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What the Groom Wants [Kindle Edition]

Jade Lee
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An honest love...

Radley Lyncott has been in love with Wendy Drew as long as he can remember. When he went to sea, she was too young to court. Now that he's returned to take up his Welsh title, he is appalled to find that debt has ruined the Drew family, and—even worse—Wendy is being courted by another man.

Or a dangerous attraction?

Family comes first for seamstress Wendy Drew, who is forced to settle her brother's debt by working nights at a notorious gambling den. But her double-life hasn't gone unnoticed—she has captivated none other than Demon Damon, a nefarious rake who understands Wendy's darkest desires and is hell bent on luring her into his arms.

Praise for Wedded in Scandal:

"An erotic tale full of emotion.... Jade Lee is an exceptional author, filling her stories with color and excitement." —Fresh Fiction

Praise for What the Bride Wore:

"Passion-filled Regency...Readers will savor the red-hot love scenes." —Publishers Weekly

"[Lee's] sexy series will delight readers who relish experiencing a different side of Regency life." —Booklist Online

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1167 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402283784
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (4 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FG9GUQ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3.7 out of 5 stars
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By April
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth

Set in Victorian era London, this is a beautiful story of courage and a need to never surrender. Book 4 in the Bridal Favors series it can be read as a standalone. Personally, I loved it.

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I found this story quite magnificent. Jade Lee brings you into the streets of Victorian London where hell dens and pickpockets are ready to slit you’re throat, yet are ruled by Demon Damon a gorgeous man with a heart so evil you’re equally drawn and repelled by him in equal measures.
Wendy Drew is an unlikely heroin in the normal sense as she is more than capable of taking care of herself and bartering for those she cares about. While the gorgeous Randley Lyncott, is finally able to court Wendy his newly inherited title throws him for a loop and causes distance between him and Wendy, for as a seamstress even one who part owns the shop she works in, she is not eligible to be courted by a Duke. Something his beautiful cousin and mother are all too eager to point out. But the greatest danger comes from Demon Damon, for he has set his sights on Wendy and is determined to have her no matter the consequences. For Wendy is a prize he wants badly.

Notable Scene:

He knew without looking it was her. Wendy. He knew, and yet he still had no time to brace himself as he turned to look.
There she was, her bonnet askew, and her skirts stained with mud. She topped the stairs in a leap, and then skidded to a halt before them. Her gaze caught for a moment on him, then narrowed on her mother’s distraught expression.
“I’m going to kill him,” Wendy cried. “I’m going to kill him and feed him to the dogs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very romantic romance :( 19 April 2014
By Caz
Format:Kindle Edition
"What the Groom Wants" is the fourth book in Ms Lee’s "Bridal Favors" series, which contains three other full length novels and four novellas. I mention that because there is clearly a lot of backstory covered in those books which is referred to in this latest one and I often felt as though I’d missed something when reading it as I haven’t read any of the others in the series.

Wendy - incidentally, a name that wasn't introduced until the 1880s, so which is out of place in a Regency - is an unusual heroine; tough, ruthless and not easy to like, and Radley was rather an un-heroic hero. He was dreadfully inept a lot of the time, which left Wendy to save the day. In fact, I wondered if the author was going to redeem "Demon" Damon and make HIM the hero - he was a more compelling character much of the time, even if it was for the wrong reasons!

The romance wasn't much of a romance - Wendy and Radley have hardly seen each other for ten years, and while he's been pining for her aboard ship, she's hardly given him a second thought. Yet when he comes along and tells her he wants to court her, she's jumping into bed with him at the drop of a hat. The sex scenes are well-written, but there is very little relationship development, and, given the way things end up, it's clearly Wendy who's going to be wearing the trousers in that marriage.

Speaking of the way things end up - the ending is a hoot. One of those "so bad it's good" things that had this reader closing the book and wondering what on earth I'd just read. It's difficult to be specific without spoilers - my review at Goodreads has more detail should you wish to read it - but basically, the ending is a mess.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What the groom wants 5 Feb. 2014
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
The tale is set during Regency times and tensions and twists are rife. I would call it romantic suspense.

Londoner Wendy Drew works in a private gambling hell to pay off her brother's debt, but the owner is determined not to be satisfied and piles on interest. By day Wendy is a seamstress, and lives virtuously with her mother to attract wealthy custom. Another brother was taken to sea by an older lad, and now both Tom and their friend Radley Lyncott arrive home, unaware of the fine line Wendy has been walking. Radley has been dreaming of the day when he can start courting Wendy.

Radley is a distant cousin to a ducal family and Wendy overhears that smallpox has carried off all the men. Can Radley inherit? And if he is now a duke, how could he wed a common seamstress? The gambling boss becomes very interested, claiming to have more money and influence than the Prince of Wales. Radley prefers to be a ship's captain, but he'd be a target for every pirate - instead he'll have to learn to manage an estate. He's also urged by his solicitors to marry a cousin. Radley gains little sympathy as he feels that his life has been wrecked.

