Just One of the Groomsmen

Just One of the Groomsmen

by Cindi Madsen

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Overview

Addison Murphy is the funny friend, the girl you grab a beer with—the girl voted most likely to start her own sweatshirt line. And now that one of her best guy friends is getting married, she’ll add “groomsman” to that list, too. She’ll get through this wedding if it’s the last thing she does. Just don’t ask her to dive for any bouquet.

When Tucker Crawford returns to his small hometown, he expects to see the same old people, feel comfort in the same old things. He certainly doesn’t expect to see the nice pair of bare legs sticking out from under the hood of a broken-down car. Certainly doesn’t expect to feel his heart beat faster when he realizes they belong to one of his best friends.

If he convinces Addie to give him a chance, they could be electric…or their break-up could split their tight-knit group in two.

Hiding the way he feels from the guys through bachelor parties, cake tastings, and rehearsals is one thing. But just as Tucker realizes that Addie truly could be the perfect woman for him—he was just too stupid to realize it—now she’s leaving to follow her own dreams. He’s going to need to do a lot of compromising if he’s going to convince her to take a shot at forever with him—on her terms this time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640634305
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: Getting Hitched in Dixie , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 5,955
File size: 926 KB

About the Author

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children,&an adorable one-eyed kitty named Agent Fury.

You can visit Cindi at: www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter to get all the up-to-date information on her books. Follow her on Twitter @cindimadsen.

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CHAPTER 1

The houseboat came into view and Addie's excitement level went from its already high seven to a solid ten. An emergency meeting had been called, and all the guys were going to be in attendance. Every single one, including the guy she'd been dying to see for so long that she'd almost worried their sporadic phone calls, texts, and messages were the only way they'd ever communicate again.

Addie pulled up next to the sleek compact car she'd have to make fun of later — right now it meant that Tucker Crawford was here in the flesh, and within a few minutes, the rest of the gang would be as well.

She wasn't sure why Shep had called the meeting, but it took her back to high school, when so many of their evenings and weekends were spent here at the Crawfords' houseboat.

Lazy afternoons and countless poker games; impromptu parties that usually got them busted for one thing or another; and nights spent celebrating team wins or commiserating over losses, whether it was the high school team that the guys had all played for, War Eagle football, or the NFL, on which they were a house divided — it'd led to some of her and Tucker's most heated exchanges.

The scent of cypress trees, swampy lake water, and moss hit her as she climbed out of the beater truck she often drove, and since she was hoping for a minute or two with her very best and oldest friend before everyone else showed up, she rushed down the pathway. "Tucker?"

"Addie?"

She heard his voice but didn't see him. Then she rounded the front of the boat, where the chairs and grill were set up, and there he was.

Even taller and wider than she remembered, his copper-brown hair styled shorter than he wore it in high school, although the wave in it meant there were always a couple of strands that did their own thing.

A laugh escaped as she took a few long strides and launched herself at him, her arms going around his neck. "I'll be damned, you actually made it this time."

Using the arm he'd wrapped around her lower back, he lifted her off her feet and squeezed tight enough to send her breath out over his shoulder. "I'm sorry for accidentally standing you up a few times. It's stupid how hard it's been to get away this past year."

"That's what happens when you go and become some big city lawyer."

Despite working at the law firm for nearly two years, he was still one of the junior attorneys, which meant he ended up doing all the time-consuming research for the partners, and even their calls and texts had slowed to a trickle. Before that, law school had kept him plenty busy, and while she wasn't usually the mushy hugger-type, she didn't want to release him yet, just in case she had to go another five or six months without seeing him.

She pulled back to get another look at him, taking in the familiar blue eyes, his strong, freshly shaven jawline, and — "Holy crap, dude. When did you get so jacked? Is lifting bulky legal files muscle building? If so, maybe I should start recommending it as part of my clients' therapy regimens."

His gaze ran over her as well, most likely assessing the ways she'd changed — or more likely hadn't. "Isn't it about time for a new sweatshirt?" He yanked one of the frayed, used-to-be-black strings. "That one's looked ratty since our first year of college."

She gasped and shoved him. "Hater. Just because my Falcons made it further in the playoffs than your Saints did last season. And don't even try to tell me you've thrown out your beat-up baseball cap that practically grafted itself to your head during high school. Or maybe you don't wear it anymore so you can show off your fancy-pants forty-dollar lawyer haircut."

She reached up and ran her hand through his hair, loosening the hold the gel had on it.

Much better.

There was the boy who'd once landed her in detention because he'd dared her to put superglue on the teacher's whiteboard markers while he distracted him with a question. The boy who'd challenged her to a deviled- egg-eating competition at the town festival and then moped about her beating him — to this day, the sight or scent of a deviled egg still made her stomach roll.

He grinned, every inch the laid-back Tucker Crawford she'd grown up with once again, and just like that, all seemed right in Uncertainty, Alabama.

