Book Review: My Darling Bride by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Happy release day to My Darling Bride. This marriage of convenience story made for a fun, cute read with a sweet HEA. It's time to meet Emmy and Graham!

Book Review: My Darling Bride by Ilsa Madden-Mills
My Darling Bride by Ilsa Madden-Mills

In a sizzling romance that sparkles with wit and depth, two wounded souls meet by chance in the desert and agree to get married, and their lives will never be the same.

On a normal day, Emmaline Darling isn’t a car thief. She’s just a simple girl who runs a bookstore and adores cats. But when she’s stranded in the desert and needs to get away from her dangerous ex-boyfriend, she picks her only option: swiping the keys to a famous football player’s Lamborghini and speeding away.

Football star Graham Harlan is in chaos. First he took a hit on the field that left him with a near-death experience, and now he’s promised his brother he’ll get married to secure the family inheritance. Trouble is he isn’t even seeing anyone.

Then a mystery woman steals his car. With his usual stubbornness, he tracks her all the way to Manhattan and gives her an ultimatum: marry me or I’ll press charges.

Her choice is obvious, only neither of them expect the sparks that ignite between them.

As the end of their arrangement looms, will Graham take a chance on love or let his darling walk away forever?

3 out of 5 stars

My Darling Bride was a sweet, entertaining read filled with a good amount of emotion and angst. I liked Emmy and Graham, their ups and downs, and the want and need between them. I enjoyed them coming together.

This had a good start and I loved Graham and Emmy meeting, the chemistry between them, and the setup for the marriage of convenience. It felt exciting in the beginning and I liked getting to know them, I felt for them and where they were at in their life. I enjoyed them fighting their feelings as they got to know each other while living in close proximity. Emmy and Graham’s family and friends added some nice, fun scenes to break up the tension between the couple and that was enjoyable as well.

I thought this started out strong. I flew through the first half and thought it was great. Somewhere in the middle that changed and it felt very fast-paced and things were glossed over, a bit more telling than showing. There were a lot of small things happening and bits of drama involved and sometimes it seemed like a lot. I was pulled in enough to keep on reading because I wanted them to get their HEA.

Overall, I thought this was a good story with a nice amount of emotion and cute scenes mixed in. It was not very in-depth but there were enough details to keep me invested.

Complimentary copy received from Montlake Publishing.

Book Review: My Darling Bride by Ilsa Madden-Mills
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Thank you Montlake Publishing for the advanced copy of My Darling Bride.

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