Review: A Ballad of Confetti, Cake, and Catastrophes by Helen Juliet

Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

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.



This is a new author to me and I was delighted to have the opportunity to read this book. I liked main character, Nicholas, right from the start. He has quite low self-esteem and seems lonely. Even after he meets Fynn, he worships from afar and doesn’t believe the gorgeous guitarist could like him in return. You can’t help but like Nicholas and hope he’ll find the love he deserves.

Fynn is a real sweetheart too. At first he’s quite taciturn and I didn’t expect him to turn out to be so caring and considerate. He turned up at exactly the right moment in the nightclub, just as I was hoping he’d be Nicholas’s knight in shining armour.

The book has a great supporting cast, too, with Nicholas’s sisters, upcoming brother-in-law, Ash and Kinny, even Danielle who I couldn’t stand at the beginning, but she turns out nice in the end. I dare anyone not to want to swat Archibald the cat with a rolled up newspaper!

I really enjoyed the story, and read it in two sittings, despite the length. After the first couple of chapters I was completely invested in Nicholas and Fynn’s story, and found myself alternately laughing, sighing, and praying that things would turn out all right.

If you haven’t read the author’s work before, I recommend you give this book a try. If you like a sweet love story, with laughter, a few tears, and some sizzling love scenes, this is one for you.

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Author Bio

Helen 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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