The Other Guys Bride (Braxton, Book 2)
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Return to Book Page. Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Ginesse Braxton vows to solve one of the world's greatest mysteries--to find the location of the lost city of Zerzura. Unfortunately, no man dares take the risk of escorting the resolute young scholar across the open desert. But on her way to Egypt, Ginesse engages in a daring deception--she will switch places with M Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Ginesse Braxton vows to solve one of the world's greatest mysteries--to find the location of the lost city of Zerzura.
Cynical adventurer Jim Owen will do anything to escape the dark secrets of his troubled past.
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Betrayed by the woman he loved, scorned by proper society, he agrees to carry out a danger-fraught task: escort Mildred Whimpelhall across a lawless desert to her intended. But Jim is about to learn that "Mildred" isn't exactly what she seems. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 11th by Montlake Romance first published More Details Original Title. Alexandria , Egypt. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Other Guy's Bride , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Other Guy's Bride. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 21, Jill rated it it was amazing Shelves: stars , historical-romance-european.
With a degree in Ancient History and a love of archaeology, headstrong and independent Ginny is determined to return to Egypt and make her mark on the world by finding the lost city of Zerzura. On board she befriends Miss Mildred Whimpelhall, the fiancee of the commander at Fort Gordon, a British outpost in the western desert of Egypt and coincidentally located only thirty miles from the location of Zerzura.
When Mildred's severe seasickness sees her finishing the journey to Egypt by train, Ginny decides to impersonate Mildred and be escorted by the small contingent of troops sent by Mildred's fiance, Colonel Lord Hilliard Pomfrey, to Fort Gordon. And within easy reach of Zerzura. James Owens owes a debt to Pomfrey for saving his life seven years ago.
Former French Foreign Legionnaire, Jim is now a hustler and soldier of fortune. What better way to rid himself of this obligation and Pomfrey once and for all, but to escort Pomfrey's fiancee safely to Fort Gordon? The writing, the plot, the humour, the characterisations are vintage Connie Brockway and pure gold. If all that wasn't enough the absolute winner for me was the setting in Egypt.
That alone elevated it to 5-star rating, rounding up instead of down.
If there is a hiccup in this wonderful story it has to be the view spoiler [ misunderstanding between Jim and Ginny with neither realising they were in love with each other. But the misunderstanding drove the plot at this point. As The Other Guy's Bride is the first book off the Montlake publishing press I would have thought though, there would have been much more careful attention to editing details.
It's not necessary though to read As You Desire first to understand and enjoy this. If you haven't read Connie Brockway before, start here. If you haven't read historical romance before, start here. If you want to read a historical romance outside Britain, start here. One of the very best historical romances I've read this year. View all 47 comments.
Shelves: setting-egypt , m-audible-dot-com , ingroup-challenge , authors-c , m-kindle , m-kindle-lendables , genre-romance-historical , theme-masquerade , buddy-read , authors-b. There were plenty of plot twists and character development to keep me entertained — and guessing. Nothing earth-shatteringly new, mind you, but it was so well written. I was totally in the mood to escape to Egypt for a while; Ms. Brockway pulled me right into this exotic locale of RomanceLandia. Sometimes your mood is half the battle.
Like a kiss. View all 14 comments.
You're going to like it and here's why and after that, why you might not love it. Firstly, both Jim and Ginesse are both funny and "real" - they've got faults and bits of bruised soul that emerge slowly and show us why they make the decisions they do. The basic plot line set in Cairo i 3. Unlike As You Desire , the plot actually helps the romance along - each meets the other without the preconceptions that have dogged both so far. Ginesse, in particular, has suffered from being regarded as an enfant terrible.
They feel like equals - and for me that's important in my enjoyment of a story.
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The other big plus here is the vivid cast of friends, enemies and relations. Brockway is probably the best author around at the minute in this regard - even a short functional fill-in-the background scene comes to vibrant life courtesy of a walk-on part from a bitchy ex-pat. So - it's decided - you will enjoy this. In my job, we used to talk about people's "weaknesses", and then we moved on to call them "development areas" and now we refer to "over-played strengths".
And I think Brockway has some. That thing about secondary characters? This is dropped into a conversation, and absolutely demands to be followed through - what difference has this made to him? Why doesn't he want to be a duke? How did he? I know, I would moan if they were cardboard characters, and, yes, this is a fault on the right side, but it is still, I think, a weakness. The other problem I have with the book is something of the same - both Ginesse and Jim have, as I said, very strong back-stories, which show how they have been moulded, but in both cases there isn't a resolution that satisfies.
This matters for the very reason that the backstories are so strong - characters in their own right, almost - which demand to be finished off. Ginesse view spoiler [ feels her parents have never valued her, sent her off to England to boarding school, and that she needs to Do Something to prove herself worthy of them.
I don't think I would analyse the story's faults as much if I hadn't enjoyed it - it really is a case of overplayed strengths. View all 5 comments. Jan 22, Beanbag Love rated it really liked it. Very cute story. It takes place in Egypt around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. I might give a more in depth review, but I'll just say for now that I was definitely fully engaged in it by about one third through.
Action, adventure, romance, humor. Really nice effort by Brockway. Note: This is 2 in a series. I have not read the first installment, but I will.
The Other Guy's Bride (Braxton, #2) by Connie Brockway
View all 9 comments. I was so excited to read this one I really enjoyed As You Desire, and I was hoping that this would be as good if not better. This was honestly not a bad book- it really wasn't- and if I hadn't already read AYD, I probably would have thought this was better. But I had read AYD, and unfortunately, this wasn't as good for me. It has lots of elements that should come together for a big win for me- road trip, Egyptology, a sassy female MC, a rugged and loveable male MC- but someh 3. It has lots of elements that should come together for a big win for me- road trip, Egyptology, a sassy female MC, a rugged and loveable male MC- but somehow this was just okay.
What went wrong? For starters, I had trouble getting into the story at first for some reason. There is something about CB's writing style that makes me have to flip back and forth between pages to get my bearings.