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Wedding Date for Hire
     

Wedding Date for Hire

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by Jennifer Shirk
 

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Maddie McCarthy is single, between jobs, and (oh, the shame) lives with her mother. To make matters worse, she's the maid of honor for her sister's wedding, and desperately needs a date. Then she sees her salvation-Match Made Easy, a service for women in Maddie's exact position. If she can't find a boyfriend, she'll do the next best thing...

Hire one.

Overview

Maddie McCarthy is single, between jobs, and (oh, the shame) lives with her mother. To make matters worse, she's the maid of honor for her sister's wedding, and desperately needs a date. Then she sees her salvation-Match Made Easy, a service for women in Maddie's exact position. If she can't find a boyfriend, she'll do the next best thing...

Hire one.

Trent Montgomery isn't actually part of Match Made Easy. He's just doing a favor for his cousin, but one look at the blonde who hired him, and he's totally hooked. Now Maddie thinks that the attraction sizzling between them is just "part of the package." And Trent is running out of time to prove to her that her date-for-hire might just be her happily-ever-after...

Each book in the Anyone But You series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 - Fiance by Fate
Book #2 - Wedding Date for Hire
Book #3 - Wrong Brother, Right Match

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633754560
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
10/12/2015
Series:
Anyone But You , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
116,384
File size:
2 MB

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Wedding Date for Hire

An Anyone But You Novel


By Jennifer Shirk, Stacy Abrams, Lydia Sharp

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Jennifer Shirk
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-456-0


CHAPTER 1

It was official. She really was cursed.

After losing her job and her boyfriend, being asked to be maid of honor for two weddings was the final twist of the middle finger her life seemed to be giving her this year.

Maddie McCarthy took a deep breath to steady her anxiety, only to have the seamstress at the Sew What? dress shop take full-on advantage and yank her dress in another inch.

"You, how you say, have a good baby-making hips, yes?" the seamstress said, bobbing her head up and down.

Maddie held in a sigh. Lovely. Now she wasn't going to be able to eat until after the wedding day on top of everything else. Forget the middle finger. Life was giving her the Kim Kardashian special. Thank goodness her mom offered to pay for half of her dress — her savings were meager enough. But if it wasn't for her cheating ex-boyfriend spreading lies about her to the owner, she'd still have her job as head pastry chef at The Ripe Tomato in Boston.

The seamstress gave one final tug then spun her around. Maddie gasped as she took a good hard look at herself in the mirror. She had to admit the charcoal satin gown her sister picked out for her looked pretty darn good against her blond hair. She jumped to the side to inspect herself better. Yep, stomach looked flat, too. No doubt about it. Her sister loved her. The one positive thing going in her life right now.

"Oh, sweetheart," her mom said, walking up to her. "The dress looks beautiful on you." She swatted the seamstress's hands when the woman started to grab more pins. "No. It fits perfectly. You know, Madeline, you could even stand to gain a few pounds."

Maddie rolled her eyes, banking down any and all thoughts of the weight problems she had in high school. She wasn't Fatty Maddie anymore. Thank goodness by the time she'd graduated and gone off to school, she'd grown a few more inches and lost the fifteen pounds of what her mom fondly called "baby fat."

"Thanks, Mom. You look wonderful, too." In fact, her mother looked downright radiant. The best she'd seen her in ages. After years of it being just the three of them — Maddie, her sister, and her mom — one was finally leaving the nest. Louise was getting married. Which would leave Maddie at home with Mom — and, of course, the family curse.

The curtain behind them swung away with a flourish, and Louise stepped out. Maddie's breath caught, and tears began to well in her eyes. Gorgeous. Most people called Louise, who was four years younger than Maddie, a beauty, but dressed in her full bridal gown and veil, she looked absolutely stunning.

Louise wrung her hands. "Well?" she asked, her gaze swinging back and forth between them.

Her mother took a few hesitant steps closer, looking almost afraid to touch her own daughter. "I can't believe my baby will be married in two weeks."

Maddie's heart dropped. Two weeks. Her sister would be starting a new chapter in her life with her new husband. While she was beyond ecstatic for Louise, she still couldn't help wondering ...when was it going to be her turn? If it would be her turn. The older, wiser, more experienced sister's turn. When would her life come together? So far, she hadn't been able to keep a relationship going for longer than a month. Heck, she couldn't even hold on to a job.

No doubt about it. The curse.

No, no, no. That was silly. Impossible.

