Keeper of the Bride [NOOK Book]

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Your day starts by being jilted at the altar. It's about to get a lot worse.

If Nina Cormier's wedding had taken place, she would be dead. But after the bride was left at the altar, the church stood empty when the bomb exploded. It wasn't until a stranger tried to run her off the road that Nina realized...
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Overview




Your day starts by being jilted at the altar. It's about to get a lot worse.

If Nina Cormier's wedding had taken place, she would be dead. But after the bride was left at the altar, the church stood empty when the bomb exploded. It wasn't until a stranger tried to run her off the road that Nina realized someone actually wanted to kill her.

But who?

That's what Detective Sam Navarro has to find out…fast. With a nightmare unfolding all around them, Sam and Nina must try to decipher the terrifying truth: they are at the mercy of a brilliant madman, one who is playing for keeps.…

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Editorial Reviews

San Jose Mercury News
Tess Gerritsen . . . throws one twist after another until the excitement is almost unbearable.
From the Publisher
"Tess Gerritsen is an automatic must-read in my house." -Stephen King

"Tess Gerritsen...throws one twist after another until the excitement is almost unbearable." -San Jose Mercury News

"Ms. Gerritsen is a master!" -RT Book Reviews

"Gerritsen's romances are thrillers from beginning to end." -Portland Press Herald

"Tess Gerritsen brings us action, adventure and compelling romance." -RT Book Reviews

"Riveting... Gerritsen knows how to fashion credible, dimensional characters."-Los Angeles Times

"Tess Gerritsen writes some of the smartest, most compelling thrillers around." -Bookreporter

"Gerritsen is tops in her genre." –USA TODAY

Booklist
"This fast-paced story, boasts some nice plot twists and two likable protagonists. Sandra Brown readers will love it.”
Library Journal
An ER nurse finds herself the target of a lethal bomber and is drawn to the detective on the case in this tantalizing, well-plotted story that keeps readers on edge as the puzzle pieces gradually fall into place. First published as a Harlequin Intrigue in 1996, this early Gerritsen foreshadows her later medical suspense thrillers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459248960
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Series: Her Protector
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 24,597
  • File size: 285 KB

Meet the Author

Tess Gerritsen

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is a graduate of Stanford University and went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. Since 1987, her books have been translated into 37 languages, and more than 25 million copies have been sold around the world. She has received the Nero Wolfe Award and the Rita Award, and she was a finalist for the Edgar award. Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.

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The wedding was off. Cancelled. Canned. Kaput.

Nina Cormier sat staring at herself in the church dressing room mirror and wondered why she couldn't seem to cry. She knew the pain was there, deep and terrible beneath the numbness, but she didn't feel it. Not yet. She could only sit dry-eyed, staring at her reflection. The picture-perfect image of a bride. Her veil floated in gossamer wisps about her face. The bodice of her ivory satin dress, embroidered with seed pearls, hung fetchingly off-shoulder. Her long black hair was gathered into a soft chignon. Everyone who'd seen her that morning in the dressing room—her mother, her sister Wendy, her stepmother Daniella—had declared her a beautiful bride.

And she would have been. Had the groom bothered to show up.

He didn't even have the courage to break the news to her in person. After six months of planning and dreaming, she'd received his note just twenty minutes before the ceremony. Via the best man, no less.

Nina, I need time to think about this. I'm sorry, I really am. I'm leaving town for a few days. I'll call you.
Robert


She forced herself to read the note again.

I need time…. I need time….

How much time does a man need? she wondered.

A year ago, she'd moved in with Dr. Robert Bledsoe. It's the only way to know if we 're compatible, he'd told her. Marriage was such a major commitment, a permanent commitment, and he didn't want to make a mistake. At forty-one, Robert had known his share of disastrous relationships. He was determined not to make any more mistakes. He wanted to be sure that Nina was the one he'd been waiting for all his life.

She'd been certain Robert was the man she'd been waiting for. So certain that, on the very day he'd suggested they live together, she'd gone straight home and packed her bags….

"Nina? Nina, open the door!" It was her sister Wendy, rattling the knob. "Please let me in."

Nina dropped her head in her hands. "I don't want to see anyone right now."

"You need to be with someone."

"I just want to be alone."

"Look, the guests have all gone home. The church is empty. It's just me out here."

"I don't want to talk to anyone. Just go home, will you? Please, just go."

There was a long silence outside the door. Then Wendy said, "If I leave now, how're you going to get home? You'll need a ride."

"Then I'll call a cab. Or Reverend Sullivan can drive me. I need some time to think."

"You're sure you don't want to talk?"

"I'm sure. I'll call you later, okay?"

"If that's what you really want." Wendy paused, then added, with a note of venom that penetrated even through the oak door, "Robert's a jerk, you know. I might as well tell you. I've always thought he was."

Nina didn't answer. She sat at the dressing table, her head in her hands, wanting to cry, but unable to squeeze out a single tear. She heard Wendy's footsteps fade away, then heard only the silence of the empty church. Still no tears would come. She couldn't think about Robert right now. Instead, her mind seemed to focus stubbornly on the practical aspects of a cancelled wedding. The catered reception and all that uneaten food. The gifts she had to return. The nonrefundable airline tickets to St. John Island. Maybe she should go on that honeymoon anyway and forget Dr. Robert Bledsoe. She'd go by herself, just her and her bikini. Out of this whole heartbreaking affair, at least she'd come out with a tan.

