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Gabriel's Bride

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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 of ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Avon
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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 ...more
Fani *loves angst*
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 G ...more
Lynsey A
Jan 13, 2010 Lynsey A rated it liked it
Recommended to Lynsey A by: Danielle "The Book Huntress" Hill
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Slavena
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
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Jenny
Sep 20, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
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
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PepperP0t
4.25stars really
As 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 eith
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Mou
Sep 16, 2016 Mou rated it did not like it
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Anisashraf
Jul 06, 2014 Anisashraf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, favorite
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
3.5-4 points

Lord 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 ca
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Onelovestorie
Dec 07, 2014 Onelovestorie rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency, horrible
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
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Aggie
Nov 04, 2014 Aggie rated it did not like it
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Kathy Love
Oct 23, 2014 Kathy Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An all-time favorite of mine. I love the characters and the angst.
Copper78
Apr 18, 2017 Copper78 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
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 ...more
Dayna
Jul 14, 2015 Dayna rated it it was amazing
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 b
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May
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
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Eve Hart
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 we
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Aathira ***Wandering in Jellicoe Road***
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 star
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Anika
Mar 03, 2016 Anika rated it liked it
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
Aug 29, 2012 THEBEAM rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
ลังเลระหวาง 3 กะ 4 ??????
งันเอา 4 ไปละกันนะ โฮะๆ เพราะชอบอานดรามาสุดๆ มันบีบจิตดี แตมันนาจะมากกวานีหนอย (ซาดิสนะยะหลอน 555)
แตเนือเรืองมันเบาๆ พลอตลึกลับ ปองราย ตามฆา มีไมมากเทาไหร เกือบไมมีเลยวางันเหอะ
สวนมากเลนกับอารมณคนอานมากกวา กอานไดเรือยๆนะ เอะหรือจะลดดาวดีเนีย ลังเลๆ
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Jultri
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 ino their hearts and demonstrated far greater inate class than most peers can lay claim to. Just short of perfect due to hero's brutality in their first sexual encounter.
Leidi Abegail
Dec 28, 2014 Leidi Abegail rated it it was amazing
It was so wonderful
Rose
May 09, 2017 Rose rated it liked it
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!
Arzoo Sy
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 b
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Kazia Gemmill
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♛ Jarusauskas
★★★★
** SPOILERS **

Gabriel Sinclair es, oficialmente, uno de los héroes más crueles que jamás he leído. Y yo he leído sobre héroes crueles, de verdad. Estoy obsesionada con ellos, es casi enfermizo.

Pero Gabriel fue... fue simplemente otro nivel.

Acusó a Cassandra de ser una puta.
• La acusó de ser una ladrona (aunque esto fue verdad, se lo sacó en cara tantas veces y de tantas formas diferentes que al final me encontré a mí misma gritando stop, please just stop!)
• La violó (porque sí, al final a
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Nohely
Jan 20, 2014 Nohely rated it did not like it
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Haley Osborn
Apr 08, 2012 Haley Osborn rated it liked it
While I did enjoy the book the Plot and the characters the one downside I found was the relationship. Anytime when Gabriel starts to show any affection to Cassie he ends up ruining it by being what I can only describe as a spastic. Warranted he is very bitter from his past with his relationship with his father and the fate of his mother and he lets these bitter memories influence his behavior with Cassie. It goes so far that when she reveals she's pregnant he literally tells her he wishes she we ...more
Charlie Gray
Jan 08, 2017 Charlie Gray rated it liked it
3.5* Everyone hold your breath, this is probably one of the most mean hero's I've ever read...

I've got to say I found it really hard to rate this book and probably would of rated it 2* if it wasn't for the back story of Cassie.



So the story begins in Charleston, where mean and rude Gabriel decides he wants to vex his father by marrying an American. He completely used her and humiluated her and thought he could manipulate her. Sorry but I just don't find this kind of 'hero' attractive and not som
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Gaby
Apr 01, 2013 Gaby rated it liked it
The story is certainly entertaining, although intensely dramatic, and desperately in need of a better edition work. Still, I am not certain I fell for the hero or heroine. There's a lot of passion between them, but very, very little romance. Gabriel was so cruel and harsh, I couldn't believe he didn't realize sooner he was becoming what he hated the most to begin with. Plus, the "bodice ripper" elements of this story (view spoiler) felt wrong for me, and that took fro ...more
Alicia Maybach
Sep 19, 2012 Alicia Maybach rated it liked it
Shelves: b-rippers
For the most part I enjoyed Gabriel's Bride, by Samantha James. It contained almost all the qualities I look for in an emotional roller coaster bodice ripper romance.
The hero and heroine are well built within the story. Their differences and struggles soundly believable. In fact, sometimes I even wondered how they would span the divide. Between Gabriel's cruelty, and Cassie's pride, I just wasn't sure how the author would pull it together. But I was rolling with it! Eating it up like chocolate a
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Growing up in Joliet, Illinois, Samantha James had many childhood aspirations--being a writer was never one of them. When she was ten, she was certain she was destined to be an astronomer. That soon changed (happened a lot during those pre-teen years!) when she decided archaeology was in her future. Detective work was her next goal, thanks to the Trixie Belden mysteries she was reading, and before ...more
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