Fairly impossible.

She mentally shook herself. "Louise, you are the most beautiful bride I've ever seen in my life."

"Oh, please. I bet you said the same thing to Sabrina when she got married four months ago."

Maddie's best friend, Sabrina, had married Jack Brenner, son of Sabrina's boss at Brenner Capital Investments. Maddie had been the maid of honor in her wedding, too. Sabrina had used Jack in a scheme to make Sabrina's ex-fiancé jealous, but they ended up falling in love with each other for real in the process. As much as she'd wanted to enjoy the day for her friend, Maddie couldn't help feeling a twang of envy, especially since she hadn't even had a date for it. Now it was déjà vu. Only this time she was odd woman out at her own sister's wedding. How pathetic.

Maddie stepped off the platform in front of Louise. "No, Louise," she said affectionately. "Of course you're the most beautiful bride. You're my sister. We share the same genes."

Louise's lips quirked. "So in essence, you're giving yourself a compliment by complimenting me."

"Naturally."

Their mom chuckled. "Both of you are welcome, then."

Louise group-hugged them. "I love you guys so much." But then she pulled back, gazing at Maddie with concern filling up her blue-green eyes. "I just wish ..."

Her sister let the sentence die a natural death. Thank goodness. It was understood. Louise wished Maddie was getting married, too. Or at least had a steady boyfriend. But at this point in her thirty-year-old life, Maddie would settle for a steady job and a place of her own.

"Damn, girl."

Their heads turned in the direction of the feminine voice. Her cousin, Veronica, stood in the doorway of the dress shop with her dark hair pulled back in a bun and her blood-red glossed lips poised in a sassy pout, as if she'd just walked off the set of a Robert Palmer video. "Michael will not make it long past the reception when he sees you in that dress, Louise," she added with a shark-like grin.

Louise gathered up her gown and rushed over to her. "Thank you, thank you," she sang, her voice giddy and happy. "I'm so glad you can make it for all the festivities next week. Michael's parents are really outdoing themselves."

Veronica smirked. "I'll say. But they can afford to."

They sure can, thought Maddie. Louise's fiancé, Michael, came from a very well-to-do family in New England. Although, Michael had made a name for himself and was practically considered royalty in the Boston area, since he was the new franchise owner of the Red Sox. His parents owned a huge estate in Newport, Rhode Island, and planned a week of events there for family and all the bridal party along with their dates. Several guesthouses were on the grounds, so housing would be available for everyone.

Maddie's mom gave Veronica a kiss on the cheek and a light pat on her shoulder.

"Good to see you, Vonnie," Maddie offered.

And by "good to see you" she meant "tolerable to see you." She and her cousin Veronica never really got along when they were young — or now, even. The general air of hostility between them probably had more to do with that giant stick up her cousin's butt than anything else, but it was hard for Maddie to say for sure.

Veronica let her gaze travel the length of Maddie's gown. "Glad you went with that color, cuz. Makes your skin look so much less ashen."

Maddie bit her tongue, choosing to give her a tight smile instead for Louise's sake. The long wedding week ahead just grew about ten times longer.

The seamstress finished writing her notes and stood. "I go and grab other bridesmaid dress from back now."

Veronica held up a hand, stopping the woman in her tracks. "I ordered a black Nicole Miller cocktail dress. Make sure you bring that one out, too." After the woman scurried away, she added to Maddie, "I want to make sure I look my best for the rehearsal dinner. I'm bringing someone I've been seeing for some time now, and I hope to spur wedding ideas of his own."

"Way to think ahead, dear," her mom offered politely.

Veronica's eyes widened. "Aunt Kathy, women in our family have to think ahead, what with the curse and all." She glanced at Maddie, then covered her mouth with her hand. "Oops," she said, not looking the least bit contrite. "But at least one of your daughters seems to have broken the curse. Although I suppose anything can happen between now and the wedding."

Louise frowned, and Maddie gritted her teeth. Their cousin should have known better than to mention the curse at a time like this.

The infamous "curse" her cousin referred to — also known as the WD-40 Effect — was a bit of an inside family joke. It was not real. Although, as with all good jokes, of course, there was just a teensy shred of truth to it. The curse was called WD-40 after the lubricant product used to displace moisture and great at removing dirt and residues. The women in Maddie's family seemed to share that specialty, as they were equally as effective in the removal and/or displacement of all men in their life.

