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To Catch a Bride (Devil Riders #3)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  906 ratings  ·  79 reviews
From Anne Gracie come the Devil Riders—four courageous soldiers back from the war, who must make their own way in a glittering new world. This is the story of cynical Rafe, who rescues a charming waif, and loses his heart in the process...

Rafe Ramsey, son of the late Earl of Axebridge, doesn't believe in love. But that doesn't mean he's willing to accept the marriage of co
Kindle Edition, 319 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Berkley
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To avoid an unwanted marriage Rafe Ramsey travels to Cairo in search of a lost granddaughter of an old family friend and finds himself with more trouble then an unwanted marriage.
Ayisha has lived by her wits and disguised as a boy on the streets of Cairo for many years, until one day a unknown Englishman starts asking questions that starts to raise more then questions but secrets she long to forget. As she has to chose between her old life and a new life with Rafe.......

I liken this book to a
From Rafe’s mad, death-defying driving as they race to the wedding of Harry & Nell (H/H from “His Captive Lady”), Luke senses that his BFF, the usually cool, calm, collected Rafe, seems to be exorcising some inner demons. Rafe’s facing a bleak prospect of being the convenient instrument for Rafe’s bro, who hatched the cold-blooded marriage stipulations that Rafe will marry the chosen bride of good breeding & bloodlines, beget his family heir & then his child will be raised by Rafe’s ...more
BJ Rose
Rafe is furious! He survived 8 years of war, but is now besieged by his family, who have arranged a marriage of convenience for him. Since he’s the second son, he wasn’t expecting that, but he is the heir to his older brother, who is childless, and it’s now up to Rafe to ‘secure the succession’. He was willing to do that – until he discovered the devil’s agreement that was worked out as part of the proposal. Rafe’s solution?! Go to Egypt to find the long-lost granddaughter of a good friend of hi ...more
I was not expecting to enjoy their story as much as I did. There were a lot of plot twists that came at the end of the book, and I appreciated that all was not revealed right away. Rafe is escaping an uncaring family and goes to Egypt to help an old family friend find their long-lost granddaughter, Alicia. Ayisha is troubled, hiding in plain sight as a boy with Laila, the Egyptian lady who took her in from the streets. And she doesn't want her life to change, no matter that she can't live as who ...more
3.5 stars. This was such a comfortable read. Likable characters, smooth writing, and the unchallenging world of the standard Regency historical -- albeit a little different, because most of the book is set in Egypt and then on shipboard, rather than in England. But still, the mood was that of a Regency historical, and it was darned pleasant, too.

The main characters are Ayisha, the orphaned daughter of an Englishman, and ex-soldier Rafe, who traveled to Egypt to find her... or so he thinks. Ayis
To Catch a Bride was a cute and exciting story that starts in Egypt, then on to a ship to sail off to England. Very little time was spent in England, which is great because I'm kind of sick of that setting. I can't say I loved this book, but I did enjoy it and read it fairly quickly. The secondary romance was actually a little better than the primary one, imo. My first Anne Gracie book was The Perfect Rake and I liked that one more - primarily because of the awesome hero.
Caroline Yamashita
Ele é o frio e calculista dos cavaleiros!
Rafe é imagem perfeita da calma fria antes de uma tempestade.
Por trás de suas roupas impecáveis, o rosto de "tô nem aqui", existe um homem que está desesperado para fazer parte de algo, de alguma coisa... não pode ter um final tão trágico, como o se casar com uma lady escolhida por seu irmão, que vai gerar um herdeiro e dá-lo para o conde criar e educar.
Por isso, quando tem a oportunidade de sair da cidade, e em busca da neta perdida da Senhora Cleeve, el
Mostly a pretty good read, with an amazing love scene after a pirate attack on the ship on which the H/h are travelling. This one is a lot better than Stolen Princess, maybe not quite as good as His Captive Lady, in this series so far. But sheesh, the gooey sentimentality really gets piled on in the final chapters of some of Gracie's books (see The Perfect Waltz and Gallant Waif, besides this one), leaving me with a rather sickly-sweet final impression, and really detracting from the pleasure I ...more
Rafe Ramsey’s brother is the Earl of Axebridge, but because his older brother hasn’t produced any children after ten years of marriage, Rafe is feeling pressure to marry and secure his succession. Although all his friends have fallen in love and are happily married, he believes love is for fools and has no interest in marriage. With a betrothal on the horizon, Rafe has one last chance to enjoy his freedom as a bachelor.

Meanwhile, Lady Cleeve believes her missing granddaughter is alive after twel
As a book reader, you need a romance every once in awhile to make your heart flutter just a little. I do tend to lean toward the romances where the two main characters are at odds with each other, it just makes the ending so much more delicious.

Oh I did like the book, and even though it was the third in a series of books, it stood alone quite well. The secondary characters were a delight, and I hope there is a story about the man in Egypt and the heroine's best friend.

That would be a book I wou
Jan 20, 2010 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any regency fan
This was everything a regency romance should be. Very well done. The heroine is spirited and capable while also fresh and charming. The hero knows almost from the first that he wants her. He treats her very well and does everything he can to win her. The conflicts seem real and not just a contrivance to fulfill a plot. The author seems to have done her homework and the flavor of the times is very well done without being too rigid.
This is one hell of an interesting story ^^.As always I loved the book, not surprising from Anne Gracie.

