Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: The Bridesmaid by Julia London

"You've got some wacky ideas floating behind those pretty green eyes, Kate." - Joe Firretti

The Bridesmaid
Author: Julia London
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: October 1, 2013
Source: Publisher

Buy Links: Amazon - Barnes & Noble
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Getting her to the wedding on time is the least of his worries...

Kate Preston just moved to New York, but she has to get back to Seattle in time for her best friend's wedding. Joe Firretti is moving to Seattle, and has to get there in time or risk losing his new job. But fate's got a sense of humor.

Kate goes from rubbing elbows on a plane with a gorgeous but irritating strange (doggone armrest hog) to sharing one travel disaster after another with him on four wheels. Joe thought he had his future figured out, but sometimes fates has to knock you over the head pretty hard before you see what opportunity is standing in front of a really god-awful poufy bridesmaid dress.

Shut the front door! It's January and I already knocked out a Blogger Shame? Holla! I promise I will never do that again... Maybe... *wink* 

I've been at a loss about how I should pick books for the Blogger Shame challenge? Do I zoom through NetGalley and see what catches my eye? Yeah, no... That'll take forever. So I decided to let NG pick for me. Which ever book randomly pops up when I log onto my dashboard, that'll be the book I read. Gotta say, The Bridesmaid popped up at the perfect time because I was in the mood for a quick and adorable novella.

I had a fun time reading The Bridesmaid. It's quick. It's cute. What more could you ask from a Julia London book? The characters were lovable. I enjoyed the idea of Kate and Joe traveling together and encountering some interesting obstacles, including questionable tuna. There was one thing that threw me for a loop. Since I went into the novella blind, I was expecting it to be part of a series. I thought for sure it was at least a prequel novella for a series, but it's not. That put a little bit of a damper into my mood because I loved the idea and I had hoped Julia expanded on it a bit more, either with friends or even different strangers traveling together and hitting it off. I kind of wanted to spend a bit more time in the world. That being said, I did quite enjoy this one. If you're a fan of the movie Forces of Nature (without the idea of cheating) or Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, you should definitely give The Bridesmaid a whirl.

Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular  Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch and The Perfect Homecoming.

Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction.

She lives in Austin, Texas.

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