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Suddenly a Bride (Across the Stars #1)

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Rilo An comes from a world where there are no women, and what he longs for is a life mate, which is the Earth equivalent of a wife. So he leaves his world, takes on the Earth name Chris West, and bonds with Caitlyn Davis.

But she was married before, and memories of her deceased husband still linger around her home. Will he have to become like her first husband to win her l
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Paperback, 244 pages
Published July 10th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published June 21st 2011)
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Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
I wanted to enjoy this and told myself, "That creeped out feeling is just because it's odd sci-fi." But...

I tried. Really, really tried, but it just turned out to be dadgum-messed-up. I couldn't get past the overall message. It's a dangerous form of rape culture that tries to pass off drugging the heroine for sex as romance. (view spoiler)
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†Ðawn†
++Spoilers++

This is a tough one to rate, so I went up the middle with a 3 star.

I love this authors historical romances, and this is the first one of hers I have read that was not.

First, I want to say that this is not a hard core sci-fi read, It's more like a contemporary romance with aliens.

One of the things that I found a bit strange is the non MC aliens in the beginning of the book. They kinda reminded me of the old Star Trek creatures or like the original Star Wars guys in the bar scene with
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Mariana
Jul 04, 2017 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it

Maybe there was not much of an alien theme as some sci-fi as it was a single alien (or two) who came to earth Incognito as human. However, I liked the touches of an alien who is unfamiliar with our world and continuously wants to learn about his life mate.
Judy
Jan 06, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing
Suddenly a Bride by Ruth Ann Nordin
Across the Stars Book 1
I just love Ruth's books! Her hero's are the sweetest guys and you just fall for them as they try and please the love of their life. In this case our hero is Rilo An from Pandoran, a planet where there were only men left. He goes to Star Systems Unlimited and pays them to choose him a wife from Earth. He wants a woman willing to be his Life Mate and who will want children with him. He knows when he finds her that a special hormone will re
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Rachel- Goodbye Borders
I picked this up for a challenge (needed a wedding themed book). I didn't make it that far before I started to see red. Issue number one: "He didn't like the idea that a woman might decide his genetic line didn't suit her." Poor baby, a woman might decide to not have children with you. Boo-hoo! Issue number two: "I know, but I was warned the women on Earth can be emotional. I'm not sure if that's worth it." Now, I realize it was someone else (not Rilo/Chris) that said this, but really?! Issue nu ...more
T00zday
If you're wanting alien/earthling erotica, scratch this off your list.

This is a sweet, fluffy, HEA romance.
The villain in the story is the heroine's overbearing, controlling, judgmental mother. That's as heavy as it gets.
Kay Bolton
Apr 22, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
Okay, I have to be a bit careful here, as I don't want anyone to think that I am slagging off the book or the author, which I most definitely am not.

My first Novel by Ruth Nordin was at first dismissed as awful, but then when I literally had nothing else to read I forced myself, and secretly enjoyed it. There is something endearing about the cheesiness of her novels. At first I thought that was an accident, but as I've read a few more I've decided that it can only be by design.

This here book, wa
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Lara
Jan 11, 2013 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This was a cute and goofy SFR with a seriously beta hero. He comes from a planet that bred itself out of females. He's used most of his savings to buy a wish. His wish is a lifemate--a woman he can marry and have children with. He ends up on Earth, which isn't aware of other life in the universe yet. The romance is sudden, driven by alien biology, and supported by each partner's willingness to be together and find a way to make things work. I didn't give it more stars because I felt that much of ...more
Shelley Chastagner
Dec 19, 2011 Shelley Chastagner rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread
A bit of a sci-fi romance. Rilo (aka Chris) is a nieve alien in search of a wife. Caitlyn is picked by the agency to fill the bill. Unfortunately she comes with a manipulative mother. Poor Chris has to navigate the complexities of American earth culture and the nuances of dealing with an extended family. Packed with lots of funny moments and exasperation. This is another one of my favorites by Ruth Nordin.
Keri
Jun 11, 2017 Keri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

2 STARS - IT WAS OK

This started off decent. It was interesting even though the writing was mediocre. But around 50% I found myself just wishing it was over. There wasn't really an 'alien' feel to the story anymore, it just became a mediocre angsty contemporary romance with all the miscommunications that entails. At that point it took me a long time to get around to finishing it.
Rae Sontheyon
Apr 04, 2015 Rae Sontheyon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Should Be Titled "Swiftly and Unknowingly Bonded For Life"

Honestly, I wanted to stop reading after the couple's first sex scene, but I persevered through the book to give the author a chance before I passed final judgement. The story had an interesting idea, but there was just a few too many issues I had with the book for me to say I liked it or would ever read the next book.

