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How to Lose a Bride in One Night (Forgotten Princesses #3)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  856 ratings  ·  126 reviews
He saved her life...

When Annalise Hadley is tossed over the side of her honeymoon barge, the newly-minted duchess knows she's been left for dead -- for her husband's only interest is in her vast dowry, not her muddied lineage. However, she didn't count on a savior. Especially not an honorable, sinfully intriguing earl who will tempt her to risk everything—again.

Now he will
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Avon (first published July 15th 2013)
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I love books that start with a unique beginning and the newest from Sophie Jordan certainly does that! Annalise Hadley thinks she has struck gold, not only has she been reunited with her wealthy father and found she has sisters, but she is marrying a duke. A duke who seems to care for her in spite of her limp and normal features. However on her honeymoon barge the horrible truth comes out about her duke as he tries to kill her and she is thrown overboard. Unconscious, she washes up on shore and ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
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This is the third novel in the Forgotten princesses series and what starts out as a dream wedding quickly becomes a nightmare. Annalise’s new husband tries to kill her. He very nearly succeeds. Her perfect duke turns out to be a money-grubbing man who only pretended to like her for her dowry. While she is fighting wedding night jitters, he is preparing to kill her.

Owen finds Annalise facedown and battered on the riverbank after she’s been tossed overboard o
Anna(lise) marries this Duke thinking she's going to get her Happy Ever After. Until he, you know, attempts to smother her with a pillow and then tosses her overboard. Enter Owen, a veteran Earl, who rescues her and houses her while she recuperates. I guess they fall in love? And then she finally (even though there's no reason to wait so long??) confesses about being MARRIED and stuff happens.

1. I really, really hated the fact that Annalise's limp is ~miraculously healed. Like, the idea that he
Mary Chen *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
Sophie Jordan's The Forgotten Princesses series features the illegitimate daughters of wealthy Jack Hadley, and Annalise is the "princess" this time. I find this novel to be weaker amongst the others in the series, but that could be due to the lack of much concrete action in the story (as opposed to tremendous tension and suspense). Nonetheless, Owen and Annalise are captivating characters and their romance is passionate, thrilling, and enchanting.

Annalise has lived a hard life working as a sea
I was in the mood for some fluffy brain candy. I've been hitting the paranormal stuff pretty hard & historical romances are usually good 'in betweeners'. This was quick & entertaining. I was bugged by the same thing Kate mentioned. MC has a limp & her new husband looks at her with disgust. He calls her a cow as he hefts her body into the river. Fast forward. MC rebroke her leg & this time it was set properly. She also dropped some weight during the recovery process. She runs into ...more
Aug 10, 2013 Lauren rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one much
Shelves: historical, romance
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Jessie Mihalik
More like 2.5 stars. Maybe. It was entertaining, but the plot was entirely too contrived. Like ridiculously:

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Annalise the last of the forgotten princesses finds herself married and not just married to any man but to Richard the Duke of Bloodsworth, he's handsome and every girls dream. Annalise is just awe struck and can't believe how a cripple and a not so pretty one could land such a prize. There are at times when she sees a flicker of contempt in the Duke's eyes but she dismisses the idea. They marry at the Bloodsworth family chapel with just a few friends and family and quickly depart on a private r ...more
Shana Galen
This just might be my favorite of all of Sophie Jordan's historicals. She's crafted a really fresh, unique story with all the emotion and complexity of character her readers expect. Annalise was truly a wonderful heroine. She wasn't the typical spitfire. I liked that she had REAL self-esteem issues to work through. What a sweet and wonderful book. Definitely recommend.
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Sophie Jordan is one of those historical romance writers that just seems to hit a home run most of the time. Her literary batting average is right up there and she has done it again . . . written a story that is creative and different yet is filled with the color and pageantry that marks good historical romance fiction.

The hero is a quiet, reclusive man with secrets to hide, the kind that are rooted in hurt and regret. The heroine is a quiet and caring woman who has lived a life on the edge of p
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Annalise has never been the kind of woman who turned heads. She grew up the daughter of single woman in difficult financial circumstances. She is a bit pudgy; she has a limp from a childhood injury; and she could use a little work on her self esteem. But her life seemed to turn around when her long lost father came back into her life. Yes, she was still illegitimate and her aforementioned problems were still there, but a big dowry can go a long way to changing a girl’s prospects. As the story be ...more
Lover of Romance
I recently discovered Sophie Jordan over the past few months, and have really loved her books that I have read so far. This newer series of hers, has been so far, inspirational. There is such emotion that is played out throughout this one. I read the first one not too long ago, so I was thrilled to have a chance to read this one though Avon and Edelweiss. This story brings out a unique tale of a woman that has had the shock of her life, and has to learn to rely on a stranger for help. When her h ...more
I do not read historical romances typically but was eager to read this after I saw it featured on the author's newsletter.

The title was quite catching and the story goes like this: Annalise Hadley is the bastard child of Jack Hadley, a wealthy man in London. After years of living in poverty, her father finds her and boosts her into a life she could only imagine. She is soon married to Duke Bloodsworth, who is in line for the throne. On their wedding night, he smothers her and throws her off thei
As is the case with all the Sophie Jordan stories I have read and reviewed, this one has a shocker or two in it. It is also about hurting and damaged people, often by external circumstances, and certainly in this case, about a woman who has lost most everything that was important to her--her mom is gone, she has no father that she knows until her dad claims her--and now her erstwhile bridegroom has proven to be far less than what he seemed. It is also the story of a man who was willing to put hi ...more
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Favorite Quote: “Life had not shown her a string of honorable men.”

