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The Sherbrooke Bride (Brides, #1) (Sherbrooke Brides #1)

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Dear Reader: Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe, is a man besieged. He must have an heir. Thus he must first provide himself with the requisite bride. Alexandra Chambers, youngest daughter of the Duke of Beresford, has loved Douglas Sherbrooke since she was fifteen. Unfortunately, it is her sister, the incomparable Melissande, he wishes to wed. But life never ladles o ...more
Published April 1st 1992 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published 1992)
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Jun 04, 2008 Eleanor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I read these? These men are also described as being really hairy. I don't understand the whole wanting to grip heaps of chest hair. They also never describe that he probably has a lot of ass hair as well. Grabbing a fistful of chest hair? Evidently that is sexy, but just once I want a romance novel to talk about her stroking his furred behind. Maybe she could grip the tufts of virile butt hair and tug him closer and closer to her furry mound...something like that.
Jul 31, 2009 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I've read this book twice, once half a lifetime ago when I was a teenager and again this week. It's interesting the perspective that comes with experience. I still enjoyed the book, but in a different way. As a teenager who wasn't entirely sure she was supposed to be reading romance at all, I took it at face value and enjoyed the love story. As an adult, I realized that there is a great deal of satire in here. The author is trying -- and now succeeding -- at being funny.

The setup is completely
Mar 13, 2009 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Usually I don't read a book without reading reviews of what other people thought of the book, but I just happened to see this book and decided to try it. Now the whole idea sounded nice, where Douglas gets an unexpected bride, Alexandra, so I understood his temper at the beginning at being deceived, but I kept on getting frustrated as the novel went on because he kept comparing her to her beautiful sister Melissande and just humiliating her sometimes. And the love scenes were awful in my opinion ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this book for my blog

A couple of months ago I've read "The Valcourt Heiress" by CC, and my disappointment was so profound, that I gave that book a very scathing review, which brought forth a very lively discussion on Amazon, as well as with some of my personal friends. Some people agreed with me [...], and others not so much. In rereading my review of that book, I admit to being a bit harsh; however I still stand behind my words.

This being a New Ye
Aayesha Khatri
Jul 19, 2015 Aayesha Khatri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read Catherine Coulter as a very young girl of 14, and I didn't like her at all back then. This book certainly did change my opinion, but I don't think I'll be reading any more of her books - they're too heavy and don't have enough candies-rainbows-and-unicorns-kind-of-sweet romance to suit me.

I loved the book in the beginning. It made me laugh out loud, snort and chuckle and just basically - I loved it. Coulter writes very well, there's a depth to her characters that you don't normally see,
Aug 04, 2014 Nichole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Well, hell! If it isn't the worst book I've read! Okay, I don't know where it started to be so painfully horrible because I really liked the story line and at first it was really wonderful, it has an emotional appeal and the cruelty of Douglas towards Alexandra could have brought tears in my eyes when he found out that his cousin, Tony, have married her instead of her sister, Melissande, who he really intended to marry. You see, Douglas' family is forcing him to g
Jan 10, 2015 Mancho283 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
เลมนีชอบทีสุดในชุดเลย พระเอกแนวเยนชา แตพออยูกับนางเอกกลับควบคุมตัวเองไมคอยอยู ตนๆเรืองสงสารนางเอกทีโดนพระเอกปฎิเสธเพราะความจับพลัดจับพลูมาแตงงานกัน ประเดนคือคนทีพระเอกหมายตาเปนพีสาวนางเอก แตดันไดแตงงานกับนางเอกแทนผานตัวแทน มันสนุกตรงทีกลับมาแลวเพิงรูวาแตงกับอีกคนหนึงแลวตัวเองกปฎิเสธเขา ไมเอาๆๆเจาสาวนีเนียละ แลวนางเอกเราเขาอยูเฉยเสียทีไหนละ ฮาๆ สุดทายดวยความใกลชิดความสัมพันธกคอยๆพัฒนา นารักมาก ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Leea rated it really liked it
Recommended to Leea by: Wendy F
Historical Romance is on of my favorite genres. I know it's not flashy or hip but there is just something about going back in time, feeling like you're apart of history or even that innocent first kiss. The Sherbrooke Bride is one of the best written Historical Romance books that i've read it a very long time. It's smart, witty, crass, sharp, bold and very sexy.

