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This book was full of pretentious, shallow people, who seemed to all have problems getting along. There were so many nasty comments made by everyone that I wondered how they could even be friends. Everything and everybody was so beautiful, so gorgeous or so trendy. i started skipping over the descriptions of things because they went into waaaay too much detail. (I have an imagination, I did not get a chance to use it.) I read all of this drivel, hoping for something that reached beyond the superficial, but never really found it. Oh yeah, there is an HEA of sorts, however, it is a series with a cliff hanger. There were editing mistakes throughout, not major, but enough to make me stop, reread, figure out what was meant and then move oni. I like my stories with a bit (read more) depth to the characters and the plot.
I got a hint from the cover that this is not exactly the type of fiction that typically appeals to me. Nonetheless, I gave it a try, and a pair of positives quickly became apparent: 1) The narrative proved a fast read; 2) The story turned out very easy to escape into. Fair warning, though: The novel not only delves into the characters' pasts and thereby brings up mature themes, but also offers a couple of scenes that I found highly raunchy.
That wasn't necessarily a negative for me. Granted, the people involved in this story are the types whose personal lives I'd prefer to steer clear from. I was even surprised how they managed to sustain their friendships -- or, for that matter, how any could maintain civility with an ex. It seemed as if, just as one conflict was resolved, another stirred the pot all over again. But hey, all this successfully added to the intrigue and theatrics.
My reading this modern-day tale of an upcoming wedding nearly felt like watching a made-for-cable nighttime drama. Interestingly, the cover does not depict the narrator herself. Kass is actually one of the bride's four best friends from childhood. Kass is also the only one in the circle yet to experience her nuptials, but she admits to her own reluctance in settling down -- she prefers her non-committal flings, lest she risk heartbreak.
Kass describes spearheading plans for the bridal shower, the attire, and the big day itself, as she struggles to obtain help from her pals, in hopes of meeting the bride's expectations -- think "Bridezilla," a word oft-repeated here. Meantime, Josh -- who seemed most intent on pursuing Kass -- found a way (even despite his own flaws) to win me over as my favorite character. For me at least, this book was unexpectedly satisfying.
Book 1 in the Bridesmaid’s Checklist series and author K.T. Castle’s debut novel was a light easy read. The story follows Kassandra who is the maid of honour for her best friend’s wedding, she is also the last single woman standing in their friendship group. As the cliche goes, she really does have a thing for the best man, but in her eyes he’s a player and she’s not on the market for a broken heart. Add to the fact that she knows the groom intimately and things get a little heated between the group. Funny in places, with some sexy time included I found this to be a light easy read. Josh, in my eyes, was perfect, I loved him. My main fault with the book (not the story) lies with the fact that I could not physically read any of the added notes and inserts (ie the checklists and paper clippings that Kassandra wrote/read), due to the fact that I couldn’t enlarge them on my kindle without messing up the font settings. It didn’t takeaway from the story too much, but it was annoying nevertheless.
Kassandra is the friend everyone wants to have. She is cheerful, willing to help, fun, and most importantly, trust worthy.
When her friend Laura announces she'll get married, it is a given that she asks for Kassie's help. She willingly does so... Until the groom to be comes into the spotlight.
Here in lays the plot of The Bride's Maid Checklist. K.T. Castle introduces a character that soon finds herself torn between friendship and secrets that are better not told.
But this is not all drama. Narrated in first person, K.T. Castle gives unique voice and perspective to Kassie. Her inner reflections are as entertaining as her interactions and insights.
And no other interaction proves more fun and unexpected than the one she has with Josh. Womanizer, a bit of a trouble maker and on the wicked side, he's checked all the boxes on Kassandra's "No, no" list. Yet, the circumstances keep bringing them together. As to how it ends, that's for you to discover.
It was turning out to be a really good book, and then we got to party scene in Bora Bora. I'm sorry, I just couldn't after that, it made my flesh crawl just thinking about the whole Kass-Josh-Laura-Eddie situation.... and I had to stop. To have had a relationship with someone e yeaaaars ago in college is one thing, but to have just slept with a person just months ago whose that close to me... I can't. The thought alone made my flesh crawl and I had to stop reading, maybe I'm a prude...but no, just NO! Other than that, it was actually a decent book.
Kassandra has been avoiding relationships for years as a result of her last one. Then her friend Laura asks her to be maid of honor. She soon finds out that the groom is actually the guy that hurt her & made her so untrusting. The best man is the groom's best friend, Josh, who's advances Kass has been turning down for a long time. Even though she's attracted to him she doesn't want a relationship. Due to the situation Kass & Josh are thrown together during all the wedding planning. Kass isn't sure how to tell Laura about her past with her fiance. It all builds to some interesting surprises & outcome. I enjoyed reading this story.
This was a fresh new writing style. There were some funny moments and a true bridezilla. A few moments that pissed me off when friends took advantage of Kass. I would definitely recommend checking out this new author.
The story is very accessible and is developed very adequately by the author who maintains interest in reading all the way to the end. The English language is easy to read, even by non-native speakers, which contributes to the relaxed development of the novel. It is a commendable effort for an "opera prima".