Happy Ever After.
On Her Own Terms.
It’s official: Zoey Marks is the cursed bridesmaid that no engagement can survive. Ten years, three empire waist dresses, and ZERO brides have walked down the aisle.
After strike three, Zoey is left wondering if her own ambivalence towards marriage has rubbed off on those she loves. And when her building distrust of matrimony culminates in turning down a proposal from her perfect All-American boyfriend, Rylan Harper III, she and Rylan are both left heartbroken, leaving Zoey to wonder: what is it exactly about tying the knot that makes her want to run in the opposite direction?
Enter Hannah Green: Zoey’s best friend, who announces that she’s marrying a guy she just met (cue eye roll). At a castle. In gorgeous, romantic Ireland, where Rylan will be in attendance, and Zoey will be a bridesmaid. It’ll be fine.
Okay, the woman definition of fine (NOT FINE).
Determined to turn her luck around, Zoey accepts her role and vows to get Hannah down the aisle—all the while praying her best friend’s wedded bliss will allow her to embrace marriage and get Rylan back.
But as the weekend goes on, Zoey is plagued with more questions than answers. Can you be a free spirit, yet still want a certain future? Can you have love and be loved on your terms? And how DO you wrangle a bossy falcon into doing your bidding?
What’s it about (in a nutshell):
A young successful young woman struggles with the institution of marriage. Every time she is asked to be a bridesmaid, the wedding doesn’t happen, and this has her questioning marriage – what it means and if it is the destination of all loving relationships.
What I Enjoyed:
I enjoyed the lack of tropes in this story. I was expecting a light and funny trope-filled tale, and what I sat down with ended up being a lot more complicated. This story almost thumbed its nose at the traditional stories and instead offered up something as complex as any relationship or marriage will ever be. It asked the questions that I’m sure many 20 and 30 somethings in a committed relationship ask – does love always have to end up in marriage, and if someone doesn’t follow through on marriage, does that mean they didn’t have a love-filled relationship? Can love and marriage exist separately, or must they be paired in a long-term relationship? The answers to these questions will be different for everyone, as they are for the characters in this story.
I also enjoyed that the story’s pace remained quick without fail, even during the in-between times. I stayed focused and read the book very quickly without skimming or skipping…well, that’s not entirely true…it has some very steamy scenes that did not hold my interest, and I did skip through those scenes. Steamy sex scenes are not my thing when it comes to reading or even watching movies and shows. So, the fact that I skipped through them is no reflection of the writing, just of my lack of patience with steamy scenes.
Zoey Marks is the main character, and the story is told from her perspective. I can’t say that I could relate to her because I really couldn’t. I can’t say that I liked her because I really didn’t. But, I can say that I found her fascinating enough that my focus never waivered as I read Bad Luck Bridesmaid. She reminds me of the loud extroverts in life that I, generally speaking, avoid at all costs but that I also can’t help but analyze from a distance. She is that gal.
Reminds Me Of:
Bad Luck Bridesmaid is a fresh new look at a rom-com that does have its bits of humor and lots of fun witticisms but is in no way the typical story that will give you the expected outcome.
So, it honestly reminds me of no movie or book that I have watched or read.
What I Wish:
Everything about this story says RomCom – the cover, the title, even the quoted reviews – but, even though it has its funny moments and is wonderfully witty – I don’t think it’s a romcom because you can’t expect all those things, as a reader, you expect to find in the genre. So, I wish that it had a title, cover, and quotes that had all pointed out that it’s more of a Women’s Fiction story or even Contemporary Fiction, rather than any subgenre of romance.
To Read or Not to Read:
If you are looking for a Contemporary Fiction reflection on the value of marriage for everyone, look no further. This witty and intelligent look at the institution of marriage will have you laughing and arguing (or agreeing) with Zoey Marks with each turn of the page.