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What the Bride Didn't Know (The Wests #3)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  193 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Shh…it's a secret!

Special ops expert Trig Sinclair is a man's man, and that means he knows the cardinal rule of the bro code—no matter how dynamite Lena West is, as his best friend's younger sister, she's strictly off-limits!

But when a secret mission to Istanbul sees Lena and Trig pretending to be married (and sharing a bed!), he finds himself in a whole new world of swe...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Harlequin KISS (first published January 1st 2013)
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Rating 3.5 stars
The mark of a good book is often when an author is able to create enough interest in a reader to go back and read the books that came previously and What the Bride Didn't Know did just that. I am familiar with Kelly Hunter and count her Bennett series amongst my favourites but somehow missed out on the West family.

First off I am a sucker for friends to lovers story especially when it is the guy who has had the bulk of feelings and does the chasing. Trig is an extremely likable he...more
Another enjoyable Kelly Hunter. As I've said before this is an author who needs to move on to longer contemporary romances and out of genre. I haven't read the other books in the series, and how did I miss them? I will be going back and reading them though. This one was cute while also have serious themes. The heroine is recovering from a very serious gunshot wound and her life is very dfferent from the extremely active one that she's always lived.

The hero, Trig, has loved her practically all th...more
Leaning on others for strength is not something everyone is able to do, for some they feel as if their weakness and inability to perform a certain task or act in a certain manner is their downfall simply because it means they are not normal. They tend to build up walls of defence to insure no one intrudes until such time they have sorted through it all, but some of them never fully emerge from behind those walls ever again.

Instead they come out stronger and more determined than ever before to ge...more
I didn't really enjoy this book and I think this was due mainly to the misleading synopsis. I thought this would be a romance with the two protagonists posing as newly weds to further a covert-ops type mystery sub-plot. Rather than an intentional ruse, the pretend honeymoon is because Lena, our likeable heroine, hits her head, suffers amnesia, and ends up believing she's married to Trig, our even more likeable hero. I know that there's a certain amount of suspension of disbelief that goes with t...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
This book was pure fun!

Our couple, Trig and Lena, have known each other since forever. They're as close as family and openly share that love. However, the thing that's never spoken about by either of them, is that they are also completely in love with each other in a very non-familial way. The obstacle to that love? Lena's older brother, who put a kibosh on any attempts Trig made with his younger sister as a teen, which he has never revoked.

We rejoin Lena and Trig some 15 years later - and afte...more
Jan 16, 2014 Julianna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighter Contemporary Romance
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"3.5 stars" I requested a review copy of What the Bride Didn't Know, because it sounded like a fun premise and I wanted to try out the new Harlequin Kiss imprint. The story certainly fits with the line's description as being fun and flirty. It also had some decent entertainment value, but ultimately, I didn't really feel the emotional connection between the hero and heroine in the way I would have liked. Trig and Lena have supposedly been in love with one another since th...more
Hsiau Wei
Lena haven’t heard from her brother for some time now. He is on a secret assignment but being away without any contact, she worried he may be in trouble and wanted to search for him. Trig is her brother’s best friend, decided to go along with her. When Lena was injured due to an accident, she lost her memory and she thought that Trig and she is married and is on honeymoon. She tried so hard to recall their wedding and moments of them together. She doesn’t want her injury to hinder them from enjo...more
Lori Palle
“Who are you?”—Lena to Trig

Trig has loved Lena since they were kids, so there was no way he was going to let her go alone to Istanbul to chase after a lead for her missing brother. When an accident causes Lena to have a temporary bit of memory loss and mistakenly believe Trig is her husband, Trig has a chance to see what his future could be like. And he wants it. As for stubborn and insecure Lena? Despite her denials and doubts, she may find that she does, too…

“For the first time since waking up...more
Kaycee Sapinoso
It was a good book. I always loved friends-to-lovers troupe, it's one of my guilty pleasures.

Both Lena and Trig wanted and loved each other over the years but they never acted on it. Until Lena almost died and Trig realized how much he wanted to be with her. I won't give further details about the story I didn't want to spoit it for those who haven't read the book yet.