Maddie's father disappeared from their lives when Maddie was seven, and her grandfather left when her mom was just in high school. Maddie's great-grandmother and four generations back before then went through the "Effect" as well. She hoped things would be different for her sister and Michael. It seemed to only affect the firstborn women in the family, but Louise still got a little jumpy whenever anyone mentioned the curse, especially with her wedding just weeks away. Veronica's insensitive comments appeared to already have flustered her.

Their mom wrapped an arm around Louise's waist. "Veronica's just kidding about the curse, honey. You and Michael are going to do great."

Veronica batted her eyelashes innocently. "Oh, of course. Not you, Louise. I was talking about Maddie here. I mean, she hasn't had a man in her life since the best man dumped her."

Maddie went very still. Then her gaze cut to Louise. "Ryan is the best man?"

Her sister cringed. "I was going to tell you before the wedding. Honest. I just wasn't sure how to break the news."

"Oops again," Veronica said, smothering a smile.

Maddie felt ill. If enduring Veronica's endless jibes about being cursed and having to spend the entire wedding week alone wasn't bad enough, her ex had to be the best man on top of all that.

God, take me now.

Veronica opened her purse to pull out a tube of lip gloss. "Poor Maddie," she said, dabbing more red gloss on her already painted lips. "Looks like the WD-40 Effect lives on."

"That's ridiculous. There's no such thing as a curse," Louise fumed.

Veronica shrugged. "I suppose that's debatable. But it sure seems like there's one in your sister's case."

"There's no curse," Louise insisted. "Maddie has just been under a bit of a dry spell as far as dating goes. Being an old maid doesn't matter to her, anyway."

That did it. Maddie saw red — and it wasn't the goo being globbed on her cousin's lips. She was sick of the jibes. And although Maddie knew her sister meant no malice in her innocently thrown comment, she was sick of the pity, too. Sick of being the one with no job, no man, and no future. But most of all, she was sick of hearing about that stupid curse.

"You're all wrong," she blurted. "I do have a boyfriend."

Her sister, mom, and cousin all froze and stared at her.

Oh dear Lord. Boyfriend? What am I saying?

But then she remembered Veronica's "poor Maddie" remark and it renewed her resolve. "I — I've been seeing someone for several months now."

"Months?" Louise asked, clearly as shocked as she was.

"Um, yes. I met him right after Sabrina's wedding. He's unbelievably handsome." Unbelievably handsome? That remark might have been pushing it. But apparently handsome wasn't all he was because, like her own personal Amtrak line, the words kept coming out of her mouth full steam ahead. "He adores me."

Brain, derail my mouth right now.

"And he's rich," she added.

I mean it, brain! Knock it off.

Her sister threw her arms around her, for which Maddie said a prayer of thanks because it managed to shut her big trap from saying anything further about her adoring, rich, unbelievably handsome — and more importantly fake — boyfriend.

"I'm so happy for you," Louise squealed. "But why didn't you tell us?"

Veronica folded her arms. "Yes, Maddie, why didn't you mention him before?"

She gulped. "I didn't mention ..." Good grief, the boyfriend doesn't even have a name. "I didn't mention him before because I didn't want to jinx the relationship and had to make sure he was a keeper. You know because of the whole" — she swallowed — "curse thing."

Her mom kissed her on the cheek. "Well, that's wonderful, dear. I knew you'd find someone in your own time."

"So, dish. How did you meet him?" Louise asked, rubbing her hands together.

She blinked. Good question. Yes, we had to have met. Somehow ...

"What's his name?" Veronica asked.

She blinked again. His name. An even better question.

Maddie's brain scrambled to come up with the answers. But it suddenly felt as if all the oxygen had been sucked out of the room, and her mind couldn't shift out of park. Was it too late to plead mental illness or just plain stupidity? Probably not. Plus, she wasn't sure she'd be able to stand the smug I-told-you-so look on Veronica's face if she admitted she'd lied about being in a relationship.

"I don't want to spoil it. You guys will get to meet him soon enough," she said with a half laugh, half choke.

Louise chuckled. "You're such a tease, Maddie. I think I'm more excited now about meeting your new guy than I am to walk down the aisle."

"Yes," Veronica added, narrowing her eyes. "I look forward to meeting him as well. He must be something for you to keep him under wraps from even your own mom and sister."

Balls of nausea began to take shape in her stomach, but she managed a bright smile. "Yeah, he's something else. Just know that he's great. Really, um, great."

