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The Other Guy's Bride [Kindle Edition]

Connie Brockway
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Book Description

Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Ginesse Braxton vows to solve one of the world's greatest mysteries--to find the location of the lost city of Zerzura. Unfortunately, no man dares take the risk of escorting the resolute young scholar across the open desert. But on her way to Egypt, Ginesse engages in a daring deception--she will switch places with Mildred Whimpelhall, who is traveling to meet her fiancé.

Cynical adventurer Jim Owen will do anything to escape the dark secrets of his troubled past. Betrayed by the woman he loved, scorned by proper society, he agrees to carry out a danger-fraught task: escort Mildred Whimpelhall across a lawless desert to her intended. But Jim is about to learn that "Mildred" isn't exactly what she seems . . . and the dangers they face together are eclipsed only by an even greater peril: falling in love, against all reason, with another guy's bride . . .

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A Q&A with Connie Brockway

Question: You’ve written over 20 different titles ranging from historical romance to contemporary women’s fiction. What inspired you to write The Other Guy’s Bride?

Connie Brockway: For years, readers have been asking me to write sequels to two of their favorite books, As You Desire and All Through the Night. Happily, they happen to be two of my favorites also, so the idea of revisiting the characters and settings has always been particularly appealing and always something I intended to do. After spending the last five years doing Regency romances, I’ve been starving to write something set outside the British Isles, something that would be both familiar and exotic. Turn-of-the-century Egypt fit the bill. Not only is it historically and culturally rich but a treasure trove of fun and fascinating minutiae (and I do love my minutiae)--bonus points for being peopled with intriguing historical figures from all over the world. And finally, that sort of milieu provides the opportunity to write a love story outside the mainstream of Polite Society, where the rules are different, the stakes are higher, the romance more exquisite.

Question: Since this is, as you mentioned, a departure from your Regency romances, what research did you do while writing the book to help you create the setting and characters?

Connie Brockway: Books. Dozens of nonfiction books. I read about Thomas Cook’s ship tours and the advent of all-inclusive cruising, Mark Twain’s journals about his trip to Egypt, histories of ancient Egypt and the Sudan, books about the French Foreign Legion and the life of Sir Eldon Gorst, and books about the birth of archeology and the establishment of Arabian horse bloodlines. And then there were the websites and the hyperlinks and...

Question: Is there any character you most identify with? Why?

Connie Brockway: Well, since I just finished cleaning up the house after the Easter extravaganza, I’d have to say the housemaid.

Question: How does The Other Guy’s Bride compare to your previous titles? What can readers expect?

Connie Brockway: I expect readers will find all the elements they’ve enjoyed in the past: engaging characters, irreverent humor, and sigh-provoking romance. But it will have a freshness and spark that comes out of my feeling less of a need to follow a proscribed romance blueprint.

Question: What other authors or books have influenced your writing?

Connie Brockway: Such a hard question! I read constantly in all sorts of genres, and it’s hard to pinpoint specific titles. But as far as romances go, I started out being drawn to the rich, detailed narrative styles of Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Dorothy Cannell’s mysteries, starting with The Thin Woman, gave me my first inkling that romance could be downright hilarious and still breathtaking. The unique, fully fleshed characters created by such authors as Pat Gaffney, Laura Kinsale, and the wonderful late Edith Layton have certainly inspired me to be equally conscientious in creating my own characterizations.

Question: Have you considered trying your hand at other genres?

Connie Brockway: I’ve already authored two books that crossed from contemporary romance into contemporary women’s fiction. I’m very intrigued about relationships outside of strictly romantic ones, how those bonds morph and develop throughout a lifetime, as well as community and family dynamics. Those books gave me the chance to indulge my curiosity. As for the future, I’m almost always in the middle of reading a mystery and hope to some day try my hand at historical mystery.

Editorial Reviews

"Brimming with wonderfully dry wit, infused with lush sensuality, packed with action and adventure, Brockway's spin-off of her popular As You Desire (1997) features one of the best romantic match-ups since Hepburn and Bogart verbally duked it out on the African Queen. The title that launched Amazon's Montlake Romance line, this is simply sublime." --Booklist (starred review)

“Take one enchanting, free-spirited woman and one hard-hearted loner, toss in some witty dialogue, some heated passion, and the sweeping adventure of an Indiana Jones movie and you have the perfect recipe for romance--Connie Brockway's THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE.” --Christina Dodd, New York Times best-selling author of Revenge at Bella Terra

