Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Review: Always a Bridesmaid Cindi Madsen a Story of Puppies & Happily Ever Afters

Always a Bridesmaid
Getting Hitched in Dixie #2
ARC Edition
Published by Entangled: Amara
Release Date: May 26th, 2020

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.

My Review:
Always a Bridesmaid was positively brilliant. I was super excited to get a copy of the second story in the Getting Hitched in Dixie series. I loved Cindi Madsen's writing and was even more excited to see Addie's best friend Ford find love.

This story has puppies and I have to say that almost always wins me over. I love puppies. Puppies are always a win.

Ford is helping his best friend Addison get married as her maid-of-honor. Except he doesn't know anything about love or weddings. He gets saved from wedding planning when Violet sets fire to her sisters bakery on accident. The connection is instant and despite Violet swearing off men, she's intrigued by Ford.

I loved this story. Ford and Addison both by themselves, their relationship, and their relationship with the other characters in this story. Addison was my absolute favorite because her ADHD brain mixed with anxiety was 100% me. I felt that everywhere. The quote that hit me right in the feels was;

"She was guilty of piling one bad thing on top of another until every setback weighed her down and crushed her spirits."-Violet's inner thoughts

I felt that in my soul. Violet felt like such a real character. She was sweet and quicky and while not perfect she would give anything for her friends. It always broke my heart when people would say or do things in the story that hurt her. When Ford messed up I was straight up in tears. It broke my heart.

Ford had a lot of issues with who his family was and past relationships with women. He struggled to trust he was relationship material and that sent him running from Violet for much of this story and even during their relationship. Despite that, he's definitely one of those characters you'd want to make a book husband rather than a book boyfriend. He's funny with great friends and lots of freaking puppies. This story definitely had me wanting to get another (or a few more) puppies.

Ford and Addison's relationship was fabulous. While there was an instant connection, the relationship and even friendship was a slow build that I loved. Their relationship towards the beginning was a lot of them circling each other while also trying to find ways to spend time with each other. It was adorable. The humor and teasing between them felt so much like a real relationship that it just had me swooning and wishing all the more for their happy ending. Some favorite quotes between the two of them were;

"Maybe she was a government spy, sent to infiltrate Uncertainty with a glittery binder. Yeah, that checked out. Most spies struggled with simple electronics."-Ford's inner thoughts

"Evidently mud makes me sappy," she said. "I'm about to start waxing poetic."
Amusement danced along the crooked slant of Ford's smile. "Spout some poetry for me, Shakespeare."
"Wasn't Shakespeare more of a playwright?"
"Ooh yeah. Those are the sexy words I was looking for."

Always a Bridesmaid also had the positive that despite the sexual tension between the characters, the story wasn't just about the sexy times after they got together. They still went on dates, hung out with friends, and had their own lives outside of each other.

I loved this story and couldn't put it least until my hubby came in with a peanut butter filled brownie. But I mean come on? Who can blame me? It's peanut buttery and chocolate goodness! I greatly enjoyed this story. The characters, the pacing, the unique way we got the happily ever after, and puppies. Trouble I knew was staying and I was in love almost as soon as I heard the puppy was basically ADHD like Violet. This story is an absolute must-read if you love happily ever afters and amazing stories with puppies.

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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