The Bridal Squad - Samantha Chase

The Bridal Squad

By Samantha Chase

  • Release Date: 2017-05-10
  • Genre: Contemporary
5 Score: 5 (From 12 Ratings)

Description

The Friday Night Brides are back!  And this time, it’s their first season running the business!  It was one thing to just model in a weekly fashion show, it’s quite another to be the ones calling the shots and making future brides’ dreams come true.  Their first client has them wondering if they’re really prepared for their new roles!  

The Bride:  Julianne is big on fitness, small on patience.  And planning her wedding is grating on her every last nerve.  As a Zumba instructor, she loves the freedom to create and choreograph her routines and help others achieve their goals, but having to stand back and let others choreograph her big day has her wanting to hip-hop toward eloping!

The Matron of Honor:  As the only married member of the bridal party, Natalie considers herself the aficionado on all-things weddings.  And even though her time in the spotlight is over, that doesn’t mean she isn’t full of ideas on how her best friend’s wedding should look and feel and be!  And it doesn’t take long for her to realize that maybe it’s not so much that she’s wanting to help as it is that she’s afraid of her own honeymoon ending.

The Bride’s Sister:  Nothing screams unwanted relationship advice than when your younger sister gets married before you.  It’s not that Harper doesn’t want to get married, after three failed engagements she really does!  But finding the right man to walk down the aisle with is proving harder than she thought. And it gets even harder when constantly being compared to the perfect couple!

The Reluctant Bridesmaid:  There is nothing Kayla wants more than to see one of her best friend’s get married…if only the whole process wasn’t so exhausting!  Travel and adventure and being on the go fuels her.  Having to stay in one place for an extended period of time while wearing taffeta?  Not so much.  Her job tends to take her away on a moment’s notice and this is one time she may have to pass up the trip of a lifetime in the name of friendship.

About the Author:

Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance.  She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt!  When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina. 

Reviews

  • THE BRIDAL SQUAD

    5
    By Lynn B888
    4 1/2 STARS! A heartwarming story about friendship and the toils of life! The characters were all interesting and watching them evolve into more assured people was enlightening. It was fun to get sort of get 4 stories instead of one. Julianne Burke just got engaged to the love of her life, Gavin. She's excited to kick off the wedding planning, and is bringing along her 3 best friends for the ride. Her big sister Harper and two of her best friends since childhood, Kayla and Natalie. As the story unfolds, we get a delve into each of their lives and relationships and watch them all go through their various turmoils. Julianne knows that she wants to marry Gavin, but this wedding stress is really getting to her. It's making her feel an anger she's not used to. She has to somehow find a way to get these bickering people off her back and get to just enjoy loving her man again! Big sis Harper adores her sister and wants nothing but happiness for her, but the constant sniping from Mom about her own three failed engagements is driving her crazy! It's demoralizing enough to have her little sister get married before her already ... and to constantly have her past thrown in her face on top of it? GRRRRR! Self-named matron of honor Natalie loves to talk up her own wedding of a year ago and considers herself an expert. As she spends time with the girls and sees the various things going on in their lives, she starts to doubt that honeymoon lifestyle she thought she had going on with her own husband. Free-spirit Kayla ... the sporty nature photographer who lives her life jumping from one assignment to another all over the world, no matter how dangerous it is. She's a no commitment, no plans type of gal and really enjoys it ... until the things she was taking for granted suddenly aren't there anymore and she has to decide if she wants to change her way of living to make room for them.
  • Here's to the Squad!

    5
    By Cheryl33610
    As a lover of all things wedding romance, I'm always excited when a new book or series is released, especially when it's written by a known and favorite author. I had high hopes after reading and loving Ms. Chases's Friday Night Brides and I was not disappointed! In The Bridal Squad, you're not just getting one story about the bride, Julianne. You get four, full rich stories about her, sister Harper and friends Natalie and Kayla. It's like the best of the bride quartet series by Nora Roberts...but in one fun, heartwarming and at times wrenching read! And each woman's story has a different drama and feel to it....from Harper's broken engagements and her mother issues, to Natalie's newlyweds issues to Kayla's need for adventure and how that affects a relationship she didn't realize she was having! Of course, it all centers on Julianne, and that's the way she likes it! I did have a favorite gal at the beginning of the book...and she stayed my favorite through to the end! I will admit, it wasn't Natalie, but she definitely grew on my as her abrasive personality cracked to show the vulnerable girl beneath. Even if you haven't read book one in the Enchanted Bride series (why haven't you?!?!), The Bridal Squad is a stand alone book...or four books in one is how I look at it. We even get cameos from the Friday Night Brides gals, which is always fun! Grab this book and spend the afternoon or evening with this sweet wedding romance and the women (and men) in it...you won't be disappointed!
  • Four Friends - Four Stories!

    5
    By kmmichels
    Wow! Another amazing quartet of stories for the romance and women's fiction lover! The lives and loves of these four women interweave in such a way that you can feel their friendship and commitment to each other. Not only that, but you better grab your tissues about half way through, and then again a few more times! A little sexy and lotta feels!
  • I Do, Love This!

