Trick O'Connor started out as a man I was born to hate. Sure he abducted Deborah Edgerton and forced her into marriage to keep a promise he'd made to his six year old son. And sure he had to fight his conscience the entire time. But not once did he take into consideration Deborah's feelings or what her life would be like if she were stuck in a loveless marriage. Can you say inconsiderate?
Deborah, on the other hand, is a gem of a character. This woman is fierce, with a mind like a steel trap and a heart just waiting for true love. She'd come to Galveston, Texas to work as a secretary for Pat O'Connor. As in Patricia O'Connor not Patrick. So she was more than a bit surprised when this six foot plus man shows up and claims to be her employer. She's even more surprised when he tricks her into marrying him that same day. The wretch!
I'm going to say it plain so there are no mistakes. For the first quarter of the book, maybe even a third, Trick O'Connor was a jerk. But who can stay mad at a man who absolutely adores his son, his family and is falling in love with his wife? And the fact that Deborah, being the wonderfully strong heroine that she is makes him pay, makes him think and makes him feel, makes up for a great deal.
By the end of the book I was cheering for both characters and laughing at their little quirks and eccentricities. The Impossible Bride also comes complete with some memorable secondary characters, whose little idiosynracies add a bit of bonus color to a pretty good read.
I'd recommend The Impossible Bride to other romance readers. While not one of my 5 Rose keepers of all time, it is, in my opinion, an entertaining book that I enjoyed reading. Once Trick got his act together.