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The Other Guy's Bride (Braxton #2)

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Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Ginesse Braxton vows to solve one of the world's greatest mysteries--to find the location of the lost city of Zerzura. Unfortunately, no man dares take the risk of escorting the resolute young scholar across the open desert. But on her way to Egypt, Ginesse engages in a daring deception--she will switch places with M ...more
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Published December 11th 2011 by Montlake Romance (first published 2011)
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“You came.” It was barely more than a whisper, and God help him, he couldn’t read anything in it, couldn’t tell if it was shock or disbelief or condemnation or something else that flavored her voice, and ultimately the only reply he could make was the simple truth, a promise as much as an assertion.

“Always,” he said. “I’ll always come for you.”

Ginesse Braxton, twenty-one and the eldest child and only daughter of Harry and Desdamona Braxton is bound for Egypt aboard the Lydonia. With a degree in
Lisa Kay
The audiobook was very well narrated by Justine Eyre; I’ll be looking for more with her reading.

I totally loved this second in the Braxton series featuring headstrong heroine, Genisse Braxton, oldest child to Harry & Diz, and dangerous expatriate, Jim Owen. I love a good “road trip” as well as a good “masquerade” – so this was a “two-fer” – with tons of fun and action to boot. I adored that Jim found Genisse magnetically attractive when others didn’t; sometimes there’s no accounting for th
Sep 21, 2015 Georgie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars
It's Connie Brockway, there's a tall, blond & handsome hero, an interesting heroine, a decent love story, some excellent dialogue and a slew of first rate secondary characters. You're going to like it and here's why (and after that, why you might not love it).

Firstly, both Jim and Ginesse are both funny and "real" - they've got faults and bits of bruised soul that emerge slowly and show us why they make the decisions they do. The basic plot line (set in Cairo i
Beanbag Love
Jan 22, 2012 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
I borrowed this from the Kindle Lending Library and I'm glad I did. Very cute story. It takes place in Egypt around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.

I might give a more in depth review, but I'll just say for now that I was definitely fully engaged in it by about one third through. Action, adventure, romance, humor. Really nice effort by Brockway.

Note: This is #2 in a series. I have not read the first installment, but I will.
Jul 23, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/3.75 starsish. I was so excited to read this one...I really enjoyed As You Desire, and I was hoping that this would be as good if not better. This was honestly not a bad book- it really wasn't- and if I hadn't already read AYD, I probably would have thought this was better. But I had read AYD, and unfortunately, this wasn't as good for me. It has lots of elements that should come together for a big win for me- road trip, Egyptology, a sassy female MC, a rugged and loveable male MC- but someh ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Zeek rated it really liked it
Ginesse Braxton is an original. Intelligent with an impish penchant for getting into trouble, she had been banished long ago to an English boarding school education- for her own safety- by parents whose reputations in Egyptian Archaeology are larger than life. Still she’s determined to make her own way- and prove to everyone she’s more than her name AND her trouble making standing!

Sure that she’s discovered the location of a lost city, when the opportunity to search for it suddenly appears in a
twelvejan [Alexandria]
5 mega awesome stars for The Other Guy's Bride!

WARNING: Do not attempt to pick this up when you're having your PMS. Because after finishing this, you'll likely to wallow in self-pity and heartache - wondering why you haven't found your own Jim Owen, or Will Herondale, or Mr Darcy. The Other Guy's Bride is the kind of book that makes you wish you're in love.

"I want to fall in love."

Ginesse Braxton
Ginny just wants to prove that she is as brilliant as her parents, her grandfather, her brothers.
♡Karlyn P♡
4+ stars. Another Guy’s Bride is a light, humorous, historical road-trip romance romp through Egypt. I loved the high adventure, mayhem, and colorful characters. Overall, a fun read!
Along with As You Desire and My Dearest Enemy this book is going into my top ten all time favorite books.
Connie Brockway sure does know how to write my favorite type of hero and heroine. Jim is a loner with a heartbreaking past, who once he meets Ginny, will do anything for her. Mostly he saves her life. A lot. The problem is, he thinks she is Mildred who is engaged to the man that sent him out to bring her to him.
Ginny is trying to make a place for herself in her famous family. She is like
Actually 3.5 stars.

I wish I could be unbiased and judge this novel solely on its own merits, but unfortunately I read As You Desire too recently for that to be possible. I can't help comparing The Other Guy's Bride to its predecessor, and find it wanting.

On the plus side, I prefer the sharply intelligent and independent Ginesse to her plucky but somewhat ditzy mother, Desdemona. Unfortunately, Jim Owens is a poor man's Harry Braxton. I wanted to fall madly in love with Jim the way I did with Har
I really enjoyed this one, particularly after a bit of a drought of romance in my reading of late (not intentional, just happened that way). I read As You Desire some time ago, and loved the premise and the setting (there's something about Egypt in the late Victorian era and pre-WW2 which I just find captivating), but found there were too many secondary characters, which detracted somewhat from the plot and the romance. This one is much more concentrated on the hero and heroine, and, in my opini ...more
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She’ll do anything to get to the lost city of Zerzura. She’ll even pretend she’s the fiancé of an officer stationed across the desert near the city. So what if she has to travel with a rogue to get there?

This is a smashing adventure that I greatly enjoyed reading. The author’s main male character, Jim Owens, has lost in love and fortune and wants nothing more than to be declared “dead” so he can get on with a new life. He only agrees t
Jan 05, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
It's not much of a secret that As You Desire is one of my very favorite romances. So there wasn't much hope that I would like this 'sequel', or whatever you want to call it, nearly as much. The comparison is inevitable. But, there were a few great scenes, and lots of that trademark CB wit. And I loved her endnote and photos!

It just seemed a bit like it was going over the same terrain, and wasn't quite as fun. Jim's angst didn't really seem warranted - almost created to provide the epilogue. Thei
Nov 29, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this!

The Other Guy's Bride is a rocking road romance. Jim and Ginesse spark off of each other from the get go and the romantic adventure begins. Add in Brockway's sense of fun and her deft touch with clever dialogue and it's a winner.

Welcome back, Connie Brockway.
Aug 28, 2014 kris rated it really liked it
Ginesse Braxton, daughter of noted Egyptologists and archaeologists Harry and Dizzy Braxton, is on her way back to Egypt when she stumbles on a way to Make Her Name. Jim Owens, whose hair is full of secrets, has been tasked with bringing a fiancee across the desert. UST, ABANDONMENT, FIASCOS, ETC, and MANY MANY failed proposals later: HEA!!

Maybe it's because I recently watched The Mummy, the quasi-fantastical story about a prim librarian riding into the desert for Glory and Honor. Maybe it's bec
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When mistaken identities, secret lives, and an exotic locale like Egypt are thrown together, the outcome can only be one thing—a rocky roller-coaster ride that provides plenty of entertainment!

Ginesse (Ginny) Braxton has been judged by her name for years. As the only daughter of the infamous Harry and Dizzy Braxton, the world expects her to be much like them—a successful
Sep 30, 2013 Kyraryker rated it really liked it
I could tell you to read this book for the fun adventure (think Indiana Jonesish or I guess nowadays people would think Nate Drake), Connie Brockway writing (effortlessly emotionally true, engaging, and always moving), or the characters (you’ll smile while weeping at how utterly crystal clear the hero sees the heroine’s authentic nature and is not afraid of it ;). However, the main reason you should read this book is for Chapter thirty-six. My god….chapter thirty-six. I didn’t realize how all t ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love romance books. You always know what you are going to get; the delicious internal struggles of an awkward woman and rugged man who fight and doubt their burning passions for one another until they both snap and rip each other's clothes off. Throw in a dash of plot, a pinch of insecurity, a cup of sexual tension and stir in meddling families, physical danger and, of course, boners and you've got yourself a romance.

The Other Guy's Bride had all of the above romance-book qualities with a his
Nov 23, 2011 Gannon rated it it was amazing
For many years---fourteen to be exact---Connie Brockway fans have been begging for a sequel to As You Desire, the story of Harry and Dizzy. Well, fans, the time has come, and it was worth the wait!

Ginesse "Ginny" Braxton is traveling from England to Egypt, a country she knows like the back of her hand thanks to being the daughter of famous Egyptologist, Harry Braxton. But Ginesse longs to make a name for herself, not just ride on the coattails of her famous family. She also wants to prove she's
Romancing the Book
Feb 05, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
When I learned that Amazon was starting their own publishing company, Montlake Publishing, and their debut novel was going to be from Connie Brockway, I was intrigued. And then I was asked to review The Other Guy's Bride and I was honored to be asked.