“He’s a hard-eyed loner, out to prove that he has nothing to give. She’s a Victorian lady, with everything to prove and no time for love. THE OTHER GUY’S BRIDE is a battle-of-the-sexes caper so witty and sensual that only Connie Brockway could have written it. Romancing the Stone meets Roman Holiday…in Egypt! I absolutely loved it!” --Eloisa James, New York Times best-selling author of When Beauty Tamed the Beast

“When I heard Connie Brockway was writing a sequel to her classic romance AS YOU DESIRE, I did a little jig of joy. THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE was well worth the wait! It's an absolutely spectacular blend of breathtaking romance, unforgettable characters, thrilling adventure and sensual delights. I was rooting for Ginesse and James from their very first meeting. I haven't had this much fun since The Mummy hit the big screen!" --New York Times best-selling author Teresa Medeiros

 “THE OTHER GUY’S BRIDE is filled with the romantic magic that only Connie Brockway can create…deep emotion, high adventure, sensuality, and sly wit combine to make this a book you will read over and over again. A knockout story by an exquisitely gifted author." --Lisa Kleypas, New York Times best-selling author of Love, Come to Me

From Booklist

"Brimming with wonderfully dry wit, infused with lush sensuality, packed with action and adventure, Brockway's spin-off of her popular As You Desire (1997)features one of the best romantic match-ups since Hepburn and Bogart verbally duked it out on the African Queen. The title that launched Amazon's Montlake Romance line, this is simply sublime." --Booklist starred review

Product Details

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  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (November 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can go home again November 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
They'll caution you that wanting a thing is often much better than having it.

They'll tell you that you can't go home again.

They'll say that sequel is never as good as the original.

I'm here to tell you this: They haven't read THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE by Connie Brockway. So they're feeling unlucky and a bit left out. The mysterious `They' mean well but gift them a copy so they can see what they've been missing.

I know there are a lot you out there like me, who wanted more after reading the last word of AS YOU DESIRE. We wished, we asked, there was even begging and pleading, bribes offered and maybe even a few threats made (that's not a confession).

Our efforts have not gone in vain.

Ginesse Braxton, daughter of Harry and Dizzy Braxton, is returning home to Egypt from England where she was banished to boarding school for her own safety. She has a colorful history of reckless, impulsive incidents that got her into trouble and kept her there for most of her life. She's a calamity and known as much for that as for being a Braxton. She used her time away studying, earning a degree in ancient studies. While working for one of her professors, she made a discovery that if it is as she suspects, will led her to the fabled lost city of Zerzura. Zerzura would be the archaeological find of the century, certainly of a lifetime. Finding the Lost City will make her career. And, Ginesse believes, finally make her worthy of the illustrious Braxton name. All she has to do is get there, the middle of desert with men and supplies and without the aid of her family.

Ginesse meets Mildred Whimpelhall, fiancée to Colonel Lord Pomfrey while on the journey home. Ginesse gets to know the lady and by extension, her fiancé.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow at times December 22, 2011
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I am surprised this has received so many great reviews. The three main characters all suffer from the same inner turmoil, woe is me, nobody has ever really liked me. I found myself skipping much of the last quarter of the book, Haj no body like me... skip to Jim no body likes me... skip to heroine I behave badly no body likes me... Just dragged. Jim spends 3/4 of the book unable to say the simplest nice thing, then suddenly becomes Shakespeare the last quarter. The change is too dramatic, too sudden, and not believable. The setting was unique, adventures helped move along the very slow relationship development, and I did chuckle on occasion. Not horrible but far from great.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another dazzler from Brockway! November 23, 2011
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I have to preface this review by saying I have a close personal acquaintance with the author. But I try not to let that impede my enjoyment of her books. (Ba da boom!) But seriously, it's always a joyful day for me when a new Connie Brockway book comes out. AS YOU DESIRE is one of Connie's classic novels so we've all been waiting for (cough, cough) way too many years for this sequel about Harry and Desdemona Braxton's daughter Ginesse. I'm happy to report the wait was worth it! I'm not going to review the plot of THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE because other reviewers have done so quite ably. I'm just going to tell you that I started smiling on page one when Connie introduced her hero Jim and haven't stopped yet. This book has everything I've (rather greedily) come to expect from a Connie Brockway book--charming and deliciously flawed three-dimensional characters, a rousing sprinkling of adventure, arousing romance and best of all--a delightfully spry command of the language it takes to create a new romance classic. She combines being a wonderful writer with being an amazing storyteller--an exceedingly rare talent which is displayed to its best advantage in THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE. Bravo, Brockway! (Now I'm hoping Jim and Ginesse will have a daughter and Connie will want to write about her, too.)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three thumbs up if I had them November 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Other Guy's Bride is an awesome story! I liked As You Desire, but I LOVED this one so much more. The chemistry between the characters is tangible. They spark immediately and you can feel it. For me, Indy popped up and stayed at the forefront of my mind through the book,mainly because of the location, and his description, but the humour cemented him in my mind. Ginesse isn't the average romance story heroine. No simpering Miss here, she has guts and isn't afraid to be herself(Although she is in fact pretending to be someone else). I loved her character and all of her misadventures. The best part of this whole book though is knowing how much Connie wanted to write it and share these characters with us. It was a labour of love and you will be able to see it on each and every e-ink page. You will laugh out loud in the opening paragraphs and smile through the rest as Connie takes you on a journey across the desert fraught with villans, sandstorms and a stinky one-eyed camel with two of her best characters ever.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly disappointing January 12, 2012
As a rule, I do not like to leave a book unfinished. But after struggling through about a third of the book, and after putting the book down in frustration, picking it up again, and then putting it down again, I finally have to throw up my hands in defeat.

