Review: ALMOST A BRIDE by Sarah Mayberry

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00003]Title: Almost A Bride
Author: Sarah Mayberry
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon

Tara Buck has always been the good sister, level-headed by comparison to Scarlett, her flaky, impulsive twin. But when Tara learns her fiancé has been cheating on her with one of his school students, the orderly world she’s created for herself suddenly feels as if it’s falling apart. For years she chose the safe option, but from now on she’s going to live a little, stretch her wings…be a little daring. And if that means acting on the long-suppressed feelings she’s always had for Reid Dalton, then so be it!

Reid has wanted Tara from the moment he met her, but she’s always been out of bounds. Not only is she his patrol partner at the Bozeman PD, she’s also engaged. But then her relationship blows up, and Reid finds himself battling his own instinct to stake his claim with the finest, hottest woman he’s ever known.

Even if anything did happen between them, it would only ever be temporary – Reid’s a born wanderer, while Tara’s roots run deep in Marietta. So even if things are good between them, it seems their romance is destined to be short and sweet…



Tara’s twin sister, Scarlett, also has a Spring Brides story: look out for Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey. Details from

My Review:


The story in a nutshell:

Tara thought she has her happiness completely in the palm of her hands: a good career as a police officer, a stable relationship with her family, and an almost fairy-tale romance soon to be perfected as her wedding date draws near. But everything collapses when she learns that her fiancee has been cheating on her. But more than the end of that fairy-tale, she’s surprised that she doesn’t feel that devastated by the end of that relationship and what does that tell her? Maybe it’s telling her that always taking the safe route doesn’t get her anywhere. Maybe it’s telling her that she doesn’t always have to be the good girl. Maybe it’s telling her to act on her long buried attraction to her patrol partner, Reid Dalton.


What worked for me?

I seriously love every single thing that Sarah Mayberry has written. This is no different. As always, she writes some of the best romances.

I love how she develops her characters. Even in this shorter than usual novel, I got to know Tara and Reid very well. I love how they were friends first but even when they first met, they both knew something sparked between them,  but because they’re pretty decent people, they have remained friends because Tara had been in a relationship then. I love how they eventually got together and the conflicts that they had to resolve before they got to their HEA. It may sound simple and maybe it is, but Sarah Mayberry weaves her magic wand or magic hand again and writes an amazing story from all this simplicity.


What did not work for me?

I wanted more not because there wasn’t enough but because it was so good and you just want to read more and more of Sarah Mayberry’s writing.


My over-all take on it?

If you need to get in a relatively short but sweet and still completely captivating romance, then you’ve got to get this story in your hands. Amazing chemistry, equally amazing characterization, and lovely, just lovely romance.


My rating:

 4-5 stars


About the Author:

sarah-mayberrySarah Mayberry is the award-winning, best selling author of more than 30 novels. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers and has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Literature. It took her ten years and multiple attempts before her first book was accepted. During that time, Sarah worked in magazine publishing and the television industry, contributing to the internationally known Australian serial drama “Neighbours” and co-creating teen drama series “Karaoke High”. Sarah currently splits her time between writing for television and writing novels.

She lives in Melbourne by the bay with her husband and a small, furry Cavoodle called Max. When she isn’t writing, she loves reading, cooking, going to the movies and buying shoes.

Connect with Sarah Mayberry:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Amazon  |  B & N  |  Tule Publishing




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