Bad Luck Bridesmaid

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Pub Date 11 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 25 Jan 2022
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin


Most Anticipated Romance of 2022 by Goodreads

"A compulsively readable, witty, and humorous novel about the pursuit of a happily ever after...with oneself." - Tif Marcelo

Whip-smart, heartfelt and joyful, Alison Rose Greenberg's Bad Luck Bridesmaid is a celebration of complicated women and a power-anthem to live your truth.

Happy Ever After.
On Her Own Terms.

It’s official: Zoey Marks is the cursed bridesmaid that no engagement can survive. Ten years, three empire waist dresses, and ZERO brides have walked down the aisle.

After strike three, Zoey is left wondering if her own ambivalence towards marriage has rubbed off on those she loves. And when her building distrust of matrimony culminates in turning down a proposal from her perfect All-American boyfriend, Rylan Harper III, she and Rylan are both left heartbroken, leaving Zoey to wonder: what is it exactly about tying the knot that makes her want to run in the opposite direction?

Enter Hannah Green: Zoey’s best friend, who announces that she’s marrying a guy she just met (cue eye roll). At a castle. In gorgeous, romantic Ireland, where Rylan will be in attendance, and Zoey will be a bridesmaid. It’ll be fine.

Okay, the woman definition of fine (NOT FINE).

Determined to turn her luck around, Zoey accepts her role and vows to get Hannah down the aisle—all the while praying her best friend’s wedded bliss will allow her to embrace marriage and get Rylan back.

But as the weekend goes on, Zoey is plagued with more questions than answers. Can you be a free spirit, yet still want a certain future? Can you have love and be loved on your terms? And how DO you wrangle a bossy falcon into doing your bidding?

"Laugh-out-loud funny in places and heart-rending serious in others, Greenberg's debut is a unique romance strong on friendships and the importance of being true to oneself that also explores an alternate route to a different happily-ever-after. " —Booklist

"An unconventional love story for independent women."
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Most Anticipated Romance of 2022 by Goodreads

"A compulsively readable, witty, and humorous novel about the pursuit of a happily ever after...with oneself." - Tif Marcelo

Whip-smart, heartfelt...

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Fun, flirty, adorably Romantic! This was such a quick, cute read! The chemistry between the characters scorches through the page. I loved it!

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I can't thank St. Martin's Griffin, NetGalley and Alison enough for this outstanding ebook novel!

Bad Luck Bridesmaid by Alison Rose Greenberg Is an outstanding debut novel!

All characters were well developed, realistic and fun to read!
BLB is such pure entertainment, perfect and feel good romcom. It had me intrigued and interested throughout the whole read. It was sheer joy to turn the pages as I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation.
I was thoroughly entertained by this book, and impressed with how Alison has written such fabulous romance characters I could almost reach out and touch! It honestly still amazes me how writers can do what they do!
A five star read all day long! And I was honored to get the chance to read an early copy!.😘

Thanks again NetGalley, Publisher and Author for the chance to read and review this amazing book!
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Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Bad Luck Bridesmaid by Alison Rose Greenberg is a fun rom-com that will appeal to fans of Angie Hockman and Emily Henry. The story revolves around Zoey Marks, who has been a bridesmaid 3 times. But the twist isn't that she has never been the bride. Instead, each wedding that she's been a bridesmaid for has been called off. None of her best friends have ever successfully walked down the aisle. Talk about bad luck! Then, Zoey meets the perfect guy, but when he asks her to marry him, her fear of commitment causes them to break up. Now, her best friend Hannah is getting married. Will Zoey be able to break her curse once and for all?

Here is a fun excerpt from Chapter 1, which introduces us to Zoey:

"I knew right before the violinist’s fifth loop of Ben Folds’s “The Luckiest” that I was, in fact, the opposite... The church’s two ceiling fans were no match for Georgia’s August humidity, and while the makeup artist had promised I would emerge looking like a “dewy Instagram filter,” my face resembled something closer to a sad clown’s. Not helping was the ambitious flower crown digging into my skull. Was I not a bridesmaid after all, but actually a thirty-one-year-old boho flower girl?
I adjusted the folk horror film dangling over my eyes and took in the Gothic sanctuary. Light cascaded into the room through stained-glass windows, which depicted scenes from the Bible—or possibly a toga party gone wrong. The bride, Rebecca, had clocked a disconcerting number of hours on Pinterest, and it showed. Rustic Chic Jesus was thriving."

