Bride in Trouble (Bay of Islands Brides, #1)

Bride in Trouble (Bay of Islands Brides, #1)

by Serenity Woods

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Bride in Trouble (Bay of Islands Brides, #1) by Serenity Woods

A sexy contemporary romance by the USA Today bestselling author of the Three Wise Men box set.

Book 1: Bride in Trouble

She's getting married in ten days, but she doesn't remember the groom…

Phoebe Goldsmith wakes up in hospital after suffering a head injury to find that all her memories of the last eight years have vanished.

She doesn't remember her father passing away. She doesn't remember opening the Bay of Islands Brides shop with her mother and sisters.

And she definitely doesn't remember Rafe Masters, the gorgeous firefighter who tells her that they're due to be married on Valentine's Day in ten days' time.

Rafe insists they're madly in love, but the thought of saying 'I do' to a complete stranger makes Phoebe want to run for the hills. Her family suggests she postpone the wedding until her memory returns. But Rafe's determined not to give up on their marriage before it's even started. He has ten days to convince Phoebe that he's still her Mr. Right, and he's determined to win her all over again, no matter what it takes.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155422853
Publisher: Serenity Woods
Publication date: 02/14/2018
Series: Bay of Islands Brides , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,144
File size: 797 KB

About the Author

Serenity Woods lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her wonderful husband and gorgeous teenage son. She writes hot and sultry contemporary romance with a happy ever after, and has won various writing competitions including the Harlequin Blaze Aviator Challenge and the RWNZ First Impressions Contest. She would much rather immerse herself in reading or writing romance than do the dusting and ironing, which is why it’s not a great idea to pop round if you have any allergies. You can check out all her books at

