What the Bride Wore by Jade Lee

What the Bride Wore by Jade Lee
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (375 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

When All is Lost

All Grant Benton, Earl of Crowle, can think of is restoring his family’s fortune so he can go back to being a gentleman of leisure. But when he meets beautiful, purposeful Lady Irene Knopp, he begins to question whether there might not be a better way to live life after all…

What’s Left is Desire

Lady Irene will never give up her fulfilling work dressing the most beautiful brides in England. She’d rather risk losing love forever than sacrifice her own life’s purpose. Yet she has never met a more magnetic, attractive man than Grant. Trapped between the fleeting chance at love and passion for her work, is it possible she can have it all?

What did the bride wear? Oh, it is so scandalous!

I have to confess, this is my first forray into the works of Jade Lee. I know, I know, I should’ve picked up one of her books before now. I’ve remedied the situation with this book, What the Bride Wore. The writing simply flows and I couldn’t put the novel down. I felt like I was right there in London with Irene at the dress shop and Grant during his…issues. There is a bit of mystery woven through the book and it’s interesting how it all works out. You’ll have to read the book, though, to find out what exactly happens and when!

Irene is a great character. She’s strong, tough and knows what she wants. She’s also very congnizant of the Ton. It’s got to be hard being a widow and knowing people are scrutinizing your every move. I liked her pluck at wanting to have a job. I even rather enjoyed her in-laws. Much of the time these characters are shoved to the background and left very one-dimensional. Not in this book. There are some other secondary characters I’d love to read about. Wendy and Helaine come to mind. I loved them.

Grant…now there’s a tough nut to crack. Initially, I didn’t care for him as the hero. I understood the plot device Lee used, but there were times when it didn’t make sense. Eventually the rational is revealed and that makes a whole lot more sense, but early on there are facets of Grant’s personality that made me dislike him. Once he really got himself together and stopped wallowing, he’s a great hero. I enjoyed seeing him grow as a person.

I know a lot of historicals are sweet or spicy in nature. Be warned, this book sizzles. There are moments that aren’t for the faint of heart. The chemistry between Irene and Grant, even when they aren’t between the sheets, is explosive. I loved seeing them banter. But don’t let the heat level keep you from picking up this book.

If you want a read that will keep you up past bedtime having to know what will happen next, then this is the book for you.

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