Louise smiled dreamily. "Well, I know he has to be special if you've been seeing him for so long."

A nervous laugh bubbled from her throat. "Oh, he's special." And nonexistent.

Maddie turned away, pretending to see a smudge on her dress. If she could have punched herself in the mouth right then and there, she would have. She had completely lost her mind along with everything else she'd lost lately. What the heck was she going to do? She couldn't face her family without a man on her arm. She had to find herself a wedding date now. And not just any wedding date. A special-really-something-else-handsome-rich wedding date.

She was doomed.

As if wedding dates like that just hung out at the supermarket checkout line. But if she didn't find one, she'd be the laughingstock of her family. Well, even more of a laughingstock. She couldn't bear that.

Her mind raced with potential candidates. And came up with exactly none. She didn't have any handsome or rich male friends she could call. Since she wasn't working, she didn't have any work-related acquaintances she could go to, either. Sabrina's husband Jack tried to set her up with a broker he knew, but that ended up being a complete and utter disaster. She was so screwed!

"Oh, Maddie, look," Louise called to her. "This is how I want the hairdresser to do my hair."

"That is so you," her mom commented.

"Nice," Veronica said. "Very Carrie Underwood-esque."

"What do you think, Maddie? Maddie," her sister called again.

Her throat was dry, like someone had stuffed it full of cotton then stuck her out in the sun for a few hours. She finally turned to face them, fighting off hyperventilation. "Y-yes," she croaked. "Of course, let me see."

Louise held out the magazine to her, and she took it from her outstretched hands. The model's hair was pulled back loosely with wispy tendrils and flowers tucked around the bun. Maddie could picture how lovely Louise would look with her long blond hair pulled back in such a style. She was just about to tell her that, but an ad at the corner of the page caught her eye.

Matchmaking/Escort Service

Match Made Easy is for people tired of the struggles of single life. Whether you're looking for a lasting relationship or just a companion for a corporate event or wedding, we'll save you the time and headache. Just answer our simple questionnaire and you'll be assigned your own personal matchmaker. Making your Match is that EASY.

Give us a call or send us an email and start taking control of your love life today!

Maddie blinked. Yes, she could take control of her love life — or rather, have them take control of her love life. This was the answer to her big-fat-mouth prayers. An escort service.

"Well?" Louise nudged her with her elbow. "What do you think of the hairstyle?"

"Hairstyle?" She looked at her sister blankly. "Oh, it's very ni — Uh, I mean, I hate it."

Louise and her mother frowned at her.

"What are you talking about?" her cousin asked. "That's the perfect hairdo for Louise."

"Oh, no, she can do better. Much better." Then to further prove that point and save the website information, she ripped the page from the magazine and shoved it down her dress.

"Maddie, what on earth is wrong with you?" her sister asked, planting her fists on her hips.

"You mean besides the obvious?" Veronica muttered.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Wedding Date for Hire by Jennifer Shirk, Stacy Abrams, Lydia Sharp. Copyright © 2015 Jennifer Shirk. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Jennifer Shirk is the award-winning author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest for her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

She resides in a beach resort in NJ, so when she's not writing or working on her tan, she's taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, guinea pig (Rocco), puppy (Sox) and four hermit crabs.
Check out her website: www.jennifershirk.com

