Friday, August 15, 2014

Review of READY TO WED by Cindi Madsen

Ready to Wed
Cindi Madsen
Release Date: 7/22/14
Genre: Contemporary

Book Synopsis:
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?

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     Ah, what would you do if you went on a destination wedding only to be left hanging by the groom-to-be?  And not just hanging, but stuck on the cruise ship with him AFTER he decides not to marry you?  And the worst part, you are a high profile wedding planner whose failed wedding is going to be thrown in your face.  Well if you are Dakota, you have a break down, then put on your big girl panties and try to go on with planning weddings you no longer are excited about.  While she struggles everyday to come to terms with her failed I Do's, she knows that she has to feign excitement for every wedding she plans.  The last thing she expected was for her long-time-no-see best friend to show back up in her life.  
     Brendan shows up a Dakota's office to find her in a miserable state, but also can't help but notice how beautiful she has become.  He knows about her failed wedding, but could care less.  She is the only one who as ever truly SEEN him and he has thought about her everyday they have been apart.  
     While neither one expects to start a relationship with each other, they also can't deny the sparks that are in the air anytime they are around each other.  Soon their friends with benny's relationship turns into a full blown relationship thing and both couldn't be happier.  
     When Dakota's ex wants back in her life will she take him back?  Will she admit to Brendan that she has fallen in love with him and wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life with him?  In order to find out, you will need to get a copy of this book.  I couldn't help feel bad for Dakota.  No one wants to be left hanging on their wedding day, especially so far away from home.  When she tries to move on with her life, it seems someone is always throwing it up in her face.  Luckily she has some close friends and clients that help her to see the big picture.  
     I love how Brendan did not put any pressure on Dakota to be together.  You could tell right from the beginning that he has feelings for her, but he lets her move at her own pace.  He was so sweet and understanding that you couldn't help but root for him.  This was such a good read that once I started it I couldn't put it down.  I only hope that the author writes another book and gives Dakota's best friend Jillian her HEA.  Here's to keeping my fingers crossed!  

Author Bio:
Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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