Also in this series: His Captive Lady
Series: Devil Riders #5
Published by Berkley on January 3rd 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Eight years ago, Lieutentant Luke Ripton made a hasty wartime marriage-in-name-only to protect a young girl from a forced union and left her protected in a remote mountain convent. Now, Luke is Lord Ripton, but he has been unable to obtain an annullment. Which leaves him no choice but to claim a wife he doesn't want.
For nearly a decade, Isabella has waited like a princess locked in a tower, dreaming of her handsome, dark-haired prince. Her dreams are shattered when Luke reveals himself not as a prince, but an autocratic soldier, expecting her unquestioning obedience, which is something Isabella's fiercely independent nature will not tolerate.
And while Luke and Isabella's fiery personalities clash at every turn, they remain bound to their vows, never expecting that the passionate fury they share could become passion of a different kind...
Eight years ago Luke Ripton married a thirteen year old girl that would be forced to marry at such a young age, so he offered her his protection in matrimony and left her in a convent in Spain. Now he has heard news that his offer for annulment from the church has been rejected, so he has no choice but to claim her and bring her to England. When he arrives in Spain he expects to find a meek and biddable young woman that is very obedient and more than willing to be claimed. What he doesn’t realize is that his wife is full of passion and zeal and seems intent on disobeying whenever the need arises, and it stirs his blood like no other. Bella has been in a convent for eight years forced to sew and has always felt like a prisoner among the walls of the convent. She yearns to be free and through the years has constantly done what she could to test her boundaries. She has dreamed of her handsome soldier of a husband, but feels less than adequate when she sees him again. Even though Luke and Bella wills seem to fight against each other constantly, a fiery desire also builds between them until it can no longer be denied.
The Hero (Luke Ripton)
Luke has changed much since he was a Lieutenant and fought in the war against Napolean. He remembers Isabella as a shy young girl almost afraid of her own shadow when he finds he being attacked and rescues her and offers her marriage. It has been eight years and Luke has suffered since the war, memories that continue to surface; memories he wish would stay buried. When he goes to Spain to get his wife and return her to London, she has changed into a young woman that is more than fit to be his wife. He finds her to be spirited and full of passion and is more than willing to seduce her even though he doubts he could ever give her a love match.
The Heroine (Isabella Vailant)
Isabella lost her mother at a young age. Her father then remarried and she always felt jealous of that new family and her half sister. But when her father passes away and she is attacked by her father’s men, a handsome soldier rescues her and offers his protection by marrying her. It has been eight years since and she has lived in a convent with her aunt since then and now she desires a man that doesn’t fully want her. She wants to feel beautiful, cherished and even loved. Isabella is determined to prove to Luke how much she desires him.
There were quite a few aspects I enjoyed about this wonderful conclusion to a adventurous series by Anne Gracie. Bride By Mistake is Luke’s story, and in the past books we see him as a scoundrel and famous among the ladies. Luke is a full blooded male, a fierce protector, tortured past, and determined to claim his wife when annulment is no longer available. Isabella, is the type of heroine I fell in love with from the beginning. Even though she cares for Luke, she has had to do things to survive. She has alot of passion and wildness about her, she has a longing for adventure. There was such a sense of fun and playfulness between these two. I lost count the number of times I burst out laughing. There was such a spark between these two. I loved how Isabella treats Luke, she isn’t a meek mouse, and takes him on a adventure. We see how she starts to have him wrapped around her finger—which is always great to see when the hero is too arrogant for his own good. There was alsoa enriching story full of emotion and sensuality to charm you. A beautifully crafted tale of love, exciting plot, adventure and an irresistable romance!!! Definitely “Chocolate and swoon” worthy of a read.
“You’re a madman, Ripton!”
“I don’t need gifts to seduce you”
Other Books In Series
The Stolen Princes
His Captive Lady
To Catch A Bride
The Accidental Wedding