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Chasing the Bride

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This was a short sweet read if a tad predictable. I think I'm getting burnout with historical romance. there is a lack of new ideas and even my favourite authors like Ms Ridley are starting to lose my interest. There was nothing wrong with this book and its a quick read so holds your attention but there is nothing exciting about it. 
I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review
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Tabitha's father is dying and his dying wish is for her to marry his old friend and heal a long family fued between the  families, tabitha  is not ready to marry a man three times her age, but with her fathers health declining she feels she has no choice.

Hudson is the Duke of Oakfield's man of business and is aware that the Duke is only interested in Tabithas dowry to clear his gambling debts and is also aware the the family fued is no longer in place.

When Tabitha abscond from the wedding she runs away to Marrywell, the festival might be over but she could think of nowhere also to go.

Hudson is sent to find her and bring her back to be married but Tabitha convinces him to allow her one more week of freedom before consigning her to her fate.

The only problem is the more time he spends with her the more he wants to keep him for himself.

As the mutual attraction grows they both know they only have a week but what happens when the both want forever.

A really good book, as I have come to expect from the author, story clipped on at a pace and I was sorry when it ended.
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Just a good one.
Read it in one sitting. Four stars read.
I deeply enjoyed it.
Thanks to netgalley for this book
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Really enjoyed this exciting and engaging romantic adventure. Highly entertaining, fun filled, emotional journey filled with witty banter, heart racing twists and so many fun and intriguing charters.
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Ooh this was a fun read! You can't help but empathize with Tabitha, betrothed as a infant to a terrible old man but afraid of going against her family duty. And then you have Hudson, who has the employer-employee loyalty for that same old man, but can't bear the thought of seeing Tabitha's spirit crushed in such a marriage. Of course they're a batter match for each themselves, but how to make it work? This was a fun read with the right amount of tension, hijinks, romance and drama. I enjoyed it.
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Erica Ridley is my favorite comfort romance reader. For the most part I can enjoy a simple, lovely, happy story without much trauma or complication. Chasing the Bridge is a fluffy romance with a little darkness at its heart: Lady Tabitha Kerr's father promised her to a much older man before she was born as a way to mend a rift between two families. But Lady Tabitha's intended is a real creep who will absolutely exploit and abuse her if the marriage comes to pass. Thankfully his man of business, Hudson, has a soft spot for Lady Tabitha and is sent to retrieve the runaway bride.  There is no on-page violence, but there's a foreboding vibe that might not be for everyone.
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Kept wondering until the end! Page turner!  Lady Tabitha Kerr  has been betrothed to the Viscount Oldfield since she was born.  Her father promised his daughter in exchange for saving his life during the war.Oldfield has a servant, Hudson  Frampton who is his longtime right hand man, businessman, fixer, and attack dog.  So when Lady Tabitha leaves the Viscount jilted at the alter, Hudson is tasked with finding her and bringing her back same time and place in one week. Things go nothing as Frampton had planned. It is up to you to see how it turns out.  Thanks to the following for giving me an early copy.  Opinions are my own honest opinions..
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Publication Date:  June 9, 2023
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My thanks to the Publishers via NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

This was an engaging read, telling the story of Lady Tabitha Kerr who had been promised at birth by her father to try and ease tension between their family and the family of Viscount Oldfield.  Sadly, Viscount Oldfield and his reputation go before him and are not quite the sort of man that she would like to marry.

As Lady Tabitha comes to terms with what she has to face up to in order to please her father who is not in the best of health, she decides that she can't go through with it and jilts the Viscount at the altar.

As the Viscount is keen to find her, step in one of his employees Mr Hudson Frampton.  However, things don't go to plan and it's not long before things take a turn between Tabitha and Hudson that were most certainly not supposed to happen.

What will they do as they both realise that things between them are not what should be happening?  

It was a quick read, that kept me reading when I should have been doing other things as I wanted to find out what was going to happen to them all.
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Already number six in the Lords in Love series. This time the story doesn’t take place during the annual Merriwell fair, but mostly after the event.

Lady Tabitha has been ‘given’ as a bethroted to one of her father’s fiends as a gift to end the feud between the families. But marrying a man, who is older than your father isn’t exactly the love match Tabitha would have wanted. But, being the dutiful daughter, she agrees to speed up the wedding, since her father is ill. However, when arriving at the altar, she gets cold feet and she flees the scene.

