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Length: 418 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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In a display of what poses as wit in this Regency novel, the first of a trilogy, Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe, tells his wife Alexandra that she is "as amusing as a boil on a backside." Unfortunately, he's right. Worse, bestselling romancer Coulter's ( Earth Song ) lame story is no more amusing. The tale begins when Douglas is dispatched to France on a secret mission for the British government just as he is to marry the beautiful Melissande Chambers. He sends his cousin Tony Parrish to act as his proxy during the ceremony, but the bride and substitute groom fall in love and elope. They return to carry on with the proxy wedding, making Melissande's younger sister Alexandra the bride. Douglas is predictably annoyed when he returns and arrogantly makes this very clear to his unwanted wife. He rebuffs Alexandra's attempts to earn his favor until she wises up and tries to run off; then he decides to keep her. To prevent things from getting too cozy Coulter resurrects the poorly developed spy subplot and has Alexandra kidnapped. Douglas and Tony take off in pursuit, evil is vanquished and everybody who is supposed to be happy ends up that way.
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''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, praise for the author

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  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0515107662
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (April 1, 1992)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 1992
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OCXI9Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Catherine Coulter is the New York Times bestselling author of 75 books. Her hugely popular FBI thrillers include The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh House, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, Tail Spin, Knockout, Whiplash, Split Second, Backfire, Bombshell, Power Play and Nemesis. She has a new international thriller series -- A Brit in the FBI -- co-written with JT Ellison. These include The Final Cut, The Lost Key and The End Game. Also coming out soon is the first in her novella series, starring Grayson Sherbrooke (from the Sherbrooke historical romance series), titled The Strange Visitation at Wolffe Hall. Coulter lives in northern California with her three thriller cats and her thriller husband.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Leung on October 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
As of today, THE SHERBROOKE BRIDE, is my favorite novel by Catherine Coulter. Honestly, after I read MAD JACK, I was thinking about giving up on her books. But I remembered that I enjoyed reading THE HELLION, as well recalled that THE SHERBROOKE BRIDE is the first book in the Bride trilogy, and decided to give it a try. And you know what? I enjoyed it tremendously!
Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe is twenty-eight and believes it has come time for him to marry. He remembers the VERY beautiful Melissande Chambers, and believes her to be the perfect wife. However, when Douglas goes off to France and sends his cousin, Tony to marry him to Melissande by proxy, everything goes wrong from that point on. Tony decides to marry Melissande himself, and marry Douglas to Melissande's younger sister, Alexandra Chambers. Alexandra has loved Douglas for three years, since she was fifteen. When Douglas returns home to his estate, excited and hoping to see Melissande waiting for him in his bedchamber, he comes across Alexandra who is total stranger to him. He soon finds out the truth from Tony, and begins treating Alex horribly. Near the beginning of the story, Alexandra puts up with Douglas' mean insults, hoping in her heart that Douglas will come to accept her. But gearing near the middle of the story, she loses hope and tries (many times, for your information) to return home, but Douglas always manages to stop her. ;) Awwww[...] Soon the plot thickens, when Douglas' enemies from France come to England to harass him. However that is not the main plot of the story, you only get a glimpse of that near the beginning and the end of the story. The focus of the novel is, 'How does Douglas eventually fall in love with his wife?' That is the mystery, and the only way to find out is: Read the book.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I tried reading a Catherine Coulter book a few years ago and didn't like her style or her characters. Then I read all these 5 star reviews about this book, Sherbrooke Bride, and thought I'd give her a second chance. Well- I'm really sorry I wasted my time. Her characters are hurtful and indescribably mean. The things Douglas says to Alex early in the book are unforgivable. But of course, she not only forgives him, she LOOOVES him. Alex is sweet, bouncy, hopeful and smiling. Douglas beats every bit of that joyful personality out of her. WITH WORDS of course, not physical beating. But still. That's a real form of abuse. And the consummation of their marriage? Disgusting. Rough, hurtful, full of tears - and when he had a chance to at least apologize - he walks away. Leaves the room. The other reviewers talk about the humour of the book. You want humour? Read Jennifer Crusie and Jacquie D'Alessandro. You want heartfelt emotion and tears? Read Mary Jo Putney and Penelope Williamson. You want steamy romance? Try Nicole Jordan and Jasmine Cresswell. Try anything but this.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because of its rating at Amazon.com which is always reliable, unfortunately not with this one. I was actually attracted to the story line but after finishing the book, I just didn't have a good night sleep as I always do after reading romance. My disappointment could be listed as follows:
1) I hate sex scenes in this book very much. They just have no feelings at all, the way the hero makes love to the heroine. It is pure lust and it just can't convince me how the heroine is being attached to the hero's intimate [chest] most adorable and the author keeps repeating this times and times again and that really [upset me]. I also just couldn't find any reason why the hero finally falls for the heroine at the end, except for her breasts. Its lack of sensuality made me skip lots of sex scenes in this book. (it's probably because I read this book after finishing Stephanie Laurens' `Devil's Bride` and `A Secret Love`, which contain very sensual, intimate and beautiful love scenes).
2) I was actually enjoyed the first half of the book when the heroine tries very hard to make her point and make a stand with the hero. It really shows a great leap of development on the heroine's character, given the fact that she was so terribly soft and would give up everything (including her self-esteem) to please the hero at the start. We did actually see her development in that respect when she makes her way out of the hero's life (although unsuccessfully). HOWEVER, the latter half of the book is quite boring. It just couldn't get my attention anymore when the main point is all about the hero's insistence that what's happening between them is pure lust and not love.
3) Unlike other authors, Stephanie Laurens or Johanna Lindsey, for example, C.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Nie on August 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm mainly writing to disagree with some of the negative reviews. I was aprehensive about reading this book because of the reported abuse, etc.

The abuse Douglas dishes out was in retaliation and totally understandable for someone finding themselves trapped in marriage to a stranger. But hopefully readers will notice that it doesn't last very long and that the heroine reacts admirably well (she fights back). True, I would've liked it if Alex made Douglas suffer in the end, but he's not stupid and realizes what he's done and what he's now got.

As to the rape..... I wouldn't quite call it that. It's true that the first and second time were painful for Alex and Douglas was insensitive, but Alex does love Douglas and their subsequent couplings are gratifying for both parties. And if he's a bit immature afterwords trying to find excuses for his lack of control, it's because the feeling is so totally foreign to him. It's actually cute how he goes wild, and a proof of how much she effects him. He's usually so in control of everything, including lovemaking that it's good that he loses it with Alex, and she is far from complaining.

The only thing that got to me about "Sherbrooke Bride" was that the background history was lacking (such as why Alex fell in love with Douglas in the first place when she was 15), and that the ending seemed a bit too goody-goody. There were no deaths (not that there has to be). The "villain" isn't really a villain, and the real villain is just humiliated for punishment (trying not to give too much away here). Also the ending "explaination" of the Virgin Bride was unsatisfactory.

The surprisingly good parts were the dialogue and humor, which were excellent in my opinion. I laughed out loud several times.
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