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Avg. Rating: 3.1
I must admit that i didn't want to read this book because of the reviews. After reading them i knew what the ending would be because that was what prompted most of the complaints. However, I really liked this book. I was very pleased to see that Olivia could have some fun. Anthony was so perfect. He was dashing and sexy as well as smart, and he brought out Olivia's sense of adventure. I don't like to think that she was acting out of character. I simply think that this book showed a part of her that was hidden in the previous two books in the series. I thought Olivia and Anthony made a perfect couple. As for the ending. I liked it and thought it was a great way to close the story. However, if I had not read the reviews others had done, I would have expected another ending entirely and would probably have been quite dissappointed. All I'm saying is that in order to enjoy this book as it can be enjoyed, you have to read it without expectations.
THE LEAST LIKELY BRIDE
THE LEAST LIKELY BRIDE is the third in the "Bride" trilogy by Jane Feather. It is preceded by THE HOSTAGE BRIDE and THE ACCIDENTAL BRIDE.
THE LEAST LIKELY BRIDE is the story of Olivia, one of three friends who vow together to always remain friends and to never get married. She is the quiet, scholarly daughter of Cato, Marquis of Granville and his second wife.
One day, while walking on a cliff overlooking the sea, Olivia accidentally steps into a hole and tumbles through the cliff to the beach below. She is rescued and tended by none other than the pirate, Anthony Caxton. After careful observation, Anthony is much, much more than he seems.
In a time of civil strife, Olivia's father and Anthony are on opposing sides of the struggle. While she has deep love for both, Olivia must choose.
THE LEAST LIKELY BRIDE is less believable than the first two "brides" books. And the cover is definitely wrong, from a more modern time period. But overall, it's a good book.
Where's the Romance?
Lady Olivia Granville, a most avid scholar, is reading while walking along the cliff's edge, when her footing gives way and she falls down the side. She's rescued by Anthony, a handsome Royalist pirate, whose political agenda is in direct conflict with that of her noble father. She wakes on his pirate ship, The Wind Dancer, where Anthony has used his knowledge of healing to care for her wounds. As a child, Olivia and her two closest friends made a pact never to marry. Anthony and Olivia's relationship quickly turns intimate, but she still has no desire to marry, and Anthony doesn't live within the law. So how will these two ever get together?
The answer to that question is surprising, and one of the reasons I was less than thrilled with this book. The ending was not typical of a romance novel, and while original, it lacked the, "they're so much in love, and will live happily ever after feel" I like to end up with when I finish a book. This novel also seemed to be more about sex than romance and love. In the beginning of the story, she regained consciousness and realized she was naked in his bed, and he had no problem convincing her to have casual sex with him?! With a man she didn't even know? The writing is good, but I have definite issues with the content of the story. The author does incorporate some heavier issues with Olivia's suppressed memories of child sexual abuse. But I think that only added to the dysfunctional feel of their casual sex relationship, which was supposed to pass for love. And then of course, the dysfunction continues with the ending.
This is apparently the third book in a trilogy, but this was the first novel for me to read by this author. And since this, I haven't read anything else by her, for fear this book is typical of her work. I wouldn't recommend reading this, but if you're a Feather fan, you may feel differently.
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