But I have to tell you that I really enjoyed it. Lena West is a fantastic heroine. Feisty, smart, independent, fun, she stood up...more
Roz ~ My Written Romance
You can read my other reviews at My Written Romance.

I was provided with an ARC of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 4 out of 5

I seem to be reading out of order a bit lately. What the Bride Didn't Know is the third book in Kelly Hunter's West family series, but I didn't feel as if I had missed anything by reading book 3 before book 1.

There was so much to enjoy about this book - the exotic locale (Istanbul), the ever so present thread of suspense and...more
I don't think I've ever ended a book and wanted to turn around and start it all over again especially a short romance novel. But this one, I couldn't get it out of my head, it was that one that made me want to do that. I highly recommend it.
I loved that the heroine seemed real. She wasn't miss pretty perfect body. She knew she had emotional and personality faults as well, recognized them and actually worked on them. There was good character development in this book too which too often lacks in...more
*I received a free ARC of What the Bride Didn't Know from Harlequin KISS via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Excellent contemporary romance with action, suspense and of course some hotness.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Jessica Figueroa
3.75 Stars

Trig has always wanted Lena but she happens to be one of his best friends sister so shes off limits. When Lena hasn't heard from her brother Jared for a couple of months now she decides to search for him. Not letting her do this long Trig goes along with her. When Lena ends up in an accident she ends up with a bump on the head and minor amnesia. On top of that she thinks Trig and she are married. To not confuse her more Trig neither confirms or denies her assumption hoping that she'll...more
Jay Sawdy
Special ops expert Trig Sinclair knows the rules of the bro code: no matter how dynamite Lena West is, as his best friend’s younger sister, she’s strictly off-limits. That’s been made perfectly clear. When a secret trip to Istanbul sees Lena and Trig pretending to be married and sharing a bed, Trig finds himself in a whole new world of sweet torture. If Trig thinks playing the honour-bound hero is tough, it’s got nothing on how Lena feels when she discovers the secret her “groom” is hiding…

I was...more
A very strong middle third, but the denouement was disappointing. I mean, I probably shouldn't hold it against the heroine that she felt betrayed when her memory came back, but I couldn't help wishing that she would try harder to understand the hero's perspective. They were good together and it took them ages and ages to figure that out; as a spectator, I just wanted them to accept what they had, and not have to backtrack.

Some really breathtaking setting and plot details in this one, and deligh...more
May 13, 2014 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This book wasn't what I expected. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Or good. It was just....kind of different from what I thought.

The story starts with a view of the main characters as teens. And I got intrigued.
Then there's a jump in the present and Lena, the femail character, is not what I expected. This time in a bad way. She's kind of annoying and stubborn and lost in self-pity. Understandable maybe, in her condition. But still. Not my favorite kind of female heroine.
Trig, we don't ge...more
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received the eARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

When I read the summary of What the Bride Didn't Know, I was sure I'd like it. I mean, spies, romance, come on! It's bound to be good. Then I read it in what could be described as one breath and I thought "Yup. You were right to request it." The story turned out to be cute, realistic, full of passion and not too much, but enough, danger.

Writing style:
It was impeccable, fluent and captivating. It didn't take me long to finis...more
Sara Thompson
This book is perfect if you are looking for something light and just a little funny. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What Kelly Hunter put that poor male character through was delightful.
I don't usually do descriptions but the plot is a simple one. Lena and 'Trig' have gone to Turkey to find her brother. Lena hits her head and loses her memory. She believes they are on their honeymoon. Trig is in love with her and struggles to keep her from doing something they both will regret when her memory...more
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World :)*

I enjoyed reading What the Bride Didn't Know very much, it definitely had an interesting plot line and the characters were just hard to resist. Kelly Hunter does a good job describing the characters and setting of the book. I found myself intrigued and wanting to know more of them and their story. Trig Sinclair and Lena have known each other for years, being Lena's older brother's best friend, Trig has always kept his distance. But over the yea...more
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
This is the first book I've read by this author and the first book I've read in the Harlequin Kiss line. It was surprisingly well-written.

