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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review -- The Other Guy's Bride

The Other Guy's Bride
By Connie Brockway
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: November 22, 2011







For many years---fourteen to be exact---Connie Brockway fans have been begging for a sequel to As You Desire, the story of Harry and Dizzy. Well, fans, the time has come, and it was worth the wait!

Ginesse "Ginny" Braxton is traveling from England to Egypt, a country she knows like the back of her hand thanks to being the daughter of famous Egyptologist, Harry Braxton. But Ginesse longs to make a name for herself, not just ride on the coattails of her famous family. She also wants to prove she's not the jinx and magnet for trouble that everyone says she is, and she's found the perfect way; she thinks she has found the location of the lost city of Zerzura. Of course, she needs to find someone to lead her across the desert, and Ginesse knows full well that no one will want to accompany the Braxton chit. Fate presents a situation that she cannot resist; a young woman, Mildred Whimpelhall, who is a passenger on the ship with Ginesse is on her way to meet her fiance, Colonel Lord Pomfrey. Mildred is so seasick that she decides to get off the ship in Italy and continue her journey to Egypt by rail. Ginesse kindly makes Mildred's arrangements for her, but unbeknownst to the trusting Mildred, Ginesse decides to assume her identity and travel to Fort Gordon, which is within thirty miles of Zerzura. It was all too perfect. Ginesse should have known better.


James "Jim" Owen is a tough adventurer who owes a debt to Colonel Lord Pomfrey, so he agrees to accompany Pomfrey's fiancee across the desert to Fort Gordon. Not what Jim considers high on his list of ways to have a good time, but a debt is a debt. After all, Jim has been in many a dangerous situation, so providing escort to a meek and mild English miss should be a walk in the park. Once he meets Mildred Whimpelhall----aka known as Ginesse Braxton---, that notion goes straight out the window. She is anything, but meek. In fact, she talks nonstop and is a veritable magnet for trouble. But the biggest problem for Jim is his attraction to her. She frustrates and fascinates him, and no matter how many times he tells himself that she belongs to another man, thereby making her off limits, he just can't resist her.


"Colonel Lord Pomfrey. You never use his given name." he was looking down into her upturned face, moonlight carving his into hard angles and cold planes.

"Of course I know it," she said, trying to sound convincing because in truth she did not remember Pomfrey's Christian name.

"Because if you were mine, I would want you to say it, even when I was not there." He was so close she felt his warm breath sluice over her lips, so close she could see the way his lashes tangled at the corners, so close she could see flecks of sand at the base of his throat. His gaze had turned smoky and brilliant all at once, with an intensity she'd never seen before. It made the breath catch in her throat and her heart race.

Fool that she was, even though she intuited that danger roved very near and that she ought to keep very still and very silent, she could not keep from whispering, "Why?"

"Because every time you said my name, it would touch your lips." His voice lost its hard edge, grew as dark and smoky as his gaze. "Like a kiss."


The Other Guy's Bride is a rollicking romance, a turn-of-the-century adventure with a high spirited, mismatched hero and heroine with secrets aplenty. Their banter is reminiscent of some of my favorite movie pairs: John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, and Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Throw in a little Indiana Jones, and it all adds up to a can't miss good time. Connie Brockway has a deft hand with humor, and I laughed out loud more times than I could count. There is an equal amount of soul stirring tenderness and heart pounding sensuality. All of the elements for a winning romance. I cannot recommend The Other Guy's Bride highly enough! For those who do not have a Kindle, don't despair. It will be released in trade paperback on December 22nd. Just in time for the holidays. *g*

~ Gannon


*** Connie will be blogging with us next Tuesday, Nov. 29th!***


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29 comments:

  1. Hi Gannon,
    Sounds great ... love the review ... definitely going on my TBR list and since I don't have an e-reader, I guess I can hold out until Dec 22. It will be a Xmas gift to me. : )

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. : )

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  2. i just posted the cover book to my friend and we all agreed that the lady on the cover book is same with one artist in my country ;)

    and now we are checking on BD to buy this book ;)

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  3. Glad to hear how much you liked it, she's one of my fave authors and I've been waiting for this to come out (As You Desire one of my alltime favorites). Got lucky and just won an ebook version, hope it's in my inbox tomorrow.

