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Captive Bride

(The Ghost of Gwynedd Castle #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Sensible, practical Beatrice Sinclaire has two secret passions: gothic novels and Lord Peter Cheriot, the man her beautiful sister left heartbroken years ago. When Bea’s scapegrace twin brother begs her help to rescue a maiden from a haunted castle, Bea seizes the chance for real adventure. If only Lord Cheriot didn’t insist on protecting her! How can she maintain a clear ...more
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published October 13th 2012 by Katharine Ashe
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Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Captive Bride by Katharine Ashe
Publication Date: October 13, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy provided by the author

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From the bestselling author of The Earl and My Lady, My Lord comes a delectably sexy tale of a lady torn between loyalty to her family and the man of every one of her forbidden dreams. A dark castle, a handsome lord, and a wicked ghost... When Bea Sinclaire's scapegrace brother begs her help to rescue a m
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I used to love historical romances, such as Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series and Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books. Unfortunately, for the past 5 years I haven’t been able to get into the genre. Katharine Ashe seems to be changing this. Captive Bride: A Regency Ghost Novel, is one of her stand-alone novels, which I picked-up after reading two of her novellas and enjoying them.

Captive Bride is a ghost story that is heavier on the historical romance side than the paranormal. After receiving a letter f
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of Katharine Ashe's work, it was a cool experience reading one of the first full length novels she wrote shortly after reading her latest, The Duke. Captive Bride has a spooky castle haunted by a ghost and the threat of eternal damnation for all virgins within its walls, but somehow, this book remains lighter and sweeter in tone than most of Ashe's later work. I really enjoyed seeing how her voice is still the same, but how she builds her characters and establishes their love story ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me say at the outset that Katherine Ashe is on my auto-buy list. I love her stories, I love her characters and I love her writing style. So I was pretty excited to see that this had been re-released on Kindle. This is, I think, the first novel she wrote, so it is interesting to go back to this one after having read all the rest. Clearly, her writing has developed and she has honed her craft, but the skill she has in bringing interesting characters to life, with both their charms and their fo ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, fantasy
This book was nice but I felt some parts were unnecessarily prolonged and repetitive, but I enjoyed it nevertheless ^^

- I liked the hero and the heroine, they both has their misunderstandings from the start, she thought he was only joking when he kept proposing to her for the 100 millions times and he thought she didn't like him enough, God they were frustrating

- Then the thing with the annoying selfish brother happened, and then he became jealous of a ghost, she became a target of a ghost and y
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oh, Katharine Ashe. This book was such a hot mess. It was the worst kind of misunderstanding plot, and it was all over the place in terms of the weird ghost plot that didn't really go anywhere. That said, I definitely saw all the things that makes me like her later books: the chemistry and the dialogue and the richness of the setting and the zany/interesting (but lately more contained) background characters.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is smutty romance dressed up as a Recency historical with a ghost and a witch tossed in. I wasn't impressed as I'd hoped for my Recency and paranormal and fewer cliches about his "manhood" and her "womanhood" and the like. It was a flashback to my junior high days when we all giggled over Harlequin romances and about as well written. Very disappointing, given the description, and I'm glad it was a freebie.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: katharine-ashe
"A dark castle, a handsome lord, and a wicked ghost..."
Captive Bride is from the USA Today bestselling author of The Earl and My Lady, My Lord.
It is a story of a lady torn between loyalty to her family and the man of her forbidden dreams.
It is the story of Bea Sinclaire and Lord Peter "Tip" Cheriot.
Bea is summoned to a haunted castle to help her rakish brother, Thomas. He has begged her to come to help him rescue a maiden from a haunted castle. A maiden he has become attracted and attached to.
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Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet and charming, but both the hero and heroine had me wanting to choke them a few times in my frustration at their stubborn cluelessness. Lost count at how many times the heroine said "no" to hero's marriage proposals (over a 4-yr. period...they had each secretly been in love for 7). 😳 COMMUNICATION IS KEY, people! 😂 They both grew in different ways....Bea found her backbone and stopped being used as a savior to her family, and Peter found his backbone and stopped comparing his own relationsh ...more
Lindsay S
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m usually a huge fan of Katharine Ashe’s writing, but the way these characters interact killed me! I almost DNF this book so many times! I wanted to throw my phone (audio book) and rip my earbuds out. Tell each other how you feel!!! Ugh, there is nothing that drives me crazy than two characters that want the same thing but refuse to come out and actually say it, all the time assuming the other is not on board.... how can a woman reject innumerable proposals from the man she loves because she l ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
This couple was TSTL. He asked her to marry him countless times and she kept turning him down. Why? He never asked her and she somehow assumed he was in love with her sister although there was no evidence of this. It took forever for them to get together and when they did there was still a huge misunderstanding and they were unaware they were both in love with each other.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did not get the conflict of this book. I understand it is difficult to speak of feelings but the entire book we know they love each other and it is not entertaining to read an whole book for feeling to be announced.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-novels
Only for Katharine Ashe would I read a historical romance with a ghost element.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 star ghostly romance!!

