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Bewitching Bride, A (Berkley Sensation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Thornton
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27 Jan 2011 Berkley Sensation
When those around her begin meeting tragic fates, Kate Cameron knows she's next - until she's rescued by psychic Gavin Hepburn. But after a night in hiding together, Kate is branded a fallen woman and forced into marriage with Gavin - an arrangement that suits Gavin's purpose to do anything it takes to keep Kate safe from a killer haunting her past. For this enigmatic and lovely beauty has become the unexpected love of his life.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BERKLEY - US (27 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523780X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425237809
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 May 2011
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I am a huge fan of ET. However, her latest trilogy about 3 Scotsmen who have inherited paranormal powers from a common ancestor have been disappointing for me as I prefer plots that focus on the romance between H and h. In this novel, as in the other two (The Runaway McBride and The Scot and I), the spy plot and the paranormal powers storyline totally overwhelms the romance.

Prior to this trilogy, with the exception of a few of her very earliest works, all of ET's novels have been keepers for me. Great orginal plots and sparkling dialogue between H and h.

My all time favourites by this author are The Worldly Widow, To Love an Earl, Dangerous to Kiss, Dangerous to Hold, You Only Love Twice, Princess Charming, The Marriage Trap and The Bride's Bodyguard.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice story...adequate but not memorable 2 Feb 2011
By I. Cespedes - Published on Amazon.com
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Gavin Hepburn is a seer who acquired his gift from his grandmother. While on her deathbed, she shared with him a prophecy and foretold that he would be responsible for saving the life of a young woman. While attending a wedding reception, he locks eyes with Kate Cameron and felt an electric buzz pass through him. Was Kate the one he was destined to save?
For all her life, Kate had battled demons and secrets. She trusted only one man, a dear friend, with those secrets. When her friend suddenly turns up dead, she realizes that she's no longer safe from her old terrors. She also learns that she is the intended target of a serial killer. By accident, or so she thinks, she ends up turning to Gavin for help; the one man that she knows she can trust with her life. Suddenly, what was supposed to be a joyful weekend celebration has turned into a frightful series of mind games with a mysterious murderer.

This book had all the makings of a great story: well-developed cast of characters, a suspenseful plot and a supernatural twist. Sadly, it fell short of being a great story for me. The hero and heroines relationship was tumultuous at best and confusing at worst. Gavin and Kate alternated between hot and cold too frequently. One instant, they'd share a moment of care and tenderness and the next, Gavin would be furious and would scold Kate as if she were an errant child. Kate was equally confusing. She easily accepted Gavin as her savior, yet refused to trust him with valuable information concerning her past.

The plot and the storyline, although intriguing, didn't flow smoothly and made the novel seem unpolished. In fact, there were several scenes that I had to re-read to be certain that I understood correctly. The following example is their first kiss:

"Clamping his arms around her, he used his weight to flatten her against the wall. Despite her prodigious experience in ministering to the sick and drunks at the clinic, she realized that she was abysmally ignorant of male anatomy, at least when the male was aroused. His body ground into hers. His lips moved on hers in a sensual caress that betrayed a wealth of experience that she did not possess."

Somehow this scene felt clipped and lacked any spark. Their first lovemaking scene also left much to be desired for Kate as well as the reader. The few love scenes there were could have been sweetly descriptive without necessarily being erotic. In addition, I'm still not entirely sure when Gavin and Kate fell in love amidst all the running and hiding they were doing.

Overall, I found this book to be adequate but not memorable. The pacing was satisfactory, there weren't many dull moments aside from the intimate scenes and the finale was action packed. However, with the identity of the killer being an interesting twist, I don't feel that it had the `gasp-and-awe' affect that it could or should have had.

NOTE: Received, read and reviewed for "The Season for Romance".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I'd hoped. 24 Jan 2011
By tachi1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Usually, the final book in a series is where all loose ends are tied, and the culmination of joy for all the characters involved. You usually get to revisit them all at the end, find them all well and happy, and say goodbye to the series in full contentment. This book was only loosely related to the others and had more the feel of a mystery than a romance, with murder and mayhem and strange happenings. After reading the book, I'm not even sure that the hero and heroine are really right for each other (of course, there is that "gift" thing, but still....)

Having said that, it was a good story and was well-written. It was just not the type of story I like. I prefer more character development, and a slowly-evolving love story without so much tension and stress. Elizabeth Thornton's romances have always had a back plot of some sort of mystery or subterfuge, but in this one, the romance takes a backseat.

I have enjoyed all her books for many years. I have many on my "keepers" shelf. I'm terribly sorry she died shortly after completing this one. I especially wanted to like it, but I couldn't.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a light romance with a suspenseful plot but the hero is a bit overbearing 5 Dec 2010
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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A Bewitching Bride by Elizabeth Thornton
Historical Romance - Nov. 2nd, 2010
3 1/2 stars

A Bewitching Bride was a solid romance by Elizabeth Thornton. The writing is clear, and I enjoyed the paranormal aspects in the storyline.

Gavin is a dashing hero who has a psychic 'gift.' When he sees Kate Cameron, he knows he is meant to help her, but Kate has secrets of her own. When she receives a mysterious note that promises blackmail, she tries to meet with a friend for help. But her friend is murdered and Kate ends up fleeing for her life and into the competent arms of Gavin and his outrageous and funny dog Macduff. (Macduff is my favorite part of the story because he is so courageous and charming.) Kate's life is in danger and Gavin is irresistibly drawn to help her and protect her. But who is behind the attacks and will Kate ever reveal her 'secret' to him?

This was a well written story and I liked the dash of the paranormal in the plot. I actually wished the author had included more! Kate is a kind, well meaning and young heroine who seems very nave. I liked her sweet and good-natured personality. Gavin is a strong hero but I found the way he protects Kate a little suffocating at times. Gavin always seems to have to have his way in the story, and I think it would have been a better balance if Kate had been able to participate in some of the decisions instead of sometimes being bullied for her `own good.' Although I understand Gavin is trying to protect Kate, I often felt he really didn't listen to her concerns and what she really wanted. As a result, I didn't like him as much as the author's previous romance heroes. But I did find the mystery intriguing and easy to read. Overall, I found her prior books more enjoyable.

This is a light romance with a suspenseful plot but the hero is a bit overbearing. I wished the author had let the sweet heroine shine more.

Reviewed by Steph from the Romance Book Club
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 18 Feb 2014
By genesgirl - Published on Amazon.com
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this book was really great. It captures you from the start to the end. I love her books they are awesome
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