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  4. A must read going by this review. I will treat myself or add it to my Christmas wish list.

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  5. Amazing review Gannon, Congratulations.
    The African Queen/Bogart Hepburn and the other analogies you make are beyond brilliant and the quote you choose to use in the review left me appropriatly breathless when I first read it in the book.

    As you know, I had the incredible good fortune of receiving an early copy of TOGB from Connie Brockway.
    I did a quick reread of AS YOU DESIRE since I had read it 14 long years ago. I honestly have to say that this book, it's sequel, was well worth the wait.

    When Connie first announced that she was "Going Rogue" I had very mixed feelings because I had never been a fan of eBooks. Since then I have acquired an eReader and the free Kindle Apps for both my PC and iPhone just so I would not miss out on this book and any of her upcoming projects.

    It took a lot of courage for her to take this pioneering route and I wish her the greatest of success in this undertaking. With this book I'd say she hit the ball out of the park on the first swing of the bat.

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  6. P.S.
    Gannon, if any of your readers do not want to wait for the print copy to come out next month they can easily download free Kindle apps at Amazon's Kindle store.

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  7. Amy, it will be the perfect Christmas gift!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Eli, it will be available from BD on December 22nd. I hope you enjoy it!

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  9. Oh, Pam, you have some wonderful reading ahead of you. Enjoy!

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  10. Marybelle, I think this may be on quite a few Christmas wish lists! :-) In fact, I'm adding it to mine---I love having my favorite books on my keeper shelves. :-)

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  11. Flora said: With this book I'd say she hit the ball out of the park on the first swing of the bat.

    Has she ever!!! Connie's new venture has success written all over it.

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  12. Flora said: P.S.
    Gannon, if any of your readers do not want to wait for the print copy to come out next month they can easily download free Kindle apps at Amazon's Kindle store.

    Thanks for the heads up, Flora.

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  13. Great review, Gannon! This one is on my tbr and I can't wait to get started!

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  14. Great review, Gannon. Sounds like a fun story! Mistaken identity stories are some of my favorites. I haven't read any of Connie's books before, but I think that's about to change. :)

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  15. This sounds really good will be watching for her post!

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  16. Gannon, thanks for the great review. The book sounds fabulous.

    I hope all of you at the Romance Dish and everyone who sees this has a peaceful, happy Thanksgiving.

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  17. PJ said: This one is on my tbr and I can't wait to get started!

    Oh, PJ, I can't wait to hear what you think! I know you will love it. :-)

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  18. Lisa said: I haven't read any of Connie's books before, but I think that's about to change. :)

    You are in for a treat, Lisa. Connie's books are absolutely wonderful!

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  19. Virginia, Connie is so much fun, so I know her day here at The Dish will bring lots of laughs. :-)

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  20. Nancy, I think you'll really enjoy this one.

    Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, too. :-)

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  21. Connie Brockway is an awesome author and anything she writes is going to be a hit. I look forward to reading "The Other Guy's Bride." Thanks for the wonderful review.

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  22. I'm looking forward to the interview with Connie next week!

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  23. Gannon, I have As You Desire in my TBR pile (mountain) and I can't wait to carve out some time to finally read it...and then read this one. Great review!

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  24. Connie said: Connie Brockway is an awesome author and anything she writes is going to be a hit.

    I completely agree, Connie!

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  25. Flora said: I'm looking forward to the interview with Connie next week!

    It's going to be fun, Flora!

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  26. Andrea, you are going to love them both!! :-)

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  27. They haven't read THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE by Connie Brockway. So they're feeling unlucky and a bit left out.

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