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Trapped by duty -- and the demands of his cruel,unyielding father -- Lord Gabriel Sinclair, the dark and moody Earl of Wakefield, is being forced to find a bride. But Gabriel plans an exquisite revenge on his cold-hearted parent: wedding the sultry, low-born Yankee wench who tried to steal his watch. Ragged and beautiful Cassie McClellan is desperate to escape her life ofTrapped by duty -- and the demands of his cruel,unyielding father -- Lord Gabriel Sinclair, the dark and moody Earl of Wakefield, is being forced to find a bride. But Gabriel plans an exquisite revenge on his cold-hearted parent: wedding the sultry, low-born Yankee wench who tried to steal his watch. Ragged and beautiful Cassie McClellan is desperate to escape her life of poverty -- and, therefore, willingly accepts the handsome, arrogant aristocrat's offer of marriage in name only. But neither is prepared for the awakening passions that will bind their fragile, damaged hearts -- or the blistering, sensual need that comples them both to surrender body and soul....

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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Gabriel's Bride Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-04-20 17:10

    This is a wonderful book, with the following caveat: Gabriel is a very cruel hero. He is a bitter man. So full of anger at his father that he often uses Cassie as a verbal punching bag. His father is after him to marry, so he picks a bride that he is absolutely sure will aggravate his father. Cassie is a poor, overworked tavern maid that he finds on the docks in America. He thinks she isn't virtuous, but it turns out that she is. He doesn't make her over or clean her up, but delivers her to his father in the condition he finds her. Then he abandons her. At first, his father is pretty mean to Cassie. But Cassie's wonderful and kind heart wins his regard. He is also impressed with her determination to better herself by reading and learning how to be a wife of a noblemen. When Gabriel comes back, he realized what a gem he's married.This is one of those books that I loved for the heroine, and for the beauty of the storytelling. Gabriel could use a hard knock upside his head with a shovel. That what I use as code for an uber-alpha hero who needs to be taken down a peg. The sensuality is steaming, although it seems whenever Gabriel makes love with his wife, he is driven by angry passion and rarely by tenderness. Gabriel does everything he can to drive his wife away, and finally he succeeds. It is then that realizes how much she means to him and goes to get her back. The ending of this book is so poignant that it is another reason I love it so much. I definitely recommend this book if you can handle a hero with a serious chip on his shoulder who has a tendency to be mean to the heroine. If so, it's worth reading, and I consider it a keeper.

  • Fani *loves angst*
    2019-03-28 16:11

    Gabriel, who stands to inherit a dukedom, marries a barmaid in order to frustrate his father whom he hates. The barmaid knows that his reason for marrying her is revenge but not quite the extent of his hatred for his father. In order to make her agree with his plans, Gabriel tells her he will make sure she will want for nothing AND their marriage is to be in name only. Cassie agrees and together they leave with his ship for England. Of course nothing goes as promised neither for Cassie nor for Gabriel.I came to care a lot for both of them pretty soon. Gabriel and Cassie as well, were well drawn characters with flaws and strengths and both very alone. They also had some skeletons in their closets, some pretty serious ones and not just something silly that will make the reader roll her eyes when revealed. But, it seems from early on that Cassie might be sweet and caring enough to offer Gabriel that which he's missing all his life: love. Of course he's too stubborn to see it and admit that what he feels for her is more than lust.The story is very intense, angsty and deeply emotional. My heart was aching the whole time from the struggles those two had to go through. However, Gabriel became a jerk after a while, saying things he never should have to her, but Cassie's reaction at a later point was exactly the same. And then, she said them again. And instead of clearing their misunderstandings, both of them chose to stick to their pride and risk loosing each other. More than once. That fact (the more than once, not that there was a misunderstanding) along with Cassie's difficulty at the end to actually trust the man she loved, are the sole reason this didn't get a 5 stars rating for me.Highly recommended but for romance readers not looking for a PC story.

