Lonesome Bride by Giulietta Jones
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Full Length (260 pgs)
Heat level: Spicy
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Iris
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.
Deception, familial love, and a hero with a little dictatorial streak set the tone of this book. The verbal arguments, mistrust and repetition of the same arguments are not what I typically enjoy in a book, but they are integral to the story and the eventual resolution.
Books including an unwilling bride/lover/companion tend to be written with an arrogant hero, self-pitying heroine, and mistrust in both. This book was no different. However, this story was different in that it included a well-presented back story, given to us in pieces so as to hold our interest. Also, our hero was able and willing to state his feelings for and about our heroine. Coupled with Ethan’s generosity to Dex, his mother, and his son, the story tends to differ from the typical.
Dex feels powerless and trapped into a marriage she does not want, and she continues to verbally spar with Ethan about their relationship as well as to protect her pre-wedding family.
Lonesome Bride is well-written with characters that spark reader’s interest. Minor characters provided a bit of levity and interest in what could have been a dull and repetitive story. The best scene occurs when Dex confronts her blackmailer. She shows her sense of humor while using her chemistry knowledge and the “spunk” she does not normally show.
This book is a good read, and worth your time. Pick up a copy today!