Overall, Bad Luck Brides is a fun romantic comedy that will even have skeptics believing in the power of love. After reading the synopsis, I was definitely intrigued by the "bad luck bridesmaid" and interested in seeing how the story would turn out. I was alternately happy and sad as I read about Zoey's misfortunes, especially how her fear of commitment causes her to push away perfectly fine boyfriends. One highlight of this book is the humor. There were moments where I laughed out loud, and there was a happy ending that left an opening for a sequel. That's all I want from a romantic comedy. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of rom-coms in general, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in January!

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This is an engaging and hilarious debut about Zoey, a young woman who think's she's "cursed" when she's the bridesmaid for three of her friends and none of them make it down the aisle. So when she eventually falls in love, she's terrified by the idea of marriage as she believes it isn't meant for she walks away when he proposes. When her best friend Hannah gets married in Ireland, once again Zoey is a bridesmaid and worried that she will somehow thwart the process with her "bad luck." Lots of funny events and banter make this a read that you will surely enjoy! I loved how Zoey found the courage to be herself and live her best life!

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A copy of this book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved and enjoyed this read! This was one of the reads that would make you proud of your own truth regardless of how ugly or pretty your truth is. I'd recommend this to friends when this one comes out.

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Bad Luck Bridesmaid by Alison Rose Greenberg is a delightful and entertaining contemporary romance that kept me laughing and cheering from beginning to end.

This is a great debut book from this author. It has wit, sass, brilliant banter and dialogue sprinkled throughout. There were moments I laughed out loud, cringed at awkward moments, and cheered for our protagonist, Zoey Marks. Is she bad luck? Is she conflicted, lost, confused, befuddled? She didn’t think she was. She worked hard to get where she is professionally, and it seems as if she knows what she is doing from that aspect, but love? Now that is the conundrum. She has had bad luck in getting the brides down the aisle in the weddings she has been a part of…so far 0. So this time, her bff Hannah will get all her gumption and drive. She will not be bad luck again…for Hannah…and for herself and her own future.

I loved the hijinks Zoey gets into, and also seeing her progress and figure out not only her place in life, but also her goals when it comes to love. One can’t help but love her. Never a dull moment.

I loved it!

5/5 stars

Thank you NG and St. Martin’s Press for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.

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Zoey believes she is unlucky when it comes to love. As a bridesmaid, three of the brides never made it down the alter. She is now in Ireland, a bridesmaid to her best friend Heather. Zoey believes marriage is not for her. She turned down a proposal from her perfect boyfriend Rylan who happens to be Heather’s cousin. Their splitting up broke both Zoey and Rylan’s hearts and yet he shows up to the wedding with a plus one who seems very chummy with Rylan. Zoey turns her focus on Heather and is determined to be the best bridesmaid ever. This book was lots of fun as Zoey struggles with her feelings for Rylan, endures teases from the groom’s brother who hopes to derail the wedding, and is privy to Heather’s concerns about the marriage. It is a great romance with wonderful characters, great dialogue, and mixed feelings to ponder.

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Confident and independent, Zoey eschews long term romantic entanglements... until Rylan. Now she is navigating a new emotional minefield, love. And her role as bridesmaid for various friends for have not made it down the aisle does not inspire her confidence in "forever".
Fun and slightly unexpected. I really enjoyed Bad Luck Bridesmaid.

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I loved this book so much, I was expecting fluffy easy-to-read "chic-lit" and I was handed so much more. This book was loaded with smart, and whit, and self-actualization. I loved Zoey, and the writing made me lover her, and feel not just her feels, but every character's feels. I'll be looking for more Alison Rose Greenberg.

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Bad Luck Bridesmaid is a debut novel by Alison Rose Greenberg. The books main character is Zoey, a free spirit who is convinced marriage is not for her, as a result of being a bridesmaid on more than one occasion where the bride never made it to the alter. Zoey meets Rylan and while they fall in love, when he asked her to marry him, she could not say yes. Zoey’s best friend Hannah, Rylan’s cousin, is getting married in Ireland, bring Zoey and Rylan back together again.

The book ended with a twist with Zoey choosing the best option for her. In addition to being about a “bad luck bridesmaid” this book is about the importance of female friendships and how not making it to the alter might actually be a good thing.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

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Zoey is a single, free spirit, who will accept nothing more than one night stands. She does not do relationships. Until she meets Rylan and finds herself in deep. But her experiences as a bridesmaid who has never attended a full wedding ceremony, something always leaves the bride or groom jilted, scare her off marriage and Rylan. Months later, when her best friend is being married in Ireland, she meets up with Rylan and their relationship resumes. However, there is a delightful twist in this story. Read it to find out. You won't regret it!
Thank you to NetGalley for providing this copy for my unpaid, honest review.

