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The Other Guy's Bride

(Braxton #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,083 ratings  ·  245 reviews
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
Paperback, 364 pages
Published December 11th 2011 by Montlake Romance (first published 2011)
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Addie H
(Tropes: Unrequited Love-ish, Love Triangle-ish, Work Relationship-ish, Mistaken Identity,
Spinster/Wallflower, Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity)


“I didn’t expect you.”
“I didn’t expect you, either.”


YAY for new setting – outside (mostly) England!


Kickass heroine, mad-dash adventure, great love/hate banter. This book would work quite well on film actually.

But minus for too many chapters dedicated outside of the main leads, which draws away from the romance.

Nonetheless, the writing w

“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
★★★★½ 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 t
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 in 19
Beanbag Love
Jan 22, 2012 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.
May 09, 2016 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
Feb 09, 2012 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
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
Oct 28, 2011 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.
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3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I liked the uniqueness of this. I appreciated the Egypt setting and the culture that was brought into it. I liked the relationship between the h and H. But there were some things that either felt like they didn’t add up or wasn’t fully fleshed out (view spoiler)
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
Nov 22, 2011 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
I enjoyed the adventure and fun that was throughout most of this book ! It was a quick read ! There were parts towards the end ( all the misunderstanding and lack of communication ) that I could of lived without , but all in all a good book ! The whole Indiana Jones type guy (adventure) is always fun to read! I love archeologist themed books (digging for lost civilizations)!
♡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!
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Emily Crow
*Actual rating: 3.5 stars*

Set in the early 1900s, this novel is about Ginny Braxton, an outspoken, unconventional and extremely accident prone young woman who wants to prove herself worthy of her illustrious family of Egyptologists by finding a lost city buried in the sands of the Egyptian desert. The only way she can think of to get there is by pretending to be another woman, Mildred Whimpelhall, who is supposed to be escorted to her fiance at a remote garrison. The man who has been assigned to
Dec 04, 2011 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
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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
Dec 23, 2011 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,
Nov 12, 2011 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
I'll admit that my expectations were set pretty high after reading As You Desire, since Harry immediately became one of my favourite heroes ever.

Seeing as The Other Guy's Bride was written more than a decade later, I hoped Jim would be like a new and improved Harry 2.0 since the author had all those years to listen to her readers list the reasons why Harry is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Both heroes pine for their heroines, but Harry had so much more passion in his story. It sounds hor
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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
Kathy Martin
Dec 10, 2011 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
I enjoyed this as much as I can enjoy a book where the entire plot is predicated on a lie. On top of the lying/secrets, I didn't care much for the h. Generally, characters who have huge chips on their shoulders and who have a need to prove something to themselves and others bore me. An author has to strike a fine balance between determination and wilfulness in order to sell that kind of story, and unfortunately this fell short of the mark.

I did enjoy the alternating povs and the characterizatio
Aug 25, 2014 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
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 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
I haven't even started reading this and I don't like the title of the book. I find it too modern for a historical romance and uninspired.

Hope the book is better than the title.
HOW?!...HOW does someone read this story and give it anything but 5 stars?! Maybe I'm just biased... I have a thing for clueless woobie heroes and bumbling heroines. It's rare that we get this combination because it's usually a woobie hero with a tough heroine or a clumsy heroine with an alpha hero, but here we get a different combination- and it works out just as great!

Oh Jim you're so utterly adorable. You're tough but honest and you're so open! I loved the way he loved her...and how he shows
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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
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your lips.” His voice lost its hard edge, grew as dark and
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