More than Meets the Eye: JUST ONE OF THE GROOMSMEN

Just One of the Groomsmen

Getting Hitched in Dixie Series, Book 1
By: Cindi Madsen
Narrated by: Tiffany Morgan
Series: Getting Hitched in Dixie Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 10-15-19
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio



Addison Murphy is the funny friend, the girl you grab a beer with—the girl voted most likely to start her own sweatshirt line. And now that one of her best guy friends is getting married, she’ll add “groomsman” to that list, too. She’ll get through this wedding if it’s the last thing she does. Just don’t ask her to dive for any bouquet.

When Tucker Crawford returns to his small hometown, he expects to see the same old people, feel comfort in the same old things. He certainly doesn’t expect to see the nice pair of bare legs sticking out from under the hood of a broken-down car. Certainly doesn’t expect to feel his heart beat faster when he realizes they belong to one of his best friends.

If he convinces Addie to give him a chance, they could be electric . . . or their break-up could split their tight-knit group in two.

Hiding the way he feels from the guys through bachelor parties, cake tastings, and rehearsals is one thing. But just as Tucker realizes that Addie truly could be the perfect woman for him—he was just too stupid to realize it—now she’s leaving to follow her own dreams. He’s going to need to do a lot of compromising if he’s going to convince her to take a shot at forever with him—on her terms this time.


My Take Oblong Shaped

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


Whenever there’s a group of friends, a small town, or similar limiting condition, you have the beginnings of a series. I didn’t realize this was the start to a series until just now.  Perhaps it is because this novel has two romances in it I did not see the series coming down the line.  

One thing you don’t find in a lot of fiction placed in the “American South” is the presence of an “old-school” Italian grandmother. This is different but I didn’t feel it made much difference in the story, not in Addison, her granddaughter, the character to whom the Nonna most relates.  Nonna feels a bit like Grandma Mazur, from the Stephanie Plum Mystery series by Janet Evanovich, but with less effect. 

The story is more or less predictable with a few twists; the real twist is the obstacle to the HEA: and it is an interesting and pretty real-life woman-career-relationship threesome in combination with poor communication skills. 

I really like how Addison builds a relationship with Lexi — really her first female friend — who, at first, and in the middle, doesn’t trust the nature of the friendship between Addison and her guy-friends.  One of Addison’s friends happens to be Shep, Lexi’s fiance.  While this theme about the bonds of female friends it is housed in the somewhat overused “how to be a girl” stuff.  It doesn’t hurt Addison to learn this stuff, but it’s a hackneyed theme.  It was interesting that Addison has a fully girly sister, who could have imparted this wisdom to Addison, but [mysterious, electronic voice effect] Addison was not ready to receive the wisdom. 

There’s also the guys realizing the woman they thought of as “just another guy,” is not that.  I don’t know what this says about the men and women being friends deal, but it is there.

I felt the writer wanted to plumb the depth of female friendship and the issues of career and gender norms, but that this series was not the place she could extend her talent.

I thought the narration was spot on with both genders being well-represented and the southern accents not over the top. 

At first I was ready to just enjoy this as a piece of steamy, slightly trashy, and predictable romance, but after thinking about it and giving parts a second listen I came to think that there’s more than meets the eye here.


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