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Annalise Hadley knew her bridegroom, the Duke of Bloodsworth, wa
During his years of fighting the war in India, Owen Crawford had become very good at killing and unfit for his former life as the Earl of McDowell. When he finds a battered and nearly drown young woman on a muddy river bank, his urge to rescue and heal her surprises him. As she slowly recovers, her courage and the secrets she is obviously hiding intrigue him enough to want to keep her near. But deadly danger intrudes on their growing love and threatens to destroy them both.
Like many of Sophie Jordan’s historical romances, this one takes place outside of the lofty world of the ton. Both Annalise and Owen are outsiders in their own worlds—her because of her lowly birth and upbringing, him because of his experience in war. They never expect to find happiness, much less love. Ms. Jordan throws them together under unusual circumstances and skillfully makes us believe they can fall in love and heal each other, although not without a lot of soul-searching and self-sacrifice. And the story also has its share of action and attempted murder—both appropriate to the characters and their situations—that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Fresh, original and full of heart, HOW TO LOSE A BRIDE IN ONE NIGHT delivers everything I love in a historical romance and more!
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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
Do Not read this if you don't want Spoilers. Where to begin? T
also check. Then all down hill. I get that initially the heroine wouldn't trust anyone. But no one the whole story? No trying to cont...
also check. Then all down hill. I get that initially the heroine wouldn't trust anyone. But no one the whole story? No trying to contact her family, especially since her father could have dealt with the Duke quickly. Owen could have taken care of the Duke quickly. And why did no one and I mean no one even know that the Dukes wife disappeared. Why did Owen never look into her being missing in anyway, say by reading a paper? How did no one not care enough to look for someone looking for someone? The wife of the Duke. 7th in line for the throne, is missing and NOT one person through out the whole book has any knowledge of this? I truly wanted the Duke to kill her, she deserved to die for being so stubbornly, stupidly stupid. No one was looking for her, no one had heard anything. I just can't believe that. It is beyond belief. So many options better than what Ms. Jordan wrote. Why not let Jack her father have some suspicion that the Duke, who isn't even mourning her death, is bad. I just don't get how ineffectual and weak every single person is, except for the Duke. And the stupid ending, What on earth? During a dinner party the Duke is going to try to kill her? Maybe he is as dumb as everyone else. So many not just better but easier and more sensible endings. I am so highly disappointed. I know Ms. Jordan could have done better without trying hard. I think it may have been more work to make it this bad.
posted by marian1 on August 2, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2013
It was a good idea...
The idea of the book itself was a good one, I just didnt care for the way the story developed. It felt a little rushed at the end. if she had added 30 maybe 50 pages more. How about having her almost run into him a couple of times. The fight scenes being more intense. She gives a duke a true essence of evil and then just brings him down quickly. Why notlet him reek havoc fora bit let the earl fightfor her more. Make us anticipate the end, like just when you think evil wins the earl finds her, I dont know it just left me kinf of like what thats it? But it seems a trend ive read a couple of books back to back that have left me wuth this feeling.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2013
Posted September 10, 2013
Not something that I would read again
I bought this book on a whim because I loved the blurb. Plus, the title was so catchy! I also slightly remember reading the first book of the series but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the details.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story starts of pretty good. We get to met Annalise, the bastard daughter of one of the richest men in London who just wed a Duke. They go off on their honeymoon on a barge with only the Duke’s valet for company. Anxious for her wedding night, Annalise doesn’t realize that her new husband plans to kill her until it’s too late and he smothers her with a pillow and throws her overboard and left for dead. She is found miles away by Owen Crawford, the Earl of McDowell who just came back from the war trying to forget his past. He rescues her and meets a band of gypsies on the way who reluctantly agrees to help them. Annalise comes to about a week later and decides not to tell Own who she really is. He brings her to recuperate in his London town house and starts to fall for her. All is revealed when Annalise was seen by the Duke in town.
I immediately connected with Annalise and I thought she was a brave young woman trying to forget that she was killed and left for dead by her new husband. I also thought that adding an affliction or imperfection, if you will. She fell when she was a child and broke her leg which apparently did not heal right but after she broke her leg again when the Duke threw her overboard, the gypsy allowed it to heal and set it right so she wasn’t limping anymore. I did think that this was a little bit farfetched since it had been years since she broke her leg and it would be a little bit impossible for it to completely healed minus the limp, right?
I also liked Owen at first and thought that he had a lot of baggage on him, especially since he came back from the war. Unfortunately, I thought his avoiding and ignoring Anna was a little too much and I felt that it was him playing hard to get. Which brings me to the point that it was Annalise who was doing all the seducing! Don’t get me wrong and I am all for a girl who goes after what she wants but at a certain point in the story, it was getting too much.
The end was a little too….non-thrilling. I would have expected more to happen to the Duke and would have wanted him to get his comeuppance very violently and by Owen or her but no, it was this debutante who wanted him all for himself! eeek! There wasn’t much drama in that area!
All in all, I thought it was an OK read and it is not something that I may read again, though.
Posted August 30, 2013
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