Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Ready to Wed

Author Cindi Madsen
Format e-ARC
Print Length 350 pages
Publisher Entangled: Select
Published July 22, 2014

Dakota Halifax loves to be in love. In fact, as one of Las Vegas’s premier wedding planners, she’s built a whole career around romance. Which is why her own wedding has to be nothing short of perfect. And then her fiancĂ© jilts her. While she’s waiting in her wedding dress. On a cruise ship already out at sea. Once back on dry land, Dakota tries to pour her heart into her business and weekly wedding advice column, Get Ready to Wed. But how can the heartbroken celebrate others’ true love? When she reconnects with her childhood best friend, surprisingly sexy and all-grown-up casino bouncer Brendan West, Dakota wonders if maybe she can fall back in love with being in love.

But then her ex reappears, begging for another chance, and suddenly Dakota questions if she’ll ever understand love. Can someone once-burned and twice-shy ever find her way down the aisle again?

My Opinion

Ready to Wed is a light-hearted and fun contemporary that will leave you believing in happily ever after.

Dakota did not have a normal upbringing- her momma walked away from her and her daddy when she was young. One would think that being raised by a football coach would make her tom-boyish. Instead she comes out on top of the girly girl cake- as a wedding planner. A great wedding planner. One who can pull off just about anything: hair mishaps, animal mishaps even family mishaps she can handle. Her own groom MIA is a little bit harder to handle.

She dusts herself off and gets back to work. This is suppose to be the busiest wedding season of her career. She cannot let her own heartbreak her job. Even if she is hating everything and anything to do with happily ever after. Grant isn’t helping matters by trying to talk to her, explain his situation. Begging her to come back to him.

Her childhood bestie, Brendan moves back to town and looks her up. Speaking of looks, he is smoking HOT! Even better than that he understands what she is going through and he is there for her yet again. Just like he was when her momma abandoned her.

I loved the easy relationship that Brendan and Dakota have with each other. Jillian, Dakota’s bestie will call a spade a spade which is refreshing. Dakota has a lot to figure out. Brendan knows this and doesn’t rush her or expect anything from her. But most of all, I like how Dakota is confused about her feelings for Grant- how she cannot just hate him for standing her up on their wedding day.

This is a book that brought tears to my eyes, had me laughing out loud and at times yelling at the characters. Overall, a fabulous read that I would recommend to everyone.

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote He says he needs me, and the fact of the matter is, my feelings for him didn’t just turn off because he didn’t show up on that beach.

Other People

Grant- Dakota’s fiancĂ©, leaves her at the altar
Phoebe- Newspaper columnist who hates Dakota and writes about her life
Jillian- Dakota’s no nonsense bestie