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Dream Fever

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  258 ratings  ·  20 reviews

A proud and gallant aristocrat, he was exiled to New Zealand for a crime committed in defense of a woman's honor. Now disgraced and disowned, he lives as a simple sheep farmer—nursing his bitterness in silence...and solitude.


The lovely and spirited daughter of an English courtesan, she flees the dire consequences of a tragic, impetuous act to seek sanctuary i
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Avon Books
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Hmm.....where do I even begin?

This book has EVERYTHING that I love in a great romance. A mail-order bride, characters with difficult pasts, a beautiful setting, incredible secondary characers, and most importantly...a truly believable love story.

To quickly summarize....Nicholas Sabre is a woman hater thanks to his mother and his former love interest. He doesn't trust or believe in love. Summer O'Neil is an illegitimate child of an Earl and his mistress. She longs for stability and a family of
Nicholas is the younger son of an earl, and he's had a lot of butt-hurt in his young life, watching both of his parents having multiple affairs, plus his mother finally ran-off to India with an officer (they were offed in the rebellion). He's spent his youth drinking and gambling (a poor gambler at that, he needed pops to bail him out), but he's finally found true love with a pure woman (fool!), and he calls out the man who questions the woman's virtue.

Nicholas is the better shot, his opponent
3.5/5. Nicholas Sabre, the estranged son of an English Earl, was transported to New Zealand after he killed a man during a duel, in a misguided attempt to defend his duplicitous fiancee's honour. Angry and bitter he chose to live a simple and isolated existence as a sheep farmer. Tricked into signing a marital contract by proxy while inebriated, he did not bargain on a young feisty Irish lass, Summer, knocking on the door of his humble tiny abode claiming to be his mail-order bride. Interesting ...more
In some ways DREAM FEVER reminded me of a bodice ripper. First published in 1991, this was past the days when this genre was so popular. Our hero, Nicholas, was a young man who grew up under privileged circumstances. Because of his parents sexual liaisons with others, he had a very angry childhood. By the time he was twenty-one, he gambled, drank and whored his way through his father's money and his parent had enough. To make matters worse, Nick thought he had fallen in love. He dueled with anot ...more
sweet romance which had been almost perfect from the beginning to the end. it kept me reading in one sitting, and there wasn't a moment to spare! budding romance, the uncertainty of their relationship, rivaling factions clashing (though its dissolvement was quite dubious; surely there must be one or two qualified midwives lying around) - all was perfectly blended. not only the story was well balanced and well paced, it was really..well.. well written. the dialogues were as real as you can get fr ...more
4.5 stars!
Sweet, but there were a couple of times he said stuff that made me take a step back, like where she said if he didn't love her she'd leave and find someone who did, and he said "Over my dead body, Irish...and yours." Um...what?
A true bodice-ripper, with a bit of an asshole hero who, if you don't mind the occasional homicidal statement, grows on you.
Lynsey A
Finally, a book ny Katherine Sutcliffe that lived up to my favorites book of hers, A Fire in the Heart. I still like that one better but definitely enjoyed this one more than her others I most recently read.

This was a sweet love story with a bit of sadness thrown in as well.

This one is a keeper.
Jun 29, 2011 Audrey marked it as owned-tbr
Shelves: historical
OMG, I can't wait for this to get here in the mail!
Tee Nitcher
bodice ripper?, nah, I wouldn't call it one. Except a mildly rough scene half way in. Nicely written w/ just a little spice.

I adored Summer. And, I learned a bit about sheep. Worth the read.
Mar 24, 2012 Kat rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kat by: Jessica
Shelves: 2012
I was looking for the frothiest book in my collection, and I found this in the bag of books I brought back from my last visit with Jess. It didn't disappoint.
ಠಠ *shakes head* ...more
Wild Rose
Amazing,great love story with characters you can relate to in real life,wonderful secondary characters,really enjoyable.
main reason I dropped it was the heroine's age seemed just as immature as her mind and I got bored do I let it go...
ıf you you like to read Mail Order Brides stroies
you shoul read this one.
Exclnt jurny of lv, fears, tempr, passion, trust, NZ frontier
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A sweet simple predictable story!
Molly O'keefe
One of my favorite all time romances -
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Katherine Sutcliffe was born an only child in East Texas. After working for a time at an oil company and as a headhunter for a computer personnel company, Sutcliffe decided in 1982 to quit her job and attempt to write a novel. Three years later she sold her first book, Desire and Surrender to Avon Books. She works eight hours a day, five to seven months a year. Sutcliffe also attempts to find a si ...more
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