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The Thrill Of EscapeMiss Annie Andrews is finally free to marry the man she loves. With her overprotective sister out of the country on her honeymoon, nothing can prevent her flight to Gretna Green—nothing, that is, but an abduction by the wrong gentleman.The Sweetness Of SurrenderWhen Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, promised to look after his best friend's sister-The Thrill Of EscapeMiss Annie Andrews is finally free to marry the man she loves. With her overprotective sister out of the country on her honeymoon, nothing can prevent her flight to Gretna Green—nothing, that is, but an abduction by the wrong gentleman.The Sweetness Of SurrenderWhen Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, promised to look after his best friend's sister-in-law, he didn’t realize she would prove so difficult. But when he spirits her away to his country house to prevent her elopement, he discovers that the tempting beauty knows how to put up a fight. To make matters worse, he’s stuck playing the role of honorable protector...when what he really wants is to run away with her himself.

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Secrets of a Runaway Bride Reviews

  • Valerie Bowman
    2018-10-29 15:04

    Don't tell anyone but Jordan is my boyfriend. :)

  • MelodyMay (What I'm Reading)
    2018-11-02 21:48

    Originally posted on What I'm ReadingOh I'm super excited about this book. So, I started this book on Monday and I couldn't put it down. Even though I had other books waiting for my attention, and other things to do. However, if I could have, I probably would have finish Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman in one day. So, let's get started with this fantastic can't stop read.We first meet Annie Andrews in Secrets of a Wedding Night and basically makes a spectacle of herself chasing Mr. Eggleston. However, nothing is going to stop her from marrying the "man of dreams." Well, maybe one person, Jordan Holloway, Earl of Ashbourne.Poor Jordan, he has been tasked to keep an eye the runaway bride while his best friend and his new wife enjoy their honeymoon. However, this is no easy task, might I say. Annie definitely gives him a run for his money with all her antics to catch the eye of Eggleston.OH MY GOODNESS, fantastic story. I must say that with every story Ms. Bowman has written each one has gotten better and better. Annie's story is fantastic. I mean she is not your typical heroine. The best way to describe Annie would be a hoyden. Seriously. What girl would rescue stray animals in that era? Not many. I love her vulnerability. She really doesn't see herself as a gorgeous girl, even though others do see her that way. A lot of it has to do with members of her family telling her she's "not beautiful, not talented. Absolutely nothing remarkable." That would break anyone's heart hearing those words.Then you have Jordan Holloway. Most definitely a rake of the first class, but he does have some standards. Especially, when he tries to stop Annie from making a spectacle of herself. He is dependable and he's aways there. It's no wonder the ton loves him. Dude, I love him. However, I think it's hilarious that the world is plotting against him.Here's the bottom line, Ms. Bowman has outdone herself with Secrets of a Runaway Bride. I'm personally adding this story to my collection. This is a story worth reading over and over again. If that's not enough here are a few of my favorite quotes from Annie from the book:"First of all, you should not have been eavesdropping. It's unspeakably rude, and second, what would you know about a marital bed? You're not married!" "Arthur isn't here now to see, is he? If you're heaven's gift to the fairer sex, why don't you prove it?"Those are some of the jaw dropping moments that you can look forward when your read this story. Seriously, you can't miss a fantastic read like this, especially with a girl like Annie and rake like Jordan. I hope you get a chance to catch Secrets of a Runaway Bride.Copy provide by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley

  • Ashlyn Macnamara
    2018-11-13 21:49

    Valerie Bowman continues her Regency series with the story of Annie, Lily's sister from SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT. Like her older sister, Annie isn't afraid to take charge of her own life. She's determined to marry one man, but when her sister leaves on her honeymoon, she asks her husband's friend the Earl of Ashbourne to keep an eye on Annie. Ashbourne has an annoying tendency to show up at the wrong time and foil all Annie's plans. Lovely chemistry between these two. With sparkling prose, witty dialogue and general fun, this is a superb follow-up to Ms. Bowman's debut.

