[ARC REVIEW] “Waking Up In Vegas” By: Natasha Preston

Official Synopsis:

There are bad hangovers, then there’s waking up married to your brother’s idiot friend.

On the trip of a lifetime, a drunken Wren and intoxicated Brody stumble upon a wedding ceremony and decide to tag along for the ride. But being spectators isn’t quite wild enough when you’ve got tequila in your toes, and before either of them can stop what they’re about to do, “We now pronounce you husband and wife.”

Once sober and home, the incompatible newlyweds try everything within their power to end their pantomime marriage. Unfortunately for them, the promise and vows they made to spend their life together now aren’t as easy to break as they’d once hoped.

Especially not when Brody starts to have a change of heart.

Book one in a new standalone series

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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Fans of R.S. Grey will love Natasha’s new adult books — her characters have hilariously witty banter and feature fun, strong female leads.

The book is written from two POVs, Wren’s and Brody’s. Wren is a fiesty, stubborn, and loveable character, and always has a smart retort at the ready to throw back at Brody. Her relationships with her siblings, Luke and Emma, and Brody’s siblings, Felicity and Mason, are also key aspects of the story. I love the dynamic of their two families being super close to each other, both with the kids and their parents.

Excluding the epilogue, the majority of the book takes place over a few weeks. I read it over the course of three or four days, which I think helped to make that timeline feel “real.” Granted, I read the last 55% of the book in one day, but still. The first part takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the rest of the book is set in England.

The event that happens near the end of the book felt a bit cliché. It almost felt like a sort of cop-out to force the characters to confront and resolve their feelings and relationships with each other (both romantically and platonically). However, even though the rest of the books in the series are also standalones, I get the feeling that the incident will pop up in later books. There was already some set up for the character that I believe will be featured in the next book, so we’ll see!

Overall, “Waking Up In Vegas” was a lovely book, and I’m so grateful to have received an early e-ARC from Natasha! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cute and quick contemporary new adult romance read.

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