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Guy meets widow. There's instant attraction. He feels he needs to wash his hands of her but hates to see her with anyone else. Then the story goes from really heated to predictable, disappointing and prolonged for no reason. Can't say I really enjoyed it much. Love the author, but this is not her best work.
Madly in love with Nick! Outcast at 8 years old by his father , the Earl. His father believing that his second wife had cheated on him , through Nick and his mother into the streets. His older half brother married a local Vicar's daughter, and never bothered to come home again. Lady Meridith has been running the estate on her own for seven years, including the care of her ailing father, and her elderly Aunt. Her husband dies, without leaving her anything, and now the Earldom will fall to Nick, a wealthy gambling hell owner. What will happen to herself, her father, and Aunt. Nick lost his heart as a child. He is made of stone! I highly recommend today! Thanks! Enjoy! carolintallahassee
Lady Meredith Brookshire lives with her aunt and ailing father at Oak Run. Her negligent husband Edmund died leaving Meredith with nothing. Edmund's half brother Nicholas Caulfield has been located and should be taking over as the new Lord Brookshire. Meredith assumes Lord Nicholas will kick her and her family off the estate so she hatches a plan to trick him into letting her stay.
Nick wants nothing to do with his familial estate or becoming Lord Brookshire. He despised his father and Edmund. His arrival at Oak Run throws Meredith's emotions in turmoil. She expected Nick to be as cold and uncaring as Edmund but he appears to be neither.
The charade is up when Nick discovers Meredith's deceit. Nick decides to marry her off, but he quickly realizes that thoughts of Meredith with another man disturb him. He has no choice though, because he refuses to risk his heart.
One Upon A Wedding Night is a creatively written story. The plot twists kept me guessing and the angst had me constantly on edge. Nick and Meredith are both haunted by their pasts, but they find something very special in each other's arms. I adore them both. I wanted to throttle Nick for being so stubborn at times though, and yet, he managed to enthrall me and keep me rooting for him throughout the story. One Upon A Wedding Night is a wonderful, passionate romance.
Really, really poor effort. The plot is disjointed and the story quasi coherent. The characters seem to lack introspection...there is no rationale for why they fall in love. We are treated with a bit of insight into the heroine, but the hero literally decides in the last chapter that he is in love, with zero lead up. At no point in the book is his reasoning explained. Both main characters seem to be bipolar, they sleep together but once they're married the heroine is full of trepidation regarding her wedding night and decides to take up abstinence, although she wants children. None of the characters behaves in a way that makes sense. It's almost as if a collection of plot twists have been put back to back without rhyme or reason.
Also, a special mention for absurdity goes to the "sex in the middle of the dirt road" scene. I would love to comment further but the less said about it, the better.
There are so many loops in the logic of characters, as to make your head spin.
I found this novel to be delightful. I wondered at the title until I realized that the entire story hinged on what didn't happen on one particular wedding night.
Lady Meredith Brookshire did stoop to deceipt in order to maintain her home and a way to care for her relatives and servants but at least she did have an outstanding motive. Some reviewers have criticized her for agreeing to the deception but I really don't know what else she could have done in the short time available to come up with a solution. I did get a tad irritated with her for never fully explaining to Nicholas just why she had come up with this scheme. At the points in the story where a full explanation would have cleared up a lot of problems she remained silent. Also, their passion was a fiery thing but I really would have liked to have seen their first sexual encounter take place some other time and place. She wasn't depicted as a brazen hussy but boy, she never said "No". The scene on the side of the road was also bothersome for me. Meredith just didn't seem to be the type of person who would act so impulsively and rashly in public. Maybe Ms Jordan will allow her characters in her next book to be a lot more "private".
Nicholas Caulfield was a man with a streak of resentment and suspicion a mile wide. He had to react to Meredith in the way he did, disbelieving almost everything she said, because that is the way he dealt with everyone. In his mind trusting someone was the same as being used by them as a fool. He believed that she was pregnant and even wanted to do something to make life easier for her and even provide medical care for her. Then to find out he had softened toward her and once again allowed himself to be duped came as a huge disappointment. He was a hard man but the author wanted him to be that way and it made it all the sweeter when he finally capitulated and acknowleged his love for Meredith.
As a debut novel I found it superb. As a 50th novel I would have found it superb. I just loved the character of Portia. Hopefully there will be a book for her and we will all get to catch up with Nicholas and Meredith at that time.
Good story line of clash of cultures , H is displaced victimized son of Earl, raised in squalor, finds the widowed still virgin wife of his dead half brother , trying to trick him out of his inheritance. Excellent romantic conflict & secondary characters !
I HATE when authors wait until the absolute last chapter, the absolute last page, for the hero to confess his love. First of all, it's annoying and makes the reader want to shove the hero into the lake, and then stomp on him with a horse. Second of all, it makes the reader also get frustrated with the heroine for holding on to her love for him for so long.
But third, an overlooked reason, it doesn't give the heroine enough time to accept it. There's about five paragraphs left of the story. That's not enough to describe her feelings about the unbelievable amount of time it took the idiot to admit this, not enough time to go into what happens next, not enough time to write a good ending.
And he doesn't even forgive her in the end, because it never even comes out that she wasn't the one with the idea for the lie in the first place. It was Eleanor's. The "ending" was hardly an ending. It was more of an ending to a chapter. I was expecting an Epilogue or something, but no. This was my second Sophie Jordan book. I figure I'll give her one more try.
I liked Once Upon A Wedding Night, their was good character development and a easy style of writing making the story and easy read. What I didn't like was there romance does not start until the end of the book for me a Romance Novel has to have a lot of Romance and this one does not . I also didn't like the hurried way she wrote Nick taking Meredith Virginity in the back seat of a hire hack, Bad form!!! I still say the only author who can write this type of scene is Lisa Kleypas Mine Til Midnight or Seduce me at Sunrise or her Wallflower series. With that said I will read Sophie Jordans next book because I like her style of writing and can only hope that she add a lot more Romance to her next book