Bad Bridesmaid by Portia MacIntosh

Book: Bad Bridesmaid
Author: Portia MacIntosh
Publisher: Carina
Available: Out now
Summary: LA romcom writer Mia Valentina has it all: money, success and a tanned and toned body. She’s almost forgotten her previous life as plain old Mia Harrison until she receives a wedding invitation demanding her presence as chief bridesmaid for younger sister Belle’s upcoming nuptials. Mia’s barely back in England before she’s accidentally injured the groom, unintentionally ‘cursed’ the wedding and been caught in a compromising position with her sister’s soon to be brother-in-law. With the wedding dangerously going off the rails, Mia has no time to waste, and gorgeous fireman and best man Leo is on hand to help – will she use her expert romance knowledge to save the day or just walk away?


With the days slowly starting to get longer and Spring almost upon us, I’ve started thinking about the holidays and getting excited for when it will start to get warmer – so naturally I’ve also turned my attention to books that would be great to read on holiday. Portia MacIntosh’s novel Bad Bridesmaid is the perfect example. It has a bit of everything that you want for a beach read – romance, drama, quirky characters, plus it’s really funny.

The protagonist Mia is a very insecure Plain-Jane-turned-LA-script-writer, and her bad luck throughout the book is almost unbelievable – whatever she does, you can bet it gets her into trouble. I do think she can be a bit selfish at times, but she’s not a malicious person so she’s still a likeable character. I think she’s very hard on herself and it can be quite tricky not to get a bit frustrated at her for not properly sticking up for herself and telling her family the truth about how they make her feel.

Which brings me to Mia’s family. What an incredibly frustrating bunch of characters – they overreact, they’re cold, they’re harsh and unfriendly. Just reading the book made me feel a bit anxious at times on Mia’s behalf. Belle, Mia’s sister and the bride, is quite possibly one of the most annoying characters I have ever encountered in a book – she’s a little bit ridiculous with her superstitions, so unfriendly and just a general Bridezilla. There are only a few moments where she actually comes through for Mia but generally she’s crazily self-obsessed – making her actually quite an interesting character because you always wonder what her next major freak out will be.

Meanwhile, from her creepy uncle to her verbally abusive aunt, Mia has to navigate through her family’s inability to be kind towards her, making it increasingly difficult to understand why she doesn’t just leave. Then, we meet love interest Leo, a handsome fireman who’s kind and quite funny, and suddenly all is clear. If you’re going to have a crush on a literary character, make it Leo – but you’ll have to read the book to see what I mean!

Basically, a must-read for anyone who is going to a wedding/having a wedding, or if you want something easy and fun to read during a beach holiday!

What are you all reading this week?

Julie x



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