When Annalise Hadley marries the man of her dreams, she never imagines he would attempt to kill her on their honeymoon. Tossed overboard and left for dead, Annalise manages to make it to shore before collapsing. Rescue comes in the form of a recluse hero whose secrets bind him tightly to the shadows.

Owen Crawford, The Earl of McDowell, home from the war, doesn’t want an
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When I read the blurb, I jumped on this book. After all, it’s really the first time I meet a heroine whose husband tries to kill on their wedding night. I wasn’t disappointed, even though some days after finishing it my enthusiasm waned a little.

HtLaB is the last book in the Forgotten Princesses series, and if it can be read alone, I thought the heroine’s history was passed a bit quickly, probably because
QiJia 치쟈
I'm clearly in a fluffy light historical romance mood:D

Sophie Jordan's books are perfect when you're looking for some fun light entertaining read. Hence sadly can never achieve a 5 star until I finally found a memorable story line.

I like Annalise, seeing how she became from a weak vulnerable girl to a stronger character and all thanks to Owen:)

If you are looking for light fun HR reads, check out Sophie Jordan's HR and her Foreplay (NA genre).
Wendy S. Marcus
Overall I enjoyed the book and pretty much read it in one sitting. But I did not like the ending. Thus four stars instead of five.
I liked the premise of How to Lose a Bride in One Night, but Sophie Jordan doesn't engage with the complexities and challenges that seemed inherent in it. Annalise doesn't even keep her disability or her full(er) figure for more than a half-minute after the Duke of Bloodsworth (Richard) tosses her overboard, as if category romance lacks for able-bodied, conventionally attractive heroines. Aside from the messages it sent about (dis)ability and appearance, it was a little too much of a coincidence ...more
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Kate Bond
This was really good. Unfortunately, the main characters use the racial slur "Gypsy" in front of Romani people a bit too often (although the Romani themselves do not use the slur, so that's something). Also, (view spoiler)
This book does not quite merit the 3 stars I gave it, nor would it deserve a lower rating of 2 stars, so more accurately, it is a 2.5+ stars for me.

Annalise Hadley starts off as a mousy, sweet, naive, dreamer type of girl who has an umfortunate limp. She very quickly is stripped of her dignity and is beyond shocked when she experiences a violent encounter with her new husband. She is saved by a gorgeous and brooding H who she continues to distrust and withhold her secrets from until almost the v
I wanted to like this book. I liked Owen. But Annalise is TSTL.
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The beginning of the book captured my interest - I even found my pulse rate going up. The opening scene is a wedding where our little Annalise Hadley is all set to marry a very handsome duke who is in love with her - a Cinderella story, no less. Annalise is full of insecurity due to several issues. For one thing, she's lame and often trips. Also, she was only recently "found" by her natural father after living for many years in poverty. She was the product of her natural father and his paramour ...more
Lisa Hutson
Just finished this one. Right now, I am a little disappointed in it. Good beginning. Good story idea. That's where the good parts end for me.
The biggest chunk of the middle is soo slow.
And both he and she are annoying.
Yes No. Maybe Maybe not. Get away from me. Get over here.
I want you. I cant stand you. I will give you money to leave.
I want you so much......
I just wanted to separate them into different countries.
I thought the ending was picking up. The crisis was pretty good.
But then it jus
She walks with a limp from a poorly healed broken leg as a child and is on the plump side. Not only that, but she's not her father's legitimate child. She does, however, have an enormous dowry. Just the thing to attract the Duke of Bloods worth. But instead of the usual wedding night, her husband punches her in the ribs, throttles her neck and dumps her over the side of the bridal barge.
He is a soldier who's seen too many deaths. He rescues her from the river and takes responsibility for her, b
1.5 out of 5 stars.

Nothing disappoints me more than when a promising premise evolves to nothing. I had been intrigued by How to Lose a Bride in One Night because I thought it would offer something different. After all, in the beginning of the story, Annalise is just married to a man who is revealed to hate her and to have only been after her large dowry; he was so opposed to the idea of her and a marriage to her that he attempts to murder her on their wedding night and disposes of her body in a
2.5 stars

“Something haunted her. He could see it in her eyes. She was as broken as he was”

Annalise married the Duke of Bloodsworth as instructed by her father. But her wedding night turned into a horror when her own husband tried to kill her and threw her into the river to die. Evidently he had married her just for the sake of her dowry.

Owen Crawford, the Earl of McDowell has his own demons chasing him after he returned from war in India. Theres no place left for love and happiness in his life
Elis Madison
Annelise Hadley has fulfilled her natural father's wishes—she's married a duke. No one was more surprised than she was when he chose her, despite her gimpy leg and not-so-inspiring appearance. Even with her dowry she never thought she had a chance of becoming the Duchess of Bloodworth.

She goes to her wedding night a little nervous, but confident that her husband cares for her. That is, until he does his best to murder her.

Beaten, broken, and almost drowned, she washes up on a river shore, wher
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Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

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