Lord Bachelor

Lord Bachelor

by Tammy L. Bailey

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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?

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BN ID: 2940151016117
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 12/07/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 435,549
File size: 355 KB

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Lord Bachelor 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey is a modern romance set in Portland, USA. Lord Edmund Rushfield is an English aristocrat in desperate need of a wife. He has to meet the requirements of his father’s will or lose his wealth. Used to a life of debauchery and scandalous living, Lord Edmund will do whatever it takes to maintain it, including using a TV show to find his bride. Alas, things don’t go as planned as he finds himself attracted to the least suitable girl. Abby Forester is poor and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. As much as he would like to deny it, Abby is the only woman who is able to unravel his hidden heart. Abby has no time for a man, certainly not one who has made it clear that she is not ideal bride material. If only her heart believed the same. Lord Bachelor is a heartwarming romance that I enjoyed reading immensely. Tammy L. Bailey’s heroine, Abby, is a lovable, modern day Cinderella. One of the things that I loved about her was that she had so much depth to her. Her backstory is well laid out, making her story a true revelation. There are so many good teachings wrapped up in this tale that I don’t know where to begin. You come out of this book fully convinced that love and goodness conquer all things. Tammy L. Bailey has a way with words that left me laughing out loud whenever the hero and the heroine were on the same page. One thing I did find lacking was the tension, and the reader's sure knowledge that the hero and the heroine were always going to end up together. I never doubted it. All in all, however, this is a good book that will leave you with a great feeling inside. A lovely story.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey is the very interesting story of a man who was not looking for love, just a marriage of convenience, until someone comes into his life and changes his whole plan. The novel follows Edmund Rushwood, who is from England and wants for nothing. But his pleasant lifestyle is short lived because on the day he turns 26, he will lose his fortune unless he finds himself a wealthy wife. Desperate to save his inheritance, he joins an American dating show to get a wife who will fulfill the conditions of his inheritance. He had no idea that his whole life would change on that show. There he meets one Abby Forester who is not rich by any stretch of the imagination. She came to the show as one of his potential brides and soon the two of them have a bond that cannot be broken. They both know that Edmund and Abby cannot get married, not if Edmund wants to keep his inheritance. What can they do? Will Edmund sacrifice his wealth for love? Or will he choose Abby over everything else? Oh boy, this is my favorite kind of romance where I cannot predict what will happen in the next chapter and the characters keep on surprising me and keep me guessing. I loved Edmund’s character development and I loved Abby’s tenacity. They made a formidable couple, one I adored too much to let go. The story had a fairy tale kind of quality to it yet, at the same time, I felt like I was watching a movie. The story line is very cleverly built so that it grabbed my attention and made me want to read till the very end.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite A beautiful spitfire of a heroine…a handsome British hero who’s heir to a family fortune…a dire situation and a brazen scheme – the perfect mix of ingredients in Lord Bachelor, a thoroughly delightful love story by Tammy L. Bailey. Handsome Lord Edmund Rushwood, heir to a British fortune, is enjoying a carefree visit with his good friend, Will Simpson, in the States, after which he must buckle down and find himself a suitable wife. He has just three months to do it, thanks to a caveat in his late father’s will stipulating that he must be married to a rich and socially acceptable bride by his twenty-sixth birthday – or at least be engaged to one – or lose his inheritance. Will, who’s the host of a local dating game show, decides that he’s going to put