Always the Designer, Never the Bride, Emma Rae Creation Series #3   -     By: Sandra D. Bricker
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Always the Designer, Never the Bride, Emma Rae Creation Series #3

Abingdon Press / 2012 / Paperback

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No matter how busy she is, dress designer Audrey Regan can't say no to her friend Carly when she asks her to be maid of honor---and create the perfect wedding dress. Carly's nuptials promise to be the event of the year. Then the groom's best man---tattooed biker J.R. Hunt---walks in and turns Audrey's world upside down!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426732236
ISBN-13: 9781426732232
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Series: Emma Rae Creation

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It’s taken Audrey Regan years to establish herself as a wedding dress designer, and to date she’s been roped into creating dresses for nine of her girlfriends. Request #10 follows her vow to “Just say no!” and comes from her very best friend. She can hardly turn Carly down!         
Audrey arrives in Atlanta early to perform all of her maid-of-honor duties along with final fittings for a one-of-a-kind dress. But Carly’s wedding is nothing short of an event, complete with Prince Charming, and the festivities make Audrey question whether there’s a prince of her own anywhere in her future.  
Enter the groom’s brother and best man. Shaggy-haired, tattooed bad boy J.R. Hunt couldn’t be any more different from Prince Charming if he rode in on a Harley Davidson.  Oh, wait. He actually did ride in on a Harley!

"Sandra D. Bricker is the Babe Ruth of romantic comedy with one home run after another! Third in the hilarious series, I didn't want Always the Designer, Never the Bride to end.  I'm anxiously waiting for the next book in this series. Novel Rocket and I give Always the Designer, Never the Bride our highest recommendation. It's a 5-star read!" - Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor Novel Rocket

"Sandie Bricker's latest romance is as beautifully woven as a haute couture gown. Always the Designer, Never the Bride offers readers a fun and engaging storyline, along with some sparkling embellishments, including an array of bridal design tidbits, guaranteed to have you reaching for your needle and thread. Highly recommended!" - Janice Thompson, author of the Weddings by Bella series
"Always the Designer Never the Bride shows yet another angle of the journey from 'I think I love you' to 'I do' and all the side adventures that keep her readers begging, 'Tell me another story!'"   Cynthia Ruchti, radio personality and novelist, author of the Carol Award finalist They Almost Always Come Home
"Sandra Bricker has done it again! Like every book in this series, Always the Designer, Never the Bride made me laugh, made me sigh, made me root for the heroine, and made me cry. When I reached the last page, I didn't know whether to whimper because I had to leave Audrey and J.R. behind...or exhale that sigh of satisfaction bornof reading a truly wonderful story. No way I'm loaning this one out, because <gasp> what if it isn't returned!" - Loree Lough, best-selling author of more than 80 award-winning books, including reader favorite From Ashes to Honor

Author Bio

For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles and, while writing in every spare moment, worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. Since then she has moved to Wesley Chapel, Florida, and has written three novels for middle-grade readers and several romance novels, including unWANTED: Husband, Change of Heart, Sins of the Past, Wish I Weren't Here, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas and The Big 5-0h! Visit Sandra at SandraDBricker.com or SandraDBricker.blogspot.com.

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The third book in the Emma Rae Creation series, Always the Designer Never the Bride, provides a well written, refreshing romance that manages to skip some of the over used cliches found in Christian romance. It also includes cute advice for brides and recipes for sweets between each chapter. While it remains a romance in its truest form, Sandra D. Bricker's book is fresh in that it isn't overly Christian and in that its character chemistry is realistic and doesn't unravel too quickly. While the concept may remind readers of movies like The Wedding Planner, the plot of Always the Designer Never the Bride finds its own unique road to take readers down.

Audrey Regan's wedding dress design career seems to be going down the drain. She doesn't like the city she lives in, and the only clients she can seem to hold onto are her friends. But when she goes home to Atlanta to help with her best friend Carly's wedding dress and the stress begins to build, a new line of opportunities come her way, including the opportunity to fall in love with a fun loving man with a tattoo and a motorcycle. What starts off as a much needed, random night on the town turns into a developing, complicated romance between the two. But Audrey isn't sure if she's ready for a relationship, and J.R. lives most of his life on the road. How can their two lifestyles become compatible enough for a lasting relationship? Especially when everyone around them seems to be coupling up?

