Review: Temporary Bridesmaid by LuAnn Bropst Staheli

Temporary BridesmaidTemporary Bridesmaid
by LuAnn Bropst Staheli
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook242 Pages
August 20th 2014 by Back Yard Press


Jenny Grant has given up on men, and therefore her dream of ever getting married. But when James Cox comes to work in her building as a temp, she has to convince herself to stay true to her new conviction. All around her, everything is falling apart in her life. She’s been asked to be the Maid of Honor for her best friend’s wedding—leaving Jenny the last single in her group—her mother’s forgetfulness has progressed to a level that might prove dangerous, and the raise and promotion Jenny longs for may not be within her reach. When a man who looks like James steals her wallet her distrust of men rests on his shoulders.

James Cox has no idea why he has given up his position as a California CEO to move to Salt Lake City, but he’s certain it isn’t to find a bride. When the call comes for a temp position at a computer programming company, he figures this must be why. But his co-workers are not always easy to get along with, especially the fiery-tempered woman named Jenny Grant. If he didn’t find her so beautiful and interesting, it might not matter. Except that it does.

My Review

Temporary Bridesmaid was a really cute read. I liked the characters and I liked the craziness of the plot as it switches from three different points of view: Jenny's, James', and Stephie's. You have these two main characters/love interests that are both in their mid-to-late 30's and are still single with no prospects in the future. They both have also pretty much sworn off the opposite sex and aren't looking for love. Of course love has a different idea. There was a pretty strong attraction between the two of them, but they were friends, well, maybe more frenemies, before anything else. The jump to love for them both was pretty quick, but sweet and I liked how James especially was sure that when you know you've found the one there is no disputing that.

I also liked the group of friends. I did feel a little out of the loop, like this should have been the fifth book in the series or something because I wanted to know more about the other girls. Stephie's story was heartbreaking and I really felt for her. At the same time, her story felt both unique and a little out of place. I think she easily could have had her own book with a continuation of her story from where this one ends. Then there were some random religious aspects. It's like the book couldn't decide between being an LDS novel or a main-stream contemporary romance. It still worked for me, but it may rub others the wrong way. Some of the characters' internal dialogues also dragged a little. Regardless, for the most part, I still enjoyed them.

Overall, Temporary Bridesmaid was a sweet, humorous, heartfelt, and at times heartbreaking contemporary romance. I will definitely look into what else this author has written or writes in the future. I liked her writing style and her characters were endearing. 

Content: Clean

Source: Received through, which did not affect my review in any way.

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