Alexandra is the sister that no one noticed, she's plain, smart, funny and wears out of date dresses because her sister is the beautif
Not a good read for me. I disliked both the hero and heroine. Hero was a jerk of the first degree and the heroine was a doormat. That said I will say the writing style was good. It had a good flow and moved at a good pace and not a lot of filler to bore you.
Jul 13, 2015 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh man how I laughed re-reading this book. I don't remember being so amused before. Leave it to Catherine Coulter to write the most brainless lustful book.

The plotline was ok. Douglas found himself being married to the wrong woman, Alexandra. The pair did not start interacting until 20% into the story. The first 20% was spent on buildling up the backdrop of the story. Douglas had some government duties and Alexandra was already in love with Douglas. Douglas wanted to marry Alexandra's beautiful
Amarilli Settantatre
Questo romance “introvabile” ha ben vent’anni, e direi che si sentono quasi tutti.
In realtà, è probabile che, dopo vagonate di romance molto più erotici o con trame spionistico-avventurose, le lettrici di oggi (in cui mi auto-inserisco) siano molto più smaliziate e abbiano gusti più esigenti, sia per quanto riguarda le scene passionali, sia per quanto riguarda la credibilità di intrighi e complotti.
Qui siamo nel 1805, in piena epoca di guerre napoleoniche, e il con
I read this book several years ago and recently read it again for a book club. I don't remember disliking it as much then as I did this go around. I found myself very disappointed in The Sherbrooke Bride seeing as one of my favorite books, The Wyndham Legacy, is also by Catherine Coulter.

To start out.. the family males are holding a meeting to discuss their (pardon me) bastards. I suppose this may be keeping with the era, but just.. wow. This was a major turn off as it placed the so-called hero
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Coulter readers
Shelves: romance, fiction
Incredible, a Coulter novel without physical abuse and rape. It's the first in the Brides series. Douglas, the Earl of Northcliffe, is 28. He proposes to his old flame, Melissande, who agrees in order to save her family. However, the same week he's to be married, he's given a mission in France, so he sends his cousin Tony to marry him to Melissane by proxy. Tony takes Melissande for himself and marries Douglas to Melissande's younger sister, Alexandra (18).

Such an annoying book. I understand Ton
Wendy F
Dec 14, 2011 Wendy F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing like stepping back into familiar shoes. I have read this book at least 100 times since my first as a young teen, and I still love it and enjoy it just as much now as I did then.

Is it a bit cheesy? Oh yes, in the absolute best possible way. The thing is, it's supposed to be a Historical Romantic Comedy, and if you remember that while you read it then you will see the same magic I do. In it's own way it's making fun of Regency romances, the male characters are all a bit overly pom
This not my Fav book from CC.. Douglas is Mean Hero.

I dont like him for half book.
From the first page i gusess 50% He always humiliate h (Alex). Blame her because he can't married with his dream woman 3 years before.

Disapprove about her style.

Insult and often compare her because she not beautiful like her sister Mellisande.

Her sister Melli so annoying, she beautiful beyond compare,she always think men would bewitched if see her. Fortunate Mellisande married with Douglas cousin Tony. Tony instan
Jun 19, 2013 Mitashi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very different and very sweet story of a girl who loved the hero but the hero is so blinded by her sister's beauty that he doesn't look her way.. And than things changes... So much.. It was he'll of a interesting story.. Which I enjoyed immensely...
Irène Wadowski uliasz
j'ai adoré l'intrigue, son originalité et la touche d'humour. Mais le personnage principale masculin est beaucoup trop arrogant, hautain et imbu de sa personne et surtout de ses compétences .
May 12, 2011 Netha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Novel CC pertama yang buat aq langsung jatuh cinta & hunting novel2 CC

buku 1 bride series...

