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5.0 out of 5 stars unexpected love
Annie thinks she'll marry her man while her sister is on her honeymoon. Wrong. Enter Jordan, her brother-in-law's best bro and confirmed bachelor. He's supposed to be keeping an eye on her--she is a tricky one. Exasperated with her sneaky ways to try and marry a guy who doesn't seem serious about her, he whisks her off to the countryside and decides to throw a ball to...
Published 19 months ago by momof3boys

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2.0 out of 5 stars Started promisingly, but went downhill after that
It takes up the story of Anne (Annie) Andrews, younger sister of Lily, the heroine of the previous book in this series (Secrets of a Wedding Night) and is an "adversaries fall in love" story. It's a trope I rather like, and which when done well can be extremely engaging, but it's fraught with pitfalls which I'm sorry to say this author didn't manage to wholly avoid...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Started promisingly, but went downhill after that, 28 Aug 2013
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Caz "So many books, so little time..." (Frinton-on-Sea) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides) (Kindle Edition)
It takes up the story of Anne (Annie) Andrews, younger sister of Lily, the heroine of the previous book in this series (Secrets of a Wedding Night) and is an "adversaries fall in love" story. It's a trope I rather like, and which when done well can be extremely engaging, but it's fraught with pitfalls which I'm sorry to say this author didn't manage to wholly avoid.

The heroine quickly became annoying because of the way she insisted on doing things simply to annoy the hero rather than engaging her brain to see that he was right, more often than not. That's not to say the hero wasn't without faults either - he had his dumb moments, too, such as having sworn off marriage because he'd had his heart broken five years earlier, and being unable to keep his hands off the heroine despite his frequent admonitions to himself at how wrong it was for him to grope her and snog her senseless. Although she did have a head-start in the senseless stakes...

At the end of the previous book, Annie had eloped with Mr Arthur Eggleston, a young man a few years her senior with whom she believed herself to be in love. She was intercepted by her sister's husband and his friend Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, who is the hero of this book. Annie's newly-wed sister is on her honeymoon, and has asked Ashbourne to keep an eye on Annie while she's away, a responsibility he takes very seriously.

The first part of this story is taken up with Annie's repeated attempts to see Eggleston and Jordan's repeated schemes to thwart her. Even when he tells Annie she's making a fool of herself over a man who clearly doesn't want her and that people are starting to talk, she refuses to see that he's telling the truth. Seeming meekly to acquiesce to his instructions to leave Eggleston alone, Annie continues to scheme.

There's a twelve-year age gap between the hero and heroine, which is something I don't mind in the least - but here, the problem is that nineteen year-old Annie is SO immature that it's hard to see why thirty-one year-old, man-about-town Ashbourne would have the least interest in her. Even when towards the end of the book I started to think that she was at last starting to use her brain, and to see that Jordan had been acting in her best interests, she decides she wants to have no-strings sex with him because she's never going to get married anyway and she wants to experience making love with her one true love just once in her life.

That sound you can hear is my eyeballs creaking as they roll repeatedly.

SECRETS OF A RUNAWAY BRIDE passed the time well enough until it started to get annoying, but all in all, I'd say if you're going to read this book, make sure you're in an extremely forgiving mood.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun regency romp!, 7 July 2013
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C. Halford "Rookie Romance" (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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Originally given 4.5 hearts at The Rookie Romance Blog.

Annie Andrews is in love, the problem is she's not officially engaged to her love. When her sister and new brother-in-law leave for their honeymoon, Annie is free to pursue Arthur Eggleton and run off to Gretna Green (again). Unbeknownst to her, her brother-in-law's best friend, Jordan Holloway, is charged with keeping an eye on her. He has his hands full keeping Annie out of trouble and from causing damage to her reputation.
All the time spent with Annie, keeping an eye on her, starts to change the way Jordan thinks about her. Whilst Annie is sure she's in love with Arthur, she can't quite ignore the feelings Jordan rouses in her...

Annie starts off as being completely in love with Arthur Eggleston, who is frankly a total sop. The explanation as to why she thinks she loves him is reasonable, and understandable though. She makes a bit of a fool of herself by chasing after Arthur, and the ton is talking about her behaviour. I felt bad for Annie, she just wants the man she loves, and who loves her, to be married and happy. She gets herself into some really sticky situations in her attempts to bring Arthur up to scratch, which provides plenty of laughs! She's spirited and impetuous, but she has a good heart and is well-meaning and likable.

Jordan is rather swoon-worthy. He's a bit of a rake, and isn't interested in ever getting married, he's quite happy for a nephew to inherit his earldom. He's definitely not prepared for the trouble Annie finds for herself, or for his new role as protector of the innocent. Annie's innocence and and naivete in her pursuit of Arthur, reminds him of himself, before he grew more cynical of the world around him. So he becomes determined that Annie won't end up married to the wrong man. Jordan is very sweet and protective, underneath his rakish exterior.

I loved watching the friendship between the h and H grow, and turn into something more. I thought they were a great couple, and well matched. Jordan balances out some of Annie's more impetuous traits. I loved the development of the secondary characters as well, and I'm looking forward to reading more of their HEAs!
I'm also looking forward to reading the first book in the series, Secrets of a Wedding Night, as well. although this serves very well as a stand alone book.

I found this book perfectly summed up as a regency romp. It made me laugh on many occasions, and has really made me want a pet fox. It was fun and witty, with plenty of scandalous situations!

*I won this book from Valerie Bowman, in a competition. Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars unexpected love, 4 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides) (Kindle Edition)
Annie thinks she'll marry her man while her sister is on her honeymoon. Wrong. Enter Jordan, her brother-in-law's best bro and confirmed bachelor. He's supposed to be keeping an eye on her--she is a tricky one. Exasperated with her sneaky ways to try and marry a guy who doesn't seem serious about her, he whisks her off to the countryside and decides to throw a ball to find her a decent husband. Problem--he finds himself falling for her. She also falls for him. And, there's a secret "fairy godfather" trying to help them see they're perfect for each other. By the time they both figure out they're in love with each other, it's almost too late. Love intervenes!

This is the second in a series, but it's fine as a stand-alone.
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