The Wedding Deal

The Wedding Deal

by Cindi Madsen

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ISBN-13: 9781640638181
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/25/2019
Series: Heart in the Game , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 11,549
File size: 1 MB

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 overly-dramatic tomcat,&an adorable one- eyed kitty named Agent Fury.

You can visit Cindi at:, 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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The Wedding Deal 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
BeckyRendon 12 days ago
3.5 stars The Wedding Deal is a workplace romance with a bit of an enemies to lovers thing going. Because nothing says conflict of interest like...well, I can't say because I was forced to sign a NDA. You see, our heroine, is sassy, feisty, and the head of Human Resources. So any pertinent information I have about this book and the characters in it can not be disclosed. I can not in good conscience, or financially, tell you anything about the Mustangs, their staffing issues, or the actual Wedding Deal. Nope. Legally, I am bound not to disclose the tension filled lusty moments between boss and employee. I also have nothing to contribute to any conversation, accusations, or rumors about players being added, coaching staff, or other prominent parties. So if your looking for the scoop, you'll just have to sign the NDA (also known as one-click) and read it for yourself!
jkmeaux 15 days ago
What a great love story! Light-hearted, humorous, and a heroine with just enough sass to knock a smokin' hot former quarterback now NFL team owner to his knees. Did I mention he's her boss? After Lance fires more than half of the Mustangs staff, Charlotte scrambles to help him rebuild the team before the new season begins. Lance soon realizes just how valuable she is with her insight of players coaches, stats of every player in the league, and exactly who would be the perfect fit for the team. While on a week long trip to his brother's weddding, Charlotte and Lance discover how attracted they are to one another but is Charlotte willing to cross that line with her boss? Will her hormones really give her a choice? I loved reading Charlotte and Lance's story and look forward to the next in the series. Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for the advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Britchick1548 18 days ago
This was a fun, easy going, slow burn romance with Lance and Charlotte. When his grandfather dies, he leaves Lance his NFL team, the Mustangs. The most losing team in the league. The only person to stand up to Lance is the HR manager, Charlotte, who is not afraid to speak her mind and remind Lance that he must temper his words and follow the guidelines in the employee handbook. With the clock ticking for the start of Draft Day and having to effectively rebuild the Mustangs, a week off to attend Lance's brothers wedding could not come at a worse time. The most effective use of time? Bring Charlotte with him, together with her forms, her handbook and her sass! The book is enjoyable, shows that women can be powerful in business, but not total bitches. The writing flowed and the story moved along at a reasonable pace. Nothing felt rushed or dragged out. Ms. Madsen did make me want to root for the characters and for them to find their HEA. I would certainly recommend this book.
Bookishly_Nerdy 22 days ago
This book was the perfect amount of sassy and love. It was so good. It definitely didn’t lose sight of the fact that they lived in the real world. Charlotte was adamant about covering their butts and almost neurological about her forms. She reacted beautifully to the outrageous-ness of Lance. I was low-key applauding her during her speeches. She stood up for what she believed in as well as didn’t let herself get bulldozed by the men in the industry. A ruthless negotiator, Charlotte made sure to emphasize that, regardless of their relationship status, she had her job and Lance was not going to come in and dictate what she should and shouldn’t be doing. And to his credit, Lance never tried to impose his will on her. In fact, more often than not, Lance was looking to Charlotte for advice and counsel. And, as she points out, he takes her suggestions into consideration. He doesn’t just listen and dismiss, as so many people are wont to do. Lance listens and implements her suggestions. The same wavelength stuff was super adorable and showed a connection that was so sweet. Cindi Madsen is a new author to me and I typically don’t read sport romances voluntarily. But this one, for some reason, called to me. And I am so glad I answered. It was the perfect book to curl up with on a weekend.
