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The Ideal Bride

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Marriage is a serious matter according to wealthy businessman Gabriel Carr, not to be influenced by anything so frivolous as emotion--or the usually giddy female reaction to his striking good looks. Drawing up a list of the traits he requires in a bride is the first step; the second is asking his merchant tenants to introduce him to suitable y
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Zebra
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The hero, Gabriel, is very stubborn, and he has a life-plan. At 25 he will set out to make his fortune in 5 years. Which he did. At 30 he will be marry his ideal bride and set up his nursery. So he makes a list of criteria his ideal bride must have. Everyone but him thinks his list is stupid except for him. Unfortunately almost as soon as he starts on his bride quest he meets the heroine, Lady Nora, who meets very little of the criteria on his list. Everyone but the H/h can see almost at once ...more
Oh man I don't think I've laughed so hard reading a book since... well never!! The crazy antics of all the characters in this book are so ridiculous I couldn't stop laughing.
Definitely don't read this if your looking for drama or deep thoughts. Read and enjoy because I guarantee you'll be rolling on the floor laughing in every page of this book.
Handsome, wealthy Gabriel Carr dislikes a fuss. He has made a life plan (Corinthian until 25 - check, make fortune 25-30 - check, find a wife, set up a nursery by age 30 - not done!) and the only thing left to do is find a wife and set up a nursery. Gabe has three months to find the ideal bride and makes a list of the attributes he wants in a wife. At the top of the list is lady from merchant class. Gabe is used to being chased for his looks and fortune by the ladies of the ton and would prefer ...more
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Feb 09, 2010 Kathy * Bookworm Nation rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, 2012
I had a tiny bit of a hard time getting into this one. I took a little break and when I came back to it I got sucked in. I guess I didn’t care much for Gabriel at the start, but as the story progresses he really grows on me, even if he is a bit conceited. Nola was pretty likable and they have fun chemistry. The story was pretty lighthearted and there is not much drama. I like the idea of Gabriel making a list, and realizing how dumb that is. I liked that while Nola was attracted to him she ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Lulu rated it really liked it

4.5 stars! Quick and fun read for everyone!

Gabriel Carr is one uptight or starchy hero. It's fun to watch him thaw and fall in love with the heroine. I also love the heroine and her quirkiness. They are both so funny together!! :) And the hero's list of qualities for an ideal bride!... epic! haha. :)

For everyone who likes Mr. Darcy-type hero, this one's for you. Complete with the perfect blend of humor and romance. :)
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Aug 31, 2016 Laura (Kyahgirl) rated it it was amazing
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

I laughed and laughed throughout this whole book. Nola and Gabriel were very funny characters without meaning to be.
This is the type of historical romance I might recommend to a person who likes a sweet romance but doesn't want any explicit sexual content in the story.
Dropped after four chapters....just couldn't get into it. This style of writing is definitely for the lovers of chicklit regency romances.
Jun 30, 2010 Dina rated it really liked it
Well it is a light book, but it seems that the same 3 jokes run through the whole book, and the flow slows down in the middle considerably. 3.5 stars
Apr 13, 2010 Hally rated it really liked it
I found this to be a very enjoyable read. Witty and comical. Couldn't put it down.
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Shelves: used, trad-regency, 2012
I liked the premise but the execution was a little too slapstick for me.
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