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  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245798
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bride By Mistake - Anne Gracie
4 & 1/2 Stars HOT
"Gracie pens an unconventional Regency romance with an original heroine and setting for the next Devil Riders story. This character-driven romance appeals to readers yearning for a love story with an unforgettable twist. "
~ Romantic Times Review

"The always terrific Anne Gracie outdoes herself with Bride by Mistake. ...  I loved Bride by Mistake.  Gracie creates two great characters, a high tension relationship, and a wonderfully satisfying ending.  Not to be missed!"
             Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of Nowhere Near Respectable

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Award-winning author, Anne Gracie, spent her childhood and youth on the move, thanks to her dad's job, which took them around the world. The gypsy life taught her that humor & love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.

As well as writing, Anne teaches adult literacy, flings balls for her dog, keeps bees and enjoys reading, music, cooking and her tangled garden.

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The characters were memorable.
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Fans of well-written historical romance will want to be sure and read this book as well as the whole series.
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I enjoy reading books from different time periods and I love this Devil Rider's series by Anne Gracie.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholics Reviewer on January 8, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie
Historical Romance Jan. 3rd, 2012
4 ½ stars

Bride by Mistake is the fifth in the Devil Riders series about young men who go to war and return changed by the horrors of war. The hero, Luke Ripton is tortured by the death of his dear friend Michael and feels responsible for his death.

Luke is handsome as a dark angel and pursued by woman from all high society, but his heart is closed from all feelings. He has a death wish but a heroic act in his youth leaves him some unfinished business. When he was a young, naïve officer, he saved a young thirteen year old Spanish heiress by marrying her with the understanding that the marriage would be later annulled. However, it is years later and his pleas for an annulment have been denied. Although he loathes Spain and the terrible memories there, he is determined to pick up his bride at a simple convent and take her back to England as is his duty. He expects to find a docile young bride eager for his guidance. But instead he finds a head strong woman determined to finish a promise she made to her dying father. Luke finds himself irresistibly drawn to this new Isabella and finding his heart isn't dead after all...

Isabella's childhood dreams are suddenly realized when the young and gallant soldier who saved her finally returns. But Luke has changed into a hardened man who merely sees her as a responsibility he does not want. Isabella decides that she must live her own life and that means finding her long lost sister. But the arrogant man she had pinned her affection on is proving to be very difficult and seductive.

This is a heartwarming story about two strong characters who slowly transform as a result of meeting each other.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 15, 2012
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The premise was good. Luke rescues 13 yr old Isabella from a would-be rapist in the mountains of Spain during the war. She's the same age as his beloved baby sister so he wants to protect her. When he learns her cousin Ramon means to marry her and be as cruel as her would-be rapists, he gives her the protection of his name in marriage. She then lives out the rest of the war in a secluded convent with her nun aunt. After 8 years, he fails in his attempt to annul the marriage and is forced to come collect his bride. He's inherited his uncle's title and now has a duty to beget a legal heir. Bella grew up in the convent building fairy tales in her heart about her heroic rescuer who didn't bother to write to her or claim her for 8 long years (including 4 years after the war had ended).

The story gives us all the cliche wrong first impressions, then discovery of hidden attraction. Bella has a tragic past that should give a wealth of interesting stuff to explore. Duty, honor, fear, misunderstanding and attraction. But Bella gets over her traumatic first sexual experience so quickly and is wanting to jump into bed with her stranger husband so fast one wonders if she ever really experienced trauma as a child.

Luke's repressed past in Spain is dragged out and hinted about through 9/10 of the book only to resolved in a brief scene at the end.

The characters seemed to go through the motions of falling in love without ever discussing their inner feelings or building a relationship based on more than physical attraction. There was no friendship, no respect, just sex and reasons to fight again.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By MissKati22 on January 4, 2012
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I think this may have been one of her best books yet... and I'm a huge fan. There's something about her writing style (and that of authors like Mary Balogh, Carolyn Jewel, Grace Burrowes, Elizabeth Hoyt, Renee Bernard and Madeline Hunter) that speaks true to the period and conveys a human quality. You learn and love these characters by their words and actions, by their relationships. Beautiful story -- I finished it in one sitting. I won't rehash the plot of the book, just know that these complex characters, each with unfulfilled hopes and dreams, learn to build a new future together. Loved it! :)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JRD on January 5, 2012
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Anne Gracie is such a great author. I never miss one of her books because she never fails to engage me on every level. I liked that Luke was still kind despite the damage he'd been given during the war. I liked that Isabella holds Luke accountable and stands up for herself. And I love that they heal each other by challenging and supporting one another throughout the book. Keep them coming Anne Gracie!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 18, 2012
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At one point in my HR reading life I would actively seek out new Anne Gracie novels. I remember, for example, reading her "Perfect" series and especially liking the first one, The Perfect Rake (Merridew Series).

But lately they're a bit been-there, done-that plotwise and even that would be OK in a Regency romance because what really happened during that period in English history except for war with the French and, apparently, really handsome young dukes falling in love with really beautiful upper- or even lower-class women? So the trick of writing a good Regency HR is in the romance and character development.

At least Gracie has given us a baron, not a duke, as hero. (Guess the ton ran out of unmarried dukes.) And the heroine is Spanish and attractive rather than beautiful. And the story takes place in Spain. So there we have a bit of deviation from the usual setting and characters. How often does a heroine in an HR have churros with chocolate for breakfast?

Unfortunately, this difference is not put to good use. The story, romance and character development is not very good. Everybody is cookie-cutter. Our baron is a whiny, petulant jerk, the heroine is immature, silly and thoughtless. Lust is the only attraction I could find between the two. Who could love either one of them? How could they love each other? And the secondary characters are no better. They're cartoonish in their characterization. Baddies and good folk alike fall on their faces in their flatness.

IMO, the love story is unbelievable and the mystery about spies is weak and somewhat silly. Really only a good read for a diehard Gracie fan and even at that it's not worth purchasing. That's what libraries are for.
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