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I really enjoyed this book.. There was a fair amount of exposition in the beginning, but once she got to Ireland, I was completely hooked, and I couldn't put it down. I loved the female friendships. I also loved that she was kick-ass at her career. I also loved the messages and themes about staying true to yourself.

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Sometimes I read a book that involves two people getting together and I cannot help but think "Ah, what a fun way to get together with your future ex." Bad Luck Bridesmaid is equal parts character study set in the more traditional setting of a wedding hi-jinks romcom. It was a fast-paced and fun read that had me laughing out loud several times. There's a passage near the end that I would love to quote around Loc 3439 of the ARC about complicated women, but it would be a spoiler. I've never been so happy to read a book that does not end the way I thought it would. My only weird complaint is all the brands name-dropped in the book, I feel like Spotify, etc paid for product placement, but then again our protagonist does work in marketing. (I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.)

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This was a fun rom-com. It was a little more risque than I usually read, but so many parts had me laughing out loud. I really liked the main characters and I would definitely read more from this author. I think it was a great debut novel! I received a free copy of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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This book was such a rollercoaster of emotions, just like Zoey's journey to discovering what made her special. Having just gotten married last month myself, I really enjoyed reading about the different ideas on marriage and relationships this book presented via Zoey, Hannah, Rylan and Ezra. The relationship between Zoey and Hannah was my favorite one explored in this book by far. Once I started reading I couldn't put the book down, the story was well paced and I finished it in just about a day. I really cannot wait to read more from Alison Rose Greenberg!

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What a fun read!! Wow, I really did enjoy this book, especially the main character! You couldn't help but cheer her on and laugh with her. Amazing writing style by Alison Rose Greenberg and the storyline kept me wanting to read more! Excited to read more from this author.

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I went into this book thinking I needed an easy read, romcom. I could not have been more wrong. While this book is technically a romcom, it is so very much more. The characters are well thought out and all so strong, in their own ways. This book teaches such important lessons. Kudos to the author for making the characters so real, and putting real life feelings into such beautiful words.

Thank the netgalley, the publisher and author for the privilege of reading this advanced reader copy.

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Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I am a self proclaimed lover of the Hallmark channel. The entire time reading this book I could picture it as a Hallmark Channel movie.

The end was a little bit of a surprise, but in a I kind of figured that would happen way.

It's a cute, fun read. I stayed up way too late a few nights because I wanted to keep reading, which doesn't always happen, especially lately!

The book is definitely worth a read.

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Great read! Zoey is here to make sure one friend finally makes it down the aisle while discovering that she herself doesn’t have to. Smartly written about women who find and continue to make their own happiness by doing the things that make them happy. This book smashes expectations and what the next “right” step is. Well done, really enjoyed.

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I requested to read and review this book for free from St. Martin Publishing. This book has free spirited Zoey, Hannah knows what the right thing is, Rylan who has a plan for his life. Graham and Ezra the brothers. This book makes you think about what is traditional/normal looks like for everyone. We all have out version of what we think it is. Is one better then the other or wrong. And what you think you wanted and actually need can be something other then what it should be. Are there terms in a relationship. And can opposite people actually work together in a relationship. This book is for a mature reader and can be read anywhere.

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Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this ARC! Loved this book. I nearly read it in just one sitting. Can’t wait for more!

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I really loved this one! There are so many books on this genre but this was a standout for me! I could see it making the perfect movie and starring someone like Mila Kunis for some reason. The protagonist is a bit tough talking no Nonsense giving everyone love advice and taking none until she falls hard herself: she think she brings eternal bad luck because every wedding/engagement she has been involved in has gone bust. She is determined to be the bad luck bridesmaid and get her best friend down the isle as well as fox her own love life as well. So cute! So funny!

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What a phenomenal debut from author Alison Rose Greenberg!
Zoey Marks is unconventional, complicated and unapologetic. After being recruited as bridesmaid for three weddings that have each failed to actually see the bride and groom walk down the aisle, Zoey starts to believe she is cursed as the Bad Luck Bridesmaid, leading her to reject the proposal of her boyfriend Rylan, who she actually loves very much. When her bestest friend Hannah announces she is getting married after a whirlwind romance, Zoey is determined to ensure she gets her girl down the aisle, even if it means facing her ex at the small wedding in Ireland.
This book had a slice of everything. Full of funny quips, foul language and amazing pop-culture references, yet teeming with steam, raw emotion and messy, very-real characters, this book made me laugh and pages later moved me to tears. I’m thrilled to read this amazing book is already being developed for film ahead of its release!

