Anger Bang (Downside to Dating #1) by Avery Flynn
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Sometimes the only answer is to just bang it out.
Like today, for example. I’m in actual hell at my sister’s over-the-top reality TV wedding and up until now, I’ve been able to handle it all. The horrible bridesmaids. My relentless mother. Even the awful eighties fashion to fit the retro theme. But when my sister nonchalantly mentioned that she never even wanted me at the wedding—the producers insisted—ouch doesn’t fully express how much it hurts.
So for the first time I don’t think. I just do. And as a shy paleontologist who plans everything, I probably should have taken a moment.
But here we are.
I’ve just asked the best man, who my sister absolutely loathes and who can’t stand her right back, if he’s up for a little naked revenge with me. The cameras are filming every horrifying second, and the whispers have begun. (Did I mention that the music happened to stop just as I asked him?)
But then his mouth quirks up, and he does the last thing I expect.
Holy buckets of wedding hell! A bridezilla, an 80s-themed destination wedding in Wyoming…in August, family conflicts, and it’s all being filmed for a reality TV special. It’s a recipe for disaster so sit back with your big bowl of popcorn for a lot of laughs, angst, and steamy sex play.
Anger Bang is told from dual third-person perspectives. It follows shy, paleontologist, doormat, and pissed-off Thea Pope, sister of Bridezilla, and grumpy, Sprite-drinking, crime writer, and all in for an anger bang with the funny hot bridesmaid, Kade St. James, brother of the groom. Thea finds out her sister didn’t want her in the wedding and heeding her therapist’s advice, she does a first and chooses a fight response by asking Kade (his sister’s nemesis and Thea’s fantasy) to have a week-long sex fest. Screw her entitled sister and her mother who caters to her, she’s going to have fun despite the cameras that are everywhere. Let the games begin!
I love Thea as she slowly changes from a timid, yes, girl, to a badass, bold woman who gives her all and stands up for herself. Her chemistry with Kade is off the charts as they hook up on lounge chairs, in tool sheds, and in RVs. Kade is so yummy with his dirty talk and his unyielding protection of Thea as he saves her from the humiliation of her sister’s wrath and the bright lights of the cameras. I can’t get enough of this man. He says such romantic and heartfelt things.
Kade is not happy with the ridiculous wedding, but he loves his brother and will stand by his decision to go through with the publicity stunt for a starring role in an action movie. However, Kade will not give his estranged mother a second chance after walking out on her family years ago. It’s lovely to see how Thea is one of the few people in his life that makes him smile and keeps him calm. So when they set rules for their fling such as no kissing and no personal information, it’s a major fail. They fall fast and hard, but they are out of their comfort zones and their pasts interfere and doubts appear. Kade is afraid of abandonment and Thea is afraid of falling back into her people-pleasing role. Taking good advice and making amends with family are in the cards for the lovers and everyone lives happily ever after.
Kade’s relationship with Dex, the groom, is typical brotherly love as they make jabs and declare their love in the way that males do. Jackie, Bridezilla, is unlikeable at first, but she finally opens up to Thea showing her own vulnerability and her respect and envy of her sister. As for the moms, misunderstandings are cleared up and their futures look promising.
If you enjoy laughter, angst, sexy love scenes, and redemption, give this very captivating and enjoyable book a try. I’m so glad I picked it up, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Thank you to Ms. Flynn for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She lives outside of Washington DC with her family, Dwight the cat, and a pack of five dogs all named after food. If she’s not reading romance or binging reality TV, she’s most definitely plotting to take over the world so she can banish Crocs from existence. Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.
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