    5
    By Astroyic
    Fantastic Story! Everything about this story was perfect for me. The storyline and writing was fantastic and so entertaining. I loved everything about It from the interesting, endearing, wonderful, and real main characters as well as their interactions, their connection to each other and the growth of their relationships as they share their problems and work through them together. I pretty much inhaled this. It kept my attention the entire time. Every single second of this story was entertaining, with so many great details and moments that just filled me up and I had so much fun reading it. I was grinning, I was worried, I was stressed out, I was rooting for them, and I was teary eyed, my emotions pretty much ran the gamut while reading this. The Enchanted Bridal Team have their work cut out for them with their newest customers The Bridal Squad. Will their Saturdays ever be the same? Settle back and let these four very different friends take you on an entertaining, fun filled, and romance filled journey, as they navigate through new relationships, and old, as well as meddlesome relatives, trying and crazy times before the Big Day! Loved it! Highly Recommended! Received an ARC through the publisher and NetGalley and voluntarily wrote an honest review.
  • Spectacular writing as always from Samantha Chase!!

    5
    By Lelim
    Hello, I want to take this opportunity to tell you about a spectacular gift I was given. I was gifted with an ARC of The Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase. Over the last couple of years, Ms. Chase has become one of my top five favorite authors. The reason is plain, Ms. Chase writes FABULOUS romance novels, and her latest addition The Bridal Squad is no exception. This is the story about the wedding of Julianne and Gavin, and the romance of her sister Harper and Brady, and the ever-blind Kayla and Adam, and the troubled marriage of Natalie and Jayce. YES!!! Four fantastic romances built into one book. Each story is intertwined into each, and I loved each and every one. I love every character in the book, well… maybe not all… Can I wring mom’s neck?? The way that she kept on picking at… Stop, no spoilers. I really liked the dynamics between each of the couples, and I can’t pick one as my favorite. I loved the way that Gavin and Julianne finished the other. I love the way Brady strengthened Harper. When Adam gave Kayla the ultimatum, and it finally opened her eyes. Then, Natalie and Jayce, the honeymoon couple… My biggest surprise…. The wedding. Sorry, I said no spoilers, and I meant it. Thank you, Ms. Chase for ALL the hours and hours of reading enjoyment that you give to your readers. Thank you for reading my review.
  • Squad Goals!

    5
    By Birch Fam
    Another amazing quartet! Four stories that are about the bonds of sisterhood, friends, and significant others with some fun, snappy dialogue. You know you're reading a Samantha Chase book but you get a bit more sexy than some of her other series and you get four stories for the price of one as each squad member gets equal attention while also focusing on the squad dynamic itself. I loved this one and hope the Penny will be brining us back to Enchanted soon!
  • Enjoyable!

    4
    By Jbean168
    I have conflicted feelings about this book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the story. It was very interesting, fun with a lot going on. On the other hand, it was not what I would consider a true romance, it's more of a women's fiction story. The focus of the story is the tensions and all the other emotions that go along with planning a wedding. Each of woman (4) is in someway dealing with their own crisis in their lives while helping the bride stay focused on the wedding plans. What I enjoyed was the friendships between the women and how they were there for each other no matter what. The storytelling was realistic and heartfelt and had me rooting for each women's HEA!
  • Entertaining

    4
    By pegg12
    The Bridal Squad is an entertaining romance novel about four women, Julianne, Harper, Natalie and Kayla, and the men who captured their hearts. Julianne and Gavin are getting married. They are the perfect couple. This should be the happiest time of Julianne’s life, but it’s not. Julianne is frustrated. Her friends are bickering, her wedding plans are in turmoil, and her mother’s rude behavior is hurting her sister, Harper. Their mother has always picked on her sister, but ever since Julianne started to plan her wedding, the stinging snarky remarks toward Harper have increased. After three failed engagements Harper was in no hurry to get romantically involved with anyone until she met Brady, a kickboxing instructor. Natalie, the one who knew everything, about weddings and marriage, suddenly had nothing to say. And, Kayla, a photographer, lost her adventurous spirit after Adam; her boss gave her an ultimatum. The Bridal Squad is an enjoyable novel about the joys and difficulties of romantic relationships and how friends, precious ones, can be a lifesaver during painful times. Although, The Bridal Squad is not as heartwarming as Samantha Chase’s other novels; I still found it very enjoyable. Many thanks, to the publisher and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
  • Loved it!!!

    5
    By SBart79
    Loved the Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase. Four friendships that will will take you on the ride of what friends are for that will bring laughter and tears throughout the story. I loved how they grew throughout this story. With four girls you know you will get plenty of romance! Juilanne, the bride to be, zumba instructor meets every Saturday with her bridal party in preparation of the wedding. Is now having second thoughts on this big wedding vs eloping. Her sister, Harper with three broken engagements, has minimal help in the romance department. Natalie, already married, is having second thoughts on her marriage. Kayla, is always on the run with her job and is having a friends with benefits with her boss. Then you have Juilanne and Harper's mother to throw in her two cents. I could so identify with her. Ok, so maybe I did want to reach into the pages and strangle her a few times!! I highly recommend this book, four romances in one story!!
  • Awesome

    5
    By bh313@hotmail
    A fun light-hearted read that takes us on the wild ride of wedding planning, friendships built both new and old, and relationships in general. We have the Bridal Crew. For long time friends that have gone into the wedding planning business together. Then we have The Saturday Morning Squad. This is Julianne and her bridal party that meet with the planners every Saturday working through the issues of the week. Each person has a story that is happening concurrently and intertwined with each other. This was a fantastic read that brought out all the emotions. Definitely a book I recommend.

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