Friday, June 9, 2017

Review Tour: A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes by Helen Juliet (Giveaway)

Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Length: 100,000 words approx


Nicholas Herald had one job to do for his big sister’s wedding. ONE. So of course, he forgets all about promising to book the harpist he knows for the elegant reception. With only a week to go, and his options running out fast, he resorts to asking a busker he finds performing on the city streets to step in and help save the day.

As it turns out though, this guy Fynn is pretty amazing with his guitar, and he has the most beautiful eyes – not that Nicholas is looking. But it becomes quickly apparent that finding a musician is the least of Nicholas’s problems. Between last minute cancellations, wayward family members, and a cat with a serious vendetta against happiness, he knows he’ll be lucky if they all make it to the big day intact.

He just doesn’t have time to fall in love, let alone with a boy However, like almost everything else in the week to come, he may not exactly have a choice…

A stand alone, New Adult romance with a happy ending.

4 Stars

Nicholas has only been given one duty to fulfill for his sisters wedding. He's to hire the harpist for the Wedding Breakfast, but he's completely forgotten to do this. With only a week before the big day, he must now scramble to try to find one, but he's having no luck. While Nicholas sits at a small cafe contemplating his options, he hears Fynn playing his guitar and singing. He approaches him and offers him the job. The two meet up later to work out the details and as the week goes on they grow closer.

I adored this story. Nicholas is a college student. He's  kind of awkward and unsure of himself. He thinks he should be attracted to women and he's tried checking them out, but while he thinks they're pretty, he's not sexually attracted to them, but meeting and getting to know Fynn, confirms what Nicholas has suspected, he's gay. Fynn is an aspiring musician who lives with his aunt, while waiting tables and trying to get his music heard.

This was a sweet, funny coming of age story. Nicolas and Fynn are such sweet characters. The catastrophes that happen to try to destroy Nicholas' sister's wedding add a comedic element to the story, that had me laughing out loud. The story is well-written and although the romantic relationship between Fynn and Nicholas moves pretty fast, the story is written with so much detail that the time period feels longer and the relationship doesn't feel so instalove.

Funny, sweet, filled with likable characters and some steamy sex. Recommendable!

* Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. *

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Author Bio

Helen Juliet is an M/M author currently living and working in London. She’s been writing stories since she was young, and got her start publishing fanfiction of sites like Wattpad. Fifteen years and over a million words later, she discovered the world of M/M fiction and found it was just as good as the fanfiction she was reading. She fell head over heels in love with the genre and became determined to try her hand at a book herself. On December 31st, 2016, she rang in the new year by publishing her first original novel, and hasn’t looked back since.

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