Always a Bridesmaid

Always a Bridesmaid

4.7 18
by Melinda Curtis
“Wonderfully entertaining…” Jayne Ann Krentz

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 business in New York City, buy a food truck in Los Angeles, and find her own happily ever after.


“Wonderfully entertaining…” Jayne Ann Krentz

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 business 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. 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.

The Bridesmaid Series (sweet romantic comedy):
Book 1: The Wedding Promise
Book 2: Always a Bridesmaid

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The Bridesmaids Series , #2
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Meet the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Melinda Curtis is the award winning author of light-hearted, contemporary romance that spans the sexy scale - from Harlequin Heartwarming (sweet romance, rated G) to her Hollywood Rules series (hot reads written as Mel Curtis).

"Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age except a lot hotter." Jayne Ann Krentz (commenting on Blue Rules)

"Reading Slade and Christine's story reminded me of why I enjoy romance. SEASON OF CHANGE (book 3, Harmony Valley, Harlequin Heartwarming) has found a place on my keeper shelf!" Brenda Novak

"Melinda Curtis knows romance, sports and humor and she makes all three sing in Amber Rules." Eileen Rendahl

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jboehmke More than 1 year ago
This was a very fun and funny romance. Nicole and Sean were great. I loved how they were together in the kitchen (her baking and him cooking). They definitely had great chemistry. I really enjoyed how they handled Tiff (the bride-to-be) and her handful of a future mother-in-law. It wasn't your typical sappy romance. It was deeper than that. Two people working past their own fears and hang ups to find their way to each other. And the texting auto corrects were hilarious.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Always A Bridesmaid is such a fun and entertaining read. I was finding myself laughing out loud reading this, which kept me continuously turning the pages. I loved everything about this good clean book. If you are looking for something that is fun, clean and romantic, then this one is for you. Great book! I cannot wait to read more by this author. Five stars.
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DaliCastillo More than 1 year ago
It Will Leave You With a Smile on Your Face! Nicole Edwards is a master baker, but as far as her love life is concerned, she’s definitely not a master.  Her impulsiveness and spontaneity may help her in the kitchen, but they don't help her her love life.  After all, she's been a bridesmaid thirteen times, but that's as close as she's gotten to being a bride.  Maybe it's because of her family curse. Well, no matter, because Nicole has plans to get rid of that curse once and for all; plans that have her leaving New York just as soon as she's finished helping with yet another wedding.  Sean O'Malley is a master at cooking, something he takes seriously. Very, very seriously.  As a top chef, he receives rave reviews about his cooking talents, but his entrees are known for their lack of creativity.  His menus are much too predictable. But that's the way Sean likes things.  Predictable. 100% predictable.  Which is why working around Nicole makes him crazy.  Or is there more to it than that? What can I say about this book?  Well, where shall I begin?  I loved, loved, loved it! It's a wonderful contemporary romance that is just plain and  simply a lot of fun.  It's entertaining from the first page to the last page.  Melinda Curtis draws you in from the first few lines of the story.  In no time at all, I fell in love with Nicole and Sean.  Their conversations had me laughing over and over again. I think what I loved most was how well Sean understood Nicole and how that played out throughout the story.  I felt it was an integral part that enhanced much of the story.  One of my favorite parts was when Sean made a discovery about himself and ultimately shared that discovery with Nicole.  The author writes that scene beautifully showing Sean as sweet, open, honest, and real. It drew me into the story so completely that I found myself holding my breath waiting to see how Nicole would respond. Amazing!  Not every author can draw you into the story like that, making you feel what the characters are feeling. And yet, Melinda Curtis does just that, making Always a Bridesmaid a wonderfully entertaining story that will leave you with a feel good feeling and a smile on your face.   *****I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions, viewpoints, and comments are my own. 
DaisyDee More than 1 year ago
