Always a Bridesmaid (Getting Hitched in Dixie #2)
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

Always a Bridesmaid (Getting Hitched in Dixie #2) Details

TitleAlways a Bridesmaid (Getting Hitched in Dixie #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 26th, 2020
PublisherEntangled: Amara
ISBN-139781640639041
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, New Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult

Always a Bridesmaid (Getting Hitched in Dixie #2) Review

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks
    January 1, 1970
    Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen2nd book in The Getting Hitched in Wyoming series. Contemporary romance. Can be read as a stand-alone. Humor and deep friendships. Sweet and charming until it turned sexy hot and romantic. The heroine freely admits to ADD and being easily distracted and often in her own world. Her sister and the hero both adjust their own outlooks and have no problem repeating conversations or allowing the heroine to go her own way. Super supportive in a way she’s never had be Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen2nd book in The Getting Hitched in Wyoming series. Contemporary romance. Can be read as a stand-alone. Humor and deep friendships. Sweet and charming until it turned sexy hot and romantic. The heroine freely admits to ADD and being easily distracted and often in her own world. Her sister and the hero both adjust their own outlooks and have no problem repeating conversations or allowing the heroine to go her own way. Super supportive in a way she’s never had before. She feels maybe the town of Uncertainty could be nice place to stay for awhile. ****minor spoilers here****The hero really disappointed about three quarters of the way in. He let others in his head convince him he needed to be single and unencumbered. He was happy until others started reminding him of their errors or issues. In the end, it’s a romance and he rediscovered his love was greater than ending up alone. 4.5 stars. It was trending at 5 for me until, again for me, an unforgivable act by the hero. The heroine forgave him. I’m not sure I would have. I did love the story overall. In the end, happily ever after.Excerpt “FYI,” Easton, the dark-haired cop, said, “our boy is competitive and acts like a jack[..] whenever he loses.” Ford flipped him off, and the cop smirked and said, “See?” “So he needs a lesson in losing gracefully.” Violet downed the rest of her wine and set her empty glass on the table. “I’m absolutely up to the task.” With the trash talking done, she followed Ford to the pool table. He retrieved two sticks and asked if she wanted to break. Seriously, what had she been thinking, challenging the guy? She was far from a pool shark, but she also hadn’t specified what “make it interesting” meant. First, she needed to figure that out for herself. “You can break,” she sweetly said, wrapping a hand over her closed fist. “And then I’ll break you.” Since she’d never been able to crack her knuckles, she went ahead and added sound effects. “Crack. Pop. Tough noise.” The hypnotic twitching of Ford’s arm muscles halted as he went from chalking his pool stick to leveling his green eyes on her. “Did you just add knuckle cracking sound effects? I’m not sure you’re doing the intimidating thing right.” “That’s how I sneak up on people. Plus, even if I could crack my joints, I hate the sound. Gives me goose bumps.”Excerpt from Always the Bridesmaid by Cindi MadsenI received a copy of this from NetGalley. I also purchased a copy to share.
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  • Yodamom
    January 1, 1970
    Violet is a mess. She’s receiving from a bad relationship, that she clung to bye the chest hairs till her man did something unforgivable. This shattered her world. She was a photographer, before the fall but has lost her mojo. She moves in with her half sister in a small town where she has been the object of speculation and judgement for many years. AS bad as it is she needs her family bond, while she recovers and figures out where to go from here. Her mother had and affair with a married man, h Violet is a mess. She’s receiving from a bad relationship, that she clung to bye the chest hairs till her man did something unforgivable. This shattered her world. She was a photographer, before the fall but has lost her mojo. She moves in with her half sister in a small town where she has been the object of speculation and judgement for many years. AS bad as it is she needs her family bond, while she recovers and figures out where to go from here. Her mother had and affair with a married man, her half sisters father. No she was not a welcome bundle of joy especially to his wife. So when she moves to this town she’s already not on steady ground, then it gets worse. She get flustered, distracted, and during her breakdown nearly destroys everything, till a sexy hunk of fireman shows up. Hubba Hubba :P Oh and he has puppies ! Oh yes he does !This is a small town romance, sweet, cuddly puppies, nosy town folk, and baked goodies. It’s a wonderful summer poolside read.I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Intimate, amusing, and sweet!Always a Bridesmaid is an uplifting, humorous tale that takes us into the life of the energetic, wary Violet Abrams as she heads to Uncertainty, Alabama to mend her broken heart, help redesign her half-sister’s bakery, and navigate all the ups and downs of falling in love with the practically perfect, local K-9 trainer, paramedic/firefighter, Ford Maguire.The prose is effortless and smooth. The characters are fun-loving, supportive, and endearing. And the plot is a c Intimate, amusing, and sweet!Always a Bridesmaid is an uplifting, humorous tale that takes us into the life of the energetic, wary Violet Abrams as she heads to Uncertainty, Alabama to mend her broken heart, help redesign her half-sister’s bakery, and navigate all the ups and downs of falling in love with the practically perfect, local K-9 trainer, paramedic/firefighter, Ford Maguire.The prose is effortless and smooth. The characters are fun-loving, supportive, and endearing. And the plot is a charming blend of heart, hope, humour, family, friendship, tension, attraction, tender moments, communication, taking chances, and the craziness of wedding planning.Overall, Always a Bridesmaid is an adorable, heartwarming, spirited tale by Madsen that’s a lovely addition to the Getting Hitched in Dixie series and the perfect choice for dog lovers, romance fans, and summer!Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsWhat a fun and entertaining read Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen turned out to be, I really enjoyed it.The storyline is well written, well paced and entertaining from start to end.I loved Violet and Ford, they're likable characters that made me laugh, smile and swoon while watching them fall in love.If you're looking to forget real life for a few hours, I highly recommend you read Always a Bridesmaid, and you too will be left with a heart full of love and a huge smile on your face. 4.5 starsWhat a fun and entertaining read Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen turned out to be, I really enjoyed it.The storyline is well written, well paced and entertaining from start to end.I loved Violet and Ford, they're likable characters that made me laugh, smile and swoon while watching them fall in love.If you're looking to forget real life for a few hours, I highly recommend you read Always a Bridesmaid, and you too will be left with a heart full of love and a huge smile on your face. Now Live!Amazon: amzn.to/3culOhOB&N: bit.ly/3anq6FOiBooks: apple.co/2TlBHiM*Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for the advance copy.*
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  • Anna Bright
    January 1, 1970
    okay. so this book. GAH.JUST ONE OF THE GROOMSMEN was one of my favorite romances of 2019. Capturing the small-town south can be a tricky business-- as a reader, I want it to feel snuggly and slightly idealized without sliding headlong into stereotype land. Cindi Madsen has managed *again* to walk the line between sweet and saccharine, while managing a fantastic guy friend group dynamic, here in ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID. Ford and Violet's issues manage to feel both entirely understandable and also li okay. so this book. GAH.JUST ONE OF THE GROOMSMEN was one of my favorite romances of 2019. Capturing the small-town south can be a tricky business-- as a reader, I want it to feel snuggly and slightly idealized without sliding headlong into stereotype land. Cindi Madsen has managed *again* to walk the line between sweet and saccharine, while managing a fantastic guy friend group dynamic, here in ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID. Ford and Violet's issues manage to feel both entirely understandable and also like true emotional hang-ups--both of them really go on such a journey.Also, the kissing scenes are really good, and there are GERMAN! SHEPHERD! PUPPIES! Read it once it's out. Just do it.
