Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
Emily Highfill Grant is living the life most young women would envy: fashionable picnics on Boston Common, parties with eligible bachelors, and the wealth of her grandfather Charles Bertram Highfill assuring her a fine marriage. But what Emily wants more than anything is to go West—and break free of the cage her name and fortune have built for her. When her mother decides to travel to San Francisco, Emily sneaks aboard their private railcar, planning to surprise her once they’ve left the station. But Emily is the one who’s surprised: the railcar has been leased to Lucien Delatour, and she’s now traveling cross-country in a cozy private car with a handsome stranger.
Lucien Delatour hasn’t had it easy. Raised in an orphanage, Lucien built his hard-won fortune with sweat and determination. Now a saboteur’s deadly actions threaten to destroy the rail line that he and his business partner have spent a fortune to create. Racing west, Lucien is determined to prove that the saboteur is his old nemesis—Charles Bertram Highfill.
When Emily’s family sends agents to retrieve her, Lucien marries her to keep her safe. But when he finds out who her grandfather is, Lucien can’t help but feel betrayed…and soon he is torn between saving his railroad and saving his marriage.
I had never read anything by Adrianne Wood so I really didn’t know what to expect from this book. Judging by the reviews others had left online, I figured I was in for an enjoyable historical romp. Unfortunately this one was a DNF for me. There were several things that bothered me. First of all, I am a sucker for a bad boy alpha hero. In the little bit that I read of this book, I did not get that impression of Lucien. At all. He finds two young ladies hiding in his private rail car and he not only lets them stay, but he feeds them and lets them spend the night? Second, I wasn’t very impressed by Emily and I REALLY didn’t like her sister Annabelle. They both seemed very naïve and immature. The whole premise of Emily sneaking aboard the train to travel across the country to finally have an adventure was a little over the top. Her little sister tagging along because she wanted to see what Emily was up to? Blech. Also, given that Lucien and Emily were basically thrown together by circumstance, I had hoped for at least an initial flare of attraction between them. By the time I made it through about a third of the book, there was still very little romance, and that’s what I read romance books for. Whether it was the storyline or my mood or the author’s style of writing, this one just didn’t work for me.
I give Stowaway Bride by Adrianne Wood a DNF rating.