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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 (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
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
Feb 24, 2010 Lynsey A rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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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Anisashraf
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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PepperP0t (ireadthatbook.com)
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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Kathy Love
An all-time favorite of mine. I love the characters and the angst.
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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Onelovestorie
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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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.
THEBEAM
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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Sylvie
It was an emotional roller-coaster! I must admit. Its was first paced with a great plot, makes one want to read on. The only book I have ever read in less than a day!
As much as I liked it, I would give Gabriel a thumbs down, he so overbearing, insecure, willing and ready to trash cassie when she did nothing but steal his watch. Surely, she didn't deserve all that she went through just for that! I must say Cassie kudos to women like Cassandra, although inexperienced she pulled of every pretty go
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Leidi Abegail
It was so wonderful
Hecsania Michelle
Loved it!

Another rich, powerful hero, and a poor and innocent heroine. And again, it does not get old. Love these kind of stories.

I was a little weirded out about Gabriel's behavior. He was overly brooding and callous, always mocking and snapping at Cassie. He was just so blunt. But I loved him nonetheless.

Really enjoy Cassie's character. She was in her innocence really strong and never afraid to speak her mind. Loved how she stood up against the duke -Gabriel's father- in more than one occas
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Aggie
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Nohely
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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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Gaby
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
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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Ayu Wirdha
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Antoinette Lewis
I must say I liked this book. What a mother Cassie had I think I would look for her just for her to see that I had made something of myself without her.

Gabriel aww boi he was relentless in keeping his emotions secret and his attitude was atrocious.

Overall I really like the book.
Wild Rose
This book started very well for me but then I couldn`t help but notice the striking resemblance between Gabriel`s Bride and The Flame and The Flower....How? both heroines were drudges desperate to escape their misery,both were mistaken for whores and both were raped by the heroes.The second thing is both had a cross Atlantic voyage between London and America (although in different directions).Next both heroines in both books went to the elite seamstress to obtain a fashionable bridal wardrobe an ...more
CrazyPenguinLady
May 05, 2014 CrazyPenguinLady marked it as dnf
Shelves: fanfiction
DNF. Somehow I made it to chapter 14, because I really wanted to see what happened to Cassie. But the writing was terribly amateurish and immature (it might very well be the shallowest novel I've ever read) so I couldn't continue.

For people who are new to the genre, it might be enjoyable. The plot is an exasperating cliche, but it's entertaining enough. It brings to mind the early novels of Andrea Kane (specially Dream Castle and My Heart's Desire), though I believe Kane's writing is superior.

I'
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Loralee
I liked it overall, it's definitely a book written in the early 90's, so it was typical of it's times. Lots of misunderstandings, and the hero is most likely going to act like an @ss throughout most of the book. LOL! But in the end he sees the error of his ways, mostly, and they have a HEA.

My only pet peeve was the authors constant use of the word Yank by the hero, when talking to the heroine. It was just to much use of the word, even if you replace yank with her name, Cassie, it still just wou
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Finn
Just finished reading this and it was oh so wonderful! Cassie was innocent and naive without being stupid and childish (though there was one TSTL moment now that I think about it). And Gabriel was sooo cool with his alphaness. The story just sucked me in and there was a moment (when Gabriel finds Cassie and brings her back) that had me almost shedding a tear. Recommended to all who like a good bodice ripper with an epic story and characters who make you feel!

On a side note, is it just me or is t
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Susan
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 ...more
Books&Friends
Sometimes I wonder if I read the same book when checking the reviews. I went so far to check the publishing date because it had the feel and political correctness of the 70's or 80's. That's when forced seduction was in it's heyday.

To put it plainly, this story contains rape. Not once but twice. The heroine distinctly said no on both occasions and charged the crime to his face. Regardless of the story's worthiness, all is lost when the hero hurts the heroine in this manner.



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