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  • Sherwood Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Cindi Madsen returns to her small southern town for this romance, focusing of wild guy Ford, who Addie (previous book) asks to be her Man of Honor. Addie being a total sports nut, and helpless with the feminine expectations of life, especially around weddings, asks her friends to help--and this comes to include Violet, new to town after catching her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. Violet has been down the aisle as a bridesmaid seven times, and knows her way around a wedding--though she h Cindi Madsen returns to her small southern town for this romance, focusing of wild guy Ford, who Addie (previous book) asks to be her Man of Honor. Addie being a total sports nut, and helpless with the feminine expectations of life, especially around weddings, asks her friends to help--and this comes to include Violet, new to town after catching her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. Violet has been down the aisle as a bridesmaid seven times, and knows her way around a wedding--though she has sworn off romance and men.We know these two are going to find each other, the question is how. Madsen deftly weaves in complications--Ford's brothers and dad are pretty unsympathetic, to put it lightly. Ford has a rep as a player and a wastrel, despite the fact that he's a fireman, and trains rescue dogs on the side.Violet also has her complications, in that she's the product of infidelity--on the part of the town mayor. She is regarded, at best, by her father's family as something to be endured, but here she is, helping out her half-sister, who is in desperate need.The story is fun, and funny, and emotionally fraught by turns. We get a lot of glimpses of friendship as well as relationships, but Madsen makes time for fun in the mud, and dog training . . . and of course wedding prep, with Ford along with the bridesmaids.Altogether a fun, enjoyable read, perfect for this period of social distancing. At least our fictional friends can get together!Copy provided by NetGalley
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  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Just like Peas and Carrots Stars* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick ReviewSo you just had your soon-to-be groom call off the wedding. Then you are friends with the bakery that is doing things for His NEW Wedding...so Oops, a little fire happens...Lucky you, there is a hunky cute fireman who takes you aside to question what you may have done Not on Purpose. This is cute, fun, and just right.A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Give 3.5 Just like Peas and Carrots Stars* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick ReviewSo you just had your soon-to-be groom call off the wedding. Then you are friends with the bakery that is doing things for His NEW Wedding...so Oops, a little fire happens...Lucky you, there is a hunky cute fireman who takes you aside to question what you may have done Not on Purpose. This is cute, fun, and just right.A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I really loved Just One of the Groomsmen and have been eagerly awaiting another book in the series. I am happy to report that I enjoyed Always a Bridesmaid just as much as Just One of the Groomsmen – maybe even more.One of the things I loved about the first book so much was the group of friends. I loved being able to revisit them and enjoyed their always fun banter. I also liked how they always look out for each other. I I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I really loved Just One of the Groomsmen and have been eagerly awaiting another book in the series. I am happy to report that I enjoyed Always a Bridesmaid just as much as Just One of the Groomsmen – maybe even more.One of the things I loved about the first book so much was the group of friends. I loved being able to revisit them and enjoyed their always fun banter. I also liked how they always look out for each other. I’m glad that we got to see Addie work on planning her wedding to Tucker. I really enjoyed getting to know Ford better this time around. He was a great leading man and I definitely shipped him with Violet. I thought their romance was so cute and I really enjoyed watching it unfold.I thought Violet was a likable main character, as well. She had a lot of baggage in the form of a cheating ex and tenuous relationship with her father and step-mother, but I liked how she was determined to move forward. She also has pretty severe ADHD and I thought that was interesting to read about. I did think she maybe acted a little more bi-polar sometimes than someone with just ADHD, but it did make me look at ADHD in a new light and have more understanding for people who live with that.Overall, I really loved Always a Bridesmaid. I loved Ford and Violet together and really shipped their romance. I also loved seeing Ford’s group of friends again and all of his adorable dogs. I definitely recommend this series to Romance fans and can’t wait for Easton’s book next!Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars
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  • Vfc
    January 1, 1970
    He spends the majority of the story resisting her, internalising how inappropriate they would be together and the rest pursuing her. He gave me whiplash. He accused her of ulterior motives to get married and trying to trap him. Rather than offer moral support as promised, he hides behind changing a tyre as an emergency not to show. “I was hoping we could pump the brakes a little. Take things slow.”“It’s the marriage talk, and people mentioning kids, and I can feel the shackles getting tighter.” He spends the majority of the story resisting her, internalising how inappropriate they would be together and the rest pursuing her. He gave me whiplash. He accused her of ulterior motives to get married and trying to trap him. Rather than offer moral support as promised, he hides behind changing a tyre as an emergency not to show. “I was hoping we could pump the brakes a little. Take things slow.”“It’s the marriage talk, and people mentioning kids, and I can feel the shackles getting tighter.” Violet winced as if he’d slapped her. “Shackles? In this scenario of yours, am I the shackles”?“Future generations will be telling the tale of how you, Easton, Darius, and sixty-year-old Mrs. Reynolds saved Mr. Garcia from a flat tire one mile from the tire shop”.