The Bridal Squad

The Bridal Squad

by Samantha Chase

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ISBN-13: 9780998106410
Publisher: Chasing Romance, Inc.
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 510,420
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance with more than forty titles under her belt! When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, playing with her sassy pug Maylene, and spending time with her husband and their two sons in North Carolina. For more information, visit chasing-romance.com.

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The Bridal Squad 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
SteelerFan5892 More than 1 year ago
LOVED this addition to the Enchanted Brides series! This is the third book in the series (The Wedding Season, Friday Night Brides and Bridal Squad) and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the new set of brides (the Squad). It was enlightening to see how each one of the girls went from being clueless when it came to their relationships to figuring it out and finding their HEA. Natalie and Jayce had the roughest journey but I love the fact that even though they thought about throwing in the towel, they didn't and found a way along with a little professional help to find their realistic HEA. Kayla had to overcome her commitment fears and take a leap of faith and Harper had to learn to ignore her CRAZY mother and realize sometimes the right guy is just a kickboxing lesson away! Julianne was still waffling but Gavin was keeping a clear head and steering her down the right path for both of them. It was also so great to get updates on the original four girls. I was so happy to see that Angie and Sean were together and happy and a beautiful son to spoil. Becca and Max were still going strong, Elle and Dylan were happy and expecting their first child and Hailey and Jackson were planning their own wedding. So much happiness and feel good feelings! Samantha Chase planned a perfect addition to the Enchanted Bride series and can't wait until the next installment!!!
micharch More than 1 year ago
The book starts out with Julianne planning her wedding to Gavin. Her sister, Harper, is her Maid of Honor, her friend, Natalie is her Matron of Honor and her other friend, Kayla is a bridesmaid. Kayla and Harper are close and kind of block Natalie out when she speaks. Julianne is a fitness instructor and practically demands that all 3 of them are at her Zumba class bright and early every Saturday morning. After some of these classes, they go to Enchanted Bridal for to find their dresses, etc. They are all opinionated and sometimes forget that someone else may not agree. Julianne did sometimes come across as domineering to her friends when she would insist on them eating certain things, or coming to her class and not leaving during it, etc. I didn't see her making the same effort for her friends and was kind of left wondering about that. All of these women are self-absorbed to the point of being maddening at times. They each have unrealistic expectations of others and all run from their problems. Julianne and Harper's mom was ridiculous at points and should have been called out much sooner for her abysmal behavior towards Harper. Harper also should have stood up for herself instead of hiding behind others when it came to her mother. She should never have let her mother use her past to define her. All 4 women find themselves in a personal relationship crisis. Kayla is clueless when it comes to her relationship with her boss, Adam, to the point of being downright dumb. Natalie has to come to the realization that life is not a fairy tale and her romantic ideas are not necessarily those of her husband, Jace. He was babied his whole life and she should have seen at least some of that writing on the wall prior to being married to him. She came off as a martyr at times and thought he should have been a mind-reader. Harper is using her past relationship failures to push Brady away when she should own up to why her other relationships didn't last. Her allowing her mother to control even more of her life was hard to understand. All 4 women had either control issues or were emotionally distant. All 4 could be downright rude and took the others in their group for granted at points. Instead of communicating their problems with their significant others, each would take the cowards way out and try to avoid the situation. It got tiring after a while and made the book a bit lower in the rating for me because of it. These were not women in their early 20's who were just out of college. They were all established in their professions and didn't have any excuse for their childish behavior at times. I did like how none of the men in their life let them get away with walking all over them when they reached their breaking point. All of the women were guilty of using their own insecurities and preconceived notions to demand more than what they rightfully should have. Yes, they each had some legitimate gripes but none of them were perfect either. Julianne's treatment of Brady was ridiculous and she should have been called out on it earlier. It was her bruised ego that caused her behavior and she should have been an adult about it. I did like the ending and felt the book was an overall good read. Just be warned that all 4 of these women had me at one point rolling my eyes at their selfish behavior to the point of fearing medical intervention being required. Samantha Chase did a good job of pushing to story forward enough that it never got to be too much f
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
THE BRIDAL SQUAD is the second installment in Samantha Chase’s contemporary, adult ENCHANTED BRIDAL romance series. Like the first book Friday Night Brides, THE BRIDAL SQUAD focuses on four women-Julianne, Natalie, Harper and Kayla-four friends whose personal lives implode as they make preparations for Julianne’s wedding. Told from several third person points of view THE BRIDAL SQUAD follows the four friends as they traverse a minefield of relationship hiccups and disasters-misunderstandings, new love, fear of commitment, meddling mothers, and being taken for granted. While Julianne makes plans for her upcoming nuptials, everyone’s life begins to spiral out of control until the bride-to-be announces she was done with it all. THE BRIDAL SQUAD looks at four women whose personal struggles are not unlike the reality of relationships and love but for each their battles loom larger through a lack of communication, issues of trust, secrets and the sheer exhaustion of their friend’s impending wedding. Samantha Chase writes a heartwarming, realistic and poignant story of romance, and love, heartbreak and pain, perception and emotional withdrawal for four women who love hard, and work hard for love. Julianne battles for control of her wedding; Harper can never measure up to her mother’s ideals; Kayla receives an ultimatum; and Natalie realizes she may had made the biggest mistake of her life. THE BRIDAL SQUAD is an enjoyable, animated and lighthearted look at life. The premise is playful and energetic, and the characters are vivacious and passionate.