"Crawford? Where you at?" Shep's booming voice hit them a few seconds before he, Easton, and Ford rounded the corner and stepped onto the back deck.

"Murph!" they yelled when they saw her, and then they exchanged high fives, shoulder punches, and a few bro-hugs on their way to give Tucker the same treatment.

Addie saw the rest of the guys around town here and there, but it was harder to get together now that everyone had careers and other obligations.

Funny how in high school they couldn't wait to get older so they could do whatever they wanted, and instead they ended up having less free time than ever.

Shep placed two six-packs of Naked Pig Pale Ale, the best beer in all of Alabama, on top of a big planter that only held dirt, since the neglected plants had shriveled up and died long ago. "Before we get this party started, I guess I should let you know what we're celebrating."

The hint of worry Addie had felt since receiving the urgent text evaporated. The message had been so vague — typical guy, although her mom and sister accused her of the same thing.

Addie sat on the edge of the table, and when Tucker bumped her over with his hip, she scooted. The table wobbled, and Tucker's hand shot out and gripped her upper arm as she worked to rebalance herself.

He chuckled. "Guess we're heavier than we used to be."

She scowled at him. "Hey! Speak for yourself."

"Right. It must be all my jacked muscles."

Addie rolled her eyes. That's what she got for giving him an accidental compliment.

Every single one of her boys had egos the size of pickup trucks, and the many girls who'd fawned over them through the years didn't help any.

Shep raised his voice, speaking above the din. "So, you guys might recall I've been seeing Sexy Lexi, going on almost a year now."

"How could we forget?" Addie quipped. "You talk about her nonstop." She glanced at Tucker, who'd yet to meet Shep's girlfriend, thanks to busy schedules and his last canceled trip. "Seriously, we go to get a beer and watch the game, and it's Lexi this, Lexi that."

Shep didn't frown at her like she'd expected, grinning that twitterpated grin he often wore these days instead.

"She's actually very lovely," she added, then curled her hands around the table. While his Southern belle girlfriend worked to hold it at bay, Addie didn't think Lexi was her biggest fan.

She hated always having to downplay her friendship with the guys in order to not upset the balance of their relationships. Hopefully a little more time and getting to know each other, and Lexi would understand that Will Shepherd was more like a brother than anything.

All the guys were, and thanks to the fact they'd both stayed closer to home the past few years, she and Shep were even more sibling-like than the rest.

It wasn't the first time her friends' girlfriends were wary of her, and she doubted it'd be the last. Sometimes she worried she'd get left behind, just because she'd had the audacity to be born a girl.

Being the only girl in a group of guys was merely a technicality, though. It wasn't that she didn't have female friends or that she didn't know a lot of great women; it was that she'd grown up with these guys and forged memories and they liked to do the same things she did.

It was why she'd gone by "Murph" more often than Addison Murphy, or any other variation thereof. Thanks to her love of comfy, sporty clothes, she'd been voted "most likely to start her own sweatshirt line" in high school.

A title she was proud to have, by the way.

Easton had been voted "most likely to end up in jail," and ironically enough, he was now a cop, something they all teased him about.

Which reminded her ...

"Don't let me forget to make fun of your prissy car when this meeting is over," Addie whispered to Tucker.

He opened his mouth, assumedly to defend himself, and Shep cleared his throat.

"Anyway, last weekend I asked Lexi to marry me." A huge smile spread across his face. "And she said yes."

Not at all what Addie had been expecting.

Marriage was such a big step, and it took her a beat or two to process.

But happiness radiated off Shep in waves, the guy who'd once rolled his eyes over "whipped dudes" long gone.

She was glad he'd found someone, even as a tiny part of her wanted to press pause on this night while they were all together, before everything changed in their group yet again.

"You get to bang Sexy Lexi for the rest of your life?" Ford held up his hand for a high five. "Bro. I remember when you had to work your ass off to score her number at that bar in Opelika, and Easton and I had that bet about whether her amazing rack was real."

"Bro, that's gonna be his wife," Addie said.

"Yeah, have some respect," Shep said. Then he put a hand to the side of his mouth and stage-whispered, "They're one hundred percent real. I told you guys that, right?"

"Only, like, one hundred percent of the time you talk about her." Addie smiled.

This was the one downside of being the only girl. Sometimes things got a little too TMI about the women they were sleeping with or hoping to sleep with.

Everyone continued to offer their congratulations, and after a few claps on the back and obligatory jokes about balls and chains, Shep said, "I want you guys to be in my wedding. To be my groomsmen."

Addie's stomach dropped.

"You guys" usually included her, but she knew the word "groomsmen" didn't. "Ha! Y'all are gonna have to wear stuffy penguin suits and take hundreds of pictures. Have fun with that."

Shep looked at her, and a sense of foreboding pricked her skin. "Before you go celebrating too much, you're in the wedding party, too, Murph. I told Lexi I wanted you as one of my groomsmen."