Lori-Gonzo 22 days ago
Oh my goodness how i freaking loved this book!! From start to finish, Charlotte was amazing. She was smart, sexy, a little vulnerable, and curvy. She was perfect. Her perfect memory and ability to verbally vomit all kinds of stats was enough to make me jealous, since I have no memory. Throw in keeping a deliciously sexy man on his toes and whipping him into shape, and she is my hero. Charlotte and Lance's story had everything you need in a great romance. They were fun, well equipped in their verbal banter, brought out a better person in the other, supportive, sexy as all get out, and of course, the huge conflict. When I got to that part, I could feel my heart crack and remain heavy for the longest time. But man, their resolution was grandiose and could not have been handled in a better way. I truly loved everything about this story. Even when I was silently yelling at Lance to shut up, shut up, shut up. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
More_Than_A_Review 22 days ago
The Wedding Deal is a fun sports romance by Cindi Madsen. Even if you do not enjoy football I think you will love the passion the two of them have for the game and trying to build a new team. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes where they were talking players while using the white board and post it notes. You get caught up in their enthusiasm. Charlotte is a wonderfully likable character. She is the HR Director for her favorite football team which just got a new owner. Do you see the trouble coming? She comes with some personal baggage between her father and the guys she has dated. She is such a rule follower it is hilarious. Lance is the new owner after his grandfather passes away. He was once a star quarter back. The opening scenes with him and Charlotte and then him and the team were extremely entertaining. In addition, the scenes with him and his family were precious. I loved his mother and her interactions with her family and Charlotte. Chemistry throughout the book. Sexual content - 3 only a couple of scenes but they were well documented. chemistry throughout the book, drinking 2- drinking whiskey, and bachelor and bachelorette parties Language - yes and he gets in trouble for it quite often from his HR lady . I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
etoile1996 26 days ago
what happens when you need to fire your entire front office, you've just taken charge of the losingest team in the nfl, your hr rep is hot, and your mom insists you bring a plus one to your brother's wedding, which happens to take place two weeks before the draft that will determine the future of your recently inherited football team? if you've had these questions, the wedding deal is here to answer them. and let's not discount the sparks that will fly while answering said questions. because even as charlotte has lance filling out every form possible in the hr handbook, there's a sexual chemistry between them that is both inevitable and undeniable. the back-and-forth between these two is just as enjoyable as all the kissing. **the wedding deal will publish on march 25, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (amara) in exchange for my honest review.
Madm007 27 days ago
A football romance from the owner's box that is infused with laughter, wit and a whole new 1st row staff. Clearly, an HR nightmare according to Sec. ??? well, ask Charlotte bc she is the walking talking rule following HR manager. Lance, former QB, current owner, a walking talking rule breaker. Together they make their own team (there's heat) and need to come up with a winning combination for the real team. Enjoyed the story concept with a kicka** female in sports and lighter reading that had me lol'ing regularly, but still bringing forth several realistic issues. I did feel his brother's wedding got a bit more time and detail I could have done without. Still a great stand alone read and I look forward to more in this series. I received an ARC from Entangled Publishing LLC thru NetGalley and am freely giving my honest thoughts and opinions
lenorewastaken 27 days ago
3.5 stars — This book gave me some mixed feelings…there was so much I loved about it and that made me giggle and swoon! But I also totally saw the misunderstanding conflict coming from a mile away, and was kinda bummed that it played out how I anticipated. BUT! Then the ending just pulled me back in!! The star of this book for me was the banter between Lance and Charlotte. They had such amazing witty chemistry, and I loved the way they pushed at each other and didn’t back down…particularly Charlotte with Lance. She gave as good as she got, and I LOVED that about her. She could be really fierce and sassy, and I loved that most of the time she was very sure of her opinions and her smarts…she deserved to be, and it was nice to see that confidence there. I didn’t always connect with the whole rule thing she had going on…I mean, we get some explanation about how her past shaped her, but I think I needed more to really buy in on it for as much as it played into the plot. Then we have Lance…he had my feelings all jumbled up as well!! I LOVED how easily he saw what an asset Charlotte was, and how he didn’t let any gender biases get in the way of appreciating her for what she was worth…it was really refreshing actually! In general he was a good guy…just one who had been hurt in the past and had trust issues. Just like with Charlotte, we’re told about his trust issues and what happened in the past, but I wish I’d understood that part of him better. As I said above, their friendship/banter chemistry was ALL OF THE THINGS. I loved the way they worked together, listened to one another, just balanced one another. And the steamy chemistry was definitely there as well, though I always have a disconnect with how focused Ms. Madsen often makes her heroines on the physical characteristics that they are attracted to on the hero. Just a personal taste thing, I can only hear how amazing their butt is, or how awesome their muscles are and how they make Charlotte drool before I’m losing interest. I will always inevitably be more interested in the hero’s inner character. I loved being introduced to Lance’s adorable family, and seeing the dynamics at work there, and how easily Charlotte fit in. I also appreciated the glimpses of the other major players for the Mustangs, whom I’m assuming will become heroes in future books in this series. The coach in particular has me intrigued. So yeah. Ms. Madsen writes flirty banter like no other, and the climax during the draft saved this book and has me rounding up. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a Sam and Frodo reference.