Please Turn off Your Auto Correct Romance This is the first book I have read of Author Melinda Curtis and I enjoy the style of how the book is written. “Always a Bridesmaid” is like two love stories in one.  The two main characters with their individual personalities that sometimes clashed with each other made the story line more.  The soon to be bride, groom, and family make the other dynamic love story interesting.  I enjoy how the author revealed certain information at particular times, which makes it more real.  I also enjoyed that the story line revolved around a chef and a baker…Love story and food is a great combination.  I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a love story or two.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Once again, Melinda Curtis delivers a story full of humor and romance! I loved Nicole and Sean and the sparks that flew between them. Their story was wonderfully entertaining and so much fun to read! I also loved the email excerpts from Tiffany and Jackson that were included at the beginning of each chapter. They were a clever way to catch up with the bride and groom-to-be! Always a Bridesmaid is a great continuation of The Bridesmaids Series, but can easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone novella. If you haven’t read Book 1, The Wedding Promise, I encourage you to read it as well. Fans of romantic comedy are sure to enjoy this delightful series! I can’t wait to read more! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Melinda Curtis' Always a Bridesmaid What an enjoyable read! Vivid, well developed and engaging characters involved in a pre-wedding event. The cook and the baker for the event have an undeniable chemistry going on between them. But both of them are two stubborn to realize it. The baker, Nicole Edwards has walked down the aisle thirteen times BUT only as a Bridesmaid. Her grandmother informed her that she has the “ Siberian Curse”. What is this curse? Why is the chef helping her to be attractive? Will Nicole learn how to use her new phone and how to shut off auto-correct? Will Nicole be a bridesmaid fourteen time or will she up and move away? Is there a future for the chef and baker beside a business partnership? You need to read this book for the answers. Always a Bridesmaid is second book in the Bridesmaid Series. It can be read as a stand alone and you will not be lost. You will find yourself laughing out loud at some of the shenanigans. You will enjoy a witty, surprising, unpredictable romance story. Thank you to book author for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novella is Book 2 of the Bridesmaid Series, where master baker Nicole Edwards has been in 13 weddings, but not to any that she could call her own. Nicole, Chef Sean O'Malley, and the wedding planner, Jake Arlington, travel to The Iron Gate Inn, located in Cedar City, Utah to let guests taste test dishes suitable for the wedding to be held three months later. Nicole freezes up when trying to establish a relationship with someone, and has trouble connecting to eligible men. She has trouble communicating with the High and Mighty Jake, and Sean tries to help her through it. It is humorous, too. I liked the auto correct mistakes in Sean and Nicole's texting each other and the outfits Sean helps Nicole with in order to catch a man. You never know when love will sneak up on you and grab your heart. I look forward to the next installment of this series.
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
Always a Bridesmaid is a really interesting and entertaining read. The heroine of the story Nicole is the baker for Tiffany Bonander's wedding. Tiffany appeared in book 1 of the Bridesmaids Series and reappears in the sidelines in book 2. Book 2 features some emails between Tiffany and her fiance and I feel that it would be more meaningful if you have read book 1 even though it can be read as a standalone. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the auto-correct mistakes that Nicole kept making when she texted Sean. They were just plain hilarious. This is a really fun and sweet story and I really enjoyed the chemistry between Nicole and Sean. Looking forward to book 3 of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the second book in The Bridesmaids Series by Melinda Curtis. Nicole is tired of always being the bridesmaid, but here she is again. As far as she's concerned this is the last time before she sells her business, packs up and moves to sunny CA. She wants to change her whole life around in order to find the right guy for her to fall in love with and marry. She just has to get through this weekend and the wedding as the pastry chef and bridesmaid for another friend's wedding and she is on her way. Working with Sean can be challenging because they both work so differently in the kitchen, but you would never know because their menu always turns out great and compliment each other to perfection. Once Nicole shares her news with Sean he can't deny his feelings for her, but doesn't know quite how to get her to see what she has right in front of her. I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series. I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone. Lori P
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book all in one sitting! I couldn't put it down! Nicole and Sean were great and so realistic! Nicole thinks she has been stricken by "The Curse" as her grandmother calls it, which means she clams up and is unable to talk to any eligible man when she is near him! She believes this so much that she literally clams up in front of every man she thinks is a potential date! She's been a bridesmaid 13 times and she's getting sick of it. She is currently working with her friend, Sean, at a "pre-wedding" event for her friend Tiffany's wedding (the first book in the series, which was awesome as well!). Sean is a master chef with problems of his own but somehow during the weekend he has to get Nicole to go into business with him to "shakeup" his restaurant. Nicole is an innovative baker and is just what his restaurant needs to bring a breath of fresh air to it - all he needs to do is convince her to join him! First, however, he needs to help her overcome this "Curse" thing and he's perfect for the job because he has 3 sisters and he knows what men like! I really enjoyed Nicole's experiences with auto-correct on her smartphone! They were so funny and made me laugh out loud! Tiffany (from the first book in the series) is in this book also and I liked her appearances throughout the book as she continues to plan her wedding to Jackson. Her future mother-in-law is a piece of work! I liked the way Nicole and Sean finally realize that they are perfect for each other! All in all, I would highly recommend this book. It is funny, charming and poignant. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Bridesmaids series. I love it when I can read a book that keeps me entertained the whole way through. This book has just the right amount of humor and romance. Well done, Melinda Curtis!
finallyfifty More than 1 year ago
Always a Bridesmaid I loved that there was a romantic backstory in this novel. We heard about the main character and her romantic story. In addition, we had the romance of another character in the story to engage and entertain. Always a Bridesmaid is the common refrain of the single woman. This story tells the successful tale of a woman who marries. Very exciting to see the trials and tribulations. I would highly recommend this book. 
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
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. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
NicoS More than 1 year ago
Nicole Edwards is a professional baker living in New York.  She also happens to be extremely unlucky in love.  In fact, she’s convinced she has a curse when it comes to men, causing her to clam up and freeze when she’s anywhere near a man she’s attracted to.  She’s always had her job to fall back on though and she’s let it become the love of her life.  That’s why she decides to completely uproot herself, sell her business, and move clear across the country (literally) to work out of a food truck and give herself a fresh start to find love.   However, Sean O’Malley doesn’t want that to happen.  He’s a chef that often works with Nicole and he’s got a business proposition for her.  He’d like to go into business with the spunky, spontaneous baker so that he can expand his own business.  However, he thinks it’ll take more than a business proposition to get her to stay so he offers to help her overcome her “curse” and takes her under his wing to teach her a thing or two about what men want in a woman.   Can Sean help Nicole overcome her curse?  He desperately wants her to stay and not only for the expansion of his business.  Is there a future personally or professionally for them? This book was SO entertaining!!  I literally laughed out loud several times.  I loved the dynamic between Nicole and Sean.  Since they’re polar opposites, it made for several really funny scenarios.  I thought the story was great and super fun to read.  It was really funny to see Sean trying to help Nicole because oftentimes it was an epic fail.  I loved the dialogue and the chemistry between the two of them.  I also really loved that the author had a sweet little twist dealing with Sean’s perception of Nicole and how it relates to his memories of his deceased mother.  This was SUCH a fun book to read.  I read it in about a day because I just couldn’t put it down.  It’s a great sequel, but totally works as a stand-alone if you haven’t read the first book in the series.   I HIGHLY recommend this great read!       (I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.)
emilyk52281 More than 1 year ago
'Always a Bridesmaid' (The Bridesmaid Series Book 2) by Melinda Curtis is a fun, sweet read. This story is a great follow up to 'The Wedding Promise'. I loved reading about Nicole and Sean. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in this great series. Highly recommend to all fans of romance. 
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun witty read that is completely entertaining!! Nicole Edwards is convinced she is cursed and destined to always being the bridesmaid. She completely freezes around men she's interested in. She's lusted after Jake forever but decides it will never happen so she decides to move to LA to start fresh. Chef and restaurant owner Sean O'Malley can't let that happen. He needs her for an important business deal and will do whatever it takes to keep her in town. This is one you will definitely want to read! I highly recommend it.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Nicole Edwards has a problem. She has the "Siberian Curse". This caused a woman to freeze up at the sight of a desirable man. The only man she's not invisible to is Sean O'Malley. She confides in him and he agrees to help. Chef High and Mighty is the perfect antidote. The side effect is a wild attraction between these two. What's going to happen when she finds out his true reason for his assistance? I loved Nicole and Sean. The baker and the chef are polar opposites but when they're together sparks fly. I was hooked. When Nicole did battle with her new phone and auto-correct, I sympathized and howled. This book is a gem. I fell in love with Sean. His romance with Nicole had me sighing. The dialogue was snappy and the secondary characters added zest to the story. Melinda Curtis, you made my day brighter with Always a Bridesmaid.