While his girlfriend — make that fiancÉe — was pretty patient and understanding of Shep's crazy, out-there ideas, she was also extremely girly.

"I'm sure that went over about as well as coming out as a vegan in the middle of Sunday dinner."

"She understands you're just one of the guys," Shep said, and a hint of hope rose up.

She hated that she'd immediately felt left out, the same way she used to when a group of girls would show up at the bar and suddenly she'd be alone, no one to help with game commentary.

"But she's also more traditional, her family even more so," Shep continued.

"I understand," Addie said. "I don't think I'd look very good in a tux anyway, and my own mother would probably die twice over it."

Since Addie hadn't been on a date in a depressing amount of time, Mom had also recently given her this whole spiel about dressing up once in a while, and how men wanted to feel needed, so to make sure not to act so assertive and dominant all the time.

Like she didn't want to feel needed?

She'd just prefer a possible significant other want her the way she was, not because she donned a dress and acted helpless.

"Which is why ..." Shep straightened, his hazel eyes locking on to her. "Lexi and I came up with a compromise. You'll be a groomsman in name and when it comes to all the usual pre-wedding stuff, but in order to be part of the wedding party, you're gonna have to wear the same dress and shoes as the bridesmaids." The rest of the words came out in a fast blur, like he hoped if he talked fast enough she might miss them. "And you might have to dress up one or two other times."

The guys burst out laughing.

"Murph in a dress and heels," Easton said. "That'll be the day."

Addie picked up the nearest object she could find — a weather- warped coaster — and chucked it at his head. It bounced off, and, if anything, only made him laugh harder.

The table shook, and when she glanced at Tucker, he had a fist over his mouth in an attempt to smother his laughter.

"You too?" Was karma punishing her? Was this what she got for being comfortable for most of her twenty-seven years?

"Please, Addie," Shep said. "I know it's not your thing, but I can't imagine you not being part of this." He shot a challenging glare at the group of them. "And spare me the jokes about actually caring about my wedding. I never thought I'd be this happy, but I am, and I need you guys with me on this."

This time, the "you guys" definitely included her.

Which made it that much easier to say, "I'm in. I'll do whatever you need me to."

* * *

Man, it was good to be back in town, even if only for a quick weekend.

Tucker had been working hours and hours on end, thinking that eventually he'd have enough experience and clout to slow down a bit. It never slowed down, though, his workload multiplying at an impossible-to-keep-up- with pace.

Now that he was seated around the poker table with his friends, though, all felt right with the world.

"You're bluffin'," Addie said when Easton threw several chips into the pot. She matched his bet, and then they laid down their cards, her full house easily beating his pair of aces. "Read 'em and weep, sucker."

She shoved the sleeves of her two-sizes-too-big hoodie up her arms as she leaned over the table to gather her winnings. Her familiar movements were nearly second nature, as much to him as her. She flopped back in her chair and reached into the bag of Lay's for a different kind of chip.

Her knee came up to rest against the table, rattling everything on top and boosting the time-machine effect, and she wiped her fingertips on her frayed jeans before reaching for the newly dealt cards. Her neon-colored gel sneakers, the one new item in her outfit, reminded him of all her lectures on how important the right shoes and changing them often were for your joints.

He cracked a smile again at the thought of her in a dress and heels, bouquet in hand. The image still didn't compute. It was kind of like animals wearing human clothes.

It just wasn't right.

It wasn't that they'd never seen Addie wear a dress; it was that she loathed them with a hatred he withheld for things like paperwork and blind refs who ruined games.

She'd once slugged him in the shoulder for even mentioning her dress- wearing at her sister's wedding. The skirt had been long and baggy, and the real tragedy was that she couldn't toss around the pigskin.

So then they'd both had to sit there with their hands folded in their laps for what seemed like forever and it was boring as hell, an emotion he'd rarely experienced around her.

"Your poker face is crap, Crawford. I know you're thinking about how funny it is that I just agreed to wear a freaking bridesmaid's dress, and if you don't want me to jam that beer you're drinking where the sun don't shine, I suggest you wipe the smirk off your face." She pointed her finger around the table. "That goes for all of you."

"I appreciate you going along with it," Shep said. "I told Lexi that you'd probably slug me just for suggesting it."

"Lucky for you, you were too far away and wearing that lovestruck grin that makes me take pity on you."

"When someone basically says thank you, maybe don't follow that up by insulting them." Shep placed three cards, face up, in the center of the table. "Just a suggestion."

"This is why so many guys in town are scared of you," Easton said with a laugh.

She clucked her tongue. "They are not."

The other half of the table nodded.

Tucker found himself nodding even though he hadn't lived in town for the better part of two years. It'd been like that since high school, with Addie intimidating anyone who dared cross her path, and the selfish part of him was glad no one had come in and swept her off her feet.

