Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sophie Jordan's The Duke Buys a Bride (The Rogue Files)

The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan
ISBN-10: 0062463640 - Mass Market Paperback $7.99
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (July 24, 2018), 368 pages.

The blurb:
The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night's drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square.  Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he's winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he's bought a wife.

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul.  But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy, stranger changes her path forever.

Marcus doesn't know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn't duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn't legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other.  However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows, and Marcus realizes he'll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.

I'll admit I was a bit worried that The Duke Buys a Bride would be too much of a rescue love story.  Fortunately, Sophie Jordan makes Alyse Bell and Marcus, Duke of Autenberry, more of a contemporary love story with the banter, the uncertainty, and the plot twists.  As we move from Marcus's point of view to that of Alyse, the situation moves from a bad twist of fate to the start of an interesting romance.  
Sophie Jordan gives us two sympathetic characters stuck in a comic situation. As they encounter stresses and draw the attention of rivals/possible enemies, Alyse and Marcus realize that they have something worth keeping.  The Duke Buys a Bride is a fun escape!

About the Author:
Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

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