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REVIEW by @GinnyLurcock : Always the Designer, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker – Release Date 4/2/12 (@SandieBricker)

It ‘s taken Audrey Regan years to establish herself as a wedding dress designer, and to date she ‘s been roped into creating dresses for nine of her girlfriends. Request #10 follows her vow to Just say no and comes from her very best friend. She can hardly turn Carly down Audrey arrives in Atlanta early to perform all of her maid-of-honor duties along with final fittings for a one-of-a-kind dress. But Carly ‘s wedding is nothing short of an event, complete with Prince Charming, and the festivities make Audrey question whether there ‘s a prince of her own anywhere in her future. Enter the groom ‘s brother and best man. Shaggy-haired, tattooed bad boy J.R. Hunt couldn t be any more different from Prince Charming if he rode in on a Harley Davidson. Oh, wait. He actually did ride in on a Harley!


Hello, my name is Ginny, and sometimes I like to read fluffy contemporary romance novels.
There are times when I feel like admitting to reading fluff is a betrayal to my sci-fi/fantasy roots.  What would my mother say if she could see me reading a book like this?  Then there are times when I’m in a total funk and I say “effe it, I need something light and airy where boy meets girl and then there’s a happily ever after.”  Well this week, I really needed that happily ever after, and luckily I had the ARC of “Always the Designer, Never the Bride” to provide that little literary pick me up.
That being said, if you don’t enjoy fluff, this isn’t going to be the book that changes your mind.  The main characters feel a little flat and even I found myself going “uh… is there a point to all this?” until about the 75 page mark.  I mean I liked Audrey and J.R. but they were lacking something that I want in my contemporary romance pairing.  Audrey is a curvy pinup of a dress designer who’s reality is falling a bit short of her dreams.  J.R. is the bad boy loner who is Born to Run as the song says.  For J.R. there are instant sparks, but Audrey’s are on a time delay just waiting for the first time she sees his arms.  
The thing I really like about contemporary romance is the feeling that it’s just like real life, but slightly better.  So Kat, the uber assistant, gets to meet the hunky Australian heart throb who happens to be J.R.’s best bud and they hit it off.  Everyone instantly gets along.  The jerks in the book are easily overcome.  There’s a rainbow on the horizon.  And of course, even though people are totally broke they somehow manage to spend 3 weeks in a luxury hotel.
3 Fluffy stars are in order, if only for making me totally jealous of an adult slumber party.  I really need more female friends.  All in all, it was good enough that next time I really need a fluffy fun romp I’ll check out Sandra D. Bricker’s other novels.  The side characters made this novel for me, and I’m eager to go back and see where things started for them.
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