Today Tanya Kaanta reviews Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen. I love the cover it is so bright and modern. Find out Tanya’s thoughts below.
Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen
Violet Abrams may have been a bridesmaid no less than seven times, but her wedding day was near—she could feel it. Until her longtime boyfriend left her for someone else. That’s just fine—she has her photography and a new project redesigning her sister’s bakery to keep her happy and fulfilled. Fast-forward to the day of his wedding, though, when Violet might have accidentally, totally not on purpose, started a fire. And… Officially the worst day ever.
Firefighter Ford Maguire thought he’d seen it all. Until he’s called out because someone tried to set the local bakery on fire…with a wedding magazine? The little arsonist might be the cutest woman he’s ever seen, but he’s too career-focused to consider something serious. Still, Violet seems like a great person to help him navigate his upcoming “man of honor” duties in his best friend’s wedding.
Pretty soon, not only is Violet giving him lessons on all things weddings, she’s helping him train his latest rescue-dog recruit puppies and weaving her way seamlessly into his lone-wolf lifestyle. But forever is the last thing on Ford’s 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
Book Review by Tanya Kaanta
Cindi Madsen is a new romance author for me, and I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. Especially the second half of the book. Now I have another author *with multiple series already written* that I can add to my mounting TBR list. Always a Bridesmaid is the second in the Getting Hitched in Dixie Series but can be read as a standalone.
Violet Abrams has been planning her perfect wedding for years. Because of course, her long-term boyfriend of ten years was eventually going to propose. After being a bridesmaid seven times, she’s ready to take center stage. Until said boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Harsh, right?
And so, Violet finds herself returning to Uncertainty, Alabama to help decorate her sister-in-law Maisey’s bakery, and help care for her (Violet’s) niece while Maisey’s husband is serving in the military.
Though there is some sordid history with Violet and Maisey’s family – Maisy and Violet fall into an easy sisterhood. How lovely to read about sisters who support one another as adults, when that maybe wasn’t the case growing up. Even more fun is Violet’s introduction to the gang, our main characters in this series.
When Violet accidentally starts a small fire inside the bakery, Ford Maguire is one of the firemen on the scene. Violet and Ford have a brief yet cantankerous interaction when Violet first arrives to town. When help arrives, it’s just Violet’s luck that Ford is the man to provide the fire salvation. Despite their rocky introductions, they have an immediate chemistry.
But Ford doesn’t do long-term, especially not after witnessing broken relationships throughout his childhood. Nor does he dream about getting hitched and having the perfect wedding, despite being the “man of honor” for his best friend, Addie. Contrast this with Violet—who has been compiling into a purple binder over the past ten years— all the ingredients for her perfect wedding.
Always a Bridesmaid is a story of opposites attracting, where the two leads fight for their Happily Ever After, share misunderstandings, and even more sizzling moments. Add in some family drama, training adorable rescue puppies, and a gang of best friends that tease and support one another, and you have a feel-good fun romance romp.
If you like small town romance with a reluctant hero and a sassy heroine, this is the guilty pleasure for you. The ending is predictable, but it doesn’t take away from the warm fuzzies. I typically like to read a series in order, since I fall in love with the characters and eagerly await the “next in the gang to fall in love.” However, I didn’t miss anything by starting the series with the second book. In fact, now I want to read the first in the series, Just One of the Groomsmen.
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