Today Tammy L. Bailey is on the blog with her contemporary romance that mixes laughter, a game show and a touch of parental interference that bring this sweet romance to life. Please read on for my review of this debut offering, check out the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the giveaway where one US winner will get a signed paperback of Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey
Expecting that this story would be familiar in many ways from the rake needs a bride stories so common in historical romance, I was pleasantly surprised to see this modern version of the old trope come to life as I turned the pages.
We see Edmund, the stereotypical posh boy: used to frittering away his time without consequence or reprisals as he’s moneyed, handsome, reasonably intelligent and charming. His father’s will, however, mandates he find a bride, or ‘lock down a bride’ with impeccable credentials before his inheritance is secure. No, he won’t be in penury, but the lavish lifestyle and the perks that come with it will be curtailed, severely – a situation he is completely unprepared for.
Abby is a working student, struggling to make ends meet and keep her head above water – a task made more difficult by a care not for budgets or restrictions stepmother, who makes her job that much more difficult. Independent, determined and solidly unimpressed with the trappings of wealth and the airs that the rich tend to assume, she’s solidly working class and wholly grounded.
With a suggestion that Edmund look to America for his bride, and a semi-drunken decision to join a reality show (think The Bachelor) to find a bride, Edmund thinks he’s well under way to securing his inheritance. But he didn’t account for the sassy and intriguing barmaid, who just doesn’t seem to react to his “Britishness” as she should.
Bailey has written a lovely story, full of witty jibes and interplay that highlights the attraction and tension between Abby and Edmund, and with a little insertion of knowledge and a dash of meddle from Abby’s eccentric and rather hilarious older friend, Raify – the game is afoot.
Carefully plotted and planned, Bailey’s writing serves the story beautifuly as we see Edmund grow from rather careless boy into a man: he had all of the qualities, and while not necessarily aware of those who have less, he’s not mean-spirited or spiteful, just clueless. His interactions with Abby, someone who is the complete opposite of what he believes he wants or needs show him just how much better he can be with a touch of truth and grounding, and Abby needs to find a moment of “Prince Charming” in her life where she’s focused on the next bill, the next day, the next step. Edmund is Too British, Too Uptight and TOO damn intriguing, and she can’t quite figure out why he’s someone she can’t ignore.
The story starts a bit slowly as the characters are built, but soon you find yourself laughing along, seeing just how perfectly suited they are, even if they can’t see it themselves. Fun, light and humorous, this is a lovely debut novel with plenty of sweetness and heart to leave you smiling.
Title: Lord Bachelor
Author: Tammy L. Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Published on: 7 December, 2015
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Edmund Rushwood is a single English lord in possession of a great fortune who is in desperate need of a rich wife.
In accordance with his father’s will, Edmund has until he turns twenty-six to find a wealthy bride or lose his vast inheritance. To retain his selfish lifestyle, he agrees to join an American dating game show to find the woman who can save him. He doesn’t bargain on meeting Abby Forester, an impoverished, spirited American woman who is content to live out her father’s dreams in his vintage record shop.
With covert intervention from an unlikely source, Abby lands on the dating game show as one of Edmund’s potential brides. As their worlds entangle and love begins to bloom, Abby discovers Edmund cannot marry her and retain his wealth at the same time. Will love keep them together, or will greed triumph and tear them apart?
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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