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DNFd Review: The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson

The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson

Recommended: no
If you can ignore the cringely stupid banter, maybe there are some good sex scenes later on, but I certainly did not make it that far


Rachel Vinson is a bridesmaid for hire: part confidante, part wedding planner, and one hundred percent pretend BFF. Discretion guaranteed. Her next gig is a destination wedding—livestreamed and sponsored—for an Instagram influencer. That means a paradise of new contacts, which could be a boon to her already booming business. If Rachel can keep the very handsome and slightly too interested best man at bay, that is.

High-tech entrepreneur Camden Lewis must know: Who is this gorgeous, intelligent, and mysterious woman? Too good to be real. Convinced she’s a corporate spy out to tank his company, Camden’s not letting her out of his sight. But the constant surveillance is also opening his eyes to things about Rachel that he likes. If she’s a spy, she’s certainly the cutest one he’s ever seen.

As the week’s worth of wedding events march along, Rachel and Camden are learning almost everything there is to know about each other. Rachel’s made a career out of always a bridesmaid…but perhaps there’s a chance for her own trip down the aisle?


DNF’d about a quarter of the way through. I saw early on that this was relying heavily on cliches and tropes weakly executed, but I figured it would be a very sugary romance with no subtlety that I could just speed through with a little enjoyment. I guess it didn’t matter that I had my expectations set fairly low, because I’m still disappointed.

There are scenes where I dislike the main character (what little personality we get from her) for saying things like “The urge to be mean to her threatened to overwhelm me” in response to a ditzy tipsy woman missing her sarcastic cue and being earnest. What a jerk this MC is! And the male partner is flat AF so not much to say there. When I can’t root for either of the romance interests, this is never going to work.

The romance line is not grabbing me at all, either. I pretty much get whiplash from the way the MC flips from wanting to immediately bang the guy to saying how there’s no way she can because of her job’s rules. Plus dude’s lines are very much lines and my eyes are probably going to roll out of my head if I keep reading.

The moment that made me officially give up:
“I think I’d like giving and taking with you.” as a followup line to how conversations work. 🙄🙄


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