bercerita ttg douglas sherbrooke,earl of northcliffe yg sudah waktunya menikah.
memutuskan untuk menikah melisande chambers, putri sulung lord... (wakakakaka again lupa nama bokapnya). melissande adl gadis tercantik di inggris.
karena harus off ke france, douglas meminta sepupunya tony untuk menikahi melissande by proxy. alih2 menikahi melisande by proxy for his cousin, tony decides to marry Melissande
Sheila Melo
Jan 15, 2015 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old-school
Great Story, But the Hero is a Jerk

"Being a gentleman pales when one is confronted with a wife one doesn't know, doesn't want, never did want, never even knew existed."

THE STORY: Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe decides that it is time for him to marry and produce an heir. He decides to find out whether the beautiful woman he was entranced with three years ago is still available. Melissande, the daughter of a duke, seems to be the perfect candidate for his wife. Once the alliance is agree
Jen Warren
I don't know why I keep reading Coulter's books...


Douglas Sherbrook arranges to have himself wed by proxy to the most beautiful girl he ever saw. No huge surprise that this doesn't work out well, though I was somewhat surprised that he was still married - just to the wrong girl.

Confused yet? The setup actually isn't that bad here. I'm butchering it because it's been a while since I read, and small details are escaping me. The larger ones, however, a
I liked the idea of this book. That is all I liked about it. I hated every female character, except Alexandra (who seems to have magic breasts) and by the end I didn't really care for her either, and I liked all the male characters except the hero, whom I loathed! Even the quasi villain had more honour than the hero! He was an overbearing, pompous, rude, cruel man who mistreated his wife carelessly even when he finally decided he "loved" her! Admittedly, she was involved in the marriage switch t ...more

Alexandra and Douglas (the turd). I think I would have loved this 20 years ago, but my tastes have changed and I am less forgiving of asshat heroes now. I loved the Alex. She was all that. Didn't take any guff, courageous, spunky. But she was paired with an H who was the type to cut off his nose to spite his face. All Douglas can see is Melissande, Alex's beautiful but a-holish, self centered sister. It really annoyed the p*ss out of me that Melissande is there throughout the ENTIRE book. In you
Nov 25, 2011 Mounika rated it liked it
Shelves: regency, jerk-hero
Well well well....

I liked Alexandra but not that Douglas, half the book he acts like jerk and he is like king of jerks.

Douglas wants to marry Melisande the beautiful and desirable sister of Alexandra. He's detained due to a mission and sends Tony( I like this fellow :D ), his cousin to marry Melisande by proxy. But when Tony reaches Claybourne Hall, he's bewitched by Melisande's beauty and marries her. Alexandra gets married to Douglas. When Douglas comes back he finds himself married to Alex

Jan 06, 2008 maricar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, series
there's enough of everything in this novel---humor, passion, and realistic human emotional obstacles. it's funny to witness how douglas loses self-control whenever he feels aroused with alex--and then promises to himself that next time, he would be better behave. its so cute :P

and alex is an absolute treasure. she's so naive about her own charms, its quite funny. the secondary characters are also fun to read.

this is one of ms. coulter's best. i admit im not one of her big fans since im disappo
Apr 17, 2009 Kaila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another example of why Catherine Coulter is one of my favorite historical romances authors. It's obvious that she takes time to develop her characters and it pays off for her and her stories. The characters are so true and lovable that one cannot help but to feel connected and invested in them as well as their lives and stories. (Read the rest of my book review.)
Jan 15, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Um, no. Just no. I will come up with a better summary later, but the only thing that redeems this book at all is Sinjun the Sherbrooke sister. She's adorable and probably the only Sherbrooke I will try to read more about.
Jul 19, 2011 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Can't finish it! Boring.
Dec 02, 2013 Roberta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Irritante, dall'inizio alla fine.
Becky Mcgill-collins
Probably my favorite of the 'Bride' series.
First read 01/08/2008

This book is still TERRIBLE. Oy.
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