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Bride in Trouble (Bay of Islands Brides, #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Serenity Woods fan here. If you like big family series without cliffhangers but make you so committed you have to find out what happens in everyone's lives then is your read. Throw in a side of a dirty talking fine male specimen and independent females always helps. Enjoy.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The idea was good, but it dragged on too long. Much was made over Phoebe's part in her father's death, but there wasn't much to it. I disliked Rafe from the beginning. He seemed dishonest and untrustworthy then he suddenly changed, or seemed to at the end.
Anonymous 6 months ago
GJRA. A hard book to really get into. 172 pages that didn't keep me reading into the night. Doubt I will read more of this series. GJRA
Anonymous 8 months ago
I have read most of this author's books, but this book didn't grab me. I don't like woman who want men to pay for someone else's mistakes, or vice versa. While the author tried to garner sympathy for her and still make her a strong woman, I found her to be shortsighted and stuck in childhood memories, with a short fuse. Additionally, I don't care enough about the other characters introduced to want to read their stories. I'm really disappointed; I was looking forward to a new series.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Delightful story. I like the author's writing style. The story was easy to follow, and kept you guessing, wiil she or won't she.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review of Bride In Trouble by Serenity Woods (Bay of Islands Brides #1) by Serenity Woods The first book in a new series from Serenity Woods and is about Phoebe Goldsmith and her hot fire fighter Rafe Masters. What happens when the woman you love is involverd in an accident 10 days before your scheduled wedding? That is the position and smoking hot Rafe finds himself suddenly in when Phoebe is hit by a car which causes retrograde amnesia/traumatic brain injury. All Phoebe's memories from the last 8 years have gone and although she knows her family, she has no recollection of meeting or falling in love with Rafe and subsequently planning their wedding. Not only that, but she has no recollection of the deaths of her father or her sister in law or the birth of her niece. Phoebe is struggling and overwhelmed by all that she has lost. Rafe is determined to show Phoebe how in love they are, after all he has 10 days to convince her to go through with the wedding, it should be easy, right? In essence this is a second chance at love story with the added complication caused by amnesia. This was a roller coaster of a read as you could not help but put yourself in both Phoebe and Rafe’s shoes and feel their torment, frustrations and pain. Adding to Phoebe uncertainty is the feeling that her family and Rafe are not being entirely truthful with her and are hiding some things. I certainly felt for all the characters as they manoeuvred their way through such a complicated path. Well written and although not a particularly long read, it is a story that will capture your interest and hold it until the end. Can Phoebe find her true self again, or will she be lost forever along with the memories of the last eight years? One click and find out. I look forward to reading more in the series.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
First book in the new series Bay of Islands Brides and if this book is anything to go by this is going to be another great series from Serenity Woods. What happens when you wake up with no recognition of the last eights years of your life well that’s exactly what happened to Phoebe and in her mind she is 18 just about to go off to University when in reality she is 28 and is about to get married in a couple of weeks. What follows is a man needing to show his fiancée why she loves him, Rafe needs to prove to Phoebe not only that he loves her but she also loves him....... This book captivated me, it drew me in from the first chapter and I couldn’t put it down, it’s a beautifully written love story with characters you can’t help falling in love with, there are some twists and turns as well as some seriously hot scenes. Rafe is a man we would all love to have fighting in our corner, he is determined to do what ever is needed to make Phoebe fall in love with him again and did I mention how hot he is. If this series is anything like previous ones I have read by this author each book will be a stand-alone with a connection to the series. Looking forward to the next book in the Bay of Islands Brides. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book
Anonymous 3 months ago
It was a time getting started and at times seemed to repeat itself but then someone suffering from head trama does need to hear things over and over. I thought Rafe was trying his best to do the right thing and was a great guy. This was a stressful situation for both of them and their families as well. I would have liked more interaction between family members. The story came to a good ending. One I was hoping for.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed reading this book very much with its beautiful end!
Anonymous 4 months ago
didn't want to put the book down. read it in a night.
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Anonymous 7 months ago
I did not get through the first chapter. This writer wants to use Jesus or Christ as her primary exclamatory word and mixes it with the f bomb and holy. I will pray for her but will not waste my time trying to read her . She is apparently lacking in vocabulary. Very disappointing that she tries to slap readers in the face with such profanity.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Not recommended for Christians The story story was good and that is why 3-stars instead of 1 or 2. But, in a movie it would be rated at least as R. I purchased it because of the great reviews but found it to be very graphic sexual 'scenes' and I do not appreciate reading stories where the Lord's name is taken in vain. And it was page after page. I'll not be purchasing anything further from this authkor.
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Good read. I can’t wait till the next one comes out.
DianaInSC More than 1 year ago
Bride in Trouble by Serenity Woods 5 stars Romance Readers, you've got to read this book! This book captivated me from the very first page and never let go. The exquisite emotions, the loveable characters, and the sensory imagery kept me blissfully anchored in the story. I think this is Serenity’s best series yet because I could not ask for or imagine a better contemporary romance novel. It is so romantic and has such intimate and sensual love scenes. Plus, the setting is the lovely town of Kerikeri on the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. I absolutely love Rafe! He is my new favorite book boyfriend. Sure, he is not quite perfect, but the way he loves Phoebe melts my heart. I highly recommend this book to all fans of sexy contemporary romance. I received a free advanced reading copy from the author, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
JANE_LANE04 More than 1 year ago
