The thrilling conclusion to the bestselling romantic Bride trilogy that began with The Sherbrooke Bride and continued with The Hellion Bride. Joan Winthrop Sherbrooke–Sinjun–is on the verge of spinsterhood, so when the opportunity to wed a handsome Scottish earl arises, she jumps at the chance. Little does she know of the danger that awaits her at Vere Castle.
I can’t remember where I picked this up–it may have been in a freebie box somewhere, but it’s been on my shelf for awhile now. I figured it was finally time to give it its due.
I really wish I hadn’t.
Right from the beginning there were red flags all over the place. The prologue talks of the laird having to take a wife for money and “oh well, if I don’t like her I can just beat her and lock her in her room.”
From there it only got worse. The heroine might have been the strangest character I’ve ever read in a bodice ripper–both airheaded and borderline mean. For reasons unknown, she all but gives herself away, inheritance included, to a man she doesn’t know and runs away to Scotland with him. Surprise, surprise, he rapes her on their wedding night. Her brothers burst in to save her, and she kicks them out and protects her husband…who just violated her.
WHAT THE WHAT?
This is apparently the continuation of a three part series. Definitely won’t be going back to find the others–I can only imagine what happens in those. Quick check to my TBR to make sure I don’t have anything else by this author. Hello, rape is not sexy, empowering, or loving. Not even including a BUY HERE link in this review because…obviously.