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.
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A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes is an adorable read. Funny, the story made me smile and laugh out loud quite a few times. And that was not even taking into account the things that reminded me of planning my own wedding. Not that we forgot to book the musician(s) — although I did manage to completely ignore the fact that we would need a cake until about two weeks before the date — but we did end up with a band who’d never played weddings before and neither looked nor sounded like a wedding ensemble. They rocked the place in every meaning of the word though.
But, enough about me and back to the story. Nicholas is an adorable dork. He means so well but doesn’t always get it right despite his best intentions. Forgetting to book the harpist he’d promised to arrange for his sister’s wedding, and only realising his mistake a week before the big day means he’s facing an almost impossible task; find and book a great musician on ridiculous short notice.
Enter Fynn, guitarist extraordinaire. Nicholas can’t believe his luck when Fynn is willing to do the gig for him. And Nicholas is even happier when Fynn appears to enjoy spending time with him. Not that Nicholas immediately understands why that makes him so happy, but over the course of a long and stressful week, his eyes are opened to who he really is, and where his interests lie. And fortunately for him, Fynn returns the interest and isn’t scared off when Nicholas confesses to having no experience with men whatsoever.
But, while Nicholas’ love life progresses in leaps and bounds, the wedding appears to be running into disaster after disaster. Between torn dresses, destroyed wedding cakes, sick relatives and disrupted travel plans, it’s starting to look like it will take a minor miracle for the wedding to take place at all. Throw in a matron of honourzilla (yes, I totally made that term up, but in this case it really wasn’t the bride), and you’re in for a heartfelt comedy of errors.
“Art lasts. People don’t.” – Fynn
While Nicholas’s low self-esteem and Fynn’s lack of trust in people’s loyalty provide some emotional depth and there is one major crisis to overcome, this is mostly a low-on-angst story. For the most part it’s a wonderful and light-hearted tale of first love and sexual awakening.
In short, A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes is a sweet, fun, touching, and very enjoyable story. It was easy to get lost in this world of first love and wedding madness and I flew my way through the book, unable to put it down. I do have on piece of advice though. If you are getting married in the foreseeable future you may want to postpone reading this book until after the event. Js. Although, this was a definite case of ‘all’s well that ends well’. In fact, I think it’s safe to say this book ended with happily ever afters for more characters than just Nicholas and Fynn.
“Disaster may have brought them together, but he knew that just meant it would take one hell of a catastrophe to ever pull them apart.”
Author BioHelen 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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