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Wedding Date for Hire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
trosado More than 1 year ago
This was more of a novella than a full length book and that's OK, but I rate novellas based on what can be accomplished under 200 pages. Jennifer Shirk did a nice job with well-developed characters in 150+/- pages. Although, Maddie did frustrate me at times with her stuck-in-the-past attitude, I enjoyed the story premise and characters. The "fake boyfriend/girlfriend" romance trope tends to stress me out, because I'm waiting for the embarrassing shoe to drop. Fortunately, it was handled smoothly without angst and drama. Overall, it was a fun and clean read with a sweet HEA. I received a copy of this story through Reading Deals. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok. A little disappointed with the character development and the flow of the story at points.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Maddie is 30. She lost her job as her cheating ex-boyfriend lied about her. Then she was asked to be maid of honor at her sister's wedding. Maddie went to an escort agency and ended up with Trent as her date. This was a great book. I really enjoyed it. I loved the twists and turns Maddie and Trent endured until they both found their happy ending. The overall story, plot and characters were excellent. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Wedding Date for Hirefollows the story of Maddie McCarthy, whose family thinks she is suffering from a curse after having all her relationships fail. Now she has to face her family at her sister's wedding, in which she is actually that maid of honor. To make things worse, Maddie has to find a date as soon as possible or her family is going to be all over her during the wedding festivities. With nothing to lose, she turns to Match Made Easy, a matchmaking company that offers dates-for-hire. Only that after she hires her fake boyfriend, she finds out that she actually used to know the guy, and that she had a massive crush on him. Which ends up helping her when they're around her family, but the more time they spent together, the more she started to realized that she was falling in love with him. All Trent Montgomery wanted was to help out his cousin by pretending to be one of her employees. Now he is going to be Maddie's fake boyfriend at her sister's wedding, and he can't help to notice just how much she has changed since he last saw her. But with his job on the line, he has to make things work with Maddie by pretending to be the perfect boyfriend in front of her family. Little did he know that by spending more time with her he would eventually start to think of their future together. Determined to make things work for them, he is willing to prove to her that he might just be her happily-ever-after. There were a lot of things that I loved about this book, not having read any other works by the author before, I was impressed with the plot and the characters. It is evident from the very beginning that the characters are attracted to each other, and their chemistry just keeps growing throughout the book. Both have reasons to be with each other, but soon those reasons get on the way of their happiness. Although Maddie started with a lot of doubts, she did eventually grew out of them and started to listen to herself rather than her family. She was a tough character to follow in terms of character development, because it was a bit all over the place. On the other hand, Trent knew that he wanted and went for it without giving things a second thought. In a way, he was the one that changes Maddie and with that they were able to grow closer. The ending brought everything nicely together, and we do get a satisfying end. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a quick romance book filled with sweet and funny moments between the main characters. This book is definitely worth picking up. :) ***ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.***
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I love chick lit and this one totally delivered! Maddie needs a date for her sister's wedding and fast! Without any prospects on the horizon, she turns to Match Made Easy, a paid service, to find the perfect date to show her family she is not affected by "the curse." What she gets, or rather...who...is not quite what she is expecting: Trent. Maddie is a little uptight, but so adorable. Trent isn't perfect, but he sure comes across that way. I love the way he was able to handle Maddie and the situations that arose throughout this wedding weekend. I was laughing out loud in so many places! I was feeling embarrassed for Maddie, cracking up over sizzling exchanges and reactions between the two, finding humor in her eccentric family, and swooning over interactions between them. I've read similar themed books before, but never with this much chemistry and laughter. I loved every minute of it and enjoyed the wide range of emotions felt. The characters are well developed and practically jumped off of the pages. This book definitely stands alone, but we do see Jack and Sabrina from Fiance by Fate make a few appearances. This is definitely one to read and read again and is going on my favorites list! Content: some mild innuendo and some steamy clean kissing; mild swearing; no violence or religious elements. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
