This hot series is set in a daring, high-energy Regency world where deep longings, secret scandals, and the competition for social stature are all set against the glittering weddings of the season.
Grant Benton, Earl of Crowle finally has the funds he always pretended to have and what he wants now is a woman. That woman is Lady Irene Knopp, who spends her days helping debutantes plan their weddings. A recent widow, Irene longs for love again, but she’s afraid to risk her heart, especially to the notorious Grant Benton.
Review: What the Bride Wore is the hot new historical romance from author Jade Lee. At times poignant, wickedly funny, and sometimes just wicked, it was a fast read and I did not want to put it down.
Grant Benton, Earl of Crowle, has been hiding away for five long years, doing the worst thing he could imagine: toiling away at a mill like a common laborer. His father, the gambler, sold the family’s home and land and bought a mill in the country, then fled, never to be seen again. So “Mr. Grant” he becomes, hiding the fact he is a disposed Earl, and he’s been making a go at the mill, working his fingers to the bone, trying to raise the funds to buy his family’s home back and take his place as the Earl of Crowle.
Grant meets Irene Knoppe, a beautiful woman clinging to her widow’s weeds upon his return to London, and is drawn to her. But Irene is reluctant to move on after being a widow for three years, even as she begins to fall for Grant.
Both the hero and heroine have great character arcs as each learn to embrace who they have become, as well as let go of what used to matter to them in order to find love. Grant has to learn that while he sees himself as a common laborer, what he has done is tremendous. He develops a very good work ethic and the fact that he takes a floundering mill and turns it into one of the best mills in the country—in fact, the angora fabrics are highly sought after by the ton.
Irene has to learn that she can still love the husband she lost, but she’s still a young, vibrant woman, with plenty of love to share with someone else. She’s a loyal friend, but she needs to let go and learn to live and love again.
Told from the points of view of both Grant and Irene, it was interesting as Grant keeps hearing a voice in his head, a really snarky conscience, which he thinks is his ‘madness’.
I really enjoyed this book, and this look at what happens when the elite from the ton find themselves without ready funds. It’s a wonderful love story, and I can’t wait to read more in this series.