Rilo An, Pandoran, is shown to be wishing for a female life mate. All females on his home planet are extinct, so he had to
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Sophia
Mar 05, 2013 Sophia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
This was a story with a gentle plot which made it a refreshing change to tuck in amongst the more weightier dramatic plotted stories that I've been reading lately. Not to say that there is no conflict! There is that, but its resolution happens without an undue amount of angst because the two main characters are unselfish, thoughtful and mature about it when the conflict from without their relationship happens.

Honestly, this one felt more like a contemporary romance with science fiction elements
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Liza
Suspension of disbelief. If you're looking for a reason to hate it, over-analyze any aspect of it and you'll likely succeed. As a light, fluffy read, ignoring political possibilities and repercussions (although I admit that some of the outraged reviews on here sound pretty valid, if you inspect them from that point of view), it was enjoyable. A quick read and a different spin on things. At times cheesy and hard to believe, but I pretty much only require my historical novels to work within the li ...more
Melody
Aug 10, 2014 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some Spoilers. Nilo an comes from a planet where women are extinct. So he goes to a universal wish agency to find a mate from a compatible species. Armed with a new name, Chris West , earth money, proper I.D. and a pamphlet about women (he's never seen one) he arrives outside his chosen mate's diner ready to mate almost immediately. The problem is said mate, Caitlyn Davis, has never heard of aliens, doesn't know he is coming, and isn't even looking for a new husband after her first husband died ...more
Melissa
This was my first book by Ruth Nordin, and it probably won’t be my last. This book, although a little drawn out, was well developed, well-built and overall is easy book to enjoy. Her heroes are the sweetest guys and you just fall for them, as they try and please the love of their life. In this case our hero is Rilo An from Pandoran, a planet where there were only men left. He goes to Star Systems Unlimited and pays them to choose him a wife from Earth. He wants a woman willing to be his Life Mat ...more
Liza
Feb 28, 2013 Liza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, reread
Reread. Second time around and I still love it! I wanted to make myself familiar with the other characters again since I'll be reading the rest of the series.
I LOVE Chris! He is sooooo cute, so naive and so eandearing. Things he says that makes you go "aawwwww", i.e. "I'll go there because you're there" or "I'll do anything as long as I get to touch you". And yes, he always wants to touch her. And he's working so hard so that she loves him. Getting pictures taken with her was very important to h
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Timeforme
Main Characters:
Rilo An - An alien who comes to Earth to get married and have children
Caitlyn Davis - The woman he is matched with to marry

Synopsis:
Rilo An comes from a world where there are no women. What he longs for is a life mate: someone who'll complete him, someone he can love who’ll love him back, someone who’ll ease the aching loneliness that haunts his life. So he leaves his world, takes on the Earth name Chris West, and makes a payment to Star Systems Unlimited for a life mate.

When he
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Davida
Aug 27, 2012 Davida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent Read for Young Adults

This was my first book by Ruth Ann Nordin. This book was cute and a quick read. I am going to keep reading her books. Some fun issues are raised that people sometimes have to deal with. There is some sex but nothing too steamy but I still would keep it to 17+.
The main characters are Rilo An AKA Chris West, an alien from a planet with only men and Caitlyn Davis, a widowed waitress on Earth. Rilo/Chris decided he wants a life mate and makes a request for an earth woman
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Clarke
This type of story is normally right up my alley. Unfortunately not this one although the story was a good idea and characters entertaining.

Chris/Rilo left his planet to find a wife and to have kids. He pays a company to find a wife for him not giving any preference to the type of women he gets. His assigned women works as a waitress and has no idea she's about to become married via sex. Caitlyn goes from still morning her dead husband to meeting a nice customer to being chemically induced to ha
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L. C.
Jun 10, 2016 L. C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's an "Okay" story.

The reason for my two stars is mostly due to the fact I didn't entirely bought Chris as a male. What I mean by this is... his curiosity, eagerness to learn who Caitlyn is and wants is okay; his emotional reactions however, were a little over the top. I get it, he comes from another planet etc. But having him hold back too many tears; literally have an almost broken heart because he THINKS she doesn't love him? He is far too insecure, far too needy in the emotional aspect to
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Tonileg
Jun 26, 2012 Tonileg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy, kindle
So Chris West lives on a planet where there are only men, all the women died out more then a hundred years ago so there are only two other worlds where there are women that are compatible to his kind.
Caitlyn Davis is at her waitress job with her best friend and just living a normal boring life. Boom! Chris is assigned Caitlyn as a life-mate. This concept is well explained and it sounds like marriage from the Middle-Ages when there was no divorce. Caitlyn and Chris 'mate' and bond for life and st
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Melinda
Dec 29, 2012 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aw, what a sweet book. I think Caitlyn is amazing. She has a good head on her shoulders. Her understanding of situations without the normal hysterics is refreshing.

