on February 7th 2017
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Emilia St. George is moments away from marrying the admired grandson of a duke when the man who once jilted her decides to kidnap her at the altar. It’s the second time in five years Hamilton Sparrow has ruined her wedding day, and Emilia isn’t about to forgive him. The mere sight of her ex-fiancé revives painful memories—and, most regrettably, aching desires that refuse to be ignored.
Scanning the guests at Emilia’s wedding, Sparrow spots a familiar face: an assassin he recognizes from his days as a spy in France. Whisking Emilia away, he’s pleasantly surprised by her newly formed curves. Could this be the same flame-haired slip of a girl once promised to Sparrow? And does the fop she still insists on marrying realize what a prize she is? True, Sparrow left Emilia at the altar. But he’s afraid that the only way to right that particular wrong is to risk the one thing he’s always guarded: his heart.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
From London with Love is the third book in the Rebellious Brides series by Diana Quincy. It can easily be read as a stand alone story despite being part of a series.
Emilia St George is ready to walk up the aisle to marry Edmund Worsley, a diplomat and the grandson of a Duke. She isn’t insanely in love with the man, but after being jilted 5 years ago by a man she had been betrothed to since a young age, she’s wasted enough time and wants to marry before she becomes a spinster. Emilia loves to draw and paint and as the wife of a diplomat she has dreams of travelling all over Europe and being able to paint the many wonderful scenes she will see. It’s Edmund’s biggest attraction.
She isn’t at all pleased when before she has time to even let people at the church know she is there she is whisked away over the shoulder of Hamilton Sparrow. The very man who broke their engagement. She loved him back then, but he barely knew her, so when he broke up with her he thought there would be no hard feelings. Emilia, to save face, assured him that she was fine with him leaving. But she wasn’t, and for one fanciful minute she thinks he might finally realise he made a mistake leaving her, and that he couldn’t bare to see her marry another man. Soon enough she realises that it was indeed just a fanciful notion. Hamilton had spied an assassin outside the church, put two and two together and realised that the man must be there to kill Emilia.
He manages to whisk her away to safety, and he must keep her safe which means finding out who wants her dead and stopping them. Emilia can’t believe it’s Edmund, besides he wouldn’t get any money unless their marriage was consummated, so who wants her dead? Sparrow ends up spending a lot of time with Emilia and starts to realise that she’s a very fine woman, and definitely far more beautiful and curvy since he last saw her. Will he start to have feelings for her, can he get her to forgive him for breaking their engagement years ago, and most importantly, whether they become a couple of not, can he keep her from being killed?
I loved this book, the action started right from the get go and it carried on right until the end. I loved the romance developing between Sparrow and Emilia, but I especially loved trying to figure out just who had paid a hired assassin to kill her. I can’t say I was surprised at who the culprit was, but I was definitely pleased with how we were kept guessing until the end when he had to show his hand. I especially loved the way the book ended, one of the nicest endings I’ve read that brought a big smile to my face.
I only had a couple of small issues with the storyline…one is I don’t know why Sparrow would jump to the conclusion that the assassin was after Emilia, after all, there were a lot of dignitaries at the church. Secondly, during their escape there was a lot of noise including a smashed window, and yet nobody heard it or even realised that Emilia was at the church and then by all accounts, is being kidnapped. These things certainly didn’t stop me enjoying the story and I still recommend it highly.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.