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Peek Inside Always a Bridesmaid

The day of her ex’s wedding, Violet accidentally starts a fire, becoming the cutest arsonist firefighter Ford has ever seen. And she’s about to teach him the importance of happily ever after.

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Violet Abrams may have been a bridesmaid no less than seven times, but her wedding day was near—she could feel it. Until her longtime boyfriend left her for someone else. That’s just fine—she has her photography and a new project redesigning her sister’s bakery to keep her happy and fulfilled. Fast-forward to the day of his wedding, though, when Violet might have accidentally, totally not on purpose, started a fire. And... Officially the worst day ever.

Firefighter Ford Maguire thought he’d seen it all. Until he’s called out because someone tried to set the local bakery on fire…with a wedding magazine? The little arsonist might be the cutest woman he’s ever seen, but he’s too career-focused to consider something serious. Still, Violet seems like a great person to help him navigate his upcoming “man of honor” duties in his best friend’s wedding.

Pretty soon, not only is Violet giving him lessons on all things weddings, she’s helping him train his latest rescue-dog recruit puppies and weaving her way seamlessly into his lone-wolf lifestyle. But forever is the last thing on Ford’s mind, and if there’s one thing a perpetual bridesmaid knows, it’s the importance of a happily ever after.

Each book in the Getting Hitched in Dixie series is STANDALONE:
* Just One of the Groomsmen
* Always a Bridesmaid


Full of fun, heat and cuteness. So basically, all the feels.” --Pauline E., Goodreads

“A wonderful, cozy read. Full of laughter, old friends and crazy situations. Loved every minute! Five out of five stars from me and hopefully Eaton will get his story too.” --Next Book Around the Corner

“Madsen's characters are down to Earth and very real and relatable, easy to fall in love with. I LOVED this book and can't wait for the next one.” --Sarah O., NetGalley

“Oh my! Always a Bridesmaid pushed all the buttons! This journey is full of joy, fun & emotional pitfalls. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for Easton’s!” --Pam D., Goodreads

“If you’re looking for a sweet and sexy, small town romance, check out this series.” --Tracey W., Goodreads

Lovely, delightful, adorable. Cannot wait for the next one!” --Kristen W., NetGalley

Sweet, entertaining and engrossing.” --Anna G., Goodreads

“If you’re looking for a light-hearted, quick romantic read this summer, I highly recommend Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen.” --Amy M. Productions

A charming town, charming characters, and a charming romantic read.” --Amanda H., NetGalley

“Ford was the hero that dreams are made of and his adorable litter of puppies just made him that much more lovable! This was a fun, light read and I highly recommend it!” --Pinkcowland Reads

The swoony moments abound and make this a great, feel good read!” --Allison B., Goodreads

“This is a delightful small-town romance with a lot of humor and heart.” --Susan M., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640639058
Series: Getting Hitched in Dixie, Book 2
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Page Count: 400
Imprint: amara
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, opposites attract, overcoming odds

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By Madison May 25, 2020

Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen

2nd book in The Getting Hitched in Wyoming series. Contemporary romance. Can be read as a stand-alone.

Humor and deep friendships. Sweet and charming until it turned sexy hot and romantic.

The heroine freely admits to ADD and being easily distracted and often in h ...more

By Yodamom May 15, 2020

Violet is a mess. She’s receiving from a bad relationship, that she clung to bye the chest hairs till her man did something unforgivable. This shattered her world. She was a photographer, before the fall but has lost her mojo. She moves in with her half sister in a small town where she has been the ...more

By Zoe May 26, 2020

Intimate, amusing, and sweet!

Always a Bridesmaid is an uplifting, humorous tale that takes us into the life of the energetic, wary Violet Abrams as she heads to Uncertainty, Alabama to mend her broken heart, help redesign her half-sister’s bakery, and navigate all the ups and downs of falling in lov ...more

By Irene June 06, 2020

4.5 stars

What a fun and entertaining read Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen turned out to be, I really enjoyed it.
The storyline is well written, well paced and entertaining from start to end.
I loved Violet and Ford, they're likable characters that made me laugh, smile and swoon while watching them ...more

By Anna May 02, 2020

okay. so this book. GAH.

JUST ONE OF THE GROOMSMEN was one of my favorite romances of 2019. Capturing the small-town south can be a tricky business-- as a reader, I want it to feel snuggly and slightly idealized without sliding headlong into stereotype land. Cindi Madsen has managed *again* to walk t ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts May 26, 2020

3.5 Just like Peas and Carrots Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review
So you just had your soon-to-be groom call off the wedding. Then you are friends with the bakery that is doing things for His NEW Oops, a little fire happens...

Lucky you, there is a hunky cute fireman who takes you

By Stephanie May 21, 2020

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I really loved Just One of the Groomsmen and have been eagerly awaiting another book in the series. I am happy to report that I enjoyed Always a Bridesmaid just as much as Just One of the Groomsmen – maybe even more.

