Perfect Strangers(A Historical Romance)

Perfect Strangers(A Historical Romance)

by Rebecca Sinclair

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In 16th century England, Gabrielle Carelton is one of Queen Elizabeth’s most devoted ladies-in-waiting. Then that loyalty is put to the test when Her Majesty commands her to marry Scotsman Collin Douglas.

But when Gabrielle is kidnapped by Collin’s twin brother, not even Good Queen Bess can save her.

Dubbed the Black Douglas, devilishly handsome Connor is known throughout the land for his magnificent feats of strength and cunning. But now he is in need of an heir. An English bride will bring peace to the warring nations—and give him the son he craves.

What the Black Douglas doesn’t expect is an Englishwoman as passionate as she is proud... and in possession of a desire that knows no boundaries.

Set against the pageantry and savage splendor of 16th-century England and Scotland, here is the story of a man and a woman who begin as enemies and strangers—and find a love that will triumph against all odds.

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"A delightful read, filled with humor, pathos and the entire gamut of emotions in between... a wonderful romp." ~Evelyn Feiner, Romantic Times Magazine

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614170730
Publisher: ePublishing Works!
Publication date: 06/10/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 155,397
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Critically-acclaimed author Rebecca Sinclair lives in a circa 1865 house complete with a widow's walk, a Table-of-Death and, of course, its own ghosts! When Rebecca isn't crafting stories, she enjoys time with her family, reading (a lot!) and listening to a wide variety of music.

