Title: Lord Bachelor
Author: Tammy L. Bailey
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
Source: Review copy from the author
This is a cute contemporary tale in which Reality TV collides with a historical romance to create a modern fairytale, without any time travelling. If you love a modern romance where a rich and privileged hero gets bowled over by a thoroughly down-to-earth heroine, then this book is for you. Yes, it’s thoroughly, but that’s half the fun of these stories.
Abby is living the life her parents loved. She’s running her father’s record shop and struggling to make ends meet, while also studying (something…) part-time. She’s not rich, she’s definitely not glamorous and most of the time she doesn’t really know what she wants from life. She’s likeable and ordinary (apart from apparently being lusted over by most men she meets), even if her anti-literature attitude did annoy me a bit.
Then she meets Edmund. He’s quite the contradiction at first. On one hand he’s a gentleman who helps out ladies in distress, but on the other he epitomises the alphahole type – sleeps around without any respect for the women involved, arrogant, demanding, finds it amusing to wind the heroine up while encroaching on her personal space. I found him kind of hard to like at times.
Not least because his whole “dilemma” felt too contrived for me. Yes, it’s a common plot from historical romances that the lordly hero has to marry under the terms of his father’s will, or he won’t inherit his estate, but for me that didn’t transfer too well to the contemporary setting. Not least because estates are expensive and need a lot of outside revenue to maintain, especially the houses which tend to be money pits. Not to mention “death duty” taxes that would have landed this feckless playboy deeply in debt if he had not other financial recourse. There’s a reason why the National Trust owns so many estates and stately homes in England. However, not everyone is going to know that so most can probably gloss over it.
I also found it a bit odd that Abby would often lapse into Regency-esque speak. Edmund just about gets a pass, because he’s well read and is essentially a Regency hero fresh from a Georgette Heyer novel. Abby, however, has no interest in historical novels, yet frequently sounds like she was born in one. It might have been cute, if it hadn’t been so highly unlikely.
When it comes to the Reality TV side of things, I love these kind of plots, although this is the first one I’ve read where the players involved are free to continue on with their normal lives outside of the show. The amount of time Edmund manages to spend with Abby was a bit surprising, but it gave them plenty of opportunities to get to know each other, and the longer they spent together the cuter it was. They are a sweet couple, bringing out the best in each other, while also having plenty of fun verbal sparring session.
Overall this was enjoyable and fun, if you don’t dig too deep or question too hard. Edmund is a total cliché, veering between awful and adorable and mostly ending up lovely, while Abby is your everyday girl who gets swept away by it all. If you love a good opposites attract novel, combining a rich hero with a poor heroine, with a touch of a modern fairytale, then you should like this.
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