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The Bride Thief

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,018 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
HAS ENGLAND’S MOST INFAMOUS BRIDE THIEF FINALLY MET HIS MATCH?

At six-and-twenty, Samantha Briggeham knew her marital prospects were fading by the season and she was pleased by the thought. She had no intention of being betrothed–especially against her will–to a man she did not love. She had a plan...and it didn’t include being swept into a pair of powerful arms and spirite
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Paperback, 357 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Dell (first published 2002)
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Julianna
Feb 02, 2009 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighhearted Regency Romance or Romantic Comedy
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The Bride Thief was a delightful read in so many ways. It was utterly romantic, as sweet as the honey Samantha used in her hand creams, and frequently made me laugh out loud. This story was a fun, fairy-tale fantasy with an eccentric, plain-Jane spinster heroine who finds her hero in the form of a man who carries off would-be brides from unwanted arranged marriages. The Bride Thief was a charming tale that had a refreshing lightness and certain aura of innocence about it,
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Crista
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it it was amazing
This may sound like an oxymoron, but this Romance Novel was utterly "Romantic". The reason I say this is simply this....there were so many "ahhhhhh" moments, I stopped counting them!

D'Alessandro is quickly becoming a "new favorite" of mine. She is so witty and writes characters that you swear you've met before. Red Roses Mean Love, her debut novel, made my Top Romance Books Ever list and the Bride Thief, while maybe not as touching as her first, may also make the list. I was glued to it until I
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seton
Aug 15, 2009 seton rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of cute and light historicals
That JacquieD. She really has charm up the wazoo. She writes wallpaper historicals and I usually prefer something more meaty and serious but her combination of likable H/Hs, nicely developed sexual tension, and witty dialogue is just winsome to me.

It also doesn’t hurt that I adore heroes with secret identities. That’s the reason why I primarily read this. Of course, the idea of a brigand who saves women from unwanted marriages is a little out there. You either accept it or you dont. Once I did,
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Erin
A magical historical romance where the 'hero in disguise' meets his match in an eccentric bluestocking.

Words can not describe how much I loved this book. The concept is actually something you don't see a lot in historical romance.(much to my surprise and horror-THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS-Like the movie 'The Abduction Club'-This 'genre' is fucking ripe with opportunity and it pisses me off that barely anyone is taking advantage of that.)

Most of the 'hero in disguise' books I've come
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Juliana Philippa
Feb 03, 2009 Juliana Philippa rated it it was amazing
Wonderful historical romance - eccentric "blue-stocking" meets her prince charming!!

Setting: Kent, 1820
Sensuality rating: 7 (chemistry / sexual tension between the two characters was intense; wonderfully written kissing scenes and one love scene)


The Bride Thief is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining historical romance. Personally, I love books with the quiet wallflower-type of girl, or basically someone who is more eccentric than the (sometimes frivolous and far-too-giggly) beautiful girls o
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Maureen Feeney
Mar 19, 2010 Maureen Feeney rated it really liked it
I love this author.
Samantha Briggeham (Sammy)is 26, she is not your typical heroine she is plain and wears thick glasses, but she is highly intelligent, eccentric, kind and witty(I loved her). She has resigned herself to being a spinster but her mother has different ideas and arranges for sammi to marry. Eric, the Earl of Wesley is feeling guilty because he did not protect his sister from an abusive arranged marraige, so he dons a mask and rescues women from similar fates. Eric kidnaps Sammie,
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Susanne
Nov 14, 2015 Susanne rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-historical
This wasn't completely my cup of tea. Too much Edward Cullen in New Moon for my taste, that is too much "I want you but cannot be with you for you're own good"-angst - way too much.

Samantha Briggeham is a spinster heroine who has long discarded any possibility for a love match, and will not marry without. When her parents set up a betrothal against her wish she has her own plan to escape him, and that plan did not involve rescue by the Bride Thief.

