The Bridesmaids’ Checklist: Laura’s Wedding
by K.T. Castle
GENRE: New Adult Chicklit Romance
Kassandra is a single, independent woman who prides herself on her own success. But when she’s asked by her best friend Laura to be the Maid of Honor in her wedding, Kassandra finds herself questioning her lifestyle. Helping Laura plan the wedding is no problem—she’s done it before for all their other friends. The first time was a blast, the second super fun, but doing it without receiving any help from the rest of the girls gets old really fast.
The whole event kicks off with the worst kind of surprise when Kassandra discovers who her friend’s fiancé really is, and she’s torn between supporting Laura’s future happiness and hiding the deeply buried, intimate past she shares with the groom-to-be. Struggling to be the bigger person and do all the hard work on her own, Kassandra finds surprising comfort in Josh, the best man in the wedding and someone she’s been avoiding for years. He’s charming, thoughtful, handsome, and the worst kind of womanizer, but she just can’t seem to stay away. All the while, Kassandra can’t help wondering if the wedding could be any more cliché—until she finds unexpected ways to change things up a bit.
From Chapter 11
“Why are you here, Josh?” I couldn’t hold back my curiosity any longer.
“What do you mean?”
He seemed completely caught off guard by my direct question, and I had to remind myself that he couldn’t see inside my head. I really didn’t know what I wanted to hear, but Edward’s words kept coming back to me. Maybe Josh only wanted to sleep with me, nothing else—although it seemed like a lot of trouble for only a night of pleasure.
“Do you really only care about getting into my pants?” I asked, bordering somewhere between a pleading glance and a glare.
Josh seemed to relax a bit before he answered me. “You know I do. But not in the way that moron phrased it. I don’t want you thinking about it like that.”
“You have no idea what I’m thinking,” I quipped.
“I don’t,” Josh said quietly. “I wish I had a clue.” Then he stepped closer to me and tilted his head. “And obviously you don’t know how I feel about you, either.”
“Then explain it to me.” I didn’t try to back away from him this time.
This time he looked at me with different eyes. I didn’t see myself broken in them anymore.
*Note, I have talked to the author about the book before I wrote my review. She emailed and I answered. 🙂 * When asked if I wanted to read this book, I thought to myself, sure, it’s chick lit/romance. Well, one thing, it’s mismarked in my opinion. It is a New Adult but there is nothing closely related to chick lit. It’s a contemporary romance with the NA angle. I don’t like NA for the all the angst, drama, and the woe is me crap that comes with it but Ms. Castle wrote a great contemporary romance (with a hint of spice/kink) that just so happens to have characters that fit the NA age bracket.
When asked if I wanted to read this book, I thought to myself, sure, it’s chick lit/romance. Well, one thing, it’s mismarked in my opinion. It is a New Adult but there is nothing closely related to chick lit. It’s a contemporary romance with the NA angle. I don’t like NA for the all the angst, drama, and the woe is me crap that comes with it but Ms. Castle wrote a great contemporary romance (with a hint of spice/kink) that just so happens to have characters that fit the NA age bracket.
I adored this book. It’s about self-discovery for Kas and events that shaped her from her college days that still felt raw and unresolved. You’ve all read about the Bridezilla or even been around the Bridezilla, right? Me, I haven’t. I wasn’t one so I just don’t get the whole concept. Laura is the worst one…EVER! In fact, throughout the whole book, she deserved to be slapped more than once and in the end, I still didn’t like her. She treated Kas the worst and supposedly, Kas was her wing woman. Kas was nothing but a doormat and then bring in Ed and I just boiled over.
Ed, the ex-boyfriend/Laura’s fiance was a douche in the beginning but redeemed himself in the end with Kas. I really liked how he admitted that he was wrong when it came to their college relationship and I felt like he really did feel some remorse in how he handled things with Kas. He pushed her into some kinky stuff and it backfired on him. You have to read the book to find out what it is. Yes, I’m mean.
Josh is a dream. Talk about a man that gave up his manwhore lifestyle just to be with Kas. Too bad that she didn’t see him that way at all. She needed to know that he was serious when it came to her and in the end, Laura ALMOST ruined that for Kas. Again, this is where Kas really needed to slap the crap out of her. Laura had no right, no right in telling Kas what she did and it has to be the biggest black moment that I’ve ever read in a book. The person that was there for Laura was Ed. Yes, Ed. At that point, I didn’t want Ed to even marry Laura, but…
The other friends, Sol (Marisol), Natalie and Denise were wonderful as Kas and Laura’s friends. Of course, those girls are more for Kas than Laura. They added depth to the relationship for Josh and Kas to move on. I can’t wait to read their stories in the future.
Overall, I really did like the book. Kas and Josh are perfect for each other. Too bad that I didn’t like Laura. Some readers might see something redeeming but I didn’t at all. And yes, the author knows this. He He! This is a great start to a series about friends and the post-college years.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
K.T. Castle is an author/artist in progress. She’s on a quest to find the words, forms, and colors to materialize the worlds and people of her imagination. She never saw herself as an incurable romantic, but lately, that’s what she finds herself musing about. Love is found everywhere, regardless if it comes from a nice person, an ass — mundane or even vampire. When she’s not busy with work, in front of a computer placing many thoughts in order, she makes her best to be creative or relax with a good book and a snack. Some of her favorite characters are Sookie, Rule and Shaw, Bella, Edward, Clary, Jace, Wrath, Hollywood, Blaire, Woods, Ethan, the Sleeping Beauty, and Ariel.
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, and a copy of THE BRIDESMAID’S CHECKLIST: LAURA’S WEDDING plus an ARC of the next book in the series to another randomly drawn winner, both via rafflecopter during the tour.