  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    2019-04-18 14:59

    This book was pretty horrible. It wasn't well-written, yet it was still readable, which explains how I managed to finish it.At first I was intrigued. It was kind of an unusual setup with an English earl picking an American tavern wench as a wife to spite his father. Okay, I can go with that. Gabriel offers Cassie a pretty sweet deal: she'll be his wife, never want for anything for the rest of her life, and as a bonus, he agrees that she won't even have to sleep with him.Yet for some reason Cassie isn't looking at this situation the right way. In Charleston she had resorted to theft and formed a tentative plan to work as a seamstress, but now she's going to live an easy life, wanting for NOTHING. She'll be so comfortable and secure. It was either marry Gabriel or be turned in for her theft. But all she does is rail at him for no reason, constantly. So annoying.I knew Gabriel was going to be a cruel hero, and that wasn't something that bothered me. He eventually decides to consummate the marriage, of course, and ends up raping Cassie because he thought she'd slept with a lot of men in her life as a tavern wench. Only when he finds out she was a virgin is he sorry... and then he immediately turns the whole thing into her fault. Naturally. His desires are uncontrollable, you see.Even that would have been fine if he learned from the situation (he didn't, and went on to rape her again). But he was stupidly jealous, always suspecting Cassie of infidelity on the basis of nothing. In her defense she speaks up for herself and even leaves him (twice). But of my god, these characters were so stupid. Their behavior was in line with familiar tropes (spirited heroine, bitter hero, fighting with each other because they're dissatisfied in some way), but their motivations and feelings weren't explained as well as in some other romances. It just made the whole book bizarre and annoying. Like, WHY are you people acting like this? GET IT TOGETHER. Gabriel turned everything back around on Cassie to make it her fault (EVERY SINGLE THING). Cassie randomly falls in love with Gabriel even though he's never once shown her a moment's tenderness.This was in the style of older bodice rippers but without the give-no-fucks panache, uninspiring writing, and the merest sliver of historical detail.

  • Mou
    2019-04-11 16:10

    The book was OK in the beginning. I understand why Gabriel hates his father. But, marrying a girl to take revenge against his father is not a good idea. Gabriel marries Cassandra, a lowborn Yankee wench and exactly those are the things Edmund, Gabriel's father hate. At some point, I like Cassandra. She is brave and tries to accept her position as a countess and learn how to be a proper lady, even learn how to read and write. Gabriel was cruel and rude to her. He insulted her every time. When he found out that she was a virgin, he got angry because she didn't tell him earlier. But still, Cassandra try to understood Gabriel and support him in front of his father. For all of this reason, I respect Cassandra. I didn't like Gabriel at first, he is arrogant, rude, cruel and mean. But Author explained why he is like that. While I was reading the book, I clearly saw that how confused and twisted his feeling was for Cassandra. Later he understands what kind of person Cassandra was. But one thing was very disappointing that he still insulted her without any valid reason and didn't trust her at all with another mans. When Cassandra confessed that she was pregnant again Gabriel got angry and this time Cassandra left. After he found her, they make amends and I truly felt that Gabriel was changed for good. The baby was born and everyone was happy. Until that point, the book was ok but, It was the last three chapters that actually ruined the book for me. In the beginning of the book, someone tries to kill Cassandra, but without any valid reason, she accused Gabriel. She thought Gabriel dislike her and that's why he tries to kill her. I mean seriously, disliking a person is one thing and killing a person is entirely a different thing. Another thing is, at that time of the book Gabriel already told her that "please don't leave me again" while they were making love. So how Cassandra thought that it was Gabriel who is the killer. I know he was not good to her, but that doesn't mean he will kill her. After solving this mess, Cassandra said sorry to Gabriel and they both confessed they loved each other and live happily ever after. Bullshit, If you love someone then without thinking further you don't accused him as your killer. Without that last drama, I would have given this book three stars.

