Ready to Wed by Cindi Madsen
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 fiancé 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?
Review...Dakota was left standing on the beach in her wedding dress by the guy she thought loved her. What could be a worse fate for a wedding planner? In this cute and fun story, Dakota deals with the fallout. She's devastated, yes, but where is her sweet dog, Cupid, going to live and how will the brides she plans wedding for react? And why did Grant do this? It's a lot to take in for poor Dakota but then her best friend, Brendan, shows up again after years apart and things start to get interesting.
As I expected from a Cindi Madsen book, this one was very character driven. Grant had me seeing red. I get his cold feet and the reasons behind it but he handled it so badly. I wanted to throw him off the boat and cheered at the thought of Dakota taking him out with the ice bucket.
It took me a while to feel things about Brendan. I was grateful he showed up and that he wasn't going to just wait for Dakota to get back to him when her life was back together. I loved that he wanted Cupid to stay with him. He had a protective, caring nature that I loved. But really, it was when Dakota and Brendan were together that I learned to love him.
What's fun about this story is the smiling. From Dakota's no nonsense friend Jillian to Dakota's snarky charm, there was lots to smile about. Dakota handles her pain with a healthy dose of humor and goal setting. Her OCD organization trying to mix with Brendan's laid back decorating methods, it was fun.
This is the kind of story that warms your heart and helps you believe in happy. If that's the kind of sweet romance that you enjoy, don't miss this one.
Entangled still has the giveaway going on for the release of this book.