Release Date: October 1, 2013
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Review Copy from NetGalley
What a fun, lighthearted contemporary read! This story is everything I’ve come to love about Julia London’s work: great characters, fast pace, and sweet romance. She has a style that makes it impossible not to get lost in the story. The Bridesmaid takes us on a cross-country adventure to get to the church on time.
Kate Preston’s traveling home from New York to Seattle to be the Maid of Honor for her best friend and cousin, Lisa, with the world’s ugliest bridesmaid’s dress in tow. Joe Firretti’s leaving New York behind to start the job of a lifetime in Seattle. A megastorm pummeling the central United States is wreaking havoc on air travel, and they feel lucky just to make it out on their flight. Little did they know this was just the beginning.
The dynamic between seatmates Kate and Joe is perfection from the beginning – the annoyance a hung-over Joe feels at Kate’s mindless bantering, Kate’s annoyance at Joe hogging their mutual armrest, and Joe poking fun at the giant, pink, raft-like garment bag holding Kate’s dress. It’s clear there’s chemistry there, but London doesn’t make it overt. She doesn’t need to state how interested they are, because it’s evident in their interactions. Their escapades only increase the connection as they’re forced to resort to car, then train and finally another plane to make it to their destination.
By the time they make it to Seattle, I felt like Joe and Kate had been together for months. I commend London for making this fast track relationship totally genuine and believable. In fact it broke my heart a little when they resign themselves to the idea that this has to be temporary under the circumstances. But you know what they say about absence, right? It makes the heart grow fonder. Luckily for us that leads to a pretty sweet happily ever after.
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS