The Worst Wedding Date

The Worst Wedding Date

The Worst Wedding Date

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“The Worst Wedding Date” by Pippa Grant is an exhilarating dive into the chaos and charm of destination weddings, but with a paranormal twist that keeps you guessing. The novel, the first installment in the “Three BFFs and a Wedding” series, masterfully blends romance, humor, and a touch of the supernatural, creating a captivating and delightfully unpredictable storyline.

The story revolves around the protagonist, a dutiful bridesmaid tasked with an unexpected role: keeping the bride’s brother, Theo Monroe, out of trouble. Theo, a tattooed, shirtless embodiment of every bad boy trope, has been a consistent source of irritation and secret fascination for our heroine since childhood. Their dynamic, filled with bickering and banter, serves as the perfect backdrop for a romance as inevitable as forbidden.


Grant does an exceptional job of painting the picturesque setting of Hawaii, making it a character in its own right. The island’s allure, combined with the unique predicament of sharing a hotel room, sets the stage for a series of comedic and tender moments that deepen the connection between the characters.

Theo Monroe is not your average bad boy; he’s a complex character hiding his vulnerabilities behind a façade of indifference. His mysterious activities—ranging from harboring kittens to baking cookies and harboring an inexplicable tension with the groom—add layers to his personality, making him an intriguing puzzle the protagonist (and the reader) is eager to solve.

The paranormal elements are subtly woven into the narrative, enhancing the story without overpowering the romantic plot. This delicate balance is one of the book’s greatest strengths, allowing readers to immerse themselves fully in the characters’ emotional journey while being gently reminded that not everything is as it seems.

One of the most compelling aspects of “The Worst Wedding Date” is its exploration of suppressed desires and the realization that love can flourish in the most unexpected places. The protagonist’s internal struggle, her denial of her attraction to Theo, and her eventual acceptance of her feelings are portrayed with heartfelt sincerity and depth.

The reveal of Theo’s biggest secret and its implications on their relationship and the broader supernatural world is a turning point in the story. It shifts the narrative from a simple romance to a complex tale of love, loyalty, and the lengths one will go to protect those they care about.

This rom-com by Pippa Grant dances delightfully on the edge of the absurd, fully embracing its comedic roots with a series of hilariously outlandish scenarios. From hidden cats to wedding mishaps and impromptu stripteases, the narrative joyfully defies convention, though at times this leans away from the romance at its core.

Centered on Lamey, the epitome of a hometown good girl, and Theo, the quintessential bad boy and brother to Lamey’s best friend, their dynamic is a classic case of opposites attracting amidst enforced proximity. Theo’s character shines as a compelling lead, his actions deeply rooted in a desire for endearing and understandable fun. Lamey, for her part, is likable and relatable, though occasionally frustrating in her quest for perfection.

Their burgeoning relationship, marked by undeniable chemistry and mutual discovery, is the heart of this story, offering moments of genuine connection that are both sweet and spicy. This chemistry, alongside a collection of well-loved tropes, anchors the book and keeps it engaging.

However, the supporting characters, particularly Emma and her fiancé, detract from the narrative, their actions sometimes straining believability and empathy. Furthermore, certain dialogue and scenarios verge on cringeworthy, likely intended to push Lamey out of her comfort zone but occasionally missing the mark.

Despite these critiques, Pippa Grant’s writing is lively and engaging, making “The Worst Wedding Date” a recommendable read for fans of comedic romance and the classic good girl-meets-bad boy storyline.

“The Worst Wedding Date” is a triumph of paranormal romance, offering readers a perfect blend of laughter, love, and a hint of magic. Pippa Grant’s writing is sharp, witty, and emotionally resonant, making this book a must-read for fans of the genre. The ending leaves readers satisfied yet yearning for more, eagerly anticipating the next adventure in the “Three BFFs and a Wedding” series.

The Worst Wedding Date

He’s a tattooed shirtless bad boy. My best friend’s brother. And the jerk on the other side of my bed.

I didn’t know bridesmaid was code for babysitter for the bride’s brother, but if that’s what my best friend needs of me for her dream wedding to go off without a hitch, that’s what I’ll do.

Even if Theo Monroe has been a pain in my rear since third grade.

Even if he should be responsible enough to not wreak havoc at his sister’s destination wedding.

Even if it means we have to share a hotel room in Hawaii, which might be the final duty that breaks me.

Not only does Theo know exactly how to push my buttons, but he never wears clothes, he’s hiding a litter of kittens in his room, and he keeps showing up with fresh-baked cookies that seemingly come from nowhere.


I have no idea what’s up with the tension between him and the groom.

Or why he’s so proud of the world’s strangest wedding gift.

Or why I suddenly want to know what makes him tick. The story behind his tattoos. How he can afford to rent a convertible in Hawaii. And if maybe all of that utter frustration and irritation I’ve felt for him for years is suppressed attraction that a good girl like me isn’t supposed to feel for the biggest bad boy of Snaggletooth Creek.

But I do know one thing.

When I find out his biggest secret and the answer to all of my questions, it will change everything.