Not that she would ever let some guy do the sweeping. A few had probably tried, with her completely oblivious. With her dark-brown hair that was forever in a ponytail, the smattering of freckles across her nose, her big brown eyes, and the fact that she was cool as hell, it was surprising she'd stayed mostly single.

Ford pinned her with a look. "Addie, when dudes come in to see you for physical therapy, you tell them to stop crying over something your grandma could do."

"Well, she could! My nonna is tougher than most of the crybabies who come in and whine about having to put in the work it takes to get over their injuries. Telling them my grandma could do it is motivating."

"Not to ask you out," Ford said, and snickers went around the table.

"Very funny. Being scared of me and being undateable are two different things."

"You're hardly undateable," Tucker said, the words similar to exchanges they'd had before.

(Continues…)


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Just One of the Groomsmen 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Madm007 9 months ago
This was a feel good friends to lovers, the growing up pain when things change and what to do about it. I loved the story, the commradery of all the "guys" and most of the events. There was the emotional turmoil which got rather old after repeating a few times and it loses my interest when all the mind thoughts take over, getting nowhere, so I may have skipped a few pages, but that may be my impatience. This was about Tucker and Addison as the mains, but had a lot of Shep and Lexi with their wedding being planned. Addison and Lexi became friends, so all around I liked that those two got to be good female friends, something new and good for Addie. There was a lot of humor infused throughout, which I love, and always adds goodness to anything. I received an ARC thru NetGalley and am giving my honest thoughts freely
MaimeosAngelsEL 9 months ago
Cindi Madsen is a new author to me and I have no idea why that is. I loved this book. From chapter one until the end the story that Ms.Madsen wove had me thoroughly entertained and captivated. When Tucker Crawford return to his small hometown the last thing he expects is to be attracted to one of his best friends Addison Murphy. Can Tucker convince Addie to give him a chance? The chemistry is electrifying and the air sizzles when they are together but will it be enough for these two friends to cross the invisible line? Will they take a chance that could destroy not only their friendship but those around them forever? The writing was strong and the story flowed well. This is an author I will be reading again as soon as possible.
MaimeosAngelsEL 9 months ago
Cindi Madsen is a new author to me and I have no idea why that is. I loved this book. From chapter one until the end the story that Ms.Madsen wove had me thoroughly entertained and captivated. When Tucker Crawford return to his small hometown the last thing he expects is to be attracted to one of his best friends Addison Murphy. Can Tucker convince Addie to give him a chance? The chemistry is electrifying and the air sizzles when they are together but will it be enough for these two friends to cross the invisible line? Will they take a chance that could destroy not only their friendship but those around them forever? The writing was strong and the story flowed well. This is an author I will be reading again as soon as possible.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I'm a sucker for sweet romance so this book was perfect. Addie and Tucker have been friends since they were kids. Addie has always been one of the guys. So when their friend is getting married and wants them and their two other buddies to be groomsmen, Addie finds that wearing dresses and heels isn't as bad as she thought. Especialy since it gets the attention of the one she never thought she needed. Great story of friends to lovers and the hilarious plot it takes for their happily ever after. You'll love the cases Tucker takes for the crazy townfolk. And Addie's Nonna Lucia is a hoot.
Shelley Murray 5 months ago
I had a really hard time getting through this book, and almost DNF'd it several times - and I don't know why!! I got really annoyed at the repeated use of the phrase "crossing lines" - it's seriously in there way too many times and there's got to be some other ways of saying this. I'm not even sure what it means? It wasn't used in a way that was like "this is the friendship line and we are crossing over it," but almost like in fishing type of way where your lines get crossed and have the potential to get all tangled up? Ugh, I dunno. Also, I get that they're southerners, but the way the dialogue was done was really annoying to me and way too heavy handed getting across their dialect. All that aside, Just One of the Groomsmen is a cute book with a fun concept. I love Addie's "boys," and her Nonna is that great crazy older lady character I love. I really like the way her relationship with Shep's fiance, Lexi, develops. There are a lot of really great elements here, but heavy handed use of dialect and the phrase "crossed lines" just pushed me into "let this book freakin' END already" territory, which is unfortunate.
nelriv 7 months ago
This was a cute book, a best friends to lovers book. We meet Tyler who is coming back home after trying it as a big city lawyer and hating it, he wants to come back to all that he misses including and especially his bestie Addison. Addison is so excited that Tyler is coming back but her other really good friend is getting married and she is going to be one of the groomsmen in name only, she will actually be a bridesmaid and going to have to wear a dress something she detest but atleast she is being included since if any of the guys ever have a girlfriend those girl tend to never really want to accept Addie's relationship with them. Tyler can't believe that he seems to be checking out his bestfriend, a tomboy someone who knows all about him and he does not want to rock the boat in that relationship because not only could that mess them up but it could mess up the relationship with all the other guys and they would never forgive him. So even though they tried to avoid their chemistry they eventually give in, but she is offered a job 2 hours away and he doesn't want to hold her back so he breaks her heart, breaking his at the same time and now he has to fix it before the town crucifies him along with their friends..Enjoy! Rcvd and ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
