I absolutely adore Rebecca Chance’s novels. I’ve read them all, and each and every one would make it into my list of favourite reads, so I was mega excited when I got sent a copy of Rebecca’s new book Bad Brides* to review. Now would it be as good as her other 6 stories?
Absolutely YES! Bad Brides is a fun, engaging and unbeatable bonkbuster – as funny as Rebecca’s other books, and also a lot more saucy! (And I didn’t think it could get raunchier than her last offering Killer Queens – #BananaLove!)
Bad Brides tells the battle of two brides-to-be Brianna Jade and Milly, each desperate to be the cover model of brand new magazine Style Brides. We follow their journeys to the altar (with lots of twists and turns along the way) and see how they and their fiancés, friends and family cope with the pressure of their upcoming nuptials, and who takes the crown as Style Brides cover star.
The two brides couldn’t be more different. Brianna Jade is a sweet-as-American-pie pageant queen from Kewanee, Illinois. She likes the simple life and is marrying Edmund, Earl of Respers, as part of an arranged marriage set up by her doting yet slightly pushy mother Tamra. Milly on the other hand is an upper class British actress, hell bent on becoming Style Brides cover girl; willing to take any measures necessary to come out on top, and raise her own profile as an international superstar.
The boys characters well mirror their fiancées- Edmund is as sweet and mild mannered as Brianna Jade – a true English gent. Tarquin, a narcissistic hipster and front man of his self-named band, wound me up just as much as Milly did! Whilst Tarquin doesn’t have Milly’s nasty streak, he is oblivious to his fiancée’s infidelities and desperate ploys for attention, and does share her self indulgent side.
Relationships are confused by the presence of other characters such as Eva, Milly’s poor long-suffering best friend who just happens to be head over heels in love with Tarquin! Then there’s Abel Wellbeloved (great name!) the country bumpkin pig farmer who Brianna Jade feels an instant affinity with. There’s also the case of drunken (and naked!) mistaken identity at an engagement party between two characters who definitely shouldn’t be in bed together!
One of the things I liked most about Bad Brides was the fact that many characters from Chance’s previous novels also feature. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the other books, but if you have it’s like welcoming back old friends! This also incorporates some of my favourite aspects from the other books into Bad Brides. If you’re a fashion fan, you’ll love Style magazine’s editors Jodie Raeburn and Victoria Glossop – very Anna Wintour! (And you should definitely read Killer Heels.) If you’re a Made In Chelsea fan, you’ll love that Princess Sophie and her evil sidekick Lady Araminta Farquhar-Featherstonehaugh make another appearance from Killer Queens; and they bring another of their upper crust friends, the devilish rogue Dominic de Rohan with them too!
*Thanks very much to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for sending me an Advanced Review Copy of Bad Brides. All thoughts are completely my own.
Here’s the official blurb:
Good brides promise to obey. Bad brides wouldn’t dream of it… Milly Gamble is an up-and-coming actress, and the perfect English flower child. At 23, she’s always been cast as the innocent heroine. But looks can deceive. Calculating and fiercely ambitious, Milly is determined to be the most famous star in England. And how better to achieve her goal than by dating Tarquin Ormond, lead singer of the biggest folk band of the moment? Tarquin is madly in love with Milly; Milly is only in love with herself.
Brianna Jade is an all-American pageant girl. The daughter of Tamra Maloney, a stunning billionairess, Brianna is a sweet, pretty girl who is more than happy to go along with her mother’s ambitious plans for her. Now Tamra’s brought her to the UK and hooked her up with an Earl. He has a crumbling stately home and needs a rich wife to help restore it to its former glory.
Tamra is as ambitious and determined as Brianna is sweet and innocent – is this more a case of mother-in-law-zilla than bridezilla? Both Milly and Brianna’s upcoming weddings will be huge, lavish events that garner national press. But with the cover of the biggest magazine in the country to be won, things are about to get very dirty…
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