E-galley Review: Bridesmaid for Hire by Meghan Quinn

Posted April 2, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 13 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

E-galley Review: Bridesmaid for Hire by Meghan QuinnBridesmaid for Hire by Meghan Quinn
Series: Bridesmaid for Hire #1
Published by Bloom Books on April 2, 2024
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy
Pages: 448
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: five-stars
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Sometimes the wedding of the century calls for desperate measures.
And sometimes those desperate measures are to pretend the person you hate most is actually your boyfriend.

After years of working her tail off at her event-planning business, Maggie Mitchell is ready for a vacation. With nothing on her mind but R & R, she’s enjoying the warm weather of Bora Bora when in saunters Brody McFadden, her brother’s best friend and also her sworn enemy. Thanks to years of tension between the two—kicked off by a make-out session at her brother’s wedding that ended horribly—Maggie has sworn to stay away from the man. That is, until she finds out he’s in Bora Bora for his boss’s daughter’s wedding, hoping to use the trip to win a real future at the company.

Maggie promised herself she wouldn’t even think of work on the island, but as word spreads about the “wedding of the century” taking place in the midst of her vacation, she realizes offering her services as a bridesmaid and planner could bring her business to the next level. The only catch? She needs to pose as Brody’s girlfriend to get the job…while letting him stay in her peaceful bungalow.

Tensions rise, irritation flairs, and despite years’ worth of bickering behind closed doors, Maggie can’t quite squash the sparks building between her and her new fake boyfriend, especially when she learns the real reason their first kiss was cut short. But as the wedding day draws closer and everything starts to go wrong, it just might be Brody who sends Maggie’s business crashing down—and her heart along with it.

Once again I was left thinking how much of a genius Meghan Quinn was several times as I read this book. It’s like the things she comes up with, both the crazy out there hilarious little debacles and banter, as well as just the perfect situations and backgrounds, even as they may fit into the standard tropes and such, they are still unique and different enough that I look forward to finding out just what she can come up with every single book. Of course the characters, Maggie and Brody were perfect as well.

First of all, there was the way Maggie would sleep, and how Brody woke up with her head on his lap on the mornings even before they were doing more than a fake dating relationship. I mean, who comes up with that, let alone does anyone actually do that? Because OMG I was dying laughing! And all the bad situations Brody kept getting into, the snake, getting sick on the boat, the spear fishing. He couldn’t seem to escape getting into these sticky situations every single chance he could, and so often at no fault of his own.

Secondly the chemistry between Maggie and Brody was off the charts as always with Meghan Quinn’s characters. Several scenes that had me fanning myself for sure! Even just ones where Brody teased Maggie and kind of left her hanging, yeah, I felt that too! The connection between them was perfect, and when they decided to go for the relationship, the way he made his mind up about her brother was so realistic and perfect in my opinion. I even loved how while there may have been that third act breakup moment for this story, it made sense in how and why it happened. Although maybe Maggie was a bit over the top for not giving him a chance to explain. I was extremely happy that the author didn’t do one of those things that made us wait and pine for a long time like she has done in the past. (I’m talking about you, Knox and Maggie – 8 years!)

And third, I have to mention that again I love love love all the supporting characters in this story. I mean Maggie’s brother when he found out mostly being worried that Brody would no longer keep him as his number one. And of course Maggie’s friend that we know from The Way I Hate Him, and the time we got to spend with her and her hunky Hayes. The wedding party was full of great characters, especially the twin brothers Hudson and Hardy that I hope get their own books too.

Now this is supposed to be part of the Almond Bay series, but I think this one is with a traditional publisher so is titled a little differently and not listed that way. But our characters are connected to them, and we get to spend some time with those other characters in this book. I did also check with the author and I guess this will be the first one in a new series as well! And when I finished the book, I have a feeling who the next book might be about. Another winner from Meghan Quinn, and now I guess another series from her I will be devouring as she writes them!

Meghan and me at Book Bonanza 2022

USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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13 responses to “E-galley Review: Bridesmaid for Hire by Meghan Quinn

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yes, sometimes the 3rd act break up seems forced and over the top to me. I need it to make sense, and this totally did!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Agreed, I always love fake dating, even if it is always predictable, I mean it is a whole specific trope, lol. I like to see how the author will pull it off and if they can surprise me.

    • Lisa Mandina

      They are all so much fun, literally laugh out loud. Sometimes I laugh so hard my dogs get mad at me if they’re sitting with me.

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