How to Lose a Bride in One Night by Sophie Jordan | Book Review

Posted August 14, 2013 by Zeee in Reviews0 Comments

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How to Lose a Bride in One Night by Sophie Jordan | Book ReviewHow to Lose a Bride in One Night written by Sophie Jordan
Publisher Avon
Publication Date: July 30th 2013
Series: Forgotten Princesses #3
Pages: 370
ISBN: 0062033018
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
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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.

Ridiculously Short Plot
An heiress is “killed” by her titled husband (a Duke, no less) on the eve of her wedding for her inheritance but was found and rescued by a third son (who is an Earl, on his mother’s side).

Main Characters
Annalise Hadley
Owen Crawford

Rags to Riches
Marriage of Convenience
Murder after marriage

London, England

Favorite Quote/Line
“Poison can leak into any man’s heart. If it is not purged it is just as lethal as any dagger”

All in all, I thought it was an OK read and it is not something that I may read again, though.


I bought this book on a whim because I loved the blurb.  Plus, the title was so catchy!  I also slightly remember reading the first book of the series but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the details.

The story starts of pretty good.  We get to met Annalise, the bastard daughter of one of the richest men in London who just wed a Duke.  They go off on their honeymoon on a barge with only the Duke’s valet for company.  Anxious for her wedding night, Annalise doesn’t realize that her new husband plans to kill her until it’s too late and he smothers her with a pillow and throws her overboard and left for dead.  She is found miles away by Owen Crawford, the Earl of McDowell who just came back from the war trying to forget his past.  He rescues her and meets a band of gypsies on the way who reluctantly agrees to help them.  Annalise comes to about a week later and decides not to tell Own who she really is.  He brings her to recuperate in his London town house and starts to fall for her.  All is revealed when Annalise was seen by the Duke in town.

I immediately connected with Annalise and I thought she was a brave young woman trying to forget that she was killed and left for dead by her new husband.  I also thought that adding an affliction or imperfection, if you will, was an awesome idea.  She fell when she was a child and broke her leg which apparently did not heal right but after she broke her leg again when the Duke threw her overboard, the gypsy allowed it to heal and set it right so she wasn’t limping anymore.  I did think that this was a little bit far-fetched since it had been years since she broke her leg and it would be a little bit impossible for it to be completely healed minus the limp, right?

I also liked Owen at first and thought that he had a lot of baggage on him, especially since he came back from the war.  Unfortunately, I thought his avoiding and ignoring Anna was a little too much and I felt that it was him playing hard to get.  Which brings me to the point that it was Annalise who was doing all the seducing!  Don’t get me wrong and I am all for a girl who goes after what she wants but at a certain point in the story, it was getting too much.

The end was a little too….non-thrilling.  I would have expected more to happen to the Duke and would have wanted him to get his comeuppance very violently and by Owen or her but no, it was this debutante who wanted him all for himself! eeek!  There wasn’t much drama in that area!

All in all, I thought it was an OK read and it is not something that I may read again, though.

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Overall: 3.5

About Sophie Jordan

Author: Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

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0 responses to “How to Lose a Bride in One Night by Sophie Jordan | Book Review

  1. I guess Sophie was thinking that since it's the gypsy's "magic" the leg could be healed properly without any limping?

    Anyway, I also saw this, but the plot summary didn't interest me too much… Reading your review made me glad I didn't get this :)) Don't get me wrong, I love Sophie Jordan, but some books, no matter how much I enjoy majority of the author's work, are just a "miss" for me.
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