Bride in Trouble sets a high bar for Serenity Woods's new Bay of Islands Brides series. Woods give us an uncommon situation, amnesiac bride-to-be, and makes it believable. When an accident cause Phoebe to lose the last eight years of her life, not only is Pheobe's life shaken up, but so it that of her family and her fiancee, Rafe. Phoebe doesn't remember the gorgeous man she's set to marry, nor why her life was set to change so drastically after her wedding. Rafe is regretting the fight he had with Phoebe before her accident, as well as the promise he made to Phoebe's mother to keep a secret from her. Rafe can't imagine his life without Phoebe and puts his all into convincing her to go ahead with their wedding. This was a book of fantastic characters. Phoebe has a loving family ready to help her however they could, even if they have chosen to keep certain information from her. We have to guess at what put Phoebe on a different life path before her accident, but it can't be too crazy, we really need to believe what's happening. I appreciated how reasonably both Phoebe and Rafe behaved about their quandary. Rafe was supportive, but not pushy. Yet he never wavered in trying to show Phoebe how much they loved each other and why they should still get married. Phoebe did her best to take it a day at a time, trying to figure out what her life currently looked like, while still wanting to figure out why things were the way they were. I was most appreciative of Phoebe's attitude about her situation. She acknowledged she might never remember the last eight years and was determined to make choices for "New Phoebe," not just stick to what "Old Phoebe" might want. I can't wait to read more in this series! I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.
Renee25 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I rarely give a 5 star rating. Phoebe can't remember Rafe or the last 8 years. I loved Rafe and thought he was the perfect book boyfriend. He doesn't give up but he is so patient with her in fact there is a scene where she is the pushy one. She asks the question "Do I trust who I am now, my feelings, who I'm told I was, or ????? Can't image. Great family support. Very romantic but also very steamy IMO.
JigsawGirl More than 1 year ago
So well done. This was a sweet, sexy, thoughtful read. I liked Rafe. He was so thoughtful in putting Phoebe's needs above his own. He showed her he truly loved her even if she wasn't quite aware of how much. I liked Phoebe. Her accident could have played out as dreadful and dramatic, but it was acknowledged as a thing in life that happens, and we should move forward the best we can. I like that she didn't hide from what happened, even if she wanted to do so. This was a true romance with each of them proving their love. I have to give Phoebe credit, that even when the truth came out, she handled it like a champ. And, Rafe was right there to support her. Another engaging tale that leaves you with a smile on your face. I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy.
pwall55 More than 1 year ago
Bride in Trouble is Bay of Islands Brides book one by Serenity Woods. The story begins with the mystery of Phoebe Goldsmith missing memory after an accident. This is a very effective way of drawing in the reader, because I was caught up in the story as soon as Phoebe opened her eyes in the hospital. From there, the missing eight years continue to haunt the family, her fiancé and Phoebe herself. Phoebe and Rafe’s story is one of complexity as Rafe works to win Phoebe’s love again. His trying to win her heart again makes this a second chance story. The amnesia plot line works well with the family and the couple trying to work through it all. I loved with how Rafe and Phoebe’s family supported Phoebe no matter what she was thinking or couldn’t remember. Whether or not the wedding will go on as scheduled is a big question. Tied to this is, will Phoebe remember something that would stop the wedding? Questions that I had that kept me reading. I enjoyed how this is a realistic story of what could happen to someone with a head injury. It is not a murder mystery or dangerous situation story but one like my friend’s son went through after a severe head injury. The emotional intensity that Ms. Woods writes so well is part of this compelling story with solid everyday characters. This is a family and community that I want to read about more. The publisher/author gave me a complimentary ARC of the book which I chose to read and review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
WOW ~ Just ~ W O W ~ Hooked from page one I could not put this book down till I finished the last page. Phoebe wakes in the hospital with no memory of the past eight years and learns that she is to be married in ten days to a man she does not remember. She is definitely attracted to him but how can she marry a stranger? Rafe, her fiancé, is determined to woo and win her in the time allotted and sets out to do just that. Some of the things Phoebe learns about herself and her life surprise her greatly and make her wonder if everyone is being 100% truthful with her…and that begins to create a dilemma for her. What will she do at the end of the ten days? Will she marry Rafe? Or will she not? I loved the build-up of this story and the twist that remained a mystery till nearly the end. I loved Rafe – what a wonderful man he is – so easy to fall in love with! And Phoebe – her journey was not easy for her or for those around her – but what a great strength she showed as the days passed and revelations occurred. I LOVED this book! The siblings of Phoebe and some friends of the couple make appearances and I hope that I will get to read their romantic stories as the series progresses. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review.
specialangel87 More than 1 year ago
Bride In Trouble is another great book by Serenity Woods and a good start to a new series. I was hooked from the opening scene to the last page. I enjoyed the family dynamics between Phoebe and her family. The love between them was strong, even when they didn't see eye-to-eye. The way Rafe loved and respected Noelle was heartwarming. The relationship between Rafe and Phoebe was volatile. There was definitely sexual chemistry. I didn't give the book 5 stars for a couple of reasons. I felt Phoebe's physical recovery was a bit fast. Maybe things are different in NZ than here in the US, but I've never seen patients allowed to leave their rooms and go to the hospital cafe or a nurse make the decision to remove an IV. I didn't like the way Rafe didn't back off when Phoebe tried to push him away. He just kept going until she finally gave in. IMO, that's not right. I do look forward to reading the next book in the series. I'm really looking forward to Noelle's story. I love mature romances.
RRSmall More than 1 year ago
Review This is the first book in a new series by Serenity Woods, and it is amazing. Phoebe wakes up in the hospital, realizing she has been in an accident, and can’t remember the last eight years of her life. She also finds out she is supposed to be married in ten days, but can’t remember the groom, or any of their relationship. Rafe, is the hot firefighter, who is deeply in love with her, and sets out to remind her how and why they feel in love before the big day arrives. This is such a wonderful, sweet, sexy love story. As always, Serenity gives us great characters, and her writing makes me feel as if they are real people I would love to know. This book pulled me in from the very first page, and kept me engrossed to the very end. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
He has ten days to make her fall in love with him again. 4.5* Wow, find out what happens when you open your eyes to discover you’re in a hospital bed and have lost the last eight years of your life, oh and are getting married to a stranger in ten days time! Another wonderful book from Serenity. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.