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How to Lose a Bride in One Night: Forgotten Princesses

How to Lose a Bride in One Night: Forgotten Princesses

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by Sophie Jordan

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He saved her life…

When Annalise Hadley is tossed over the side of her honeymoon barge, the newly minted duchess knows she’s been left for dead—for her husband’s only interest is in her vast dowry, not her muddied lineage. However, she didn’t count on a savior. Especially not an honorable, sinfully intriguing earl who will tempt


He saved her life…

When Annalise Hadley is tossed over the side of her honeymoon barge, the newly minted duchess knows she’s been left for dead—for her husband’s only interest is in her vast dowry, not her muddied lineage. However, she didn’t count on a savior. Especially not an honorable, sinfully intriguing earl who will tempt her to risk everything—again.

Now he will seduce her heart and soul.

A man with his own demons, Owen Crawford, the reclusive Earl of McDowell, is enchanted by the mysterious, courageous woman he rescued. He will help her heal, teach her to protect herself, and then send her away—so that she’ll never see he’s far from the hero she believes him to be.

But days and nights alone prove that some secrets are meant to be discovered…some desires are too powerful to resist…and some wounds can be healed only by love. 

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“Jordan's latest novel has all the ingredients of a classic romance: a strong heroine with a sharp sense of wit, a sexy hero, and an entertaining, fanciful plot”
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“Truly wonderful.”
Kirkus Reviews
On her wedding night, Annalise is nearly murdered and then thrown from the couple's honeymoon barge into the river; rescued by a war-wounded earl who nurses her back to health, she vows to never be vulnerable again. Annalise should have known better than to believe the Duke of Bloodsworth could love her, despite his pretty promises and charming manner. After years on her own as a penniless orphan, her long-lost father may have found her, dressed her in pretty clothes and set to finding her a blue-blood husband, but she was still crippled, plain and of dubious origin. She should have known the duke couldn't really want her. But still, to try to murder her, then throw her into the river like garbage is even more inconceivable. When she comes to after days of fever and touch-and-go health, she learns that she's been rescued by an enigmatic man of few words, Owen, who found her on the riverbank and brought her to a gypsy healer then helped the gypsy nurse her back to health. Mortified by her husband's absolute rejection and premeditated plans to murder her, she feigns amnesia, which Owen never completely believes. When she has healed enough to leave the gypsy camp, Owen takes her to his London townhouse, where she discovers he's an earl. She's attracted to his gruff kindness and his ability to make her feel safe, even though he makes it clear he doesn't want her around and that bringing her to his home was a mistake. As events unfold, Owen and Annalise will have to be honest with themselves and each other in order to find a healing, sustaining love that can save them from internal and external hazards. Well-written and engaging, despite a few too many "come-hither-no-stop-right-there" situations and some repetitive internal character dithering that becomes more irritating as the story moves forward. An emotionally touching story in which two damaged souls heal and find their happy-ever-after in satisfying ways.