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Perfect Strangers 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
recupefashion More than 1 year ago
This is a must read historical romance. I completely fell in love with this book and I'm certain you will too. Perfect Strangers is set in the beautiful 16th Century lands of England and Scotland. It's the sotry of Gabrielle Carelton who is on her way to Scotland from England to wed Colin Douglas to end all feuds between the Maxwells and the Douglases that have been going on for the past century. But on her way she is kidnapped by Colin's twin brother, The Black Douglas, Connor Connor kidnaps Gabrielle because he needs an heir and also loves to anger his brother. I cannot tell you to much without giving away too much of the story. But when Gabrielle sees Connor, she feels the heat rise in her as she has never felt this feeling before. And Connor, well, need I say more?.. But sparks fly between these two, that's for certain. This book is filled with action, love, and oh yes, a few well written and quite respectful love/sex scenes. Nothing distasteful, but on the contrary so preciously romantic. I must warn you that it is written in some Scottish burr but you will get the hang of it quite fast. I mean I'm French and I understood it quite fast, so if I did, anyone can too. The other thing I really enjoyed about the story, is that the author Rebecca chose to make her leading lady not very beautiful or not the perfect body. Which is one of her main concerns when she first gets really close for the first time with Connor, but he has a way of making her feel very beautiful, because he truly does find her beautiful and he loves that she is shapely and curvy because that makes her stronger and healthier. It also makes her perfect to have children. Through his eyes, Gabrielle eventually finds herself beautiful. I myself am 6 feet and am curvaceous and big boned and at 47 years old, I can say that I still hold my own. I totally loved this character for these reasons, because it made her feel so real and close to me. Except that my husband is not taller then me but a bit shorter, lol.... But even though, this story moved me to the core, I truly enjoyed it. I cannot wait to read another one of Rebecca Sinclair's books.
RomanceWritersReviews More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful Historical romance story, I was hooked the entire time. It was sexy, sweet and very HOT. The characters were very believable, and easy to fall in love with. The storyline was fascinating; with turns that kept you hooked. I felt the story was written so well, that you felt like you were there with the characters through their journey! I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good Historical romance novel. Rating 5 stars out of 5 stars
author-editor_LT More than 1 year ago
Historical romance at its very best, PERFECT STRANGERS delighted this reader with its proud heroine and fabulous hero. Their rocky start takes them on a conflict-filled journey, but, in the end, their love for one another cannot and will not be denied. Bravo, Rebecca Sinclair! LT
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
It was OK..................................................................................................... The sex scenes were long and there were several of them. The story was short. Not much to it.
Jadn More than 1 year ago
The story started off with a punch and a quick enjoyable pace. There was a lot of conflict that needed resolving and I enjoyed the overall story of how Gabriella come to learn who she is, about love, and about what is important in life.  However, this book was not an easy read and at times I felt so confused and so lost. In an opening letter by the author she points out that she’s cleared up some of the thick Scottish burr to make it easier to read. However, this is not what hindered me from enjoying the book. The major problem is that the Point Of View changes constantly. In one chapter the POV changed randomly between 5 characters. This was extremely annoying, and I had know idea who was thinking what and it made it a hard task to follow the story. Changing the POV tripped me up several times, because I would be in Gabriella’s POV and then I’d be like… wait that’s out of character, only to realize its switched. Initially the author did a good job of separating these out, by breaking up the chapters or putting breaks in the text when a switched occurred. But towards the middle that all went away and the POV changed randomly without any warning. I cannot stress to new authors how important it is, to pay close attention to this. If not it makes reading the story very disconcerting. As for family friendliness, it deserves the 1 out of 5.  This is a hot romance novel, and only for mature readers. I would not recommend anyone under the age of 18 read this book. It’s too racy.  There were several chapters that I completely skipped because it was only love making scenes. Now some readers may enjoy this, me however, I disliked it and felt it did not aid in the telling of the actually story, but deterred from it.  In my opinion, half the book could have been stripped down, and you’d have a better story than is currently presented. I had high hopes for the book, but it fell terribly short of expectations.
nattie1 More than 1 year ago
I was asked to read/review this book and since Historical Romance is one of my favorite generes to read besides Paranormal, I jumped at the chance. I have to say the cover art for the book is absolutely beautiful, makes you want to dive right into the story. I have to say this is a Historical Romance at it's finest, It has everything you want in a Historical Romance, I love reading from the 16th Century England/Scotland. Gabrielle Carelton is on her way to meet Collin Douglas her betrothed, but, on her journey she is kidnapped by a man named Black Douglas. Black Douglas has a reputation of being one of the most fierce men with our mercy for anyone, but, he just happens to also be Collin Douglas's twin brother. I am not going to spill all the details and if I go to deep I will spoil it for you and I don't want to do that, but I will say this is an absolute MUST READ, if you like Historical Romance then you will love this book, I love the two main characters Rebecca has built, very strong, strong willed characters, Gabrielle is a "sturdy" woman who has lots of self doubts and more worries than a lady should have, Collin, so different from his brother. In the beginning of the story of two people that were strangers, enemies in fact, only to be into a love story you will think about long after this book is done. I myself being not a perfectly shaped lady, truly loved this story more as Gabrielle was described the same, and to be recognized for her inner beauty is more than what's on the outside, when a story is written like this I feel it hits more readers as it makes the character more real, more identifiable with. It has everything you want in a book, romance, action packed, the right amount of danger, twits and turns that made me hold my breath and it was full of humour, just the right amount of everything that makes a good book great. I hope you will all pick up your copy and enjoy it as much as I did. Enjoy!!!!