“What day was that?” Ford raised his voice, desperate to stop a disaster already in motion. “Listen, Vi—” “People have been making ‘how many people does it take to change one tire’ jokes ever since. Anyway, this is some party, huh, Ford? I’m glad you showed and relieved me of being the only dude here.”“Did you know when you took the emergency call that other people would be there?”“I told you that I needed you. I faced my dad and Cheryl alone. And while it went better than expected, that’s not the point. You promised me you’d do what you say. That you’d be there for me. I told you it was the one thing I needed, and it didn’t matter”. “I’m not the one who keeps bringing up marriage—you’re in a wedding. I told you I’d given up weddings and men. You asked for my help being a good bridesmaid, and what’s worse is you led me to believe you were different from the rest. “And hello, people talk about kids—I suppose I do, too, since I have an adorable niece. Those are your issues, not mine.” “Oh, so you don’t want to get married? You’re telling me that binder you carry around isn’t filled with the dream wedding you can’t wait to throw? And you wanna talk about issues? Like how you were arrested for beating the shit out of your ex’s car? Something you failed to mention, by the way.”“Silly me, not confessing one of the most embarrassing experiences of my entire life up-front. My ex cheated on me, and yeah, I got super drunk and made a bad decision. Not only do I regret it, but it’s in the past, so I don’t see how it’s relevant to you and me.” “Sure, until I piss you off and you take a bat to my truck. I saw the warning signs that you were unstable and obsessed with getting hitched, and that’s on me for ignoring them.” “I saw the signs you were a player. Heard all about how you weren’t the settling-down type. For thinking that with me, you’d be different.”“Look, this conversation’s getting out of control, and that’s not what I meant to happen. I just thought we should pump the brakes. Slow things down. Maybe someday—”“Let me guess. You want to stick to being sex buddies”. Ford blinked. The woman had taken the words right out of his mouth, save the magically. “What’s so bad about that? I mean, I wanna be more than sex buddies. I just thought we could keep on doing what we’ve been doing and get to know each other. Take it a step at a time.” A terrifying, mirthless laugh spilled from her lips. “You guys are all the same. I might’ve fallen for that once, but I’ve already been with a someday guy. This time, I choose me.”“Thanks for reminding me why I gave up men in the first place.”“I’m begging you to give me another chance. I’ve fallen completely in love with you. That’s right. I love you, Violet Abrams. I don’t want to move too fast and ruin everything or scare you, but if you take my sorry a** back, I promise you that I’ll be in this for the long haul. That I choose you, and I’ll show up, and I’ll continue to choose you forever. “And not someday—but one day—I wanna marry you and have kids with you. It doesn’t scare me anymore. The only thing that scares me is losing you.”She should have stuck to her convictions. He did not adequately grovel to earn her forgiveness, his arrogance overruled his common sense and Violet was far too susceptible to his charms. Weak characters.
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  • Tiffany Reads It All
    January 1, 1970
    Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen is a fun, feel-good read. Take a seven-times bridesmaid with a broken heart and match her up with the firefighter who just won’t settle down, then watch the sparks fly.Violet Abrams is back in the small town of Uncertainty, Alabama, after her no-good longtime boyfriend cheated on her. After years of being strung along waiting for a someday wedding that never came, she has now sworn off men.Ford Maguire comes from a long line of ne’er-do-wells, but he’s worked Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen is a fun, feel-good read. Take a seven-times bridesmaid with a broken heart and match her up with the firefighter who just won’t settle down, then watch the sparks fly.Violet Abrams is back in the small town of Uncertainty, Alabama, after her no-good longtime boyfriend cheated on her. After years of being strung along waiting for a someday wedding that never came, she has now sworn off men.Ford Maguire comes from a long line of ne’er-do-wells, but he’s worked hard to be different. Besides being a firefighter, he also trains search and rescue puppies and serves on the search and rescue team. When it comes to women, though, Ford keeps them at arm’s length. The last thing he wants is to end up like his split-up parents, so he focuses on every other aspect of his life to find fulfillment.Violet and Ford have a meet-cute when Violet accidentally sets a fire at her sister’s bakery. But there are clearly sparks between the two of them, which turns a flirtation into a friendship, then something more. But Violet’s only in town temporarily, plus she’s got a lot of baggage--family drama, not to mention the whole cheating ex situation. Ford is never looking for something serious, but the two of them can’t deny their attraction. As Ford prepares to serve as man of honor at his BFF Addie’s wedding, Violet’s penchant for wedding planning gives Ford pause. Can these two overcome their hangups and take a chance on love?I really enjoyed this easy, feel-good romance. Small-town romances can be tough because they’re often unrealistic, but I feel that the author made a conscious effort to diversify her characters (the supporting ones, mainly), which I appreciate. I also enjoy how the aspect of community is a main focus--how the town comes together for each other in tough times.Violet and Ford are a cute couple. There’s a lot of playfulness to their friendship and flirtation, but there’s also some good steam to the romance, too. I appreciated how the more dramatic subplots are handled with seriousness, but never to the point of angst. It’s a good balance of levity and gravity. In addition, there's a great grovel on Ford’s part and I am always in favor of a hero’s grovel.As a whole, I found the story enjoyable, but there were moments when I got a lot of the supporting characters confused. The majority of Violet’s and Ford’s friends in Uncertainty are coupled up, and I kept mistaking who was who for a while. That being said, the book still works as a standalone, despite being the second book in the Getting Hitched in Dixie series.Overall, this is a great read and I’m interested to read the other books in the series.Many thanks to the author and publisher for my free advance copy of this book.