I liked this book, but it lacked that certain s
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ChloeLeeNH
Dec 11, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it really liked it
This was a nice light book... no major drama... even the conflict didn't take away from the lightness of the book. Seemed the days flew by and I loved how the heroine was not a typical beauty but was quirky and smart. I think I notice that from a lot of Jacquie's book and it really adds to the connection you feel.
María
Feb 11, 2015 María rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, book, re-read, read-2015
I love this story because of Sammie. She is my perfect heroine: smart, a little nerd, funny, lovely and good sister, especially for Hubert.
He is a great character too, trying to save all those brides because he can not save his old sister, Margaret.
The fact that Eric kidnapped his own bride because he thought she didn't want him as husband while she was trying to free him was very emotional and maybe my favourite part :)
Kathy
I didn't finish this one but I'm giving it 3 stars because I liked about half of it. Then it just fell apart. I was bored. It's not that I didn't like the characters. There was just something….missing.

The book was sitting on my nightstand. I looked at it with a rather pouty kind of dismayed frown on my face. While picking it up a low moan escaped. I thought "crap, I really need to finish this". Then I thought "why?" I have a gazillion books on my TBR. Thus, this one hits the non-keeper box and t
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nurmawati
May 21, 2013 nurmawati rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, hr, buku-eng

kasih 4.5 bintang soalnya ceritanya sweet dan adegan uhuk2 nya di danau bo...sambil berendam...bisaan deh ah hihihihi....

siap2 ya...spoiler abis dan panjang banget nih :p

Ceritanya ttg Eric Landsdowne, the dashing and seductive Earl of Wesley....dia tampan, charming, kaya tapi punya rahasia....
dia adalah yng mereka juluki 'the bride thief'....pencuri yang menculik gadis2 yang mau di nikahin paksa sama orang tua nya...dia menawarkan gadis2 tersebut memulai hidup baru entah di amerika atau eropa...
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Kyraryker
Oct 01, 2013 Kyraryker rated it really liked it
It took a while for me to get into this book. The main lead character Sammie(Samantha) seemed almost too silly, cutesy, and absent minded. She is 26 yrs, unmarried (Oh the shame!) a bluestocking, and carries a toad around with her. I'm 50 pgs in and not sure if I am feeling her yet.

The cabin scene was finally where this book grabbed me and I finally found myself getting involved with the story. Eric or The Bride Thief kidnapped Sammie thinking she was about to be married to a man she was not in
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Janie
Rating: 5 stars.
August 8, 2015

I had started this book, as it was already in my 'to read' folder since early 2011. I never suspected that I would've already read it, although the plot and characters sounded familiar, the plots where tropes that was overly done in many historical romance books I've read.

It was only after having read 25% of the book that I was sure I've already read it before. Now skimming through the ending, I can confirm that yes, I had read it! I estimate 2012-2013.

So, here is
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Karen
Jun 16, 2014 Karen rated it did not like it
No, Samantha, I took everything from you. Self-hatred battered him, and he sank to his knees, the moist earth seeping through his breeches. Squeezing his eyes shut, he rested his forehead on his clenched fists. How the hell was it possible to feel so numb, yet hurt so excruciatingly bad at the same time?


Yes, read that and WEEP from laughter. I could not stop laughing at some of these scenes. So over dramatic and ridiculous! For a romance novel, the romance between the protags were terribly unr
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Mo
For a time back in the 80’s & 90’s, my reading material of choice was frequently bodice rippers, historical fiction, and regency romances with a few contemporary best sellers thrown in for good measure. Most of them were pretty steamy (blush) &/or overly romantic, but I read them during a time in my life when I found myself as a single parent, and these books fit the bill. I found them to be highly entertaining.

I recently donated a slew of them, but I wanted to catalog them all the same
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Cindy
Mar 05, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it
Regency romance with sex. This is a stand alone book. Copyright 2002.
I would probably give this one 3.5 stars.

I liked Samantha & Eric. They were a good H/h. So good, that they get reincarnated in "Sleepless At Midnight" as Sarah & Matthew. I just don't get why romance authors have to make their heroines who wear glasses legally bind.

