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Keeper of the Bride

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  4,111 Ratings  ·  340 Reviews
Had she survived because of fate, coincidence or just luck? 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 went off. It wasn't until a stranger tried to run her car off the road, however, that she realized someone wanted her I dead. But who?

That's what Detective Sam Navarro needs

Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Mira (first published January 1st 1996)
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Sep 01, 2013 Jane rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-of-2013
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Dec 27, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
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
Jun 11, 2017 Meep rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-f
First off Gerritsen writes great thrillers - this is an earlier book and regardless of the covers suggestion is more a romance story. Mira are Harlequin releases.

I read to the end. But the plot soon gets rather silly with obvious flaws to the logic of both the protagonist and our heroes. The bride must be protected at all costs, I think because she's beautiful, but when most at risk is allowed to go unguarded. (view spoiler)
Apr 18, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore Tess Gerritsen’s work, and I’m trying my hardest to get my hand onto everything she has written. I accept, however, that not everyone shares this view. I’ll gladly admit that her more recent work is her best, but her older stuff is also fun. However, when it comes to her older stuff you need to enter with an open mind. There is no question that her recent work falls into the mystery and thriller category, whereas her older work falls into the romance. Romantic suspense, even. Due to this ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Aditi rated it really liked it
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
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 05, 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
I feel like it missed a whole chapter or something at the end...
Nov 27, 2015 Ilse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tess-gerritsen
Super spannend, vlot lezend en doordrongen van een vleugje romantiek!!
Anne Martin
May 07, 2015 Anne Martin rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 14, 2012 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
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
Kjean Lara
Jul 17, 2016 Kjean Lara rated it it was ok
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
Paige  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.

Nov 08, 2010 Liesbeth rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 15, 2013 Janet rated it liked it
This is one of her earlier works and it's a love story as well as a mystery. Definitely worth reading.
Jun 14, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, kindle
Good story of a bride left at the altar, bombings, murder, and mayhem!! Quick reading and holds your interest.
Nov 21, 2014 Kristine rated it did not like it
I finished it because it was the only thing on my Nook at the time...
Connie Lewis
Jul 30, 2013 Connie Lewis rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten how much I love Tess Gerritsen. Another book that I couldn't easily put down. If you like a good dramatic mystery with a good romance mingled in, this is for sure a good choice.
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.
Don Lazarus
May 06, 2017 Don Lazarus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His Job Came First!!

Sam and Nina met accidentally following a Church bombing. Nina being left at the alter by Robert turned out to be a blessing that allowed Sam and her to work through a series of death and destruction and find love that had alluded them both for years.
Serena Miles
Mar 14, 2017 Serena Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

a mi me ha resultado muy entretenido y muy rapidito de leer, un libro que llevarte a la playa

el poli me ha resultado muy mono y la prota tambien me ha gustado

no tiene una trama demasiado complicada

mi nota un 8
Jun 15, 2017 Cherry-Ann rated it liked it
It was okay. A gentler Tess Gerritsen from her original books but not bad.
Jun 18, 2017 Scarie rated it it was ok
Meh. Says it all .
Helen Farrow
Jan 28, 2017 Helen Farrow rated it it was ok
Poor storyline - very predictable & writing very amateurish.
Feb 21, 2014 Johnny rated it liked it
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
Jun 20, 2013 HÜLYA rated it it was amazing
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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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