kaitlynspet 8 months ago
Cindi Madsen's Just One of The Guys is the story of friends growing up in Uncertainty, a small Alabama town. When one of them decides to get married he asks his friends to be groomsmen, including Addison Murphy. One of the guys, Tucker Crawford has just returned to Uncertainty. As Addie tries to be part of the wedding and Tucker starts noticing that Addie isn't just a "guy" all kinds of alarms start going off in the close-knit town. Not only Addie and Tucker's personal alarms but those of the town gossips as well. Good Rom-com book and I would recommend it.
MarshaJo 8 months ago
This friends to lovers romance has a cuteness about it, but the characters and their sassy attitudes gives it a little spunk. I loved the character Addie and how she was one of the guys, but deep down she still had the same emotional turmoil as girls everywhere. While playing a huge part in their little circle of friends, she still felt like the odd man out (being the only female in the group.) Tucker was sexy and sweet. Their transition from just friends to more was a sort of slow burn. Of course just when things are going well for the pair, a wrench was thrown into the works. It's a fun story with lots of 'should we' 'shouldn't we' push and pull. It's well written and I especially enjoyed the characters inner dialog. You really feel their struggles. There's a plenty of humor and a few sad moments. There is a small amount of sexual content, but it's kept rather PG-13. (You know what's going on, but it isn't graphic.) My only complaint is that some of the things Addie worried about, in regards to their relationship, were never really discussed with Tucker. Though it is a happy ever after, I would have liked to seen his response to these. Other that that, it was a good and well rounded story with plenty of crazy characters in the mix. :) *I received an ARC from Netgalley.
Lucci0517 8 months ago
An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. This is the first book by Cindi Madsen that I’ve read and certainly will not be the last. This is a fun, light-hearted summer read that I thoroughly enjoyed! Addie was a tomboy and felt more comfortable hanging around with her group of guy friends and they felt very comfortable with her in their group. Addies’ interests were sports, poker, beer and roughhousing. She was the sweatshirt type of girl and hated having to dress up with all the girlie fancy dresses and heels. One of the guys in the group got engaged and chose all his friends in the group to be his groomsmen...including Addie. While “life” is marching on and preparations for the wedding are moving forward, Addie finds herself attracted to Tucker, who is one of her group of friends. The feelings are reciprocated. So... do they act on these feelings? Do they decide that their relationship is better as just friends? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
AboutThatStory 9 months ago
So fun! So entertaining! So sweet! Loved this! Addie and Tucker were awesome. I love friends to lovers’ stories and this one was excellent. I adored Addie. She had such a great attitude and big heart. She was totally comfortable in her own skin, I loved that about her. Tucker was wonderful. So sweet and totally caught off guard by his attraction to one of his best friends. I loved learning about them and their histories growing up. It was so fun! I loved the build to their growing feelings, the looks and smiles and their simmering chemistry. They had such great banter and fun dialogue. I understood Addie and Tucker’s dilemma and why they were holding back. They both could be stubborn so there was tension as well as a lot of emotion as everything played out. I was filled with so much anticipation and couldn't wait for them to get together. There are ups and downs and bits of drama here and there that kept things moving along at a good pace. I really liked all the guys in their group and the different dynamics they all had with each other, they were an entertaining bunch. They shared a lot of good-natured ribbing and fun but I liked how they were all truly there for each other. This was told from dual, third-person POVs and it was done really well and I thought it had a great flow. I loved the small-town setting which was super entertaining thanks to gossipy neighbors. Those extra characters and their nosy selves had me smiling. This was just one of those stories that I enjoyed reading; time flew by as I turned page after page. There was good conflict, a lot of sweet and a bit of heat and just the right bit of emotion and I thought it was a well-rounded story. This one was a winner! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
MalkaShayna 9 months ago
This is a delightful, small town, best friends to lovers romance, written in a charming and humorous voice and the first in a new series. Quirky and eclectic characters that populate the town add to the wonderful characters and provide amusement. Tomboy, Addison (Addie) Murphy Murphy) had grown up with her gang, Tucker Crawford, Will Shepherd (Shep), Easton and Ford in the small town of Uncertainty, Alabama, but her best friend had always been Tucker. They have all grown up, but only Tucker left, to become a lawyer in Birmingham, as his father had drummed into him after his parents divorced, that he needed a high paying job, to keep the wolves at bay. But Tucker hated the city. For two years he had no life and rarely was able to come home. He missed his friends, his town, but most of all Addie. When he finally does make it back for a weekend, Shep reveals at their weekly poker game that he is getting married and ALL his friends, including Addie will be his groomsmen. Soon, Tucker is back for good, trying out a few ideas, how to make a living. Addie is a PT, but hates her boss. Easton is a policeman and Ford, search & rescue. When Tucker comes back home, he starts to see Addie differently and Addie is drawn to him too. But they are both afraid to mess up their friendship, to reveal their feelings and communicate, as they had done in the past, almost destroying their relationship when they both put the needs to put the other's best interest first, causing heartbreaking misunderstandings. Fortunately, they have friends to straighten them out. I received a free ARC from NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
