Review: Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas

Posted October 8, 2012 by Ang in 3.5 stars, Historical Romance, Rating B Tags: , , ,

Tempting the Bride
Release Date: Oct. 2, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
Fitzhugh Trilogy #3
ISBN: #978-0425251027
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): Paperback (304 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well that she would be ruined should her secret love affair be discovered. So when a rendezvous goes wrong and she is about to be caught in the act, it is with the greatest reluctance that she accepts help from David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, and elopes with him to save her reputation.
Helena has despised David since they were children—the notorious rake has tormented her all her life. David, on the other hand, has always loved Helena, but his pride will never let him admit the secrets of his heart.
A carriage accident the day after their elopement, however, robs Helena of her memory—the slate is wiped clean. At last David dares to reveal his love, and she finds him both fascinating and desirable. But what will happen when her memory returns and she realizes she has fallen for a man she has sworn never to trust?
What Ang is talking about:
I thoroughly enjoy Sherry Thomas’s writing style. She understands that first and foremost a novel, even a romance novel, must tell a story, and tell a story she does. Although I did not love Helena and David as much as I loved Millie and Fitz in her last novel, Ravishing The Heiress, I did enjoy their story more than I expected, given the whole over-tired “I’m in an accident, I don’t know who you are or I am” direction of the novel.
David and Helena have known one another since they were children, and he has loved her for as long as he has known her. However being young and dumb when they first met, he played the part of crude annoying teen-aged boy to try and get her attention. Instead he alienated and angered her, all of which might have been able to be overcome had Helena not fallen madly and deeply in love with Andrew Martin. Complicating issues further, however, is that Andrew married another woman at the height of Helena’s love of him keeping her from not only moving on but engaging in fiercely inappropriate behavior with him. It is these behaviors that put Helena’s reputation at risk and cause David to sweep in and save her, as it were, in the form of an elopement. The day after this saving she is involved in a life threatening accident that clears her memory and forces them to start over.
I admit I rolled my eyes at the cliché story line but found it worked well for these characters. David needed a way to let his walls down and prove his love for Helena, and Helena becomes a far more sympathetic character after the accident. This allows for a very sweet story to take place. A story filled with wonderful dialogue, beautiful imagery and just the right amount of heat to keep me turning the pages. The story is tender and emotional without being nauseating and is filled with strong characters that have just the right amount of heart and stubbornness to make them real.
I had no major issues with the book, other than Andrew’s character, who is a spineless weasel, and probably would have rated it higher had I not just read Millie and Fitz’s story and loved it so much that Helena and David fell in their shadow. Given more time and more distance I have a feeling that this book will likely rise on my rating list, and I’ve no doubt those that enjoyed Ravishing the Heiress or those that enjoy a well written historical romance with strong, quick witted, spunky characters will enjoy Tempting the Bride as much or more than I did.
Angs Rating:
Liked it – recommend (B+)
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