Monday, April 15, 2013

Book Review-The Accidental Wedding

The Accidental Wedding
The Devil Riders (4)
Anne Gracie
Berkley Sensation
Mass Market Paperback
Published October 2010
326 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-425-23382-5
Author's Website
Synopsis (Goodreads)
When Nash Renfrew wakes in the bed of lovely Maddy Woodford, he thinks he's dreaming. Then he learns of his accident and the loss of his memory. But when it returns, Nash has no desire to leave Maddy's side and continues pretending he has amnesia. With each passing day, Nash's attraction to Maddy grows. But he's a diplomat and she's just a country girl. How can he even entertain thoughts of seducing her?
My Review
Maddy along with her five young siblings, are all orphans since their father passed away. She has been living in a small cottage making it by on honey and the garden. When she finds a stranger slipping from his horse and falling on his head. Knowing that she just can't leave him out, she beings him inside her cottage, and stays by his bedside. When he wakes up, he has no idea who he is, and is injured and recovering from a fever. Maddy knows how dangerous it is to have this man in her home, but there is something intriguing about the man that only draws her closer to him. When Nash Renfrew finds himself in the care of a young woman and five children, he is fascinated by her caring nature. When his memory does return, he doesn't at first tell Maddy, wanting to kindle the desire that is growing between them. Maddy is not at all what he would wish for in a wife, but he wants her in his life even though he knows he could never give her love...but he can give her a life of passion and desire and tenderness.

The Hero (Nash Renfrew)
Nash has served his country as a diplomat for Russia and has spent years there. Now he has returned to England, to see his estate and family, and to find a suitable wife for his career. So he goes to his aunt for her help in securing a wife. He doesn't believe in love after seeing how his parents loved each other but their love tore their marriage and their family apart. So he decided he only wants a practical union. So he then heads off to his estate to look things over. The next thing he remembers is waking up in a strange bed, and unfamilar surroudings. With five children scampering around him; and to top it off he doesn't remember who he is or his life previous. He only knows the cottage and the beautiful Maddy who makes his body burn for her touch. Then after some time, his memory returns, only he doesn't want to leave, or abandon the one woman who has shown him the beauty of life and love.

The Heroine (Maddy Woodford)
Maddy recently found out that she had five brothers and sisters. Her mother loved her father dearly but he didn't return that love. When she dies, he remarries. But Maddy goes to live in France with her grandmother. So for ten years so lives in France and learns much from her grandmother (who is a Countess and served with the Queen). She then returns to England when her father passes away, and she is now responsible for five siblings she didn't know about. Even though they are newer in her life, she loves them fiercely. Now they live in a small cottage barely making it, when she stumbles across a stranger in need of her help and who has amnesia and has no idea who he is. As time passes, she starts to bond with Nash in a intimate way and she can feel that she is falling hard for him...but will he ever return that love, or will she have to be content for a loveless relationship?

My Thoughts 
As the fourth in the series, I have truly enjoyed seeing these five friends, who are rakes, but to see love prove them wrong. There is a certain way about that way Anne Gracie puts together her stories. I won't say she is my ultimate favorite author...but I have truly enjoyed reading her works. The Fourth book is Nash's story. I do love a good amnesia story, and this one was well done.  Sometimes they aren't always done very good, but this one had a bit more to the plot and I loved the witty humor that comes out of the story. There is also a fun lightheartedness about it that captivated me from the beginning. The five young children were absolutely delightful and they were a ROMP!! There is a instant attraction, but their relationship is more gradual too. We see how much they like each other, but the love side of things isn't instataneous.  The level of sensuality was warm, not too strong in the story, but not light either. I felt like it was perfectly balanced along with the story line. The Accidental Wedding proved to be a memorable story that captured my heart from the first page. Definitely worth your time and you will not be disappointed.  The only con I could see in this story is it takes a little bit to get into the story, but once you will be hooked! :)

First Line 
"Find you a suitable wife?" The Honorable Nash Renfrew's aunt stared at him through her lorgnette. 

Favorite Quote 
He slanted a wicked grin at her. "And am I all right? Nothing broken? In need of attention?"
His head and his ankle were injured: she'd been looking right smack bang in between. Where she had no business to be looking. She squirmed with mortification. 
"It doesn't matter," she mumbled
"Actually I'm feeling a bit hot. And I'm sure there's a swelling. And it's aching. Are you sure you wouldn't like to check me?" His expression was pure, laughing devil. 
"No, I--"
"Little liar." He reached out a lazy hand, cupped the back of her head, and kissed her. 
It was a slow, soft kiss, warm as the morning sun, laced with the dark mystery of the night. Rich with promise. 

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In The Series 
The Stolen Princes
His Captive Lady
To Catch A Bride
Bride By Mistake 

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