Review by Veronica

Series Name: Brits in Manhattan, # 4

But there it is again: her unmistakable laughter. It’s big and bright, innocent and silly, and it takes all my strength not to give the game away with a smile. The sound of Sarah’s laughter is like the sun in the summer sky when it’s raining, the finest pink rose in the garden which is forbidden, the last piece of chocolate cake in the café when it’s closed.

Always the Bridesmaid is a cute, lighthearted romance.

A cheeky chappy comedian
Charlie is most comfortable playing the funny man in front of boisterous crowds in London’s comedy clubs. But he’s about to be swapping his routine for wedding speeches. And his new acquaintance Sarah thinks he is anything but amusing.

The woman who’s got it covered
Weddings are always a difficult time for widow Sarah, but you would never tell – she’s too focused on making the week of her best friends’ wedding as perfect as possible. She definitely has no time for the grumpy and surly Charlie, who it’s clear her friends are trying to set her up with.

And only one room left at the rental…
When a drunken invitation adds more people to the pre-wedding holiday house than Sarah organized for, she finds herself spending A LOT more time with Charlie than she intended. If only they could both let their guards down, they might find they have more in common than they think.

Fans of forced proximity romances are going to enjoy this love story. I enjoyed Laura’s previous book, The Law of Attraction, so I was excited to get my hands on her upcoming book, Always the Bridesmaid. I am happy that Laura did not disappoint me with this story. It had all the charm, wit, and romance that I have come to expect with her writing. This is the fourth book in the series; I highly recommend reading the previous books because it will give you the background stories of many of the characters in this book (including Sarah’s). I love this group of characters and this sense of found family that has developed throughout this series. I fell in love with Sarah’s character when we were first introduced to her in The Law of Attraction. She is smart, sassy, and so much fun to be around. So, I am glad she got her own story.

The overall story was great and had perfect pacing. Laura throws in humour, unexpected twists, and drama at just those right moments. Sarah and Charlie don’t get off on the right foot like most rom-coms. These two clash right from the beginning, and their banter is sharp and witty. I loved it when they befuddled or stumped each other. Of course, as the story unfolds, their heated exchanges become heated for another reason—cue those butterfly feelings. 

Always the Bridesmaid is a sweet, delightful romance that will have your heart pitter pattering a little faster.

Thank you, Boldwood Books and Rachel Random Resources, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.