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Forgotten Princesses , #3
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Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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How to Lose a Bride in One Night (Forgotten Princesses Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Lark-Howard More than 1 year ago
Annalise Hadley knew her bridegroom, the Duke of Bloodsworth, was marrying her for her vast dowry but she thought he at least liked her. Her illusions are shattered when her new husband strangles her and  tosses her over the side of their honeymoon barge into the river on their wedding night.  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!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do Not read this if you don't want Spoilers. Where to begin? The plot had so much promise. Brooding hero check, desperate heroine 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.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
Historical Romance isn’t something I normally gravitate towards but I thought the premise of the story was interesting so I wanted to give it a try. I am so glad I did. This was an excellent story! I loved the characters. Annalise was a strong woman, never whiny or feeling sorry for herself. That was quite refreshing. I thought Owens character was really intriguing and looked forward to every detail that was revealed about his life. Annalise and Owen were great together, with a strong connection and attraction. This was such a well written story, it really created a sense of longing for me of wanting them to be together. I really enjoyed their interactions together and it was great having a bit of adventure and intrigue thrown in. The pace was good and I couldn’t put it down. There’s a slow build with their intimacy that really made this story romantic but enough heat to keep me wanting more. I thought that slow build was totally worth it! ;-) How to Lose a Bride in One Night is book 3 in a series but it’s a stand alone book. I’ve learned that some of the characters mentioned in this story are in the other stories as well. I’m actually interested enough that I’d read the other books in the series to learn more about them. I am so glad I tried something new and stepped outside of my box. I really enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great /stubborn love story
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I enjoyed it, devoured it much too quickly.
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Book started out with such a shock. What did this poor girl do that would put her in such a mess,a good read. A real page turner,love it, love it. It is well worth the read.
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Cleopatra11 More than 1 year ago
An interesting storyline that never quite delivered its promises.
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Nancy524 More than 1 year ago
Phew. Where to start? The beginning, I suppose...which, despite the blurb on the back of the book, absolutely threw me for a loop. The inherent evil Jordan creates in her villain is bone-chilling. I've only ever once had such a reaction of horror and fear (in a romance novel) as I did in the first few pages of this book. I do not like feeling horrified and fearful when reading a romance novel - HOWEVER.... Such intense repulsion at the villain (the Duke of Bloodsworth) usually turns me away from a story pretty quickly, but Jordan paints such a lovely picture of hope, love, and kindness in Annalise that I wanted to root for her. I wanted to see her strengthen and find her happily ever after, and I really wanted to see what happened with the duke himself. In romances, members of the peerage (especially dukes) are very much exempt from the law. Murder would've been brushed off in some way, so I was beyond curious as to how Jordan was going to make him pay for his crimes. So I read on... Annalise is dumped overboard after her husband thinks he's killed her. Her body washes ashore, where Owen, Earl of MacDowell, finds her. He takes her to the nearest source of help - a wandering band of Gypsies. Annalise doesn't want anyone to know who she is, for fear that the duke will find her and finish off the job properly. She feigns amnesia and only "remembers" small details (such as her name, which she gives as "Anna"). Owen is an earl with loads of self-loathing. His non-replies to Annalise's persistent questions made me chuckle; his need-to-know nature is, no doubt, reminiscent of his work for the crown while he helped during the war. He sees Annalise as his salvation - if he could just help her get over whatever haunted her eyes, he could possibly look himself in the mirror someday and think he was worthy of happiness. Annalise knows she will eventually want to come out of hiding (once she's all healed up, that is). She believes her family abandoned her - her father selling her to the highest bidder, for instance - and therefore believes herself all alone in the world. She enlists Owen's help in learning self-defense, but he never really gives it to her. (Disappointing.) I did, however, really like the twist at the end, and the way in which Bloodsworth got his due. It was fitting, and the way in which it was written had me feeling as though I was in the room alongside Annalise. After I finished the novel, two points stuck with me: 1.) The positive point: I was pleased with the ending. I won't given anything away, but let's just say that Annalise comes out the winner, socially. 2.) The negative point: When push came to shove, I really wanted Annalise to come at the duke with some of the techniques Owen was supposed to (but never did) teach her. I felt that would've rounded the story out so well, and wouldn't have left me feeling as though something was missing (i.e., by teaching her to defend herself, Owen actively helped Annalise to escape the duke's evil intentions). Overall, I liked the idea of this novel. What was most surprising to me is that I liked the beginning of this novel - Jordan is a flawless writer, a master at her talent of eliciting such visceral reactions from black-and-white pages. All in all, I give this novel 3.5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this novel, but reader beware: This is NOT a light-hearted romance! (Disclaimer: I was provided an digital copy from the publisher for an honest and unbiased review.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself struggling to push through and finish. The plot was interesting in idea but not well executed and the character's unspoken backstories kept getting in the way. I wanted it to get better but unfortunately it did not.
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Liked development of hero and heroine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The drama..danger and back and forth between the characters keeps you hooked. Alittle over 200 pages
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
HOW TO LOSE A BRIDE IN ONE NIGHT by Sophia Jordan is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. #3 and the conclusion of the "Forgotten Princess",but can be read as a stand alone. When Annalise Hadley,a young new bride is tossed overboard by her groom off of their honeymoon barge, you just know this is going to be an interesting as well as an intriguing read. Enter, the tormented, and reclusive,Owen Crawford, the Earl of McDowel,to save her life in more ways than one. Fast paced and filled with passion. An intense,emotional read from the very first page. Based on the Chinese Fairy Tale, "The Beggar Princess" but with a HEA ending. Filled with passion,grief,past mistakes,regret,murderous intentions,wickedness on the part of the bridegroom,romance and lots of love. Oh yeah a band of Gypsies along the way. An absolute treasure to read. Loved it! Ms. Jordan is a consummate storyteller,with her witty banter,her intriguing plots and her engaging characters. You do not want to miss the Fairy Tale come true. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Edelweiss. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this in one day and then reread it because it was awesome.