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Keeper of the Bride (Her Protector) [Kindle Edition]

Tess Gerritsen
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Your day starts by being jilted at the altar. It's about to get a lot worse.

If Nina Cormier's wedding had taken place, she would be dead. But after the bride was left at the altar, the church stood empty when the bomb exploded. It wasn't until a stranger tried to run her off the road that Nina realized someone actually wanted to kill her.

But who?

That's what Detective Sam Navarro has to find out…fast. With a nightmare unfolding all around them, Sam and Nina must try to decipher the terrifying truth: they are at the mercy of a brilliant madman, one who is playing for keeps.…

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Nina Cormier was jilted at the altar, but what a break that turns out to be: the church blows up just as she is leaving (and when she would have been saying vows had the marriage happened). The bomb squad investigates, headed by Detective Sam Navarro, and all leads point to Nina’s ex-husband as the prime suspect. Nina is heartbroken and scared; Sam is brave and strong; and both are determined to keep it all professional. But when someone tries to run Nina off the road, Sam steps in to make sure she’s safe, bringing them closer together and opening the door to romance. Sam is skittish at first, his earlier marriage having fallen apart because of his dangerous job, but he cannot stop thinking about Nina, and she quickly realizes that this is no rebound romance. This fast-paced story, reissued here in hardcover following its original publication in 1996 as a Harlequin paperback, boasts some nice plot twists and two likable protagonists. Rizzoli & Isles fans may think of this as Gerritsen-lite, but Sandra Brown readers will love it. --Stacy Alesi


"This fast-paced story, boasts some nice plot twists and two likable protagonists. Sandra Brown readers will love it.” (Booklist)

Product Details

  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778303411
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (December 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092MPOF8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Since I have only read Ms. Gerritsen's newer works such as "The Surgeon" and "The Apprentice" it was fun to read one of her earlier works and to see how far she has come as a storyteller.
This is the story about Nina Cormier who is a ER nurse from a very affluent but dysfunctional family. The story opens with Nina being left at the alter. To add insult to injury while she is sitting in a car waiting to go home the church blows up. And still in the same day someone tries to drive her off the road. Why is this all happening to her?
Bomb detective Sam Navarro is called to the scene of the latest bombing and ends up questioning the bride to be. Sam has his own problems from the past and really has no plans to ever share his life with someone else. Now he finds himself drawn to the witness and there is still the huge mystery as to how Nina fits into the puzzle of the recent bombing, and other murder attempts.
The chemistry between these two people was great and Ms. Gerritsen shows her potential as a suspense novelist. You don't want to miss this one.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par October 16, 2003
By Angela
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are attracted to Tess Gerritson's novels of medical suspense, then this book is not for you. It was written well before her newer releases like The Sinner, The Apprentice, Gravity, etc. While a good effort at combining the suspense of a woman on the run from a mad bomber, this novel falls flat of creating any emotional connection to the characters. The heroin, Nina, is being stalked by a bomber, after being left at the alter by her horrendous fiancée. You'd think she'd have a lot on her mind, yet she still finds time to fall for the bomb squad investigator assigned to protect her. The book goes on to detail her thinking as well as his in a pathetic tennis match of who loves who, who doesn't love who, whose too scared to love who, etc. Ultimately, at the end of the book where I would normally be turning pages awaiting the climax, I found myself not caring whether Nina did get out of the whole mess alright, and was frankly irritated by the whole romantic banter part of this book. Bottom line, if you like The Sinner, The Apprentice, Gravity, Bloodstream, etc stick to Gerritson's newer work and stay away from Keeper of the Bride.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deservingly belongs to our keeper shelves November 25, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It isn't difficult to see why Tess Gerritsen is such an accomplished writer of present medical thrillers including The Surgeon and The Apprentice. Her earlier foray into romance suspense distinguishes her as one of the few who churns out jugular action and gorgeous romance - and Keeper Of The Bride displays her punchy, knockout style within a laconic 250 pages.
ER nurse Nina Cormier not only had her wedding plans bombed when her intended hooked up with another woman, and narrowly escaped a planned bombing. Was it a deliberate attempt on her life or one of the guests in her wedding? Why did the characteristics of the bombing point to the work of dead terrorist Spectre? Sam Narvarro, the Portland detective is determined to root out the perpetrator but passion gets in the way of his obligations. Danger arises when Nina and Sam is thrown together in the mad schemes of a vengeful bomber...
Keeper of the Bride may have a cliche plot but maestro Gerritsen moves the story swiftly and gives her characters dimension with insecurities and sincerity. It is a mystery wrapped with treachery and cutting suspense right up to the explosive climax - and with Ms. Gerritsen's background as a physician, forensic evidence flows along to give credibility to the plot. This book deservingly belongs to our keeper shelves with her clean dissection of suspense and love.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TESS GERRITSEN DOES IT AGAIN January 13, 2003
By Maritza
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a new book December 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book and kept thinking, I have read this. I love Tess Gerritsen, so I did some research. This is not a newly published book, even on Kindle. Check it out before you buy is all I am saying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sinner January 5, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My gosh, what a book!!!This is my first time reading Tess Gerritsen, she is as good if not better than Patricia Cornwell. I literally could not put this book down, there are so many twists and turns and surprises. A must read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally unexpected - and not in a good way December 20, 2012
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I love Tess Gerritsen's books - I guess I mean her recent books. I had never read one of her earlier novels so this one was the first 'old' book for me.

This is a romance novel and I don't really like romance novels. I didn't know that when I bought it. It's cheesy and predictable with the usual happy but uninspiring ending.

In summary I love the newer books, and will keep buying the new ones as they come out. I won't buy any of the previous books if they are reissued.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love story, chaos November 25, 2012
By Melonie
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Not to bad a read. Little bit of fun,a lot of violence, equal parts of romance. Family dysfunction, and of course a good cop. Tess Gerritsen books are always a good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked it
Published 11 days ago by k
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great book!
Published 13 days ago by Sticklady
5.0 out of 5 stars Tess Gerritson is my favorite author. This is one of her early works
Tess Gerritson is my favorite author. This is one of her early works, and it is rivoting and in the car it makes the driving miles go fast!!
Published 28 days ago by Doc IA
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Published 1 month ago by Charles Dunkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed reading this book, and it was free to read. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Dreher
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
i was disappointed as am a gerritsen fan
Published 1 month ago by Da-NH
5.0 out of 5 stars Tess Gerritsen is at her best with this novel
Tess Gerritsen is at her best with this novel. It keeps you interested all the way to the end.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Loved the book and would recommend it to everyone. Tess Gerritson has written another thrilling mystery novel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joan M. McLemore
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor plot
too much focus on the love story - not enough twist in the thriller itself; quite poor plot and pretty obvious. Tess Gerritsen has significantly improved since these early days!
Published 2 months ago by Landre Helene
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a keeper
Fast paced novel never a dull moment. Kudos to Tess. May be her best novel yet. Believable story line and characters.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake (2008; UK title: Keeping the Dead), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place), The Silent Girl (2011), and Last To Die (August 2012.) Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world.

Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and number one bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail), and "Polished, riveting prose" (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen".

Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series "Rizzoli & Isles" starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.

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Wasn't this book first published in 1996?
That drives me crazy! The only sure way I have of knowing if I have already read the book is by the original pub. date. Otherwise, I buy it and part way through realize, I read this before.
Dec 1, 2012 by DC |  See all 2 posts
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