Edmund on his show as the eligible Lord Bachelor. Beautiful student Abby Forester, who’s working as a waitress at the same function to make extra money, is forced to wait on her former egotistical classmate, Will, and his friend, Edmund. She’s immediately attracted to Edmund, but is turned off when he tells her that he must find a wife. Will remembers that Abby had done a genealogy paper for one of their classes some time back that could potentially contain the ideal blue-blood candidate for Edmund’s wife. The only problem is, she’s not willing to give up the paper for anyone, least of all the debonair Edmund… As with most romance novels, the main protagonists in Lord Bachelor are attractive and sexy, while also having character traits that both attract and irritate the other. This gives the story the required sexual tension that keeps readers compelled to continue reading. Bailey makes her readers aware of that tension from the beginning and she does a great job of maintaining it throughout the book. Abby has the freshness of a delicate blossom while Edmund is equal parts cocky and caring, making him an irresistible foil to her feisty, spitfire independence. The narrative is solid and the dialogue brisk as the two characters exchange verbal sparring with tenacious gusto. Bailey has a real knack for building the sexual tension, but doesn’t revert to blatant in-your-face sexuality to keep things interesting. Romance novels tend to be formulaic so the dating game aspect gives Lord Bachelor a nice twist. There are also a few poignant and touching moments that are sure to pull at the heartstrings. Equal parts The Bachelor and Cinderella, with a dash of Pride and Prejudice thrown in for good measure, Lord Bachelor is the perfect romantic cocktail worth savoring.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Lord Edmund Rushwood is an English Lord whose father’s will prevent him to get his vast inheritance unless he gets married to a rich heiress before his twenty-sixth anniversary. To think about the decision he needs to take, he decided to travel to America. There he meets Abby. She is a young woman who runs her father’s shop and she can barely earn enough money to get by. Edmund agrees to enter a reality show to get him a rich bride and by mistake, she becomes a participant in such programme. The story is fun to read. At the beginning, Edmund is not a very likeable character but little by little he changes because of Abby. Since the very first time he lies his eyes on Abby, he can’t think of being far from her. It is a beautiful book and the story line flows nicely. It is well-written and it leaves you with a smile on your face.
Milinpink More than 1 year ago
** I was blessed to receive this free ebook from the author in exchange for a honest review** Hello Lovlies, I just finished this lovely book this afternoon and wanted to share it with you all. A little background for ya. Lord Edmund Rushwood has just found out that he has until his 26th birthday to find a wife, thanks to his father’s will, and not just any wife but a wife that is wealthy and of nobel blood or he will be stripped of his title and inheritance. To keep his selfish lifestyle he agrees to go on the American dating show “Love Match.” However, he does not plan on meeting Abby Forester, a beautiful feisty American collage student/record store owner who complicates things for Lord Rushwood. I so enjoyed this book. It was sweet, funny, and angsty. Ms. Bailey did a wonderful job with her characters. I adored Abby, she was flawed but as a reader I fully understood where those flaws and fears came from. Edmund, on the other hand, I wanted to backhand and the next moment I wanted to kiss him, then smack him again. He was pompous and rude so I spent the beginning of the book frustrated with him until he showed his swoony side. Holly was sweet and I just wanted to hug her. Then there is Will….lets just thrown him off a bridge shall we. These characters were well developed and thier growth through the story flowed seamlessly . The plot was such a fun mix of the TV show and a classical romance novel that it was one of those books you hug and sigh when your done reading it. All in all Lord Bachelor was a fun and easy read. Language: Very mild unless you are sensitive to the British equivalents to our curse words. Shmexy shmexy stuff: This one is kind of hard for me to rate. It is there but it was done rather well. Would I recommend this: Absolutely!