  • Aggie
    2019-04-07 15:06

    Oh dear God! Someone shoot me? For two people who supposedly love each other, these two have about zero - and I mean, absolute zero - trust in each other. I didn't see how Cassie fell in love with the Gabriel. Unless it's some weird Stockholm Syndrome. I mean, he manipulates her into wedding him & constantly degrades her by calling her a whore - despite her constantly telling him she doesn't give her favors easily. Then rapes her one night, then gets mad at HER for not telling him she is a virgin. Plays hot and cold with her. Meanwhile, she's now in love with him. (Wait. Whaaaaaaaa?) She gets knocked up. He yells at her. She leaves. He's distraught. He brings her back. She gives birth. He's smitten with the child. He is constantly jealous of every other male whom she interacts with. She's distraught he won't sleep with her. Someone's trying to kill her. She immediately blames him. She moves in with her friend / his almost ex fiancé / neighbor. She trusts him now. Turns out it's his ex fiancé's dad. They love each other. The end. Me: WTF did I just read? *blink blink*

  • Lynsey A
    2019-04-25 16:13

    This is actually a 3.5 star for me. This was a good read and found myself on an emotional rollercoaster along with Cassie. Yes, Gabriel was a cruel hero and said very hurtful things to Cassie. However, his anguish over her disappearance certainly tugged at my heartstrings. One of the reasons I didn't give this a full 4 stars is even though Gabriel did redeem himself over his treatment of Cassie I wanted him to be a little nicer to her after she returned and the baby was born. Another reason is Cassie's belief that Gabriel was the one trying to kill her. It just didn't fit with me. Up until the last attempt she never had a thought Gabriel might be the guilty party. I don't know. I just felt if she loved Gabriel as we were told then she wouldn't have believed him capable of something like that. Unlike His Wicked Ways, I didn't get the warm and fuzzies about this romance. Oh, it was romantic but I liked the romance of His Wicked Ways more than Gabriel's Bride. It seemed the love story was more intense in HWW. Maybe it was because of the cruelty of the hero. I do plan to read more of Samantha James's books. I think she's a great writer and tells a wonderful story.This was still a good read.

  • Slavena
    2019-03-30 18:49

    The way I came upon this book is by reading a post regarding pregnant heroines. I first read Annie’s Song and was fascinated by the story and the characters in it, so I decided to give this book a try.Cassie is a barmaid in Charleston, her mom is dead and she doesn’t know who her father is, regardless of her situation she is very bright girl and a hard worker and is looking for a way out though none is forthcoming, until the night her boss sends her to the room of Gabriel. Gabriel is captivated by her beauty and her spirit and he wants her in his bed, he thinks her one of the bar harlots, however Cassie manages to evade him and snatches his golden watch. Early next morning the Earl finds out she stole her watch chases her down and retrieves it. Gabriel’s father wants to marry him off and secure the dukedom by getting a heir since his eldest son passed away, however Gabriel has had a troublesome childhood with a father who did not love him and marries Cassie to spite him.He gets her to her father in the same dirty and disheveled state he finds her in. Cassie however manages to win everybody and even her husbands affections despite her lowly birth.I loved Cassie, she won me from the start, however Gabriel is a hero that to me was unredeemable. He was spiteful and mean to the very end. I honestly wanted someone to come and rescue her from him because he was utterly undeserving. I believe that Gabriel’s character is the reason the book is not receiving 5star ratings. If he had any human emotions in him he would have been different. Despite the main hero’s character this book’s pages flew. I applaud books that make me want to read them in one sitting and this was one of them.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-12 19:07