Mostly I loved Ayisha, she was a most beloved heroin, brave, bold, fierce, loyal, and totally in love, but mostly I felt sorry for her and proud of her how she stod up to evrything and accepted every bit of a problem. And Rafe was amazing too, but like some of the reviews I read he was a total thick-head when it came to talking with Ayisha, he always fund the wrong thing t say. At least he fi
This was a lot of fun! A very fast read, clever and funny, good story and wonderful characters. Yay! I think I need to check out more Anne Gracie!
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
Cute little story. I really liked the plot. I liked Ayshia but Rafe didn't draw me in as much as he could have.
To Catch a Bride left me smiling and eager to pick up another Anne Gracie novel.

Rafe Ramsey, son of an earl, has some issues with the marriage his brother has arranged for him. So he volunteers to track down an elderly woman's missing granddaughter who, conveniently, is thought to be in Egypt, far from his family and bride-to-be.

Ayisha Cleeve's parents died of the plague when she was thirteen, leaving her to a hard life on the streets. Her father was an Englishman, but fears of being discovered
Lover of Romance
To Catch A Bride is the third addition in the Devil Riders Series. I have to say that every time I read from this author, I have enjoyed her immensely. There is something unique to the way she puts together a story. This story was a little bit different than the others I have read from her so far. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. When I read the blurb, it sounds interesting, but I had hoped I would be able to get into the story. When I started reading To Catch A Bride, it took a few ...more
Venus Valenzuela
I love the plot so much.
Rafe runs from his domineering brother and accepted the request of an old woman to find her grandaughter in Egypt. It's different than the usual novels that started in London and ended in London, where the moment you read the first 3 chapters you already know the ending.
Ms. Gracie made a very fine heroine on Ayisha, very smart, brave and kindhearted girl who disguised herself as a boy to survive the slums in Cairo, who could kill anyone who will hurt her loved ones, eve
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Thoroughly enjoyed. Loving this series. Each story is different and doesn't feel recycled. Not too eager to read Nash's story but can't wait for Luke's.
Mmmm, no. I liked the premise of this book (I'm a sucker for the cross-dressing heroine thing), but it fell so flat. Ayisha could have been such an interesting heroine – resourceful, intelligent, gritty – but instead she was the same sort of flimsy damsel-in-distress that overpopulates this genre. And Rafe? Had such a great introduction! But then he was just another emotionally repressive machismo guy. Ugh. And though usually I am pretty able to suspend my disbelief and let inconsistencies slide ...more
Great story with likable characters.
Andrea Hussey
Plot spoilers
On pg. 5 we get a rundown of his sexual past, and it’s “purely physical.” Boy, she wasted no time here, but at least she refrained from being too detailed.

“They say he’s an English milord,” Ali said.
Milord? Don’t u mean lord? Milord is wut u say when you’re addressing them directly.

In a crowd, people searching for you looked for your turban; change it and you were a different person.
Uh, yeah. Sum1 searching 4 u that hard wud only look 4 the same colored turban & wudnt bother 2 l
Fanny Roswita Ria
Baca series ini emang ga berurutan, berawal dari Nash Renfrew dan Maddy; Lalu ada Harry Morrant dan Nell; dilanjut dengan Gabe Renfrew dan Callie sekarang bukan adik-kakak Renfrew yaitu Rafe Ramsey bersama Aisyah Cleve.

Berawal dari pertemuan Rafe Ramsey dengan Lady Cleve alias nenek dari Aisyah di pesta pernikahan Harry-Nell, ditambah dengan kesalahpahaman antara George (kakak dari Rafe dan seorang earl) membuat Rafe bertekad mencari cucu Lady Cleve yg hilang di Kairo, Mesir. Walo dihadang oleh
A most peculiar mish-mash of historical romance tropes.

It’s almost as if Ms Gracie had thrown a few dozen stock characters and stock narratives into a hat, pulled out six, then stuck them together without realising that they didn’t fit.

Write-by-numbers heir to a dukedom agrees to a marriage of convenience but finds an excuse to postpone it for a year while he runs around Egypt looking for the missing granddaughter of a dear old friend of his own granny. It takes him only two or three pages to fi
I gave it three, but it's really 3.5.

I haven't liked Anne Gracie's books since The Perfect Rake, so I went into this (library) book with low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. Had a really nice blend of humor and heart. Too often her books go straight into an unbearable pathos, so it was a nice change to see. There were some groaners: Was there too much cat? Yes, but then, I'm not a cat person. The whole pirate part was just plain goofy, and not in a ha-ha way, but in a "Good grief, what
It's a bit slow going in places- a lot of the problems that Ayisha and Rafe have are manufactured by them. (view spoiler)
Donna Campbell
I love Anne Gracie but I didn't really love this book, I am sorry but ole Gran is not going to change her opinion in one short conversation when she had such a terrible reaction---yes I get the reasons but you have NO more family left--I think a little of the problem is that there were just too few characters to like EVERYWHERE so Rafe & Ayisha couldn't have pulled it off with this much baggage
Loved it. I hadn't realized that I'd missed one of the books in this series until I started reading this one. I loved all the others so I'm not surprised that I love this one too. The hero has come to Egypt to find and rescue the daughter of an English expatriate who died some years back. The heroine has no intention of being rescued. And while she is the gentleman's daughter, she's not exactly what the hero expects to find. This is a great story with lots of heart and adventure--fights with bad ...more
Gracious, She is good!

Anne Gracie writes a great story! Her characters are full of depths and hard to resist. I have thoroughly enjoyed the first three books of this series, and look forward to those remaining. Her plots are very unique and compelling.
Shirley Evans
I found this book fun to read although I am definitely not a romance fan. I read it on my kindle while having an intravenous infusion and it was good reading for that situation but I didn't find it much of an intellectual challenge - all a bit silly really. I have another one for tomorrow's session.
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