Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell

The Bride Says No (The Brides of Wishmore, #1)
Release date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Brides of Wishmore #1

What happens when a bride says no?

He is the bastard son of a duke, arrogant, handsome, a little bit dangerous, and, of course, one of the most sought-after bachelors in London. He is also about to be publically jilted by some chit of a girl! Blake Stephens' pride isn't about to let him be humiliated, so he charges after his bride to the wilds of Scotland, determined to bring her to the altar.

What happens when the heart says yes?

He is promised to one woman, but discovers his soul stirred by . . . the chit's sister! Lady Aileen Davidson's reputation was ruined ages ago, which is why she's buried herself in the country, but her fiery spirit and bold beauty threaten to bring Blake to his knees, making him wonder if he has proposed to the wrong lass.

And now he must make a choice: marry for honor...or marry for love?

My Rating: 3.5 Roses

This book reminded me very strongly of a certain quote: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave." There was certainly a very tangled web trapping all of the characters in this book. And that turned out to be a wonderful historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this book, tangled web and all.

Aileen was a lovely heroine. She was a bit of a shrew at first, but she had reason to be bitter with her cruel ex-husband and society's scorn at her for being a divorced lady. Underneath that, though, she was a wonderful character. She was loyal to those she loved and would do anything for their happiness. At the same time though, she was determined to get her own. I thought she was great.

Blake was also wonderful. He was a very strong man. As the bastard son of a duke, he had to deal with a lot of obstacles to get to the success that he achieved. He built himself up and earned society's respect. And, he was also very sweet. When he fell in love, he really fell in love. He was utterly devoted to Aileen and would have done anything for her, which I thought was really sweet. He was a perfect hero.

The romance was good. I thought Aileen and Blake were very sweet together, falling in love despite the many obstacles in their way. And the chemistry between them was constant. I thought they were lovely together.

Tara was Aileen's sister. Damn, this girl irritated me. She was very spoiled and determined to get what she wanted, disregarding anyone else's feelings. She ran away from her engagement to Blake because she still had a crush on the stablehand she had a fling with. Then, when things looked bad there (and she almost ruined the poor man's life) she decided to save face by hanging on to Blake, almost ruining her own sister's happiness. She redeemed herself a little at the end, but I'm still annoyed with her. I believe the next book in the series is about her, so we'll see how that goes.

The was was well paced. I was kept interested the entire way through, though there were some moments where the plot dragged a bit. I still really enjoyed the story . There were tons of twists and turns along the way as the characters tried to work through that tangled web. And the ending was lovely.

The Bride Says No was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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