Jilted, rejected, abandoned, left at the altar, deserted, however you want to term it, having it happen on your wedding day is not a cool thing. It is what happens directly afterward that most interests me. I love to see the heroine jump back into things. Seeing her thumb her nose at her ex, leave with another man, have a honeymoon in spite of the jerk, really fall in love and find happiness; all of these things make for a wonderful HEA.
Most of the books of this plot type, that I have read, are based off of the groom cheating on the bride. I would love to be able to find a “Runaway Bride” type book but for the plot to really work for me, the groom has to be a dastardly jerk. If he isn’t cheating or horrible how can I possibly justify the heroine hooking up so quickly afterward? Here are a couple of books that I have found with this theme:
Down for the Count by Christine Bell — Lacey finds her groom in a supply closet with one of her bridesmaids so what is she to do? Well she goes on her honeymoon with her best friend’s older brother. Galen happens to be a boxing stud with a bit of a reputation but Lacey does not care. All she wants is a good time and Galen is there to provide it.
The beauty of Down for the Count is that it combines several of my favorite tropes into one book. Jilted heroine, boxer hero, and hero having always wanted the heroine. The book has also some sneaky moments of humor that really add to the story.
Hotter Than Ever by Elle Kennedy — Claire’s groom is a no-show and it is left to his bother to tell her the wedding is off. To make matters worse, Claire and the brother, Dylan, do not like each other. Dylan still feels a sense of responsibility towards Claire so he offers up his house as a temporary getaway. The initial plot isn’t based upon cheating, but we do find out later that it might have been involved also.
If you have ever read Ms. Kennedy before you know that her books are off the charts hot and this one is no different. Along with the offer of a place to stay comes Aidan, Dylan’s lover and roommate. If you like the jilted bride theme plus go for m/m/f, then I would highly recommend reading this book.
The Wedding Fling by Meg Maguire — Leigh and her fiancée have slowly drifted apart and she is hurt when she learns about his girlfriend. The morning of her wedding, she run off by herself and heads to Barbados on what was to be her honeymoon. Will is the pilot who flies her there; and now Will is the man with all the good gossip on the jilted celebrity.
The Wedding Fling is a fun read. Will starts off a bit sarcastic, but eventually becomes very sweet and loving. Leigh is humble for being a star and in the spotlight so much. It made her likable and down to earth. The ending is very well done and so romantic. I really enjoyed it.
One I haven’t read but have heard good things about is Mr. Rebound by Michael Cain. Has anyone read this one? What about other recommendation on the jilted theme? What are your favorites?