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The Brigadier's Runaway Bride (The Dukes of War #5)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  547 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Enjoy the emotional, humorous fifth book in USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley's new Dukes of War regency romance series!

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 t
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Published September 1st 2015 by Intrepid Reads (first published August 29th 2015)
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Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Young lovers are separated by war, their final time together a time of sexual expressions of a promise of their future together. Edmund is lost in the battle, presumed dead and Sarah is pregnant with their child. His best friend has promised marriage to Sarah to save her child from the brand of bastard. At the moment their vows are to be sealed, the door slams open and there, barely recognizable is Edmund, Sarah’s Edmund, her heart and soul. Her child will have its father and she her love. Their ...more
3 Stars

I received a free eARC of this book from Intrepid Reads via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Dukes of War series has been a back and forth experience for me. I thought it took some time for the series to get going, but the fourth book (The Major's Faux Fiancée) was enjoyable and I was looking forward to this installment. I also was excited because poor Sarah Fairfax and the long-lost Edmund Blackpool would finally be able to reunite and get their well-deserved happy ending.

Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it

The Dukes of War book 5, The Brigadier's Runaway Bride was one that I was looking forward to. I have read all the other books in the series and throughout the books I had been hoping that the death of Brigadier General Edmund Blackpool had been greatly exaggerated. I was happy when I found out I was right. I love stories like this two people so in love but have grown and are different from the young person they once were but still stick it out and deal with it and figure out no matter
I really enjoyed the others in this series. REALLY enjoyed them, but this one, provided by the publisher/author through netgalley, not so much.

I'll admit that a lot of that is probably totally personal to me and my own likes and dislikes. When I had my daughter, I spent the first 6 months in a haze comprised of hormones, tea, sore boobs and literally no sleep. Quite frankly, when I'm reading a romance to relax, I don't want to be reminded of those awful days. It doesn't make me feel relaxed, int
Whilst this will work well as a standalone story, having been lucky enough to read the earlier stories in this series, it was great to catch up on the 'Dukes' - and especially Edmund - again.

With many dramatic events, people reconnecting but wary after the turmoil of recent years - not to mention an over the top fussy Mum - the return of Edmund and his discovery that Sarah is having his child is emotively shared making it easy for readers to empathise with the characters. The relating of events
Kathie (katmom)
Happy Release Week!

This is the 5th book in the Dukes of War Series. You don't need to read the rest to be caught up here, although it was lovely to see many of the characters from previous books wander through these pages.

Edmund arrives back in England eight months after having been shot and left for dead. In fact, his brother and friends saw him go down and knew he had to be dead from the horrific wound. He arrives just as his beloved is nearly married to one of his friends. He's so grateful to
Sarah Fairfax is marrying a man she doesn't love but for the sake of her child she is carrying she knows she has no other choice. The man she loves and was engaged she believes is dead, that is until he crashes the wedding.

Quickly paced. I felt for Sarah as she was in an impossible situation given the era and knew what it would mean for her child. While the love is still there for both Sarah and Edmund they have to reconnect and they have a lot they have to navigate as a married couple. Enterta
In Regency England being unwed and pregnant is the worst possible situation to be found in. Miss Sarah Fairfax has managed to get herself into that harrowing predicament. The unborn child's father is Brigadier Edmund Blackpool, shot through the chest and left for dead on the battlefield of Waterloo. Everyone, including the Brigadier's identical twin, Major Bartholomew Blackpool, also badly injured there, concludes the same. Enter Edmund's life-long friend, the duke of Ravenswood who sacrificiall ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
I've been hoping that Edmund Blackpool would turn out to be alive, so I really liked the premise of this book. Just as his heavily pregnant finance, Sarah, is about to marry another man in order to secure the future for her child, Edmund turns up and stops the wedding. Sarah is ecstatic to have Edmund back, but after what they've been through, both are carrying some baggage that keeps them from communicating with one another openly. As they struggle together as new parents, they both worry about ...more
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Childhood sweethearts torn asunder by war; Will they rediscover the love they lost?

He stole her first kiss. And then he stole her heart.

THE BRIGADIER'S RUNAWAY BRIDE by Erica Ridley is an enjoyable, but heart-wrenching, regency historical romance and the fifth book in her Dukes of War series. The Dukes of War regency romance series features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

All the books in this series
Joana V.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, meus, netgalley
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.


Opinion in Portuguese:

This was my first NetGalley book. I’ve never heard about this author, so it was all completely new.

In this historical romance, we have a story with a different perspective: usually, we read about what happens before the marriage and kids, how the couple met, if it was love at first sight, and so on. Here, the book focuses on the post-marriage part, and the birth
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, female-lead, regency
There are books you love and there are books you are unsure about and this one fits into the 2nd group. I don’t say that I didn’t love it but it was different.
“The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride” is the 5th installment in the “The Dukes of War” series by Erica Ridley. I just finished part 4 a couple of days ago.
I liked all the other parts but I am unsure, like I said, about this one. Maybe there were too many sore boobs? I am no mother and I dare not to imagine what Sarah went through after she gave
Pyper Diangelo
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a thrilling journey of the heart!

