Review: Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen

Review: Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi MadsenAlways a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen
Series: Getting Hitched in Dixie #2
Published by Entangled: Amara in May 2020
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions shared are my own.

Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen is the second book in the Getting Hitched in Dixie series. It’s a standalone novel, but if you read Just One of the Groomsmen, which I highly recommend, you’ll recognize Ford Maguire and his group of friends.

Always a Bridesmaid was a very fun and quick contemporary romance. It was fun watching Violet, a girl that had her plans of a dream wedding with her ex-boyfriend crushed, and Ford, a man all about adventure and not settling down, become friends, and fall in love. Throughout all this Ford was helping Addie, from Just One of the Groomsmen, prepare for her wedding as her “man of honor.”

The story itself was a bit predictable. I could foresee the eventual conflict that was coming between Violet and Ford. I also had an idea as to how they would patch things together. Regardless of its predictability, Cindi Madsen crafted characters I liked and had me invested in the journey of their story. Plus it definitely helped to have some very cute German Sheperd puppies thrown into the mix and hilariously watching Ford be placed into situations as “man of honor” many men wouldn’t want to go.

I did wish there was more depth of plot regarding Violet’s issues with her father and family. I thought the resolution wasn’t very fleshed out considering the fact that there were years of issues built up, but the author did manage to tie everything up nicely.

If you’re looking for a light-hearted, quick romantic read this summer, I highly recommend Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen. It’ll definitely be the perfect beach/pool-side read when beaches and pools finally open.

Have you read Always a Bridesmaid or other books by Cindi Madsen? What are your go-to summer genres? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

You can grab your copy of Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen on May 26, 2020!