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Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides) by [Bowman, Valerie]
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Book 2 of 3 in Secret Brides (3 Book Series)
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Too delightful to Miss! --(Lisa Kleypas)

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THE THRILL OF ESCAPE

Miss Annie Andrews is finally free to marry the man she loves. With her overprotective sister out of the country on her honeymoon, nothing can prevent her flight to Gretna Greene nothing, that is, but an abduction by the wrong gentleman.

THE SWEETNESS OF SURRENDER

When Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, promised to look after his best friend's sister-in-law, he didn't realize she would prove so difficult. But when he spirits her away to his country house to prevent her elopement, he discovers that the tempting beauty knows how to put up a fight. To make matters worse, he's stuck playing the role of honorable protector...when what he really wants is to run away with her himself.

"Clever, fun, and fantastic!" " New York Times" bestselling author Suzanne Enoch on "Secrets of a Wedding Night""


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (26 Mar. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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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.
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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.
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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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love this series a very good read
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 46 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL'd by the clever & witty dialogue; entertaining circumstances H/h were in; FUN read! 27 Mar. 2013
By bookworm2bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In `Secrets of a Wedding Night' Annie Andrews is Lily's little sister who thinks she found her hero in Mr. Eggleston. Now that Lily's wed her man, she is determined to nab this man for herself, however there's another man in her way, Jordan Holloway, Earl of Ashbourne, who's been tasked by her brand new brother-in-law, to keep an eye on her and that just won't do.

Jordan Holloway, Earl of Ashbourne, is a rake and a confirmed bachelor, who after a woman broke his heart, vowed never to marry. And now he finds that accepting a task that should have been way too easy to handle, becoming something more than he's ever expected. Keeping an eye on Annie, he never dreamed he would be attracted to her and that just won't do.

I just loved these two! Ms. Bowman did such an excellent job in presenting her characters that they just jumped off the page. Everything in this story made you yearn for these guys to get together. I thought her début was well written, but she even surpassed my expectations with the second book and I highly recommend you pick it up. You'll find yourself laughing out loud by the clever and witty dialogue; entertaining circumstances these two find themselves in and in the end you'll revel in their happily ever after.

Melanie for b2b

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and entertaining historical romance 27 Mar. 2013
By C. Dionne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Annie Andrews' previous attempt at marrying the man she loved was an epic failure but she's determined that nothing is going to stop her this time. Her sister and new brother-in-law are on their honeymoon so Annie's prepared to pull out all the stops and do whatever is necessary to convince Arthur to give Gretna Greene another shot. Unfortunately, Annie didn't know that her sister and her husband asked the Earl of Ashbourne to keep an eye on her so she doesn't do something impetuous and make a spectacle of herself.

Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, promised to look after Annie while Devon's away but if he'd known how troublesome she'd be he might have reconsidered. He thought all he'd have to do is check in on her every so often. He never considered he'd be thwarting her numerous attempts at capturing Arthur's attention. To make matters worse, he's fighting his own attraction to her as well - and it seems the only way to save her from her own follies is to steal her away to his country estate.

For two weeks Jordan keeps Annie safely encased at his country estate despite her arguments. Since he doesn't intend to marry, Jordan's determined to ignore his own attraction to her but introduce her to some other men he deems acceptable - his brothers. His attempts at matchmaking are unsuccessful, which is probably a good thing since he can't really imagine her with anyone else - and it's going to take a strong man to refocus the attention of such a spirited young lady.

SECRETS OF A RUNAWAY BRIDE is the second title in the SECRETS TRILOGY but don't worry if you haven't read SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT yet. This story is highly enjoyable all by itself, though you might want to pick up the first book as well to find out more about the other characters in the series. Seriously, it's a wonderful story that will have you eager to read the rest of the trilogy.

From the opening scene right through to the very end, this story is nonstop action thanks to Annie's determined nature and refusal to be cowed by Jordan's interferences. Their encounters and face offs brought a smile to my face even though you can tell they embarrass Annie horribly. There's a feeling of foreplay in their interactions that make this story exciting and fun to read. Valerie Bowman's writing makes historical storylines fresh and new with characters who leap right off the page and into your heart.

The other titles in the SECRETS TRILOGY are:
SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT - released on September 25, 2012
SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE - releasing in October 2013

Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars humorous Regency gender battle 29 Mar. 2013
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Secrets Of A Runaway Bride
Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's, Mar 26 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250008961

In 1816 Marquis Devon and Lily Morgan go on their honeymoon (see Secrets Of A Wedding Night). However before leaving, the happy couple asks Devon's best friend Jordan Holloway to watch over her sister Annie Andrews. Although not his cup of tea the Earl agrees.

With her overly protective sister away, Annie plans to elope with Arthur Eggleston. However whenever she works a scheme like climbing a convenient vine to get inside her intended's house that pest Jordan inconveniently arrives to thwart her plots. He finds her capers humorous but decides before one works and he has to explain to the wife of his BFF, Jordon abducts the beautiful dynamo; he takes her to his country estate. There she causes havoc to his house and his heart as he falls in love with his temporary ward while she reciprocates having fallen in love with her diligent jailer.

The second Andrews Secret Brides Regency romance is a delightful jocular frolic. The lead protagonists are intelligent and engaged in a humorous gender battle of wits that sub-genre fans will thoroughly appreciate though neither Annie nor Jordon consider consequences when they act.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never stop looking for a kiss so sizzling it sets your hair on fire 28 April 2013
By Mary Gramlich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Annie Andrews is determined to marry the wrong man, and Jordan Holloway, the Early of Ashbourne is absolutely not going to let that happen.

Annie is in love with the wrong man and Jordan feels he is not the right one but he can keep Annie safe from foolishness, he hopes. Annie keeps stirring up trouble for Jordan while he works hard to keep the peace between them. Taking the obligation of caring for her seriously there is nothing he will not do including kidnapping her to prevent impending disaster.

Jordan and Annie push and pull at the fringe of scandalous behavior and when Annie has a taste of the treasure Jordan can offer, she wants more of something he is not prepared to give. Jordan does not want lifelong commitments but he thought but with Annie a renewed feeling of hope and future presents itself. Jordan will do what he can to fight the feeling, and try to find anyone that is husband material. The scary part for Jordan is the question is he the perfect match really him.

Valerie Bowman always brings her `A' game to the characters, story, and romance she writes.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Anachronistic Heroine 20 April 2013
By Rachel Anne Calabia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Secrets of a Runaway Bride starts with an interesting scenario. While her guardians are off to foreign parts, spirited Miss Annie Andrews thinks it's the perfect opportunity to force the unremarkable Arthur Eggleston to consent to another elopement. Their first attempt to race to Gretna Green failed spectacularly, and their families do not want the alliance. Despite all of Annie's hopes, a family friend--the eligible Earl of Ashbourne--was ordered to safeguard her reputation and he keeps thwarting all her best-laid plans.

What should be a fetching, original Regency romance soon bogs down to improbable scenarios and lots of head-scratching. The book fails with its shadow of a love triangle while taking too long to get to the standard happy ending.

I really wanted to like this book, but there were just too many historical inaccuracies and editing errors for me to ignore. I'm surprised that the hero is concerned about preserving the heroine's reputation when she's done a hatchet job to it herself. Her antics make Lydia Bennet seem tame! It's unfortunate that the heroine and her story are better suited to a contemporary setting than the one in which she exists.

(This piece previously appeared in the San Francisco Book Review.)
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