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Always a Bridesmaid

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  421 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Myers

She's sworn off weddings…

After two failed relationships and six stints as a bridesmaid, Stephanie Ludlow is convinced she's man-poison. So when her hormones point due south to her sexy—but not so charming—new landlord, she can't help the sparks that fly. It's a good thing she's declared a strict "no sex" policy, because Mike Brubaker might
ebook, 227 pages
Published April 23rd 2012 by Entangled Publishing: Indulgence (first published April 7th 2012)
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Jun 05, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance Fans
Recommended to Nicole by: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Oh la la la... I wanted to be beStephaniein this story! Mike is dead sexy and a great father. So while Stephanie and Mike debated whether or not it was a good time for them to be in arelationship I wanted to barge in and bitch-slap Stephanie (no offensereally, just needed the distraction) and drag Mike out by his man parts to my car for a little one on one time. Great story, perfect writing,lovablecharacters, and one grade A quality beef what's not to like?

For me I pictured Mike as Gerard Butler
Jul 06, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it liked it
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Smut Monday Club

When Stephanie gets evicted from her rental she must quickly find another place to stay. She's in a tough position, so when a room in a beautiful house is immediately available, she jumps at the chance and takes it. When she gets a look at her new landlord, Mike, sparks fly. He's totally sexy. Here's a bit of the scene from when they just meet:

She heard shuffling, fumbling sounds from the other side of the door, and then it opened to reveal a broad-shouldered, flat-stomached man dressed in f
Stacia (the 2010 club)
2.5 stars. This was another contemp romance standard. Not bad, not great.

The problem for me with books like this is that there's nothing really worth writing about in the review. It was a cute love story. There, I'm done. See?

Was it even all that cute? I don't know. Mike and Stephanie were thrown together because Mike needed someone to rent a room and Stephanie needed a room to rent. They each thought the other was attractive, yet couldn't seem to explain their feelings (it's called lust, people
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Aug 15, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: entangled
Shelves: reviewed
Quick review:

Cover: Cute
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Steamy
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: A really cute read with an solid HEA.
Characters: Good
Plot: A romance with a dash of spice and conflict.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Mike

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Based on the title I had a different idea of how this story was going to go. But in the end, I can’t say I’m unhappy with the storyline. It was good with just enough conflict, bad boy like behavior and spiciness to keep
Jul 03, 2012 Arlene rated it liked it
Recommended to Arlene by: Smut Monday Club
Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Myers was a fun and quick read that entertained me, but didn’t really wow me. I really liked the main protag Stephanie, but I didn't really come to like Mike at all in this book. He seemed so negative and just over the top broody in a not so sexy way. I like brooding characters, but Mike’s personality just came off to be more grumpy and negative than anything else.

There were parts of the book that felt really rushed and random. Towards the end of the story, it felt a
Jul 01, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
This was a really fun, quick read for me! I felt like I started it and then blinked and it was done, but I really enjoyed the romance between Stephanie and Mike. They had great chemistry, and the 'will they or won't they' kept me anxiously waiting for the sparks to start flying!!

I loved that Stephanie was independent and strong, she handled her life like she wanted to be in control and have the final say in her choices. The pain from her past relationships was keeping both her and Mike from movi
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Aug 16, 2012 Sara HarlequinJunkie rated it really liked it
Reviews by : HarlequinJunkie Romance Reviews

I have for a very long been a fan of the authors work and this time I loved the "fight" between her characters Stephanie and Mike. The book was a cute little romance about as the blurb suggests two people trying their darnest to not fall for each other,purely due to having love and lost at one stage in both their lives.I really loved the spark in this one !

I loved how the author brought the characters together and added just enough heat in the bedroom
Jul 02, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary romance
3.5 stars.
This was a cute and easy to read romance. There were some great scenes (view spoiler) and sweet moments. My only issue with this book was its ending. I would have been more satisfied there was just a bit more about how the characters ended up. I think an epilogue would have given a bit of balance - after spending so many pages getting to that point and then....

I really enjoyed this and will be looking forward to re
Jul 05, 2012 Roxanne rated it liked it
This book was OK. It was about ordinary people living a very ordinary life. The plot was nothing special, very predictable, and no twist or turns. I don't regret reading it but I wouldn't read it again. I liked the characters and it was a quick read which is nice once in a while.

