Title: What The Bride Wore (Bridal Favors Series, book #6)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Jade Lee
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Aug. 6 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Grant Benton, Earl of Crowle finally has the funds he always pretended to have and what he wants now is a woman. That woman is Lady Irene Knopp, who spends her days helping debutantes plan their weddings. A recent widow, Irene longs for love again, but she’s afraid to risk her heart, especially to the notorious Grant Benton.
Jade Lee once again gives us a good story. This is a follow-up to the novella WINNING THE BRIDE, published in July 2013. In “Winning” we met Will Benton who was a second son and steward of land that had once belonged to his family but now was in the hands of someone else. Grant Benton, Will’s brother, had been accused of selling the family land and disappearing to avoid family pressure. In this book we find out exactly what Grant has been doing for those years he disappeared.
Jade Lee offers us a look at what a lack of communication can do to a family and how that same family can be reunited and healed. She does this through the story of Grant and Irene a match that seemed predestined from their first meeting. But Irene is an independent woman who loves her job as a fabric buyer for her friend Helaine who runs “A Lady’s Favor” dress shop (Helaine’s Story is in series book #2, WEDDED IN SCANDAL). She will not give up her job to marry a Peer of the Realm. Grant also has issues with the fact that he is an Earl and he worked in a trade for five years.
Lee immerses us in the Regency period, gives us a healthy dose of societal expectations and weaves a spell around her characters that draws us into the era. She presents us with her characters frustrations and longings so that they can be felt viscerally by the reader. She is so good at this that we even experience our own frustrations with Grant, we crave that he stop fixating on his work history, and with Irene, we want her to believe that she can have love and an independent job. Yes, we want this but do the mores of the day prevent the characters from having what we want for them?
Truly this book offers insight into the early 1800’s and the society that it encompassed. Lee gives us heart pounding action, breathtaking romance and sensuality, all while furthering the story of the women of A Lady’s Favor dress shop. I do suggest that you start at the beginning of this series so you can understand all the relationships of the characters for full enjoyment. However, this is a novel that can be read on its own.
BRIDAL FAVORS SERIES
Engaged in Wickedness, a novella
Wedded in Scandal
Engaged in Passion, a novella
Wedded in Sin
Winning a Bride, a novella
What the Bride Wore