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Saturday, May 6, 2006

Whirlwind Wedding by Jacquie D'Alessandro

Austin Randolph Jamison, Ninth Duke of Bradford, met the uncanny beauty at the ball at Bradford Hall. And from that first moment, he was stunned. How could this unsophisticated female, who climbed trees in a ball gown to rescue a kitten, know secrets that could ruin his family and speak of danger that threatened them all? Who was she, this American bluestocking who knew too much, whose innocence shone in her eyes even as her full lips tempted sin? Suddenly the duke knew he could not afford to let her go.

Some called it a gift. To Elizabeth Matthews, however, her visions were a responsibility that bound her to protect others from danger, no matter that the gossipmongers whispered she was chasing the duke to the altar. She vowed to use her powers to protect Austin at any cost, reckless of the passions that drove her into his arms, the need that made her his bride, never expecting her marriage to turn into a love match that would become the ton's most delicious scandal.

I really liked this book except one part kind of bugged me. Which I'll get to later.

I really love how Austin and Elizabeth met: Her falling from a bush to save a kitten. Her just sprawled there. I thought it was cute. I also love the scene when she falls from the horse (she was riding side saddle and was slipping off the horse. She in the mud and slid down the incline) and lands in front of Austin. She throws a dirt clod at him just to make a point and the mud hits him. I would totally do this. Accidently hit a guy with mud.

Elizabeth and Austin are forced to marry. She had a vision of Austin being thrown from his horse, which comes true. She find him laying on the road and brings him to safety. She doesn't want to leave him, so they spend the night together. Just sleeping. But of course the wrong people catch them, a special license is obtained and they are married.

Austin loves Elizabeth is different from other women. Loves she wouldn't care if she was a duchess, is more excited about buying books than buying dressed and jewels.

Now... Elizabeth has another vision which frightens her. She tells Austin and to protect him tells him they must never have children and divorce. She lies telling him she just married him for his money. Ok, this kind of bugged me, but I understand why she did it. What really bothered me was Austin automatically believe her. At this point he's already told her he loves her so I would think he would not believe her, say she's lying. But nope, he believes her. That just bugged me.

Other than that one thing, I really liked this book and will have to add it my growing collection.

Grade: A

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