Slowly she raised her head and once again looked at her reflection in the mirror. Not such a beautiful bride after all, she thought. Her lipstick was smeared and her chignon was coming apart. She was turning into a wreck.

With sudden rage she reached up and yanked off the veil. Hairpins flew in every direction, releasing a rebellious tumble of black hair. To hell with the veil; she tossed it in the trash can. She snatched up her bouquet of white lilies and pink sweetheart roses and slam-dunked it into the trash can as well. That felt good. Her anger was like some new and potent fuel flooding her veins. It propelled her to her feet.

She walked out of the church dressing room, the train of her gown dragging behind her, and entered the nave.

The pews were deserted. Garlands of white carnations draped the aisles, and the altar was adorned with airy sprays of pink roses and baby's breath. The stage had been beautifully set for a wedding that would never take place. But the lovely results of the florist's hard work was scarcely noticed by Nina as she strode past the altar and started up the aisle. Her attention was focused straight ahead on the front door. On escape. Even the concerned voice of Reverend Sullivan calling to her didn't slow her down. She walked past all the floral reminders of the day's fiasco and pushed through the double doors.

There, on the church steps, she halted. The July sunshine glared in her eyes, and she was suddenly, painfully aware of how conspicuous she must be, a lone woman in a wedding gown, trying to wave down a taxi. Only then, as she stood trapped in the brightness of afternoon, did she feel the first sting of tears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Keeper of the Bride is the 12th stand-alone novel by best-sellin

    Keeper of the Bride is the 12th stand-alone novel by best-selling American author, Tess Gerritsen, and is the 2nd book of the Her Protector series. When her fiancé leaves her stranded at the altar, Nina Cormier is sure things can’t get any worse. Then the church explodes and she faces hours of questioning before a stiff, unfeeling automaton from the Portland Bomb Task Force, Sam Navarro, subjects her to more of the same. As Sam tries to determine for whom the bomb was meant, Nina is almost run off the road by another car. Before long Sam has a list of facts to churn over: a cancelled wedding, an attempted murder, a missing Church janitor and a bomb. And he finds himself attracted to the bride, a woman he is charged with protecting from harm. Even if the hero is a bit slow figuring out why his charge has been targeted, this is still a good example of Gerritsen’s early forte, romance/intrigue. The plot is original and has a few twists; the characters have a bit of depth and charm; and, while the use of car phones does rather date the story, the climax is dramatic. Good Gerristen reading.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Great Book

    I really loved this book!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Good story

    It is captivating from the beginning. Well written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    Not a Keeper

    Tess Gerritsen waivers between genres and sometimes I get fooled into thinking a book isn't a bodice ripper. If you like the type of book where the protagonist is a spunky little gal who manages to seem oh so brave to her hunky savior while both of them dither back and forth about forging a relationship, then this is the book for you. I skipped pages of nonsense and managed each time to pick up the thread until finally I didn't care what happened to these people and threw the book unfinished into the trash. Seriously. My only hope is that a dumpster diver is able to get some enjoyment out of it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Typical romance

    This was a boring romance

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Triana

    Hello?

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Action all the way!

    This really is a good read. Action from the start to finish!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Keeper of the bride Keeper of the bride

    This book by tess gerritson was just okay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    If you enjoy the "I'm a gorgeous damsel in a tough situati

    If you enjoy the "I'm a gorgeous damsel in a tough situation who can prove she's strong to her new hunky hero" genre, this is a book for you. If you enjoy the "Rizzolli and Isles" style of Tess Gerritsen writing, this book will disappoint.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    recommend

    A good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Great read!

    I am normally not a harlequin romance kinda reader BUT mix in some murder and bombings and it just became my kind of book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Great story

    Really enjoyed this book and story line. First book I've readb by this writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    This is not a Rizzoli and Isles book

    I found this book to be sub-par. Or sub-sub-par.
    I found the plot to be unbelievable and the characters to be shallow.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    Recommended

    I enjoyed this book. It didn't quite come up with her breathtaking plots of her other books. It seemed more like a romance novel. But it read fast and kept my attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Very Good Book

    This book kept my attention all the way to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Awesome

    As all of Tess' books, this one does not disappoint. She is one of my favorite authors. This is a great mixture of mystery and romance. I like the fact that her books are not the same story lines. She really knows how to entertain!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    To question

    Kingdom haerts actualy depends on wich game u play in the seires. But what it boils down to is that this good wich took a part a keyblade weilders memory. That keyblade weilder was named Sora. Now sora is in a deep sleep so that namine (the wich) can put his memeory back to gether. In kingdom hearts 358/2 days ur a nobody. A nobody is a person without a heart and ur goal is to kill heartless and collect the hearts they realease. Basicly ur creatig one big heart wich will give all 14 members of organisation XIII a heart so that they can feel emotions. There are only suppose to be 13 members in organisationXIII but a few of the members were triing to creat a vesal tat could collect soas memories and then harness that power for themselves because sora is one of the most powerfull keyblade weilder out there. In kingdom heats recoded u play as a digital version of sora trying to fix a note book that contained some memories. Oh and in 358/2 days u play as Roxas. Soras nobody. Those are tge only two ive played so thats all of the information i have. Does any of this help

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Question

    Before I introduce myself, I was wondering....What is Kingdom Hearts about? I understand its Disney-based but other than that Im in the dark. Can you tell me? Im curious.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Lojik

    Hi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Great short read!

    I love all if her books!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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