    I loved everything about this book. Gabriel is the ultimate alpha hero. Hard and brooding and bitter and yes even cruel! The emotional roller coaster journey between Gabriel and Cassie is just thrilling!Gabriel, a duke has to marry not because he wants to but because his hateful father orders him so. In America he meets Cassie, a poor uneducated tavern maid and decides to marry her as an act of defiance and revenge against his father. Cassie accepts cause she is miserable and desperate to escape the tavern/brothel she works in. She begs him to be a marriage in name only and he agrees. But when they arrive in England things get a bit complicated. I have such a soft spot for a marriage of convenience story and the baby theme! I liked how both Cassie and Gabriel were tormented sad souls. They both suffered, they both had bad childhoods, they both feel unwanted and insecure. Hero having the impression that Cassie is a whore is super possessive and jealous of Cassie's friendship with his best friend. Cassie is strong and fiesty but she is also vulnerable and starved for love and attention. She hates how Gabriel sees her as a weapon to use against his father. His anger and indifference hurt her badly. "Why why do you hate me?" she cried brokenly. "Will you always hate me?"His reaction to her pregnancy was beyond cruel and Cassie's fear and tears broke my heart. "If I had to be burdened with a wife, why did I have to choose you? Why couldn't you have been barren?"Towards the end though it was Cassie who became a paranoid and her lack of trust, her belief that Gabriel wanted to kill her and the mean things she said to him are the reasons I gave 4 stars. Still SJ definitely kept me on the edge of my seat with this one, the angst, the drama, the sexiness, my emotions were all over the place!

  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
    2019-04-20 13:50

    I can't get into this one. DNF on pg 100.

  • Anisashraf
    2019-04-16 17:53

    must read book !!!this book totally surprised me, never thought this book so tempting, but it is. now, this book becomes one of my fav books!!!first step, prepared tissue because certain scenes very sad enough... sobbbbb