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  • A Klue
    January 1, 1970
    Violet - Vibrant, beautiful, resilient, impulsive at times, quick with sassy/humorous comebacks, hearts been stomped on before, photographer, complicated immediate family past, eye for fashion/style/weddings, wants the whole package - love, marriage, children, won’t be used/tricked again.Ford - Firefighter, paramedic, rescue dog trainer, all around good guy town hero, family history baggage, knucklehead actions/words at times, afraid of marriage, falls for the heroine despite trying not to, calm Violet - Vibrant, beautiful, resilient, impulsive at times, quick with sassy/humorous comebacks, hearts been stomped on before, photographer, complicated immediate family past, eye for fashion/style/weddings, wants the whole package - love, marriage, children, won’t be used/tricked again.Ford - Firefighter, paramedic, rescue dog trainer, all around good guy town hero, family history baggage, knucklehead actions/words at times, afraid of marriage, falls for the heroine despite trying not to, calm in a crisis but love makes him panic.Well, this main couple was like bread and butter, my fellow romance book loving friends. Yeah, they truly went that well together. From their at first glance, sizzling, instant attraction/chemistry to their funny, sassy, flirty, at times argumentative back and forth banter, I couldn’t get enough of them. The great posse of friends that surrounded them as side characters just added to this romantic mayhem mix. Throw in the cute, adorable puppies, and, really, what more do I need to say. I was hooked from the get go. As a lover of relationship angst, I can handle knucklehead words/actions when I know it will ultimately lead to soul searching, hard on the heart regret, groveling, and life changing, light bulb moments of realization on what’s truly important. We definitely get that in the form of a direct punch to the heart here, folks. Here’s to hoping you’ll feel the same way and enjoy this book as much as I did. Romance Safety Gang: (view spoiler)[ Hero had been celibate awhile due to his heavy work schedule/commitments. There is mention of some past OW but they don’t make an appearance. Violet is getting over a 10 year relationship that ended with a cheating boyfriend. Neither are with other people after meeting. (hide spoiler)]Title: Always a Bridesmaid, Series: Getting Hitched in Dixie (Book 2), Author: Cindi Madsen, Pages: 400, stand-alone, sassy/quick with comebacks hearts been stomped on heroine, good guy but a knucklehead/afraid to love hero, relationship angst, very steamy late in book, get to know each other first, small town setting, HEA, Book 1 - Just One of the GroomsmenBook 2 - Always a Bridesmaid(I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review. There is no relationship or affiliation between this reviewer and the author, publisher, or NetGalley.)
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  • Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
    January 1, 1970
    Original review: A Novel GlimpseNote: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.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 G Original review: A Novel GlimpseNote: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.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.
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  • Jeeves Reads Romance
    January 1, 1970
    What an adorably sweet romance! This one is light and playful throughout, with great chemistry and a touch of steam. It's got a nice small town feel and characters you can root for, pairing a woman who has been planning her wedding for years with a guy who can't picture himself ever having one. There's little to no angst and not a whole lot of drama, making it a fun and easy read.The story follows Violet, a woman who spent 10 years with the wrong guy. He kept leading her to believe that they'd e What an adorably sweet romance! This one is light and playful throughout, with great chemistry and a touch of steam. It's got a nice small town feel and characters you can root for, pairing a woman who has been planning her wedding for years with a guy who can't picture himself ever having one. There's little to no angst and not a whole lot of drama, making it a fun and easy read.The story follows Violet, a woman who spent 10 years with the wrong guy. He kept leading her to believe that they'd eventually get married, but that all came to an end when she caught him cheating. When she heads to a small town to spend time with her sister, she meets firefighter Ford in the most unexpected way. He doesn't have the best history with relationships, so he's sworn off commitments. But there's instant attraction between the two, and neither one can resist the pull between them.I loved the charming feel of this - if you're looking for something fun and sweet, this is definitely the book for you. It was perhaps a little too predictable for me with a rushed ending (and I much prefer a first-person writing style), but it's a cute, enjoyable read. Ford may be commitment-phobic, but it's easy to see that he's a great guy, and I loved the chemistry between the two. There's plenty of dialogue and playfulness to keep the pages turning. It's probably not the kind of book I would read every day, but when in the mood for something light and heartwarming, it certainly satisfies. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sweet romance.
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  • Erin Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    5 Star Review of Always A Bridesmaid (Getting Hitched in Dixie #2) by Cindi MadsenCindi Madsen is a relatively new author to me and I have no idea why that is. I loved this book. From the first to the last chapter one I was fully invested in the story that Ms.Madsen wove. Having read the first book in the series, I jumped at the chance to read this book. It was just as entertaining, if not more so, than the first book in the series. Violet Abrams, always the bridesmaid, never the bride, especial 5 Star Review of Always A Bridesmaid (Getting Hitched in Dixie #2) by Cindi MadsenCindi Madsen is a relatively new author to me and I have no idea why that is. I loved this book. From the first to the last chapter one I was fully invested in the story that Ms.Madsen wove. Having read the first book in the series, I jumped at the chance to read this book. It was just as entertaining, if not more so, than the first book in the series. Violet Abrams, always the bridesmaid, never the bride, especially since her boyfriend dumped her. Now he’s getting married and what does she do? She decides to burn wedding dress photos and then has to explain to the hot fire fighter Ford Maguire what happened. I loved Ford in Just One Of The Groomsmen and couldn’t wait to read his story. Although this can most definitely be read as a stand alone, why not one click the first book in the series as well. The writing was strong and the story flowed well. It was humorous, with characters you cannot help but fall in love with. One click this little gem, you won’t be disappointed. I received a copy of this book through the publisher via NetGalley.
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  • Sara Oxton
    January 1, 1970
    Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen a four-star read that will blossom as you read. I enjoyed this one, but I kept getting distracted as I read it and that’s not me, so it could be that I was having a funny day or two, as overall I enjoyed the story it just didn’t grip me. I adored Pyro as he reminded me of my own Pyro, sadly mine wouldn’t be able to save me if I was in a paper bag, but I love him none the less. Much like I loved Violet and not only as we both love purple, and Ford he was just s Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen a four-star read that will blossom as you read. I enjoyed this one, but I kept getting distracted as I read it and that’s not me, so it could be that I was having a funny day or two, as overall I enjoyed the story it just didn’t grip me. I adored Pyro as he reminded me of my own Pyro, sadly mine wouldn’t be able to save me if I was in a paper bag, but I love him none the less. Much like I loved Violet and not only as we both love purple, and Ford he was just sublime he made me want to protect and care for him as well as shake him. I also adored the secondary characters and will be going to read the other standalones in the series when I am able as they all seem like great characters. I do enjoy the authors writing so I will be recommending this one, hopefully you won’t be as easily distracted as me, maybe I should change my name.
