Jane Feather, a New York Times best-selling author, receives many awards and international acclaim for her historical romances. There are now over four million copies of her books in print. The Least Likely Bride, filled with colorful heroes and villains, is set against the tumultuous backdrop of England in 1648. Lady Olivia Granville is a lovely, headstrong scholar. Anthony Caxton is a pirate. However he, too, is keenly intelligent and independent. When they meet on the high seas, their sparks of passion are as powerful as the wind. But those sparks soon become part of a larger flame--one that burns in the service of the King. The characters of The Least Likely Bride are thoroughly entertaining, and political intrigue adds additional drama to the tempestuous affair between lady and pirate. The sparking wit and subtle humor are highlighted through Jenny Sterlin’s charming narration.
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I didn't realise when I purchased this that it was the third in a trilogy of 'Bride' books, (The Hostage Bride, The Accidental Bride, The Least Likely Bride). There were references to plot contained within the preceding two books which made me flounder at a couple of points during this story (references to an evil step-brother who seems to be an ongoing theme for all three), but that didn't really detract from the story itself.
The Least Likely Bride is set in the time of Cromwell and the English civil war on the Isle of Wight where the King of England is imprisoned and it revolves around the scholarly and rich Olivia and the dashing pirate Anthony. While I felt more could have been made of their backgrounds and the opposing political views of the time, it is at the end of the day a romance and there were more than enough romantic moments to make up for that. Jenny Sterlin is an excellent narrator, once you get used to her slightly hesitant way of reading and the rather annoying noises she makes when she pauses (swallowing?). An enjoyable read!
I read this book a few years ago and gave it a scathing 2 points. I either ignored the fact that it was the last in a series, or didn't notice. I recently decided to give JF another chance and boy am I glad I did! I read the "Hostage Bride" and was so totally engaged I downloaded the "Accidental Bride",which was not quite as good as Hostage, but was an enjoyable listen. I am now re-listening to Least Likely again, and now knowing the background and personality of Olivia, I can understand her angst and what had struck me as her silliness. This book reveals what the despicable Brian had done to Olivia that caused her to start stuttering.
Yes, this could be an ok stand alone book if the reader is only interested in the romance, but if read in sequence, it becomes a great read. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because the "Hostage Bride" was the absolute best in the series for me. I felt a profound sense of "ok, I get it" as I listened to "Least Likely", and knowing the background, made me realize the pirate is the absolutely best person for Olivia!
This book also answered some of my lingering questions regarding how the families handled their different stances regarding the war and the exiled king.
Read the series in order and I promise you will not be disappointed if you like hot romance with adventure and mystery!
Thank you Ms. Feather!
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