I am always drawn to the friends to lovers trope so that was what made me initially pick up What the Bride Didn't Know. I was surprised to find that not only was it a friends to lovers but it was mixed with amnesia plot so that added a different twist. It was ultimately a super fun, quick read and I really enjoyed it.

I was able to finish it in two sittings, wh...more

Lena's character was the first one that I have come across in a long time where the main character has been previously wounded, and trying to overcome mobility issues. She was scarred, and was uncomfortable with her body. Still, she was a strong woman who really cared for her family and friends. She seemed resourceful and independent, and I liked her a lot.

I really did admire the kindness and love that Trig had for Lena. He didn't care about the scars that resulted from her injury and treated ev...more
Lena is a hard core intelligence agent who was gravely wounded and has managed to get get to a manageable physical state through a lot of physical therapy. Now, she is out to find her brother (another intelligence agent) to show him she is alive and well. That is, is childhood friend (another intelligence agent), secret love of her life Trig doesn't stop her first. During their search for her brother in Turkey, they have several mishaps leading to a lot of confusion, misrepresentations and steam...more
I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaways.

First of all, I dislike when book covers have a photo of people that do not look remotely like the characters, but that has nothing to do with my review.

I was surprised about how the book was because I was under the impression, like others, that it was about two people within ASIS who had to pretend to be on a honeymoon as part of an undercover mission, and not that the honeymoon idea came from the main character. I always cringe away from...more
Bree T
Lena West has always been trying to keep up with her brainy and capable siblings as well as her older brother’s best friend Adrian, better known as Trig. In fact she’s wanted to keep up with them so much that she followed her older brother Jared and Trig into the special intelligence service as a field operative. Well over a year ago, Lena was shot in the abdomen during a mission and it’s been an incredibly long hard road of rehab. Considering her prognosis was a wheelchair for life, the fact th...more
Janice Liedl
Absolutely super but, oh, you'll be sorry when you come to the end of this short, sweet and sexy romance. Lena and Trig have a history that literally goes back to their high school days. Lena's brother does not approve when Trig shows some interest - he's friend-zoned but good!

Hunter's book jumps from that opening vignette to the present day when Lena and Trig are dealing with the fall-out from her near-mortal injury during a spy mission and, effectively sidelined, Lena sidesteps those rules to...more
This is definitely how I remember Harlequin books to be, sweet and adorable with a little intrigue and of course love, undeniable love. I've missed reading Harlequin romance type books, but I love this new brand they are throwing out there with the Kiss editions, I love contemporary romance, well really anything contemporary so this was definitely up my alley.

We meet Lena as she is recovering from a botched assignment where she gets hit and she’s on a mission to find her brother who has been M...more
Karen Korb
About The Book: Shh…it's a secret! Special ops expert Trig Sinclair is a man's man, and that means he knows the cardinal rule of the bro code—no matter how dynamite Lena West is, as his best friend's younger sister, she's strictly off-limits! But when a secret mission to Istanbul sees Lena and Trig pretending to be married (and sharing a bed!), he finds himself in a whole new world of sweet torture…. But if Trig thinks playing the honor-bound hero is tough, it's got nothing on how Lena feels whe...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
I'm a huge buyer of the whole 'friends to lovers' kind of jig which made me request this as soon as I've seen it on Netgalley. Beforehand, I'm telling you guys that the blurb doesn't even comes close to what really transpires within the story. I was surprised to find out that twist - What the Bride Didn't Know is more than just the romance part because there is the mystery and some action.

Lena and Trig were okay. The Istanbul backdrop of the story was gorgeous. The description feels real - espec...more
3 stars.

I was looking forward to this installment in the series, which promised to flesh out the backstory of a longstanding relationship, but god-as-my-witness, when I got to the amnesia part I put my e-reader down & walked away from it.

However, it was K.Hunter, so after a few moments of pacing, I went back to it. As happened, the book was better than I expected, given that I've an aversion to amnesia plots, however, it was not as good as I had hoped for based on the previous installments o...more
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