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Mad Jack (Bride Series)
     

Mad Jack (Bride Series)

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by Catherine Coulter
 

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The fifth book in the Bride Saga from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Winifrede disguises herself as a male valet to Grayson St. Cyre’s aunts, but when Grayson discovers the truth, he uncovers feelings he never imagined he possessed.

Overview

The fifth book in the Bride Saga from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Winifrede disguises herself as a male valet to Grayson St. Cyre’s aunts, but when Grayson discovers the truth, he uncovers feelings he never imagined he possessed.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Coulter is excellent at portraying romantic tension between her heroes and heroines." -MILWAUKEE JOURNAL

“A good storyteller…Coulter always keeps the pace brisk.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Ms. Coulter is a one-of-a-kind author who knows how to hook her readers and keep them coming back for more.”—The Best Reviews

“Coulter is excellent at portraying the romantic tension between her heroes and heroines, and she manages to write explicitly but beautifully about sex as well as love.”—Milwaukee Journal

“Coulter instinctively feeds our desire to believe in knights in shining armor and everlasting love—historical romance at its finest.”—BookReporter.com

“One of the genre’s great storytellers.”—Kansas City Star

“One of the masters of the genre.”—The Newark Star-Ledger

“Catherine Coulter is one of the best authors of exciting thrillers writing today.”—Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515124200
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/04/1999
Series:
Catherine Coulter's Bride Series , #4
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
234,994
Product dimensions:
4.44(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Read an Excerpt

St. Cyre Town House

London, 1811

March 25th GRAYSON ALBEMARLE ST.

Cyre, Baron Cliffe, read the single page one more time,

then slowly crumpled it in his hand. Some letter, he

thought, as he threw the ball of paper into the fireplace.

Not many words on the page, but most of the few there

were vicious and malevolent. He watched the paper slowly

crinkle around the edges, then burst into bright flame.

He walked out of the drawing room and down the long

corridor toward the back of his home. He opened the door

to the library—his room—all somber and warm and filled

with books and little else. The heavy, dark gold velvet draperies

were drawn tightly against the night, the fire low and

sluggish because none of the servants had known he would

be coming into this room at this time.

They all thought he’d left five minutes before to visit his

mistress.

He thought of the damned letter and cursed, but not as

fluently as his father had when he was so drunk he could

scarcely walk. He sat down at his desk and took a piece of

foolscap from the top drawer, dipped the quill into the ink

pot, and wrote: If I receive another threat from you, I will

treat you as you deserve. I will beat you senseless and leave

you in a ditch to die.

He signed his initials, GSC, slowly folded the paper, and

slid it into an envelope. He walked to the elegant Spanish

table that sat against the wall in the entrance hall and placed

the envelope onto the ancient silver salver that his butler,

Quincy, cleaned every other day, at one o’clock in the afternoon,

without fail.

He wondered as he walked in the cold, clear, early spring

night to the apartment of his sweet Jenny what would happen

now.

Probably nothing. Men of Clyde Barrister’s stamp were

cowards.

Carlisle Manor

Near Folkstone

March 29th

There was nothing more to say, damn her. He was panting

with rage at her, the ungrateful little bitch. He couldn’t help

himself. He raised his hand to strike her, then got hold of

himself. ‘‘If I hit you, Carlton will know it and perhaps not

want you.’’

She whimpered, her head down, her hair straggling long

and tangled and sweaty down the sides of her face.

‘‘Silent at last, are you? I never thought I’d see you mute

as a tree. It’s refreshing for once not having to listen to

your complaints and see those looks of yours. Silence and

submissiveness are very charming in women, in you especially,

though I’m just now seeing them for the first time.

Well, perhaps it’s over, eh? Yes, you’ve finally given up.

You won’t go against me anymore.’’

She said not a word. When he grabbed her chin in his

hand and forced her head up, there were tears in her eyes.

But still he frowned. He stared down at her hard, still

breathing hoarsely from his pacing and yelling. But his face

was no longer as flushed as it had been a minute before,

and his voice no longer trembled with rage when he spoke.

‘‘You will marry Sir Carlton Avery. He will return tomorrow

morning. You will smile shyly at him and tell him that

it is your honor to become his wife. I have given him my

blessing. The marriage settlements are agreed upon. Everything

is done. You will not disobey me, or when I next see

you, I will make you very sorry.’’

He grabbed her chin again, saw the tear streaking down

her cheeks, and smiled. ‘‘Good,’’ he said. ‘‘Tonight you

will bathe and wash your hair. You look like a slut from

Drury Lane.’’ He swiftly left her bedchamber, humming

with his victory. Still, because he didn’t want her to forget

that he was serious, he slammed the door behind him. She

heard his key grate in the lock. She heard his heavy-booted

footsteps receding down the long corridor. She drew in a

deep breath, looked upward, and said, ‘‘Thank you, God.

Thank you, God.’’

He’d forgotten to retie her hands.

She lifted her hands, looked at the ugly, raw bruises on

her wrists, and began to rub feeling back into them. She

bent over to untie her ankles, then rose slowly from the

chair where she’d been trussed up like a criminal for three

days. She relieved herself and quickly downed two glasses

of water from the carafe that sat on her bedside table. Her

breathing calmed. She was very hungry. He hadn’t allowed

her any food since the previous evening.

But he’d forgotten and left her hands untied. Perhaps he

hadn’t forgotten. Perhaps he believed he’d finally broken

her and tying her hands didn’t matter. Well, she’d tried to

make him believe that. To hold her tongue had cost her

dearly. To squeeze tears out of her eyes hadn’t proved so

difficult.