  • Caz
    2018-11-09 20:44

    I've given this a C- at AAR, so that's 2.5 stars here.This started out as an enjoyable although predictable read, which I had the feeling would be a B-ish grade by the time I’d finished. It takes up the story of Anne (Annie) Andrews, younger sister of Lily, the heroine of the previous book in this series (Secrets of a Wedding Night) and is an “adversaries fall in love” story. It’s a trope I rather like, and which when done well can be extremely engaging, but it’s fraught with pitfalls which I’m sorry to say this author didn’t manage to wholly avoid.You have a heroine who verged on the TSTL because of her insistence on doing things simply to annoy the hero rather than engaging her brain to see that he was right, more often than not. That’s not to say the hero wasn’t without faults either – he had his dumb moments, too, such as having sworn off marriage because he’d had his heart broken five years earlier, and being unable to keep his hands off the heroine despite his frequent admonitions to himself at how wrong it was for him to grope her and snog her senseless. Although she did have a head-start in the senseless stakes…At the end of the previous book, Annie had eloped with Mr Arthur Eggleston, a young man a few years her senior with whom she believed herself to be in love. She was intercepted by her sister’s husband and his friend Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, who is the hero of this book. Annie’s newly-wed sister is on her honeymoon, and has asked Ashbourne to keep an eye on Annie while she’s away, a responsibility he takes very seriously. The opening scene sees the Earl discovering her shinning up or down a happily placed vine on the side of Eggleston’s town house so that she can speak to him, and ends with Annie being peeved that her beloved was not the slightest bit put out at finding her in the arms of the Earl (after he’d pulled her off the vine!).The first part of the book is taken up with Annie’s repeated attempts to see Eggleston and Jordan’s repeated schemes to thwart her. Even when he tells Annie she’s making a fool of herself over a man who clearly doesn’t want her and that people are starting to talk, she refuses to see that he’s telling the truth. Seeming meekly to acquiesce to his instructions to leave Eggleston alone, Annie continues to scheme.She firmly believes herself to be in love with Eggleston (and I have to say, the best line of the book comes in a comment about his having been named after something that comes out of a chicken’s arse!) – but even she has to acknowledge that he is the sort of man who is easily swayed by whoever he happens to be talking to at the time, and starts to chafe at his lack of fervour. Yet she still clings to her idea of love; you see, Annie has grown up in the shadow of her classically beautiful sister and feels very insecure about her physical attributes having been so often compared and found wanting – and Eggleston is the first man ever to have told her she was pretty… hence, he must be in love with her and what can she do but love him back?Jordan. Is. Gorgeous. Honestly. He is. G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. I know this because it was repeated at least once every five pages (okay, so I haven’t really counted that it’s every five, but it certainly felt like it!) I like my heroes to be tall, dark and handsome, but I don’t need to be hit over the head with it.By about half way through, I realised that my prediction for B-ish had been overly optimistic. For most of the book, Annie acts like a spoiled child (she’s only nineteen, and I admit to a preference for more mature heroines), which leads me to another of the pitfalls that so often occurs with an adversarial couple, that of inequality. Of course, society at this time was hugely unequal – men were dominant and the titled took precedence, but that’s not the type of equality I’m talking about. In the quintessential “dislike-to-love” novel, Pride and Prejudice, Lizzie is far below Darcy on the social scale, but she is his equal in sense and intelligence. I think this type of story needs that kind of equality to work well, and that is sadly absent here. Jordan is twelve years Annie’s senior – an age gap with which I have no problem – but the gap between thirty-one and nineteen in this story seems much, much wider given Annie’s immaturity.It wasn’t until the last 100 pages or so that I began to think: “At last. She’s showing some sense” as Annie finally admitted to herself that Jordan had been acting in her best interests all along and trying to preserve her reputation while she’d been so intent on getting Mr Egg’n’Chips to marry her that she hadn’t cared about it. But then my hopes were dashed once more when she decided to manoeuvre Jordan into bed by enlisting the help of one of his friends!, Viscount Medford (who I believe is the hero of the next book in the series). Medford concocts some story about his having the wrong key, plies Jordan with enough gin to get him a bit buzzy but not incapable and sends him off – unknowing – to Annie’s room where, once again, Jordan finds himself incapable of resisting her so ignores his better judgement and finally has sex with her.(That sound you can hear is me, banging my head against the desk. Repeatedly.)The thing is, Annie knows Jordan has sworn off marriage, and hasn’t taken him to her bed so that she can force him to marry her – oh, no, she’s far more noble than that. She just wants the chance to experience the wonder of having the man she truly loves while she can, with no strings attached. I find it so, SO difficult to accept it when a young and virginal romance heroine proposes “no strings” sex because she doesn’t want the hero to feel she’s trapped him, because a woman had so few options at that time. In this case, Annie is nineteen and (now) no longer a virgin. She might be the sister-in-law of a rich Marquess, but even that won’t make her a first-class marriage prospect, and if she doesn’t marry, the most likely outcome is that she’ll end up as the maiden aunt to her sister’s children, living as a dependent.I know, I know – this is romance and there are always going to be elements to a story that are a bit fantastical. But IMO, this isn’t one of those things. If you want your nineteen-year-old heroine to have no-strings sex with a wealthy older man man who lives by a certain code of honour, then don’t write historicals. Oh, and please don’t turn her into a sex-goddess overnight. I don’t mind a heroine participating enthusiastically, or even given a bit of a nudge by the hero to…er… do a couple of things which might not have occurred to her on her own. But for her to go from being a virgin one day to being a girl who is comfortable performing fellatio while the hero’s friend is standing outside the bedroom door talking to him made me roll my eyes so hard they hurt.But I digress. Annie is perfectly okay with the fact that Jordan has sworn off marriage, although she has hopes – and yet the next minute, after overhearing part of a conversation between Jordan and his brother Charlie in which Jordan makes it clear he’s never going to marry “her” – gets massively upset and runs away. Of course, Jordan wasn’t talking about Annie. But she jumps to conclusions and runs off, only to encounter Mr Eggs’n’Bacon who spirits her away. Fortunately, Annie comes to her senses, tells Mr Eggles-Cake that she wants to go home… but, oh no! They are intercepted by a mysterious highwayman! Who of course, isn’t a mysterious highwayman at all.Secrets of a Runaway Bride passed the time well enough (until it got annoyingly frustrating!) but didn’t offer anything in terms of the story, writing or characterisation to in any way differentiate it from all the other “enemies-to-lovers” stories out there. I have no objection to there being a twelve year age-gap between the hero and heroine, but she was an immature nineteen, self-absorbed and so wrapped up with what she wanted that she couldn’t see she was ruining herself. Jordan was a fairly attractive hero – apart from the oft cited good looks, he also was honourable and kind had a good sense of humour -but I never felt he was a fully-rounded character either. The writing was decent overall, although I did notice a few typos and incorrect word choices in the paperback copy I was sent to review.All in all, I’d say if you’re going to read this book, make sure you’re in an extremely forgiving mood.

  • Lori
    2018-11-06 16:08

    Rating 3.5 starSo much potential! Annie is spunky, fearless, naive, and a hopeless romantic who wants to be married to the man whom she almost succeeded in eloping with. She is back in London and under the watchful eye of Lord Ashbourne who has been tasked to ensure she doesn't do anything stupid like get hitched while her sister Lily and Lily's new husband Devon is on their honeymoon.Lord Ashbourne, for reasons even he is unclear of, takes the task as Annie's guardian seriously. He sees her naiveté on the matter of love and courtship and tries his best to protect her from making mistakes that can ruin her reputation or place her in a marriage where there isn't true love. However, the stubborn little chit resists him at every turn and the tension is making him want to shake and/or kiss her.I was anticipating this installment because it featured the spit-fire Annie and the sarcastic and humorous Lord Ashbourne as the main H/h and they were such great supporting cast members in the first novel. Although the book started with a promise of all that I hoped for, it sort of went wrong 3/4 of the way through and didn't improve from there. Let me start off by saying the two characters have chemistry in the beginning and while it does continue throughout, I felt like it was forced and sloppy as the book progressed. Also, there wasn't a whole lot of sarcastic dialogue or humor from Jordan that made him appealing to me in the last book. I also felt like Annie had a lot of emotional growth to cover and it was as if 3/4 of the way through, the author had to ensure that Annie had found true love so there was this epiphany that was not believable. She also deceives him to get what she wants and this particular instance I felt like she was playing dirty and not in a good way. Lord Ashbourne's character development didn't fair any better as I felt it was weak and inconsistent. I kept thinking "where did Lord Ashbourne from the last book go?"I shouldn't be overly critical because this is a romance novel after all, but I think because it had potential with good foundation laid out for these two characters, the end of the book was a bit disappointing. Narrator: Justine EryePerformance 5/5Erye is fantastic with the accents and the distinction between characters. It is smooth reading and just enough inflection to not distract or confuse.

  • Limau Nipis
    2018-11-01 17:57

    I started reading this with a 3 star in mind. In case it is much better than Secrets of a Wedding Night.But no, it has to be a 1-star read for me.The heroine, Annie, sister to Lily (the heroine of the first book) is a whiny girl, love to be in mischief, pursued a man that is named after an Egg? (view spoiler)[(Arthur Eggleston) and eloped with that man thrice! I TELL YOU THRICE! (hide spoiler)]So down it goes the rating.On the first elopement, I was like, OKAYYY... Annie is just 19-year old. She is not matured.Then on the second elopement, OKAYYY.. she really is a snobbish girl who wants to marry any man who comes her way.(view spoiler)[And on the last elopement, I think I want to SLAP Annie at some point, because when she overheard someone confessing her love toward Jordan, the hero, she asked Eggleston to elope with her. (hide spoiler)]WHAT THE? That brainless EGGLESTON is just a pawn in Annie's game.And that Jordan was another matter altogether. A dunderhead, when he did the deed with Annie, he was like 'OHH, I cannot marry you because you are my best friend's sister in law'. And, 'I promised myself not to get hitched, you know?' What the???????And you sleep with that girl on weekly basis?I THINK I WANT TO SLAP BOTH H/H IN THIS BOOK! BOTH ARE IRRATIONAL PEOPLE.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-09 18:01

    Delightful. Really enjoyed it!4 1/2 stars

  • Cocktails and Books
    2018-10-29 13:58

    Annie, a strong willed young woman. Has decided that while her sister is on her Honeymoon, that she will try to elope to Gretna Green again with the man she is in love with.Jordan was asked by his best friend and Annie's sister to keep an eye on her while they were away. Jordan hopes it would be an easy task to check on her once in while.Annie believes that Arthur Eggleton, the man she tried to elope with was not paying her enough attention. Annie wants Arthur tell his father that they are engaged. So most of ton is laughing at Annie behind back because she is chasing after Eggleton, were he makes no effort to seek her out. Jordan, decided that he was going to put a stop to Annie's scheme.I really enjoyed reading Secrets of a Runaway Bride, I was laughing threw most of the book.The character development was a bit slow but the really made up for it. Character interactions were well written. The way every one interacted made they seem more real and likeable. The plot was awesome, I didn't feel like I missed anything starting to read the series in the middle. Secrets of a Runaway Bride was a great read, very hard to put down.Reviewed by SammySosa for Cocktails and Books

  • Aurora
    2018-11-03 17:43

    Name of Book: Secrets of a Runaway BrideAuthor: Valerie BowmanISBN: 978-1-250-00896-1Publisher: St Martin PaperbacksPart of a Series: Secret BridesType of book: Regency, 1816, determination, romance, adult, England, secret pamphlets, earl, wealthYear it was published: 2013Summary: The Thrill Of EscapeMiss Annie Andrews is finally free to marry the man she loves. With her overprotective sister out of the country on her honeymoon, nothing can prevent her flight to Gretna Green—nothing, that is, but an abduction by the wrong gentleman.The Sweetness Of SurrenderWhen Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, promised to look after his best friend's sister-in-law, he didn’t realize she would prove so difficult. But when he spirits her away to his country house to prevent her elopement, he discovers that the tempting beauty knows how to put up a fight. To make matters worse, he’s stuck playing the role of honorable protector...when what he really wants is to run away with her himself.Characters: Annie is an amazing and interesting heroine. She cares for strays and animals, can drive a team of horses skillfully, creative with organization and money and is also a skillful shot. She is also headstrong and for a particular hero is a pain in a butt. She grows and changes throughout the book through her association with Jordan and emerges as a slightly different character. Jordan likes to spoil Annie and is loyal to friends as well as to love, ironically. He's also described as a rake and is determined not to marry. I think I would have liked to see more of his personality and qualities in the book. Arthur Eggleston is honorable and can be easily bullied into anything. I don't know if its explained in the first book why no one seems to like him, but I'm curious as to why. Annie is also determined on being with Arthur in beginning of the book. Will she succeed? Read and find out.Theme: Sometimes the person you least likely expect is the right onePlot: This is written in third person narrative from Jordan's and Annie's point of view. The book is full surprises and twists as well as a likable heroine for me. I was actually impressed that the author really made the characters get to know one another before having anything happen to them. Most of the romances have instant love, which isn't bad, but I want to connect to the characters, to understand how and why they fall for one another, and that type of love doesn't allow me to do that. This one, however, although one knows who will end up with whom, the ride isn't easy or mild, and the chemistry builds up between the conversations and incidents that happen make up for a surprising yet amazing journey.Author Information: (from url born The United States genderfemalewebsite twitter usernameValerieGBowman genreRomance, Historical Fiction influencesJane Austen, Judith McNaught, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinnmember sinceJanuary 2011 About the author: Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!Valerie writes the Secret Brides series for St. Martin's Press. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in History from Smith College. By day, she is a technical editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or watching Downton Abbey and Hoarders.Visit Valerie on the web at Normally I'm not a fan of Regency and although I do like romance novels, its rare that I thoroughly enjoy them. Yet the author of this book really knew how hit my enjoyment buttons. The book focused on courtship and tension between the hero and heroine, and I was surprised to find myself falling in love with the heroine and liking her as well. I would have liked to see more of the hero's personality emerge, or at least for him to be as well developed as the heroine. Some scenes I found funny and others pleasantly shocking. The book has good chemistry between the leads, enjoyable dialogue and a pleasant and well rounded heroine who is intent on stirring up gossip. I also liked that they got to know one another before anything happened, which felt really genuine to me. I look forward to more opportunities in reading her books. Even though the book is part of a series, I didn't feel it lacked and it can be read as a stand-alone (I didn't read the prequel by the way.)Quick notes: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.5 out of 5 (0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

  • Nancy Brady
    2018-10-22 21:59

    I won this novel through a Shelf Awareness giveaway, and received an autographed copy to boot, but this is my honest review. Annie, a strong -willed young woman, wants to be a wife and mother, and she believes she has found the perfect man to be her husband in Arthur. So much so, that she and he have run away to Gretna Green, the British Isles' elopement capital, to get married. Unfortunately for the pair, they were stopped on their way.Now with her sister and new husband away on their own honeymoon, Annie has another chance to elope except for Jordan Holloway, who is acting as a protector of Annie's virtue at the behest of her sister and brother-in-law.Jordan, a confirmed bachelor, is handsome, rich, and all that any woman could want (wink, wink) except Annie, who wants Arthur. Or so she thinks as Jordan turns up everywhere she goes. Yet, despite every road block to love, they manage to find in each other kindred spirits and fall into love with each other. But can the confirmed bachelor and the young woman, who thinks she is plain with the mud brown eyes, overcome all obstacles to love?This was a fun romance with characters that a reader will grow to love, if a reader is up to scratch (wink, wink).

  • Mary Gramlich
    2018-11-11 21:10

    Never stop looking for a kiss so sizzling it sets your hair on fireAnnie Andrews is determined to marry the wrong man, and Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne is absolutely not going to let that happen.Annie is in love with the wrong man and Jordan feels he is not the right one but he can keep Annie safe from foolishness, he hopes. Annie keeps stirring up trouble for Jordan while he works hard to keep the peace between them. Taking the obligation of caring for her seriously there is nothing he will not do including kidnapping her to prevent impending disaster.Jordan and Annie push and pull at the fringe of scandalous behavior and when Annie has a taste of the treasure Jordan can offer, she wants more of something he is not prepared to give. Jordan does not want lifelong commitments but he thought but with Annie a renewed feeling of hope and future presents itself. Jordan will do what he can to fight the feeling, and try to find anyone that is husband material. The scary part for Jordan is the question is he the perfect match really him.Valerie Bowman always brings her ‘A’ game to the characters, story, and romance she writes

  • Jacqui
    2018-11-16 15:43

    Absolutely amazing! One of the best books I have read by Valerie especially since Jordan and Annie had insane chemistry, I actually loved it more that I finished it all in one sitting! Started reading it when I couldn't fall asleep and couldn't put it down until the sun had risen and the day had pretty much started. Enjoyed it more than Secrets of a Wedding Night.

  • Lena Diaz
    2018-11-18 18:50

    I've had the pleasure of reading this book before it came out and all I can say is *WOW*. I love it even better than her debut, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT. This book is sexy, witty, and charming. LOVED the hero! Can't wait for the next one. Go Valerie!

  • Ewa
    2018-11-14 17:46

    Wink-wink-wink. People in this book have some nervous tick which causes excessive winking on every second page. Heroine was really stupid, but she was also 18 while hero was 31. Pedobear much?

  • Rema
    2018-10-27 19:09

    Stay far far away from this book. Originally I'd thought about giving this book two stars but then towards the end I'd decided against it because it'd been such a waste of time reading it. Hence, the one starred review. Wherever shall I begin with what went horribly wrong with this book? Let me start out by stating that I'd read the previous book in the series but didn't add it to Goodreads because I didn't finish it. Actually, I stopped reading it within the initial few chapters because it'd been hopelessly boring and the writing style had grated on my nerves. Still, I'd wanted to give the rest of the author's books a try-just in case one of them might be worth it since the summaries on Goodreads sound so promising. So that's when I began reading "Secrets of the Runaway Bride". Annie was such a painful character to deal with and read about. First off, she's constantly mooning over this helpless and hopeless character Arthur (or as I know him as Egg). I knew that if her naivety and annoying infatuation didn't wear off soon I wouldn't continue reading the book. If only I'd followed that instinct and closed the book. But no I persisted. A rather annoying habit of Anne's I quickly figured out was her continuous self-abuse. She constantly brings herself down. Annie is always brining up how plain she is and how much more beautiful the people around her are when the truth is that the author repeatedly reminds the reader how pretty and unique Anne is. While she might not be an Incomparable she's very very very very very very pretty. If that's one too many very's for you then imagine how I felt having to read through the descriptions detailing Annie's attractiveness. Everyone-and I mean everyone-acknowledges it. And when that happens you know there is something wrong and you should close the book lest you be forced to sit through another interminable 300 or so pages of the same tedious repetitiveness. Here's an excerpt from the book (the first of many): "Annie squeezed her friend’s hand. Frances was such a dear. The two of them had had this conversation scores of times and it always ended the same way. Annie knew—knew—it wasn’t true, but it was exceedingly kind of her friend to try to tell her how beautiful she was. 'I’m no goddess,' she whispered. She was catapulted back in time to being fourteen years old again at her parents’ country estate. 'You’ll just have to be witty, Annie,' her father had said, 'because you won’t catch a husband with your looks.' It was one of many careless statements her father had made through the years and Lily, like Frances, had spent hours trying to tell her how untrue it was, but Annie knew they had merely been trying to make her feel better. She wasn’t pretty. That was a fact"Annie is a hopeless fool when it come to love. That's all she has in her pretty little head. Love. Love. And love. She wreaks of desperation. It's really sad to read. Excerpt: "I only have three weeks left to get him to ask me to marry him" Desperate much? Half the book Annie is always throwing herself at the Egg and the other half pining and lusting after Jordan. There is no in between. Annie is precisely the kind of person I detest. She's not in the least intelligent. As far as I've made out, she has no other interest than pursuing gentlemen in an altogether desperate fashion. She reminds me horribly of the people I go to school with. Maybe she might not have been that of a bad character (though I highly doubt it) if I didn't know other people like her. And when you know someone like that in reality, you realize how silly and stupid it is. Annie is still a child and that's fine. What bothers me is the fact that she is still a child but yet is pursing a MAN that is much more grown than she is and she that is presented as an adult. She's not. She's a child. She's even admitted it herself that for a good MAJORITY of the book she behaved like a kid. She makes this declaration right after she accepts a proposal from Jordan and just a few pages shy of the ending. Excerpt: "I’ve acted like a child but that’s all over now"I don't believe it because she's made that proclamation a couple times throughout the course of the novel for me to take her seriously just because the book is ending on a happy note. I have plenty more complains about this book that I will list briefly. They're notes that I took while reading the book so I could remember my thoughts on it. Excerpts (and thoughts):"He’s witty, rich, intelligent, immensely popular, a gifted horseman, bowman, and shot. There are many things to like about him. The fact that he looks like Adonis has very little to do with it, really"->Sounds impossible. Utterly unrealistic character. But that's Jordan Holloway for ya-our very own HR hero. September 16, 2015Chapter 5"Now let’s desist in this silly conversation and discuss more important matters"->Some of these sentences sound extremely odd. Writing leaves a lot to be desired.September 16, 2015Chapter 6"Ever since we tried to run off to Gretna Green, my father’s been very disappointed in me. He says I should take time to consider my behavior carefully and I tend to agree. There’s no rush, is there?"->This guy is annoying. What an egg like creature. This is the Egg, of course. September 16, 2015Chapter 10"I don’t expect anyone as beautiful as you to understand what it feels like when someone admires you for the first time in your life"->Finally! A dialogue I actually like. It's a feeling most people can relate to. Maybe there's hope for this after all. September 18, 2015Chapter 30"She’d decided he’d obviously kissed her because he felt sorry for her and her sad little tale about being so plain"->She obviously feels so sorry for herself because she's not a great beauty. It's become annoying again.September 18, 2015Chapter 42"What do you think I think I’m doing?” she asked breathily. "Seriously, we must talk.” "No, we mustn’t. Talking is much overrated"->This is a total 180 from the girl in the beginning. Or is she? Annie's character is a mess. She seems like completely different people. But then she does have that habit of throwing herself at men. So maybe she's not so different?September 18, 2015Chapter 43"Retiring to the salon with the other ladies may have been more excruciating than the dinner, simply because Jordan wasn’t there to see, hear, smell"->This girl is boy crazy. I'm seriously wondering if there's ever been a serious thought in her brain. She takes things so lightly and she doesn't think or care about the consequences. Only when the consequences are brought upon her does she show remorse. I'm really not liking her.September 18, 2015Chapter 47"she still hadn’t resorted to feeling sorry for herself. She fought her tears. When Annie was confronted with a problem, she came at it from a different direction until she solved it, and he loved that about her"->Um are we thinking about the same girl? Because from what I've read about Annie, I'd like to think I know her better than Jordan. After all I've read things from her perspective too. Annie does not SOLVE problems. She lands herself in them and someone else solves them for her. I can't name one problem she's solved. And as for the feeling sorry for herself that Arthur didn't love her? Yeah, she did plenty of that. While she might not have asked him to comfort her or intended to manipulate him, that's precisely what Jordan did. Throughout this novel, Annie has constantly bemoaned her plain looks and constantly compared herself to the people surrounding her. And as for Arthur not loving her, Annie moped around about that too. I recall her asking Jordan what was wrong with her that neither Arthur nor her brothers would want to marry her. I don't think Jordan is speaking about the same Annie I'm thinking of. Definitely not because I've never met her.September 18, 2015Chapter 47"Annie was nothing but sincere and brave. Very brave. She was willing to marry Eggleston even though he was a mere mister and not particularly wealthy because she thought she loved him and that was all that had mattered to her."->And incredibly stupid. With nary an intelligent thought in her pretty head. This girl lacks substance. All she is full of is love. Just love and it's sickening. Why can't we have a character that's-god forbid intelligent? Nope can't have that. I'm starting to get pissed off with the characters this author writes. They do not seem to have a shred of intelligence or common sense. It's sad. I've gone without intelligent characters and scientific characters but most of the characters I've come across in HR have more sense than this idiot.September 18, 2015Chapter 49"this time he’d been the one to demand she marry him and it had all seemed so romantic and right for a few moments"->Arthur asks Annie or rather demands her she marry him-after he abandoned her TWICE. Precisely why dear Annie is such an idiot. She gets carried away too easily. Didn't she learn the last two times? But then they do say third times the charm. September 18, 2015Chapter 50"That was this blasted feeling in the pit of his stomach. Love"->Yes you bloody idiot. That or lust. Could swing either way in Jordan's case. Cause all he's felt for her thus far is lust. Now that I think on it I'm 110% sure it's lust. I don't think they've ever even had a proper conversation. Do they even really know each other? I'm certain that Jordan doesn't know Annie because the way he described the woman he "loved" in his thoughts while talking to Georgiana was sure as hell not Annie.September 18, 2015Chapter 51"You are very beautiful, my lady,” the highwayman said once she stood facing him. He, however, was still cloaked in darkness. Annie narrowed her eyes. “How can you tell?"->I thought she could recognize his voice? Inconsistent because when Jordan was riding through the woods, she immediately recognized his voice and you're telling me that now she can't. How opportune.Like I've stated, I had numerous problems with this book. Long as this review was I don't think it's covered all of it. BUT READ THIS CAREFULLY: THIS IS ONLY MY OPINION. There have been many books I've read that despite the reviews that had warned me away, I'd liked. While my review might have been overtly negative don't let that stop you, not even the warning I'd typed in the beginning of this review. Who knows? you might like it. Only God knows why, lol.

  • Melodie
    2018-10-28 15:05

    3.5 stars

  • Cerian
    2018-11-04 21:49

    Originally given 4.5 hearts at The Rookie Romance Blog.Annie Andrews is in love, the problem is she's not officially engaged to her love. When her sister and new brother-in-law leave for their honeymoon, Annie is free to pursue Arthur Eggleton and run off to Gretna Green (again). Unbeknownst to her, her brother-in-law's best friend, Jordan Holloway, is charged with keeping an eye on her. He has his hands full keeping Annie out of trouble and from causing damage to her reputation.All the time spent with Annie, keeping an eye on her, starts to change the way Jordan thinks about her. Whilst Annie is sure she's in love with Arthur, she can't quite ignore the feelings Jordan rouses in her...Annie starts off as being completely in love with Arthur Eggleston, who is frankly a total sop. The explanation as to why she thinks she loves him is reasonable, and understandable though. She makes a bit of a fool of herself by chasing after Arthur, and the ton is talking about her behaviour. I felt bad for Annie, she just wants the man she loves, and who loves her, to be married and happy. She gets herself into some really sticky situations in her attempts to bring Arthur up to scratch, which provides plenty of laughs! She's spirited and impetuous, but she has a good heart and is well-meaning and likable.Jordan is rather swoon-worthy. He's a bit of a rake, and isn't interested in ever getting married, he's quite happy for a nephew to inherit his earldom. He's definitely not prepared for the trouble Annie finds for herself, or for his new role as protector of the innocent. Annie's innocence and and naivete in her pursuit of Arthur, reminds him of himself, before he grew more cynical of the world around him. So he becomes determined that Annie won't end up married to the wrong man. Jordan is very sweet and protective, underneath his rakish exterior.I loved watching the friendship between the h and H grow, and turn into something more. I thought they were a great couple, and well matched. Jordan balances out some of Annie's more impetuous traits. I loved the development of the secondary characters as well, and I'm looking forward to reading more of their HEAs!I'm also looking forward to reading the first book in the series, Secrets of a Wedding Night, as well. although this serves very well as a stand alone book.I found this book perfectly summed up as a regency romp. It made me laugh on many occasions, and has really made me want a pet fox. It was fun and witty, with plenty of scandalous situations! *I won this book from Valerie Bowman, in a competition. Thank you!

  • Book Binge
    2018-10-25 17:49

    Anne Andrews has pretty much been left on her own in London. Her sister Lily is on her honeymoon and her chaperone for the month is her aunt by marriage, Aunt Clarissa. Aunt Clarissa is a bit of a lush so she’s really not all that much of a chaperone. Since Anne thinks herself in love with a man named Arthur Eggleston, and about six months ago had tried to marry him by heading off to Gretna Green. She was stopped then but she’s determined to get Arthur to marry her. Unfortunately Arthur’s not exactly coming up to snuff. Anne is kind of making a fool of herself trying to get Arthur’s attention and it falls to Lily’s friend Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, to try to keep her reputation pristine and Anne out of trouble. Unfortunately Anne is proving to be a royal pain in the ass.Jordan saves Anne from herself time and time again and even saves her from yet another attempt to get to Gretna Green with Arthur. Jordan decides he’s had enough and drags Anne, her maid and Aunt Clarissa to his manor in Surrey to keep Anne out of trouble. While in Surrey Jordan tries to find an eligible bachelor for Anne to marry but when it comes down to it she decides she wants Jordan. He, however, decided about 6 years before that he would never marry.This was a good little read. Anne was a bit of a pain in the ass but she was sweet and really had good intentions with everything she did. She had self-esteem issues as her sister is extremely beautiful and her father once told her that she was unremarkable. I couldn’t blame her for thinking that she wasn’t all that pretty as it had been drilled into her head, that’s for sure. I did think she was in love for love. I don’t know, she really seemed kind of finicky in the book and seemed to go from Arthur to Jordan pretty quickly. She did realize pretty quickly that Arthur wasn’t what she wanted but still – it was a bit frustrating.Jordan was supposedly a rake but we really didn’t see that except for him with his mistress once. He really was an upstanding man and I liked him a whole hell of a lot. He tried to be honorable time and again when it came to Anne but she really made it difficult for him. He tried! LOLOverall it was a decent story with some fun parts to it. I certainly liked it much better than book 1 and after reading an excerpt of book 3 I’m definitely interested.Rating: 3.5 out of 5This review was originally posted on Book Binge by Tracy.

  • Ki
    2018-11-17 14:08

    (Originally posted on was a fun and enjoyable read. Made me laugh and tear up and just smiles all around.Miss Annie has a strong personality and although I didn't like her first because of her insistent probing of being in love (with the wrong man!) but in the end I couldn't hate her because love will always have that effect on young lover.Jordan I Adored~! At first glance I knew I would love him. His appearance in the first book where he had to assist in retrieving Miss Annie in her first attempt to Gretna Green was just as hilarious and I knew their relationship would be wonderful. I love how he tried to treat her like a sister for the sake of his friendship with her now new brother-in-law but it just seems to never work. You really get a feel of who he really is by many of his actions.Towards the end of the book I really really enjoyed it. After being unable to handle Annie in Town, Jordan abducts her to the country so that he can marry her off to the local gentry and introduces his lovely brothers~! They were just as delicious as Jordan. I do hope they get their own HEA.Ah, Medford was just as great a character as he was in Secrets of a Wedding Night. Always so insightful, if only he will be able to do that in his book coming up this fall.Both Annie and Jordan go through a lot of ups and downs and funny and intense bickering but all is good to a great love story!

