His Jilted Bride by Rose Gordon

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his jilted bride



It’s her wedding day and there is no groom in sight. But why should Amelia Brice be surprised? Hiram, Lord Friar is known for having no gentleman’s honor to speak of and his jilting her on their wedding day makes it official.

Elijah Banks cannot allow his childhood friend to continue to be shamed this way. It’s been almost an hour past the time when the wedding was to start, and that bounder still hasn’t shown up. Unable to sit still a second longer, Elijah does the only thing that seems logical from where he stands: kidnap the bride and marry her himself in order to escape this scandal with one far more forgiving for a young lady’s reputation.


The only trouble is, she has a secret…but so does he; hers is big…but his is bigger.





“Nobody has to know he jilted you,” he said, reaching forward to push the hair sweeping across her forehead behind her ear.


She shook her head; her grey eyes shining with unshed tears. “They already do.”


“No,” he corrected. “All they know for sure is a wedding is not currently taking place. What they don’t know is if it was the groom who jilted the bride or the bride who jilted the groom.”


Amelia eyed him curiously. “No, I’m fairly certain they all know it was the groom who jilted the bride. My mother and father are both out there.”


“Yes, and they are doing a wonderful job acting as if they’re waiting for their daughter’s wedding to take place.”


“Acting?” she said, her eyes narrowing in on him.


“Acting,” he confirmed. “See, your mother is sitting in her pew, dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief while your father is pacing a hole in the wooden platform just outside the front door of the church. Both are playing their roles perfectly, giving off the illusion to the rest of the guests that they are just waiting for the wedding to begin any moment.”


“Which seems to be less likely to happen as the minutes pass.”


“Exactly,” Elijah agreed. “Which is why you need to act now before someone discovers your game.”


“My game?”


He nodded once. “Yes, madam, your game.” He picked up her petite hand and wrapped his fingers around it. “I’m not as dimwitted as the rest of them. I see what’s really going on here.”


“At least you do, because I have no idea what you’re talking about.”


He ignored her. “I almost fell for it, too.”


“Fell for what?” she burst out in hysteria, presumably due to her current situation, lacing her voice.


“You’re jilting your groom,” he said evenly, meeting her eyes.


A shadow crossed her face and she cleared her throat. Twice. “What are you suggesting?”


“I’m not suggesting anything. I’m just merely making mention of the fact that the wedding has yet to begin, and both the bride and the groom have yet to be seen. How does a guest such as myself truly know whether it was the bride or the groom who didn’t come today? How do I—a random guest—know that the bride and groom were not so in love with the other they could hardly wait another day and decided to elope?”


She snorted.


“All right, well, perhaps that scenario isn’t very believable, but the other very well could be possible.” He took a deep breath. “Amelia, listen to me, I know you’re a very strong young lady and you come from a very important family; but none of that will matter come tomorrow when this is all over the scandal sheets.”


“I know,” she said with a swallow.


“Then see the sense in what I’m saying and marry me.”


My Review:

I will be honest and say that I was quite annoyed at the beginning of His Jilted Bride. I will attribute that to the writer’s style and me not being familiar with it. Once I made it through a few chapters, the book became enjoyable. It seemed as if some of the characters and storylines were introduced in previous books so I wish it would have been mentioned that this was not a standalone book. On to the actual book, Elijah was quite likeable and I was intrigued to find out his secret.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of His Jilted Bride in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 3 Stars


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

rose gordon


USA Today Bestselling Author of ten 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 haunted 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 them picks up to hurl at his brother who just happens to be hiding behind her.


Website: http://www.rosegordon.net


Blog: http://rosesromanceramblings.wordpress.com


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  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. What inspired you to write this story?

    lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

    • I’d written stories about his brother and sister in a former series so I thought Elijah needed a story! As for the plot, I’m a fan of the friends-to-lovers theme and for this hero it seemed the perfect way to go.

  3. Mary Preston says:

    I’m going to love Elijah. I’ll have him if Amelia doesn’t want him.


    • LOL I was once asked that by someone else about another hero and as I told her. Sorry, she might not always know she wants him, but she does and in the end, you might have a hard time fighting her off–even if she’s fictional.

      Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

  4. Karen H in NC says:

    I love historical romances and I’m so glad I found another source to feed my addiction! What other, if any, genres would you ever consider doing a story?

    • I’m currently writing historical westerns set in the mid-1800s in Indian Territory. Other than that, not much else. It’s kind of embarrassing to admit this, but I don’t really understand the whole paranormal genre/idea.

  5. Thanks for the honest review!

  6. Rita Wray says:

    I’m looking forward to reading the story, sounds interesting.


  7. I think this story sounds fascinating. I really loved the excerpt. This guy sounds much better than the groom who didn’t show.

  8. Tiffany, thanks for hosting, reading and taking time to review.

  9. Good to know that I should be looking for the other books first! Thanks for the review!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    • The other books in this series are not necessary to read before reading this book as they go back in time roughly 30 years to tell the stories of the hero’s mother and father and aunt and uncle.

      Elijah (the hero) first appears briefly in HER SUDDEN GROOM (his eldest brother’s story) and again plays a very small role in HER IMPERFECT GROOM during his younger sister’s romance.

      In neither book does he have a very large or crucial role, however, some of the characters from those books appear in this one as a cross-over.

      I hope that clarifies any confusion. Sometimes when a series grows and spawns another series it leaves some murkiness. Sorry about that!

  10. Catherine says:

    Thanks for the tip about it not really being a stand alone book. I hate feeling like I missed something when I start reading.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  11. I’m glad I wasn’t the only person who felt a bit annoyed with how the first half played out 🙂

    thanks for the review

    carrie dot rogozinski at gmail.com

  12. Nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  13. Just read the excerpt– and now I have to win so I can use the GC to buy the book! Sounds like a good read!

  14. Amanda D says:

    I have read her other series The Scandalous Sisters and The Grooms. I don’t feel like you have to start with book 1 in each series because each book is a particular characters own story. The only thing reading them in order gives you is if you fancy a particular supporting character you will be happy to read their story later on in the series or next series. I highly recommend her books and thank you Rose for the generous giveaway.

  15. BookLady says:

    Congratulations on the publication of His Jilted Bride! It sounds like an interesting read. The Banks Brothers is a new series for me. Love the cover and enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Shannon Bereza says:

    I am so glad I visited your stop on this blog tour. I now know which of Ms Gordon’s books I will be purchasing to read over the weekend. I’m going to be without Internet all weekend so I’m loading up my Nook tonight. I’m going to start with the two groom stories so I can get a feel for the harassers and then read Elijah’s story. sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

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