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?
About The Author
Cindi Madsen 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. She is the YA author of DEMONS OF THE SUN & ALL THE BROKEN PIECES, and the adult author of FALLING FOR HER FIANCE, ACT LIKE YOU LOVE ME and CINDERELLA SCREWED ME OVER.
Rating: 5 glasses of Wine
So there I was, a nice cold winter evening, wrapped in a warm blanket, kiddo in bed sound asleep, husband playing online poker, much needed glass of wine in hand, and Ready To Wed’s ARC on my phone, just waiting to be read, that familiar warm feeling washing over me. You know the one, right? It’s a feeling of anticipation, of knowing that this book (or whatever the heck you are about to do) is going to be great. It’s going to make you laugh until you feel like you’ve been doing 800 crunches an hour, you’ll feel that familiar connectivity with a character you’ve never met, but you manage to hit it off with them in a few sentences and you feel like you just found your best friend. Yet you know that it’s only a matter of pages before you’ll be crying your eyes out (well, bawling is a more appropriate word), at something this wonderful new best friend of yours does, or doesn’t do. But it’s all okay, because when you reach that last page, that last sentence, that last word and that final, final, punctuation mark, you give that sigh of contentment and you feel complete.
I think it’s pretty obvious that I really loved Ready To Wed, probably to the point where I sound a bit like a psycho lady, right? Well I have come to accept that I do turn into a bit of a psycho whenever I read something that Cindi Madsen wrote. I just can’t help myself. She’s so damn good! And her characters are amazing and filled with flaws and they just manage to make you fall head over heels for them.
I loved Dakota. I found her very similar to Darcy in Cinderella Screwed Me Over, but she’s a bit more of a perfectionist. She falls in love easily and sometimes it happens before she’s even sure she wanted it to happen. She’s on the ball with everything and it’s no wonder so many brides count on her for everything. I wish I had a Dakota to run to when I managed to get my hair to look like a disaster. She’s been dumped at the altar, and then she has to surround herself with blushing brides and wedding crap all day long. She’s a lot stronger than I would have been. I’d probably close up shop and move to another planet after telling the whole state I was getting married, then only to have to tell them that I did not, in fact, get married at all. But then Dakota has something that not all of us can have. Brendan West.
Oh HOLY HOT DAMN, please can someone give him to me for Christmas. Please, pretty, pretty, pretty please. Brendan is everything a girl wants in a man and more. I would never be able to have him as my best friend though, because I’d be drooling and daydreaming way too much, and no one wants to do that around their best friend? Not only is he hot, but he’s sweet too, and he’s pretty damn smart. He’s like a big shot security guy at a casino, though personally I’d love it if he was my personal security guard.
Watching their relationship evolve from used-to-be-friends to friends-with-a-lot-chemistry, to falling-head-over-heels-for-each-other, filled me with fun and happiness. They are the perfect embodiment of what a fun and loving relationship should be. And although I loved the whole book and all the romance and laughs, my favourite scene was not, as most would believe, between Dakota and Brendan, but it was between Dakota and her father. Even though their relationship isn’t mentioned too much or even the focus of the book, that scene had me bawling pretty ugly tears.
And when you get to the end of this book, please don’t scream, or swear or curse, because people will think you are crazy and you will receive looks that convey their thoughts pretty well, and besides, it’ll be over soon and you’ll be back to laughing and crying and being generally happy.
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