Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review - Three Little Words

Title:   Three Little Words
Author:  Jenny Holiday
Series:  Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #3
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:   Forever
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  384
Date of Publication:  January 29, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars

Gia Gallo is officially in bridesmaid hell. Stranded in New York with her best friend's wedding dress, Gia has six days to make it to Florida in time for the ceremony. And oh-so-charming best man Bennett Buchanan has taken the last available rental car. Looks like she's in for one long road trip with the sexiest - and most irritating - Southern gentleman she's ever met...

Bennett's pretty sure that if there was ever a woman to break his "no flings" rule, Gia would be it. Sure, she's stubborn. She's also funny, smart, and the attraction between them is getting hotter with every state line they cross. While Bennett doesn't do casual, Gia doesn't do "relationships." But if they break the rules, this unlikely pair might discover that their impromptu road trip could turn out to be the best ride of their lives.


Gia Gallo is beyond incensed and concerned. Due to weather conditions, she is stranded to New York on the way to her best friend’s wedding. What’s worse is she has the wedding dress. Time is definitely of the essence. Six days is all she has. So, when best man Bennett Buchanan suggests getting a rental car and making the drive together, she feels she has no choice but to accept. 

Bennett is definitely attracted to the fiery Gia, but he has a strict rule about not engaging in flings. This is pretty contrary to what we normally see in these romance novels. Unfortunately, the longer they drive, and the more they get to know one another, the more Bennett is forced to fight his growing desire for Gia. 

Gia is a very successful model. She has had a problem dealing with a lack of self-confidence and anxiety. She is obviously weight-conscience. And, she wonders if she is aging out as she approaches the age of thirty. I found her love and appreciation of food sincerely touching because society proves that diet is everything in the cut-throat field. Gia finds her sudden love of good food contrary with her need to stay fit. 

Bennett was the ideal hero. Bennett become a exceptional chef.  His past was devastating. But it is the man he is now that really touched my heart. Sadly, his issues with his family have been very hard on him. He cares for the homeless, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. It is his future goals as a chef and restaurant owner that truly made me misty. 

Three Little Words is the final book in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. Although I do wish I read the previous books in the series, this one did well as a standalone. It was a touching read that I was able to enjoy in one sitting.

Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Jenny Holiday was always a reader, probably because she was lucky enough to have a children’s librarian for a mom. Growing up in Minnesota, she used to read in a willow tree in the backyard, rigging up a canvas bag that could be raised and lowered with tied-together jump ropes, thus allowing hands-free climbing and the transportation of books and snacks.

She started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Peter Paul and Mary singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write short stories. Most of Jenny’s featured a serial killer who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. There were also poltergeist and alien invasions. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story ended with a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had all been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From that time on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channeled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format and became the editor of her high school newspaper, where she wrote impassioned editorials against the school’s controversial new “no hats” policy. She even helped start an underground newspaper that lasted all of one issue. (It turned out that fighting censorship and The Man was less fun when it involved actual work and not just driving around in a van swooning over Christian Slater a la Pump Up the Volume.)

After college, Jenny moved to Toronto, Canada, for grad school. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer. Her favorite and longest gig was promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. After a decade of that, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings—minus the bloodbaths. “How hard can it be?” she thought? Ha. Ha ha ha ha ha. Ha. Yeah, turns out it was super hard. But after lots of rejection and an embarrassingly bad manuscript in which the hero and heroine, if one could judge by their wild and unmotivated emotional swings, clearly had personality disorders, she finally started to get the hang of it. She has published contemporary, historical, and new adult romance novels featuring both straight and gay characters and is a USA Today bestselling and RITA-nominated author.

When she’s not writing, Jenny likes to ride her bike, hang out with her family, and throw theme parties. A member of the House of Slytherin, she lives in London, Ontario.

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