Friday Night Brides
by Samantha Chase
Five hundred bridal fashion shows.They’ve been friends since they were five, and modeling for Enchanted Bridal has been as much of a part of their lives as their friendship has. And this season has them seeing more than new wedding trends.
Hailey’s family owns Enchanted Bridal and she knows there’s a possibility that someday it will be hers. She’s not sure that’s the path she wants to take, but she does know that she’s been hopelessly crushing on the perfect man and bridal show model Logan Baxter III. While failing to gain Logan’s attention, she can’t seem to get rid of the less-than-perfect man – and model – Jackson Carr. He’s big and bold and tattooed – pretty much everything Hailey despises. And yet…there’s something about him that has Hailey questioning her definition of perfect.
Becca’s got a knack for dating the wrong kind of guys. When her current boyfriend publicly dumps and humiliates her, she’s devastated. Wanting to run and hide, she’s mortified that the stranger who had witnessed the entire scene is now part of the Enchanted Bridal family. But when Max Abrams offers her comfort and tells her that he thinks she’s beautiful, she has to wonder if maybe getting dumped by Mr. Wrong has finally led her to her very own Mr. Right.
Angie’s loud and feisty and completely fearless. That is until she gets dumped by the one guy she really had feeling for. It opens her up to insecurities she didn’t know she had and she’s not sure what to do about it. But when Sean Patterson comes back into her life in a big way, she’s not sure she’s ready to forgive and forget quite so easily. His persistence and her stubbornness make for an exciting chase, however, but at the end of the season, it’s ultimately up to her if she’s ready to quit running.
Ella’s been planning her perfect wedding to Dylan Graham since she was twelve. Together for thirteen years, Ella’s beginning to wonder if that number really is bad luck. She can’t focus on all that’s right in her life because all she can think about is what she may be missing. Their parents have taken over their wedding, her friends all seem to be in crisis and Dylan’s just not listening to her fears. Not one to ever make waves, she suddenly finds that that’s exactly what she’s doing and turning everyone’s life upside down in the process. The life that she once considered boring is now the one she longs for, but it may be too late.
Four possibilities for happily ever after
“Did he mention if he was living in his parents’ basement? Because that would just be the icing on that train wreck of a cake.”
“A million things raced through her mind, but first and foremost was how she had answered the door while wearing her yoga pants, an oversized t-shirt, no bra and with her hair up in a ponytail. It was the quadfecta of horror.”
“I think I may have underestimated you all these years. Behind your tiny Tinker Bell exterior, you’re a little bit of an evil genius.”
Friday Night Brides is my favorite Samantha Chase book so far, granted I have only read three, but I am sticking with this one for now. I enjoyed the plot of four twenty-something young women, friends since kindergarten, and who had spent every Friday night since working as models in fashion shows for a bridal boutique owned by the mother of one of the four women. They had started as flower girls and worked their way through the ranks of attendants to bride status. The story revolved around their supportive friendships, love lives, appetites, relationship hiccups, personal histories, and heart breaks. I adored their every unique and quirky distinctions. The writing was entertaining, fun, observant, heart squeezing, relevant, occasionally steamy, and hard to put down. More please.