Readers of the modern economy will relate to Audrey's struggle to pay bills and stay in business, and Christians will find comfort in the Lord’s providence for this lovable character. This story lacks true moral conviction, however. It focuses on making character believable, rather than making them strong Christians who recall Scripture every time trouble comes along. While Audrey's friends are made out as genuine Christians a few times throughout the book (using instances of prayer and such), Bricker does not make it clear whether or not Audrey is a Christian. Audrey refers to the Bible in her hotel room at one point, reading Isaiah 44:11, which says, "O, you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted. Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires." Audrey says a quick prayer based on the verse and its encouragement, but is later embarrassed to mention it to her friends, and when things start to look up for her, she doesn’t credit her happiness to God.

The lack of preaching does not inhibit the story, though. Bricker gives the reader a great, relatable, well paced story that any fiction reader is bound to enjoy. Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Mannford, ok
    Age: 45-54
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    As always Sandra Brick delivers a good read.
    February 1, 2013
    Correen
    Mannford, ok
    Age: 45-54
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Always the Designer, Never the Bride - eBook.
    I have enjoyed all of Sandra Brickers books, and this one is no exception. She deals with serious topics with humor. As the characters find out about themselves the reader is finding out about themselves too. Somewhere in these series of books you will find yourself and be able to laugh while seriously looking at the wat the situations are dealt with.
  2. tx
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    keeps you going till the end
    September 25, 2012
    Rebeca
    tx
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Always the Designer, Never the Bride - eBook.
    I love happy endings and being able to read it on my computer. I just didnt't like that I read them out of order
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Laughs, Romance, & Fun
    August 22, 2012
    i blog 4 books
    Always the Designer, Never the Bride was the perfect light-hearted read I was looking for. Bricker is an amazingly talented writer—blending romance, quirks, depth, and humor for a story that was highly entertaining. I loved "visiting" the Tanglewood Inn again and reading more about the fun characters that I met in Always the Wedding Planner. As much as I enjoyed that book, I thought Always the Designer was even better. I'm not sure if it was because we got to follow up with repeat characters or if I just connected with Audrey more. The friendships between Audrey and the other characters reminded me of what a great blessing friends are! I also loved the romance between Audrey and JR, which was a bit of a whirlwind yet somehow believable. I also liked that there were several interesting story lines taking place simultaneously—Carly's wedding, the romance with JR, the friendships, and Audrey's career drama. It seemed that there was always something going on, moving the book along fairly quickly. If you're looking for laughs, romance, or just a fun read, this is it! I can't wait for the final book in the series! [4.5 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from Abingdon Press via Net Galley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  4. U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fun Read
    May 27, 2012
    weatherlover1
    U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Audrey has been designing dressed since she was a little girl. She started out making Barbie's dream dresses and now she hopes to break out in the fashion world and make dream dresses for real brides. The problem is she is not having the best go of it. If she can not get the dress for this one last client she will be out of money and her dream may be over. On top of this her best friend is getting married and she created her dress and is also her bride's maid. Can she enjoy her friends special day and land the dress to save her dream?

    J.R rides into town on his Harley for his brothers wedding. He has no plans to stick around after the wedding but one look at Audrey and he finds himself drawn to her. Can this unlikely pair find love?

    This was a fun book and I enjoyed reading it. I was little worried since it's the 3rd book in a series but it can easily be read as a stand alone.

    What I liked: This book had quite a lot of humor which I really liked. I also enjoyed the characters. Not only did I like both the main characters but the supporting ones as well. I also thought the plot was unique.

    What I did not like: The only thing that bothered me a little was the idea of the two main characters falling in love in just a few days. I know its just a book but it always makes the book just a little less likeable for me.

    Over all this was a fun book with some good laughs and an over all enjoyable storyline. I would very much like to go back and read the first two books and learn more about those characters as well.
  5. Heber Springs, AR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The path to success will never be smooth
    May 15, 2012
    schoolmarm
    Heber Springs, AR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Always the Designer, Never the Bride - eBook.
    This book is the third in the series, but does not have the punch the other two do. It seems that with character there is not the substance as with the other two. It does shows us another side of the working world and is very informative. Thus worth your time to read it,
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