What is a girl to do when faced with the fact she's pregnant is about to have a child out of wedlock, yet the fathers been killed in battle. Marry his best friend who's a duke. But what happens when he comes back from supposed death at the 11th hour.

Sarah and Edmund's story is one that I really enjoy. There is none of the love/hate relationships you see so often now. Just two people in love trying to make it together. Sarah is worried for Edmund, hes not th
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was Sarah's wedding and she should be happy but she is pregnant and the man she loved is dead. But is he really. Edmund was serious injured in the battle of Waterloo and has fought his way back to the women he loves. Only to find she is marrying his friend today so what does he do? He goes and stops the wedding. Edmund and Sarah marry but they both have issues with their selves Sarah feels she is ugly after giving birth, Edmund can't block out what happened in the war and only want to protect ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sarah thought her betrothed was lost at Waterloo and herself lost with the child growing inside, when their mutual friend stepped up to save her reputation.
Standing at the altar shes surprised when her lost love returns from the dead.
Edmund has fought his way back to the woman he loves only to find her about to marry someone else. Can they still get their Happily Ever After, after all?
Historical Romance, emotions, fluffy smut and family fluff in a great combo.
Love seeing the Dukes of War getti
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I enjoyed the characters as much as the story itself. I did find some of the beginning text to be a little redundant, but not enough to make me stop reading.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
It seems that a return from the dead does not mean a happily ever after for Edmund and Sarah. There is till love on both sides so there is a HEA.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Sarah Fairfax is having a wretched year. Her intended, Edmund Blackpool died at Waterloo. His child is in her belly. To secure her future, she resigns herself to a loveless marriage to the Duke of Ravenwood. 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 discov ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edmund was thought killed at Waterloo. Sarah was pregnant and needed a father for her child. Edmund’s best friend offered to marry her but Edmund showed up when the vows were being said. He had been shot in the chest and trampled by horses. He had been left for dead. When the nuns had found him they carted him off and it took him months to recover and work his way home. A very serious book of the fears of both Edmund and Sarah as they learn to live together.
I've really enjoyed reading this series, but this book didn't measure up.
I just couldn't get attached to the characters.
And it felt like Ridley focused on all the wrong things, instead of giving us two people trying to find their way back to each other, we get information dumps about how a woman feels after childbirth, which is totally ok, but letting that take a bigger space in a romance than the actual romance just didn't work for me.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhhhhh this was GOOD!!!

OMG!!!! EDMUND IS ALIVE!!!! And back in time to save his betrothed from marrying his best friend. I hate that the 2 of them are so distant in the beginning because of fear. Not knowing what the other is thinking, smh. Communication is key. They could have resolved those issues and relieved A LOT of sexual tension months before if they were communicating.
Another witty, enjoyable romance with great characters
Wonderful. Loved reading this. Erica's characters are interesting & I cared about them. I recommend you read the whole series in order despite each being standalone. If you enjoyed Jo Beverley's Rogue series I think you will enjoy The Dukes of War Series
Jennifer F
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, historical
I enjoyed this novel. She's getting ready to marry another when her love comes back from the grave. They have some surprises and challenges and through love and determination become a happy family. I enjoyed the plot line, characters, steamy romance, and how some emotions are brought into play.
Pretty good. The ending was way too sudden. I would have liked to see a more prolonged healing period for his PTSD. I keep comparing this to how Mary Balogh has treated PTSD in several books, especially in her Survivor's Club series, and this comes up wanting.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely, lively romance!
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really really loved how the postpartum time was handled. These weren’t may favorite characters or story, but I really loved how the story and struggles were handled after the pregnancy. 💜
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This story didn’t go at all how I figured it would, seeing as how he was thought dead then returned. Was a great read and can’t wait to read more.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved how real this book was about pregnancy and parenthood.
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Narrator: Stevie Zimmerman very good as usual
This was good enough though like a lot of romance books the question is Why don't they talk instead of whining.
Vânia Nunes
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vânia by: Erica Ridley
Edmund's bride, Miss Sarah, had gone to visit her fiance when he wrote to her in one of his few spare moments. On this visit Sarah comes back pregnant and shortly after she receives the news that he had died in combat.
Friends and Edmund's brother back, each carrying its share of suffering, and Sarah's belly continues to grow.
Thus, Ravenwood, in memory of his close friend, decides that for the good of both Sarah as Edmund, since he was not married, he would marry her in an intimate ceremony and t
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“From the second Edmund burst into the ceremony, she'd no longer wanted to be a duchess.
She just wanted Edmund.
Seeing his face had been like being flooded with magic. He was sunshine and sultry nights.
Laughter and sensuous kisses. The other half of her heart.”
“Every morning," he said softly, his breath caressing her cheek. "You were my only thought." He tilted closer. "Every night, you were my only thought." His lips brushed her cheekbone. "Every moment of every day, you were my only thought.” 2 likes
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