Despite knowing that the Duke of Bloodsworth was more
attracted to her vast dowry from her father Jack Hadley
than to her, Annalise Hadley was still quietly thrilled at
her wedding. He had picked her of all the ladies available
and she is sure they would enjoy each other well enough to
get along. Unfortunately, one violent and horribly abusive
wedding night soon changes Annalise's mind on that score.
Called a "cow", as she is trussed and dumped overboard and
left to drown, she soon drifted into oblivion.
Meanwhile, a world weary and dispirited ex-soldier lets his
horse amble along close to the riverbank. He had left his
family home shortly after being there for a few days and
especially after seeing how happy his brother and his
would be the point? There is now nothing to come back to.
childhood sweetheart, Paget, are since their wedding. What
Suddenly, his training as a soldier kicks in and he is
suddenly alert as he spots a sodden mess near the
riverbank. Is it a trap?
Discovering it was a woman barely alive, Owen finds a new
purpose and vows to save her. He cares for her and, with
the aid of some gypsies, saves her. But, who is this
mystery woman? It does not matter who she is or what had
happened. Now, as she gradually heals, Annalise does not
want to tell who she really is, but as Owen Crawford, the
reclusive Earl of McDowell, fights his own demons from
memories of the war in India and helps her to be stronger,
she faces a difficult heart-wrenching choice between duty
and love. What will she do?
New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan has
written a very charming and captivating novel that is sure
to please her historical romance fans. HOW TO LOSE A BRIDE
IN ONE NIGHT is the third book in her Forgotten
Princesses series about Jack Hadley's illegitimate
daughters, yet, it reads very well as a stand-alone
romance. The storyline is intriguing as it builds on how
two hurt and damage people regain their lives through their
concern for the other.
As you learn more about the characters as the story
develops, you really start to see their motivations and
emotional hurts. I found Owen to be a very appealing and
quintessential hero. He is strong, kind and considerate
and despite his post-traumatic stress (as we would call it
today), is an honourable soul. Annalise is an intriguing
character who relishes a bit as she is cosseted by Owen;
yet wants to be stronger, but is unsure how to express it.
Find out how it all unfolds! Definitely worth finding out
HOW TO LOSE A BRIDE IN ONE NIGHT!
New York Times and USA Todaybestselling
author Sophie Jordan wraps up her sensual Forgotten
Princesses series with the passionate tale of a reclusive
earl, a princess in hiding, and the daring rescue that
brings them togetherâ€¦
It was the wedding of the seasonâ€¦
When a handsome, charming duke proposes, heiress Annalise
Hadley believes all of her fairytale dreams are about to
come true. But on their wedding night, the once-perfect
duke smothers her with a pillow and throws her over the
side of their honeymoon barge. Apparently, the duke had no
intention of marrying an unappealing bastard like her.
Annalise survives but her heart isn't so lucky.
Fished out of the river by a reclusive earl, Annalise is
nursed back to health by a man with his own demonsâ€¦and a
penchant for taking his shirt off in front of her. Alone
with him in his remote lodge, she keeps her identity a
secret, waiting for the day that she's strong enough to
visit the duke and take her revenge. But a lot can happen
in the days and nights alone with a beautiful man. Is
Annalise ready to seize the passion between her and the
handsome earl? Or will her distrust of men keep her from
claiming the love that blooms between them?