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 13 days after purchase)