Bride on the Run by Anna J. Stewart

Posted May 5, 2021 by Marsha in 2021 New Release Challenge, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Heartwarming, Owned, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Book cover showing a bride in a flowing gown running down the wooden planks of a boat dock.

Finding true love…
In the unlikeliest places!

Sienna Fairchild never imagined she’d be a runaway bride. Or that she’d stow away on a worn-down boat belonging to handsome tour operator Monty Bettencourt.

Monty’s used to navigating rough seas, but Sienna might overturn his whole life, and avoiding drama is tough in such close quarters!

If Sienna’s sure she doesn’t know what she wants, then why does running away feel so much like coming home?

Titles in the Butterfly Harbor series include – The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor – Recipe for Redemption – A Dad for Charlie – Always the Hero – Holiday Kisses – Safe in His Arms – The Firefighter’s Thanksgiving Wish – A Match Made Perfect – Bride on the Run – Building a Surprise Family  – Worth the Risk – The Mayor’s Baby Surprise –

 

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Title:  Bride on the Run
Series:  Butterfly Harbor #9
Author:  Anna J. Stewart
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  January 1, 2021
Rating:  4.5 stars

Bride on the Run, the ninth story in the Butterfly Harbor series, is full of romance, self-discovery, a bit of drama/danger, a lot of good people standing behind a woman being bullied by her father and the former, never again jerk she almost married for all the wrong reasons.  Sienna may have thought that stowing away on “Nana’s Dream” was a sign from above and her beloved grandmother – but it turned out to be exactly where she needed to be in order to find her true happiness-filled ever after future.

She couldn’t do it.  Standing in the Bride’s Room right before she was to walk out and marry a man she didn’t know, certainly didn’t like just to finally have her father pleased with something she did (at his request), Sienna finally admitted that she just could not do this.  And she bolted… without regret.  Knowing she had little time to escape when she saw the sorta rundown, older boat Nana’s Dream docked along her escape path she made a choice that would eventually change her life.  She squeezed herself and that silly wedding dress into hiding on Nana’s Dream and didn’t think beyond the moment of hiding from Richard and her father.

Monty’s trip to pick up the boat that he’d just purchased for the growing touring fleet back home in Butterfly Harbor should have been uneventful.  And it might have been if not for a runaway bride hiding in the boat’s cabin, one angry almost groom and father of the bride demanding that he produce a bride he just learned was hiding… and his answer had been to protect this unknown bride.  After all, if she’d run from the ceremony there must have been a good reason, right?  Now, Monty has to casually pick up clothes, pull up anchor, and head out toward home with those jerks none the wiser.  Right, easy as… well, maybe not so easy but necessary.

I enjoyed Bride on the Run so much.  We get a bit of the Butterfly Harbor crew towards the latter half of the book but for the most part, it’s Monty and Sienna discovering each other, and Sienna doing some in-depth self-discovery on what is important to her and her alone in her life going forward.  Duchess adds great humor to this tale, and I believe I completed this story with a full (or at least half) smile on my face from beginning to the end.  As always the residents of Butterfly Harbor add their unique take on this situation and are firmly behind Sienna and Monty when possible trouble comes calling.  I had fun, and I’m definitely awaiting the next story due out in July of 2021.

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

Available in paperback or for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.

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