I found the conflict between mother and daughter similar to what I went through in real life. I had to laugh at a couple of points cause it match my life almost exactly. However, the man I married didn't take any of my mother's antics and quickly knocked her out of the controlling mode. :-)

Chris is really sweet and Mark is a good frie
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Emily
Chris West arrives to Earth with one goal, to find his life mate Caitlyn Davis. Caitlyn has no clue what has happened, within a span of a few hours she has sex with a man she doesn't know, finds out she is bonded/mated/married to said man, and the icing on the cake is he is from another planet.

Chris's hope is to find a mate he can have children with and build a family, Caitlyn is that woman. Their marriage has a few bumps along the way, but once Chris meets Caitlyn's family it has him questionin
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Lynelle Clark
Jan 28, 2016 Lynelle Clark rated it it was amazing
I simply love Ruth Ann Nordin's story. The simplicity in her writing style and the care she take to build each character has never disappointed me. Once again in this story she out did herself with Chris, The alien from another galaxy who was forced to come to earth in search for a female. To bond and start a family with. His innocence in all that evolved women, relationships and marriage was the high light of the story. His willingness to learn and to bridge the gap was sweet.
The mother in law
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Lynelle Clark
I simply love Ruth Ann Nordin's story. The simplicity in her writing style and the care she take to build each character has never disappointed me. Once again in this story she out did herself with Chris, The alien from another galaxy who was forced to come to earth in search for a female. To bond and start a family with. His innocence in all that evolved women, relationships and marriage was the high light of the story. His willingness to learn and to bridge the gap was sweet.
The mother in law
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Elly Helcl
Apr 11, 2013 Elly Helcl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this book has an other-worldly beginning, it is very much so a book any married person can relate with.

The antagonist of this story is the dreaded mother-in-law...Almost all married couples can relate to that.

The "Hero" is super, super sweet. His name is Chris and all he wants is for Caitlyn to be happy. In fact, when he found out that human males sometimes abuse their women he was shocked. And that is when I fell in love with Chris.

Caitlyn is also an incredibly lovable character who has h
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Donna Hatridge
Rilo An comes from a world where there are no women. What he longs for is a life mate: someone who'll complete him, someone he can love who'll love him back, someone who'll ease the aching loneliness that haunts his life.

So he leaves his world, takes on the Earth name Chris West, and makes a payment to Star Systems Unlimited for a life mate. When he bonds with Caitlyn Davis, he thinks life can't get any better. But she was married before, and memories of her deceased husband still linger around
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Allie Ritch
Apr 26, 2013 Allie Ritch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can sum this book up in a single word: fun! This author has a great voice, the characters were interesting and believable, and the love scenes were spicy. The author did such a good job of making the heroine's mother despicable that I wanted to yell at the wretched woman myself. I had a blast reading this one and would definitely recommend it to SFR fans. The premise is reminiscent of the movie Starman with Jeff Bridges, except the story line for Suddenly a Bride is, in my opinion, way better. ...more
Greymalkin
Jul 01, 2012 Greymalkin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I set the bar pretty low (free on kindle, the plot sounded silly) but this was actually pretty entertaining. Fluffy of course but the whole alien thing was worked into the story rather well. Characters actually did ask some of the obvious questions. Some even reacted the way that real people might, when confronted with such a situation. Certainly entertaining and fun. It was also fun to have a hero who just genuinely just wanted to cherish and support the heroine, and wasn't emotionally damaged. ...more
Colleen Johnson
It took me three days to find a book worth reading, that could capture my attention and keep it throughout the whole book. This is a jewel! Romance, love scenes blended in with every day life but still having that x factor that pops up at the perfect moments! A great romance with a touch of sci fi. This author has popped onto my must follow and devour all she writes list! Thank you for this book, I loved it. After reading this author's free edition of this book I am 100% satisfied to pay for the ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Jul 26, 2015 10:25AM  
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What's to say? I write a lot. I read often. I sleep little. Once in awhile, I've been known to clean the house. A number of kids live in my house and there's this guy they call dad and I call husband. All in all, it's a pretty good life. :-)
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