The Bridal Squad
(Enchanted Bridal #2)
by Samantha Chase
The Bride: Julianne is big on fitness, small on patience. And planning her wedding is grating on her every last nerve. As a Zumba instructor, she loves the freedom to create and choreograph her routines and help others achieve their goals, but having to stand back and let others choreograph her big day has her wanting to hip-hop toward eloping!
The Matron of Honor: As the only married member of the bridal party, Natalie considers herself the aficionado on all-things-weddings. And even though her time in the spotlight is over, that doesn’t mean she isn’t full of ideas on how her best friend’s wedding should look and feel and be! And it doesn’t take long for her to realize that maybe it’s not so much that she’s wanting to help as it is that she’s afraid of her own honeymoon ending.
The Bride’s Sister: Nothing screams unwanted relationship advice than when your younger sister gets married before you. It’s not that Harper doesn’t want to get married, after three failed engagements she really does! But finding the right man to walk down the aisle with is proving harder than she thought. And it gets even harder when constantly being compared to the perfect couple!
The Reluctant Bridesmaid: There is nothing Kayla wants more than to see one of her best friend’s get married…if only the whole process wasn’t so exhausting! Travel and adventure and being on the go fuels her. Having to stay in one place for an extended period of time while wearing taffeta? Not so much. Her job tends to take her away on a moment’s notice and this is one time she may have to pass up the trip of a lifetime in the name of friendship.
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.
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.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina