His Jilted Bride (Historical Regency Romance)

Rated 4.14/5 based on 8 reviews
Elijah Banks cannot sit still a moment longer as the gossip continues to fly about one of his childhood playmates, who just so happens to still be in her bridal chamber, waiting for her groom to arrive. Thinking to save her the public humiliation of being jilted at the altar, Elijah convinces her to run away with him, replacing one scandal with one far more forgiving. More

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About Rose Gordon

USA Today Bestselling Author Rose Gordon has written eight unusually unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after. When not escaping to another world via reading or writing a book, she spends her time chasing two young boys around the house, being hunted by wild animals, or sitting on the swing in the backyard where she has to use her arms as shields to deflect projectiles AKA: balls, water balloons, sticks, pinecones, and anything else one of her boys picks up to hurl at his brother who just happens to be hiding behind her.

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Review by: Jutzie on June 29, 2013 :
His Jilted Bride by Rose Gordon
The Banks Brother’s Series Book 3
Elijah Banks had always run away from his little neighbor girl, who insisted on trying to kiss him every chance she got. As they got older, they became friends. At one point, Elijah began to feel more for her then disdain for her kisses or friendship. Was it too late to tell her how he felt? And what about the secrets he couldn’t tell her?

Lady Amelia Brice had a secret about a night she couldn’t remember. That one night was going to dictate her life, including marriage to someone she couldn’t stand. She only ever loved one person but she couldn’t wait for him forever. So she would have to marry to protect herself and family because of her mystery evening.. Thankfully she is rescued from marriage to a reprobate by the man she cared for, but being married out of pity doesn’t seem any better.

His Jilted Bride is another excellent book in this series. I always enjoy the author’s humor along with secrets, intrigue and surprises that fill the pages. Not to mention Mr. Henry Hirsute, an interesting character to be sure. It was great revisiting with all the Banks relatives and getting to know the twins, Elijah and Henry. Henry’s story will be coming next, His Brother’s Bride.
**Sexual situations within marriage
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(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mia on April 16, 2013 :
Did not finish. I cant stand when the majority of a romance circles around 'the altar of virginity'. This book does, the plot apart from this was too farfetched.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Dawn Janis on April 03, 2013 :
Elijah Banks can't stand to see his childhood friend, Lady Amelia Brice, marry a man that she doesn't love. Not when he's in love with her and can offer her marriage to save her reputation. Lady Amelia Brice doesn't love the man she's supposed to marry. Her heart belongs to the friend she's loved since they were children. But what can a girl do when she must marry to avoid a scandal? Especially when the groom-to-be appears to have left her at the alter. To avoid an even bigger scandal, she agrees to marry Elijah. There's just one problem to their future happily ever after - she's hiding a secret. So is he, and his is bigger. Can these two find their way to happily ever after?

This is the third book in the Banks Brothers Series, and while I've not yet read the first two, I did enjoy this one. It helped that I have read all of the books in the Scandalous Sisters Series and the Groom Series where some of these characters are first introduced. Yes it is a secular romance book. Yes it does have all of the elements of a secular romance book. The story itself is well developed. The author writes her characters to have quirks and still be loveable. I plan on reading the first two books in this series soon. I also look forward to reading the fourth book, His Brother's Bride, which will be about Elijah's twin Henry, once it comes out.

I received the Smashwords-Kindle version of the book for free from the author for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

I recommend reading the books in the Scandalous Sisters Series and the Groom Series before picking up this book as it will help in understanding of the characters.

Recommended to fans of Historical romance, secular romance, Historical fiction, Harlequin Historicals.

Rating - 4 stars
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ivan Motes on March 26, 2013 :
Excellent read! As in any really good romance the lead characters are confused about their own feelings for each other. Add to it the mystery and even danger confronting them, and you have a book I didn't put down till the end.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Julie Sherwood on March 15, 2013 :
First off, I have to say I LOVE the cover of this book. Yes, I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover. But, really, how many of us have bought (or not bought) a book because of its cover? I know there are books that I purchased only because the cover was so beautiful. Some of them I loved, some of them not so much. The fact remains – cover art IS important, and this book has a beautiful cover.

I will admit that I have not read the first two books in this series. However, this book is great as a stand-alone novel. Once I finished this book, I read the “blurbs” for the first two and I can see that the additional background info could be helpful. I’ll just have to go back and read them since I enjoyed this one so much.

This is a fun, regency romance with a little mystery too. That element of mystery is one thing that makes this book stand out. From the beginning, we know Amelia’s secret. What we don’t know is Elijah’s secret. We get bits and pieces throughout the book. Little clues are spattered here and there as the story progresses. This builds anticipation and even suspense.

The complexity and dynamics of the relationship between Amelia and Elijah keep the story moving. Because they both have secrets and they both believe the other doesn’t love them, it’s nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Elijah is so sweet. He tries so hard to show Amelia that he loves her, but the underlying motivation isn’t his love – and she sees that, not his love. When he finally “gives up” so-to-speak and he takes her to Bath for an outing, I fell in love with him myself. I didn’t care what his secret was – I wanted Amelia to “wake up” and see how much Elijah loved her.

Amelia has loved Elijah her entire life, but he never thought of her as more than a friend. She’s always held out hope that one day he would fall in love with her, but when he “rescues” and marries her, she still thinks he sees her as only a friend. She’s so convinced that he married her out of some kind of obligation that she can’t see that he has fallen in love with her. Fortunately, things eventually work out for the two of them, as it should.

I really enjoyed reading “His Jilted Bride”. It didn’t feel like your typical regency romance with the focus on all the strict rules and social pressures – it was a fun read and I really enjoyed the dynamics of the Banks family along with the relationship between Elijah and Amelia (not to mention trying to figure out Elijah’s secret).

For those who want to know, when Elijah and Amelia finally consummated their marriage it was open door. I personally prefer less detail, but I loved the book so much I continued reading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Barbara Swavely on March 12, 2013 :
Since I amnew at this I missed giving this review a rating
and it is a 5 Start please add this to my reviews.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Barbara Swavely on March 12, 2013 : (no rating)
barbara swavely 3-12-13
This is a new author for me, but it won't be the last time.
I see by the listings that there are many more for me to
indulge myself with. Just a wonderful humorous story line
and the characters are perfect. I would recommend this to
any and all if they want to escape everyday worries, it
leaves you smiling, and of course wanting the next book you can pick up.
up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: julie buchanan on Feb. 19, 2013 :
Awesome book! I recommend the whole series. These are well written and make your heart smile.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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