With wedding season in full swing, many women that I know have been called upon (as I have as well) to be a maid of honor. It’s an honorable position, fraught with stress and responsibility that culminates as you watch your friend/family member walk down the aisle and exchange vows with his/her significant other. So, when I read the premise of Kissing the Maid of Honor by Robin Bielman, I knew that this story would bring back some fun memories of being the matron of honor at my sister’s wedding almost exactly a year ago.
As the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding, Sela Sullivan has a lot of duties. One not so appealing duty is to tolerate Luke Watters, the best man and annoyance to her very existence since she was young. Even so, Sela must put aside these feelings and put on her best performance as Luke is also her best friend’s older brother. Luke, on the other hand, is surprised by Sela’s coldness, as he felt she would have been over his rejection of her all those years ago. Although he is a daring person by nature as an extreme sports photographer, his pursuit of Sela may be the most difficult thing he’s ever had to do. As they spend more time together, will this cold between them finally thaw and give them another chance?
I’m in love with this book, its characters, its story, its writing… it’s all there. Bielman is a really humorous writer, The realism was apparent, and I didn’t feel as if I was reading something that was mass-produced to meet the needs of the post Fifty Shades of Grey public. I didn’t find this prose to be a forced work, it was exciting and new all on its own. It was refreshing, and I was excited that the characters represented everyday people falling in love. They carry no extraneous baggage, no stipulations to be carried over to additional relationships. They are as realistic as you and I. Altogether, all of these characteristics make for an amazing work, one which is worth reading and sharing. I have read many works that have these characteristics, but Kissing the Maid of Honor has an innocence that I find enlightening. If you haven’t already given it a try, I suggest that you do so soon! You won’t forget it.
4 out of 5 Stars
Kissing the Maid of Honor by Robin Bielman
Entangled Publishing, LLC (2013)
eBook: 230 pages
Special thanks to Entangled Publishing for my review copy via Netgalley!