Friday, November 29, 2013

Stowaway Bride by Adrianne Wood

Title:  Stowaway Bride
Author: Adrianne Wood
My Rating: A

Genre: Historical Romance
Series: -
Release Date: November 2013
Main Characters: Emily and Lucien
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
A steamy Western set in the Colorado badlands, featuring an heiress seeking adventure and a businessman looking for a saboteur.

Emily Highfill Grant is living the life most young women would envy: fashionable picnics on Boston Common, parties with eligible bachelors, and the wealth of her grandfather Charles Bertram Highfill assuring her a fine marriage. But what Emily wants more than anything is to go West—and break free of the cage her name and fortune have built for her. When her mother decides to travel to San Francisco, Emily sneaks aboard their private railcar, planning to surprise her once they’ve left the station. But Emily is the one who’s surprised: the railcar has been leased to Lucien Delatour, and she’s now traveling cross-country in a cozy private car with a handsome stranger.

Lucien Delatour hasn’t had it easy. Raised in an orphanage, Lucien built his hard-won fortune with sweat and determination. Now a saboteur’s deadly actions threaten to destroy the rail line that he and his business partner have spent a fortune to create. Racing west, Lucien is determined to prove that the saboteur is his old nemesis—Charles Bertram Highfill.

When Emily’s family sends agents to retrieve her, Lucien marries her to keep her safe. But when he finds out who her grandfather is, Lucien can’t help but feel betrayed…and soon he is torn between saving his railroad and saving his marriage.

My Review:
There was a time in my life....a long, LONG time ago...when all I read was historical romance. I'll be honest. Anymore, they really aren't usually my thing and I flat out don't enjoy them as much as I used to. BUT the publisher sent me this one for review so I decided to give it a chance. I was going to read to the 25% point, then if I wasn't enjoying it, I just wasn't going to review it. Well, you're reading my review right now... so guess what?? Hehe...I liked this one.

Through a series of unusual events Emily and Lucien...and Emily's sister, Annabelle...all ended up traveling on the train in the same Pullman car headed toward the west. Emily and Annabelle are trying to protect their reputations so they don't tell Lucien who their family is. Lucien doesn't care who they are...he just wants them gone, until he hurts his ankle and by then he's fighting an attraction to Emily so he uses his ankle as an excuse to keep them close. 

Emily is after adventure and wants to see the world. She's been fairly sheltered but is 20 yo and very confident in who she is and what she's capable of. That comes across the page in a great way. Even in circumstances when she's way out of her element, she squares her shoulders and goes on. She's smart and witty and quick-thinking. I really loved her and her lack of reservation about going after whatever it is that she wants. 

Lucien wants one thing...his railroad to get built. He's been back east looking for investors and has no idea that he's headed back home with his enemies granddaughters in tow. He and his partner, Chuck, are sure that it's Emily's grandfather who's been sabotaging their construction because he wants the railroad for himself at dirt cheap. 

Of course, the revelation of who Emily is comes out at the absolute worst time, but this is romance...what's a little happily ever after if you can't have some good high drama first and the second half of the novel is filled with high drama...from the sabotage that is happening to meddling neighbors and family, Emily and Lucien have to fight for what they finally realize they want. By the end of this novel, I was FULLY INVESTED in their HEA and loved the way that all those final scenes were written. I couldn't put it down. A great novel and a good reminder of why I used to love historical so much!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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