Would he come back? That got her into action more

quickly than having Farmer Mason’s bull Prixil racing toward

her across the south field would have. She had to

leave in the next three minutes, perhaps sooner.

She’d thought of this so often during the long hours of

the past three days, had meticulously planned it, modified

her plans, pictured everything she would be able to carry

in the small, light valise.

The next two minutes she spent tying the ends of her

two sheets together, slinging them out of the second-floor

window, and praying that she would fit through the tall,

narrow opening. No doubt she was thinner now than she

had been three days ago. She’d stared at that window off

and on during the past three days, knowing it was her only

way out. She would have to squeeze through it. She had

no choice at all.

She managed, barely. When she was dangling six feet

above the ground, she looked briefly back up at her bedchamber

window, then smiled. She let go and rolled when

she landed on the soft, sloping ground. When she stopped,

shook herself, and found that she’d gained only a few

bruises from her jump, she looked back at her home once

more, its lines soft and mellow beneath the brilliant light

of the half-moon. A lovely property, Carlisle Manor, one

that had belonged to her father, Thomas Levering Bascombe,

not this bastard, not this man who’d married her

mother after her father had died. And now Carlisle Manor

was his, all his, and there was nothing anyone could do

about it.

With luck she wouldn’t be missed until the morning. Unless

he remembered and came back to tie her hands. Then

things would be a bit more difficult.

At least Georgie was far away from here, all the way up

at York, and thus would be safe from their stepfather’s rage

when he discovered that his pigeon had escaped the cage.

His pigeon also knew where to go.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
“A good storyteller…Coulter always keeps the pace brisk.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Ms. Coulter is a one-of-a-kind author who knows how to hook her readers and keep them coming back for more.”—The Best Reviews

“Coulter is excellent at portraying the romantic tension between her heroes and heroines, and she manages to write explicitly but beautifully about sex as well as love.”—Milwaukee Journal

“Coulter instinctively feeds our desire to believe in knights in shining armor and everlasting love—historical romance at its finest.”—BookReporter.com

“One of the genre’s great storytellers.”—Kansas City Star

“One of the masters of the genre.”—The Newark Star-Ledger

“Catherine Coulter is one of the best authors of exciting thrillers writing today.”—Midwest Book Review

Meet the Author

Catherine Coulter is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the FBI Thrillers featuring husband and wife team Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. She is also the author—with J. T. Ellison—of the Brit in the FBI series. She lives in Sausalito, California.

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Mad Jack (Bride Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life. Coulter did really good on this one. Especially with the humor and steamy romance. I love all her books, but this is one of my personal favorites. If you're depressed, and you want a really good laught, I insist you read this book! It'll perk up your day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many good books, but this one kept me up all night, until I finnished it. Great job.
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I'm not sure what book the others are reviewing. Its not that funny. It doesnt flow. The characters are boring. NOT one of my favorite Coulter books at all. I dont know if I want to bother finishing it. Has potential... but hardly holding my attention.
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Georgia-Nana More than 1 year ago
Catherine Coulter is always worth a read, But Anne T. Flosnik brings a extra level of enjoyment to the stories. 5 minutes in you forget that Anne is the voice of the men as well as the women. And you always know which person she is reading...
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This was the first book I had ever read by this author, and I can sincerely state I will not read another. The way the characters described what the others were doing in conversation was ridiculous. No one - and no one, speaks that way. It made the story feel rushed and stilted, and I am sad to say, much of the humor was lost on me. Something funny being told to you is not as funny as witnessing it. I felt the situations would have been much humorous if she described what was happening instead of having her characters describe it in their dialogues. I found it offensive that the women were protrayed by the men as being silly (something that made me wonder what it was exactly the men saw in them other then the prospect of having sex with them), and the abuse situations Ms. Coulter touched on, then so neatly wrapped up with two of the characters being so heroic was disgusting. She should have never touched on such deep subjects and solved them with MORE physical violence. The conclusion to this still very real problem rubbed me completely the wrong way. If she was trying to make a social statement on the issue - she failed....miserably. Reading this book was an utter loss of time. Don't bother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HAVING READ SO MANY OF MISS COULTER'S BOOKS I WAS AMAZED SHE COULD OUTDO HERSELF.UNTIL NOW 'THE WARRIOR' WAS FAR HER BEST WRITING, BUT MAD JACK HAD HUMOR AND A TWIST THAT IS VERY ENTERTAINING.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Right from the beginning, 'Mad Jack' is filled with classic Coulter trademarks: an outstanding cast of secondary characters, funny dialogue and situations, and well-matched, wicked-tongued hero and heroine. The passion and romance between Jack and Gray is real, but a lot of the plot devoloves into absurdity. The problem Jack and Gray encounter has no place in any romance and Coulter seems to have forgotten how to write her usual exciting suspense, as all danger pops up briefly in the beginning, vanishes for the next 200 or so pages, only to reappear in the last chapter. In addition, the story also has dark overtones of abuse which are inadequately dealt with and poorly resolved. While secondary characters provide some comic relief, the Sherbrookes are reduced to cartoon characters who seem to try too hard to get out a laugh. Coulter has done better, but 'Mad Jack' is not all bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Coulter was the reason I started reading historical romances in the first place. I was excited when I got the chance to buy it and turned down a couple of other really good titles. I have to say of all her books (which is a lot) this one is awful. Come on I can write better then this. You just can't beilve that any of this would happen. Please take more time to write your novels¿they used to be very good.