Laura_F 27 days ago
A stickler for the rules and a hothead who doesn’t even read the rule book. What could go wrong in that scenario? Lance and Charlotte were hilarious. They couldn’t be more different when it comes to policies, protocols, and paperwork but when it really matters, these two are perfectly in sync. Their passion for the game, their team, and each other was off the charts. I loved the banter, the honesty, and the drama. This is an awesome start to this series! I loved all the characters and can’t wait to see who’s gets their HEA next!! *this is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Kristy_K 27 days ago
2.5 Stars While I enjoyed the abundance of (accurate) sports talk in The Wedding Deal, I didn’t really care about the two main characters getting together. I wish they would have had more serious and heartfelt moments where I could really see them connect. However, I was overly excited about reading a sports romance where the author actually knew the sport she was writing about. Some may find it a little football heavy, but as the characters ran a pro football team, I felt it appropriate to so centered on it. I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
JustNicole 27 days ago
When Charlotte’s boss dies and his grandson, Lance, takes his chair as the owner of the NFL Mustangs team, she gives him the riot act (as HR rep) about the way he is treating the employees. She is a stickler for the rules and he is an a$$. I loved this fake wedding date/boss-employee/slow burn/sports story HEA! I thought it would be more predictable and same ole-same ole, but the author Cindi Madsen did a wonderful job with the storyline and had me loving it from cover to cover! This had so many wonderful aspects! I loved the family parts, the characters were all fantastic, even the heartbreak part I felt so hard (I literally felt the hollowness in my heart and chest…but I won’t ruin it and give more deets, as I signed a NDA!), and I loved the epilogue! Overall…I absolutely loved The Wedding Deal by Cindi Madsen and would totally recommend it!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 27 days ago
3.5 stars--THE WEDDING DEAL is the first instalment in Cindi Madsen’s contemporary, adult HEART IN THE GAME romance series. This is former NFL quarterback and team owner Lance Quaid, and HR manager Charlotte James’ story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Lance and Charlotte) THE WEDDING DEAL follows the building but forbidden relationship between the former NFL quarterback and San Antonio Mustangs’ owner Lance Quaid, and the team’s HR manager Charlotte James. Upon the recent death of his beloved grandfather Lance Quaid inherited the struggling NFL San Antonio Mustangs. Already at the end of his rope Lance fires the majority of the team executive and coaches but retains his feisty HR manager Charlotte James. Lance and Charlotte must pull together in an effort to reorganize and recruit for the upcoming season but Lance’s brother’s wedding throws a kink into their tight schedule. Needing a plus one to keep his mother off his back, Lance invites Charlotte to Nag’s Head, North Carolina where their search for a new executive and quarterback continues. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Lance and Charlotte, and the potential fall-out as Lance’s issues of trust come to a head with the reveal of team secrets and Charlotte’s past. Charlotte James has a head for statistics; a mind for numbers and in this she is a stickler for rules and regulations, so much so that her relationship with Lance is directly affected by her need to recite and follow the rules. Lance Quaid struggles between head and heart knowing to get involved with a member of his staff could bring about another round of publicity that will affect negatively against himself and the team. The relationship between Lance and Charlotte begins acrimoniously as Charlotte continues to speak her mind. A case of instant attraction tempered by Charlotte’s almost obsessive-like quality to quote and obey the rules, Lance battles his need for a woman whose secrets are about to be revealed. The $ex scenes are passionate but limited, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Charlotte’s friend and roommate Shannon, and Lance’s large extended family including his parents Maribelle and Chuck, brother Mitch and fiancee Stacey, and her bridesmaids Grace and Bridget; sister Taylor and husband Scott, nephews Aaron and Austin, as well as an assortment of prospective team members and executive. The world building focuses on the game of football- behind the scenes as our leading couple struggle to rebuild a team that has fallen below expectations. There is plenty of rules and regulations, legalese and statistics as Charlotte is not above laying down the law and offering her opinion. THE WEDDING DEAL is a story of family, friendship, betrayal and trust. The premise is engaging; the romance is flirty and fun; the characters are sexy and sassy but I did have an issue with the frenetic change in third person perspectives so much so that I had to re-read several passages in order to clarify which point of view was presented.
