The Other Guy's Bride

Connie Brockway
The Other Guy's Bride
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Release Date
December 2011
Historical Romance

Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Genisse 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, Genisse 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...

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jan 16, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
Delightful and laugh-out-loud funny, THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE enchants and compels my attention from the first page to the last. I didn't want it to end!

Ginesse Braxton, Harry and Dizzy's daughter, wants to make a name for herself in the archaeological world like the rest of her illustrious family, and the way to do that is to discover the lost city of Zerzura. However, she is determined to do this herself and not rely on her family. And fate hands her the means.

On her travel from England to Egypt, she befriends Mildred Whimpelhall, who was seasick on the voyage. Ginesse learns that Mildred is travelling to reunite with her fiancé at Fort Gordon, which is only thirty miles from Zerzura's location. And Mildred is to be escorted by a man well-versed in desert travel, James Owens, a ruffian and a scoundrel. When Mildred decides to travel by rail the rest of the way, Ginesse hatches a daring plan. She'll disguise herself as Mildred Whimpelhall and go in her stead!

James Owens is discharging a debt, which was why he agreed to escort Mildred Whimpelhall to Fort Gordon. But he never expected to be enchanted by the saucy, irrepressible chit, and he finds himself caught between passion and honor, as he desires the other guy's bride.

The summary speaks of possibilities--I love this kind of angst-ridden conflict--and Connie Brockway delivers and more.

Ginesse is a wonderful heroine. She's outrageous and funny, independent and strong, without being irritating. She has a wild romantic streak that I love. She's the life of the party and she carries the plot along. I love--absolutely love--that scene when she plays a trick on a childhood tormentor. I couldn't think of a better woman for Jim, who needs a woman like Ginesse to draw him out of his shell, who makes him wish he has something better to offer her, and who makes him regret somewhat the decision he's made to protect his loved ones.

Jim just about breaks my heart from the first page onward, but one can see his determination to survive despite grim odds. The author really believes in torturing her characters. Jim has had it tough from youth, and now, the fates just won't give him a break. The only woman to touch him as no woman had was unavailable to him, the affianced bride of the man to whom Jim owes his debt. And so, when he finds himself entranced with Ginesse--

So, he watched her, and remarked all her many grace notes, hoarding up every impression, every detail, without hesitation or guilt, storing them up for a long future without her.

Like all men, he is a bit dense. But he is funny-dense. (Scene regarding horses) No wonder Ginesse slugged him.

Both characters are well-developed and superbly written, definitely unforgettable, especially Ginesse. Combine that with a spine-tingling romance, red-hot passion and edge-of-your-seat adventures (yellow scorpions and dangerous nomads!) in an exotic land, and Connie Brockway has got herself a winner!

Yes, let's not forget THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE is set in Egypt, and it's refreshing because it's a departure from Regency England, yet the descriptions are so vivid and detailed that the place comes alive.

Though this is the sequel to As You Desire, it is not necessary to read it to enjoy this story. Nevertheless, if you haven't read Ginesse's parents' story, you'll want to do so after reading THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE, like me!

Connie Brockway is now on my list of must-read authors, and I'm going to continue with As You Desire, which I've already ordered online. I can't wait to read it!
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