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: Seriously, it was too early in the morning for another one of Natalie Walsh-hyphen-Michael’s lectures and pep talks. They were friends through Julianne and if it weren’t for that connection, Kayla would never have crossed paths with her. And if she had, she probably would have punched her and then walked away. Seriously, how was it that normal, level-headed people could go from being happy and having a good time to being positively rabid toward each other over the color pink? It was mind-boggling! When had life gotten so damn complicated? What could they have done differently? And was this really what being an adult was all about? Because if it was, then she was seriously over it. My Review: I adored the first book in this series – Friday Night Brides - and had personally doubted it could be equaled – silly me – Ms. Chase has undeniable writing skills. The Bridal Squad was an engaging, observant, and multi-layered tale that was complex, entertaining, and well-paced. It was essentially four complete stories interwoven into one perceptive and well-crafted tale. Each of the four bridesmaids was fully inhabited and struggling with their own personal and romantic issues. The four were not totally friendly and initially tolerated each other for the sake of the bride, although they were each suffering with their own stressors, they forged strong bonds which in turned aided and fortified each other with insights into their own difficulties and encouragement to push ahead. Each woman had prickly issues and quirks that were staggeringly well depicted and insightfully detailed. Of the Samantha Chase books I have read, this series appears to be among her best work.
SullyGirl More than 1 year ago
As a lover of all things wedding romance, I'm always excited when a new book or series is released, especially when it's written by a known and favorite author. I had high hopes after reading and loving Ms. Chases's Friday Night Brides and I was not disappointed! In The Bridal Squad, you're not just getting one story about the bride, Julianne. You get four, full rich stories about her, sister Harper and friends Natalie and Kayla. It's like the best of the bride quartet series by Nora Roberts...but in one fun, heartwarming and at times wrenching read! And each woman's story has a different drama and feel to it....from Harper's broken engagements and her mother issues, to Natalie's newlyweds issues to Kayla's need for adventure and how that affects a relationship she didn't realize she was having! Of course, it all centers on Julianne, and that's the way she likes it! I did have a favorite gal at the beginning of the book...and she stayed my favorite through to the end! I will admit, it wasn't Natalie, but she definitely grew on my as her abrasive personality cracked to show the vulnerable girl beneath. Even if you haven't read book one in the Enchanted Bride series (why haven't you?!?!), The Bridal Squad is a stand alone book...or four books in one is how I look at it. We even get cameos from the Friday Night Brides gals, which is always fun! Grab this book and spend the afternoon or evening with this sweet wedding romance and the women (and men) in it...you won't be disappointed!
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I totally loved reading The Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase. Ms. Chase really knows how to create a sweet story between four friends who can be snarky and rude to each other but who are there for each other in no time flat. Julianne is getting married and has her older sister, Harper, and two best friends, Natalie and Kayla, as her support squad. As she goes through the process of finding dresses, venues, shoes, flowers, etc. with the help of the ladies at Enchanted, she and the girls encounter conflict, insecurity, surprise, and uncertainty in their lives. Julianne needs to decide if she really wants her dream wedding or elope. Natalie realizes that she deserves more than her husband is giving her. Kayla is thrown for a loop when her friend with benefits decides he wants more. Harper meets Mr. Right and needs to make sure not to sabotage the relationship. These two quotes best define the friendship these four ladies have. “We need to stop being so damn sensitive about being insensitive!” … “…but can we just agree that we are looking out for one another and sometimes that means saying things that are uncomfortable and … insensitive?” I enjoyed reading this was a fun and entertaining story. The story line was riveting and the characters had real, everyday problems. This book kept my attention to the very end as I had trouble putting it down. I highly recommend this outstanding book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
kmichels More than 1 year ago
Wow! Another amazing quartet of stories for the romance and women's fiction lover! The lives and loves of these four women interweave in such a way that you can feel their friendship and commitment to each other. Not only that, but you better grab your tissues about half way through, and then again a few more times! A little sexy and lotta feels!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
10 BRIDAL SQUAD STARS!!! This was the perfect second book in the Enchanted Bridal series. It is a beautiful story of friends and family coming together to prepare for Julianne's wedding. We get to see all four stories come to life in this book Julianne, Kayla, Harper and Natalie. The story is about marriage, friendship, families, love and drama. Samantha Chase does an amazing job at making her stories come to life and you can relate to them. I highly recommend this book, but I suggest you read Friday Night Brides first. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Story! Everything about this story was perfect for me. The storyline and writing was fantastic and so entertaining. I loved everything about It from the interesting, endearing, wonderful, and real main characters as well as their interactions, their connection to each other and the growth of their relationships as they share their problems and work through them together. 
