Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 29, 2019 by Forever
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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...
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Three Little Words is the the concluding novel of the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series, one of my favorites of 2018. I was in agony waiting for this book, and I’m so glad I had the chance to read it early.
Like the previous novels in the series, Three Little Words takes place during a wedding weekend, this time it’s Wendy’s wedding. Everyone is flying into Florida a few days early to help the couple set up for the ceremony. Gia and Bennett, the best man, happen to be flying out of the same airport when their flight gets delayed due to a snowstorm. The two end up having to drive together down to Florida to get to the wedding on time.
“Human beings will go way out of their way to avoid facing uncomfortable truths.”
I was super excited to read this concluding novel, because I knew Gia was closed off and opposed to love, and I wanted to see who and how someone would finally get her to open up. When Gia and Bennett meet at the airport it’s not under the best circumstances, their flight was just delayed and Gia is not having it. After realizing they have to figure out a new way to Florida, they decide to stick together even though they don’t like each other very much. I LOVED that the two characters couldn’t stand each other.
Gia is a model who works hard to keep working, and is very closed off to protect herself. She’s been hurt in the past by people who only want her around for her looks, and she’s not dealing with that anymore. She decides the best way to make sure she isn’t being used is by closing herself off. There is also a lot of discussion about aging out of the modeling industry and not being the ideal weight. These are are all things Gia is working through, even though she’s still young and in shape, she’s not the “right” shape.
“‘The thing about being obsessed with appearances is, on the one hand, it’s shallow. It’s about how people will respond to the way things look. It’s superficial…So how come, if it’s all about the surface of things, it hurts so much?'”
Bennett is a Southern man who lives and runs his own restaurant in New York. He’s super into food, and describes food a lot, which left me super hungry throughout the novel. I wish I got to know Bennett more, I felt like there was something missing that didn’t let me connect with him like I have with the other love interests in the series. Bennett is in recovery, and he mentions it and how it relates to his past, but I wish we had more of this. It felt more like a passing comment rather than something that was fully explored.
Both characters are dealing with a lot of tough issues and are not looking for a relationship when they begin their journey to Florida, which makes the whole story that much more exciting. I loved that even thought Gia was dealing with disordered eating, Bennett was trying to help her. This was done so well, he’s not trying to fix Gia, but he’s helping her fix herself.
My favorite book of the series is still It Takes Two, but Three Little Words was a solid conclusion to the series. I cannot wait to read what Jenny Holiday publishes next!