What really stood out to me is the setting for this book. It mostly takes place in 1905 Egypt. What a unique setting. And Ms. Brockway takes total advantage of it. Ginesse and Jim are trekking across the dessert, encounter native tribes and explorin
Kathy Martin
Dec 12, 2011 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful historical romance! I loved the character of Ginesse. She is a trouble magnet, outspoken, and a closet penny novelist. She is also the daughter of two famous archaeologists and has six younger brothers. She is just returning to Egypt after spending some years in an English finishing school and attending university. She believes that she has discovered the location of a long-lost, ancient city and hopes finding it will make her feel worthy of her distinguished family. She knows t ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I’d never read any of Ms. Brockway’s books before I won this copy of The Other Guy’s Bride through the Goodreads First Reads program. I’m guessing that means my romance reader membership card will be revoked or at the very least suspended, because she is quite the powerhouse! So I was really excited to read this book, first, because I’d heard so many good things about Ms. Brockway’s writing, a
Viviane Crystal
Jan 04, 2012 Viviane Crystal rated it really liked it
Ginesse Braxton is trouble waiting to happen! She's an intelligent girl, curious about everything, and mocked by all because her adventurous spirit has led her into several broken bones, some temper-filled conversations, and even the destruction of a very valuable ancient papyrus document. Now she's on her way to Egypt to find the lost city of Zerzura, but what she will do on her own there defies the imagination since this is 1897 when women are not expected to "do" but to "be" for their male pa ...more
Heather Wiese
Mar 19, 2012 Heather Wiese rated it really liked it
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Dec 27, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
The Other Guy’s Bride by Connie Brockway
Historical Romance –Dec. 22nd, 2011
4 stars

Ginesse Braxton is convinced that she found the secret location of Zerzura, the mystical lost city. Even though she was “banished” from Egypt by her family, Ginesse sneaked out of England to travel back home in disguise. If she finds Zerzura, she will finally be accepted by her archaeologist family! Along the way, she “borrows” the identity of Mildred Whimpelhall, a gentle lady who is traveling to an outpost in the
Mar 29, 2012 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok typically I don't read romance but I guess having a Kindle and the Amazon renting library is changing that. Probably I originally saved this one because of the synopsis, probably focusing more on the whole Egypt part rather than romance. But as romance novels go, this was pretty good. It didn't feel like I was reading some cheesy-thrown-together-in-5-minutes book at all. In fact, I enjoyed that the author used words that you don't typically see in novels today -- nothing strange, just a littl ...more
Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun)
The Other Guy's Bride is the first book published by Montlake, an imprint of Amazon. Needless to say, I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book. Let me say that I was pleasantly surprised. The Other Guy's Bride is a lovely, romantic book where the characters and emotions were not surface-level but fully fleshed out and well-developed.

Jim and Ginny do not rush into romance. They bicker, butt heads and overall annoy each other. But as they traverse across the desert, they conti
The Other Guy's Bride was an absolute delight and I am so glad that I picked it up. I was intrigued by the Egyptian setting, so I ended up getting it inter-library loaned, since my library didn't have a copy. It was worth the effort. This also happened to be my first time reading Connie Brockway, and as a huge historical romance fan, I have to wonder why? This was excellent!

Ginesse Braxton is the daughter of very famous parents in the archeological world, and I suppose this world is very small i
Michelle Miller
Nov 18, 2011 Michelle Miller rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a romance with humor and adventure
They’ll caution you that wanting a thing is often much better than having it.
They’ll tell you that you can't go home again.
They’ll say that sequel is never as good as the original.
I'm here to tell you this: They haven't read THE OTHER GUY’S BRIDE by Connie Brockway. So they're feeling unlucky and a bit left out. The mysterious ‘They’ mean well but gift them a copy so they can see what they’ve been missing.
I know there are a lot you out there like me, who wanted more after reading the last
Steph McVicker
Jun 14, 2013 Steph McVicker rated it it was amazing
This book had 2 things working against it right away: the title isn't fantastic (the use of the word "guy's" wasn't really time/setting appropriate) and the cover isn't one that really evokes excitement to pick this story over all the gazillions of other historical romances out there. I'm not ashamed to admit that I typically judge books by their covers, but the synopsis sounded intriguing so I thought I'd give it a shot.

I'm REALLY glad I did.

The Other Guy's Bride was such an exciting and adven
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New York Times and USAToday best selling author Connie Brockway has twice won the Romance Writers of America's Rita award for best historical romance as well as being an eight time finalist. After receiving a double major in art history and English from Macalester College, Connie entered grad school with an eye to acquiring her MFA in creative writing. Soon enough she jettisoned the idea of writin ...more
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“I am no good without you, Ginesse,” he said. “I spent a lifetime alone, but I never understood loneliness until I was away from you. I never understood happiness until I saw you again.” 8 likes
“Because every time you said my name, it would touch
your lips.” His voice lost its hard edge, grew as dark and
smoky as his gaze. “Like a kiss.”
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