Secrets of a Runaway Bride

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Secrets of a Runaway Bride

Secret Brides, #2

I always enjoy discovering a new author who remind me of the joys of reading an entertaining and engaging book. Valerie Bowman has done both of those things with the wonderful story of the willful Miss Annie Andrews and her temporary guardian, the Earl of Ashbourne.

What I loved most about this story was the dialogue between Valerie and Jordan. It was witty, funny and the perfect display of the spirit both of these characters had. Annie may have worn her emotions and thoughts on her sleeve for all to see, but it was all that which forced Jordan to realize that everything he thought frivolous and an ideal of poets and musicians was exactly what he wanted.

This was an absolutely delightful book and an author that I look forward to reading more from.


Annie Andrews is determined to marry Author Eggleston now that her sister and brother-in-law are away. She longs for a loving marriage and a family with the man she loves. The trouble is, the man she loves seems to be dragging his feet when it comes to making Annie his. Of course, Annie’s babysitter, the Earl of Ashbourne, might be part of the problem too.

Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne thought he was doing his best friend a favor by agreeing to keep an eye on the mischievous Miss Andrews. But he discovers the spirit, her ideals and her beauty both anger and intrigue him. Jordan soon finds himself protecting her, not for his best friend, but for himself.

Book Blurb for Secrets of a Runaway Bride

Annie Andrews has her heart set on marrying a certain man. Now that her guardian and sister, Lily, is off on her wedding trip on the continent, Annie is about to make one last attempt to marry Arthur before her sister can stop her. But Annie doesn't count on the best friend of her new brother-in-law, Jordan Holloway, Earl of Ashbourne, fouling up her plans. Jordan has vowed to keep an eye on the mischievous Miss Andrews. He has two weeks to keep her out of trouble and to keep her from running away again. But when Jordan carts her off to his country house to keep her from making a mistake, will he make one of his own and fall in love with the one woman he shouldn't touch?

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2013 4.00