gaele More than 1 year ago
Expecting that this story would be familiar in many ways from the rake needs a bride stories so common in historical romance, I was pleasantly surprised to see this modern version of the old trope come to life as I turned the pages. We see Edmund, the stereotypical posh boy: used to frittering away his time without consequence or reprisals as he’s moneyed, handsome, reasonably intelligent and charming. His father’s will, however, mandates he find a bride, or ‘lock down a bride’ with impeccable credentials before his inheritance is secure. No, he won’t be in penury, but the lavish lifestyle and the perks that come with it will be curtailed, severely – a situation he is completely unprepared for. Abby is a working student, struggling to make ends meet and keep her head above water – a task made more difficult by a care not for budgets or restrictions stepmother, who makes her job that much more difficult. Independent, determined and solidly unimpressed with the trappings of wealth and the airs that the rich tend to assume, she’s solidly working class and wholly grounded. With a suggestion that Edmund look to America for his bride, and a semi-drunken decision to join a reality show (think The Bachelor) to find a bride, Edmund thinks he’s well under way to securing his inheritance. But he didn’t account for the sassy and intriguing barmaid, who just doesn’t seem to react to his “Britishness” as she should. Bailey has written a lovely story, full of witty jibes and interplay that highlights the attraction and tension between Abby and Edmund, and with a little insertion of knowledge and a dash of meddle from Abby’s eccentric and rather hilarious older friend, Raify – the game is afoot. Carefully plotted and planned, Bailey’s writing serves the story beautifuly as we see Edmund grow from rather careless boy into a man: he had all of the qualities, and while not necessarily aware of those who have less, he’s not mean-spirited or spiteful, just clueless. His interactions with Abby, someone who is the complete opposite of what he believes he wants or needs show him just how much better he can be with a touch of truth and grounding, and Abby needs to find a moment of “Prince Charming” in her life where she’s focused on the next bill, the next day, the next step. Edmund is Too British, Too Uptight and TOO damn intriguing, and she can’t quite figure out why he’s someone she can’t ignore. The story starts a bit slowly as the characters are built, but soon you find yourself laughing along, seeing just how perfectly suited they are, even if they can’t see it themselves. Fun, light and humorous, this is a lovely debut novel with plenty of sweetness and heart to leave you smiling. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
The clock is ticking on the total destruction of Lord Edmund Rushfield’s life of excess. An admitted spoiled wastrel, money has never been an object for his follies but on his twenty-sixth birthday, according to his father’s will, if he doesn’t have a wealthy wife of superior breeding, or at least one in the wings waiting to say “I do,” like Cinderella’s elegant horses to pull her magical carriage, all he will be left with are a few rats scurrying around. After few beers with an old buddy, they hatch a plan that helps them both out. After all, his days of being able to tease adorable and feisty barmaids like Abby Forester are likely to come to a screeching halt. Why not join in on an American dating show, where he picks the future Mrs. from a dozen bluebloods with excellent pedigrees. Okay, so they had eleven, and adding in the impoverished Abby makes it an even dozen. Of course, there is something about Abby, that drives Edmund to distraction and not actually knowing how love feels, he finds himself thoroughly enamored of this very American, most definitely NOT upper crust dynamo full of life and determination. For Abby, Edmund is beautiful, frustrating and clueless to the realities of life and yet, he pushes very button she has. When life goes from bad to worse for Abby, who is there to help her with his rakish grin and warm arms, Edmund, whose closet is bigger than her entire apartment. Prepare to feel that zing of romance, the bubbling laughter caused by their banter and to throw your hands up in the air in frustration as these two dance around the obvious, all because a few million pounds. Is Edmund chasing money for naught? Has his evil relative figured out how to trick Edmund into losing his fortune? Time to grow up, Edmund, before you lose the money and the girl and finally realize which one is the true greatest wealth a man can have! Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey is a delightful romp through the gardens of love, thorns and all. Witty banter, two lovable characters and a skewed look at life from polar opposite perceptions, what’s not to love about this fun romance? Wildly entertaining, very well written, a little fluff to lighten up a dreary day! I received this copy from Tammy L. Bailey in exchange for my honest review.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Regency values meet truth of our times Romance. . . A cross between historic regency romance and contemporary reality present. Fairy tales can live in the presents of contemporary American. When English nobility meets American commonwealth. Reality TV brings more forms of classes together and then there was the reality of what they got into. I found it to b cleaver way to bring historical classic and fairy tales to the fore ground in modern contemporary times. I had a bit of Jane Austen and some of Cinderella, but it gave more of the current reality tv of today. All these worlds came together in the contemporary romance of the new adult era. Edumund was tasked with carry out the task of becoming a wedded adult in order to inherit the vast family fortune. He was not just to wed anyone. He had to marry a woman of wealth of her own. This was the combining of two family with wealth. Historical Regency England. Abby was as common as they come with it comes to women in America. She meets and finds her prince charming, but he has some issue of his own. The least of them being needed a wealthy wife. As things progress they begin to fine more and more common ground, but Abby finds out something she was not meant to know. She makes a decision. Right or Wrong? Its done. I get me a delightful read that gives me some of the better part of romance novels that I love. I will be returning to this read again. **This ARC was provided via Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