Wedding date for higher by Jennifer shark reminds me of the movie Wedding Date with actress Debra Messing. This storyline was even sweeter than the movie because he was someone she knew in high school. I am a fan of books by Jennifer shirk. So I was excited to read wedding date for hire. You cannot help but fall in love with her Maddie and everything she's dealing with.There were some very cute scenes between Maddie and Trent and them getting to know each other again. Admittedly, I thought the curse was silly. The relationship between Maddie and her sister and mom was enjoyable. Jennifer created sizzling chemistry between the characters without any sex scenes. I loved his reactions when she would walk out in her dresses for events during the wedding weekend. I recommend Wedding Date for Hire if you enjoy a funny, sweet romance with great chemistry. 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.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Maddie and Trent share a complicated history. He tormented in her in high school, and she hated him and eventually moved on with her life. Time passes and Maddie's sister is getting married. She has had a rocky year, because she has lost both her job and boyfriend, and decides to hire a date for the big occasion. Guess who her date is... Trent, he now owns 3 gyms and is guilted into the date by his cousin. They clash, but he convinces Maddie to let him be her date as a way to make up for past mistakes. Their fake relationship takes a real turn and feelings begin to develop. Will they overcome their past to build a future? This is a cute book that featured a realistic relationship between former enemies. I like the characters, but didn't really connect them. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com.
AnniesBookCorner More than 1 year ago
Maddie's sister is getting married and she has no date for the week long celebrations. In a panic she hires an escort. He turns out to be someone she knew in high school but her memories are not good ones! As adults, there is an undeniable attraction, but Maddie does everything in her power to resist this. She even quotes the family 'curse'. But a wedding is the most romantic place to be with a man she is attracted to and seems to have changed a lot since school! I enjoyed Maddie's struggle and Trent was a great male lead!
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
What a sweet charming book! I enjoyed reading it from the very first page. It had a real smooth heartwarming feel throughout. Kinda reminded me a little of The Wedding Date movie. But in this one, Maddie knew Trent from high school. I could relate to her, especially thinking of my high school days. To have that crush on the popular boy, him barely notice you, and then the heartbreak. Fast forward several years and then you see him again. I laughed at their first meeting. Maddie was great in her reacquaintance with Trent. That whole scene was funny. I could so picture it clearly in my head. Their journey was sweet, a little bumpy since neither really knew what the other felt. But it ended with a very happy ending. A great lesson in realizing that we are not the same people we were in high school as well as not jumping to conclusions, but getting to know people for themselves. And it made me smile. I loved it. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
I especially loved the epilogue at the end that wrapped up the couple's story with a pretty bow. She hesitated a moment then slipped her arm through his. "Just remember, I lead, you follow." "Okay, but when we're dancing at the wedding, I lead, you follow." She sighed dramatically. "I guess I can agree to that." He chuckled. "See? I have a feeling this the beginning of a beautiful fake relationship." She worried her bottom lip as they walked toward the kitchen together. "I'm sure glad one of us feels that way." WEDDING DATE FOR HIRE by Jennifer Shirk is a predictable, but quite enjoyable contemporary romance. It is the second book in the author's Anyone But You series, but it can easily be enjoyed as a standalone. For those who have read FIANCE BY FATE, this book features Sabrina's friend, Maddie McCarthy, from that book as the heroine with newcomer Trent Montgomery as the hero. I have not read the first book, but I did not feel that affected my enjoyment of this story. As the story begins, we learn that Maddie's sister's wedding is just around the corner and Maddie is the maid of honor. Maddie is going through a rough period, having just lost her job and her boyfriend. Even worse, her cheating ex-boyfriend, a true cad, will be the best man at the wedding. Maddie's family believes that their first-born daughters are cursed and cannot hold on to a man. Maddie would like to dispel the curse, not have her sister worry about Maddie's love life at her wedding and show her ex that she's not mourning his loss. So... she hires Match Made Easy to set her up with an attractive, attentive date for the wedding festivities. She's dismayed to discover that her hired date is Trent Montgomery - a high school football star who Maddie crushed over in high school - but who paid her back by making her life miserable. Trent no longer plays football due to an injury. When he quit playing, his fiance walked out on him and his parents gave him the cold shoulder. Only his cousin, Kennedy, stood by him. So... when Kennedy started her Match Made Easy business, he stepped up to the plate to finance her endeavor. Now he needs the money to pay back a loan he'd taken out on the three gyms that he owns. Kennedy approaches Trent with a deal he can't refuse. She has a lucrative potential contract - but no escort. IF he agrees to play escort with a woman who needs a date for her sister's wedding festivities, she can pay Trent back his seed money. What a shock to find out that the woman is Fattie Maddie from high school. This was a sweet clean romance. There's some kissing and sparks galore, but no hanky panky. I enjoyed watching both the hero and heroine move on from their high school issues and learn to trust each other. This is the first book I've read by Jennifer Shirk, but I don't plan on it being the last. I loved the epilogue at the end that wrapped up the couple's story with a pretty bow. I would recommend WEDDING DATE FOR HIRE to anyone who enjoys entertaining contemporary romances. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there. 3 1/2 Wine Glasses!