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Keeper of the Bride

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,625 Ratings  ·  321 Reviews
Your day starts by being jilted at the altar. It's about to get a lot worse.

If Nina Cormier's wedding had taken place, she would be dead. But after the bride was left at the altar, the church stood empty when the bomb exploded. It wasn't until a stranger tried to run her off the road that Nina realized someone actually wanted to kill her.

But who?

That's what Detective Sam N
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 1996)
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Sep 01, 2013 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2013
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Dec 27, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I've read a lot of Tess Gerritsen's books and have really enjoyed them for their strong characters and they way she weaves a mystery.

That said, I was NOT prepared for a Harlequin Romance. That's right, you heard me. This was actually a Harlequin Romance Novel, one of several she appears to have written earlier in her career.

It was one of those books you pick up when you're in the mood to read but not in the mood to get too involved or to think too much. It was okay, and it was a quick rea
Jul 11, 2014 Aditi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews, mystery
An exciting and thrilling tale about a left-at-the-alter-bride, Nina and an introvert- Detective, Sam. Nina is on the hit-list of a mad guy, who wants Nina dead. The sizzling chemistry between Nina and Sam is very enthralling. Well this was the first novel of Tess Gerritsen that I read, I liked it a lot. The mystery keeps you hooked on to its pages, truly a gripping tale. The author's writing was also very flawless and easily understandable, makes you feel like everything happening in front of y ...more
Carla Hostetter
Nov 15, 2012 Carla Hostetter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book gets off to a good start with Nina Cormier being left at the altar by her surgeon groom and then having the church blow up behind her. Why would anyone want to kill this lovely, caring nurse? Bomb squad expert, Sam Navarro, pits himself against a deranged bomber who seems to go to great lengths to dispose of people who have no idea who he is. Plenty of action but a sort of cheesy, predictable romantic ending, which is fine by me.
Sep 06, 2011 Godzilla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2011
I should preface this review by stating that I was given this book by my mother, who thoroughly enjoyed it.

I am in no way a book snob: anything that encourages people to read and enjoy reading is a massive plus in my book.

However, this was simply terrible writing, and I appreciate it was one of Tess Gerritsen's earlier works, but it is simply substandard.

The dialogue was stilted and just didn't scan as being real, the characters weren't even two dimensional, the plot wafer thin and the repetitio
Anne Martin
May 11, 2015 Anne Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you are quickly drawn into the book by the usual Tess Gerritsen style. Jilted at the hotel by her no good fiance, she dos not know what to do. When it appears the church exploded from a bomb planted in a gift for the newlyweds, and when a car tries to push her of the road, and when her fiance is killed, the police is called, of course and Nina cannot believe it: someone wants to kill her. Why? she is just an E.R. nurse, with a rich father. The detective she contacted t first is full of pity and ...more
I feel like it missed a whole chapter or something at the end...
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Tess Gerritsen'in tek kitaplarının içerisinde Kemik Bahçesi, Hasat, Yörünge ve Gece Nöbetini bir yana koyarsam bu geriye kalanlar içinde en iyisi idi. Bu seferki polisiye anlamında gerçekten iyi bir kitaptı. Konudan da anlaşılacağı üzere düğün günü ortada bırakılan bir gelin ve onu koruyan bir polis memuru arasında geçen aşkı ve onları birleştiren macera dolu kovalamacalı olayları anlatıyor kitap. Dedektif Sam Navarro ile Nina Cormier, iki karakter olarak oldukça başarılı yansıtılmış. Sıcak bir ...more
Kjean Lara
Mis dos estrellas no es porque sea un libro malo o no tan bueno. Mi calificación a cada libro tiene que ver con lo que me haga sentir.

Esta historia es entretenida, linda. Me gustó mucho y la disfruté. Es una historia que me dejó un buen sabor de boca,.después del amargo sabor de boca que me había dejado Mud Vein de Tarryn Fisher :)

A pesar de que a Mud vein le.di tres estrellas y a este sólo dos, debo decir que me gustó más este libro. Un libro que me hace sonreír me gusta más. Tal vez es ilógica
Jan 06, 2013 Sanaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic, gripping read. Enjoyable. A woman is jilted at the alter and as she sits outside the empty church thinking how she will deal with being jilted and encompassed with confusion the church behind her blows up!
Then shortly someone tries to run her off the road as she drives home, then the one who jilted her a few days later after being AWOL turns up but his presence is short lived.
Buildings are being blown up including the jilted one's new apartment and the whole time buildings are bein
This was a good book overall. It kept me interested through most all of it. However, I think some of it was a little redundant and/or predictable with the love story aspect of it. This was the first book of Tess Gerritsen's ive read that hasn't had a lot of medical aspects to it, of course one of the main characters was a nurse, but that was such a small part of it. This book focuses mainly on the detective side of it, which in this case is a Bomb Squad detective. Of course, true to Gerritsen's ...more
D.B. Reynolds
Jan 07, 2013 D.B. Reynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Tess Gerritsen's Jane Rizzoli books (not the TV show, but the books) and also a reader of Romantic Suspense, so when I saw this book, it was a no brainer for me. I'm amazed by the people complaining on Amazon that the book is a Harlequin romance--the publisher is identified right in the book details. It's generally a good idea to read the details before clicking the buy button. Fewer surprises that way. But for me, while I'm not certain police investigations, and especially the bomb ...more
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon


This feels like more of a Linda Howard book than a Tess Gerritsen. Usually I love Miss Howard's book but I'm expecting something more gory and gritty than this.

The ending also feels a bit flat than I liked.I mean, what the hell?I was expecting something more personal because trying to blow the heroine into pieces in the church where her wedding is supposed to take is PERSONAL!