ljtljtljt 27 days ago
4.5 Stars! As a Human Resources professional, this book grabbed me right from the beginning. The Wedding Deal by Cindi Madsen is a sports and office romance rolled into one. It is a fun read with bits of emotional turmoil splashed throughout. Charlotte James is the HR Director for the professional football team that is in last place. She is also a whiz with facts and statistics. Charlotte always follows the rules and expects those around her to do the same. She loves football and her job. When her boss and owner of the team passes away suddenly, his grandson inherits the losing franchise. Lance Quaid is a former superstar quarterback with a personality to match. He has a huge job to do and minding his ps and qs is not one of them. Charlotte is constantly on his case because she knows that his unprofessional behavior will undoubtedly cause the team some legal trouble. Building a new team is a tough job, and Lance has his work cut out for him. Somehow he and Charlotte find a working stride, and she becomes his greatest advisor. Lance even has her come with him for the week-long festivities of his brother's wedding, so that they never drop the recruiting ball. Over that week, they secure the positions that they need and become much more than colleagues. I really enjoyed this book. Although facts and figures are not my thing, employee relations is, so it was easy for me to identify with Charlotte's character. I also worked with people like Lance and I understand how difficult it is to move from the playing field into the corporate office. I loved the push and pull between the main characters and how they challenged each other with their unique method of communication. Overall, I recommend this is sexy, well-written romance. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
PennySparkles 27 days ago
4.5 “office rules be damn” Stars If you’re in the mood for a fun, steamy hot, engaging romance you can’t go wrong with The Wedding Deal. The set up for the story is quite simple, Lance, a former quarterback, just inherited his grandfather’s tanking football team and he knows the only way to turn it around is to start from scratch… which is how he finds himself basically with no staff weeks before the draft. Luckily for him, Charlotte, the HR manager, is not only awesome with forms and rule-enforcing but is a wiz with football players’ stats and a devoted fan. If Lance has a prayer of getting the team back on track, he needs to dedicate every waking moment, and then some, to building back his staff and coming up with a strategy. When he is forced to lose a whole week of that time going to his brother’s wedding, he decides to beg Charlotte to be his plus one so they can keep working whenever he’s not attending some mandatory wedding activity. Only, the more time he and Charlotte spend together, the more their attraction grows and soon becomes so strong neither of them can fight it. Lance and Charlotte’s relationship had a bit of rough start when he seems to be set out to break every rule in the office handbook. Their underlying attraction and crazy chemistry was the one thing that made sparks fly whenever they interacted, and I really enjoyed all the bickering and banter. Charlotte at first comes off as a bit closed off and strict-bordering-on-obnoxious-rule-follower, but once we begin to learn her backstory it is more than understandable. She was funny, sweet and gave as good as she got. I loved how she started to loosen up once she and Lance’s relationship unfolded. I also loved how she made him work for it when he was a ginormous git. Lance was a pretty great hero. He was clear on what he wanted and went all out to achieve it, be that rebuild a crappy team or win the woman of his dreams. He had some issues to overcome regarding various subjects, and even when he manages to be the most massive dingus, his all-in type of groveling was epic. He was not only sexy and hot as hell, he was also caring, charming and a really great guy… if only with a little disregard for not-swearing-at-the-office policies. In a nutshell, I had lots of fun reading The Wedding Deal. It was entertaining and light, it had feels and sexiness and I just loved pretty much every one of the characters. I’m really hoping for some of them to get their own stories *cough*coachBryant*cough* in the future. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
Tink4evr 27 days ago
A wonderful story that takes to people who are skeptical about love and throw them together. Charlotte is all about following the rules because it is what keeps her grounded. She doesn’t believe in love. Lance has been hurt before and has trust issues. For the love of football they will make their own rules. These rules eventually lead to things crossing the line into the personal. The story is filled with fun and witty wisecracks from the characters. The tension between the two is often hilarious. The family dynamic is great! You will enjoy the mini madness that takes place at the wedding and in the office. You will find plenty of opportunities to laugh and thoroughly enjoy the ride to their happily ever after.
