Title: Bad Luck Bridesmaid
Author: Alison Rose Greenberg
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
Page Count: 320
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Whip-smart, heartfelt and joyful, Alison Rose Greenberg’s Bad Luck Bridesmaid is a celebration of complicated women and a power-anthem to live your truth.
Happy Ever After.
On Her Own Terms.
It’s official: Zoey Marks is the cursed bridesmaid that no engagement can survive. Ten years, three empire waist dresses, and ZERO brides have walked down the aisle.
After strike three, Zoey is left wondering if her own ambivalence towards marriage has rubbed off on those she loves. And when her building distrust of matrimony culminates in turning down a proposal from her perfect All-American boyfriend, Rylan Harper III, she and Rylan are both left heartbroken, leaving Zoey to wonder: what is it exactly about tying the knot that makes her want to run in the opposite direction?
Enter Hannah Green: Zoey’s best friend, who announces that she’s marrying a guy she just met (cue eye roll). At a castle. In gorgeous, romantic Ireland, where Rylan will be in attendance, and Zoey will be a bridesmaid. It’ll be fine.
Okay, the woman definition of fine (NOT FINE).
Determined to turn her luck around, Zoey accepts her role and vows to get Hannah down the aisle—all the while praying her best friend’s wedded bliss will allow her to embrace marriage and get Rylan back.
But as the weekend goes on, Zoey is plagued with more questions than answers. Can you be a free spirit, yet still want a certain future? Can you have love and be loved on your terms? And how DO you wrangle a bossy falcon into doing your bidding?
Bad Luck Bridesmaid by Alison Rose Greenberg is a chicklit story that is heavier on the humor and lighter on the romance. This one is also more of a self discovery story with humorous situations.
Zoey Marks has always wanted to be there for her friends that have wanted to make the walk down the aisle and say I do even though Zoey wasn’t so sure of taking the plunge herself. However after three times in the last ten years Zoey had been asked to be a bridesmaid the wedding had been called off Zoey is sure she is the bad luck keeping her friends from happiness.
After all the failed attempts in Zoey’s life her boyfriend proposed and she could not bring herself to accept. This brings Zoey to attempt number four in her life to get a friend down the aisle. Hannah is Zoey’s best friend and she has decided to marry in Ireland to a man she just met and despite Zoey’s doubts she’s determined Hannah will make it down the aisle.
Bad Luck Bridesmaid by Alison Rose Greenberg wasn’t a bad story at all as it did have a lot of humorous moments along the way which I expected. The thing that brought my rating down to three stars and feeling this one was just an alright read in my mind was I expected more out of the romance side of the story. If looking for just humor and character growth it would rate a bit more. I will note too I was a bit disappointed in the location use in the story too as it really could have been taking place anywhere. Overall though this was just not everything I expected as it sort of just left me wishing for more.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Alison Rose Greenberg is a screenwriter who lives in Atlanta, but is quick to say she was born in New York City. While attending The University of Southern California, Alison took her first screenwriting class and fell head over heels. A journey from screenwriting led to marketing jobs, before coming full-circle back to her first love. Alison speaks fluent rom-com, lives for 90’s WB dramas, cries to Taylor Swift, and is a proud single mom to her two incredible kids and one poorly-trained dog. Bad Luck Bridesmaid is her first novel.
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