Only to be caught in the town of Merriwell by her fiance’s watchdog. The ever Stoic Hudson. Hudson has been pining for his employers bethroted. As his man of business, Hudson is very aware of Viscount Oldfield’s indiscretions. So, when he is tasked with retrieving Tabitha before the (next) marriage date, he agrees to let her enjoy her last days of freedom in Merriwell.

Of course they end up falling in love, because Erica always has stories with happy endings. In all a very warm, cute and coy story. Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
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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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Lady Tabitha is the perfect heroine and I was cheering for her on every page. It was so fun following her story. I can't wait for Erica Ridley's next story.
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I received an advanced reader’s copy of Chasing the Bride by Erica Ridley.

I liked the two main characters: Lady Tabitha Kerr and Mr. Hudson Frampton. I liked how the romance was built between them. I thought the resolution with her father happened fast but due to her father’s condition perhaps a change of mind on his part could happen quickly.
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Thank you Netgalley and WebMotion for the ARC!

- I was so excited when I realized this book is about Lady Tabitha, and then when I realized that it’s also got some of my favorite tropes (fake dating, there’s only one bed) I was sold!
- I loved the way she wrote Hudson’s pov! She does such an incredible job really creating tension with a dual POV.
- this one felt a bit more dramatic, which is why this isn’t a 5 star read for me. I loved it, but at times it started to get hard to suspend my disbelief.
- the last few chapters were better than I thought they would be! I want more with Hudson and Tabitha!
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This is Book 6 of the Lords in Love series. Ms. Ridley is a very talented author and I always enjoy reading her books. She does an excellent job of bringing the story and the characters to life and this was no exception. Since birth, Tabitha has been promised as a bride to Viscount Oldfield, who is several years her senior. But she has no desire to marry him, obviously for his age, and he is a terrible rake and gambles too much, and quite simply just gives her the creeps. However, their families have been feuding and being the loyal daughter that she is, she knows she must marry him in order to bring peace between the families. Hudson is employed by the viscount and has been admiring Tabitha for years. He feels bad for the position she is in, but not being part of her world, he has to keep his thoughts to himself. But when Tabitha goes off to enjoy a few last moments peace before settling into a lifetime of misery, Oldfield sends Hudson off to find her and bring her back. With his deep feelings for her and the close proximity they share for days, he can no longer keep his feelings hidden. Both fall deeply in love in the short time they are alone, but can they have a future together?
This was a sweet and heartwarming read, and I was completely swept up into the story. Ms. Ridley does a lovely job of creating vivid scenes that completely bring the story and the characters to life. The story was very entertaining and kept my interest from start to finish. The storyline had a nice combination of romance and drama and flowed smoothly and the plot twists kept me turning the pages. The relationship that developed between Hudson and Tabitha was sweet and I enjoyed their dialogue. A very enjoyable story I am glad to have had the opportunity to read. 
I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.
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Lady Tabitha Kerr valued her freedom and really didn’t want to give it up despite being unwillingly betrothed to Viscount Oldfield. Tabitha doesn’t even like him nor his right-hand man, Mr. Hudson Frampton. Luckily, Tabitha’s father grants her one month to enjoy her time being single and Tabitha even gets to spend the time at the matchmaking festival in Marrywell. Tabitha even enjoys herself a little bit and finds out Hudson isn’t as bad as she thought he was. Hudson does hide a closely guarded secret that he must never tell a soul. Hudson is actually deeply in love with Tabitha. Still, at the appointed time he brings her back to get married to the viscount. Before the viscount and Tabitha say the vows Tabitha runs away to Marrywell with Hudson hot on her trail. Hudson is able to track her down, but she talks him into spending time with her as her pretend husband. Hudson knows that this isn’t a good idea because if Tabitha or worse the viscount finds out truly how he feels he could lose everything anyway.
What a delightfully funny Regency historical romance that was just a joy to read! The story moves well, and the many plot twists just kept me turning pages. This isn’t dark or Gothic either even with some a forced marriage, society marrying beneath their station and some unsavory side characters. Still the book was still light and a feel-good tale. There seemed to be some things that were left out it didn’t hurt the long-standing history between the Tabitha and Hudson or maybe it’s just me wanting a bit more into their lives. Tabitha the marriage shy heroine might have her faults but isn’t a bad person. Her sense of honor and respect for her father is commendable even though no one really listens to her except Hudson. Hudson the stoic droll unflappable hero isn’t a bad guy but obviously has some very strong feelings for Tabitha when he should have told her how he feels instead of waiting so long. Ms. Erica Ridley just knows how to tell a great story with wonderful characters that I just can’t wait to read more of her books!
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Another entertaining and well  plotted historical romance. Erida Ridley knows how to write entertaining and well plotted stories
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this ebook and this is my freely given opinion.