  • Twiggy
    2019-04-12 20:51

    3.5-4 pointsLord Gabriel Sinclair , Earl of Wakefield, is heir to the Duke of Farleigh. He was the duke's second son by a second wife and the duke unfortunately makes it clear to both his new wife and Gabriel that he does not love them but is committed to the memory of his dead first wife and his first son, Stuart. In the end the situation becomes too much for lady Caroline to bear and she drowns herself. Gabriel is aware of this but his father is totally oblivious. When Stuart dies, the duke can not forgive Gabriel for being alive and they have a very destructive relationship. Gabriel is visiting Charleston in South Carolina with his friend christopher. Stuart had died in the battle of New Orleans and his father was insisting that he marry stuart's betrothed instead when he returned to England. They are at in inn, when Gabriel spots one of the bar maids, cassie, who is trying her best to avoid male attention. cassie is intimidated by Gabriel and is frightened of him from the outset. She she spills a drink on him, the inn keeper forces her to go to his room, making it clear that he expects her to sleep with him in order to make it up. Cassie has managed to hang on to her virtue and is desperate not to end up as a whore. She goes to his room under duress. Gabriel is simply obnoxious to her, referring to her a yank and offering her a hand full of silver to bed with him. She makes it clear that she is unwilling but he forcefully kisses her. Eventually he lets her leave but she steals his watch on the way out. Cassie leaves the inn hoping to sell to watch and escape from her current circumstances. Gabriel realises it is missing and catches her. There is a confrontation with the inn keeper and in the end Gabriel indicates that he will marry her as he wants to get back at his father. After some reluctance Cassie agrees, but on the basis that she will not have to share his bed. They marry and sail that day for England. He continues to refer to her throughout as Yank, and it grates not only on the heroine but also on the reader. Cassie finds the journey traumatic as her mother had once tried to kill her by pushing her into the sea. After a bad storm, Gabriel realises that the marriage was not binding useless consummated and he holds Cassie down with the intention of doing the deed but is stopped when she refers to the possibility of pregnancy. When they get to England, he brings her to the family estate, where he confronts his father, indicating that Cassie is a tavern doxy and also a thief. His father hates Americans in particular as they killed his first wife and later stuart died in battle. Cassie is upset at being used as a pawn between father and son. Gabriel then effectively abandons her and returns to London. Cassie speaks to the duke and informs him that whilst she worked in an ale house she was never a whore. Initially the duke also rejects her. Evelyn ( stuart's betrothed) makes friends with her and teaches her how to act as a lady. Christopher also helps out, teaching her to dance and how to ride. When Gabriel returns he is jealous of Christopher and demands to know whether she has lain with him. He kisses Cassie but releases her only for her to be shot. He takes her back to London to introduce her to the ton. Gabriel again abandons her at a function but Cassie is a hit and does well. The duke is pleased at cassie's conduct and decides to hold a ball. When he speaks to her about the arrangements he discovers that she is illiterate and undertakes to teach her. Gabriel presents her with a diamond necklace for the ball but spoils things by suggesting that as she was a whore she should thank him in the obvious way. When he asks her whether she would rather whore for one man rather than all men, she slaps him. On the dance floor, he again casts aspersions on her relationshipbwith Christopher. When they get back from the ball, Gabriel makes it clear he intends to bed cassie. She is frightened and resists. He becomes angry and forces himself on her. He realises that she was a virgin but can not stop. He remonstrates with her but she points out that he would believe what he wanted and do want he wanted anyway and she tells him she hates him.The next day cassie's carriage is attacked and she is assaulted. She returns home in a state of shock. Gabriel had already been feeling guilty about what had happened and looks after her. He is worried that the attack is not a coincidence and they return to farnleigh. Their relationship developes and on occasions Gabriel is charming and she starts to feel attracted to him. Gabriel and his father have words and the duke tells him he wished that g was dead instead of Stuart. She asks gabriel about the reasons for his estrangement with his father. She goes to him that night and although initially frightened, they make love and this time G makes good on his talk about being a decent lover. Cassie later confronts the duke about his actions and he finally starts to consider that his conduct towards Gabriel has been shameful.Cassie falls pregnant and when he finds out, Gabriel is furious and again abandons her to return to London, blaming her for the situation and making cruel and despicable comments. After a short time in London he comes to grip with himself and realises he has behaved as a cad. But when he returns to farnleigh it is to find that Cassie has disappeared. Gabriel is devastated at the consequences of his actions, especially when he realises that she took hardly anything with her and had little or no money. For months they can not find her, but he accidentally comes across her working as a waitress in an inn. He takes her home and the baby is born somewhat prematurely but is all right. After the birth the baby does well but Gabriel is cold towards Cassie and she starts to feel rejected. He sees her kiss christopher on the cheek in friendship and becomes jealous again. He is cold and angry and pushes her onto the bed where he then forces himself into her painfully. She tells him that Christopher loves Evelyn. He expresses remorse( again) and then she asks him to love her and the sex becomes consensual.Someone tries to poison Cassie and she fears for her safety and she goes to stay with Evelyn. Gabriel begs her to stay and tells her that he loves her but out of guilt he offers her a separation but tells her that their child must be raised as his son. Evelyn's father suggests that she flee and says he will make arrangements to get her to Ireland.on the carriage ride away she realises that she does trust Gabriel and believes that he loves her. The bad guy is revealed when he tries to kill her. Gabriel rescues Cassie and there are reconiliations between father and son and husband and wife. They all live hea....Gabriel is a bit of selfish brute. He does what ever he wants with little consideration to others and in particular Cassie and seems to spend half the time then having to apologise for his actions. Cassie is too forgiving for her own good and the second stint as a waitress was somewhat incredible given her education and status at that stage. The mystery part of the novel felt as if it had been a bit of an after thought and I felt was unnecessary for the wider book. Nonetheless enjoyable.

  • Bea
    2019-04-02 21:02

    It's been about 20 years since I first read this and after all this time I still consider this a keeper. Although, this second time around I am a bit more picky, which is why I'm giving it 4.75 stars. There was unnecessary drama on the h's part towards the end and I really wish there was an epilogue! Maybe a scene with an older Jonathan, a baby sibling, doting parents and grandfather.

  • Mahak
    2019-04-21 17:13

    Enjoyed it, It could turn out better if hero was less jerk & heroine had enough sense. There are some loop holes & some sudden change of emotions that confuse me. Plot was interesting. Will look for more books of this author.