Summary:Not impressed.

Aug 08, 2014 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not say enough about this author. All her books are great. This one kept me reading until wee hours of the morning
Sussie Hansen
It started with a bang, every girls worst nightmare.
Fast pace and very good.
Nov 29, 2015 Ilse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tess-gerritsen
Super spannend, vlot lezend en doordrongen van een vleugje romantiek!!
Mar 15, 2015 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery, novel
I didn't think I was going to be able to finish this book, because of my cataracts making it very difficult to read, but it's hard to put down a Tess Gerritsen, so with the assistance of a magnifying glass I stuck with it.

This is an earlier work (published in 1996), and, though shorter than her later works, still packs a punch. Nina Cormier is left at the altar by her fiance, Robert Bledsoe, for reasons she doesn't understand. Then, as she stands outside the church, contemplating these change in
Momof3-in an Ash and Cael sandwich
2.5 this was..."meh"
I've read some really good stuff by this author, so this was a little surprising...but from what I understand it is one of the earlier works or something.
There were things I liked, it moved rather quickly. Explosions, bullets, dead bodies, there isn't much dead space in this novel, which I liked.
What's faster than insta-love? I was too fast...too too fast.
You know what kind of pissed me off (view spoiler)
Donna Siebold
Back in the day, Tess Gerritsen wrote romance novels instead of her more renowned medical/police mysteries. This is one of those books.

Nina was ditched at the altar by her fiancée Robert. Then the church they were supposed to get married in explodes. Sam Navarro is the cop assigned to investigate the bombing. He is immediately attracted to Nina, but fights his feelings. Nina is sure the bombing was just a weird thing, no one could possible want to harm her or Robert.

But, then someone tries to k
Beate Tinney
Meine Meinung:
Eigentlich hat sich Nina ihr Leben ganz anders vorgestellt. Doch es kommt alles anders als sie es sich gewünscht hat.
Erst wird sie vor dem Traualtar von ihrem zukünfigen Mann sitzen gelassen, fliegt auch schon die Kirche in die Luft. Zum Glück waren alle Gäaste schon gegangen und Nina war zusammen mit dem Pastor schon draußen.
Kaum von dem Schock erholt wird ihr Verlobter umgebracht und sie wird fast von einem Auto getötet. Für Detective Sam Navarro steht fest, dass es jemand auf Ni
Feb 21, 2014 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Tess Gerritsen has an uncanny ability to get inside my head and manipulate the fear neurons like a master puppeteer. Keeper of the Bride doesn’t have as many of those moments when I feel like I’m vicariously swimming helplessly in some viscous solution, but it has enough. Plus, the idea of covering the overarching mystery in the novel from both the perspective of a beautiful intelligent medical professional and that of a hardened bomb squad detective has a balance to it almost as delicate as cho ...more
Lynda Kelly
Feb 04, 2014 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this although there were some very sloppy errors in it I don't expect to find in a book I've paid for. Seems to be the case with e-books whether free or not and it's a slapdash attitude that needs looking into.
As with this author's other book I reviewed it has rogue hyphens thrown into it here and there. It is probably a formatting issue but should still be corrected-like Coo-persmith or Warren-ton.
Then speechmarks were dropped, one investigator's name changed from Ernie Takeda
Jul 01, 2016 Keyleigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tess Gerritsen and mystery-romance novels.
**3 Stars**

This novel immediately gets of to a good start. The plot is fast-paced and exciting, and I found myself enjoying the scene setting immensely. As typical with Tess Gerritsen's older romantic thriller books, the two protagonists fall madly in love within a few minuets of meeting one another. Over the course of about a week both Detective Sam Navarro and Nina Cormier decide that they simply cannot live without each other despite the dire circumstances. I have read a few of these novels
Much like my feelings about Presumed Guilty, this book feels more like a Harlequin Romance then a murder mystery. In both books, the male character isn't really developed but is a "hands off" guy who suddenly is all into the woman which is a departure from their normal behavior as we are led to believe. It comes off as very formulaic instead of interesting.

However, these books are definitely good for picking up for a quick easy read especially if you're a fan of crime procedurals on TV like Bon
There's a preface in this book from the author about how she got turned onto romantic-suspense as she was training to be a doctor. She became hooked and eventually start romantic-suspense as well. She is now more known for her mystery series, featuring Rizzoli and Isles. That is how I came to know her and lover her books.

When I was younger, I loved romantic-suspense as well. I grew tired of it after a while, since it was like reading grown-up fairy tales. Life just doesn't work out that way, for
Ruby Bibi
Good romantic suspense novel which begins with Nina Carmier being jilted at the alter by her fiancé Robert Bedsloe. The church, which would have been filled with guests, empties out and finally, Nina herself summons the courage to leave. The pastor remains to console her and offers to drive her home, but as they get into his car, the whole church explodes.
Sam Navarro, who is on the Portland, ME bomb squad, arrives on the scene and from that point on, the lives of Sam and Nina are intertwined as
Most of the detective stories I've read involve romance. I like that, but this one's just too much for me. I can't believe Nina, or anyone, would fall in love again in like two days, when for the past months, she was just planning for her wedding day and days ago, she was dressed in white waiting for her groom. Even if Robert stood her up and cheated on her, it's just not right and possible to not care or think about what happened when your fiance's dead after your "wedding day". And to think, t ...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Nov 11, 2010 Liesbeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really enjoyed it!
Just recently I haven't been able to concentrate on books much, but this held my attention, and it is a decent read.
Gerritsen always writes well, writing style wise this book is no exception.
Not as gruesome as her later work, and much more romance, but she carries it off perfectly.
Linzi Laufenberg
Jul 02, 2014 Linzi Laufenberg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller
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