I… have no idea why this wasn’t three separate books. It really should’ve been three separate books. There are six different perspectives, three different love stories, and endless drama. Every time I would start getting into one love story, the chapter would end and I’d be dropped into another one. That actually was so frustrating and confusing in text form that I switched to the audio version, but that didn’t help. The audio has six different narrators (yay!), but it’s not duet-style/full cast narration (lame), so each narrator does their own version of the other characters’ voices. I’m not good enough at math to figure out how many different voices that requires the reader to keep track of – talk about confusing. It’s a shame, because there’s plenty of MQ’s signature humor, and it’s entirely possible that I would’ve liked individual, fully developed versions of each of these love stories.
Essentially, the story follows three siblings as they all arrive for a big family get-together. If you read the prequel novella, The One Night (not required, but helpful), then you’ve already met some members of this family. Everyone has their own problems, and each of the siblings has a love interest in the story. We’ve got the ex’s best friend that Cooper had a one night stand with (then ghosted) a year ago, a boss/employee office romance, and a childhood crush who looks positively sexy in present day. I actually thought that all three love stories had potential, though none of them were developed fully enough for me to say that I was entirely invested in any of the three.
And that’s the problem. I adore MQ’s writing and everything that I love about her style shone through in this story – there’s humor, there’s heart, there’s a little bit of heat – but none of the relationships were explored enough for me to connect. I’d start to get invested in a relationship, and then BOOM, on to the next one. It was so jarring for me, and I found myself resenting the presence of the other love stories every time I would start to get hooked on a particular one. I get why the story is written this way and I liked how everything all ties together for one great family experience, but I just think it would’ve been more successful as three books/distinct love stories centered around one event. That could’ve been a really cool series. This left me wanting more and wanting less at the same time; a strange jumble of confusion and frustration.
Just like the book, I struggle to recommend the audio version. There’s a lot to love about six skilled narrators all voicing one book, but it really needed to be a full cast audio performance for something like this. One narrator would voice all of the characters within a particular chapter, so it just got even more difficult to keep track of everyone. I abandoned it partway through. The length of the book is also pretty cumbersome – the audio is over 12 hours long. On the plus side, the overall tone is light, funny, and drama-filled, so there’s plenty to keep the story moving forward, and there’s minimal steam. So definitely some pros and cons with the audio as well.
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Game comes a new romantic comedy about the antics that ensue when three siblings come together for their parents’ fiftieth-anniversary party.
Martin and Peggy Chance believe love should last a lifetime. With their fiftieth wedding anniversary on the horizon, they’ve modeled a beautiful relationship for their three grown children. But to their dismay, that lesson hasn’t quite caught on—the three siblings just can’t seem to take a chance and find love in their own lives.
There’s Ford, the eldest, devoted to his work and resistant to romance…or so he claims. Cooper, the middle child, can’t get past his divorce—until he reconnects with a feisty baker from his past. And Palmer, the baby of the family, is the free-spirited world traveler who always pictured herself with someone other than a handsome small-town family doctor.
When the Chance siblings come together to plan the ultimate anniversary party for their parents, they’ll have to navigate romantic entanglements, sibling rivalries, and the definitive end of their childhood. Whatever happens, The Reunion promises to be a fun, flirty, wild ride.
Start with The One Night!
From USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn comes a romantic comedy novella about the magic and misadventures of a one-night stand.
Recently divorced Cooper Chance knows he’s officially in a rut when his parents take him barhopping in the hope of resuscitating his love life. At first, he’s skeptical. How could a gritty dive bar possibly solve his problems? But then he runs into Nora McHale.
Nora isn’t at the bar looking for love. She’s there to unwind after yet another exhausting day at her bakery. And even if she were hoping to meet someone, it sure wouldn’t be Cooper—her best friend’s ex-husband.
According to the unwritten rules of romance, Cooper and Nora are completely off limits to each other. But after a fun, flirty night at the bar, they can’t ignore the wild attraction between them.
Is this the beginning of something real, or will their passionate night together be their one and only?
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About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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