  • PepperP0t
    2019-03-31 16:52

    4.25stars reallyAs the younger son Gabriel Sinclair was fine making his way in the world though he was filled with resentment for his father in general. But then his elder brother died and Gabriel's hated father has reminded Gabriel that he is now the Duke, that it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. Gabriel agrees to marry but insists he travel to America to finish some business first. While there, Gabriel is charmed by local barmaid Cassie McClellan who's not being treated kindly by either the bar patrons or the barkeep. As punishment for an infraction, the barkeep forces Cassie to go to Gabriel's room hoping he will accept a night with Cassie in the form of an apology for poor service. But Cassie is deft enough to convince Gabriel that she is not the woman he wants but she steals from him in an attempt to make good her planned escape from life as a bar wench. Gabriel discovers the theft and bargains with Cassie to not press charges against her in exchange for her becoming his bride. Hesitantly Cassie agrees not knowing what was to become of her but manages to wrench a promise from Gabriel that their marriage in name only and he will always provide for her. Cassie's sweet innocence made her an instantly sympathetic and likable character. Gabriel was in turns angry, arrogant, mean, cruel and spiteful accenting his strength but not so much likable characterization. Gabriel's father, Edmund, also has no love for Cassie as he sees her as a blight on the family name not only is she an untitled, poor, and in his mind a bar whore she adds to all these insults by being American. In short his opinion is no different than his Gabriel's. Gabriel's friend Christopher and his brother's fiancé Lady Evelyn are enchanted by Cassie and make every effort to teach her all she needs to know for her station, unknown to Gabriel and his father Edmund. Once Cassie is presented to society she is an instant hit frustrating the Sinclair men as they continue to use her as a tool to hurt each other. The writing here is smooth and paced evenly with carefully crafted characters. The storyline is good with enough obstacles to ensure happiness is earned and not given when the story winds to conclusion. There are a couple of objectionable scenes that work well in context but some readers will find offensive. The minor mystery of seemingly random accidents and ill fortune befalling our heroine is also woven in quite well with a deliciously, maniacally, demented villain. Overall, I enjoyed this tale and think it's a great read to while away the afternoon.

  • Onelovestorie
    2019-04-18 14:55

    Why do so many authors shove words down the throats of readers? The whole book can be summed up with the following words:Casey: "I had never been so angered..." "I have never been so insulted..." "I have never been so ashamed..." "I have never been so frustrated..."Repeat, reuse, recycle. This was pretty much her mantra for the whole book. Gabriel: "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank" "Yank"He said it enough times that I was thoroughly exhausted by reading the words and offended in place of the female lead. There was a page in which he says it after every sentence, at least 7 times. Sheer endurance kept me reading this book since it's almost impossible for me to stop reading a book once I start. Plus a bit of bullheadedness as well.

  • Desi
    2019-04-17 17:59

    leído en Oct 2010Me EN-CAN-TÓ!! que historia más bonita y en partes triste pero muy romántica...!!

  • Kathy Love
    2019-04-12 16:53

    An all-time favorite of mine. I love the characters and the angst.

  • Copper78
    2019-04-06 15:14

    I hated Gabriel, the "hero". Let me be clear that I love a alpha male, rogue, dark hero. But this guy was cruel to Cassie on a very regular basis, seemed to have no interest in her other than sexually and he was never made to grovel or truly atone for his atrocious behavior. He said vicious things, "raped" his wife twice. Of course the heroine barely blinked twice about that. Even when the hero was upset that she left, he was STILL mean when she was back home with him. I liked the heroine ok but what on earth did she see in this asshole??