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  • Cassidy
    January 1, 1970
    Always a Bridesmaid was a cute read. The hero is a firefighter. Yum! The heroine is in town visiting her sister and niece. Life has gotten her down. She is taking some time to be with family and help redesign her sister’s bakery. This book gave me all the small town romance vibes. Plus it has cute puppies. The characters have roots. Friends and family are woven throughout the book. I closed this book feeling light and happy with a smile on my face. I voluntarily read an early copy.
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  • Linda Quick
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! It's both funny and sweet, with some poignant moments. The funny parts made me laugh out loud and fall in love with the characters. Both Violet and Ford are somewhat damaged and have a fragile sense of self, however, when the meet, they can't seem to stay apart. What follows is delightful - the kind of book that just makes you smile. I was totally invested in their story and wanted them to get a HEA ending. Put this one on your must read list.
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  • Lenore Kosinski
    January 1, 1970
    https://celebrityreaders.com/2020/05/...I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.4.5 stars — The banter and playfulness between Violet and Ford was BAR NONE my favourite part of this book. It just delighted me the witty rejoinders they would come up with. I laughed out loud at a few of them. They both had stellar senses of humour.I felt for the number that Violet’s ex had done on her self esteem — and not just on her appearance, but on her q https://celebrityreaders.com/2020/05/...I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.4.5 stars — The banter and playfulness between Violet and Ford was BAR NONE my favourite part of this book. It just delighted me the witty rejoinders they would come up with. I laughed out loud at a few of them. They both had stellar senses of humour.I felt for the number that Violet’s ex had done on her self esteem — and not just on her appearance, but on her quirks too. I loved the way her ADHD was portrayed, because lately I’ve come to believe that perhaps I suffer in a very similar way. I always thought there was just something wrong with me, and like Violet I felt HORRIBLE when my mind would wander and I couldn’t stop it. Basically I related to her a LOT. I loved that she really put herself out there with Ford — she was wary and scared, but she didn’t let that stop her from a potential for something good. That was really refreshing.The funny thing is, often it’s the heroine’s hang ups that get in the way of the couple, and it totally could have gone that way with these two. But it was Ford who couldn’t get out of his own head and messed things up. I was a bit bummed with how long it took him to figure things out, and that he didn’t go to his friends about his problems. I sort of got it from his childhood perspective, but it just bummed me out a bit, you know? I guess I just didn’t feel his hang ups as much as I probably should have I think. Not sure if that makes sense. It felt like his problems with his dad and brothers were more told than shown. I needed something more to really connect with him on that, and not just be annoyed with him. Despite all that, Ford was ridiculously adorable. He was funny, caring, a great friend, and very motivated to help others.Obviously I loved the two of them together, when they were really together and not worrying. They had great chemistry, from friendship to more.I loved learning about Violet’s past, and seeing how she and Maisy were developing a relationship. I loved that side story. I always love the group of friends that Ford has, and I loved seeing Violet welcomed into that. The wedding stuff was hilarious at times, and provided a lot of opportunities for fun and hijinks. And I LOVED the puppy training, particularly Violet’s love affair with Trouble.So yeah. It was definitely what I was needing to read — something with both lightness and depth, something to make me feel good.
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  • Elley Murray
    January 1, 1970
    Always a Bridesmaid would make a really good rom-com movie. There are some really great moments, like when Violet tries to light her wedding plan binder on fire and the expression on Ford's face every time the battered (and slightly burnt) thing makes an appearance, that would just be REALLY great in a movie. And I adore the whole vibe on tomboy Addie and her "bridesdude/man of honor" pulling down the high-brow tone of the wedding planning events like picking out the dress or deciding a color/fl Always a Bridesmaid would make a really good rom-com movie. There are some really great moments, like when Violet tries to light her wedding plan binder on fire and the expression on Ford's face every time the battered (and slightly burnt) thing makes an appearance, that would just be REALLY great in a movie. And I adore the whole vibe on tomboy Addie and her "bridesdude/man of honor" pulling down the high-brow tone of the wedding planning events like picking out the dress or deciding a color/flowers/cake, and Lexi just throwing her hands up in southern belle exasperation at them with Violet being a bridge for their group. Also, who doesn't love a rom-com with some cute German Shepherd puppies in it? Wedding planning, puppies, a will-they/won't-they relationship... It's perfect! This whole book just has this great feel-good rom-com movie vibe to it and I need it to be a movie post-haste! It's not all fluff and frosting though - Violet and Ford have some fairly difficult backstories, and both need to deal with their dads (who have starring roles in said stories) throughout the course of the book. I appreciate the personal growth they both go through, though a couple of times I wanted to slap Ford upside the head because he was being an idiot. I do wish his plotline with his family had been a little more resolved. It's awesome how many different relationships are navigated and the growth we get to see throughout this book, not just the romance between Violet and Ford but also Violet's relationship with her sister and her father/stepmother and Ford's friend group's shifting dynamic as one friend marries outside the friend circle and another couple within the group connect romantically and what that means for them all. In addition to being an EXCELLENT romance, Always a Bridesmaid looks at what it means to be friends and family as well. This is the second book in the Getting Hitched in Dixie series, but can be read as a stand alone. I really disliked the first book for some reason, and you don't need it to get the full benefit of this next book in the series. Still, if you want more of Addie and Lexi (and the crazy dude-bro group of guy friends that includes Addie), check out the previous book in this series, Just One of the Groomsmen. An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.Like this review? Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Elley the Book Otter
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    A perpetual bridesmaid, a hot firefighter, and adorable puppies - oh my!Always a Bridesmaid is a funny, feel-good book set in the small town of Uncertainty, Alabama. Violet comes to town to stay with her half-sister after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend of ten years. She’s lost her way and she’s determined to rediscover her passions, all while connecting with her half-sister and baby niece. Ford has a penchant for saving people - as a paramedic/firefighter/search and rescue team member, he k A perpetual bridesmaid, a hot firefighter, and adorable puppies - oh my!Always a Bridesmaid is a funny, feel-good book set in the small town of Uncertainty, Alabama. Violet comes to town to stay with her half-sister after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend of ten years. She’s lost her way and she’s determined to rediscover her passions, all while connecting with her half-sister and baby niece. Ford has a penchant for saving people - as a paramedic/firefighter/search and rescue team member, he keeps busy enough to outrun the demons of his past - namely his own family. Violet doesn’t need saving (except occasionally from herself), but Ford is the perfect person to help guide her back to the person she wants to be.I loved Violet and Ford, separately and together. Violet was quirky, funny, and determined, and she had a big heart, despite having been hurt so much in the past. She had ADHD and I really appreciated the way it was portrayed and that we got to see how it affected different areas of her life and her relationships. Ford was this big, tough guy who was secretly a softie, especially when it came to Violet. They had one big thing in common: they were both escaping the ‘sins of their fathers’ so to speak - Violet was the product of an affair, while Ford’s family were known around town as no-good womanizers and alcoholics. Both of them had been pigeonholed by people because of it and it was hard to escape in a tiny town like Uncertainty. It affected so much of their lives and how they felt about love and relationships. Because of that, there was a lot of push and pull, will they/won't they, with plenty of hilarious banter and super hot chemistry. It was a lot of fun watching them fall in love and fight for a happy ending.There were also a lot of really great side characters in this book. At first I was a bit overwhelmed by the number of characters and the fact many of them were referred to alternately by their first and last names. I had trouble keeping everyone straight, but once I got to ‘know’ the characters, I wanted to be part of their group and I enjoyed all the different dynamics and how they welcomed Violet. I also particularly enjoyed the friendship between Addie and Ford - there aren’t enough platonic male/female friendships, and this one was done so well.Full of quirky characters and southern charm, Always a Bridesmaid was an entertaining read that’s perfect for summer.*I received an advance copy from the publisher. All thoughts are my own.
