So, two months ago I said I was going to try to review one book every week. Hahahahahaha!
Sorry about that. But hey look, a review!
What I’ve read this week:
Blush, Nicola Marsh (it was okay)
Million Dollar Christmas Proposal, Lucy Monroe (I loved this)
The Admiral’s Penniless Bride, Carla Kelly (I liked this quite a lot)
Anything for You, Sarah Mayberry (I like her Superromances better than her Blazes, but I did enjoy this)
Fate is Remarkable, Betty Neels (It’s a Betty Neels. That’s all you need to know.)
And this week’s pick for a review: What The Bride Didn’t Know
Author: Kelly Hunter
Publisher: Mills and Boon Modern Tempted.
Hey, look, it’s the same couple! And the same title! Released the same month! Almost like they aren’t trying to fool people into buying the same book twice any more. Awesome. I don’t love the covers and I don’t think they quite capture the Turkish setting of the book or the characters, but it’s not a bad effort. For once, I think I slightly prefer the US version. The blue of the M&B framing detracts from the image.
Hero: Adrian “Trig” Sinclair. I am not telling you how he got his nickname but it is AWESOME. Trig has been friends with the West family forever and served in an elite intelligence unit with Jared and Lena, right up until Lena got shot and Jared went missing (this is mentioned in the earlier books, Flirting With Intent and Cracking the Dating Code. You should read those, not because you necessarily need the backstory for this book, but because they are some of Hunter’s best work. And her best is very, very, very good indeed.) Trig is strong, clever, kind and desperately trying to be honourable towards his best friend’s sister.
Heroine: Lena West. It’s pretty tough being a clever kid in a family of geniuses. When you come top in the state for maths aged 17 and know that both your younger siblings are already streets ahead of you. When you have to work for things that come easily to them. Lena is competitive, courageous and self-doubting. She’s also just spent 19 months in rehab after being machine-gunned down on an operation. She’s a mess of scars and walking is hard work. There is a certain amount of ‘what could Trig possibly see in me?’ which I think derives partly from her injuries and partly from being the normal one in a family of extraordinary people. Mostly, she’s pretty good at not letting this become maudlin self-pity, and when Trig tells her how he feels, she accepts it.
Other: Jared. Who barely has a speaking role, but is all over the book. I want Jared’s story NOW ALREADY. Also brief appearances from Damon and Ruby, and Sebastian and Poppy from the other books in the series. Several Turkish taxi drivers.
Marriage: Yes, and multiple proposals, all of which are very sweet indeed.
Enjoyment factor: What’s not to love about a book that begins with someone doing trigonometry? Also, this is possibly the first amnesia book I’ve ever enjoyed. There was a point where I just wanted to shake Trig and make him tell Lena what was going on, but mostly I bought into the reasons for keeping things secret. I liked Trig and Lena together right from the start, and I liked the scenes before the amnesia which helped to ground what came next. I really loved Ruby’s relationship advice, too.
Epilogue: Yes, the wedding. No magical infertility cure, hooray! Also, no magical disability cures, hooray! The wedding was lovely and also, did I mention, I need Jared’s story NOW ALREADY.
I really liked this book a lot. I think it probably does work best if you’ve read the previous books in the series, but for me that is simply an added bonus since I love this whole series.