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2012 RE-RELEASE E-Book copy!!PERFECT STRANGERS by Rebecca Sinclair is an exciting re-release historical romance set in 16th century England and Scotland, exact date 1603. It is the love story of Connor Douglas,"The Black Douglas" and Gabrielle Carelton. Gabrielle, is one of Queen Elizabeth's ladies-in-waiting and the most unlikely to find a match. Gabrielle is a relation to the Maxwell clan,which has had a feud with the Douglas clad for decades. Gabrielle's match will stop a century old feud and add an alliance between Scotland and England. However, she is instructed by the Queen to marry Colin Douglas, the Scottish twin brother of Connor Douglas. But Connor has her kidnapped and taken to his keep. Gabrielle,is not what Connor expected. She is not a tiny,silly lady,but a strong-will,determined,unconventional, complex lady,who has been judged,and ridiculed at Court for her size. Together, Connor and Gabrielle will embark on an adventure,where Gabrielle is kidnapped again,Connor is imprisoned in a dungeon,and they meet their desires for each other. "Perfect Strangers" is a delightful Scottish romance. The plot is fast paced,emotional,with witty authentic dialogue,valor,romance,sweet sensuality and passion. I love the way this author made the heroine,Gabrielle,a woman with both inner and outer beauty,although,some thought she was not a beauty. And the way the hero,Connor,loved Gabrielle for both her inner and outer beauty,to him she was beautiful and he loved her strength. "Perfect Strangers"is a must for anyone who enjoys Scottish adventure,historical romance,and love. Reviewed for an honest review from the author. Details can be found at ePublishing Works!,the author's website, and My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews. RATING: 5HEAT RATING: MILDREVIEWED BY: AprilR,My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addicton Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite time period in Scotland and England. I was able to understand the dialects. The development of the story was well written and followed a logical sequence of events. I enjoyed the way the you created the love scenes and the beautiful ending.Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable story line true to a Scot's heritage...determination, love for the clan, and passion for life with a sense of humor thrown in for good measure. Only thing not appealing was a lovemaking scene taking up 22 pages of one chapter, when a couple would easily do!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deana Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Reading historical romance is new for me. I think I made the right choice in reading Rebecca Sinclair’s Perfect Strangers, which is a delightful Scottish romance (this was a first for me). Perfect Strangers has a well written plot, the characters are well written and developed authentic and witty dialogue and full of emotions that pulled me from the beginning. The book is written with Scottish burr, it took a few chapters to get used to, but once I did it just adds that much more to the story. I enjoy that our lead lady, Gabrielle, was not the beauty of the day. She was your average girl. She had self-esteem issues as most of us do. We see Gabrielle, learn what inner beauty is and how to learn to like herself and find love in the process. Connor our lead man, has issues of his own. He is known for his fierceness and ability to get what he wants to matter what. What other people don’t see is the soft, caring, compassionate man beneath the hard exterior. Gabriella sees that and in the process sees him for what he truly is. I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop and felt it was very believable. It starts off as lusty and quickly moves towards something much deeper filled with passion and emotions. Through the twists and turns of this great story, love over comes all. I will definitely be reading more from Rebecca Sinclair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the storyline! Scotish twins who are fueding and haven't spoken for some time come together for another bout over a bride. A maid from the English court meant to end a long-time fued between two clans is kidnapped while enroute to her new home by the twin who wasn't her bethrothed. Loved the story but the author tended to be long-winded at times losing my interest. She goes into depth about feelings and inner thoughts for 2 pages before getting back to the dialogue. That aside, great book. Also, a few steamy sex scenes so not appropriate for young teens.
eB00kWorm More than 1 year ago
Excellent plot twist! I never saw the end coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BookReflections More than 1 year ago
This story completely took me by surprise as it was authentic, unpredictable, and cute.  Gabrielle must marry against her wishes, but there is a mix up and she ends up with the wrong brother. There are lots of twists and turns so any additional plot synopsis would give the fun away.  I thought the romance was sweet. the plot engaging, and the characters fun.  I liked how all the characters were different and had a more complex side than what was initially introduced to the reader.  I was slightly irritated at the constant reminders that Gabrielle was overweight and not very pretty.  I got it but I didn't need it on every page.  I understood that it played into her self-esteem but really, I just wanted to focus on the romance.
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Candi_Apple More than 1 year ago
Queen Elizabeth of England has asked Gabrielle to marry the Scotsman, Colin Douglas, in order to help end an on going feud. Once Gabrielle has accepted her fate, she decides to just be glad she is not marring Colin's twin brother, Conner Douglas, aka the Black Douglas. On the other side of things, Conner has decided to steal his brother's bride. Mostly to get back at Colin for the past, but also in effort to make peace with the warring Maxwell clan and benefit with an heir in the process. This book had adventure, kidnapping, love and love scenes. Gabrielle had low self-esteem and did not view herself very highly, mostly due to the Queen's put downs. I liked how Connor builds her up and once he gets to know her, he becomes attracted to her for her kindness and passion. Ella is the stubborn, determined cousin and I wish the book would have had more about how her life continues in the closing but maybe we will see a book about her. I also felt the second love scene dragged on and I found myself skimming parts of it. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I plan to read more books by Rebecca Sinclair. I give this book 4 of 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out ok but quickly became to dumb to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm going to have to pass on this book, why didn't the author just write it in simple english! I could not get into this book, just boring, wasted $2.99!