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The Bridesmaid Wore White
     

The Bridesmaid Wore White

4.4 9
by Melinda Curtis
 
Tara Bonander's life is always derailing, but never like this. In the past 24 hours, she's lost her job, her New York apartment, and her fiancé. Now, when her life is at an all time low, she's due to spend the weekend as a lonely bachelorette bridesmaid with her newly engaged sister Scarlet. She'll do anything to find a date.

Celebrity photographer Bill

Overview

Tara Bonander's life is always derailing, but never like this. In the past 24 hours, she's lost her job, her New York apartment, and her fiancé. Now, when her life is at an all time low, she's due to spend the weekend as a lonely bachelorette bridesmaid with her newly engaged sister Scarlet. She'll do anything to find a date.

Celebrity photographer Bill Blakely needs a big payday, the kind that a photo of the Runaway Bride would net him. But his only lead on the wedding is the bride's cousin, Tara Bonander, who occasionally has drinks at a bar in his neighborhood. When Tara asks Bill over drinks to be her date for a weekend wedding, it's a gift. She wants him to pretend to be her boyfriend. He wants to pretend he's only in it for the money. Can one uptown heiress fall for a paparazzi from the gutter? Or will reality take down this fake romance along with the Runaway Bride's wedding?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940157580742
Publisher:
Purple Papaya, LLC
Publication date:
01/03/2017
Series:
The Bridesmaid Series , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
100,054
File size:
126 KB