  • Thenia
    2018-10-28 13:57

    This is the story of Annie, Lily's (view spoiler)[(the author of the scandalous Secrets of a wedding night pamphlet and heroine of the first book in the series) (hide spoiler)] sister and Jordan, Devon's (view spoiler)[(the hero of the first book and now Lily's husband) (hide spoiler)] best friend.Annie is practically a spoiled brat, deciding it's her last chance to do something everyone disapproves of - elope with a young man she thinks she's in love with.Jordan, who is a very sought after, handsome rake who has vowed never to marry, is tasked to keep an eye on her while the newlyweds are on their honeymoon.Their story is enjoyable enough, but there were a couple of things that distracted me. Mostly that Annie acts like a brat. I know that's deliberate and serves to show her growth during the story, but I didn't like it. Less important and I'm probably being particular here, but there's entirely too much winking in the story! Everybody winks for no good reason and all the time! It might not be a serious problem with the book, but it stuck out at me and distracted me from the story a bit.Looking forward to Medford's story and his turn to suffer while the others tease him mercilessly.

  • Melanie
    2018-10-21 15:05

    In ‘Secrets of a Wedding Night’ Annie Andrews is Lily’s little sister who thinks she found her hero in Mr. Eggleston. Now that Lily’s wed her man, she is determined to nab this man for herself, however there’s another man in her way, Jordan Holloway, Earl of Ashbourne, who’s been tasked by her brand new brother-in-law, to keep an eye on her and that just won’t do.Jordan Holloway, Earl of Ashbourne, is a rake and a confirmed bachelor, who after a woman broke his heart, vowed never to marry. And now he finds that accepting a task that should have been way too easy to handle, becoming .....Thanks a bunch for jumping over to b2b to finish reading my review.... for b2b*Book provided by the author

  • Denise Stout
    2018-11-15 19:01

    Annie thinks she'll marry her man while her sister is on her honeymoon. Wrong. Enter Jordan, her brother-in-law's best bro and confirmed bachelor. He's supposed to be keeping an eye on her--she is a tricky one. Exasperated with her sneaky ways to try and marry a guy who doesn't seem serious about her, he whisks her off to the countryside and decides to throw a ball to find her a decent husband. Problem--he finds himself falling for her. She also falls for him. And, there's a secret "fairy godfather" trying to help them see they're perfect for each other. By the time they both figure out they're in love with each other, it's almost too late. Love intervenes!This is the second in a series, but it's fine as a stand-alone.

  • Linda
    2018-11-09 13:42

    Funny, humorous, preposterous. This amazing romance manages to be funny without being fluffy. It borders on the madcap, but doesn't cross over, making the characters likeable and accessible. Top-notch!Plot: Twisted, convoluted, and unlikely. The beginning is great, unexpected.Male Protagonist: Tall, dark, and handsome, but unavailable on the marriage mart. Jordan Holloway, Earl of AshbourneFemale Protagonist: Innocent, gorgeous, and naive. Miss Annie Andrews.Setting: London and two house partiesOther characters of note: Lily, Annie's sister, Viscount Medford, the meddler. Quirkiness: Gretna Greene is a recurring theme, with great effect. Rehabilitating a fox with injured paw.

  • Theresa
    2018-10-31 21:05

    The Earl of Ashbourne has been asked to keep an eye on Miss Annie Andrewsby friends. It'll take more than an eye as the young Miss drives him crazy with her adventures. The reader will delight in the workings of Annie's mind as she follows through on her adventures. You'll enjoy the romance in this wonderfully written historical.

  • Virginia Boylan
    2018-11-07 22:08

    Great story with a charming, spunky heroine whose overconfidence gets her into trouble over and over, giving the charming hero plenty of chances to learn he's not who he thinks he is as he rescues her from herself. I love how both of them learn and grow through this story until they're able to see and do what's best for themselves and each other.

  • Anuka
    2018-11-19 20:50

    This book was absolutely amazing! It had me hooked from the beginning to the end. The dialogues were perfect. The characters were blended perfectly. There wasn't a moment where I was bored. I am really surprised by Valerie Bowman's writing skills. I can't wait to read the next book! I highly recommend everyone to read this book. You won't be disappointed!

  • Recreational Reader
    2018-10-19 16:00

    4.5 Stars This is a witty and fun romp and I would have rated it 5 stars but for the fact that the ending wasn't quite up to par as I felt the changes in the character of the heroine were too extreme to be believable. That being said I enjoyed the book and anyone who likes the Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas should give it a try.

  • Moey17
    2018-10-28 14:07

    I LOVED this!! So charmingly entertaining! The leads were fantastic, Annie a girl who wears her heart on her sleeve, and Jordan, so dashing but in essence just a noble good man. Their romance was lovely, it was lighthearted and sweet. I can't wait for more from this author, such fun!

  • Arec Rain
    2018-11-06 16:48

    What a fantastic novel! It has been a long time since a book, much less a romance one, has so completely enthralled me. It was witty and believable and I found myself invested in the characters. Definitely not one to pass up if you prefer a good historical romance.

  • Mary
    2018-11-17 19:58

    I loved this book even more than the first. Annie is fun. Jordan is sexy, and their banter kept me turning the pages. This book definitely lived up to Ms. Bowman's tagline of writing RACY REGENCY ROMPS.