Lord Bentley Needs a Bride is a fun, fast-paced novella set in the Regency period. Author, Anne Greene, packs a lot into this story of a future earl choosing a wife.
Hero, Lord Bentley, hires a matchmaker to narrow down his candidates. Honestly, I loved Miss Somerset (the matchmaker) and kind thought the hero should have chosen her! She is older then he, but not on the shelf yet. Maybe we will see a future story for her. Regency novels usually include balls, assemblies, house parties, musicales, and more. This novella gives us most of these along with a variety of entertaining prospective brides. Lady Camilla Merriweather is the hero’s favorite, but has other suitors vying for her hand. Lord Bentley certainly doesn’t beat around the bush in sifting through the elimination process; he’s very methodical and tries to follow and remember the rules. I liked that about him. I feel like I didn’t know Camilla very well. Most of the focus was on Lord Bentley, his life, and personality. She seemed nice though.
The romance was sweet, but with an underlying passion surfacing a little. Give Anne Greene a longer book and I know one could guarantee more romance. A novella where the couple barely meets and have to be engaged quickly doesn’t give much time for more.
If you are in the Regency mood and want a quick, entertaining story, Lord Bentley Needs a Bride, is a great choice for you. Make a pot of tea, put on some classical music, and join the house party of Lord Bentley and friends.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, but was not required to write a review.