Review: Always a Bridesmaid by Melinda Curtis

AlwaysaBridesmaid This is a fun novella that is book two in a series, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone, which is what I did.

Nicole and Sean are used to working together at catering events. These two people appear to be very different at the beginning of the story. In the past they have simply tolerated each other when they work. But, attraction begins to build between the two as Nicole allows Sean to give her dating tips in an effort to keep her from moving cross-country.

There is a lot of fun humor in this story. It is a contemporary title, rated as “sweet” by the author. I agree that it is a clean read, although it does have some humor that is based on clothing malfunctions and the various body parts that are nearly revealed, as well as a couple of references to imagining waking up in bed with the other person.

All in all, it is a cute little story and I liked it. I did enjoy the snippets of emails at the beginning of each chapter that are from the wedding couple whose wedding Sean and Nicole are catering. The emails are clever and I liked the little glimpse inside of the wedding couple’s relationship. This is a fun and easy read. (3.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.



Nicole Edwards has walked down the aisle as a bridesmaid thirteen times! Thirteen times! In an effort to change her luck, this master baker plans to give up waiting for Jake – who doesn’t know she’s alive – sell her bakery in New York City, buy a food truck in Los Angeles, and find her own happily ever after.

Chef Sean O’Malley could use Nicole’s dessert skills at his restaurant in New York City. In fact, he’s banking on a joint venture with Nicole, although he hasn’t yet approached her about it. When he learns during a pre-wedding event they’re both working that she’s moving to L.A. because she’s giving up on Jake, he decides to give her a crash course on how to be noticed by men. Sean has, after all, three younger sisters. He knows how a woman’s mind works. But he doesn’t factor in how his heart works or how easily it could be broken.



Although Melinda has lived in Georgia and Texas, she’s a California girl at heart. Her earliest memories are of life on an isolated 50-acre sheep ranch in rural Sonoma County, California. Picture rolling hills covered in brown grass, a eucalyptus forest, a long gravel driveway lined with plump sheep and no sidewalks. It was a big deal to drive into town on a one-lane road in a ramshackle, bubble-fendered pickup for an ice cream.

Flash forward to this century. Melinda lives in California’s hot central valley with her husband – her basketball playing college sweetheart. With three kids the couple has done the soccer thing, the karate thing, the dance thing, the Little League thing and, of course, the basketball thing.

Melinda writes sweet to medium heat contemporary romances as Melinda Curtis and red hot reads as Mel Curtis. She loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love – because, really, who lets the man have the last word?

You can connect with Melinda Curtis on her website, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.


About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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One Response to Review: Always a Bridesmaid by Melinda Curtis

  1. Thanks for the review! I’m glad you enjoyed Nicole and Sean’s story! 🙂

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