One of t ...more

By Tiffany Reads It All May 25, 2020

Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen is a fun, feel-good read. Take a seven-times bridesmaid with a broken heart and match her up with the firefighter who just won’t settle down, then watch the sparks fly.

Violet Abrams is back in the small town of Uncertainty, Alabama, after her no-good longtime boyf ...more

By Deanna (A Novel Glimpse) April 27, 2020

Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

I have been impatiently waiting for Cindi Madsen to release this book since I read Just One of the Groomsmen. I could not wait to be back with the amazing cast of characters she created and the friendships the ...more

By A April 17, 2020

Violet - Vibrant, beautiful, resilient, impulsive at times, quick with sassy/humorous comebacks, hearts been stomped on before, photographer, complicated immediate family past, eye for fashion/style/weddings, wants the whole package - love, marriage, children, won’t be used/tricked again.

Ford - Fire ...more

By Jeeves Reads Romance May 24, 2020

What an adorably sweet romance! This one is light and playful throughout, with great chemistry and a touch of steam. It's got a nice small town feel and characters you can root for, pairing a woman who has been planning her wedding for years with a guy who can't picture himself ever having one. Ther ...more

By Erin May 20, 2020

5 Star Review of Always A Bridesmaid (Getting Hitched in Dixie #2) by Cindi Madsen
Cindi Madsen is a relatively new author to me and I have no idea why that is. I loved this book. From the first to the last chapter one I was fully invested in the story that Ms.Madsen wove.
Having read the first book ...more

By Aly June 28, 2020

Violet Abrams sworn she'd never go back to Uncertainty, Alabama, but there she is, to renovate her half-sister's bakery, after losing so many years to a cheating fiancé. The plan is to leave after the work is done and hope that by that time, she'll have find again the inspiration and passion to get ...more

By Sara April 21, 2020

Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen a four-star read that will blossom as you read. I enjoyed this one, but I kept getting distracted as I read it and that’s not me, so it could be that I was having a funny day or two, as overall I enjoyed the story it just didn’t grip me. I adored Pyro as he remind ...more

By Cassidy May 27, 2020

Always a Bridesmaid was a cute read. The hero is a firefighter. Yum! The heroine is in town visiting her sister and niece. Life has gotten her down. She is taking some time to be with family and help redesign her sister’s bakery. This book gave me all the small town romance vibes. Plus it has cute p ...more

By Linda April 13, 2020

I loved this book! It's both funny and sweet, with some poignant moments. The funny parts made me laugh out loud and fall in love with the characters. Both Violet and Ford are somewhat damaged and have a fragile sense of self, however, when the meet, they can't seem to stay apart. What follows is de ...more

By Lenore May 26, 2020

I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4.5 stars — The banter and playfulness between Violet and Ford was BAR NONE my favourite part of this book. It just delighted me the witty rejoinders they would com ...more

By Elley May 26, 2020

Always a Bridesmaid would make a really good rom-com movie. There are some really great moments, like when Violet tries to light her wedding plan binder on fire and the expression on Ford's face every time the battered (and slightly burnt) thing makes an appearance, that would just be REALLY great i ...more

By Marie May 28, 2020

A perpetual bridesmaid, a hot firefighter, and adorable puppies - oh my!

Always a Bridesmaid is a funny, feel-good book set in the small town of Uncertainty, Alabama. Violet comes to town to stay with her half-sister after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend of ten years. She’s lost her way and she’s ...more

By M. May 25, 2020

This is the first time I’ve read this author. Her writing style is quite enjoyable with a nice flow and easy to read. If you’re in the mood for small town romance, a hot firefighter, a heroine with ADHD, super adorable puppies in training for search and rescue missions..., this book is for you!

After ...more

4.5 stars

What a blast I had reading Always A Bridesmaid. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with Violet and Ford with every turn of the page. Light, funny and extremely interesting, Always a Bridesmaid is a wonderful summer read.

Violet has sworn off men. She’s not letting another one lead her do ...more

If you are looking for a book filled with puppies, friendship, humor, family, and romance, then this is the book for you.  This is the followup book to Just One of the Groomsmen but you don't have to read the first book to read this one.

Violet arrives in Uncertainty to nurse her wounds from a failed ...more

By Rachel- Goodbye Borders October 22, 2020

Violet had a recent break-up. She caught her long time BF cheating on her at her 1/2 sister's (Maisey) wedding. She was in love with the idea of getting married and how parts of her wedding planned out. She had been a bridesmaid 7 times and desperately wants it to be her turn. As a result, she allow ...more

By Melena May 26, 2020

Cindi Madsen was already one of my favorite authors, but she has outdone herself with Always a Bridesmaid.

Ford and Violet's story brings readers back to the small town of Uncertainty. Ford is the Man of Honor in the wedding of two of his best friend's, Addie and Tucker. Violet is planning on stayin ...more

By Pelusa April 10, 2020

I loved this book. So I have been a fan of Cindi for a while and so when the first book to this series came out. the first book was entitled"Just one of the groomsmen" please read I felt that in order to read this one you need to read that and trust me you want to read that one. Now normally when th ...more

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Cindi Madsen

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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