This was book 3.5 in her Reckless Brides series.
Lieutenant Ian Worth needs a bride and he will take just about anyone. In a rash moment, he told his father he was already married and now he needs to make it true. Ian runs into a shipmate and tells him what he is looking for in a wife - shy, undemanding and someone who will not mind his going off to sea. This shipmate just happens to have an unmarried daughter that fits Ian's needs. They arrange for Ian's perspective bride to come for a visit.
When Anne Lesley arrives, Ian hardly even notices her. Later in the day, Anne overhears Ian talking about her (let's just say it wasn't nice) and decides to go for a walk. Ian joins her and they begin to get to know each other. Anne quickly gets over her shyness and Ian sees the potential that she has as a bride.
Ian's father arrives and they must hide the fact that they are not married yet. They quickly fall in love and rush to get married with a special license.
This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Essex. I did like her style of writing and found myself laughing at some of the antics in the story (which is always good), but I really didn't care for the story itself. Anne was way too forgiving of Ian and the things she overheard him say. It would have taken a lot longer for him to worm his way into my heart! I've looked at the other books in the series and they look like they have promise. I will probably see if my library has copies of them to give this author a second chance.
I probably would have given this book 2 stars, but I really enjoyed the character of Pinky! He saved the book in my opinion.
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Thanks go to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.