Author: Sophie Jordan
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novel (370pgs)
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.
"That was all she ever wanted. Acceptance. Belonging. Love."That quote just about sums up the emotional punch of How to Lose a Bride in One Night.
Two emotionally traumatized people coming together to create a happy future is one of my favorite story lines and Sophie Jordan does it well in this one.
What Annalise goes through is terrible. She thought she was finally getting the chance at the fairy tale life she could only previously dream about; Only to have it ripped away in an act of pure malice. My heart broke for the poor girl :(
Thankfully Owen Crawford is there to help pick up the pieces. He's your typically brooding, war hero.
The overall story was one that I enjoyed. Annalise and Owen helped each other grow and reconcile with their pasts. The one fault I found were Annalise's lies. I'm not a big fan of lying heroes or heroines and she really took the cake in this one. For the majority of the book she cries 'amnesia' to Owen about how she came to be injured and washed ashore. At first it worked. Of course she doesn't know the man, so I can understand her hesitancy to admit her past and what happened to her. But as their relationship grew I couldn't understand why she kept up the lies. It drove me a little crazy.
Don't get me wrong, it's still a wonderfully heartfelt book, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if she had just spit out the truth sooner.