Ginesse Braxton has lived her whole life trying to proof herself worthy of being a member of her exalted family. Her brothers, her parents, her grandfather...almost everyone in her family has established themselves as someone important in the archeological community, except for Ginesse. As a matter of fact, not only is Ginesse not among the ranks of the archeological elite, she is actually known for being the clutz who is always getting into accidents, causing her mother finally having to send her away from her home in Egypt to boarding school in England. So, when her research leads her to believe that she has found the clue to the fabled lost city of Zerzura, it is only natural that she would make her own way to Egypt to try to look for it. And when good fortune smiled upon her and she ended up being on the ship with Ms. Mildred Whimpelhall who's on her way to a city not quite 30 miles from where Zerzura is to meet her fiance, and that Ms. Wimpelhall decides to disembark before they have reached Egypt due to sea sickness, it is only natural that she would take it upon herself to impersonate Ms. Wimpelhall so she can use Miss Wimpelhall's escorts whom they were supposed to meet up with in Egypt to escort her across the desert.

Thus begins a tale of mistaken identities, adventure, and romance. For of course the leader of the escorts Ms.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Definite 5 stars!
I loved it! Truly remarkable. THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE, by Connie Brockway, is set in 1905 (mostly) Egypt...a fun and entertaining mix of characters and a compelling romance. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kristin
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down
Loved this book it had mesmerized from the first chapter. Definitely a recommended book and a beautiful love story that's spun with hilarious twists and turns
Published 23 days ago by Zeina
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, entertaining, historically correct and romance all locked...
An enthralling complex novel which looks back in time over the Egyptian exploration by "treasure hunters". Read more
Published 26 days ago by Lesley Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars The author's best story
Great story. I loved it from beginning to end. Well researched, very romantic surrounds and packed full of laughs. I wish her other books were as good as this was.
Published 1 month ago by TheWorldIsMovingTooFast
4.0 out of 5 stars good period piece
Recommend if you like a well written interesting book w good plot and characters. Going to pick another her books next
Published 1 month ago by Colleen Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic adventure at its best
Unusual setting and spunky impetuous heroine create havoc requiring a special hero. Delivered with humor and enough character reflection to make it romance with troubled characters... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Slaton
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but needs editing
I liked the fiesty but klutzy heroine. The hero, Jim, goes from being a sweating , stinking, jaded, never-do-well to a love stuck, wealthy, duke in a few page! Read more
Published 2 months ago by jwains
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read!
Interesting and all too human characters make this as n enjoyable book that moves quickly and is n ed over boring
Published 2 months ago by julia lukas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I enjoyed this book. Apparently there is previous boom of which I was unaware, about Fuzzy and Harry. I intend yo read THST one next if I can find the title.
Published 2 months ago by wordwitch
4.0 out of 5 stars Connie is always worth reading
Love all Connie's books, this one had adventure, interest and was very different. I liked some of her others better, but well worth the price.
Published 3 months ago by Jerry L. Conrad
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Connie Brockway has received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal which named My Seduction as one of 2004's top ten romances.

An eight time finalist for Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award, Brockway has twice been its recipient, for My Dearest Enemy and The Bridal Season. In 2006 Connie wrote her first women's contemporary HOT DISH, which won critical raves.

Today Brockway lives in Minnesota with her husband, a family physician, and two spoiled mutts.

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