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.So, my first time with Sophie Jordan, she made my jaw drop. The beginning of this one? Holy cow it was crazy intense and shocking--especially for a non blurb reader. Whew! See, the heroine? Nearly killed. By her husband. I loved it! The shock, the hunky--yet troubled--hero who rescues her at nearly the last second, the slow burning romance. It was a great combination.
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 only be healed by love.
Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 (though it takes a really, really long time)
Rating: 4 out of 5
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I loved Anna (and hell yeah! finally a heroine named Anna that doesn't suck!). Her life has been hard--she's crippled from a childhood injury, been alone in the world for years and is nearly murdered by her new husband. But you know, instead of wallowing like so many people would do she pulled herself together. She refused to give up and to remain a victim and I loved her for that. She's a heroine you can really look up to and admire.
And Owen. lol Owen is a reluctant hero. He's being chased by nightmares from military service and doesn't see himself fit for good company much less romance. And the man, he's good at running. I swear I wanted to tie the man down after a while so he couldn't escape his attraction to Anna. lol He puts up such a fight even if it is a losing one and it's pretty amusing watching him fall.
I really enjoyed both of them and the very, very slow romance building between them. Things do get heated up nicely at the end but until then there are just a couple brief kisses. Their journey was interesting and seeing how torn they were over certain things made me love them more and just want to hug them. I also just liked seeing their interactions. They're so different from each other personality-wise and it makes things pretty entertaining.
"Who can talk with you around?" he murmured.I really can't wait to read more from Jordan. Her writing was smooth and easy and made me feel like I was right there with Anna and Owen experiencing everything with them. The good and the bad. The serious and the light hearted. And omg she can write a villain you will freaking despise! I was so ready for someone to die. Painfully. How to Lose a Bride in One Night kept me excited and turning the pages the whole time waiting to see what happened next as these two fell in love and it definitely sparked my interest in reading the rest of the series.
"Are you saying I don't give you the opportunity to speak?" She lifted her chin and crossed her arms. "Very well. I shall leave it to you to carry on the conversation. I will follow your lead, Mr Crawford."
Without comment, he unwrapped a meat pie and handed it to her. She watched as he did the same for himself. He took a large bite, indifferent that she watched him. Indifferent to the stretch of silence.
She took a nibbling bite, the quiet hovering between them. Even the sounds of the fair were too distant to hear anymore. She glanced from him to the meat pastie several times, waiting, expecting for him to say something. Nothing profound. Simply...something. She accepted the lemonade when he offered it, savoring the cool tartness on her tongue.
After several more minutes of silence, she dropped the pastie back into the wrapper. "This is just silly."
He smiled slowly and something unfurled in her stomach at the sight of that smile. Triumphant as it was, there was a hint of the devil to it that made her pulse quicken.
"Oh, and now you think you've won?" Annoyance swam hotly through her blood--perhaps mostly at herself for breaking down and talking first.
His shrug only irritated her.
Have you read Sophie Jordan? What did you think?
What's your favorite set up for a hero/heroine meeting?