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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: Here Comes the Bride by Alexandra Ivy

So I gave Alexandra Ivy's old historical romance a try. it was okay. Definitely not up to the caliber of her paranormal romance though.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: May 9, 2017

Dear Reader,

Long before I wrote my sexy paranormal romances, I wrote traditional Regency romances as Debbie Raleigh. Now I’m delighted that three of my favorites are available once more. This trilogy features three dashing rakes returning home from war. But along the way, a gypsy predicts that love will trap them all. Their high-spirited response? A daring wager! By June the first, whomever Cupid catches must forfeit one thousand pounds and a red rose . . .

Philip Marrow, Lord Brasleigh, must marry off his troublesome ward, Miss Bella Howe. But determined to wed for love, Bella has run away, and Philip must track her down. Since he has never met her, he plans to play the rogue and scare her back to London. He never expects to ignite an overwhelming passion . . . or find a lady who fights fire with a clever scheme all her own . . .

Barth Juston, Earl of Wickton, assumes a woman would be grateful to accept an arranged marriage with him. What a shock that beautiful Isa Lawford is not! In fact, she insists she prefers someone else! Now this overconfident lord is about to enter the most perilous battle of all: a fight for a woman’s heart . . .

Simon Townsled, Lord Challmond, is off to his Devonshire country estate, where he is sure to be safe from feminine wiles. But he doesn't count on feisty do-gooder Miss Claire Blakewell—who is as determined to march down the aisle as he is to avoid it . . .

What’s it About? Three friends return home from war and while out riding save an old gypsy woman from being attacked. In return the gypsy gives them a true love blessing. Each man will find love before summer begins. Of course the three of them see it as more of a curse, laugh it off, and decide to have some fun with it by making a bet. The first one to succumb to the Gypsy's curse must pay a thousand pounds and a red rose. The three friends then go on their merry ways still not believing in Gypsy blessings or curses. Simon, Lord Challmond, arrives at his estate where he goes head to head with his childhood friend Claire Blakewell over his neglect of his tenants. Barth, the Earl of Wickton returns home to find that his arranged marriage to Isa Lawford is no more because she prefers someone else, and Philip, Lord Brasleigh is determined to marry off his ward Bella Howe to the first man he can find. Except Bella's disappeared and when he finds her he's determined to play the rogue to scare her into obedience but she's not easy to frighten.

Overall reaction to the story? I liked Here Comes the Bride but I didn't love it. All three stories are quite similar in nature which made me feel like I was reading three variations of the same story. There were slight differences of course but they didn't really stand apart from each other. There was also the repetitive use of the word "Maiden" that really had me grinding my teeth by the end of the last story. The three stories take place at exactly the same time and while they're separate tales, they tie together nicely in the end. Overall, Here Come the Bride is entertaining enough if you enjoy a more fluffy sort of romance with a dash of cheeky humor.

Let’s talk about the romance: Since each story is more of a novella there wasn't a whole lot of time for a real romance to develop between any of the couples. It was a lot of butting heads which was entertaining enough but then BOOM! They're confessing their love and that's that. There is very little heat between the couples so if you're looking for a steamy read, this is not it. i would put it more in the sweet category. The three heroines were spirited and opinionated but none of them managed to bowl me over with their personalities. Same goes for the heroes.

Click It or Skip It? Depending on your reading tastes you'll either like Here Comes the Bride or you won't. I'll leave that up to you to decide. As for me, it was just an okay read.

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