I received a gifted galley of THE WEDDING RINGER by Kerry Rea for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 11/9/2021
Rating: 4 / 5
THE WEDDING RINGER begins with Willa a woman down on her luck. After finding her best friend in bed with her fiancée, Willa has been reduced to living in her sister’s guest bedroom and dressing up as a princess to work birthday parties for spoiled little girls. She’s lost touch with her first passion, writing. When Maisie busts into the coffee shop Willa is sitting at, desperate for someone to pretend to be her friend for the sake of her fiancée, Willa is desperate enough for a little supplemental income to say yes.
Maisie is getting married and is afraid to admit to her husband-to-be that she doesn’t have any close friends to serve as bridesmaid, so Willa winds up taking on the job as a ringer. When Willa meets the best man Liam, the animosity is instant. Not only did he witness her biggest humiliation as a birthday party princess, he continues to rub her the wrong way. Of course, there’s always more to the story and soon things between them are taking a turn for the better.
This book was a lot of fun! It could be called an enemies to lovers romance, but the enemies part is over with fairly quickly. Still, there is some fun banter and relationship building. The pair have some funny moments as they try to support the somewhat mysterious bride and her doting groom.
I really enjoyed seeing Willa’s support system in action too. Willa is taking on this fake bridesmaid job as a way to get on her feet and move out on her own, but in the meantime she has a pretty awesome relationship with her sister and her sister’s wife and family. Seeing the way the friendship bloomed between Maisie and Will and the way each was dealing with their own mental health and the secrets from their past was great as well!
THE WEDDING RINGER is out today! This was a really fun read I would recommend!