Seeing the competent seaman adjust to his new status is highly entertaining. Cousin Eleanor silently resents that as a female she has no claim to the title, while Radley's own mother and sister are overcome at the prospect of cash. I kept chuckling. By contrast the gambling boss proves a black-hearted villain, uttering treasonous lines, threatening women and scarring them in a thoroughly unpleasant piece of characterisation. The denouement is unusual for a romance and I am not at all sure that ducal privilege would extend so far. Author Jade Lee has written thirty previous novels, including a few about the dress shop in which all the seamstresses seem to have wed above their station. This is an adult romance unlike most Regency romances you've read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not a romance 20 April 2014
By like2read - Published on
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I've read a few of this author's works, and given her five stars for at least one of them, and some of them have been less than satisfying. This one was a chore to read. I persevered because the villain was so worthy of that role, but the hero was somewhat fickle. He kept finding his cousin far too attractive, yet professed to want only the heroine. He made a habit of getting drunk, treating the heroine like a lightskirt (I'll buy that it was unintentional), and one night after being reunited with his lost love, he did spend the night with whores. This man was no gentleman. He beds her and introduces her to physical pleasure, but doesn't consider this ruinous to her reputation because she's still a virgin when they are discovered in bed in the morning.

Okay - he was a sailor, but even sailors have honor. This one had none.

He did have a mother who was predictable in her unseemly eagerness to seize all the benefits of her sailor son's sudden elevation to the lofty rank of duke. No surprises there.

Then there was the heroine, and frankly, I did not like her. She was definitely manipulative (can't remember whether it was the hero or the heroine who also made that point), but she was harder than nails, and I certainly wasn't buying her concern that she wasn't good enough for this sailor turned duke. But then she cold bloodedly kills the man she marries within minutes of speaking her vows in church - yes, he's the villain, but she and she alone plotted and planned her actions, then without turning a hair, committed premeditated murder at the altar.

And I am expected to admire her for this? Not a hope. Nor would I ever consider her worthy of further regard.

Perhaps the author was trying for a Cinderella-type tale, but this one lacked all credibility, and anything remotely resembling tenderness..

This story could have been a good one, but it was too lacking in true grace and honor; its characters were too self-focused; and it was, despite some drawn out, though somewhat soulless sec scenes, it was totally lacking in that special something that makes us sigh "oh! wasn't that SO romantic?"
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee 18 Feb. 2014
By Deb@Debbie's Book Bag - Published on
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Author Jade Lee has an affinity for writing a good villain. In her latest book in the Bridal Favor's series, What the Groom Wants, the villain is indeed the antithesis of evil. Demon Damon is the epitome of Regency bad boys and the redemption isn't even on his radar. Jade writes a captivating novel of a young woman who finds herself between a sailor turned duke and a relentless gambling magnet that has anything but her best interests at heart. Readers will love the fast paced action and heart stopping romance. This book turns Regency romance on it's ear! A great addition to the series.

What I liked:

Jade Lee is a master at writing characters that are compelling, interesting and full of life. She writes a hero as not only perfection embodied but also vulnerable and human. Her heroines are bold and independent, yet flawed and soulful. And her villains are anything but typical. Evil incarnate and spine chilling come to mind when I think about the villain in her latest novel, What the Groom Wants.

When I first picked this book up to read it, I mistakenly thought that Demon Damon might be the hero. Radley seemed a little flat and one dimensional from the blurb and I couldn't see him as being the true hero in this one. But Lee really surprised me here. She took these two characters and completely transforms them throughout the story. Readers might think in the beginning that Demon Damon has a shred of humanity left in him, but not so. And Radley shows a depth of character that is uncharacteristically endearing.

Wendy the heroine of the story was also very well written. She is independent and strong willed. She wants nothing more than to provide for her family with her work as a seamstress. Now that Radley has returned home, she doesn't feel worthy of him and continues to work in the gambling dens of the Demon, drawing herself further and further into his evil machinations. Lee's previous books in the series centered primarily on the heroines. But this seems to swing more toward the heroes and relies less on the heroine to entice the reader. It was a nice juxtaposition and had me from the beginning.

This isn't really a love triangle, like it sounds like. These two men are so fundamentally opposite of each other, there really isn't a question as to who Wendy will end up with, but it's the journey toward that end that makes all the difference. This book was unlike any Regency I've encountered before and I've read a bunch of them. There is an air of darkness about it that gives it a sinister feeling. And that was unusual. Also there are moments of humor as Radley learns more about his position and how to use it. The romantic elements are organic and natural, yet completely engrossing. Unlike any love scenes I've read in any kind of romance. It was original and fresh and full of surprises.

What I didn't like:

I enjoy books that have strong female relationships. The previous books in the Bridal Favor series have relied on the heroines to keep the flow of the series going and have had a deep impact on each book. In this one, that element was missing. We hear about the other women from the dress shop and a couple of them make an appearance but the focus of the book was totally on the hero and the villain. I missed that strong female friendship note that was present in the other books.

