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Summary

From Sariah Wilson, the bestselling author of Roommaid, comes a captivating romantic comedy about what happens when a wedding party mixes business with romance.

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?

©2022 Sariah Wilson. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Combining a fast-paced plot with a slow-burning romance, this is sure to give readers butterflies.”Publishers Weekly

“Wilson’s (Roommaid) funny, sweet stand-alone about marriage, friendships, and mistaken identities is full of witty dialogue, endearing characters, and fast-paced narrative. Will appeal to fans of feel-good romances, rom-coms, and plots about weddings and social media.”Library Journal 

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Predictable

All the romantic clichés in the world combined into a book. Couldn't be more boring and predictable.

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There is a prize for the worst sex scene in a novel. The heavy breathing in this one was excessive and in no way erotic and could certainly be put up for this prize.

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Another amazing story from Sariah Wilson

Another funny romantic story from Sariah Wilson. You will fall in love with the characters and laugh out loud at the humour in the book. Highly recommended

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  • Breaynn Tullier
  • 16-02-22

Child like


The book has a nice story line when it was talking about the actual plot line ( not boys). Parts of the book are almost like middle school cheesy. I like to chose books with catchy titles without reading what it’s about. I didn’t know that it was a very child like “romance” book. Too many chapters were spent talking about how she wishes the jock boy would kiss her & going into detail for too long. Also the character is a grown up with a child’s mentality. She talks about how annoying she thinks her mother is, awkward sports talking around men, and comments about eating everyone’s foods, and Virgin daiquiris. But then she is supposed to be this business woman, so just too many odd things not going together to me. The ending is cute and pulls the topic together.

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  • Annie Miller
  • 02-01-22

5 Star Goodness

I’m a huge Sariah Wilson fan. Her ability to write rom-coms is fantastic. As soon as it came up in my book buds - I downloaded immediately. I have nothing negative to say about this. In my opinion the only improvement that I could see is dual narrators. Sarah Naughton did both sexes well - but there something great about having a second narrator. Regardless - 5 stars!

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  • AvidListener
  • 31-03-22

Great audio book!

I love the concept of this story… bridesmaids for hire! Liaisons with wedding guests/participants are forbidden, but what’s the boss, Maid of Honor, to do when it is SHE who is falling for the groom’s best friend… the Best Man! A destination wedding in Hawaii is the backdrop for this sweet romance and eventual HEA!

Clean with nice kisses. No foul words AT ALL! I like longer books and the 10 hours is just right for me.

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  • Monique Cashmere
  • 24-04-22

Middle of the Road.

I read the synopsis, and saw it had the added audio and thought it could be a fun read / listen. The story is of a woman, who owns a business being a hired bridesmaid. She has a few employees that also could join the wedding party if needed. One of them, along with Rachel, head off to Hawaii for a destination wedding. The Bride is a social media influencer and everything was being streamed live. Not much could go wrong, right? Yeah…it did go wrong in so many places.

The story is told from Rachel’s pov only and there is plenty of inner dialogue, which I’m ok with. Although I do zone out when a lot of things get repetitive like why she can’t date any of the men at the wedding or how she needs to keep her anonymity to save her business. The story is drawn out because of it, and I was getting bored. It’s amazing that so much can go wrong at a wedding but it still turns out to be a roaring success. This is an insta love tale that has a HEA and a pretty sweet epilogue. I do enjoy listening as I’m reading, and this narrator did a great job.

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  • Macy
  • 02-01-22

Great first listen of the year!!

A truly wonderful book. Great characters, even the icky ones, romance, nutball family and ex’es, and finally a fabulous HEA. Love this authors work. Wasn’t my first and won’t be the last.

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  • Mojoh
  • 22-04-22

cute story

I loved the story, very heartwarming. Anyone looking for a lot of romance will be super satisfied. If you are looking for spice, this book only has .05 of it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-05-22

If you are a hopeless romantic

A spectacularly romantic setting in Hawaii with a gorgeous, funny and slightly paranoid couple who are drawn to each other but have issues keeping them from hooking up. This is pure romance of a couple getting to know each other and wanting to be together but denying it. This is fun, romantic and joyous. No sex involved but it was still hot and romantic. The wedding happenings are funny, tragic, and adorable. If you've ever planned a wedding, you can identify with all the angst and issues involved and laugh and cry through the scenes of a destination wedding with lots of time for stuff to horribly wrong and delightfully perfect. Spoiler alert: There is a happy ending.

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  • Brian
  • 13-03-22

Funny. Cute. Flew Through It

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Roommaid, I had to check out The Paid Bridesmaid when I saw it was coming out. I liked the “will they?” back and forth in the other title I read from her and I knew going into this one that I enjoyed the style and way her Romantic Comedy books were written. I was completely correct in my presumption and I enjoyed this one just as much as I did Roommaid.

The Paid Bridesmaid, not that I want to compare it to other media – reminded me a TON of a combination of Hitch (Will Smith) and The Wedding Ringer (Kevin Hart). Rachel owns her own company where she is the maid of honor (or bridesmaid) for women who need them. She provides her services and is there for them when no one else will be (for whatever reason that is).

The number of things that kept going wrong throughout this book had me in stitches. From little things to BIG things – Rachel had to help her bride deal with so many of them. Then, throw in the obvious connection between her and Camden (who thinks she’s lying to him but about other things) and the sparks fly. I loved their back and forth and I thought that Wilson did a great job providing them with enough chemistry and connection to weather storms but also have it be believable enough.

I don’t want to go into the ending but the scene at the end where Rachel chats with the group of women she employs about the future of the business might be one of my favorite scenes. The growth and realization – followed by the reveal not too long after… so good.

Wilson does it again and wrote a funny Rom Com that I would LOVE to see turned into a movie. I’ll continue to look for her romantic comedies in the future and hope that they’re as good as The Paid Bridesmaid and Rommaid were.

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  • Trollhair
  • 22-01-22

Loved the book!

This was a fun read. I enjoyed it immensely. I laughed, I got stressed out, I loved Camden Lewis tinfoil hat beliefs about telephones and I especially loved Rachel's work ethic.
I don't know how the author did it but with ALL of the drama .... it was funny, the characters were professional and it has a great happily ever after.

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  • Michele S
  • 26-04-22

great book

I loved this book. Sariah Wilson is one of my favorite authors and I love reading her books.

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