Disclaimer: Every Bride Needs a Groom, by Janice Thompson, was provided by Revell in exchange for an honest review.
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she’s sure he’ll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn’t just fall out of the sky right when you need it. But when Kate’s boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her—on the very same day she wins her dream dress—her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop—yeah, you read that right—discover her humiliating secret if she does?
Really, the only way I can describe Every Bride Needs a Groom is that it’s very Texas. It’s very Texas, and very quirky. It’s also got one of those titles that makes you want to hide the book when you’re reading it in public. Once I got past the quirkiness, though, the book was okay, though it was too indulgent for me to really like it.
The book’s silliness isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but Thompson seems to go out of her way to make sure almost every situation Katie is in is one that goes potentially crazy. And from the shenanigans at the bridal shop to a family dinner, all the conversation in response to said crazy situations are snappy and witty, as if everyone in this town (or in Katie’s family) just knows exactly what to say at exactly the right moment. And Lori Lou was one of the most unrealistic characters for me, simply because I just didn’t buy the 24/7 “crazy kids” moments.
The plot and romance are incredibly predictable, and not even the charm and chuckles of the novel can overlook that. I mean, I’m all for indulgent, sweet romance, but I also like it to be coupled with a good plot and good characters. Katie and Brady were cute, but that was it. The book was fun, but it never goes beyond that. Every Bride Needs a Groom was, for the most part, really shallow and my enjoyment got less and less the further into the book I read. It’s a cute, fun book, but it’s also one of those books that will be instantly forgotten the moment you put it down.
My rating: 2/5
Genre: Realistic, Christian
You can buy this here: Every Bride Needs a Groom