Miss Sarah Fairfax is having a wretched year. Her intended perished at war. His child is in her belly. To secure her future, she resigns herself to a loveless marriage. Just as she’s about to say “I do,” her fiancée returns from the grave to crash the wedding... but he’s no longer the charming, carefree man she remembers.
After being left for dead on the battlefield, Brigadier Edmund Blackpool is scarred inside and out. He fights his way home only to discover his intended before the altar with his best friend. He'll be the one to marry her, no matter what she wants! But when his new bride disappears with his child, he must reopen his wounds to win the most important battle of his life.
The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride is a standalone story in the Dukes of War regency romance series, featuring roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.
Rating: ☕☕☕☕ steaming cups
Erica Ridley's The Dukes of War series has me totally entertained and engaged as a reader from the start. A series of short novellas tells of a group of young men who went to war and came back different from when they left. In The Brigadier's Runaway Bride we finally get to Edmund and Sarah's story (of which I did not see coming since he was purported to be dead from the start of the series). So when he suddenly comes back from the dead suffering from PTSD and trying to reclaim the life and love he left behind, it made for quite an interesting story. For a simple novella it displayed a level of complexity that in some other books would feel short given the length. But Ms. Ridley was able to tell how it was for Edmund coming back from a war where he was seriously wounded and presumed dead. How difficulties in fitting in and providing for an instant family was not what he envisioned for his homecoming. And for Sarah, who had the same level of difficulty with her being pregnant, with no visible means of making a living for her child and of course finding out her love was still alive at the most inauspicious moment. There was no back story that felt incomplete, each character was well developed and the realism of the situation was just spot on. Excellent historical romance read and looking forward to the next one. This series is addicting!
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Length: 200 pages (40-45k)
Genre: Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1939713377 (ebook) MSRP: $2.99
ISBN: 978-1939713384 (mmpb) MSRP: $7.99
The Dukes of War romance books in Series Order:
#1 The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation Nov. 2014
#2 The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower Dec. 2014
#3 The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress Mar. 2015
#4 The Major’s Faux Fiancée Jun. 2015
#5 The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride Sept. 2015
#6 The Pirate’s Tempting Stowaway Dec. 2015
#7 The Duke’s Accidental Wife Mar. 2016
Erica Ridley is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.
When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.