Honolulubelle 9 months ago
Favorite Quotes: The thing about this particular group of ladies was the way they could lob implications and casually insult you, their sugary-sweet smiles never leaving their lips. You know, sometimes I think it’s sad that no matter how much makeup people put on, it doesn’t make their soul any prettier. Then again, it’s always nice to spot those people right away. About as subtle as a gorilla wearing high heels in a bowling alley. “I’d recommend a thong, too, to avoid panty lines.” Right. Because what was missing from this whole experience was a tiny strip of fabric riding up her ass. That way, when she inevitably tripped on her heels, she could expose her bottom half to the entire wedding party. Hey, maybe then the townsfolk and her friends would acknowledge she was a girl! Her sexual experience was best summed up as few and far between, and even the during was nothing to brag about. If you think what we’ve been doing is convenient, you need a vocabulary lesson. If great-Nonna Cavalli rolled over in her grave as much as Nonna Lucia claimed, the groundskeeper at the cemetery would’ve called in those hot brothers from Supernatural by now. My Review: My first experience reading and comedic words of Cindi Madsen and I picked an excellent starting point, although now I want to go backward in time and read every book she has ever put out. And, oh my, she has put out quite a long list already, where have I been? I adored this effervescent group of friends and envied their tight bonds and respect for each other. The large cast of characters was well delineated, highly endearing, and cleverly amusing as they often engaged in flinging zingers and whip-smart banter. The storylines were fresh and entertaining and sparkled with wit and irreverent levity as well as quirky small-town observations and eccentricities. It is always a good day when I can add a new favorite to the top of my list of authors to stalk.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for this opportunity. I loved the characters in this new book from Cindi Madsen. They were very relatable and I liked the concept of a woman being buddies with a group of guys.. I laughed a lot while reading this book and it left me with a huge smile on my face! While the storyline was a tad predictable, it was a fun ride and I recommend this book to others looking for an easy quick read. I also will look forward to the next books in this series.
Readnread 9 months ago
Can your best friend become your boyfriend? Can you cross that friend to lover line and still be friends? These questions are asked and agonized over in Just One of the Groomsmen. Addie has been one of the guys since she was in grade school. Four guys, one girl, best friends for their whole lives. No one wants those dynamics to change. No one want their friendships to cross over into awkward. Friend? Lover? More? Read and find out! Great Read!
StoreyBookReviews 9 months ago
I loved this book and could not put it down. In fact, I wasn't too busy at work and read some of it there (but don't tell my boss!). This small town in Alabama has a group of friends, 4 guys and 1 girl, that bonded and became the best of friends. Now one of them is getting married and it has brought back one friend to share in the celebration. Tucker doesn't know what hits him when he sees Addie's legs sticking out from under a car. All of a sudden, she is more than just one of the guys. The same holds true for Addie, something happens when she sees Tucker again and she tries to fight it but is losing that battle pretty quickly. This book moves along very quickly and I loved the interactions between all of the friends and then between Addie and Lexi (Shep's fiancee) especially when Lexi asks Addie's help in planning the wedding. Ummm, Addie has no idea about some of those but because Shep is one of her best friends, she will do whatever it takes to help out. The story is not without its ups and downs, misunderstandings, and crazy antics from all of the characters. It does show us that true friendship will go to any length to keep that sacred. This is one of my favorite books this year and major props to the author for only including a couple of f* bombs.
Cat_Reader 9 months ago
Addie grew up surrounded by boys and always considered herself as one of them, after they all had the same tastes and affinities, but her relationship with Tucker has always been strong. Where one was the other was together, always united in the biggest confusions and jokes, but two years ago he moved to work in a law firm. Thanks to a meeting organized by one of their best friends, Addie and Tucker meet again but this time something is definitely different, both will dive into the preparations for a wedding and will eventually realize that what they have for each other is much more than only a friendship. I love Cindi Madsen's funny writing and Just One of the Groomsmen, she introduced me to a delightful romantic comedy filled with hilarious moments and mega moments of sighing. Seeing how Tucker and Addie discover their feelings, their inner strength, their vocations, and how to face their friends for what they love was wonderful. I was really in need of such a book after reading a very tense and strong drama and this book came as a balm warming my heart. I loved the cover and everything that surrounds this dress ..... 5/5 stars.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 9 months ago