5+ Star Debut Novel STORY LINE: Lord Edmund Rushwood, playboy, rich and entitled, has received marching orders from his father's will. Find a rich noble blooded bride in three months or lose his wealth and position. To say he was flabbergasted would be an understatement. "Born rich ad privileged, he had no idea what it was like not to drink champagne every night or have a butler wait on his every whim." Abby, unfortunately, is not rich, noble blooded, or entitled, she is a poor average working class girl and student. Trying to keep her father's legacy from going under, keep her almost stepmother and part owner from draining the coffers of what little there was to drain, and finish her classes. We also have Abby's strange friend and supporter, Raify D'Gothomer, an eccentric little old lady, who appearances and disappears after imparting strange words of wisdom and wit. Edmund and Abby are persuaded to appear on the Love Match Reality Television show billed as Lord Bachelor. Edmund has 9 contestants from noble, privileged and monied backgrounds to vet and then there is Abby, the poor working class all American girl. Come along for the ride as the Lord and the poor American's journey through the twists and turns from antagonist beginnings to romance. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: Ms. Bailey's character development was well done as we view Lord Edmund from a hedonistic playboy to a mature man who is witty, caring, funny, and sure of himself and his life. The road Edmund and Abby journeys is anything but smooth; it is rocky indeed. "He sauntered into the hallway where a black book bag flew out of nowhere, smacking him square in the forehead. .......Am I bleeding? Abby sent him an exaggerated smile. One could only hope." Abby's character is strong and independent with firm ideas and ideals; she is also insecure romantically as she has been hurt in the past. She feels secure in the world her deceased parents had built for her in the record shop and her small apartment. Ms Bailey's development of Abby's character to a whole person, knowing her worth, and what she wanted in life was amazing. It was a long journey well worth the wait. Ms. Bailey infused humor in this wonderfully sweet story. I found myself laughing at the antics of Abby and Edmund. I enjoyed this book immensely. The pacing was on target and kept my interest from the first page. Ms. Bailey's writing style appealed to me, she produced a clear easy read full of fun, witty remarks, and romance. The sexual tension and attraction sizzled between Edmund and Abbey in their cat and mouse game. Will the Lord get his Lady and live happily ever after? Or will he choice position and money over his heart. Sorry, you will have to read this wonderful story to find out. RECOMMENDATION: 5 Stars+ I loved this novel. I recommend this novel for young adult to adults due to sexual language, implied sex, and a lovely love scene between Abby and Edmund. This novel will appeal to anyone that likes romance with humor that is well plotted and paced with an intriguing story line. I would not hesitate to buy Ms. Bailey's next novel. I look forward to more works by this talented author. Kudos Ms. Bailey for a fine work. Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest book review. Books reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author's opinion; all book reviews on line under my name are my opinion.
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Another romance written with the antagonistic heroine and hero that fall in love even as they fight against each other almost continually. This is the last book by this author that I will read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Portland Oregon Abby Forester is working as a waitress to pay off her college loans and bills left by her Dad when he died. One table she’s waiting on has an English guy in the group whom she can tell is quite wealthy. A guy who had been in one of her classes, Will Simpson, is at the table and tells her that he is now the host of Love Match, a dating game show on TV. Abby is being run off her feet serving beer and fighting off groping men. Just as Abby is nearly forced to break a bottle over a guy’s head, Edmund, Lord Rushwood, rushes over to assist her. It turns out that Edmund has been told that his father’s will stipulates he must wed a rich and socially acceptable bride by his 26th birthday or lose his inheritance. His mother’s friend suggests he look for a bride in America so he heads to Portland to escape and visit with his friend, Will Simpson. So Will talks him into going on his Love Match show as Lord Bachelor ensuring him that some of the women contestants are wealthy in their own right. But Abby and Edmund have formed a friendship and are truly attracted to each other. Is there some way they can get around his inheritance stipulation that he must marry a wealthy woman? This is a clever enough novel that can entertain a reader for awhile. However, I didn’t bond with either of the main characters. Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.