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5.0 out of 5 stars Danger and courage fight for supremacy in this beautiful story
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.

Opening Scene:

WENDY DREW CLUTCHED THE SMALL SATCHEL TIGHT to her stomach.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very romantic romance :(
"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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Danger and courage fight for supremacy in this beautiful story, 1 Jun. 2014
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.

Opening Scene:

WENDY DREW CLUTCHED THE SMALL SATCHEL TIGHT to her stomach.

The Review:

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.

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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. And you-“ she said as she pointed a finger at Radley. “You’re going to help me.”
Her mother was as shocked as he was. “Wendy!” she snapped even as she wiped away her tears.
He rocked back on his heals while a smile tugged at his lips. That was his Wendy: fierce, passionate, and impetuous. And now he could finally start courting her.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very romantic romance :(, 19 April 2014
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Caz "So many books, so little time..." (Frinton-on-Sea) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: What the Groom Wants (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
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This review is from: What the Groom Wants (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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