I pretty much inhaled this. It kept my attention the entire time. Every single second of this story was entertaining, with so many great details and moments that just filled me up and I had so much fun reading it. I was grinning, I was worried, I was stressed out, I was rooting for them, and I was teary eyed, my emotions pretty much ran the gamut while reading this. 
The Enchanted Bridal Team have their work cut out for them with their newest customers The Bridal Squad. Will their Saturdays ever be the same? Settle back and let these four very different friends take you on an entertaining, fun filled, and romance filled journey, as they navigate through new relationships, and old, as well as meddlesome relatives, trying and crazy times before the Big Day! Loved it! Highly Recommended! 
Received an ARC through the publisher and NetGalley and voluntarily wrote an honest review.
Lelim0612 More than 1 year ago
Hello, I want to take this opportunity to tell you about a spectacular gift I was given. I was gifted with an ARC of The Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase. Over the last couple of years, Ms. Chase has become one of my top five favorite authors. The reason is plain, Ms. Chase writes FABULOUS romance novels, and her latest addition The Bridal Squad is no exception. This is the story about the wedding of Julianne and Gavin, and the romance of her sister Harper and Brady, and the ever-blind Kayla and Adam, and the troubled marriage of Natalie and Jayce. YES!!! Four fantastic romances built into one book. Each story is intertwined into each, and I loved each and every one. I love every character in the book, well… maybe not all… Can I wring mom’s neck?? The way that she kept on picking at… Stop, no spoilers. I really liked the dynamics between each of the couples, and I can’t pick one as my favorite. I loved the way that Gavin and Julianne finished the other. I love the way Brady strengthened Harper. When Adam gave Kayla the ultimatum, and it finally opened her eyes. Then, Natalie and Jayce, the honeymoon couple… My biggest surprise…. The wedding. Sorry, I said no spoilers, and I meant it. Thank you, Ms. Chase for ALL the hours and hours of reading enjoyment that you give to your readers. Thank you for reading my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Samantha gave us a real life description of the stress that can come with planning a wedding. All if the opinions from other people, the bickering, and feeling like you don't have control over the most important day of your life. I loved this group of girls but at times when I first started the book it took me a moment to figure out who was who. After I worked it out I enjoyed all of the friends personalities and cared about their struggles. I was all in following this group of girls as they figured out their friendships, and traveled through the struggles of figuring out themselves and how to make relationships work as adults. Grab this today. You will be happy you did!
JaneN17 More than 1 year ago
I have conflicted feelings about this book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the story. It was very interesting, fun with a lot going on. On the other hand, it was not what I would consider a true romance, it's more of a women's fiction story. The focus of the story is the tensions and all the other emotions that go along with planning a wedding. Each of woman (4) is in someway dealing with their own crisis in their lives while helping the bride stay focused on the wedding plans. What I enjoyed was the friendships between the women and how they were there for each other no matter what. The storytelling was realistic and heartfelt and had me rooting for each women's HEA!
