Double Romance Review: Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen & Wrong Bed, Right Brother by Rebecca Brooks

Good morning everyone! Today I’m coming to you with a Fiction Friday and that means it’s time for a double book review! All reviews are spoiler-free.

Today’s books are: Always the Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen and Wrong Bed, Right Brother by Rebecca Brooks.

I decided to put these two books together in a review, despite how different they are, because they are backlist ARCs that I received from Entangled Publishing. They are both romance, though two completely different types.

I will be reviewing them separately in below, but since I’m trying to catch up on ARCs, I’m combining some reviews into one post that way I can actually post reviews on here for the ARCs I’ve gotten.

The first book’s “order now” link is through BookShop and my local bookstore, Golden Bee Bookshop. The second is through Amazon because I couldn’t find it on BookShop, though the first three books in that series are on there.

Let’s get right into this starting with Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen.

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Talk Dirty, Cowboy by Elle Thorpe Spoiler-Free Book Review

Good evening everyone. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I ended up finishing Talk Dirty, Cowboy today and I wanted to review it while the thoughts were still fresh in my mind. So let’s do that.

I got this book from Give Me Books Promotions for my honest review.

Let’s first talk details about this book.

Series: Dirty Cowboy
Book Number:
Widow, Single Parent, Sports?, Cowboys
Romance, M/F
Age Range:
Adult (In-depth sex scenes)
Page Count:

(If there are any other details you’d like for me to include in the future, let me know!)


This book follows Bowen, a bull-rider who’s only goal is to win the championship belt buckle after the death of his wife. It’s been four years since her death and since he’s been raising his son alone (well, with the help of his father). Except everything is falling apart as his bull-riding is getting worse and worse.

Paisley, on the other hand, is finally happy again. Well, as happy as she can be while she still deals with the lack of help from her ex-husband who ruined her life, but left her with two beautiful children. She’s working herself to the bone to make ends meet while still making sure she has fun singing very loudly to annoy her ten-year-old son.

Except one day, her son leaves his game on and she comes face to face (well, webcam to webcam) with the handsome Bowen. These two hit it off immediately and a romance begins.

Time for a breakdown


Overall, this story was good. I feel like there could have been a bit more fleshing out that happened, though. I feel like there wasn’t much depth to the story, but the romance was very enjoyable and I found myself rooting for these two characters to get their happy ending.

So, I’d give the story/romance category a 4 out of 5.


The characters and their development was something that I had a bigger issue with. I feel like there was a big focus on Bowen’s previous relationship and how it affected him, but not much on Paisley’s and how it affected her. There was a taste of it, but nothing concrete like there should have been. It hinted that it affected her deeply, but didn’t show. Told, didn’t show.

So, for characters, I’d have to give it a 3 out of 5.


The writing was done well. I was a bit confused because I didn’t realize it was an Australian author, so I didn’t realize it took place in Australia until it mentioned that there was an “American accent.” Threw me for a loop there.

But it was written well. Hit all the plot points and fits into the genre. Nothing really stands out that would cause me to take away. This wasn’t meant to be a mind-blowing, methophorical masterpiece.

So, 5 out of 5 there.

My Thoughts

Like I said, I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and a quick read. I rooted for the relationship and despite the issues I had, still found myself loving the story. It wasn’t life changing or anything, but I enjoyed it.

So, 5 out of 5 there.


Doing the math, it comes out to be 4.25 so I rounded it to 4. It was a solid read for me.

Now, time for some questions to be answered.

Will I read from this author again? Yes.
Will I continue this series? Yes.
Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes, if they are looking for a hot and steamy romance with a Southern twist and don’t mind widowed stories (I personally don’t care for them)
What other books would you recommend like this? This is a tough question. I haven’t really read a lot of cowboy romances. For another widowed story that was good, go for Torn by Harper Phoenix. For a cowboy romance (also kind of a widow story, she was engaged), Her Cowboy’s Promise by Jennifer Hoopes. And for another Australian story with an American heroine, check out The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London.

If you can think of any other questions I should ask for my reviews, please let me know! Also, make sure to check out my release blitz post (my previous post) for this book to see more information!

If you want to get this book, get it from any of the links below!


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Torn by Harper Phoenix Release Blitz & Spoiler-Free Review

Good morning all! Today I’m back with my first release blitz since I started posting here again. I’m sorry that I’ve been gone this past week. I just got behind on everything, but I’m going to get better this week!

Also, I posted a video on my YouTube! Make sure you check it out and let me know any books that you have read that deal with loss of innocence.

Speaking of innocence, let’s get to this release blitz!!

Just so you all know, the Amazon US links are for my Amazon Associates. In other words, by using that link, I will get a certain amount from the sale. It helps me out. You can use this link by clicking on the photo of the cover and the Amazon US link in the list of purchase links in this post. I will be eternally grateful!

I stopped doing release blitz for Give Me Books Promotions because they always seem very hit or miss for me. The books usually chosen aren’t one’s that I would normally pick up. They focus a lot more on the smutty romances rather than the more tame ones that I prefer.

This one was right in the middle. The sex scenes were hot, but tame enough. And THANK YOU Harper Phoenix for being very actively mentioning protection and the like.


She was sworn off men…

… Until an accidental meeting changed everything.

Alissa sacrificed everything for her husband and child. While he climbed the corporate ladder, she made them a nice home and became the perfect wife.

Until he broke her trust.

Broke her spirit.

Since a tragic accident changed his existence, Luke has had to fight his demons on a daily basis. Despite the heartbreak that haunts him he is determined to live his life to the fullest.

A promise he can’t break.

No matter the pain.

