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How to Lose a Bride in One Night: Forgotten Princesses [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Jordan
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 be healed only by love. 

Editorial Reviews


“Sophie Jordan is one of a kind!” (Samantha James)

“Jordan makes her debut with a delightfully charming, fresh romance....sure to captivate.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

“Jordan’s latest novel has all the ingredients of a classic romance: a strong heroine with a sharp sense of wit, a sexy hero, and an entertaining, fanciful plot” (Chicago Tribune)

“...trademark Jordan: dramatic, fast-paced and sparkling with wit and passion.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub praise for LESSONS FROM A SCANDALOUS BRIDE)

“Truly wonderful.” (New York Times bestselling author, Gaelen Foley)

About the Author

Sophie Jordan is the internationally and New York Times bestselling author of the Firelight series and a number of Avon romances. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

Product Details

  • File Size: 793 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (July 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NF6YVC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story disappoints in the end November 27, 2013
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Intriguing and somewhat horrifying beginning where The Duke of Bloodworth attempts, and thinks he succeeds, in murdering his new wife Annalise. She narrowly escapes but is injured and weak. Owen finds her unconscious on the banks of a river and takes her to band of Gypies he runs into as he realizes she is close to death and needs to be healed.

Thus begins this very interesting story. I had not read the previous books or novella so I didn't know the background of either Owen or Annalise. Owen believes he is damaged goods since he was taught to be a killer in the wars in India. Annalise has definite self-image issues because she walks with a limp, is not considered a beauty, and, well, her husband decided he would rather murder her for her dowry than live with her. Owen and Annalise slowly, and I mean very slowly get to know each other. She asks him to teach her how to protect herself and to fight, and he sort of does. A little bit.

The thing is that, for some reason, Annalise never trusts Owen enough to tell him the truth. I don't know why because he clearly cares about her and defends her.

And then, about 75% through the book, the Duke shows up again. The whole story fell apart for me at that point. Annalise does one stupid thing, that Owen has to rescue her from, followed by an even bigger stupid thing. Owen again has to rescue her. And then the whole conflict of the book is solved by a very improbable action. (Where are we? The Wild West where everyone carries a gun around with them everywhere?)

So, for me, the book became almost unreadable 3/4 through and I almost didn't get through the rest. A shame because the premise and characters were very interesting.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and Fresh July 30, 2013
By Kelly
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When a book starts with the sweet adoring groom throwing the bride overboard on their honeymoon cruise, you know you're in for a surprising and twisty romp! The characters are interesting and different, like so many of Sophie's stories. The side characters are also well developed and interesting, from the gypsies to Annalise's sisters and father. This story grabbed me and drew me in. I couldn't put it down!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Plot! Wow - Love this! July 30, 2013
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Annalise Hadley never dreamed she would ever marry, let alone to a handsome and charming Duke. Illegitimate, growing up in near poverty; it wasn't until her absent father decided to look up his illegitimate offspring and take them under his wing, did Annalise ever feel like life might be exciting and carefree. Her long lost father felt it his duty, now that he was one of the wealthiest men in England, to find his illegitimate offspring a husband. With her now exorbitant dowery, the handsome duke was even able to overlook her weight, her limp, and her muddied lineage making Annalise feel like she was a forgotten Princess come home. What Annalise didn't expect however, was that after her rather private wedding to her `charming duke' hours later he would smother her and throw her overboard their honeymoon river barge!

*** Now, if the short summary above did not entice you, you are probably not interested in the historical regency genre! Ms Jordan really did a fantastic job with HOW TO LOSE A BRIDE IN ONE NIGHT with the bride not married more than a few hours before the handsome duke first smothered than tossed her overboard! Wow, how cold is that!

The current being quite strong in the river washed Annalise downstream quickly, otherwise if the duke had bothered to even spare a minute looking back he might have seen that she had surfaced, not that it did her any good after her skirts and leg got caught in the debris from the river. Luckily, the reclusive Earl of McDowell, a man with his own demons came along, found her body, more dead than alive and rescued her. Far away from any civilized town, he came upon a band of gypsy's whose healer was able to both keep Annalise alive and reset her broken leg.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great plot... Story let me down August 21, 2013
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I bought the book simply because the plot was very interesting, the story itself was a little tough to get through. With only two characters to really drive te story I think there should have been more dialogue between them. I wasn't impressed at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a Different Kind of Romance Novel September 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Phew. Where to start? The beginning, I suppose...which, despite the apt blurb on the back of the book, absolutely threw me for a loop. The inherent evil Jordan creates in her villain is bone-chilling. I've only ever once had such a reaction of horror and fear (in a romance novel) as I did in the first few pages of this book.

I do not like feeling horrified and fearful when reading a romance novel - HOWEVER....

Such intense repulsion at the villain (the Duke of Bloodsworth) usually turns me away from a story pretty quickly, but Jordan paints such a lovely picture of hope, love, and kindness in Annalise that I wanted to root for her. I wanted to see her strengthen and find her happily ever after, and I really wanted to see what happened with the duke himself. In romances, members of the peerage (especially dukes) are very much exempt from the law. Murder would've been brushed off in some way, so I was beyond curious as to how Jordan was going to make him pay for his crimes.

So I read on...

Annalise is dumped overboard after her husband thinks he's killed her. Her body washes ashore, where Owen, Earl of MacDowell, finds her. He takes her to the nearest source of help - a wandering band of Gypsies. Annalise doesn't want anyone to know who she is, for fear that the duke will find her and finish off the job properly. She feigns amnesia and only "remembers" small details (such as her name, which she gives as "Anna").

Owen is an earl with loads of self-loathing. His non-replies to Annalise's persistent questions made me chuckle; his need-to-know nature is, no doubt, reminiscent of his work for the crown while he helped during the war.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read
Published 17 hours ago by Eliza
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
This is an enjoyable read, with a few unexpected twists and turns that make it unlike many standard romance novels.
Published 2 days ago by katie
4.0 out of 5 stars nice story.
Refreshing, nice story.
Published 2 days ago by Mildred Santiago
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent book
Published 2 days ago by TRICIA PARKER
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good story for the price but was kind of long and drawn out.
Published 4 days ago by Annamarie
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the plot 'twists' of this author
I enjoyed the plot 'twists' of this author. She is new to me, but I will be ordering more of hers!
Published 4 days ago by Carol Hollyfield
2.0 out of 5 stars 280 pages of drag for 20 pages of plot
Just a two star. The idea for the story is compelling but the execution was weak. The first half really drags which is strange because the author skips lots of practicalities like... Read more
Published 6 days ago by nightingale009
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 6 days ago by Shirley Jordan
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but predictable
Entertaining but predictable. One could pretty much predict the outcome of the plot. It was an interesting read from the perspective of the author giving a description of how... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Eleanor O'Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars whimsical
I give this book five stars because it was easy to read and enjoyable. It kept my interest throughout. No drawn out drama, no impossible situations, no hysterics. Read more
Published 11 days ago by KC
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More About the Author

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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