The concept of the Bride Thief is a good one. I haven't seen that plot device before in a romance novel. I have seen a variation of the "alphabet game"
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20012206
Oct 13, 2015 20012206 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015-75
Me encantó, es la primera obra que leo de esta escritora pero no será la última,
Sammie es un amor, con su inocencia e ingenuidad lo va seduciendo y se va enamorando, y él es el protagonista ideal. lo amé
Deb
Jul 29, 2010 Deb rated it it was amazing
Love her books. Have never read one of her historicals, but already am thoroughly enjoying it. Funny books, witty writing, and the hero is to-die-for.
Viohlet
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Mariné Ponce
Aug 05, 2010 Mariné Ponce rated it it was amazing
Había sido raptada por error... ¿O se trataba del hombre que el destino le había reservado?

A los veintiséis años, Samantha Briggeham sabía que sus perspectivas de casarse iban desvaneciéndose poco a poco, y se sentía complacida por ello. No tenía la intención de comprometerse con un hombre al que no amaba. Tenía un plan... El cual no incluía verse secuestrada por un jinete enmascarado.

La noticia del heroico rescate de Sammie de una boda no deseada la convirtió en el tema de conversación de todo
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Ladiibbug
Jan 08, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans!
A very nice & amusing historical romance. Veering away from the hero as rake formula, our hero is The Bride Thief, a mysterious masked man who rescues young women trapped into an upcoming wedding against their wishes.

At age 26, Samantha Briggeham is smart, scientifically curious, and while pretty, not nearly the beautiful and ladylike equal of her sisters. Samantha is perfectly happy with the laboratory and experiements with flora and fauna that she and Hubert, her nine year old brother, con
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Anuhya
That I love you. That I want you to be my wife. My love. The mother of my children. I want to see the world with you and share all those adventures you dream of. Explore the ruins of Pompeü. Trek through the Colosseum, visit the Uffizi, and view the works of Bernini and Michelangelo. Swim in the warm waters of the Adriatic… I want to tell you that I do not want one day of my life to pass without seeing your smile, hearing your laugh, and touching your skin. And that I'm dying inside knowing that ...more
Desiree the Reader
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Hemangi Patgiri
Apr 18, 2016 Hemangi Patgiri rated it liked it
The title of the book piqued my interest as I was searching for some light-hearted story and this book met my expectations. The blend of romance with humor and suspense with the two unconventional leads in regency era made it a very a interesting read.
Hortensia
Jul 02, 2014 Hortensia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sencillamente deliciosa.
Amena y de ágil lectura. Quizá se detiene un poco en un mismo asunto, pero los diálogos entre los protagonistas son divertidos y emocionales.
Hacía mucho tiempo que no disfrutaba tanto con una novela romántica.
Ilze
Dec 28, 2011 Ilze rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book - the heroine is charming and different (I can see why she appeals to Mrs Giggles, who seems to value feistiness in heroines above all else), and the story had enough spark and humour to allow me to suspend my disbelief in the somewhat silly premise of the story. But the last 1/3 fizzled - charm and humour turned into melodrama and an almost endless cycle of misunderstandings, and the secondary romance, which could have added another layer of emotional satisfa ...more
Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫
Dec 28, 2010 Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫ rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫ by: Mckris10
Shelves: romance-novels, 2010
This is a wonderful historical romance. You have Samantha who is quiet happy to be spinster until her father decides to try and marry her off. Of course independant Samantha is having none of that, but it leads to her being mistakenly rescued by the elusive Bride Theif. The Bride Thief just happens to be Eric, Earl of Wesley who is determined to save ladies from unwanted marriages to make up for being unable to save his sister. From the moment that Samanthat and Eric meet they are attracted to o ...more
Davinia Vicente
Jun 07, 2016 Davinia Vicente rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ésta es una de esas novelas rosas, pero con unos personajes únicos. En la época de los matrimonios concertados con verdaderos monstruos, un jinete enmascarado (cual Batman) les dará su libertad. Te atrapa desde las primeras páginas, no puedo decir nada más que genial.
Roberta
Feb 10, 2016 Roberta rated it really liked it
A likable hero, a bright heroine, a little sex, and witty dialog.

Brandy
Jan 13, 2016 Brandy rated it liked it
This is the third time I've read this book in probably a little over a decade. I didn't realize just how ridiculous the ending was. It's still funny and charming but I didn't love it as much as I originally did. That being said, Samantha and Eric are two very likeable protagonist.
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