I would recommend read it at the park while kids play or throw it in your purse and pull it out when your in a waiting room, its not a book that requires a lot of concentration.

I give it 3 stars, not a great book but fun
Oct 03, 2015 Evie rated it really liked it
My rating is 3.5 stars

A cute and sweet story...

Stephanie has had it when it comes to relationships. She's decided her time is better spent going back to school, getting her Masters, gaining experience outside of her dad's company. Between work, and school, she simply has no time for any kind of relationship, whether a fling or long lasting. Truth be told, she doesn't want to bother with going thru the emotions of meeting a guy, getting to know him, figuring out whether things may or may not work
Wendy Sparrow
Feb 19, 2013 Wendy Sparrow rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Stephanie knows she's wading into deep waters when she starts lusting after her housemate/landlord, Mike. Mike has a nine year old son and a bitter divorce in his recent history. However neither of them can deny there's chemistry between them. They try to fight it--especially since Stephanie has been burnt before by love, but it's hard to fight something that could mend both their broken hearts.

Always a Bridesmaid is a book with soul and emotion that skirts the edges of women's fiction by having
Kayleigh {K-Books}
May 15, 2012 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it it was amazing
Shelves: entangled
Always A Bridesmaid Review on K-Books

"That was the woman I love, running out of my life."

Always A Bridesmaid is yet another book from Entangled's Indulgence line that I have fallen head over heels in love with. Another Entangled Romance that had me swooning and left me breathless.

Stephanie is sick of always being a bridesmaid but never a bride. She wants romance and love, but love doesn't always work out with her. But when she moves into a new house and she meets the gorgeous new landlord/room
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

I’ve decided it had to be fate, I had just requested Always a Bridesmaid to review and then I hopped over to Guilty Pleasures to find an interview with the author. Although Cindi has 50 published books, she is a new to be author and I’m happy to say I’ll be checking out her other books soon.

Always a Bridesmaid is the story of two people who have loved and lost. For Stephanie not only romantically but also when her Mom up and left her and her dad when she
Aug 02, 2012 Arlena rated it really liked it
Author: Cindi Myers
Published By: Entangled Publishing: Indulgence
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewer: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA


"Always a Bridesmaid" by Cindi Myers was nice well written good romance novel and I did thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Stephanie was a graduate student working for her father...she was a very determined independent and capable of not letting anyone or anything get in the way of her goals. Stephanie's mom had left her and her dad when she was only sixteen...Mike w
Apr 25, 2012 Morgan rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars

Always a Bridesmaid was my first novel by Cindi Myers. I enjoyed everything about this novel except for the romance between Stephanie Ludlow and Mike Brubaker. I know crazy right? I really enjoyed Ms. Myers fluid, easy-to-read writing style, but I had trouble believing in the relationship/attraction/connection between Stephanie and Mike. I think it had a lot to do with how wishy-washy they were about their feeling
Cocktails and Books
I always like a quick romance book that makes me feel like I was not the only one that was completely inept when it came to a romantic relationship. With Always a Bridesmaid it was Stephanie's emotional scars from her parents divorce and her own bad luck that had me connecting with her immediately.

Stephanie is gun shy about relationships, seeming to make the wrong choices in men and always falling hard for them and then falling apart when the relationships ended. So when she meets her new landlo
Vi (the Vi3tBabe)
May 23, 2012 Vi (the Vi3tBabe) rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, e-arcs, 3-stars
I always love a good, old-fashioned contemporary romance novel and this one fits the bill perfectly. Take who people who have some serious emotional baggage and bad luck with relationships, Stephanie and Mike, and a tempting situation (living together in the same house), an instant attraction (not the unbelievable kind, but the good, lusty kind) and you’ve got a fun read. I felt like Cindi had just the right amount of fun, light-hearted scenes and intense, serious ones. Nowadays, it’s hard not t ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
May 15, 2012 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-must-reads
First I would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Danielle @ Entangled for allowing me to read this book. For those of you who have not had a chance to check out Entangled's website here is the link

Always a Bridesmaid is a book that captures you right from the beginning. Stephanie is looking for love but can't seem to find it. Mike is a divorced father that has given up on love. Why love when it leads to heart ache and pain? So when Mike and Stephanie meet they d
Sofia Lazaridou
Aug 05, 2012 Sofia Lazaridou rated it it was amazing
Always a bridesmade is a novel about love and the heartache and "prejudices" it causes

I found the novel very realistic in some parts.I'm sure divorsed parents all over the world worry what their child feels aboyt dating other people or if they are gonna be replaced by a new father or mother.Another thing is how a broken heart affects some people in their future relationships.