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Lovely, lovely, lovely book! I cannot say how awesome this book is. It's just so sweet but sexy and you will be cheering and laughing at the same time you might not like a character. Great story.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
The Bridal Squad is an entertaining romance novel about four women, Julianne, Harper, Natalie and Kayla, and the men who captured their hearts. Julianne and Gavin are getting married. They are the perfect couple. This should be the happiest time of Julianne’s life, but it’s not. Julianne is frustrated. Her friends are bickering, her wedding plans are in turmoil, and her mother’s rude behavior is hurting her sister, Harper. Their mother has always picked on her sister, but ever since Julianne started to plan her wedding, the stinging snarky remarks toward Harper have increased. After three failed engagements Harper was in no hurry to get romantically involved with anyone until she met Brady, a kickboxing instructor. Natalie, the one who knew everything, about weddings and marriage, suddenly had nothing to say. And, Kayla, a photographer, lost her adventurous spirit after Adam; her boss gave her an ultimatum. The Bridal Squad is an enjoyable novel about the joys and difficulties of romantic relationships and how friends, precious ones, can be a lifesaver during painful times. Although, The Bridal Squad is not as heartwarming as Samantha Chase’s other novels; I still found it very enjoyable. Many thanks, to the publisher and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! A heartwarming story about friendship and the toils of life! The characters were all interesting and watching them evolve into more assured people was enlightening. It was fun to get sort of get 4 stories instead of one. Julianne Burke just got engaged to the love of her life, Gavin. She's excited to kick off the wedding planning, and is bringing along her 3 best friends for the ride. Her big sister Harper and two of her best friends since childhood, Kayla and Natalie. As the story unfolds, we get a delve into each of their lives and relationships and watch them all go through their various turmoils. Julianne knows that she wants to marry Gavin, but this wedding stress is really getting to her. It's making her feel an anger she's not used to. She has to somehow find a way to get these bickering people off her back and get to just enjoy loving her man again! Big sis Harper adores her sister and wants nothing but happiness for her, but the constant sniping from Mom about her own three failed engagements is driving her crazy! It's demoralizing enough to have her little sister get married before her already ... and to constantly have her past thrown in her face on top of it? GRRRRR! Self-named matron of honor Natalie loves to talk up her own wedding of a year ago and considers herself an expert. As she spends time with the girls and sees the various things going on in their lives, she starts to doubt that honeymoon lifestyle she thought she had going on with her own husband. Free-spirit Kayla ... the sporty nature photographer who lives her life jumping from one assignment to another all over the world, no matter how dangerous it is. She's a no commitment, no plans type of gal and really enjoys it ... until the things she was taking for granted suddenly aren't there anymore and she has to decide if she wants to change her way of living to make room for them.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful 5 star book about friendship and relationships that will absolutely fill your heart up with love. One of the things I loved the most about this book was the friendship between the four very different women who are dubbed the Saturday Morning Squad by Hailey and the Enchanted Bridal crew. They are all such wonderfully developed and relatable characters. There is a separate storyline for each of them that is running concurrently and intertwining with the main storyline and each one is very realistic. This takes some seriously great writing talent and Samantha Chase has that in abundance! It held my interest from the instant I picked it up and I had to stay up very late to finish it. I love books like this!!You do not have to have read Book 1 to enjoy this one, but you should read it anyway because it too is amazing. Each one of the squad, Julianne, Kayla, Natalie and Julianne's sister Harper, is having her own struggles and is going through a different stages in her own personal relationship yet they are all there to support their friend Julianne who is the bride they are planning a wedding for. Each one of the men in the story is so different but perfect for the woman he is with. Brady is probably my favorite though. You'll see, have a good read for yourself! You deserve it!
ReaderGirl87 More than 1 year ago
This was a great addition to the series - the perfect combination of catching up with the girls from Friday Night Brides and getting to know the knew cast of characters. This is a story of friendships that grow and mature as we do and how sometimes life isn't always what it seems. I loved how these women were flawed and that it wasn't so much the men in their lives that helped them grow, but their friends! Yes! So refreshing!! Loved it!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A fun light-hearted read that takes us on the wild ride of wedding planning, friendships built both new and old, and relationships in general. We have the Bridal Crew. For long time friends that have gone into the wedding planning business together. Then we have The Saturday Morning Squad. This is Julianne and her bridal party that meet with the planners every Saturday working through the issues of the week. Each person has a story that is happening concurrently and intertwined with each other. This was a fantastic read that brought out all the emotions. Definitely a book I recommend.
Lynngrier More than 1 year ago
I loved The Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase. What more can I say... except enjoy!
