I know that Wedding Favors is only my second read by Anne Tenino so far, but darn if I didn’t really like it! I mean, if I’m being fair here I can’t say that there was anything super deep or intense. There wasn’t any earth shattering characters or a mind blowing plot. What it had was two cute guys with good chemistry falling in love, and sometimes what could be better than that?!
Plot-wise, a lot of drama and heartache could have been saved if Lucas and Gabe had just talked to each other about their current situation AND their history. Like human beings are always open and honest about where they’re at emotionally, right?. We’re especially closed off if we anticipate that the truth will only lead to more hurt. None of the actions, I thought, were unrealistic and it all led to a happy ending so I was a happy reader.
Lucas’s ‘craft’ or what normal people call artwork was spectacular. I would love to have been able to manifest his sculptures in the real world and bring them home. I think it was really creative of Anne Tenino to put so much thought into the type of art that Lucas created. (Puzzle sculptures, man that’s brilliant. I want that darn horse!)
I think the only aspect of the story that I didn’t enjoy was the character Audrey. Speaking frankly, she was a bitch. She wasn’t very nice, and in particular I didn’t think she was very nice to Lucas. There’s a fine line between cute/funny snark and just a straight up meany-head. Audrey was a meany-head.
In closing, I enjoyed Wedding Favors. It doesn’t hold a candle to Too Stupid to Live but it definitely showed me that Anne isn’t a one trick pony, and I’m eager to try another one of her books.
Thank you to Riptide Publishing and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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