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  • M. Nguyen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first time I’ve read this author. Her writing style is quite enjoyable with a nice flow and easy to read. If you’re in the mood for small town romance, a hot firefighter, a heroine with ADHD, super adorable puppies in training for search and rescue missions..., this book is for you!After being cheated by a douche canoe of an ex-boyfriend of 10 years, Violet Abrams returns to the small town where her father is a Mayor to spend more time with her half-sister and to redecorate her baker This is the first time I’ve read this author. Her writing style is quite enjoyable with a nice flow and easy to read. If you’re in the mood for small town romance, a hot firefighter, a heroine with ADHD, super adorable puppies in training for search and rescue missions..., this book is for you!After being cheated by a douche canoe of an ex-boyfriend of 10 years, Violet Abrams returns to the small town where her father is a Mayor to spend more time with her half-sister and to redecorate her bakery. Neglected by her father as she is his bastard child and dumped by her ex in a spectacular fashion, needless to say, Violet has trust issues with men, and she decides to swear off them altogether... Until her absentmindedness lands her in trouble causing a little fire in the bakery, and Ford McGuire comes to her rescue...Ford grows up in a broken family, where he’s witnessed toxic relationships from his father and his older brothers. The McGuire men are notoriously known in this small town for their commitment issues (or lack thereof). And Ford is determined to enjoy his freedom and not ready to settle down! But the instant attraction and easy conversations with Violet has him think twice about a possibility of a serious relationship with her...While I enjoyed the first half of the book where it sets up the stage for their relationship, I expected the second half to be more about their working out their issues to move their relationship forward. Instead, I got a bit frustrated when both had in their minds this one-step-forward-two-steps-back mentality, especially with Ford. I feel that Violet has not grown and learned much from her past experience, while Ford does not do enough groveling in the end, which is quite rush in my opinion 🤷🏻‍♀️. All in all, I did enjoy their banter, their 🔥 chemistry, the small town vibe, the sense of friendship and community, and the cute puppies that I want to have so badly 😆...4⭐️ read for me!*Special thanks to Entangled Publishing for sending me the ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*✨Release date: May 26, 2020.✨
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for a book filled with puppies, friendship, humor, family, and romance, then this is the book for you.  This is the followup book to Just One of the Groomsmen but you don't have to read the first book to read this one.Violet arrives in Uncertainty to nurse her wounds from a failed relationship and to help her sister Maisey fix up her bakery.  She didn't count on starting a fire and meeting Ford, one of the firefighters for the town, and falling for him.  He has his own issues If you are looking for a book filled with puppies, friendship, humor, family, and romance, then this is the book for you.  This is the followup book to Just One of the Groomsmen but you don't have to read the first book to read this one.Violet arrives in Uncertainty to nurse her wounds from a failed relationship and to help her sister Maisey fix up her bakery.  She didn't count on starting a fire and meeting Ford, one of the firefighters for the town, and falling for him.  He has his own issues when it comes to relationships and she was the last thing he expected when he responded to the call about the fire.I laughed through the whole book.  I didn't mark any passages to share because I would have wanted to share the whole book.  There are some touching moments, times when the characters are at odds, and some spicy scenes to round out the book.  I thought it was brilliant to have Violet be so open about her ADHD and when one of the puppies training to be search and rescue dogs has the same affliction, she becomes attached to him and nicknames his Distracto before he is given his official name, Trouble.  Ford has issues and almost ruins a good thing by not following his heart and listening to others.  It's a guy thing, but thankfully his best friend is Addie Murphy and she helps set him straight.The book does leave something of a cliffhanger regarding one of the friends, Easton.  I want to know his story but I'll have to wait.  sigh.We give this book 5 paws up.
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  • Pelusa Rivera
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. So I have been a fan of Cindi for a while and so when the first book to this series came out. the first book was entitled"Just one of the groomsmen" please read I felt that in order to read this one you need to read that and trust me you want to read that one. Now normally when there is a second book, they are not as good as the first one but that was not the case with this book, it was just as good or even dare I say it at times better. Now I love the relationship with Addie I loved this book. So I have been a fan of Cindi for a while and so when the first book to this series came out. the first book was entitled"Just one of the groomsmen" please read I felt that in order to read this one you need to read that and trust me you want to read that one. Now normally when there is a second book, they are not as good as the first one but that was not the case with this book, it was just as good or even dare I say it at times better. Now I love the relationship with Addie and Ford, they are hilarious together, there is a scene in the bakery that had me laughing out loud, it was so funny. So in this one we meet Violet and she was a nice addition to the group. Some times she annoyed me with the woe is me, but it was a little understandable, her ex was horrible and her father did not help. Now Ford u loved and I truly understood him Violet was obsessed with weddings and I was scared for him,but was a complete 160 from bachelor to being in a relationship, he should not have to pay for her bad experiences what saved her was that she was funny and you felt for her and her ADHD.rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.