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The Bridesmaid Wore White 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
HumorMyWay 10 months ago
What is worse than losing your job, apartment, and boyfriend all at once? Just ask Tara who has had a very bad day, one of the worse days of her life but she will tell you the only worse than this is spending a weekend at her cousin's wedding dateless! She decides to think over her troubles at her favorite bar when in walks Bill. She has been checking him out for the last 6 months if only he would show some interest in her it would make her day. Heck it would make her week. Just as she has given up hope her friends suggest she ask Bill to be her date at her cousins wedding. Bill who is photography and makes the much need money to pay for his grandfather’s care jumps at the chance to go with her to the wedding. This could be his big payday with a chance encounter with the Runaway Bride's cousin and a date to the wedding that could put him on the map. The author gives you a story inside a story. The story of Bill and Tara really is so sweet with the attraction, the guilt over Bill using Tara it pulls on your heartstrings. Then you have Tiffany and Jackson's wedding plans. The big question is will she go through it this time or not. I really love watch the struggles these couples go through leaving us holding our breaths and on the edge. What a fun delightful read this was. The author covers so much in a short space of time really entertaining her readers giving a heartfelt read covering some very serious issues but at the same time giving you a fun read. This was very well written pulling the reader in hooking you with her very talented writing style that we have come to love. She gives us wonderful characters that we cheer for as they go through some very tough times in their lives. I totally enjoyed this story with its wonderful twists and turns.
Jennann3 11 months ago
Tara begins the story trying to drown out her sorrows in the Corner Bar. She's lost her job, her apartment, and boyfriend over the course of a week. Tara also has her cousin's wedding coming up and doesn't want to attend it alone. Tara is set to be a bridesmaid, again, for her cousin Tiffany. AKA....the runaway bride. Tiff has dumped numerous fiancées before and has quite the reputation. Since she's the Head of Bon Bon Chocolates, the paparazzi are always following her in hopes of getting the "infamous" shot that will line their pockets. Bill knows that Tara will hate him if she ever finds out how he betrayed her, but he has to take the chance so he can pay for his grandpa's healthcare. Bill is already two months behind on his rent . Bill learned his love of photography from his grandpa, so he feels as though he owes him. Bill also runs his grandpa's camera store. So when Bill hears Tara needs a plus one for the wedding, he gladly volunteers. As Tara and Bill spend time getting to know each other, they realize that they really LIKE each other. Bill "protects" Tara from her sister, encourages her to stop caring what others think, and makes her feel safe, loved. When Tara finds out that Bill is really paparazzi, she's livid. She thinks that she's the cause of Tiff's wedding being cancelled because she invited the "enemy" into their fold. This was a sweet, enjoyable read. I enjoyed the family interaction as that's really how family are. I laughed at Tiff's untimely rash, twisted ankle, and wrong wedding dress. Every bride wants her wedding to be what they've always dreamed it could be, but Tiff's wasn't going as planned. She took that as a sign that maybe they shouldn't get married.....When she tells her fiancé, he is the one that runs!!! I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys second chance romance. This is the fifth book in the series, does not end a cliffhanger, and has a HEA--or two. I read a gifted copy of this novel and all opinions stated are my own.
Jennann3 11 months ago
Tara begins the story trying to drown out her sorrows in the Corner Bar. She's lost her job, her apartment, and boyfriend over the course of a week. Tara also has her cousin's wedding coming up and doesn't want to attend it alone. Tara is set to be a bridesmaid, again, for her cousin Tiffany. AKA....the runaway bride. Tiff has dumped numerous fiancées before and has quite the reputation. Since she's the Head of Bon Bon Chocolates, the paparazzi are always following her in hopes of getting the "infamous" shot that will line their pockets. Bill knows that Tara will hate him if she ever finds out how he betrayed her, but he has to take the chance so he can pay for his grandpa's healthcare. Bill is already two months behind on his rent . Bill learned his love of photography from his grandpa, so he feels as though he owes him. Bill also runs his grandpa's camera store. So when Bill hears Tara needs a plus one for the wedding, he gladly volunteers. As Tara and Bill spend time getting to know each other, they realize that they really LIKE each other. Bill "protects" Tara from her sister, encourages her to stop caring what others think, and makes her feel safe, loved. When Tara finds out that Bill is really paparazzi, she's livid. She thinks that she's the cause of Tiff's wedding being cancelled because she invited the "enemy" into their fold. This was a sweet, enjoyable read. I enjoyed the family interaction as that's really how family are. I laughed at Tiff's untimely rash, twisted ankle, and wrong wedding dress. Every bride wants her wedding to be what they've always dreamed it could be, but Tiff's wasn't going as planned. She took that as a sign that maybe they shouldn't get married.....When she tells her fiancé, he is the one that runs!!! I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys second chance romance. This is the fifth book in the series, does not end a cliffhanger, and has a HEA--or two. I read a gifted copy of this novel and all opinions stated are my own.
grandmareads102 11 months ago
Tara Bonander has hit a rough patch. She lost her job, her apartment and her almost fiancée. She doesn't want to make it worse by showing up at her cousin's wedding alone. After all there will be enough drama since Tiff is the infamous runaway bride. She asks Bill from her favorite bar to go with her. He agrees but he doesn't tell her that he wants photos of the bride and groom so that he can sell them. This is a dream come true for him. Neither thought that they would fall in love! I enjoyed this novella. It's sweet and very romantic. Bill is a white knight who wants to protect Tara. She is a sexy woman who is overwhelmed by all the Bonanders. I love the chemistry between these two as well as their flirty interaction. I wanted a HEA, but with Bill's deception I wasn't sure if Tara would forgive him. Of course there is drama with Tiff's wedding. I had a good time watching true love triumph. Melinda Curtis knows romance. I love the characters, the angst and the romance. Who could ask for more?
finallyfifty 12 months ago
The bridesmaid Wore White This novella shows the reader how family matters when challenges occur. While many families experience difficulties in relationships, the people that care deepest for you step up when you need them. In the context of Tara's perspective, this story brings the reader a conclusion to one bride's journey toward love while detouring into other family relationships. The novella packs a punch with all the new characters and relationship reveals. I loved the action between the main characters, Tara and Bill, as they worked out the secrets that challenged their relationship. The multiple subterfuges in the plot caused much laughter as the characters worked out solutions. I would highly recommend this novella and the preceding ones in this series.
LoriP123 12 months ago
I'm loving this romantic comedy series by Melinda Curtis! The Bridesmaid Wore White is the fifth book in this series. Tara Bonander's life couldn't get any worse after losing her job, apartment and fiance all in a twenty-four period. Now she just had to get through a destination wedding while dateless or find a date during the time she had left before leaving tomorrow. Good luck with that! She didn't know any nice guys who would go as her date, let alone be interested in her. Bill Blakely only knew Tara from the local bar and about her family since he paid for his grandfather's long term care home taking pictures for the tabloid magazines and had his picture published a year ago of the runaway bride. Volunteering to be her date would give him access to the family and a possible photo of the runaway bride and her new groom, but he soon finds out that he has feelings for her and no money is worth hurting her and possibly missing out on the love of his life. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
ReadsWithGranddaughters 12 months ago
A wedding is happening at The Iron Gate Inn, located in Cedar City, Utah, and Tara Bonander needs a date. Tara's cousin, Tiffany Bonander, is getting married to Jackson Hardaway. Having just lost her job, apartment, and fiancé, Tara goes to the Corner Bar in Manhattan and handsome photographer, Bill Blakely, volunteers to go as her boyfriend. Crazy, unpredictable things occur at the inn between the families and Bill. Everything turns topsy turvy and twisted around. What starts out as being planned constantly changes. I look forward to the next installment to find out what happens next. I do enjoy this light, fun series. The humorous wit that the author portrays during all of the catastrophes is what I consider a trademark. [I received this book for free and my honest opinion is my own.]
JuliaAD 12 months ago
Tara lost her job, her place to live and her boyfriend all in one day. She was having a drink trying to figure out what she would do and she also needed a date to her cousin's wedding. Then Bill, one of the regulars at the bar, offered to go as her date. Bill has ulterior motives, but he also is attracted to Tara. The more Bill gets to know Tara, the more he feels guilty about his reasons for being at the wedding. As they get to know each other better, Bill knows he has to forget about all his reasons for being at the wedding with Tara, but how can he do that? If he doesn't get the pictures that he needs, his grandfather will suffer and if he does, he will hurt Tara. There will have to be lots of groveling.
DMGP 12 months ago
Tara Bonander is having a really bad day. She's lost her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend - all in a row. But, what worries her the most is none of those, it's spending the weekend at her cousin's wedding dateless that has her the most upset. So, she heads to her favorite bar to think through her problems when Bill shows up. Bill has been showing up for 6 months, but she's given up hope of him showing any interest in her. But, when someone suggests that she take Bill as her date . . . . Bill Blakely makes his money with photography and he takes celebrity photos to help pay for his ailing grandfather's care. So, when he has a chance encounter with the Runaway Bride's cousin, he jumps at the opportunity to get to know her better because getting close to family might give him a chance to photograph the bride herself. Unfortunately, his conscience keeps getting in the way. The more he gets to know Tara, the better he likes her and the more guilty he feels over his plans to get a picture of the bride. What follows is really a story within a story. On the surface, there's the story of Bill and Tara. It's a sweet story where they come to realize how attracted they are to each other. Of course, there's the big reveal, but I enjoyed reading how it happens. I also liked reading about how Bill struggled with the hard questions of personal priorities and honesty. The secondary story is the continuation of Tiffany and Jackson's wedding plans. Will she actually get married? Will she run away again? Is their love strong enough to keep them together? All these questions are asked and answered. This one isn't quite as funny as the others because there are more serious topics covered, but I still enjoyed it as much as the other stories. Romance - PG Language - clean My rating - 5 stars.