Bottom Line:

Don't get me wrong this book may be more hero focused but it is truly a gem. It is so unlike most Regency romances. The time period is spot on, but the situation and the characters are much more dramatic than Regencies usually get. I loved every second of it. I highly recommend this entire series, but this book itself is exceptional!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 11 Feb. 2014
By My Book Addiction and More - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
WHAT THE GROOM WANTS by Jade Lee is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. #4 in the "Bridal Favors" but can be read as a stand alone. Meet Radley Lyncott and Wendy Drew. Two old friends, from the neighborhood.

Fast paced tale of love, romance, passion and danger. Filled with danger, passion, secrets and love. A definite page turner! Some people can not be redeemed, the Demon is one such person. He is evil through and through. He wants Wendy, and will do anything to get her including, destroying her,her family and her friends.

Radley has loved Wendy for years, but felt he could offer Wendy nothing. But he is now thrown into the world of being a new Duke, from a mere sea Captain to a Duke over night. Determined to save Wendy and her family, and learn Wendy's secret, Radley could risk all for love.

Radley and Wendy will steal your heart as they navigate their attraction, their passion and their budding romance. Oh and try to both stay alive. For the Demon will do anything to possess Wendy. He is a cruel man, who loves to berate,degrade and destroy.

Ms. Lee writes a Regency Romance that is filled with adventure, romance and passion. A must read! I love this series and this author!! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very unexpected, and not in a good way 5 Feb. 2014
By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is certainly the most unusual historical romance I've read, and I feel it fair to warn readers not to be taken in by the cliched and seemingly benign cover. It is in many aspects confusing, but nothing in the story can be compared to the pandemonium that occurred in the end, which frankly, frightened me a bit. Not that the resolution with the villain was unexpected, mind you, but the manner in which this was done -- and it revealed a hidden ruthlessness to the heroine that I was shocked to discover.

As there was never a year given in the story, I'm tempted to judge by all the "modernisms" in this story and put it in the Victorian rather than the Regency (though given the author's previous works, it is probably set in the Regency period). The confusing aspects are a result of several factors, one of which being that the story begin very much in medias res. The heroine attempted to avoid being trapped into another bargain with the villain, who had been using her brother's gambling debts as a means of keeping her indebted to her, to eventually get her into his bed. Then, we jump to the hero's perspective as he had always wanted to court the heroine but had been waiting until he obtains a caption's position in order to do so. But as the story progresses, he is suddenly given a dukedom and the heroine is no longer someone of his social equal. To compound the problem, the hero, heroine, and villain all knew each other while growing up. And thus a triangular relationship is established by which the story progresses in increments of machinations, vast confusion - not to mention disturbances by (somewhat) insane and otherwise troublesome relatives, least of all a very abrupt ending that leaves me unconvinced of the protagonists' romance factor.

By now you may wonder if this novel is truly as atrocious as I describe it so. No, it is not, but unfortunately I was too confused and astounded by the bloodthirstiness and rather insane behavior/plans of some of the characters to appreciate much of this story. In all seriousness, I would feel better were this labeled historical fiction with suspense elements rather than historical romance.

My final verdict: I have briefly described my opinion of this book which can be interpreted as a mildly or overtly disfavorable opinion.

*Review copy received via Netgalley
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm conflicted about this one 6 Feb. 2014
By E Pickett - Published on
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I am so conflicted about rating and reviewing this one. Let’s start with the good: I enjoyed Wendy as a heroine and Radley as a hero. Demon Damon proved to be just the villain he was built up to be. I thought the resolution of the story was intense and enjoyable. It was good to see Grant and Samuel living with the happiness they found in their books.

Two of the reasons I enjoy Jade Lee’s Bridal Favors novels so much are the humor in the stories and the friendships of the heroines. There are some great moments of humor in this one, particularly involving the hero’s transition from sailor to duke. But the overall darker tone of the tale causes these moments to be few and far-between. Also due to the particulars of the story, very little of it was spent in the dress shop. So, sadly, the camaraderie of the women was missing. Penny and Irene were mentioned, but never present, and Helaine’s presence was fleeting. While Wendy’s friendship with Caroline was important, I just didn’t have quite as much investment in it since I only “met” Caroline in the previous novella.

The story itself felt a bit uneven and I can’t quite put my finger on why. And that bugs me. It really does.

Overall, this was an enjoyable story and I am glad I read it. I was very happy to see the return of some of my favorite characters from previous stories in the series. I just wish that this finale for the four industrious women of A Lady’s Favor dress shop had been as good as the previous installments.

Side note: During a panel at a reader convention, Jade Lee stated that the cover designs for books 3 and 4 in the Bridal Favors series were switched by the publishing house. I suspect that the titles were switched as well. “What the Bride Wore” (coupled with the white dress and red sash) aptly refers to the climactic wedding scene in book 4. “What the Groom Wants” (paired with the embracing couple) seems to fit Grant’s madness and struggles with redemption in book 3 far better than Radley’s adoration and pursuit of Wendy, in my opinion anyway.
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