Monday, April 15, 2013

Goddess Fish: "His Jilted Bride" by Rose Gordon Book Review/Giveaway (Ends 4/19)

His Jilted Bride
by Rose Gordon



It's her wedding day and there is no groom in sight. But why should Amelia Brice be surprised? Hiram, Lord Friar is known for having no gentleman's honor to speak of and his jilting her on their wedding day makes it official.

Elijah Banks cannot allow his childhood friend to continue to be shamed this way. It's been almost an hour past the time when the wedding was to start, and that bounder still hasn't shown up. Unable to sit still a second longer, Elijah does the only thing that seems logical from where he stands: kidnap the bride and marry her himself in order to escape this scandal with one far more forgiving for a young lady's reputation.

The only trouble is, she has a secret...but so does he; hers is big...but his is bigger.



“Cake,” Amelia repeated with a nod as she removed her bonnet and tossed it over the back of the leather chair that was positioned in the middle of the common room in the hunting cabin. “I think you should treat me to a slice of the best cake Bath has to offer tomorrow.”

“You are a very strange young lady; did you know that?” he asked, chuckling. Who knew Amelia had a hankering for cake? No matter. If cake is all she demanded of him for having to endure his female relatives for the better half of an evening, cake is what she'd get.

“Well, now that I'm an old married matron, it won't matter what I eat,” she said as cool as could be as she set her unneeded red scarf on the edge of the pale blue settee.

He removed his grey coat and set it next to her discarded scarf. “And it did before?”

“Of course,” she murmured, running her hands down the front of the pink gown she'd borrowed from Lady Templemore.

Without meaning to, Elijah's eyes followed the path her hands made over her ample bosom, down to her slim waist, then flared out with her hips.

He cleared his throat to tell her something reassuring, but it would seem nothing worked to relieve himself of that strangled feeling. “Amelia, it wouldn't matter if you weren't married. You'” The invisible hands that were strangling him finally choked him tight enough to end his words.

Her lips formed a half-smile. “It's all right. I don't expect you to compliment me.”

He loosened his cravat, whether because he needed to in order to take it off for the night or because it seemed to suddenly be choking the life out of him, he might never truly know. She was his oldest friend. He'd complimented her many times when she'd found some clever way to best Henry at a game and even a few weeks ago he'd complimented her dancing at his sister's wedding. He cocked his head to the side. How strange. He had always complimented things she did, never actually her.


She smoothed her skirt and kept her eyes trained on whatever it was on the floor that had managed to capture her attention. “Hmm?”

“You are a very beautiful young lady.”

“Thank you.” Her cheeks turned the palest shade of pink and she kicked off her cream slippers. “Don't worry. I shan't overindulge too often.”

Elijah sighed. “I'm not worried about you gaining a few pounds, Amelia. I just wanted to tell you—” He shrugged. “Well, I already said it, so now you know.”


His Jilted Bride (Banks Brothers Bride, #3)His Jilted Bride by Rose Gordon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It was not long into this book when I realized that this was my style of book!  Completely!  I love historical fiction, and when you add a nice little romance with a bit of spy on the side, as far as I am concerned, you have me hooked!  This is a book that also has humor and something that I am not used to seeing.  Are you ready for this?  The two characters are virgins!  If you know your history, that in itself is unbelievable.  Historically, women were expected to remain pure until marriage (this figures into the story as well, but it was generally understood that the men would sow some wild oats.  (That figures into the story, too).  The profanity is so minimal that it is almost nonexistent.  And the lovemaking is hot, heavy, and only between married individuals.  Again, very refreshing.

This is a part of a series, and I, for one, would love to read the entire series.  This is one of those books where you will find few surprises, but it is a nice, light romantic read.  Regency romance at its absolute best!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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USA Today Bestselling Author of ten unusually unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after. When not escaping to another world via reading or writing a book, she spends her time chasing two young boys around the house, being haunted by wild animals, or sitting on the swing in the backyard where she has to use her arms as shields to deflect projectiles AKA: balls, water balloons, sticks, pinecones, and anything else one of them picks up to hurl at his brother who just happens to be hiding behind her.




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  1. This sounds like such an intriguing story!

  2. Great review, I want to read this book.

    1. She did do a great review, didn't she. I don't know if I've seen several of the things she highlighted in any other review. Very unique.

  3. wow a 5 star review cool! :) Sounds like my kind of book too :) Thanks for sharing!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  4. Great excerpt, thank you.


    1. Thank you for taking time to read it!

  5. Looks like fun!


  6. Another wonderful except and thanks for sharing your review.

    So Rose, this book is friends to lovers, right? Have you written (or do you plan) an enemies to lovers book? Which of the 2 do you think is harder to write?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. My second book, LIBERTY FOR PAUL, is definitely an "enemies to lovers". I've had a few that weren't really enemies to lovers, but they just got off on the totally wrong foot: TO WIN HIS WAYWARD WIFE and HER SECONDHAND GROOM definitely come to mind for those plots. Not to say all of the others are just happy all the time and love at first sight, but these two have more friction at the beginning than most of the others.

      Strangely enough, I actually thought the friends to lovers is harder to write. There's definitely charm and appeal about friends to lovers, but it can be a trick because at the end of the book, you can't have them just be friends. There's also more backstory involved, they know each other going into the book so it makes some conversations easier and others harder. Enemies to lovers don't generally have as much common ground or have to get past the "I've known you my entire life, it's hard for me to think of you as a lover." With enemies, there's a mutual hatred stirring between them and when they go head-to-head, sparks fly!

  7. I highly recommend her other series too. The Grooms series is very very good but my favorite is her Scandalous Sisters. It has my favorite book, To Win His Wayward Wife. I still need to read the 4th in the Grooms series to read and then on to the Banks Bros.


  8. thanks for the review, my reading list is getting longer and longer lol but I will have lots of great reads for the summer

    1. Thanks, Stacey. If you do happen to get around to reading it, I hope you enjoy it!

  9. Looks like a good read! Thanks for being apart of the tour!

    mestith at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you so much for reading and coming by.

  10. I love a nice, light romantic read. Thanks for sharing the great review...5 of 5 stars! Sounds great.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  11. Thanks for coming by, Catherine.

  12. Ruth, thanks so much for taking time to read and review. I greatly enjoyed your review (and not just because of the 5!). I was so glad to see you pick up on things from the book that others might not have seen. It was a very honest and refreshing review. Thanks again.

  13. Just reading the excerpt I can tell this book is for me too.


  14. I was definitely surprised when Elijah ended up being a virgin as well!!

    carrie dot rogozinski at

  15. I LOVE books from this era--the British Ton. It is always wonderful to see women fight for freedom and/or respect in a time when they are only thought of as chattel. Since I'm stubborn and probably wouldn't like an arranged marriage, I would be a bluestocking and proud of it;)



  16. The excerpt has me intrigued!! Thanks for letting me know of this book...

  17. This sounds like an amazing read

  18. This sounds like such a fun read. I can't wait to find out the secrets they go,d and how their love story ends up after the called off wedding and happenings. Thanks for taking part in the book tour. sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. I love reading it opens up new worlds.

  20. Great review. Thanks for sharing the story and your thoughts.


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