Monday, August 26, 2013

Review & Interview: What the Bride Wore by Jade Lee

Please welcome author Jade Lee as she promotes her book, What the Bride Wore.  Enjoy our interview with her after my thoughts on the book!

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Date of publication: August 2013

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.

My thoughts:

What the Bride Wore was an enjoyable read for the most part.  I definitely wish I had read the first two books in the series.  I felt like I was missing some back story abut Irene's friends at the dress shop.  Despite that, I liked the love story.  I enjoyed Grant and Irene together  I did get a bit frustrated with her as she didn't want to marry him because she still wanted to work.  Thankfully. Grant was very persistent   There is a little mystery included to make things exciting.  The epilogue ends in a cliffhanger that sets things up for the next book.  I'll probably go back and read the first two books before the fourth comes out!

Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

Jade: A rich fantasy life and an inability to do science. Also, my mother was pushing for me to have a diplomatic career. (My friends have just keeled over laughing at the idea. Me? Diplomatic? Okay, now I’m laughing). Anyway, my mother thought I had a facility with languages and would be perfect in the foreign service. The truth was that I am good with the ENGLISH language and not so much with other languages. So, add in a rich fantasy life and bam...I became a writer. Plus, I got really tired of saying, Do you want fries with that?
Kari& Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?
Jade: Ideas? Really? I thought I was supposed to throw darts at a list of tropes! Honestly, I get inspiration from everything. I have a very bizarre brain that picks up random stuff and mushes it together to form....well, complete chaos. Writing is just a way of paring away the stuff that belongs with a different chaotic idea.
Kari& Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?
Jade: That would be telling!  Okay, okay. My alter ego Kathy Lyons is doing a great Dream Nights series. (Dream Nights with the CEO, Dream Nights with the Wrong Twin) You might have guessed from the titles that it’s contemporary category (Brazen line from Entangled Publishing). It’s also SEXY.  Here’s what you need to know about it: Shared erotic dreams in a special B&B. That’s it. Two strangers start having hot dreams. And then they get to figure it out in the daylight!
Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?
Jade: Ziggy by Tom Wilson. Because...frankly, my entire childhood was very Ziggy-esque. Things just often turned out badly for me. I’m really not sure why. Not in a sad, child abuse way, but in a that’s too funny. Did that really happen? Yes, I really did trip over a painted line. Yes, I really did turn in my English paper to my physics teacher. Yes, my cat’s favorite position on my body is with her tail draped over my face. Which puts her butt...yeah, right there.
Kari& Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
Jade: A housecat. Sleep all day/ play all night, my base requirements completely fulfilled, and no need to do anything but be snooty unless I need a cuddle.

About the author:
USA Today Bestseller, JADE LEE has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. And as a Taurus, she lives to pit a headstrong woman against a tortured hero just to watch them butt heads on the way to true love. Flesh wounds are rare, but the healing and laughter are real.
Now an author of more than 30 romance novels, she finally gets to set these couples in the best girl-heaven of all: a Bridal Salon! This way she gets to live out all her wedding fantasies, one by one. (Let’s be honest, what girl has only one idea for her dream wedding?) For more on the Bridal Favors series, visit Jade on the web at herwebsiteFacebook or Twitter.
And don’t forget Jade’s other name, KATHY LYONS. That’s Jade’s lighter, contemporary side. She writes for Harlequin Blaze merging hawt sex and funny relationships into really great reads. Visit her website.

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