Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Chad has pined for Raudel since high school, but he’s been avoiding him ever since Raudel caught him in an excruciatingly embarrassing moment. So when Chad’s sister invites Raudel to join them for her weeklong prewedding celebration at Lake Tahoe, Chad is horrified. He brainstorms his escape, until reality crashes down and he discovers he’s bunking with Raudel in the last available bedroom at the lakeside retreat.
Thrown together by the bridal party from hell, Chad and Raudel unite and attempt to survive Chad’s bridezilla sister, a crazy grandmother, an overbearing mother, and the search for the perfect chocolate fountain. Despite the little time they have together, they reconnect when unexpected discoveries come to light. Love may find a way amid the nuptial chaos, but it’s unlikely to be exactly the way they expect.
This was such a sweet and enjoyable story. Chad has pretty much been hiding from life ever since Raudel saw him, not really moving forward or anywhere even after graduating from high school. Raudel moved away for college after high school and has had to forcibly stop himself from seeking out Chad anytime he visited home.
Raudel and Chad have both been holding out hope that someday the other will open their eyes and see them as a potential partner, but without realizing what the other is thinking. When they get thrown together at Chad’s sister’s pre-wedding celebration they are forced to confront their feelings for each other. Raudel realizes that he will have to be the one to step up for them to even begin a relationship let alone have a future.
This story is told from Chad’s point of view, so it is easier to see his emotions and thoughts. Once we actually get to meet Raudel it isn’t very hard to understand how he feels, unfortunately Chad has incorrectly assumed for years how Raudel would react to what he walked in on in high school. Seeing both of them open up to each other and see that maybe it’s best to just jump right in was wonderful. I was happy for them to have a happy ending amidst the pressure of Chad’s bridezilla sister.
Cover art by Alexandria Corza is perfect and I love the visuals for both of the characters.
ebook, 113 pages
Published: November 2, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English
Series: A States of Love Story