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Keeper of the Bride

By: Tess Gerritsen
Narrated by: Montana Chase
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After Nina Cormier was jilted at the altar, the empty church exploded. Then someone tried to run Nina off the road, and she realized someone wanted her dead--but who? That's what Detective Sam Navarro needs to find out...fast.

With a nightmare unfolding around them, Sam and Nina decipher the stunning truth. Now they're at the mercy of a brilliant madman who plays for keeps.

©1996 Tess Gerritsen (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: Erotica

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I've grown accustomed to her flaws

This is my 12th book by TS. For me, reading one of her books is like listening to an old friend. Some of my old friends don't tell the best stories, but I still am comfortable with them. TS is not the greatest story teller, yet I feel comfortable with her.

TS started her career writing romance, but was not too successful with it. Now that she has hit the big time, she is going back to it. I discovered her when she was writing medical thrillers and she usually had some weird aspect to her story. In Harvest she had afterbirth, with an eye and it was living. Then her Rizzoli series got picked up by TBS Or USA? And now she is famous.

This book is mostly romance. Of the few romance I have read I like this best, but that is not saying much. It is just not my thing. Do not try to figure the mystery out in this as no clues are given to you in order to do so. Nina the female lead starts out with one of the worst days ever, her fiance leaves her standing at the alter, the church gets blown up and somebody tries to kill her. Later she falls in love with a cop, seduces him and tells him it is just one night, don't worry about anything else. The next morning she sinks her claws in him and tries to own him. He tells her no, but she doesn't listen. This may not seem right, but is so typical. I also did not care for the transformation of the bad guy. At the beginning he is suppose to be smart and crafty, but then he cracks up and gets sloppy. So, sloppy it is almost stupid.

If your not into romance, then listen or read Life Support, Gravity, The Surgeon, Ice Cold or The Apprentice. All great TS books.

Narrator is just ok, can't do male voices well at all.

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Not what I have come to expect from Tess Gerritsen

Until now, Tess Gerritsen was, for me, equivalent to "edge of your seat" thrillers and characters full of personality. The Harvest, Gravity, wonderful medical thrillers. Her Jane Rizzoli in The Surgeon... superb. And now, this book that had me repeating "oh please" as I hit the forward button to bypass the unbelievable nonsensical musings of the two main characters. I actually had to go back and make sure that this was a book by the same Tess Gerritsen that I had come to enjoy so much reading; in short, if you are a Tess Gerritsen fan, don't bother with this book, you will be very disappointed.

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Not like her later novels, this is simple

Love the later novels, this is more romance than I like. Too simple for me, not a thriller or intriguing as her other or later novels, that I give high marks.

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Not what I expected

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book is more of a romance novel than a mystery. Don't expect a Rizzoli and Isles style mystery. The essential elements of a good mystery are here but the book really revolves around relationship developing between the two main characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tess Gerritsen again?

Yes.

What about Montana Chase’s performance did you like?

The performance is fine and not an issue.

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Worst Tess Gerritsen EVER written....DID she write

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Totally predictable, no backbone to any of the characters and if I had not listened to so many books by Tess Gerritsen and this were my first one.....it would DEFINITELY be my last. I can't believe that she actually wrote this. Characters have no substance...plot is any that a sixth grader could write.....(and that's not being complimentary to sixth graders)
AWFUL! Would LOVE to have my money back on this one!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Flat, no emotion....might as well have been reading a cookbook.

What character would you cut from Keeper of the Bride?

The question should be which character would I KEEP

Any additional comments?

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY! I'M a huge fan of Gerritsen...but what a disappointment.

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Who knew...

Who knew Tess Gerritsen could write romance! This is definitely not one of her typical high suspense murder thrillers, but I thought it was a good mix of light romance, a little suspense and a murder mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this one.

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A fun read

The storyline was predictable but I still enjoyed it. Tess has a way of keeping your attention and wanting more. The insecurity of the two main characters got to be a bit much, but was necessary for the story to work. I highly recommend it.

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Meh - generally interesting but predictable

I enjoyed most of this book. It’s reasonably well written and the facts presented by the author are believable. How ever, I did not find any reader issues as described in the other reviews. The character studies are presented with a little of bit of Mexican culture; they were interesting and more would have made the characters stronger. As for the remainder characters are given tasks with no clear purpose or point. In general, the parents are awful; the main characters are often used as a convenient way to advance the plot. And I’m afraid that I bypassed prior reviews in advance of the purchase. This book gets lost in a morass of particular situations, the romance gets lost and the reader must suspend belief that seems ludicrous. I don’t want to reveal too much as the author deserves your unbiased attention as the story comes forward. So, it was an OK read, could have used more character development and backstory for the characters. And I purchased this without appropriate due diligence. Alternatively (same author) Rizzoli and Iles are still among my favorite detectives and I’m looking forward to the next release.

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Thin…very thin

No more Tess Gerritson for me; no substance here. Do yourself a favor and try something else.

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Keeper of the Bride

Another well told story by Garrettson. As is the case in her novels, Gerritsen twists the tale to keep the reader engaged.

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