When fate throws Alissa and Luke together, it’s the very last thing either of them are looking for. Is there a chance its could be everything they need?”

Be warned that this book does have trigger warnings for anxiety and the death of a child. So know that going into that.

My Thoughts

So, overall I really loved this book. I had read a book that I didn’t really love right before this one and I was really nervous going into it.

I started reading it and fell in love with these characters. I connected with Alissa and understood her anxiety. You could tell that the author has been through this themselves while reading it.

I truly fell in love with this couple and I wanted them to get their happy ending. After everything they’ve been through, that’s just what they deserved.

This tells the story of these two through heartbreak and their dark times and show that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, if you just work toward it.

Definitely 5 stars from me!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a giveaway and an excerpt from the novel!

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Get To Know The Author

I’m a born and bred East Yorkshire lass. Where I still live with my husband and our children.
A self-confessed night owl, that’s usually when I do my best work, lucky for me home-schooling my daughter gives me plenty of time to catch up on those late-night hours writing, although my irrational love of full sugar coke can help with that too—don’t tell the sugar police.

I wrote my first book when my daughter was born back in 2004, but it stayed on my laptop for years while I worked out what to do with it. Things were sure different back then, and to be able to publish a manuscript you’d poured your soul into seemed a far-off dream, one that I didn’t know would ever come true.

While my first book baby festered on my hard drive, I went on to study a Creative Writing and English degree, while also growing our family with not only children but more puppies and dog’s than a sane woman should have.

With a degree under my belt, those original characters, tucked safely far away from sight, still called to me like old friends. Using my new skills and knowledge I decided to give them the attention they deserved. Forbidden Love is the result of those long years of maturing and I couldn’t be prouder of how my first novel turned out.

What began as one story, fifteen years ago, grew to become a series and in 2016 I took the plunge and dove into the indie publishing world releasing Forbidden Love to feedback that blew my mind.
And here I still am, loving every minute, bringing characters that hold a place in my heart to life.
All I can do now, is hope you are here to join me for the ride.


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Thank you all so much for joining me. I truly hope that you check out this book. I really loved it and I hope that you do as well.

Keep reading for the excerpt from the book!




When your whole world implodes and in the matter of hours and your happily ever after turns to dust, life sucks.

I’m left holding the baby. Literally.

The baby being my eleven-month old daughter, Nora, who knows nothing of her father’s failure to be a decent husband… man… well human-being really. He’s a shitty person and that’s all there is to it. Our story started out like your typical fairy-tale. Goosebumps still prickle my skin when I remember the way he chased me throughout Senior school, and the years of romance that followed. And the proposal and wedding? Just call me Cinde-fucking-rella. But my perfect life came crashing down as quickly as that pink line appeared on the pregnancy test. Apparently a tired, puffy and hormonal wife didn’t exactly make my husband’s dick stand to attention. So, in a move I can only imagine was driven by his little head (and I do mean little,) he decided my ex-best friend was a better option.

That’s right I said ex because before she did the dirty with my husband she was the best friend. I told her everything, confided in her and cried on her shoulder about my non-existent sex life and all the while her own sex life was heating up with my husband. Weekends away on ‘business trips’ and doing all the things a wife should be doing with her husband. Except she was his slutty side piece with a big fat mouth and a huge spent pussy the whole football team had ridden so often they called her the local bike.

Yeah, I’m bitter and I don’t care. I’ve been wronged by the two people I trusted the most. Now I’m a single mother with no social life to speak of, and my only conversation is in baby gobbledegook. I actually look forward to the delivery woman ringing the doorbell when I order groceries online. Yeah, I have them delivered. Have you ever tried juggling a crying baby and a shopping cart while concentrating on what comfort food you plan to stuff your face with that night while crying over chick flicks? Yeah, I’m miserable, it’s obvious, right?

The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts | Spoiler-Free Book Review

Good morning everyone! It’s time to review:

This review will be completely spoiler-free!

I got this book from Entangled teen for my honest review. all thoughts are my own!

This book follows book lover Amy as she is trying to win a competition to meet and interview her favorite author. But she doesn’t have the confidence to win. That’s when surfer Toff comes in. He’s a playboy who is great at winning competitions. But also Amy’s crush.

Can Amy win this competition while keeping her feelings for Toff in check? What about when she starts questioning if how he’s acting toward her is him feeling the same or just part of the coaching?

Just know, this is a spinoff of The Replacement Crush and the couple featured in that book is prominent in this one.

I LOVED this book. It was so cute and these two were definitely OTP worthy.

The writing was wonderfully done. There were times when phrases were mentioned that I didn’t understand (despite being an avid romance reader), but they were explained. Not in a way that felt info-dumpy, but in a way that fit with the story.

I felt like this book was a wonderful look at romance as a genre that isn’t just about the sex or “lesser than” any other genre. Amy is a lover of romance books and that helped me to feel even more connected to her. I felt like this book could have been me at that age.

You get both POVs, so you can watch as Amy struggles to get her “swagger” on and as Toff battles his own inner demons. The breakup between the POVs was done well and I feel like every scene in each POV was best to be told in that POV, if that makes sense.

I was left hanging though. I wish I had the photos these two took together. They were described so well that it felt like the author was just describing a picture. So, like, I need them. Thank you.

So, overall, I’d give this 4.5 stars. Wasn’t perfect, but definitely something I adored and would recommend.

This is directly from the author bio on the book.


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Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you enjoyed this post and the set up of this review. Expect more reviews to come soon.

Thank you again to Entangled Teen for sending me this book for review. I’m sorry it’s going up so late.

Let me know in the comments some of your favorite romance tropes!