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book. A sweet, clean and funny romance. Maddie needs a date for her sister's wedding. She feels that she has the "curse" in the romance department, so she turns to Match Made Easy for an escort. Her escort turns out to be her old high school crush, Trent. Trent is only helping is cousin out for escort service. There is a sizzling chemistry between Maddie and Trent, but Maddie believes it is just part of the service. Now Trent has to prove to Maddie that it is the real thing. This is the second book in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. This book will have you laughing out loud. I highly recommend this for a fun clean romance. I was provided this book by netgalley for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars Wedding Date for Hire was a sweet, fun and entertaining read. I enjoyed the storyline, the characters were engaging and very likable. Maddie and Trent romance was entertaining and kept me interested from start to end. I loved watching them fall in love. Overall Wedding Date for Hire was a heartwarming read which will leave you full of happy feels.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story about Hiring someone to stand in as your date and then falling in love with each other. I loved how Jennifer Shirk made this story to where the guy fell in love with the girl and set out to prove that he was the one for her, even though their arrangement was supposed to be for a short period of time. Maddie has not always been as skinny as she is now, in fact she was known as "Fatty Maddie" in school. Maddie was not the one the guys wanted to date in school. They always made fun of her. When Maddie decides to hire a date for her sister's big day and all the events that come with the wedding, she never dreamed that it would be someone from her past. When Trent shows up as Maddie's date, she immediately recognizes him but he has no idea who she is because she looks so different. When Trent realizes who she is, he is shocked to see that she is skinny and not "Fatty Maddie" anymore. Sparks begin to fly between the two and they can not resist the pull that is between them. Trent goes along with all the wedding week happenings and actually falls into the grove of actually thinking he is her real date. Maddie is not falling for it all though. Will Trent be able to woo Maddie into believing that they are meant to be together? You need to read this story to find out. It was a quick read for me and flowed really well. I enjoyed it!! Thanks Jennifer for a cute read and I can't wait for more from you!!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Wedding Date for Hire is a really sweet romance. Reviewed by Kim Maddie McCarthy is tired of being the laughing stock of her family and living with the curse of being unlucky in love. In a moment of frustration, Maddie decides to tell everyone she has a boyfriend. When she sees an ad advertising the services of Match Made Easy, she sees this as an answer to at least one of her prayers. Too bad her hopes and prayers are dashed when she discovers her Match Made Easy date is with Trent “Money” Montgomery. Back in high school, Trent was an arrogant, self-centered jock and one of Maddie’s many tormentors. He’s now a changed man. Agreeing to do a favor for his cousin who owns Match Made Easy, Trent steps in at the last minute to be Maddie’s date. His cousin desperately needs Maddie’s business and the connections she could offer. With no time to figure out another option, Maddie has no choice but to go along with Trent being her date. Maddie loves her younger sister, Louise, so much that she wants her wedding day to be special. She will do whatever is necessary to make sure Louise is the main focus and not her. Maddie has abandonment issues as a result of her father leaving the family. She thinks like all the other older first daughters in her family that she’s cursed in the love department, as it seems her relationships only last a few weeks. Trent is a nice and decent guy. He isn’t the teenager seeking attention like he use to be. His only true family is his cousin and his dog. He’s been hurt so he isn’t really one to believe in love and forever. My biggest issue with this story is Maddie's sister, the bride. It’s Louise’s wedding but the best man is Maddie’s ex-boyfriend, who cheated on her and got her fired from the restaurant they both worked at. I don’t understand why Louise didn’t insist her soon to be husband pick someone else to be the best man. It’s not like the best man was the groom’s brother. I don’t even think the two hung out in the book. Wedding Date for Hire is a really sweet romance. It’s perfect for tweens and adults who believe that love conquers all and truly love happy endings. Maddie and Trent are both people I would love to know. All the secondary characters, except for one, are likeable and Maddie’s Aunt Marie brings humor and intelligence to the story. This is a story of love, friendship, trust, and second chances. **Received a copy of the book courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.**
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Maddie McCarthy is jobless, single and feels like there is a dark cloud hanging over her head. Her family has her believing in a old family wives tale that she is cursed in the romance department, and that she will she find forever with someone, which makes it hard for her to have any faith in love or relationships. With her sister's upcoming wedding she is in desperate need of a date, she figures if she has a date her family will refrain from harassing her about the family curse, but with no boyfriend in the horizon, she is losing hope. She needs to find a man quick, so when she sees an advertisement for a escort service, she thinks this may work out perfectly for her..the only problem is the man that comes to save the day is a sworn enemy from her past. Trent Montgomery has found himself in quite the predicament, his cousin needs his help with her escort business, she is down a escort and needs him to fill in, he isn't too thrilled about the job, but figures he can handle it just this one time. But when he shows up to meet his client he is unexpectedly reunited from someone from his past, a girl he remembers as fatty Maddie. Only Maddie isn't quite so fat now, she is now a beautiful young woman, and oh so tempting... This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I have to admit that I really enjoyed it, it captured my attention right from the start, and me flying right through the pages. I loved the heated banter between Maddie and Trent, they had me laughing and cheering them on the whole way through.This is a series I definitely plan on revisiting!! If you like a good enemies to lovers story with lots of fun and feisty banter this is the perfect read for you! