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Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey

Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey

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

Lord Bachelor

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.

Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey

Title: Lord Bachelor
Author: Tammy L. Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
ISBN: 1509205152
Published on: 7 December, 2015
Format:eBook
Source: Author
Pages: 289
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameHalf a Flame

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About the Book:

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.

Read an Excerpt

In a blink, the curtain dropped in front of Abby. Her heart burst into a concerto of uncertain exuberance, the dark shadow of the half-filled audience clapping their approval. As her head began to spin, Edmund stepped before her, blocking the blinding light and making sure to keep his voice low enough for only her to hear.

“I cannot begin to imagine how you came to be here,” he said, his features unreadable, but displeasure dripping from every word he said.

Offended, Abby lashed out, in a tone so low it hurt her throat. “And I cannot begin to imagine how I have remained.”

He didn’t hesitate to reply, stepping closer, the smell of his warm skin making Abby forget how mad she was with him. “Through unfortunate circumstances or providence, Miss Forester, at this point, I’m really not sure.”

Now, she remembered and hated the formal way he addressed her. It was as if they had not shared an intimate moment only twelve hours ago. They almost kissed, for God’s sake.

“I’m sure it’s not too late to eliminate me now, if that’s what you wish.”

“It should never have come to this point.”

Abby’s jaw dropped. This wasn’t her fault.

“Edmund, what are you doing?” Will hissed, while covering the microphone so no one could hear. “Give her the damn rose and then kiss her hand.”

Edmund scoffed, his dusty eyebrows furrowed over marbled blue and stormy ocean green eyes. Affronted by how he’d acted so far, Abby drew her arms behind her back.

“Give me your hand,” he murmured with such aggravated conviction she could only stare and shake her head. “I have no problem coming after it,” he growled and shifted as if preparing to follow through with his threat.

This time, his jaw locked as his gaze simmered with embittered emotion. Abby swallowed hard, bringing her arm back to her side. With such impertinent delivery, he reached toward her, sliding his palm flush against hers.

A weak whimper tore from her throat, and she knew he’d heard it. To make matters worse, after he’d laid a glancing kiss upon her knuckle, he lifted his mouth to scrape against the most sensitive part of her earlobe.

“What the bloody hell are you doing?”

“And, we’re clear,” Will called as a red On Air light switched off.

As the crew hustled around in different directions, Abby still found herself attached to Edmund, even after he pulled her behind one of the studio curtains. Wounded by the way he’d reacted to her being there, she yanked away from him.

“You’re in America, just say hell!”

His lips thinned and his nostrils flared. She steadied her nerves and fished for his phone in her favorite thrift store purse. “I came to give this back to you.” She thought about whipping it at him, but he was too close. Instead, she thrust the device in his direction.

“Delphine says she no longer wishes to be your girlfriend, and Blaire appears to have lost her engagement ring somewhere between your bed and the shower.”

She raised her chin before turning toward the exit. It didn’t take him long to haul her back in front of him.

“You answered my phone?” he said, his head bent down, their noses almost touching.

“No! I happened to find it buzzing on my floor at two o’clock in the morning. It must have fallen out when you went bouncing like a lunatic on my bed.”

Realizing her little tirade was gathering a nosy audience, she lowered her voice. “I was half asleep when I inadvertently answered it…twice.”

He removed the phone from her hand, not bothering to check if he had more calls between then and now.

“Shouldn’t you let someone know you’re already engaged?” she said, her voice wavering noticeably.

“And shouldn’t you be upset about finding yourself as one of the women I may end up having to marry?”

“I’ve found myself in worse predicaments…I think.”

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About Tammy L. Bailey

Tammy L. Bailey grew up in historical Appomattox, Virginia and moved to Ohio the day after she graduated high school. She joined the Army National Guard in 1988 and served 5 years in the active duty Army. She finally retired as a Master Sergeant in the Ohio Air National Guard in 2011. She is a wife and a mother of two boys. She's a huge Jane Austen fan and loves watching period dramas and Jane Austen movie adaptations.

When she's not writing, she enjoys Star Wars movie night with her 10-year-old son and watching Rock Concerts of her 13-year-old son. He plays both the bass and the drums. Fall is her favorite season, the B-17 is her favorite plane, Mallow Cups are her favorite food, and Hawkeye is her favorite Avenger.

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Comments

Faye Gates

I love the Housewives of Bravos. I love Ink Master, and The Little Women. I also love Below Deck.

Sharon Extine

I really don’t like reality shows. They all seem fake.