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The Hellion Bride (Sherbrooke Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Coulter
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fall in love again—with the second novel in the Bride saga.

Sophia has successfully controlled every man in her orbit until she meets Ryder Sherbrooke, a man she senses is different from the others—a man she sees as one of hell's own sons.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    “A good storyteller…Coulter always keeps the pace brisk.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    “Ms. Coulter is a one-of-a-kind author who knows how to hook her readers and keep them coming back for more.”—The Best Reviews

    “Coulter is excellent at portraying the romantic tension between her heroes and heroines, and she manages to write explicitly but beautifully about sex as well as love.”—Milwaukee Journal

    “Coulter instinctively feeds our desire to believe in knights in shining armor and everlasting love—historical romance at its finest.”—

    “One of the genre’s great storytellers.”—Kansas City Star

    “One of the masters of the genre.”—The Newark Star-Ledger

    “Catherine Coulter is one of the best authors of exciting thrillers writing today.”—Midwest Book Review

    About the Author

    Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, TailSpin, KnockOut, and Whiplash. She lives in northern California.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 986 KB
    • Print Length: 388 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0515109746
    • Publisher: Jove; Jove ed edition (November 1, 1992)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B001PC9ZEY
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of hours of my life. June 18, 2007
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I wanted to like Ryder. I kind of liked him in The Sherbrooke Bride. As I've mentioned in my reviews of the other 2, I bought these all together and for some insane reason felt a compulsion to finish them. I will forever regret that choice. I have a surprisingly good memory and surprisingly good reading comprehension, so unfortunately I remember waaaay too much of Ms. Coulter's books now.

    I don't know how much I'd classify the sex here as "rape" (coercion definitely, but there is a difference). There was obvious rape in The Heiress Bride, but the only actual rape I thought occurred in this book was actually perpetrated against Ryder by the prostitute and Sophia and her uncle.

    I have more a problem with the fact that Ryder was more upset that Douglas saw Sophia naked than by the fact that his wife had just run scared from the room because of her husband's "love making". Douglas, who claims to have felt the same type of compassion for Sophia as he does for his own wife (which was pretty darn low, so maybe that explains it), just hands her back to Ryder despite the fact that she was in a panic and bloody.

    Ryder was not considerate of Sophie on any level. A person who has suffered from physical abuse, manipulation, coercion, etc. is going to be a bit frightened and traumatized. What's the best way to keep her in line? Threaten to beat her, of course! He does that numerous times. He is not compassionate to her in any of their interactions (as people or sexually).

    Seems to me that the whole book was about Ryder trying to control her and Sophia trying to fight off her fears of that control after having been abused for so long.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Entry in the Bride Series... March 31, 2004
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Ryder Sherbrooke, a devil may care rake with seven illegitimate children, has journeyed across the ocean to Jamaica. His purpose is to investigate the reported supernatural occurrences at Kimberly Hall, the Sherbrooke sugar plantation.
    "It was said she had three lovers." This was the rumor circulating about Sophia Stanton-Greville, a nineteen-year-old English born lady who, after her parents died, was sent to Jamaica to live with her abusive uncle. Sophia is used to controlling men and getting what she wants. And what she wants is to add Ryder to her collection of lovers. Ryder believes she has ulterior motives for wanting him, and intends on finding out what they are, and showing her who's in control. Sophia may not be who she seems, and the more Ryder gets involved, the greater the danger.
    This is the second book in the Sherbrooke Bride series. A very enjoyable read that once begun, I had great difficulty putting down. When not reading it, I found my mind wandering back to the story until I could pick the book back up. In some ways this story was even better than the first book, "The Sherbrooke Bride". I love the character of Ryder, a fun-loving rake with a harem of lovers and a brood of illegitimate children. However, we find out some interesting things about Ryder, which make him even more endearing. Sophia was also a likeable character, and I felt the progression of her and Ryder's relationship, in regard to her history of trauma, was believable and handled well. While this story did have its humorous moments, it lacked the laugh out loud humor found in "The Sherbrooke Bride". On the other hand, the subplot of intrigue surrounding Sophia was more engrossing than the subplot of the first book.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    First things first: Catherine Coulter can write well. Her style, while not innovative, is solid and works, which was the main reason I kept reading "Hellion." But her characters and plotlines are all monotonous and boring. The hero, Ryder, is a holier-than-thou loverboy whom the author keeps congratulating for his charitable deeds and irresistable manliness. The heroine, Sophie, is equally annoying. Despite her bravery in the hands of the Two-Dimensional and Uninteresting Bad Guy, her manhating fury and other idiosyncracies get tedious fast. The bedroom scenes are hot, sexy and kinky enough to catch the attention of the modern reader, but they're hard to enjoy because of the marital rape in them, conveniently disguised as Ryder showing Sophie just how good sex can be--because of course he's right about everything. These people just aren't appealing or intelligent in any way, despite Coulter's attempts to paint them as such by oh-so-subtly throwing in an allusion to Rosseau. Their personalities don't make sense, the plot is thin and contrived, and just WHY the hero and heroine come to love each other is beyond me. Let's hope Ms. Coulter does better next time, because I get the feeling that she can.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Barbaric.......... August 22, 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is the second disturbing book I have read by Coulter. Her novels seem to be riddled with abuse; both mental and physical.

    If you're looking for a fairytale romance or any romance at all skip this book. This book was about an Englishman who goes to the Carribean to investigate ghosts/spirits haunting his brother's property. That storyline flatlines and instead Coulter focuses on this odd, completely disturbed, man-hating young lady that is forced to wed the Englishman for her own protection. That sounds heroic, but trust me it's not.

    There is absolutely nothing in this novel that makes you want to keep reading further.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing hero and heroine
    Love Ms. Coulter's writing. That being said I was disappointed in this book. I disliked Ryder (the hero) even though I tried to warm up to him. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Barbwire58
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great read
    Published 3 months ago by thomasina volkman
    1.0 out of 5 stars what a horrid horrible book
    Spoilers! I'l start by saying i don't mind extremes in hr s but this takes the cake . THE H is date raped as are other men , the h is abuse sexually but not raped since seventeen ,... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by allana
    3.0 out of 5 stars ok
    Ok. Not as good as other in series.
    Published 5 months ago by Hemingway888
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ryder & Sophie
    Title: The Hellion Bride
    Author: Catherine Coulter
    Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
    Rating: 3. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Pamela S.
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is part of the Sherbrooke Clan!
    Going from book to book in this series is like being there. They are a funny yet serious, romantic & devil may care family. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by PMS
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Bride Series
    I really love all the books in this series. This family is a blast to read about, Catherine Coulter makes you wish you were part of the story.
    Published 13 months ago by Tracyanne Carter
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
    This was a fun little novel with familiar characters and a little excitement thrown in. Ryder is a very nice handsome hero.
    Published 15 months ago by Lynne S. Datig
    1.0 out of 5 stars Glorifies Rape and Abuse
    I read the first Bride book by Coulter and was not hugely entertained but thought the second book was worth trying. Wrong. This book glorifies rape and abuse. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Alexandra
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bride series:
    I greatly enjoyed all the books in this series. Each story was different but fit into the overall family of brothers.
    Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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    Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh House, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take and TailSpin. She lives in northern California.

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