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.
Good evening everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful day today. I was originally going to make this a Manga Monday post because I requested a few manga on Netgalley, but since I haven’t heard back on those yet, I’m just going to talk about the two romance novels I was approved for today!
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.