This is book 6 of the Lords in Love series, written by Erica Ridley. In this one, our lovers are not looking to make a match at the Marrywell matrimonial fair. Instead, our heroine, Lady Tabitha Kerr, rather ironically finds peace and solace there. She is not looking for her ideal love match, you see, because she is already promised in wedlock to a peer. The match was made before she was even born, by her father, the marquess, to an old friend, the Viscount Oldfield. Apparently they had become fast friends during war, when Oldfield saved the Marquess's life, but prior to that, their families were on opposite sides of some kind of rift. Her father had hopes that the union of his daughter to his old friend would heal the old wounds, and as he is terminally ill, that he would see them wed before he died.

Unfortunately, Lady Tabitha despises Oldfield, who is a disgusting old roue more interested in carousing, drinking, gambling, and rogering whores and ogling the other debs bosoms that courting his own fiancee. What he is interested in however is manipulating his friend, and getting his hands on Tabetha's inheritance especially as he has run through his own wealth like it was water. But Tabitha is loyal and obedient to her father, and no matter how much she may not wish to, she has resolved to marry Oldfield because of her loyalty.... but not quite until she absolutely has to...

While Tabitha runs off to find some peace, and fun before having to sacrifice herself to her fiancee and a life of misery, Oldfield sets his man of business, his personal hound, talented investor and factotum Hudson Frampton after her, to keep her in line and ensure she returns to wed Oldfield. However, Frampton has been suppressing his attraction and admiration of the Lady Tabitha for years, and now that they are forced to be in intimately close quarters for days at a time, he falls deeply in love with her, despite knowing that he cannot have her. Likewise Tabitha learns that Hudson is more than just Oldfield's yes man, and they enjoy their stolen time together, knowing what they really want is out of reach for them.

But can Lady Tabitha give up her freedom and the possibility of the love she found with Hudson to be a martyr to her father's wishes? Or can she and Hudson turn away from her declared fate to seek out a future of hope and love together?

I quite enjoyed this story because of the stolen time that Hudson and Tabitha enjoyed together when she did the runaway bride routine. Their growing closeness was very sweet with lots of yearning desire, fighting temptation, and unrequited love. I was likewise disgusted by the complete cluelessness of her father though - he was supposed to be so close to Oldfield, but is either unknowing of his reprehensible behaviour and his disrespectful treatment of the daughter he is supposed to love, or willfully ignorant, and willing to sacrifice his daughter to a likely miserable future? His only child??? I love my parents, but that does not mean I am willing to face decades of misery and probably disease/dismemberment/dementia/death related to syphilis for them. As for Hudson - what is with his loyalty to his employer? He obviously built his own wealth, and doesn't really like or respect Oldfield - why could he not have found a position with another peer considering his talents? Why did he not inform the Marquess of Oldfield's finances and behaviours and how he plans on misusing Tabitha and her inheritance?

Otherwise, I did enjoy the story telling and the runaway bride theme of the story, as well as the hints of the adjacent storylines from the other books in the series.

3.75 stars out of 5
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Book six in the Lords in Love series. Lady Tabitha Kerr and Mr. Hudson Frampton's story of a love because of class that should not happen. I enjoyed reading this well written story. Another great story in this series. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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This is a romantic and exciting story. Tabitha is a sweet, obedient daughter who will unwillingly marry the man her father betrothed her to before she was born, even though he disgusts him. Hudson is the grooms man of business and guard dog, and who gets sent to retrieve Tabitha when she runs from her wedding. A fun, romantic and sweet week follows his discovery of her. Tabitha then has to decide if duty or love is more important. It has a very enjoyable storyline the I got completely immersed in.
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4.5 stars

I love a hero who can handle his business. Hudson is that kind of hero. He’s loyal, caring and not afraid to get his hands dirty. He’s also completely in love and falling harder with every encounters. Tabitha is a dutiful daughter, even to her own detriment. Thankfully, Hudson is there for her every step of the way and a HEA rules the day. 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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