BOOK REVIEW: The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson

BOOK REVIEW: The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah WilsonThe Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson
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Synopsis:

From Sariah Wilson, the bestselling author of Roommaid, comes a captivating romantic comedy about what happens when a wedding party mixes business with romance.

Rachel Vinson is a bridesmaid for hire: part confidante, part wedding planner, and one hundred percent pretend BFF. Discretion guaranteed. Her next gig is a destination wedding—livestreamed and sponsored—for an Instagram influencer. That means a paradise of new contacts, which could be a boon to her already booming business. If Rachel can keep the very handsome and slightly too interested best man at bay, that is.

High-tech entrepreneur Camden Lewis must know: Who is this gorgeous, intelligent, and mysterious woman? Too good to be real. Convinced she’s a corporate spy out to tank his company, Camden’s not letting her out of his sight. But the constant surveillance is also opening his eyes to things about Rachel that he likes. If she’s a spy, she’s certainly the cutest one he’s ever seen.

As the week’s worth of wedding events march along, Rachel and Camden are learning almost everything there is to know about each other. Rachel’s made a career out of always a bridesmaid…but perhaps there’s a chance for her own trip down the aisle?

Review:

The Paid Bridesmaid was a story filled with humor, romance and charm, and I was obsessed.  With a unique story-line and characters that were easy to connect with, I devoured this book in no time at all.  It you’re a fan of adult romance that has some angst and heart in the pages, then you definitely need this book in your life!

Why did I want something so badly that I knew I couldn’t have?

Rachel Vinson owned her company, which provided bridesmaids for weddings.  With signed NDA’s and bridesmaids that wouldn’t create drama and help the day unfold seamlessly; her business was a huge hit!  Her latest client was Sadie, who was an Instagram influencer.  Her destination wedding in Hawaii was going to be not only sponsored but live streamed too.  And Rachel would be acting as maid of honor and bff.  But the best man was highly suspicious of Rachel and I loved watching everything unfold!

Camden gave me a playful smile when we approached. Krista let out a low whistle. “Do you see how he’s looking at you? That boy has impure thoughts about you.”
I shouldn’t want that to be true.

Rachel was driven, focused and thoughtful.  She was passionate about her business and all of her energy went into her job.  With a no dating guest rule, it had been a long time since she ever did anything for herself.  That is until Camden Lewis entered the picture.  Not only was he the best man, but he was business partners with the groom.  And he had dealt with people trying to steal information from their high tech company multiple times.  With Rachel being pegged as a possible spy, it led to wonderful angst and a slow burn romance.

Camden took a step back, his hand still around my wrist. “Do you know what happens whenever I draw a line in the sand? The tide always washes it away.”

I adored Camden from page one.  He was kind, thoughtful, charming, smart and yet a tad overly suspicious.  But that didn’t stop the instant attraction the both of them felt.  Or the spark that was between them, anytime they were together.  And the more time they spent with each other, the harder it was to ignore.  Yet Rachel was nervous.  Was Camden only interested in her because he was trying to find out if she was going to steal from their tech company?  Or did he truly like her?  But regardless, she was lying to him.  She could never tell him why she was there.  Rachel’s heart was torn with what to do.

“Tell me that you feel it, too. That something’s changed.”
“It can’t.” I felt silly saying it. Like a kid sticking their thumb into a dam, trying to hold back the oncoming flood.
“But it did.”

This story was so much fun!  I loved all of the wedding festivities!  I loved that Rachel and Sadie started to actually form a friendship.  I loved Rachel’s employee, Krista who was also a bridesmaid, who pushed Rachel to get together with Camden.  But most of all I loved the tension between Rachel and Camden!  They were a very slow burn romance that never went spicy, but was a ton of fun.  And while there was definitely some family drama, and Rachel had some of her own too, all in all this was a very heartfelt story.

“Do you know why I thought there were vibes? Or why I thought that I could guess what you’re feeling?”
My stupid face was an open book? I shook my head.
“I imagine that your heart beats faster when you’re close to me. That your mouth might go dry while you feel like your knees are going to give way. That you can’t wait to see me again. I can guess how you’re feeling because those same things happen to me.”

The Paid Bridesmaid was an adorably unique story that had a lot of heart and was a ton of fun.  And somehow my emotions sneaked up on me because I found myself with happy tears in my eyes towards the end of this book.  So if you’re looking for a sweet and cute romance story, that ends with an epilogue and fabulous happily ever after, this is definitely you’re book!  This was another huge win by Sarah Wilson and I’m looking forward to her next release!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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6 Comments

  1. Sam@wlabb

    You had me at fun, but seriously, I bought this book because everyone is saying the same sort of things about it. I think it will be my first Wilson book.
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    • Jen

      It was so much fun, Sam! I’m excited to hear all of your thoughts when you end up reading this book!

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    This sounds so good. I definitely need to get a copy. It reminds me, the basic premise at least, of The Secret Bridesmaid which I read and loved last year.
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    • Jen

      Ohhhh I just went on goodreads to look up that book and it sounds amazing! Thank you so much for the rec and I hope you end up having an amazing time reading The Paid Bridesmaid!

  3. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    I feel like maybe I got this as an Amazon First read a while back? Or maybe it was another book by this author that I still have yet to read even though I really want to! Thanks for the great review, I’ll have to get to it soon!
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    • Jen

      Yes, it was an Amazon First Read in December! So now I have it on my kindle and in paperback ♥. I can’t wait to hear what you think about this book!

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