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Miss Sarah Fairfax is having a wretched year. Her intended perished at war. His child is in her belly. To secure her future, she resigns herself to a loveless marriage. Just as she's about to say I do, her fiancée returns from the grave to crash the wedding, but he's no longer the charming, carefree man she remembers.

After being left for dead on the battlefield, Brigadier Edmund Blackpool is scarred inside and out. He fights his way home only to discover his intended before the altar with his best friend. He'll be the one to marry her, no matter what she wants! But when his new bride disappears with his child, he must reopen his wounds to win the most important battle of his life.

©2015 Erica Ridley (P)2016 Erica Ridley

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  • girlwonder87
  • 17-02-2017

A little slower than the earlier four books

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I really enjoyed all the previous books in this series, but I feel like this one could have been better. It's probably more a matter of my personal preferences when it comes to my reading material. Spending the last half of the book reading about the tired hero and the tired heroine taking care of the baby twins they conceived the one and only time they did the deed, and Sarah's predictable rollercoaster-y "I'm so ugly, he probably won't want to touch me ever again" attitude, got old pretty fast. There was very little romance in this regency romance novel. Regardless, I'm still looking forward to the remaining two in the series - hopefully they'll be baby-free.

A free advance copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 04-03-2017

Cute but short

Another cute short book by Ridley. They are always pretty enjoyable. Here we get to see what happens when Sarah agrees to marry the Duke so her child will have a father. Not everything happens according to plan.

The audio production was a bit tinny but Stevie Zimmerman does a great job. Her voices are well done.

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  • Diane D
  • 16-02-2017

Stop the Wedding - The Real Groom is Alive

Where does The Brigadier's Runaway Bride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The audio is great and the story is well written.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the fact that even though he was left for dead - Edmund didn't hold it against his brother or friends. They felt guilty but he was able to put it behind him

Which scene was your favorite?

After the twins are born reading about how the exhausted parents try to deal with bath time. That is probably one of the funniest things I've read.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

After giving birth the first time they make love is a disaster. Sarah is self- conscience of the differences in her body and is worried that Edmund won't love her and her new body

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This story goes into a lot of areas that usually don't come up in books include how exhausting it is to have not one but 2 babies and making love after the birth of a baby. These two people had made love and then don't see each other until almost the birth of their children. They have a lot of things to get over.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 16-02-2017

I am loving this series

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Another delightful installment in the Dukes of War series. I was eagerly anticipating Sarah and Edmund's story. It was well worth the wait.I felt real sympathy for Sarah as a happy ever after for her didn't seem to be in the cards. Being unwed and pregnant, she was facing social ruin as well as the double blow of losing her beloved Edmund and the protection his name would have afforded her had they married before he left for war.She had to make some difficult decisions and she was lucky Edmund had good friends to look out for her.Fortunately, Edmund didn't perish as everyone had believed and he turned up in time to very dramatically and romantically stop the wedding and declare that he was going to marry her.Getting married was the easy bit though and only the beginning of their story. They missed out on the early days of leisurely courtship to be suddenly thrust into marriage and parenthood practically overnight. They have to find a way to get over their misgivings, guilt and insecurities in order to reconnect and find their way back to how it was between them before the war.Humorous and heartwarming, each installment of the series is consistent in its quality of writing, research and charm.I voluntarily received a review copy

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  • Kay
  • 28-01-2018

Ohhhhhhh this was GOOD!!!

OMG!!!! EDMUND IS ALIVE!!!! And back in time to save his betrothed from marrying his best friend. I hate that the 2 of them are so distant in the beginning because of fear. Not knowing what the other is thinking, smh. Communication is key. They could have resolved those issues and relieved A LOT of sexual tension months before if they were communicating.

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  • charlottesp-reads
  • 20-07-2017

I've loved her other books, but...

While this book was really unique in it's premise, I felt like the entire conflict could've been resolved if they'd just talked to each other. it got quite frustrating at some points.

I loved the "life" humor in the story and did find myself laughing out loud at several points. As her other characters, they're well developed and likeable.

The Narrator did an excellent job. I believe she's narrated Ms. Ridley's other books as well.

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  • Zena
  • 15-03-2017

The power of love

This has got to be the best in this series and it was the last one that I had left to read, so what a pleasant surprise.
I loved how Sarah and Edmund each had their own doubts and hurdles to overcome and the manner in which they did. This showed both their weaknesses and their strengths and the power of their love.
The narration by Stevie Zimmerman is fantastic and really added 'colour' to this story.
I feel I can safely recommend this series as beautiful, stand-alone love stories that will hold your attention and entertain with very real situations filled with love, the overcoming of hardships and merriment endearing you to the characters and their stories. Enjoy !

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  • L. Brown-Jackson
  • 03-02-2017

Don't waste your credit on this one!

I didn't like anything about this book at all! I got this one after reading other's reviews and was hoping they got it right, but for me...No Can Do! Both the hero and his lady love just didn't develop into likable or lovable characters. Okay, that may be a little harsh, but they really didn't resonate with me. The bride kept saying how she was an adult, but her mine, to me, was like a teenagers. She was just totally naive! She knew she was going to have a baby for 9 months, but spent no time talking to anyone about what to expect, or how to care for a newborn! I mean, where was her head during all this time? I understand you can be grieving for your lost love, but damn don't you think you should be learning how to care for yourself and your child while you have the chance? And you can't tell me that none of the ton guessed that she must have gotten pregnant when she stopped making any social appearances.

Then we have to back or supporting story from each of Edmunds friends. Where was the story? Where was the big secret that they all seemed to want to hide? I kept hearing them "refer" to some big unknown secret, but that just didn't really develop in the story. I only got that Edmunds friend made the choice to save his twin brother. Is that the secret? See, what's so underhanded about that? Okay, his best friend steps in to offer for Sarah's hand before the children are born, but that just would have given Edmunds children a name and kept them from being illegitimate. But still I see no secret worthy of behind the back glances.

The narrator did not do a good job. She made Sarah's voice too whinny for me. Talking as if you are out of breath just get's under my skin, and that's what I got all the way through the book. Didn't enjoy this one at all! Don't waste your credit!

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