Also in this series: One Night With You
Series: The Derrings #1
Published by Avon on July 25th 2006
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Self Purchased
An Innocent Deception
Lady Meredith Brookshire has every right to Oak Run. Now that she's suddenly husbandless and penniless, where else would she, her addled father, and spinster aunt reside? Yet who should appear but Nicholas Caulfield, the new Brookshire heir, claiming the estate is rightfully his by law. The brute is as arrogant as he is handsome—besides, he's supposed to be dead. And the only plan resourceful Meredith can devise to save her family from homelessness is a desperate scheme that may lead her to salvation or ruin...and the bed of the man she has vowed to hate.
A reluctant aristocrat, Nick does not trust this fiery, infuriating chit whom he suspects of subterfuge—yet who bewitches him with her innocent green eyes. The sooner he can get this tempting beauty married off to some stodgy old blueblood—and off his hands for good—the better. There is one slight problem, however:
Nick can't bear the thought of her wedding any man but him.
Once Upon A Wedding Night by Sophie Jordan has been a book I bought quite a while ago at a used bookstore and I swear its been on my bookshelf for months and months, so I decided that I needed to pick it up because it is Sophie Jordan and before I knew it I was swept away in this angsty romance and it is angsty but so fun. I just got a kick out of these two. These just love to argue with each other and its pretty entertaining to watch. And quite frankly, Sophie’s older books are the kind of angst I miss seeing in historical romances now a days. She just did it with such flair and drama that you get sucked in plus add in some good ole charm and emotion and you get hooked even if you want them to just make up and get on with their happily ever after. Well these two just don’t make it very simple.
The story sets off with our heroine, who has recently become a widow. Its been five months, but she never knew her husband. He never even consummated the marriage and made it seem like she was too unattractive and unappealing for him to do the “deed” as it were. So she lived her life in the country with her aunt and ailing father, content with making sure the estate and the tenant lives were prospering. But then she hears that her husband’s step brother has been found and will be taking over. She is fearful for the uncertainty of the future and what will happen to her aunt and father when they will have no where to go? So she reluctantly agrees with a foolish plan made up by her aunt to claim that she is pregnant and what begins as a ruse to save her family turns into a lie that haunts her and ruins any trust Nicholas may have had in her. Now he wants her off his hands, planning on marrying her off to a simple English bloke and never see her again. But the more he interacts with her, the more he realizes he wants her as his own, but will his past force him to lose sight of true love…
What a story, and one that I fell in love with in the beginning. I will admit that not all angsty romances do it for me but for some reason this one did and I wasn’t even in the mood for angsty romance but Sophie Jordan somehow won me over with this sexy yet sassy read. Both characters have their own reasons for mistrust and dislike. Although I understood why Meredith acted the way she did, although she hated herself for doing so. She is a fighter though and passionate and I liked seeing her stand up for herself and to stand up to the hero. We see both sides of the situation which is what I liked about this 3rd POV. I did enjoy their arguments because it was pretty entertaining. I just kept being amused by their antics especially when its so obvious how much they truly like each other; they just won’t admit it. 🙂 Of course we have some side characters that really add a bit more spice to the story to win you even more over to this book. It has a older style of regency romance that I found to be refreshing and in depth of emotion when you least expect it to happen.
Overall I found Once Upon A Wedding Night to be a stimulating, feisty and sassy romance with plenty of smexy times to satisfy!!