  • Dayna
    2019-04-03 17:00

    The last time I read this book was, according to my reading diary, 2001. So 14 years. My god. That’s a long time. I’ve found that when I reread some of my favourite romances that I haven’t reread in years, they don’t hold up to the greatness that I remembered in my mind. My reading tastes have changed significantly over the years, and I also notice weaknesses in writing and construction a lot more than I would have ever used to.Gabriel’s Bride, however, withstood the test of time and proved to be a fantastic emotional read. Samantha James did a beautiful job with this one. It’s funny, but considering my shoddy memory, I remembered some of the more emotional and impactful scenes with quite a lot of clarity. There are some absolutely beautiful heart-wrenching passages in this book that still hit the spot with me.I did have a few niggly issues here and there, and there is also the rather large issue of the “forced seduction.” Of course, when this book was written this was the accepted norm. It’s probably really the only narrative device that came across as outdated, otherwise this book would stand up to any of the romances of today and possibly kick their butt. I’m so glad that I enjoyed this as much as I did, because it always sucks when the memory of the book doesn’t live up to that memory in reality.

  • May
    2019-04-21 16:10

    Gabriel is the 2nd child of a Duke. His father have always loved his elder brother Stuart. He grew up hating his father so after his mother passed away he cut all connections with him until his brother was killed in war. Now he is an earl and a future Duke. He must do his father bedding but he doesn't want. he only wants Vengeance and here comes our heroine's part. Cassie is a barmaid. Her mother abandoned her as a child and she never knew her father. Her friend and mother figure has just passed away during childbirth. One day a handsome Earl asks her what she has never given a man before -to lay with him-. She steals from him so she can leave this horrid place but She is caught .. Our Story Begin :)(view spoiler)[Well there are 2 things I disliked in this book:1. How Gabriel kept accusing her of cuckolding him.2. How she kept accusing him of having a mistress and of wanting to kill her.I loved the whole Baby angst drama <3 What can i do I love a good a angst with a happy ever after .. *sigh*(hide spoiler)]

  • Eve Hart
    2019-04-04 21:00

    I first read this book years ago, and I remember it fondly. Sadly, now that I've read so many other, better books, there are things about the book that now annoy me.Has this book always had flip-flopping POVs? In the span of a single page, the POV would change 4-5 times! That's ridiculous. I read through the book as fast as I could so that I didn't spend too much time trying to figure out who was talking or thinking.It is still an emotional story - the asshole heroine, his asshole father, the weepy and annoying heroine... I'm glad Cassie left Gabriel, I just wish she hadn't spent so much time crying. He was a douche, he didn't deserve your tears and he didn't deserve your regard--at least not until he actually FULLY realized what a asshole douche he'd been.Overall, this was a trip into my past that fed my nostalgia but soured by memory.

  • Aathira Kamal
    2019-03-27 14:52

    I'd have liked this book much more if I can stomach the hero's bullshit like everybody else. My heart broke for the little boy in the prologue and I thought no matter how hard he turns out later in life I'm gong to love this boy. How mistaken I was! I couldn't find a single reason to justify his behavior towards the heroine and even after they had their HEA at the end of the book I couldn't help it but hate him still.The book started of very well and I was really hooked for a while. Then it started to go on a downfall and kept on falling until the point at which I just didn't care anymore. I finished the book just because I had nothing better to do last night.This is my first book by this author and I liked her writing style if not the story line. I'm definitely going to look through her other works.

  • Susan (the other Susan)
    2019-04-18 16:09

    It's been many years since I read this, and I only had to see the title to remember the childish viciousness of this particular rapist " hero." I was a lot less judgemental back then, when dubious consent was common in the bodice rippers I happily devoured, but this one stood out as particularly ugly. Gabriel is consistently cruel and hateful, using the powerless heroine as a constant scapegoat for every wrong, real or imagined, in his nasty little life. I wanted him to grow the hell up. By the time he did, the book was pretty much over. The heroine adored him throughout, of course. Doormat!

  • Anika
    2019-04-06 20:07

    I gave this book 3 stars based solely on the pluck of the heroine. She was put into a situation where she could have crumbled, but she didn't. Instead, she was determined to make herself better and prepared for the world she was dropped into. The hero was a heartless ass who, even though he predictably realized his love for the heroine at the end, was cold and bent on using her to humiliate his father.