JUST ONE OF THE GROOMSMEN is the first instalment in Cindi Madsen’s contemporary, adult GETTING HITCHED IN DIXIE romance series focusing on a tight knit group of friends from Uncertainty, Alabama. This is physical therapist Addison Murphy, and attorney Tucker Crawford’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Tucker and Addison) JUST ONE OF THE GROOMSMEN follows the best friends to lovers relationship between physical therapist Addison Murphy, and attorney Tucker Crawford. Addison Murphy is the only woman in her tight knit group of friends from home but being the only woman has made her a target of innuendo and speculation especially when she is unwilling to conform to society’s and small town expectations of femininity and womanhood. The upcoming wedding of one of their own, finds Addison in the unenviable position as one of the groomsmen, but a groomsmen that is expected to help out the bride. Enter attorney Tucker Crawford, Addison’s lifelong best friend, and the man with whom Addison is secretly in love. What ensues is the building romance and love between Addison and Tucker, and the potential fall-out when Addison is offered a position out of town, a position that may break down the relationship between our leading couple. Tucker Crawford struggled with his most recent position as a big city lawyer but returning to his hometown of Uncertainty, Alabama brought closure and a familiarity along with friends and the woman with whom he will fall in love. Addison Murphy is one of the boys: a beer drinking, football playing, poker playing physical therapist who is more at home in overalls than heels but finds herself on the outside looking in when her femininity and sexuality are called into question by the people she loves. As the wedding of Will Shepherd and Lexi approaches, Addison finds herself wondering is she is truly just ‘one of the guys’. The relationship between Addison and Tucker is a best friends to lovers romance wherein Tucker tries to keep their affair on the down-low. Believing herself to be Tucker’s ‘dirty little secret’ Addison struggles with the possibility that their relationship is only a temporary thing. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Will Shepherd and his fiancé Lexi, Easton, and Ford: Addison’s sister Alexandria,; their Nonna Lucia, dentist Davis Nelson as well as a large assortment of busy-bodies and town gossips who relish in spreading secrets and lies. JUST ONE OF THE GROOMSMEN is a story of family and friendships; misunderstanding and miscommunication; struggle, hardship, acceptance and love. The premise is engaging and emotional; the romance is seductive; the characters are colorful, energetic and fun.
Mermer 9 months ago
Really enjoyed reading this book. Love the friendship between the Guys and Addison they are always there for each other through the years. Funny,sweet,emotional some drama, just a good love story between friends. Voluntarily reviewed.
Mermer 9 months ago
Really enjoyed reading this book. Love the friendship between the Guys and Addison they are always there for each other through the years. Funny,sweet,emotional some drama, just a good love story between friends. Voluntarily reviewed.
IrishEyes430 9 months ago
I found this book to be a delightful, relaxing read. Addie has always been “just one of the guys”. They’ve had a close knit group since high school. Tucker is the only one of the group that has left town for the city for his career as a lawyer. Shep is the first of the group to find love and get married. He asks Addie to be one of his groomsmen, although his fiancée wants her dressed the same as the bridesmaids. Addie is trying to fit in with the girls, but it’s difficult for her with her tomboy style. Tucker first sees her in a dress and is quite attracted to her. Unfortunately he doesn’t realize it’s Addie because her head is under a car. They are attracted to each other, but are afraid to ruin their friendship and the dynamic of their close group. There’s a lot of interference from friends and family, particularly her hilarious Nonna!
Stephanie NicuNurse 9 months ago
Just One of the Groomsmen is book one in the next series by author Cindi Madsen. It’s about life and coming of age in a small Southern town. And falling in love with your very best friend. Fans of Hallmark movies will love this book. And speaking of Hallmark, Cindi just announced that she’s been signed with Hallmark publishing! Addison Murphy has been just one of the guys since forever. She has her group of friends - all four of them male - and they’ve forged a friendship that has been built on good times...and good mischief! Now they are all grown up and things are changing. One of the guys is getting married, and he’s asked all of them - Addie included - to be his groomsmen. While a bit unconventional, what it leads to is something Addie never expected. Tucker has been her very best friend all of her life. So why is she having these...feelings for him now? I’ll admit it straight up. I love Hallmark movies, and Cindi Madsen’s writing has always reminded me of them. I think that’s why I’m such a huge fan of her writing style. And Just One of the Groomsmen didn’t disappoint! Addie isn’t afraid to be her own person. Coming from someone who felt pressured to conform most of my growing up years, I truly admired this part of this character. Not to say Addie doesn’t feel the pressure, especially now that she’s grown up, but she’s not ashamed of who she is. But she’s still learning who she is as an adult. Tucker, on the other hand, is floundering. Not quite where he thought he should - or would - be by this time in his life when he begins to fall for Addie, it truly throws him for a loop. And what happens when guys are thrown like that emotionally? Well...they usually screw things up. NICUnurse’s Rating: Just One of the Groomsmen was a quick, entertaining read with a true HEA ending. There are some serious times, there are some funny times, and there are some really emotional times. If you’re not a fan of Hallmark-style stories, this might not be for you. But for those of us that ARE fans? You’re going to love it! Oh, and coming from a home-grown gal from the deep South...Cindi Madsen totally nails small-town Southern life! I give Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen 4.5 stars!