CAPTIVE BRIDE by Katharine Ashe is a delightfully scintillating ghostly romance that lends an air of danger and mystique to a love story that would otherwise be fraught with worry as to whether or not there would be a happily-ever-after for the star couple. Even with a night of lovemaking to save Bea from a most wicked end, Peter is still frustrated with the sense that Bea will never truly be his while Bea thinks he merely acted out of pity to save her sorry soul.

Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I have mixed feelings about this book. Yes, there were times when I found the characters annoying. The hero would be thinking along a certain line during his chapter, but in the following, heroine's chapter his behavior didn't always match his previous thoughts. Vice versa for the heroine. The pace felt leisurely, as if the writer could have trimmed some and achieved a better result, and therefore the book feels too long. And the behavior of the heroine's family felt contrived, so their dialogue ...more
Mary - Buried Under Romance
In the midst of a childhood-to-lovers tale, throw in a haunted castle, a ghost who must make someone his "bride" in order to live on in peace, and this story becomes a bit of a jumbled mess. It was not what I expected, simply put, because the heroine, Beatrice Sinclaire, deviated from her supposed sensible and practical self and was rash and impetus for most of the novel, if not all. The hero, Peter Cheriot, has loved Beatrice for a very long time, and he is everything a hero should be, except t ...more
Lisa Hutson
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I really should have known better. I never read paranormal. Just cant get my head around it. But "someone" told me this was not paranormal and not really a ghost story.
I suppose it would not really be pn from what I know (very little). But it is definitely a ghost story. And not a very good love story. No man would put up with it all. And the reasons they each told themselves for their behaviors were silly. Convoluted. The parents, families, just did not mesh. The cover is gorgeous. A
Noelle Pierce
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I started and finished this book in one day. I couldn't put it down, though I wondered at first if it was *really* going to be a ghost story or if there was going to be some sort of non-paranormal explanation for the "ghost." I was wrong, and I'm glad. There was also a time I thought the ghost and the happy aunt were going to steal the show. Their characters were great!

If there was any criticism I could make about this story, it would be that the main (romantic) conflict was mostly something th
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another historical with a twist. Ms. Ashe always delights me with her thought processes. Beatrice Sinclaire has turned down the offer of marriage to Lord Peter Cheriot more times than she can count. It’s not that she doesn’t love him, but cannot believe that he might have true feelings for her. Beatrice is called upon to save her twin brother once again, and Peter offers to accompany her on the trip – well chaperoned of course. When they find themselves literally trapped in a castle by an ancien ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Beatrice Sinclaire loves Peter Cheriot and keeps refusing his many offers of marriage because she believes he was in love with her sister and is getting her as a second choice. Her twin calls for her help in Wales and Peter assists her in getting there. Together they find a ghost who won't let virgins leave the castle. What to do! Well the answer is obvious, but Peter must convince Bea of his real love.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-own-it-kindle
3.5 stars
Very original and entertaining. I got a little lost as to the ghost's motivations, which knocked it down a notch for me. I'm not a big paranormal fan, so I was very pleasantly surprised that I liked it so much. I think her writing and characters helped it rise above.
Elizabeth King
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a different type of story for me - a Regency historical with a ghost and a curse. I thought it was great fun and enjoyed it immensely. Katharine Ashe has a witty and engaging writing style that is very easy to read.
Jody Brown
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great story! Well written and vibrant! Captures the past and the language so perfectly. I found this book charming!
Marguerite Butler
Oct 15, 2013 added it
Shelves: dnf
I love Katherine Ashe, but this book was a hot mess. I will still buy and read her Falcon's Club.DNF
Phil Lawless
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
As a paranormal story, not so great. As an historical romance around a paranormal theme, it was pretty good.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Two people in love with each other for years but it takes a ghost with a curse on him to bring them together. Great read!!
Ella Quinn
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story. This novella is packed with interesting characters and a wonderful love story.
3.5, I wish goodreads would allow half stars.
Melinda Leigh
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story is absolutely charming! I could not put it down and read it in one sitting.
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Katharine Ashe is the USA Today bestselling author of historical romances reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including two Amazon's Best Romances of the Year. A professor of history and popular culture, she writes fiction because she adores the grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality of historical romance. For more information, please visit her at http://www.kath ...more