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
The Bridal Squad follows along the ups and downs as well as the stress of planning a wedding. Julianne is marrying Gavin. Her bridesmaids are her friends Natalie and Kayla and her maid of honor is her sister, Harper. I started out first not careing much for Natalie as she came across as a 'know-it-all'. Almost like she was reliving her wedding through Julianne's. By the end of the book I got to know her better and realized she's really struggling in her own life and trying to find herself. I really felt for Harper, I wanted to take her mom down myself. She was just downright hateful to her. Kudos to her for hanging tough so her sister's wedding preparations are less stressful for her. Though sometimes I get the impression that Julianne thought Harper as second best. I really didn't care for that aspect of Julianne. Kayla is struggling with her career and having to chose the right path for her future. Poor Julianne. She's trying to make everyone happy while planning her special day. The struggles were real. As a couple of our kids got married within the last couple years I could really relate. The only thing I wish was a little different in this book...was that someone should of confronted Harper's mom a lot earlier on her treatment of Harper. (though if that would of happened it would of changed the layout of the story. I just really disliked how she was treated) If I was Harper I don't think I'd even be talking to her. But I must say life for Harper is shining much brighter with Brady now in it. I really liked how this book was written. We are getting four stories in one book. Natalie, Kayla and Harper each are dealing with issues of their own and through them this group of four young ladies become stronger individuals and become deeper friends. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Tina for Joandisalovebooks Blog.
esgute More than 1 year ago
The Bridal Squad is an engaging and energetic read! Hailey, Becca, Angie and Ella are now running enchanted bridal, with the help of newcomer, Penny, and warmly welcome 4 girls, who remind them much of themselves, into their establishment as they prepare for the wedding of Julianne, a member of the wedding party squad! Julianne, the bride, is engaged to Gavin the perfect man. Harper, Julianne's older sister, has a history of finding the wrong guys, Kayla, can't seem to commit to anyone or anything, and married Natalie, wants her friends to see her marriage to Jayce as fairy tale perfect. The Ups and downs these wonderful ladies go through on their journeys to happily ever after are quirky, steamy, emotional and trying. I lived everything through them and cheered for all of them through the whole book! And the romance was off the charts! Samantha Chase is a master of writing women's fiction! Fall in love with The Bridal Squad today!
hmg_vermont More than 1 year ago
The Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase is the story of friends who have come together to support in the wedding preparations for Julianne (one of their squad). This should be an amazing experience that is romantic and fun however that is not the case for the most part. Each friend is fighting their own battle. Natalie has marriage problems, Kayla has relationship problems, and Harper has mother issues. The Bridal Squad offers a strong dose of reality. The story reminds the reader that marriage is hard and relationships take work – even the best relationship isn’t always rainbows and puppy dogs. Although I liked Julianne’s character the best because she was the one I related to the most, I thought Harper had the best line in the book “Hard to hurt yourself when you’re a big puddle of goo on the floor from a hot guy pressing his equally-hot boy all up against you”. Even through each character struggled, they all get their happily-ever-after in the end. This story may have some tough topics but it is hopeful and confirms in the reader that strong family and friend bonds can help you get through anything!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Loved the Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase. Four friendships that will will take you on the ride of what friends are for that will bring laughter and tears throughout the story. I loved how they grew throughout this story. With four girls you know you will get plenty of romance! Juilanne, the bride to be, zumba instructor meets every Saturday with her bridal party in preparation of the wedding. Is now having second thoughts on this big wedding vs eloping. Her sister, Harper with three broken engagements, has minimal help in the romance department. Natalie, already married, is having second thoughts on her marriage. Kayla, is always on the run with her job and is having a friends with benefits with her boss. Then you have Juilanne and Harper's mother to throw in her two cents. I could so identify with her. Ok, so maybe I did want to reach into the pages and strangle her a few times!! I highly recommend this book, four romances in one story!!
westgirlds More than 1 year ago
I have absolutely fallen in love with the writing style of Samantha Chase! Six months ago I had not heard of her, but now I am hooked and wait anxiously for each new book. I have read about 9 so far and have not been disappointed at all! This book was one that I literally could not put down. I loved all the characters. They were so well written, each with their own personal life challenges. It is nice to see characters have normal issues and are not perfect! The ladies of the Bridal Squad are Julianne, Natalie, Kayla and Harper. Each of these characters made me laugh, made me worry about them. It shows how some people we don't consider our friend is really the best friend at all! I hope there are more books in this series! I LOVED IT!!!!! “I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.”
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
In the best of times and the worst of times, it's always good to have friends. Samantha Chase, spotlights the beautiful bond that toes the line between crazy and amazing in The Bridal Squad. From Natalie, who always needs to be in control to Kayla the bridesmaid reluctant to even take on the role. Julianne, the Bride is slowly losing her mind as the day draws ever near, while frustrated sister Harper may be giving in to her fears. The Bridal Squad is like looking in a mirror with how relatable the scenarios are, but the area Ms. Chase never seems to miss, is the impact she makes on the heart.