The Hellion Bride (Bride Series)

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Fall in love again—with the second novel in the Bride saga.

Sophia has successfully controlled every man in her orbit until she meets Ryder Sherbrooke, a man she senses is different from the others—a man she sees as one of hell's own sons.
 

Amidst the forces of voodoo in Jamaica, charming young rake Ryder Sherbrooke meets his bride-to-be, 19-year-old Sophia...

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Overview

Fall in love again—with the second novel in the Bride saga.

Sophia has successfully controlled every man in her orbit until she meets Ryder Sherbrooke, a man she senses is different from the others—a man she sees as one of hell's own sons.
 

Amidst the forces of voodoo in Jamaica, charming young rake Ryder Sherbrooke meets his bride-to-be, 19-year-old Sophia Stanton-Greville.

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Editorial Reviews

Milwaukee Journal
Coulter is excellent at portraying the romantic tension between her heroes and heroines.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The second part of Coulter's (The Sherbrooke Bride ) bride trilogy follows Ryder Sherbrooke to Jamaica, where Theo Burgess, an islander, is making a devious grab for the Sherbrooke plantation. As part of his scheme, Theo bullies his niece, Sophie Stanton-Greville, into playing the tart to soften up Ryder. Ryder begins to piece together their plan just about the time Sophie (who is sick of her uncle's beatings and his threats against her younger brother, Jeremy) holds a gun to Theo. When the scoundrel turns up dead, local authorities are ready to lock up the young woman. Ryder rescues Sophie by marrying her and then by shipping her and Jeremy back to his family in England. Why he does this is something of a mystery--he had earlier decided that marriage was ``a truly appalling thought.'' Ryder's thoughts go beyond ambivalence to inconsistency, as though Coulter hasn't fully worked out what's going on in her hero's mind. This is unfortunate, since Ryder is the central focus of the book. Sophie too is not portrayed well by Coulter: she is two-dimensional. Because Ryder is depicted as adoring children and determined to get the girl, he, and his story, will probably find favor with Coulter's fans nonetheless. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515109740
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2001
  • Series: Bride Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 278,639
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine  Coulter
Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, TailSpin, KnockOut, and Whiplash. She lives in northern California.

Biography

The author of dozens of bestsellers, Catherine Coulter made her Romance debut with 1978's The Autumn Countess, a fast-moving story she describes as "a Gothic masquerading as a Regency." Six more Regency romances followed in quick succession; then, in 1982, she penned her first full-length historical novel, Devil's Embrace. She counts several trilogies among her most popular historicals, notably the Bride Trilogy -- which, in turn, spawned an ongoing story sequence featuring the beloved Sherbrooke family of Regency-era England.

In 1988, Coulter tried her hand at contemporary romance with a twisty little page-turner called False Pretenses. Her fans ate it up and begged for more. Since then, she has interspersed historicals with contemporary romantic thrillers (like the novels in her bestselling FBI series) in one of the most successful change-ups in the history of romance publishing.

Good To Know

Suspense writer Catherine Coulter tells us her top ten sleuths and her top ten heroes. We think you'll be as intrigued by her answers as we were ...

TOP TEN SLEUTHS:
Hercule Poirot
Jane Marple
Columbo
Inspector Morse
Jack Ryan
Indiana Jones
Pink Panther
Sherlock Holmes
Sid Halley

TOP TEN HEROS:
Harry Potter (Every Single Book)
Colin Firth as Darcy
S.C. Taylor from Beyond Eden
Lucas Davenport
Dillon Savich
James Bond (Sean Connery)
Jack Bauer
John McClain (All Die Hard)
Shrek (l & 2)
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    HISTORICAL ROMANCE FANS WILL RELISH THIS

    Fans of Catherine Coulter's Bride series will be delighted to hear the vixen/innocent Sophia come alive through this accomplished reading by British native Anne Flosnik. Listeners will be more than entertained by her articulate performance as she brings a cast of disparate characters to life. As many remember, the Bride series began with the Sherbrooke Bride in which we met Douglas Sherbrooke, the Earl of Northcliffe. Tall, dark, and handsome? Of course, as is Ryder Sherbrooke whom we meet in The Hellion Bride. He's a lady killer if there ever was one. A typical love 'em and leave `em type who is used to having the gentler sex melt before him. Now, gentler sex is not a description one thinks of in regard to Sophia. While she's not yet 20, she's apparently a woman of the world who is used to having her own way. Gossips say that at her tender age she already has three lovers. She lives in Jamaica, home of the Sherbrooke Sugar Plantation. Ryder has come to the Plantation to put an end to rumors of supernatural goings-on. As it turns out, supernatural forces are nothing compared to Sophia. Will Ryder tame her or will she be the conquering heroine? Historical romance fans will relish The Hellion Bride, with sex, secrets, and romance aplenty. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Beautiful love story

    Love the old English love stories.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Ryder is a hoot!

    Ryder has met his match in this book, she'll take good care of him and teach him a lesson youll never forget!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    The best series ever!!!!!

    I love all the stories about the Sherbrooke Family would love for her to write more. Read the whole series i have re-read these books like 4 times and they are as fun the second, third and fourth time. I would highly suggest reading them :) Susy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    One of my favorites!!!!

    The Hellion Bride is one of my favorite books ever. I would recommend it to everyone. I love all of Catherine Coulter's books. She is a wonderful author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2004

    Good but not great

    I dont know but I liked this one the least out of the bride series. I didnt like the new kindness Ryder seemed to have, but oh well. This book was good but it kind of bored me. I usually read books ive already read like 3 times after some time. I wont be reading this one again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    Love it!

    Ryder has been one of the funniest, perhaps cutest character I've read out of Catherine Coulter's many books. This book gives surprising depth to the charming rake we've come to know in the first book and makes you love him even more. This is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    The hero

    This book showed more of a softer, caring part of Ryder. He wasn't the man showing up for the quarterly meetings any more. He was being a responsible and honerable man. He becomes the hero by saving Sophia and caring for her as he falls in love with her. I loved the carachter of Sophia because even though she was the one being saved she seemed like the woman who was able to take care of herself and was ready to do it as well as caring for her younger brother. She was the kind of woman who could take charge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2002

    Romantic

    This is the second book of the Bride series and I loved it the best. First because the main character is very warm hearted and caring, though it seems as if he tries to hide his feelings for a purpose of protecting others from thinking he is someone he shouldn't be. Second, I really like this book because the story takes place in Jamaica. From up here in Minnesota that sounds like the place to be. Ms. Coulter is at her best in this romantic, breathtaking story of two young people who find love in different countries, and find themselves in each others' hearts. What an adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2000

    Thanks Catherine!

    Lately I have been reading more along the lines of Oprah books, but I have to say this was a delightful much needed break. It was a fast fun ride that kept me wanting a bit more. Romances are romances and every so often you get one that makes you wish your husband was like Coulter's Ryder Sherbrooke.

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