull as our characters struggle with what they feel and what they think is best (for better or for worse), but I thought the grand gesture at the end was really sweet and perfect for these two. My favorite part about the book though was the friendship between all four women. Elise's bridezilla actions, Wendy's unwavering loyalty, and Gia's antics were hilarious and had me laughing out loud through much of the book! I loved that each had a distinct voice, but that together they all clicked so well and were so supportive of one another. I'm looking forward to reading Wendy's story next and catching up with everyone. Overall, this was a fun and easy summertime read! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
3.5 really, but i rounded up when cameron mackinnon comes back into town in one and only, responsible plain-jane jane denning is on babysitting duty for her bridezilla friend's fiancé's troublemaking little brother. the problem is that cameron's reputation is kind of unearned. all the rumors and stories about him are just rumors and stories. and jane quickly finds that while cameron keeps encouraging her to take risks, spending time with him is fun and exhilarating and way better than any other bridesmaid's duties her friend can come up with. the bond that grows between cameron and jane is sweet, and it's a true case of first impressions not being what they seem. i liked both characters, though a part of me wishes that cameron's first impression of jane hadn't been so dismissively detailed. basically a chubby woman with hair and eyes the color of wet mud. which isn't so flattering. and less so when you realize as a reader that you're the same clothing size as the main character and kind of feel bad about yourself for a second. i don't need my reading material to make me feel back about myself. and inevitably that's what these books with the "chubby" or "plus-sized" heroines always do, which is why i really don't enjoy them. unless the focus is not at all on the character's weight, which is rarely the case. i get why authors try to make their main characters true to life and real. that's great. but here's the thing, i hate when these "real" characters or "chubby" or just plain "fat" characters have to deal with other characters or internal judgment. the thing is, jane wants to lose some pounds to be able to fit into the dress she ordered, but she doesn't actually go around feeling bad about herself. and that's great. it's just that as a reader i'm still thinking about the visual cameron gave us when he first met her, even though throughout the story he tries to make it better. the other issue then, is that the cover model does not reflect who the character is supposed to be. jane is more comfortable in jeans and a nerdy t-shirt so the super girly, thin woman on the cover with reddish hair, doesn't fit the actual character description. so then the purpose of writing these "real" characters seems a bit lost, because you're still using traditional images of beauty to sell your product. and don't tell me the no one judges a book by its cover stuff, because then why wouldn't you put a woman who looked like the main character on the cover? honestly, i thought the cover was pretty, and it really was one of the reasons i was looking forward to reading the book. and then i was so struck by how it felt like false advertising. anyway, i enjoyed jane and cameron's story. i just also had a lot of thoughts about the other stuff. **the one and only will publish on february 27, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!! One and Only was a fun and quick read. I fell in love with the synopsis from the moment I read it and just knew I had to check out this book. I mean, a bridesmaid who gets stuck having to babysit the groom’s brother! I couldn’t wait to see what trouble these two would get in to. Cameron and Jane were a lot of fun together. Cameron was perfectly flawed and sexy. He showed Jane what is was like to let go and in turn, Jane brought some much needed light into his life. Overall, I thought these two were great together. I loved their chemistry and I enjoyed seeing Cameron push Jane’s buttons. One and Only is the first book in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly Series and was a good book to spend the day wrapped up in. This book was sexy, entertaining and kept me on my toes. I enjoyed the characters and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
One and Only by Jenny Holiday My rating: 5 of 5 stars Weddings, bridesmaids and love. Jenny Holiday takes the best aspects of romance and creates a comedic masterpiece. Jane is no rule breaker. In her mind there's a time and place for everything. Cameron has never met a rule he won't break. After a stressful deployment, this playboy is on the prowl. What happens when uptight meets footloose? Uncontrollable fun. Let the good times roll with this laugh out loud funfest.