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  • Melena Torretta
    January 1, 1970
    Cindi Madsen was already one of my favorite authors, but she has outdone herself with Always a Bridesmaid. Ford and Violet's story brings readers back to the small town of Uncertainty. Ford is the Man of Honor in the wedding of two of his best friend's, Addie and Tucker. Violet is planning on staying in town temporarily to regroup and help her sister. He has relationship issues and she has sworn off men after her ex cheated.From the beginning, though, the sparks between them were obvious - liter Cindi Madsen was already one of my favorite authors, but she has outdone herself with Always a Bridesmaid. Ford and Violet's story brings readers back to the small town of Uncertainty. Ford is the Man of Honor in the wedding of two of his best friend's, Addie and Tucker. Violet is planning on staying in town temporarily to regroup and help her sister. He has relationship issues and she has sworn off men after her ex cheated.From the beginning, though, the sparks between them were obvious - literal sparks when she accidentally starts a fire Ford rescues her from. That connection only grew stronger the more time they spent together.Though he frustrated me at times, I could understand Ford's relationship/family issues. He didn't have it easy growing up and it affected his entire outlook. Violet also had trust issues and I was really happy to see her get a happily ever after, even with a few bumps along the way.The writing was fabulous with lots of laugh-out-loud moments and more than a few that tug at the heartstrings. I absolutely loved getting to spend more time in Uncertainty.Also, the set-up to Easton's story at the end has me hoping the next book comes soon!Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Randi (randi_reads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsViolet returns to Uncertainty, Alabama, after being strung along for many years with the promise of marriage by her ex to him marrying someone else. She’s come to stay with her half sister for a month or two and she causes quite a stir in the small town on her first day. That’s where she meets hot firefighter, Ford.Ford is the Dude of Honor in his best friend, Addie’s wedding and is clueless about wedding stuff. Violet has been a bridesmaid seven times and agrees to help with the planni 3.5 starsViolet returns to Uncertainty, Alabama, after being strung along for many years with the promise of marriage by her ex to him marrying someone else. She’s come to stay with her half sister for a month or two and she causes quite a stir in the small town on her first day. That’s where she meets hot firefighter, Ford.Ford is the Dude of Honor in his best friend, Addie’s wedding and is clueless about wedding stuff. Violet has been a bridesmaid seven times and agrees to help with the planning, which puts her and Ford together often.This is a cute, quick read. I enjoyed Violet and Ford’s story. It was somewhat predictable, but I was okay with it. I enjoyed the banter between Violet and Ford, the friendship between all the friends, and the cute German shepherd puppies-in-training!This is book two in the series. I have not read the first book and didn’t feel like I was missing any necessary information to enjoy this book. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for a digital arc in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    3+ StarsI’ve loved most of the books I’ve read by Ms. Madsen, and when I saw this new one was about a firefighter who trained puppies I just couldn’t keep away. Even though it ended up being quite the cute, sweet romance it was not exactly the gripping story I was hoping for.Violet was obsessed with everything wedding. And although I’ve come to realize that many people could connect to this very defining aspect of her, sadly I could not. She was sweet and kind of funny but had ginormous daddy is 3+ StarsI’ve loved most of the books I’ve read by Ms. Madsen, and when I saw this new one was about a firefighter who trained puppies I just couldn’t keep away. Even though it ended up being quite the cute, sweet romance it was not exactly the gripping story I was hoping for.Violet was obsessed with everything wedding. And although I’ve come to realize that many people could connect to this very defining aspect of her, sadly I could not. She was sweet and kind of funny but had ginormous daddy issues, as well as low self-esteem stemming from her family dynamics and the asshole loser she had been with for the last decade. I did love how she, very slowly, came to realize some stuff about her life and opened herself up to seeing things in a new light.Ford was the epitome of hunky firefighter with a slight savior complex. Being part of an S&R troop, as well as a K-9 S&R trainer and EMT just gave him more tools to act on that. Once we get a bit of backstory into his childhood, we understand why he is the way he is and where all his trust issues come from. Unfortunately, his hot and cold (dare I say cowardly) approach to being with Violet drove me absolutely bonkers.There were some serious family issues for both of them that needed resolving, and I’m not completely sure I liked how it was handled on Violet’s case. But hey, I’m all for forgiving and starting fresh… I just would have liked to see some slapping of the stepmother, that’s all I’m saying.Violet and Ford shared a powerful attraction but were set on fighting it, each for their own reasons. I loved how they were together once they both pulled their walls down but was put off when they built those walls back up. It was so annoying!!! Fortunately, there was a gaggle of active puppies, great friends, sassy banter and one adorable baby niece to even things out.While Always a Bridesmaid didn’t blow me away, I loved some parts and really enjoyed reading it.*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
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  • Megan (readingretriever)
    January 1, 1970
    Always a Bridesmaid Rating: 5/5This book was adorable! If you are looking for a small town romance full of relatable character and sexy encounters, give Always a Bridesmaid a read! The two main characters, Violet and Ford, made for an excellent pairing. From the first moment they meet, when Violet almost burns her sister's bakery down (a very funny scene!), their banter was on point and their chemistry was electric. Its pretty clear that these two were meant to be together and I enjoyed their ve Always a Bridesmaid Rating: 5/5This book was adorable! If you are looking for a small town romance full of relatable character and sexy encounters, give Always a Bridesmaid a read! The two main characters, Violet and Ford, made for an excellent pairing. From the first moment they meet, when Violet almost burns her sister's bakery down (a very funny scene!), their banter was on point and their chemistry was electric. Its pretty clear that these two were meant to be together and I enjoyed their very sexy journey of realizing that they are in love. I also loved the small town setting (Uncertainty, Alabama). Your typical small town archetypes (the town gossip, town bad boy that no one thinks will settle down) were all present and it was humorous to watch the small town gossip mill run wild over Violet and Ford's budding romance. Obviously, my favorite part of the whole book were the three German Shepard puppies that Ford was training to be search and rescue dogs. It was so charming to watch Violet interacts with the pups and fall in love with one of the trouble making doggos :) Overall, this was an excellent romance read. You don't need to read the first book in the Getting Hitched in Dixie Series (Just One of the Groomsmen - which is also delightful) to thoroughly enjoy this Always a Bridesmaid! Thank you Entangled Publishing for the gifted copy.
