Review: What the Bride Didn’t Know by Kelly Hunter

Special ops expert Trig Sinclair knows the rules of the bro code: no matter how dynamite Lena West is, as his best friend’s younger sister, she’s strictly off-limits.  That’s been made perfectly clear.  When a secret trip to Istanbul sees Lena and Trig pretending to be married and sharing a bed, Trig finds himself in a whole new world of sweet torture.  If Trig thinks playing the honour-bound hero is tough, it’s got nothing on how Lena feels when she discovers the secret her “groom” is hiding…

What the Bride didn't know

I was very excited by the synopsis of What the Bride Didn’t Know, as it promised key ingredients that I thoroughly enjoy: romance, intrigue, and secret agents…what’s not to like?  In actual fact the secret agent angle is pretty much relegated to the background which, surprisingly, didn’t disappoint me in the least because the plot and characters were so engrossing even without it.

Novellas sometimes struggle to develop character sufficiently and that is definitely not the case here.  Lena is a fantastic female lead.  She has some deep-rooted insecurities, yet is feisty and independent with incredible spirit, and is written with great credibility.  It’s almost impossible not to fall for Trig:  strong, loving, romantic, with a resolute moral code, he is the perfect hero without detracting from Lena’s strength of character.  The depiction of Trig’s tortured emotions throughout had me turning pages until I’d finished the novella in one sitting.  I was engrossed from start to finish, and I will definitely be looking out for more of this author’s work.

 Disclaimer: I was supplied with an ecopy of What the Bride didn’t know by NetGalley, but all opinions given are, as always, entirely my own.
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