What woman wouldn’t want to marry a duke? Become a duchess and have the whole world at your feet.
Sounds pretty darn good, now doesn’t it?
Well it does to me!
And in Sophie Jordan’s wonderful new release, How to Lose a Bride in One Night, that is what Annalise Hadley thinks she’s achieved. The handsome Duke of Bloodsworth asked her, of the the eligible woman in London to be his duchess. Even though she wasn’t pretty, and her father was a commoner. (Albeit an incredibly wealthy commoner)
And then there was the matter of her limp, from a broken leg that had never healed correctly.
But Bloodsworth was kind considerate and told her none of it mattered. That he wanted her and he intended to marry her.
And they did, and their wedding night was to be a romantic one, spent on the water.
No I’m not going to tell you what happens
But meet Owen Crawford, the Earl of McDowell who still hasn’t been able to reconcile that he has returned from war and life moved on. His brother married Owens childhood best friend and they had a baby. Owen might have cared for her as more than just a friend. Not to mention his other brother had died in that same war.
He had become a man he didn’t recognize. Lost, cut off from people, even his family, no matter how they tried to include him. And the nightmares of what he’d done halfway around the world. the death the killing.
He was better off alone.
But Owen was a protector and while he is traveling he spots a lump lying halfway in the river. A bedraggled bundle that turns out to be a body.
The body of a young woman. His protective instincts kick in and he scoops her up and runs into a camp of gypsies. They take the two of them in and help Anna (as she prefers to be called) heal.
You see, Anna doesn’t want to go back to her husband so she pretends not to know who she is. That she’s a duchess. That she’s married.
Instead, she recuperates with the help of Owen. He is drawn to her but doesn’t think he deserves a decent woman, because of what he did in the war. They can’t deny the growing attraction to each other and need one another to help heal their inner demons. He thinks to teach her to protect herself then send her away, but he can’t.
However, secrets will always come out, and when a confrontation with Bloodsworth occurs, Annalise is no longer the shy quiet bride
Owen learns that the heart wants, what the heart wants. And he wants Annalise.
This is a continuation of the Forgotten Princesses series, and it is a wonderful read. Annalise is a very likeable heroine and Owen is a hero you just want to alternatively hug and then shake some sense into.
Sophie Jordan has another winner! I highly recommend this book! I received this book as part of my participation as an Avon Addict.