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This was one of the best romantic debuts I’ve ever far and in 2021 alone. This hilarious debuts focuses on zoey, who believes that after her friends 3 different attempts at walking down the aisle which ended in disaster; she’s cursed and the cause for the depressing outcomes. So of course, after our quirky heroine falls in love, she believes that romance and love are out of the question for her.

I loved zoey. She was the perfect heroine and exactly what I was looking for when I was looking for rom coms to read. She fit the shy and quirky heroine who believes that she doesn’t deseeeve anything good her way because of what she believes are her curse effects.

I loved this and I love and adore the romance the author had in this book. I will say, it is difficult for me to ponder into many rom coms and throughly enjoy them but I’ve never been happier reading this and cannot wait to see what else the author has in store for us. This was a pleasure to read and one of the best 5 out of 5 stars I’ve given!

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With its illustrated cover, cute premise, and the publisher's "romance" classification, "Bad Luck Bridesmaid" looks to be a typical rom-com. It's not, though, and your expectations may ultimately determine how you feel about the book. Personally, I enjoy it when an author is willing to break free and try something different, and Alison Rose Greenberg's debut novel refuses to be bound by genre expectations.

Three women have asked Zoey Marks to be a bridesmaid, but none of them wound up making it down the aisle. The circumstances were different—one bride-to-be discovered her fiancé was cheating on her right before the wedding; another one realized she couldn't marry a man, since she was actually a lesbian; the third fell for someone else—but they all had one thing in common: Zoey. She figures that she's cursed, and besides, she's never had a long-term relationship herself. Her attitude toward marriage has curdled, and she's determined that she has no interest in tying the knot, ever.

Then her best friend Hannah introduces Zoey to her cousin Rylan, who turns out to be handsome, rich and great in bed. Rylan is looking for someone who is willing to pledge her love for a lifetime, and Zoey knows she's not that girl, but for the first time in her life, she's genuinely fallen in love. When Hannah gets engaged to the man of her dreams after a whirlwind courtship, it looks like Zoey is going to be a bridesmaid one more time. Zoey is dead set on making sure Hannah makes it to the altar, because if the curse is broken, maybe she'll be able to let go and say yes to the man who wants her by his side forever.

Greenberg writes in a breezy, conversational style, and there are some humorous moments (particularly Zoey's unfortunate adventures in falconry), but this is much more of a romantic drama than it is a comedy. It reminded me a bit of Emily Henry's work in that way. Zoey is a complicated heroine who must confront hard truths about herself in order to move forward in her life, and I enjoyed making the journey with her.

Thanks to St. Martin's Griffin for the review copy, via NetGalley.

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A story of self awakening and discovery combined with romance and heartache makes an excellent combination.

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This story took many twists and turns. Although I cannot relate to Zoeys fears, I can appreciate the storyline and view of Rylan. There were some really funny parts and I did not see the ending coming . Well done! We

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Recommended: YES
For people who aren't sure love necessitates marriage, for folks who are working on figuring out what's important to them (and how to be honest about it), for a romance that handles some issues much bigger than just trying to get with the love interest

ALRIGHT. I thought this would be a standard fair romcom. The premise of the bridesmaid whose brides never get married, which then makes her nervous about being in her best friend's wedding, sounds lighthearted and quirky and overall pretty gentle right? WELL THAT'S NOT THIS BOOK.

Here's how it differs. First, there's a whole third of the book dedicated to the main character's own relationship and life, all the things that shape her and her ideas of love, relationships, and marriage. Next, the lighthearted premise of the Bad Luck Bridesmaid has many more layers and impact than simply being a woman who's nervous in a silly way. Next, there are truly heavy questions included, like: IS love enough? do spouses need to know everything about each other before they get married? SHOULD they? is it okay to keep some things a secret? how do you truly commit yourself to FOREVER?

Personal side note: some of these are questions I'm currently asking myself now, so this all hit a little extra hard for me. Definitely affected my experience of the book, but I still think it was overall very well done.

I loved the deep dive into really painful and not-much-talked-about emotions and aspects of a relationship. The idea that at a certain age or amount of time together, people are just supposed to get married isn't one that I've ever seen a romance novel dissect and examine closely. If two people love each other, do they really have to get married? Can they just stay together and choose to stay together every day and see what happens? Looking at that feeling of being trapped brought an interesting angle to the usual sentiment of "commitment issues."

There were a few tropes, for sure: accidentally naked in front of The Guy, being trapped together, and a few other fun surprises. They were fun little tastes of familiar in a very raw story. And the ending? Loved it. Plans and expectations went out the window because I don't think I predicted a single element of this story, which I so look forward to. In this book, nobody is perfect.

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's press for a free advanced copy. This is my honest review.

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