Review & Excerpt Tour: Two Wedding Crashers (Dating by the Numbers, #2) by Meghan Quinn

Two Wedding Crashers (Dating by the Numbers, #2) by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: March 11, 2018
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Source: ARC provided by the publicist in exchange for an honest review
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I don’t know what love is anymore. Well, that’s not entirely true, but I’m going to tell you a little secret: I’ve lost the spark. You know the kind of spark I’m talking about? Where butterflies take flight in your stomach from two hands innocently colliding. Or catching your breath when you first meet someone attractive. Yeah, that spark. Except I haven't felt that feeling in forever; there is nothing left inside of me. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem--but I’m a writer on a serious deadline, and my editor is breathing down my neck for a romantic, Nicholas Sparks type love story. No pressure, right? That's how I find myself flying across the country to crash a wedding in the name of research, dress and heels stuffed into my small suitcase. It should be the easiest book research ever. Drinking some free champagne, basking in the love of two strangers, and tapping into my romantic side. That will be a breeze. I'm a pro. I can handle this. Until I mistakenly end up in the wrong hotel room, naked as the day I was born, with the sexiest human I have ever met staring me down, wondering what I'm doing taking a shower in his bathroom. I don't think calling it research will get me out of this pickle.

Earlier this year I devoured Meghan Quinn's Three Blind Dates, a romantic comedy following a young women's quest for love. Three Blind Dates was wickedly funny and steamy. It even managed to introduce three love interests that I couldn't get enough of and for someone like me who usually detests love triangles (or squares in this case) that was a BIG deal. 

Therefore, I was beyond excited when I found out that each "runner-up" in Three Blind Dates would be getting their own book/love story. Two Wedding Crashers focuses on Beck, the saucy rebel that previously took my heart by storm. 

Two Wedding Crashers features two POVs - Beck and his love interest Riley. Meghan did a wonderful job of alternating between them. Nothing ever felt redundant, which is something I always fear with multiple POVs. 

Given my love of Beck from Three Blind Dates it was no surprise that he was my favorite here. I loved getting a more intimate look into his life. He's a man who has hit rock bottom; however, he's managed to build himself back up, becoming better and stronger because of it. He was a sweetheart as well as incredibly kind as well as passionate. His line of work was admirable, and I also appreciated the way in which Meghan intertwined his vices. Even though time had passed, Beck still dealt with them daily. Some days were better than others but nothing was ever "perfect." On the other hand, it took me a while to warm up to Riley. I didn't always love how closed off she was. I could understand her reasoning, but gosh, I just wished she would've opened her heart up to Beck sooner. Like Beck, Riley's has experienced her own heartbreak and struggles, and when everything was finally revealed, my heart broke for her as well. What I liked the most about Riley was her personality. She was funny and outgoing, and I especially loved that she was a romance writer! 

Two Wedding Crashers primarily focusses on weddings and life after an incredibly romantic week. I will admit that this book didn't always keep my attention. Some parts were better than others, and there were times at which I felt that it could have benefited from more action and showing rather than telling. Things did become better as the book continued. Some of my favorite parts happened in the last twenty-five percent. The romance here was enjoyable. Once again Meghan Quinn brings the steam as well as swoon. I also liked the secondary characters. Riley and Beck had such hilarious friends. Their meddling in particular always had me laughing out loud! And the wedding crashing was so much! I wish there had been more of it. 

While Two Wedding Crashers didn't quite live up to Three Blind Dates, I still found it to be an enjoyable follow-up. It was incredibly satisfying to see Beck get his HEA. The ending brought so many smiles and even a fear tears out of me! I can't wait to read One Baby Daddy

3.5 stars!

About the Author: 
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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