  • THEBEAM
    2019-03-29 16:05

    ลังเลระหว่าง 3 กะ 4 ??????งั้นเอา 4 ไปละกันนะ โฮะๆ เพราะชอบอ่านดราม่าสุดๆ มันบีบจิตดี แต่มันน่าจะมากกว่านี้หน่อย (ซาดิสนะยะหล่อน 555)แต่เนื้อเรื่องมันเบาๆ พล็อตลึกลับ ปองร้าย ตามฆ่า มีไม่มากเท่าไหร่ เกือบไม่มีเลยว่างั้นเหอะส่วนมากเล่นกับอารมณ์คนอ่านมากกว่า ก็อ่านได้เรื่อยๆนะ เอ๊ะหรือจะลดดาวดีเนี้ย ลังเลๆ

  • Jultri
    2019-04-18 20:46

    4.5. Emotional angsty story about a man who took a common Yankee barmaid as his bride in order to spite his father, a duke. Instead she slowly warmed her way into their hearts and demonstrated far greater innate class than most peers can lay claim to. Just short of perfect due to hero's brutality in their first sexual encounter.

  • Leidi Abegail
    2019-03-27 13:47

    It was so wonderful

  • Rose
    2019-04-26 17:59

    Good plot lines throughout, though a very frustrating read. Simply put Gabriel is a very arrogant and an unliked character for me in this book all the way through until the last chapter. I've felt so sorry for poor Cassie all the way through calling her 'Yank'! Even at his disgusting words at her pregnancy...Well guess what Lord Gabriel? It takes two to tango. Grrrr!

  • Ids Fuentes
    2019-04-22 18:02

    Only enjoyed reading 1/3 of the story...

  • Arzoo Sy
    2019-04-01 21:01

    I don't know why it took me so long to read one of Samantha James' earliest works. I should have done it sooner ( i love her Perfect Trilogy and Just One Kiss) I had heard so much praise for this book and I was excited and curious to read it.. And let me just say I was totally NOT AT ALL disappointed or let down. This book took my breath away. I started this book this morning and I am already done. I just could not put it down. Marriage of convenience involving two very imperfect people with a baby story is my weakness.I love those storylines and Gabriel'a bride is definitely going on the fav list now. Gabriel is twisted, brooding and so so dark that you cannot help but fall for him. He is so intense in everything he does, driven by his up bleak childhood, being the invisible son forever in the shadow of the elder brother who was his father's golden child, and his mother's loss and treatment at the hand of his father. These insecurities drive what sort of man he is and one minute you are swearing at him for being who he is and next scene you emphathize with his fractured soul. That is what makes him sexy and irresistible. I loved loved Cassie, there is a steely quite determination in her, that is typical of the author's heroines. Her defiance and pride in face of Gabriel, with specks of vulnerabilty and eagerness to make sthin of herself, prove everyone wrong and be a lady is endearing and what a heartwarming journey.In this way both Gabriel and Cassie are meant for each other. Both are tortured souls, kindred spirits who find each other, are stuck together in a marriage meant for vengeance and somehow realize they understand the other's pain, identify the need to be loved and love and perceive the desire to belong/accepted for what they are. It's a beautiful realization on both parts..and the best part of the book.Yes as they are both stubborn and not willing to concede or lose control, and it takes them a while to learn the sweet lesson but it is so worth it. I love how Gabriel admits the wall of ice around his heart thaws when he is around Cassie and she in return feel safe and wanted with them. They both become mature and more open by the end of the book, and Cassie really pushes him to be better man. Gabriel is aware of his imperfections and admits that he he has been cruel and callous to Cassie. She gives her best shot to him, not backing down but once she understands why he is acting like that you can detect her empathy and tenderness towards him. A brave heroine who makes the hero comes to his knees with her courage and defiance, Cassie is a delight to read. Gabriel is a pleasure to explore, as a hero. Loved this book, the couple are so well suited with gallons of chemistry that just jumps off the pages. Finally the secondary couple Christoper and Evelyne are adorable and provide great support to the core couple.