tsmb02 27 days ago
Lance Quaid just inherited the worst losing football team in the NFL from his grandfather. Now that Lance can no longer be a quarterback because of injury he's looking forward to turning the San Antonio Mustangs around. Too bad most of his staff doesn't seem to have the same attitude. When Lance ends up firing just about everyone, he makes Charlotte James' life miserable since she is the Human Resources Manager. When Charlotte gives Lance a piece of her mind, Lance is quickly turned on by Charlotte's sassy mouth. Too bad she works for him because she is the first woman who has excited him since his ex-fiance cheated on him. Charlotte is a rule follower and likes her life neat and orderly. While Lance doesn't like to follow rules, he quickly realizes that Charlotte is worth far more to him than an HR manager....she has a fantastic mind for football. When Lance has to leave town for his brother's wedding, he convinces Charlotte to go with him so they can continue trying to form a football coaching staff. Charlotte reluctantly agrees, after making Lance sign a form called The Wedding Deal!!! While these two are in North Carolina for the wedding, things start to heat up after having to spend so much time together. Just when it looks like these two are going to get a happy ending, things from both of their pasts come back to haunt them causing Lance to say things that he will later regret. It will take a LOT of grovelling and one fun and interesting move to win back the heart of the woman he now realizes that he is in love with. I just adored this story. Charlotte was such fun. I loved her knowledge of football. I also loved that some of the story seemed to tie in with the recent history of the Cleveland Browns (my fav team) even though the author said she is a die hard Denver fan. I also enjoyed Lance. It was fun watching him have to rely and trust a female again. I also loved Lance's crazy and strong family....they were all a hoot! Overall this was a great story with great, fun characters.
Bette313 27 days ago
I do love a great Cindi Madsen book and this one definitely fits the bill. It has all the humor, banter, and sass I've come to expect from her as well as some amazing characters and a story that just made me smile. Lance and Charlotte are a fun couple. He says and does whatever pops in his brain. She follows all the rules frequently making up new rules as she goes. When Lance convinces Charlotte to accompany him home for his brothers wedding she requires him to sign a wedding contract to be sure things stay strictly business. Will Lance make her end up wanting to break her own rules? This is a fantastic read and I book I recommend to everyone.
SherriBabb 27 days ago
This is the first book in this new series by Cindi Madsen. I have to say it was a great start to this new series. I just loved Charlotte and Lance. They had so much chemistry between them. The story line was humorous but I also found it to be sweet and romantic. Cindi Madsen really knows how to tell a story. This book had it all. It was sweet, romantic, funny and had just enough drama to keep you guessing. I really am looking forward to the next book in this series. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
heater_28 27 days ago
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** The Wedding Deal was the first book by Cindi Madsen that I have read, but it won't be my last. I like finding new-to-me writers and I enjoyed her writing and the story flowed well for me. Former quarterback Lance Quaid has recently inherited the Mustangs organization from his grandfather and they just happen to be the worst team in the NFL. He has little time before the draft to get things in order, but when he decides to fire half of his staff, including the coach and GM, things go downhill really quickly and the only person that can even potentially help him is the HR Director. An HR Director that is all about following the rules... Charlotte James has worked hard to get where she's at in her career. Having been burned by people in her personal life before, she's all about following the rules and making sure that she's in control of everything she possibly can be. When the new owner of the Mustangs fires several members of the staff seemingly for no reason, she knows she's got her hands full. Not to mention the fact that he's drop dead gorgeous and if he wasn't her boss and wasn't a former football player himself, she might consider making a play for him. When it becomes obvious that Lance needs Charlotte's help due to her expertise not only in HR, but also with football knowledge and stats, he figures out that he can kill two birds with one stone - continue working on all that they need to get done surrounding the team and get his mother off his back by taking Charlotte to his brother's wedding as his date in North Carolina. Even though Charlotte isn't certain it's a good idea, she gives in. Will these two be able to keep everything strictly professional or will the "contract" that Charlotte insisted on for the week of the wedding end up going up in flames due to the sparks flying between them? This was an entertaining, fun romance. This was a sports romance where it was nice to be in the front office instead of on the field. I wanted to pull for both characters and wanted them to find their happily ever after. Truly an enjoyable read!
Anonymous 27 days ago
Charlotte James is the HR manager for the San Antonio Mustangs NFL team. Her job just got a whole lot harder when her old boss died and left the team to his grandson, former quarterback for the Tennessee Titans Lance Quaid, her peaceful existence was over. Lance can't believe how his grandfather allowed so many of his employees to slack at their jobs and he's not going to tolerate it on his watch, he starts by firing half the staff and using inflammatory language. As the two of them work together to fill the vacancies with the right staff, and make sure they have legally terminated everyone that Lance sacked, Lance learns that Charlotte has a encyclopedic knowledge of NFL stats and Charlotte learns that her hot boss is also a secret geek. Then, when all the work isn't enough pressure, Lance's family are on his back about his brother's wedding and his plus one. Cunning idea ... why not get Charlotte to act as his fake date, they can work when not involved in wedding activities and he'll get some respite from the family pressure. This was fun, lighthearted chick-lit romance. Well-written and easy to read, but nothing memorable. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.