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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Bridesmaid's Checklist: Laura's Wedding by K.T. Castle (Book Blast / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for The Bridesmaid's Checklist: Laura's Wedding by author K.T. Castle!

Book Review

The Bridesmaid's Checklist: Laura's Wedding by K.T. Castle
Book 1: The Bridesmaid's Checklist Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: Paperback - July 15, 2016 / eBook - July 18, 2016
Format: Paperback - 300 pages
               Kindle - 3725 KB
ISBN: 978-1535318631
BNID: 978-1535318631
Genre: New Adult Romance / Chick Lit

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book blast event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Book Description:

Kassandra is a single, independent woman who prides herself on her own success. But when she’s asked by her best friend Laura to be the Maid of Honor in her wedding, Kassandra finds herself questioning her lifestyle. Helping Laura plan the wedding is no problem—she’s done it before for all their other friends. The first time was a blast, the second super fun, but doing it without receiving any help from the rest of the girls gets old really fast.

The whole event kicks off with the worst kind of surprise when Kassandra discovers who her friend's fiancé really is, and she's torn between supporting Laura's future happiness and hiding the deeply buried, intimate past she shares with the groom-to-be. Struggling to be the bigger person and do all the hard work on her own, Kassandra finds surprising comfort in Josh, the best man in the wedding and someone she's been avoiding for years. He's charming, thoughtful, handsome, and the worst kind of womanizer, but she just can't seem to stay away. All the while, Kassandra can't help wondering if the wedding could be any more cliché—until she finds unexpected ways to change things up a bit.

Book Excerpt:

From Chapter 1

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. I’d heard that saying more than once now. And I was about to hear it once again.

“Kassie! Kassie, wake up! I’m getting married,” a high-pitched voice squealed at me at 3:00 a.m.

Who the hell is this? I had picked up the phone without even looking at the caller ID. Oh, Laura. Great.

“Kassandra, are you listening? I’m engaged!” Laura screamed from the other side of the phone.

“Yeah, wow,” I said. “Congratulations.”

“I can’t believe you, Kassie. You should be more excited. You’ll get to be my bridesmaid!” The volume of her voice kept rising.

“I’m happy for you, Laura.” I really didn’t know at the moment how I felt. I was trying to look around to see exactly where I was. “Believe me. It’s just…it’s three o’clock, and I was sleeping.”

After looking at my surroundings, I remembered I was in my own house. I had a minor headache, probably from all the drinking the night before, and my body ached a bit. I looked beside me and found the reason for my hurt.

Next to me I found the silhouette of a beautiful man. The memories of the few hours before my abrupt awakening came back at me:

A bar. A blond. My home. Some that order.

“I know it’s late, but I had to give you the good news.”

“And news it is.” She was the last of my best friends who was single; not so long ago we roamed all the bars in town together, looking for men to hook up with, and suddenly she was engaged.

My Book Review:

In The Bridesmaid's Checklist: Laura's Wedding, the first book of The Bridesmaid's Checklist Series, author K.T. Castle weaves an intriguing new adult romance tale that sheds a whole new light on the crazy dynamics of friendships, romance, and wedding planning.

Told in the first person narrative, the reader follows the crazy trials and tribulations that Kassandra faces when best friend Laura becomes engaged, and she wants Kassandra to be her Maid-of-Honor and help plan her wedding. Kassandra has helped her other friends plan their weddings, so she doesn't think anything will go wrong, that is until she discovers that the groom happens to be her ex-boyfriend! Kassandra struggles with wanting to help plan Laura's wedding while hiding the secrets from her past relationship, and when the trials and tribulations of the whole affair start to build, Kassandra finds unexpected support and comfort from Josh, the best man and womanizer whose charms she has resisted for years. So what's a girl to do when she is torn between the dynamics of friendships and the affairs of the heart?

The Bridesmaid's Checklist is a fun romantic story that has a great mixture of drama, humor, and romance, that easily kept me engaged and turning the pages. Anyone can relate to the craziness surrounding wedding event planning, and how the best laid plans can unexpectedly go awry, especially when romance issues and buried secrets are added into the mix. I really enjoyed following Kassandra's personal journey of self discovery, especially when she makes necessary changes in her life, and finds an unexpected romance in the arms of a charmer like Josh, who is determined to break down the walls that surround Kassandra's heart. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed the rich description of the tropical South Pacific island setting of Bora Bora.

I really enjoyed reading The Bridesmaid's Checklist, it has a HEA that normally comes with romance stories featuring a wedding theme, but alas, there is a cliff hanger ending that leaves the reader wanting more. I look forward to reading what new wedding adventures await in the next book of The Bridesmaid's Checklist Series.

The Bridesmaid's Checklist: Laura's Wedding is an enjoyable romance tale that will leave a smile on your face.


About The Author

K.T. Castle
is an author/artist in progress. She's on a quest to find the words, forms, and colors to materialize the worlds and people of her imagination. She never saw herself as an incurable romantic, but lately, that's what she finds herself musing about. Love is found everywhere, regardless if it comes from a nice person, an ass — mundane or even vampire. When she's not busy with work, in front of a computer placing many thoughts in order, she makes her best to be creative or relax with a good book and a snack. Some of her favorite characters are Sookie, Rule and Shaw, Bella, Edward, Clary, Jace, Wrath, Hollywood, Blaire, Woods, Ethan, the Sleeping Beauty, and Ariel.

Author Website
Amazon Author Page

Contest Giveaway

Author K.T. Castle will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner, and a copy of THE BRIDESMAID'SCHECKLIST: LAURA'S WEDDING plus an ARC of the next book in the series to another randomly drawn winner, both via rafflecopter during the event.

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Book Blast Event

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  1. Good morning,

    Thank you for making your space available for my first novel, The Bridesmaid's Checklist: Laura's Wedding.

    I know Jersey Girl Reviews is full of loyal and wonderful readers. I'm excited about the chance to meet new people and reach them through this blog and, hopefully, my writing.

    Thank you, for the four stars you gave my book. I'm very excited about you liking it and even more that your interested in reading the next story. I wanted to write something that was expected in a wedding book, but with those bump and twists that make it interesting. Bora Bora was chosen as the setting of the wedding because it's such a beautiful place and Laura would only choose the best of the best for her wedding. I really enjoyed writing this story and hope that it transmits. I wanted it to be something fun, entrataining and easy to read.

    I'll be checking in throughout the day. I have to go to work but I'll do my best to me here. Any comments and questions are much appreciated.

    ─ KT

    1. Hi KT! Thank you for the opportunity to feature The Bridesmaid's Checklist on my blog. I really enjoyed reading the book, it is a great start to a new series, and I look forward to reading the next book. :)

    2. Thank you, Kathleen :)
      I enjoyed the spotlight and the kind words you wrote about the book. I'm so happy you liked it. The second book of the series should come out soon. I'll let you know when it does.

  2. Thanks again for the opportunity to reach new readers through your blog, Jersey Girl.

    It was a very exciting day and I’m looking forward to visit again 😉 . I'm really happy that you took the time to read and review my book. I'm very glad you liked it.

    The Bridesmaid’s Checklist: Laura’s Wedding is on free promotion for a few more hours. I’m one of those people who appreciates a free book and hope you do too. Comments and reviews are always welcome.

    I’ll like to invite anyone who’s interested in contacting me to do so, FB and/or email are the best way to do it. I’m always happy to meet new people 🙂

    ─ KT