Stephenie has given up on love after 2 relationships that didn't worked outMaybe I'm a little exaggerating here.Mike is bi

Apr 30, 2012 Erica rated it liked it
Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Myers was a super cute, fast romance that I did really enjoy. The plot wasn't my favorite thing, but I just loved what each character brought to the story.
The book didn't feel complete to me. I guess right off the bat I was thinking of a little different of a story. With the title Always a Bridesmaid, I was thinking the story would focus more around her friend's wedding, but that was actually a smaller part of the book. There was a bit of romance, but the majority o
Sheyla ✎
Jan 24, 2013 Sheyla ✎ rated it liked it
Stephanie Ludlow is done with relationships. She has been hurt before and doesn't want to try again. She is happy with her life. She is back in school trying to get a degree. She works for her dad's company and has good friends. But when her landlord calls her and tells her she has to pack and move she is in shock. Thankfully, her coworker and friend tells her she can move into the house he is renting.
Stephanie decides to check the house. She was not expecting to meet her future landlord withou
Sep 11, 2015 Angie rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. Mike was against relationships since his divorce and he wanted to focus on his son. Stephanie thought she found love, but instead got dumped. Stephanie's co-worker Justin asks her to be a bridesmaid for his fiancee and she reluctantly says yes. Stephanie is also told she has to move right away and Justin says that there is an open room where he lives, which happens to be Mike's house. Stephanie and Mike try to deny their chemistry. Mike finally decides he needs to mo ...more
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
In a nut shell:

Sweet | Sexy | Great Descriptions | Mike... yum

My Rating:

3.5 stars


like I said above... Mike is just yummy! I mean come on - we meet him as he answers the door in his flannel PJ bottoms and nothing else! LOVE IT!

I enjoyed this book - it is a nice quick read. The story is sweet and steamy. The description of the house is AMAZING! I absolutely loved it - totally want to live in this house!! It is amazing - really!!

I loved the little scene in the bar here
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
I was looking for a fun, loving quick read and this filled the bill nicely. The typical story of two people refusing to be in a relationship and bam find one another and fall in love but I still liked it.
It warmed my heart. For Mike and Stephanie love will always sneak up on you when you least expect it.

There were some great supporting characters in this book which helped make the story. It was a cute read. I really liked the ending of the book

I am torn between 3 and 4 thumbs up but hey since
Melissa Maxwell
Jun 08, 2012 Melissa Maxwell rated it it was amazing
The book was surprisingly good. You felt for both Mike and Stephanie as characters. The chemistry was there from the beginning though both fought it. Mike is a divorced single father and is afraid to get attached to someone again only to loss them. Stephanie is afraid to fully give her heart because of abandonment issues. They are not perfect but they work and the book was good even though it needed an epilogue.
Aug 07, 2013 Dalia rated it liked it
Sweet & fun read, yet full of sadness & pain. About 2 persons once burned by love and are now shy of any future commitment.
Stephanie is wary of relationships after being dumped first by her mom, then 2 boyfriends.
Mike is a divorced father, trying to get to term with his divorce and his ex- wife betrayal. His bitterness & cynisism are just a shield to hide his pain. Very realistic in handling divorce issues, especially when there is a kid involved,
Jan 16, 2016 Dita rated it really liked it
Sweet story. Steph and Mike are both cynical about relationship. Ryan is such a cute boy, I wish that there were an epilogue because I'd like to see what happend with the house and the housemates that they shared. How will mike's ex respond?
Robin Covington
May 04, 2012 Robin Covington rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and flirty with likeable characters that felt like people you would know. I don't usually like romance wih children in them but the relationship between Mike and his son was lovely.
May 18, 2012 Stella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, for-review, 2012
I LOVED this one. The writing flew smoothly, the characters were likeable and their chemistry is sizzling. A wonderful story and a new favourite author :-D
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Cindi Myers worked as a newspaper reporter, travel agent and medical clinic manager before turning to writing full time. She's written both historical and contemporary romance, as well as dozens of short stories and nonfiction articles. Cindi thinks writers have the best job in the world.

Former president of San Antonio Romance Authors, Cindi is a member of Romance Writer
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