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Release Day Review! CHASING THE BRIDE by Erica Ridley (Lords in Love #6)

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In this fast, feel-good romp from a New York Times bestselling author, forbidden love blooms between a runaway bride and the man sent to find her…

Lady Tabitha Kerr was promised at birth to be the Viscount Oldfield’s bride. Their families had warred for generations, and this union will heal the longstanding rift. But Tabitha doesn’t want to be a pawn—or a consolation prize. She dreams of a love match, and failing that, at least one night of true love. Even if she has to run away to find it!

As Viscount Oldfield’s trusted man of business, Mr. Hudson Frampton is his lordship’s right-hand man, attack dog, and fixer. When a nervous bride jilts the viscount at the altar, Hudson is meant to find and return her to his employer posthaste. He is not supposed to fall in love. Or kiss his employer’s bride. Or say yes when Tabitha makes an indecent proposal that will ruin them both…

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Tabitha and Hudson’s story was absolutely lovely. Watching them grow close–first at the Marrywell festival, and then after Tabitha takes a runner at Viscount Oldfield’s first attempt to marry her–was just delightful. She starts out resenting him for the job he has, but he’s always had a bit of a crush on her…and of course, given how close he is to the viscount, he knows exactly how much the old lecher *doesn’t* deserve her. But she’s made her dying father a promise, and he has a job to do…

I really liked that even though Tabitha and Hudson clearly had amazing chemistry (and might have accidentally acted on it–oops!–because there was only one bed) they both had a great deal of respect for each other’s position and the problems they would encounter if they simply acted on their feelings. Ms Ridley lets us all just begin to flirt with the idea of real angst before delivering the HEA–so deserved, and oh so lovely!

As with the other books in the series, Chasing the Bride absolutely works as a standalone, but if you have read any of the other books, you will recognize some familiar faces and places.

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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