Always a Bridesmaid
Series: Getting Hitched in Dixie, #2
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Violet Abrams has always been in love with everything love and weddings. Good thing, too, since she’s been a bridesmaid no less than seven times. Sure her turn was next, she’d been planning her own nuptials meticulously in a treasured three-ring binder…until her longtime boyfriend left her for someone else.
Fast-forward to the day of his wedding, an ill-advised match being lit to said binder, and the fire department getting called to her sister’s bakery. Violet’s always been a little impulsive and a lot awkward, but having to explain to the super-cute firefighter, Ford Maguire, why she was setting fire to a bunch of wedding dress photos? Worst day ever.
Except now her bridesmaid expertise has her helping Ford cover his “man of honor” duties in his best friend’s upcoming wedding. Ford may be a “bridesdude,” but forever is the last thing on his mind. And if there’s one thing a perpetual bridesmaid knows, it’s the importance of a happily ever after.
Each book in the Getting Hitched in Dixie series is STANDALONE:
* Just One of the Groomsmen
* Always a Bridesmaid
I have been impatiently waiting for Cindi Madsen to release this book since I read Just One of the Groomsmen. I could not wait to be back with the amazing cast of characters she created and the friendships they shared. All that build up could have lent to some self over hype or a big let down, but I’m incredibly happy to report it didn’t. Always a Bridesmaid was just as great of a read as Just One of the Groomsmen.
This book makes me feel all gushy and I don’t want to be too long winded in this review, so I’m going to give you my 3 favorite things about it.
1. You know how some contemporaries are just fun to read? It doesn’t matter what the deeper issues are the characters because the romance is that sweet? That’s how I felt about Always a Bridesmaid. Violet and Ford both had reasons to avoid dating. Both had to fight through their issues to admit to themselves what they wanted and needed. I liked that they had this in common. Their love story was so cute and sweet!
2. The friendships in this story continued to be fabulous. Ford had his whole bridesdude thing going with Addie. Tucker, Shep, and Easton were still around. Even Lexi joined in on the friendship fun. I loved every minute of all the wedding planning for Addie and Tucker that involved the gang. I’m also going to throw family in here. Addie’s nonna continued to be a highlight of the series, and Violet’s sister was also a great addition. All these moments with friends and family added in so many laughs.
3. Puppies! Yes, you read that right. Three adorable puppies try to steal the show.
A sweet relationship between great characters, great friendship moments, laughs, and adorable puppies. What else could you ask for in a book, right? Well, maybe first person, but the writing and story was so good I didn’t notice the third person at all. That’s saying a lot because usually I’m complaining about third — but right now all I’m complaining about is having to wait for the third book in this series of standalones. I can only pray Cindi Madsen doesn’t make me wait too long for Easton’s story.