Summary from Amazon:
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 only be healed by love.
You remember that huge box of books Heidi sent me? Well, this is the first book I read from that awesome gift. This is the very first Sophie Jordan book I’ve read. How to Lose a Bride in One Night was exactly the type of book I was looking for (comfort reading all the way!), and although it’s not a favorite, I’m so glad I read it.
How to Lose a Bride in One Night is about Annalise, the illegitimate daughter of one of Regency England’s richest men. Annalise’s father isn’t the best person in the world, and abandoned her and her mother. Annalise’s life hasn’t been easy, and due to her difficult childhood she has a severe limp which has greatly affected her self-esteem. So Annalise falls for a charming duke quickly. But her new husband’s intentions are evil (he’s after her money!) and before she knows it, Annalise has been tossed into the river. Luckily Owen Crawford happens to see her body along the river bank, and helps her recover. You can guess what happens from there.
This was a really interesting book. It was quite disturbing (as it should be) to read about how few rights married women had when dealing with their husbands. Annalise is one tough cookie and even though she is very upset by the actions of her new husband, once she realizes that she’s going to survive her injuries, she decides she’s sick of being the perfectly behaved lady. She’s ready to really live life for her, and no one else.
The hero of the story, Owen, was pretty likable, although I did find his story nothing new. He’s the tortured hero who feels he doesn’t deserve good things because of his actions during the war (honestly, I can’t remember what war, but he’s very disturbed by the things he’s done). Since returning to England, he’s distanced himself for everyone, particularly his brother and his wife. But he still goes out of his way to help Annalise (a girl he doesn’t know) to recover. It was nice to see Owen warming up to life again.
Jordan paces How to Lose a Bride well, and I couldn’t put this book down. I pretty much read it all in one sitting while home for Thanksgiving. I couldn’t wait to see how Owen and Annalise would finally get together (this isn’t really a spoiler. This is a romance – of course they’re getting together). And although this is not the first book in the Forgotten Princesses series, I had no problem following along.
However, as much as I liked this book, it’s not really a standout to me. As I mentioned above, I felt like Owen’s backstory wasn’t anything new. I also felt like Owen’s reaction to Annalise’s married status a bit over the top. Some of the character’s actions didn’t feel particularly realistic, and it often seems that these actions are there to drive the plot, instead of their realistic actions moving forward. I hope that makes sense.
Even though How to Lose a Bride in One Night isn’t a book that will stick with me forever, I am so glad I read it. I’m been craving nothing but romances lately, and this sure hit the spot. If you’re looking for an easy read, and if you like romance, check this one out.