essvagon 9 months ago
Book Review: Looking at someone you’ve known forever in a new light, this time it happened to be lit by love. Just One of the Groomsman (Getting Hitched in Dixie #1) By Cindi Madsen Addison Murphy is just one of the guys from this group of friends that have known each other since childhood. They grew up in Uncertainty, a small town in Alabama. Until college split the group apart as Tucker Crawford moved away to become a lawyer. On his drive back into town he is flagged down by a group of ladies on the side of the road. It’s Lexi’s bachelorette party, the fiancée of his good friend Shep. Their wedding is the reason he’s back in Uncertainty. He unexpectedly finds a sexy pair of legs underneath a car and more to his surprise the legs belong to Addie. The group: Addie, Tucker, Shep, Easton and Ford get into more trouble as they pick up right where they left off as if the years separating them never happened. Poker games and football games and general horsing around that guys do when you add in beer and an excuse to reminisce. Addie fits right in and gives as much ribbing as she takes. Lexi is unsure of Addie and has trouble understanding how she fits in with this group. However, Addie will do whatever it takes to prove she is really just one of the guys. That is until she looks at Tucker and her heart has other plans. Lexi sees how Addie is trying to hide her feelings for Tucker and realizes she isn’t a threat between Shep and her. Tucker tries to hide his feelings from the guys, but really wants a chance with Addie. As the wedding festivities commence, more trouble ensues. Can Addie and Tucker make it through the wedding without ruining the friendships they hold so dear? The whole town of Uncertainty know what trouble Addie and Tucker can get into, and their story is entertaining and endearing. The whole cast of characters welcomes the reader into their little town. I look forward to reading the stories of the rest of the group as more antics are sure to follow this group of friends. For information when the next book in the series releases, be sure to visit Cindi Madsen’s webpage at http://cindimadsen.com FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title by Net Galley and Entangled Publishing for review purposes only; no other compensation was awarded.
KaraS 9 months ago
4.5 stars for a sweet friends to lovers romance. This book was fun; still made me cry; and chuckle and swoon. Addison and Tucker have been friends for years, decades even which makes their pull of attraction towards each other tough to give into. Tucker will drive you crazy with his inability to fight for what he should. "...until Tucker put himself in the equation, Addie needed to take him out of it and then make her decision." Addison is strong, independent (to a fault), and such a loyal friend. The characters were so interesting in this one that you will enjoy learning about them hopefully in future books. This has a down home Southern flair to the story and best friends who fall in love is one of the best kind of stories!! Friendship makes for a strong relationship if you can overcome the risks of taking the plunge. So glad these two did. I voluntarily requested and read an uncorrected advance reader copy.
MLH438 9 months ago
Loved, loved, loved this book! I loved the friends-to-lovers storyline, the camaraderie of the group of "guys", the secondary characters - especially Addie's grandmother Nonna Lucia, the Southern charm of Uncertainty, Alabama - I just loved everything about the book. Addison "Addie" Murphy is a tomboy who has been friends with a group of guys since high school. One of the guys is getting married, and Addie is asked to be a "groomsmen" along with Tucker Crawford, who had moved away and become a "big city lawyer." Tucker realizes that big city life is not for him and moves back to town because life is too short to be miserable. Addie had always been his "go-to" when he needed advice, and he missed his best friend. While Addie was close to all the guys, she had a special connection to Tucker and, when he returns to Uncertainty, she feels things are realigned. "It was as if something she hadn't even realized was broken was fixed." Both Tucker and Addie are afraid to cross the line from friend to lover but, as Addie's grandmother tells them "Friendship is easy. You add fire, it gets tricky. But if you find a way to have both..." This is my first Cindi Madsen book, and I definitely want to read more of her books. I laughed out loud when Nonna put Tucker on retainer and promoted him to the whole town and at the Star Wars and Harry Potter references. I highly recommend this book and hope there will be more about the rest of the "guys"! I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
etoile1996 10 months ago
addison "addie" murphy is just one of the guys. she's always been one of the guys, so when one of the guys gets engaged, she's included in the wedding party as just one of the groomsmen, hiding in plain sight as a bridesmaid. one of the best things about addie is how much she clearly loves her friends and would do anything for them, because even though wearing dresses and doing girly things aren't her scene she willingly submits to all of it. things only start to get confusing when tucker crawford gets back in town. at first, he's just happy to be in the place that has always felt like his truest home with the people who matter most to him in the world. but then, when he starts noticing addie in not friendlike ways he's torn. because their friendship means everything to him. and he's afraid that one wrong move will ruin everything. and this book is just about so many things, in part it's about coming home, but it's also about finding your place in life and surrounding yourself with people who will love and support you through it all. madsen's books always have so much heart, and i look forward to more stories in this world, which, while not a given has a lot of possibilities. **just one of the groomsmen will publish on may 28, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing in exchange for my honest review.