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  • D. Rivera
    January 1, 1970
    Loved everything about this book. Ford was great. I loved Violet with him. I was hooked on this book.
  • Jae (Bookish Bluebird)
    January 1, 1970
    Always a Bridesmaid was my first Cindi Madsen book and I am now a BIG fan! This novel brought on all the feels and reignited my love for small town romances. In short, I absolutely loved this fun and heart-warming read. This book skyrocketed up to the top of my favorite reads of 2020. I have the paperback on order and there is a reread in the very near future for me. I need to sticky note all my favorite scenes after all, and there were many. Always a Bridesmaid was sweet. It was adorable, and i Always a Bridesmaid was my first Cindi Madsen book and I am now a BIG fan! This novel brought on all the feels and reignited my love for small town romances. In short, I absolutely loved this fun and heart-warming read. This book skyrocketed up to the top of my favorite reads of 2020. I have the paperback on order and there is a reread in the very near future for me. I need to sticky note all my favorite scenes after all, and there were many. Always a Bridesmaid was sweet. It was adorable, and it was sexy. My heart fluttered and ached as Violet and Ford's relationship grew. Allow me to start easy and mention how stinkin' cute the cover is! Is that puppy not pulling at your heart strings? Yes, there are puppies in the book. And yes, I am weak against them in real life and fiction. Wait 'til you learn the puppies' names and you will melt just as easily as I did. Cindi Madsen somehow found the key to my heart, and incorporated all my favorite elements in one book—humor, heart, friendship, babies, pets, baked goods and men in uniform. As Always a Bridesmaid is set in a small town, Ford takes on more than just one professional role. That's more than one "uniform" and *heart eyes*. It didn't hurt that he's dedicated and gives 110% to all his jobs. I loved Ford. But I, by far, loved Violet's character and strength most.Violet is my girl. She's a hot mess. Throughout the entire novel, I just wanted to bundle her up and protect her. Violet returns to small town Uncertainty after her dream wedding plans go up in smoke. Her thoughts go a mile a minute, and I thoroughly enjoyed her keen sense of humor and narrative. Violet is a professional photography that has lost her muse. Her kind heart and bridesmaid experiences get her pulled into helping plan another wedding. Ford's best friend's wedding to be exact. The character dynamics within Ford's close circle of friends were sweet and they all kindly took Violet into their fold. Violet's relationship with her sister was also precious.Now back to Ford for a moment. He's very swoon-worthy. All the interactions between Violet and Ford had me giggling and grinning like an idiot. Their chemistry is SO GOOD. There was a moment where I wanted to shake Ford (and another secondary character) but it made sense that the story played out as they did in the "conflict". Not that I agreed with what he did or how he approached the subject. Shame on you, Ford. FOR SHAME. I reread that scene, and what Violet said, a lot. My heart hurt so bad, but in a good way? I was always cheering for her happiness but especially in that scene. Yes girl, always choose YOU first. I would love to continue on with my fangirling of this book and talk about all of my favorite scenes. But! I'd be going into spoiler material then [aka the danger zone]. Always a Bridesmaid is best enjoyed with fresh eyes! I certainly felt that I stumbled on secret treasure. Imagine how pleased I was to find out that this was book #2 in a series of standalones. *happy dance* I'll be diving into book #1 soon and look forward to more stories in Uncertainty.**ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review (thank you, Entangled!)
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID is the second instalment in Cindi Madsen’s contemporary, adult GETTING HITCHED romance series focusing on the people of Uncertainty, Alabama. This is paramedic/firefighter Ford Maguire, and photographer Violet Abram’s story line. ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary.Told from dual third person perspectives (Ford and Violet) ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID follows the bui ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID is the second instalment in Cindi Madsen’s contemporary, adult GETTING HITCHED romance series focusing on the people of Uncertainty, Alabama. This is paramedic/firefighter Ford Maguire, and photographer Violet Abram’s story line. ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary.Told from dual third person perspectives (Ford and Violet) ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID follows the building relationship between paramedic/firefighter Ford Maguire, and photographer Violet Abrams. Finding her boyfriend of ten years in the arms of another woman pushed Violet Abrams a little too far. Leaving Pensacola, Florida, heading to Uncertainty, Alabama, Violet has time to reconsider all that has happened. Taking some time for herself, Violet volunteers to refurbish her half-sister’s bakery where she will come face to face with Uncertainty, Alabama’s K-9 trainer, paramedic, fire-fighter Ford Maguire when she accidentally sets the bakery oven on fire. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Ford and Violet, and the potential fall-out when Ford gets some unsolicited advice from several people forcing our hero to walk away from the woman with whom he had fallen in love.Violet Abrams kept a binder of all things wedding having prepared for the day when she would fall in love but Violet was about to become a bridesmaid for the eighth and final time believing she would never be worthy of her own happily ever after. Meeting Ford Maguire gave Violet a hope for the future but Ford struggled with the direction of their current relationship. Ford Maguire thought Violet may be the one but a few well chosen words from others including a new revelation forced Ford to look at the bigger picture breaking Violet’s heart in the process.The relationship between Violet and Ford is one of immediate attraction. Violet was only in Uncertainty, Alabama until she finished her sister’s bakery remodel, but falling for Ford had our heroine considering making Uncertainty her permanent home. Ford never considered himself a romantic having lived through his father’s numerous divorces, affairs and engagements. As the “best-dude” for Addison and Tucker’s wedding, Ford struggled with all-things wedding related further re-enforcing his lack of having a romantic side. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.There is a large ensemble cast of colorful and energetic secondary and supporting characters. We are reintroduced to Addison Murphy and Tucker Crawford (Just One of the Groomsmen #1), as well as Will and Lexi, police officer Easton, Firefighter Darius, and Violet’s sister Maisy, and their father Mayor Hurst and his wife Cheryl. ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID is a story of family, friendships, relationships and love. The premise is engaging and captivating; the romance is seductive; the characters are numerous, spirited and impassioned.Copy supplied for reviewwww.thereadingcafe.com
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