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.
Miss Riki’s Review:
What a delightful summer release from Entangled Select! Reading Ready to Wed was like watching my favorite romantic comedy on film and met all of my criteria for a fun, lighthearted read. Plucky heroine with a great sense of humor? Check! Love triangle with dramatic tension? Check! Killer shoes? Check! Dreamy leading man who looks just as good in a t-shirt and jeans as he does in a suit and tie? Check! Cindi Madsen’s adorable novel really did have it all.
Dakota is the perfect leading lady. She’s quirky and high-spirited, yet completely neurotic in all the right ways. As a wedding planner obsessed with details, and yet so totally in love with the idea of being in love, I found her to be wholly relatable. As for the fiancée who left her at the altar, the author did a wonderful job of humanizing Grant and making the reader sympathize with his very real reason for getting cold feet. I didn’t spend too much time rooting for him, however, because waiting in the wings was the most delightful of leading men that I’ve read in a while. Brendan is laid back and funny, and he is all heart. I loved his driving need to take care of Dakota, starting at a young age and moving forward into this love affair. So sweet!
Full of lavish descriptions of weddings and packed with tender moments, Ready to Wed is a wonderful romance. It’s light on the drama and heavy on the swoon-worthy moments and will keep you turning pages in search of more fun.