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and provide you with lots of laughs!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely story where family jokes and quips at the expensive of one person really aren’t funny to the victim. She’s fed up of the WD40 mentions (you’ll need to read it to understand that) and determined she won’t show up alone to her sister’s wedding where her ex-boyfriend is also the best man. Seeing an advert for ‘Match Made Easy’ seems to be the answers to her prayers until she meets the match – someone she went to school with and humiliated her in those days despite her having a secret crush on him! Oh dear, this five day wedding celebration looks like being tortuous! To see how it works out though, you need to go read it yourself – but be prepared for some laugh out loud moments along the way! Maddie McCarthy feels the world is against her as she’s recently found her now ex-boyfriend with someone else, he’s got her fired from her job as a pastry chef and her younger sister is getting married. With no job, no boyfriend and no prospects, she’s not exactly looking at the world through rose tinted glasses! Match Made Easy seems to be the solution to prevent the sympathy, comments and possible problems she’s bound to encounter at the wedding since her ex will be the best man and she’s the matron of honour. Trent Montgomery isn’t actually an escort. He owns and runs three gyms but can’t let his cousin flounder as she searches for someone to escort Maddie to the wedding. He hates weddings but, as the chemistry between him and Maddie hits scorching maybe he’ll get a chance to prove he’s not just a date for hire but a mate for life enabling them to achieve their HEA together? However, watch out for the WD49 effect, things aren’t going to go anywhere near as smoothly as he hopes! This is a delightful, sweet romance which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is well written with great characters and an enjoyable plot. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys the journey to romance to have many twists, turns and obstacles to be overcome, some funny instances and plenty of surprises along the way! I lovely chicklit to escape into ☺ Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too for provided an ARC for me to read in exchange for this, my honest review.
Holly More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. In Wedding Date For Hire, Maddie is a single woman living with her mother and thinks she has a curse on finding true love. Her sister is getting married and Maddie needs a date and contacts Match Made Easy and is set up with Trent, a guy who used to tease her in high school, but with her been desperate for a date she agrees to going out with him. As Maddie and Trent rediscover each other and find that maybe she doesn't have a curse on men just bad luck. It all leads to a bittersweet ending that everyone will love. Even though I never read the first book in the series, it was easy to get into. I like how everyone in the book came together without being overly sappy and with a bittersweet ending that I truly loved. Thank You to Jennifer Shirk for writing a book that was full of romance and laughter!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Maddie McCarthy's life is in the dumper! She's lost her boyfriend, her job, and horror of all horrors, she has to go to her sister's wedding dateless unless she does something. Quick!! Since finding a date seems impossible, and she can't stand the humiliation of going alone, she does the next best thing. She hires an escort (not that kind, keep it clean people!). When her date turns out to be Trent Montgomery, her high school tormentor and she might have had a little crush on him, she's ready to run! To help his cousins fledgling business and get back his initial investment to save his own business Trent knows he has to convince Maddie that this is a good idea and he is no longer the idiot he was in high school. If the sizzling chemistry going on between the two of them is anything to go by, he was definitely an idiot! Theirs might be the best first date EVER! This was a fantastic read and one I highly recommend.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Fake romance turns real. It took a bit for me to warm up to Maddie. Sure she is out of a job and has been dumped again and her baby sister is getting married but she is most worried about “the curse” that claims the oldest female in their line will never find a man to stick. I liked Trent from the start. He has paid his dues and has changed from the self-centered jock he was in high school. It was fun watching these two get together and watching Maddie defeat the curse. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Nowhere to go but up? Wedding Date For Hire is my first novel by Jennifer Shirk. It was worth the wait. Maddie has been experiencing a spell of bad luck recently. She's lost her job moved in with her mother and found out her sister is getting married. What does she do? Hire a dating service to find her a date for the wedding. Let the hi-jinks begin. With any other writer the story could have come across absurd but Ms. Shirk took desperation and turned it into an enchanting read. I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. A dating service, mistaken identity and romance. Need I say more.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*I received an ARC from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review* When Maddie McCarthy hires a fake boyfriend from Match Made Easy to escort her to her sister's wedding, she is appalled to discover he is Trent Montgomery, her secret crush and source of humiliation in high school. Trent is older and wiser and regretful of the past, and he is floored by the gorgeous woman Maddie is now. He is just doing his cousin a favor by taking the job but the more time he spends with Maddie, the more real their fake relationship becomes. There is no sex in the book but it didn't really need it. This is an appealing, sweet and funny little romance that I enjoyed very much.