Lonesome Bride

Giulietta Jones
Lonesome Bride
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
November 2010
Contemporary Romance

Dex Hardenborough has no choice but to consider Ethan Ransome's offer to acquire her ailing stepfather's company. The lucrative Ransome deal would protect the jobs of faithful Hardenborough employees and spare Nicholas Hardenborough from criminal charges.

The deal includes a bothersome stipulation, however.

Before he'll part with his precious pennies, the ice-eyed Ransome insists on marriage. To her. Taking advantage of the unexpected proposal from a total stranger whose motives are suspiciously slick, Dex agrees to become Mrs. Ethan Ransome. Determined not to dwell on the prospect of sharing her future--and his bed--with the tall, humorless tycoon. Or deal with those conflicting, primitive urges whenever he touches her, like wanting to nestle against him while she pummels his wide chest with a claw hammer.

No. Best just to grit her teeth and present herself for matrimony at the appointed hour. Because she'll need every ounce of resolve to spring the next falsehood on him. The really big one.

Book Review by Michelle R
Nov 17, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
104 people found the following review helpful
Clever, funny and mysterious!

I found Lonesome Bride to be utterly unique, which I loved. It is most definitely a romance with all the wonderful parts of a romance we swoon for, but it has loads of action and a whole miasma of mystery shrouding the story. Add to that two main characters that captivate and an army of supporting characters that add flavor and spirit to the adventure, and you have a entrancing ride.

Dex Hardenborough is facing bankruptcy as her stepfather's company collapses. With the weight of the world on her shoulders, she singlehandedly looks to save the family estate and company while providing for her dying stepfather and special needs sister. She's sold the furniture and heirlooms. She drives a clunker and works multiple jobs to survive, and now she is being blackmailed.

In walks billionaire Ethan Ransome who is willing to fix all her problems… for a price. Her hand in marriage.

Both come into the marriage holding back. Not communicating with each other or the reader. This of course left me trying to untangle the mystery of their intentions. What was going on? What was motivating them? I had to keep turning the pages to find out. Not only were they hiding secrets, but they were hiding their feelings too. Just when I was sure it was love and not just a business deal, something would happen to change my mind. Curiouser and curiouser.

Ethan and Dex had great chemistry. Their banter back and forth, the restrained desire mixed with the cautious protection of their hearts and their unique childhood stories riveted me. They were joined by family, servants, business employees and dog-gone-wild to spin a tale that was funny at times and adventurous at others.

The pacing was quick and the last quarter of the book was satisfying as all my questions were answered. It was all the things that make me love romances plus a little extra.

With intriguing characters, creative plot twists and enough funnies to keep a smile on your face, I understand why Lonesome Bride won a romance writer's award. Enjoy!
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