"I was born a woman. There are but two courses for my life -- marriage or the convent. I have chosen. " Certain that she will never wed for love, sworn to let no man possess her for her beauty alone, Jacqueline de Crevy has vowed to become a bride of God. But en route to the convent of Inveresbeinn, her party is ambushed by a knight, who snatches Jacqueline from her saddle and spirits her away with him. He is Angus MacGillivray -- not the blackhearted ravisher she fears but a valiant man of honor who has returned to Scotland seeking justice . . . and revenge. Angus has come home from the Crusades to find his family murdered and his birthright seized. Sworn to reclaim his rightful lands, he has kidnapped the stepdaughter of Duncan, chieftain of Clan MacQuarrie -- Angus's avowed enemy. But his lovely captive refuses to be the chattel -- or ransom -- of any man . . . until Jacqueline senses the yearning heart beneath Angus's embittered facade. In spite of himself, Angus has let this defiant beauty touch his very soul. And as desire flames between them, a lady fair and her battle-scarred knight will fight for a love that could banish all the sorrows of the past. . . .
Alexander has a problem. It's not that his parents have tragically died, or that he has been made Laird of Kinfairlie years before he anticipated, or that their treasury is empty, or that he now has to take care of his seven younger siblings. It's that he has to marry off his sister Madeline, who has refused to ever wed. Madeline's betrothed died on the same boat as their parents and she won't even discuss it. So Alexander is forced to take matters into his own hands by auctioning Madeline off. But he never intended Rhys Fitzhenry to take part. Rhys is a warrior who has fought the king to gain land. Clever and resourceful, he knows he needs an heir, and this auction is the perfect way to get one. After all, buying a wife is the simplest solution; love is so messy, after all. Furious that her brother would dare auction her off and desperate to ignore the passion mounting between them, Madeline flees... but Rhys won't be cast aside so easily. Can this strong and witty warrior catch his impetuous and bold bride?
The crusader feared nothing -- until he met...The Temptress"I will not wed a man who thinks to own me."Furthermore, Esmeraude of Ceinn-beithe declares that she alone will name the winner of her heart. To the knights gallant who ride from afar to do her bidding, she issues a challenge: a riddle that is both quest and test. And then she flees, daring her suitors to follow. Thus begins the Bride Quest of Bayard of Villonne, to compete for the hand of a woman he has never seen....Newly returned from the Crusades, Bayard has warned his family of a pending attack upon their estate. When they pay no heed to his message, he swears to protect the family holding himself ... even if its price is a marriage of convenience. It seems a simple matter to win the hand of a rural maid in a barbarian contest -- until the chase begins. Esmeraude's challenge makes her far more intriguing than Bayard has dared to hope. But when he follows her across the waters and rescues a tattered, ravishing damsel in disguise, he knows he has found her. Recklessly, she offers herself to the handsome stranger. But not even a passion that touches both their souls can win her hand. For Esmeraude will settle for nothing less than total surrender of the crusader's worn and wary heart ... a treasure Bayard is determined to keep shielded forever.From the Paperback edition.
"Romance and chivalry are alive and well," declared The Literary Times of this beloved medieval series. "Claire Delacroix brings them alive with her stunning talent for storytelling!" Experience the passion, adventure, and magic all over again as the extraordinary heroes and heroines of the first three Bride Quest novels live and love in this wonderful eBook bundle. THE PRINCESS Forced to marry one of the sons of the man who had conquered her family's castle, Princess Brianna issues a seemingly impossible challenge: He who returns with a gift that makes her laugh will win her hand. Burke and Rowan, knights both, set out at her command. Only Luc Fitzgavin remains, refusing to indulge the glorious Irish princess. Even Brianna's legendary beauty cannot tempt him--until she invades his senses . . . and his soul. THE DAMSEL Once upon a time, Burke Fitzgavin galloped into Kiltorren Castle and fell in love with Alys, the lord's orphaned niece--only to be sent away through tricks and lies. When Burke returns to Kiltorren, his long-lost love has become a servant on her uncle's estate, paying penance for their long-ago embrace. Even as Burke slowly rekindles her desire, Alys's family attempts to thwart him. Thus begins Burke's greatest challenge ever: the battle to win the hand and the heart of his one true love. THE HEIRESS No woman can resist Rowan de Montvieux, but the dashing rogue has set out to wed only the wealthiest heiress in Ireland. When a slave merchant offers to sell him a ragged peasant girl who carries herself like a queen, Rowan suspects she can lead him to the bride he seeks--never imagining she is the sought-after Bronwyn of Ballyroyal. But their perilous voyage kindles passions that risk both their lives, as the beautiful, defiant slave girl slowly takes possession of his wary heart.
Be Mine for a year and a day and I will possess your heart forevermore! Driven from her late husband's estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin--and a clan chieftain standing guard. Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love. But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win the land--and the fiery countess--in a war of sweet seduction. . . . Eglantine declared she would never be captured by this barbarian. Yet Duncan awakened passions she had never known before. She promised to fight him with every weapon at her command even as he vowed to woo her for a year and a day--and make her his pagan bride. Each thought Kinbeath the prize they most desired, a prize to be won at any price. Until passion turned to love, and the chieftain found himself fighting for the heart and hand of the woman he was born to possess.
A proud maiden, she vowed never to love again... until he rode back into her life."I come in search of a bride."Once upon a time, the legendary knight, Burke Fitzgavin, galloped into Kiltorren Castle and fell in love with Alys, the lord's orphaned niece. But her uncle was determined that Burke marry one of his homely daughters instead. Through tricks and lies, Burke was sent away, believing that Alys wanted nothing of his heart.Pledged to a Bride Quest, Burke has vowed not to return home until he finds his long-lost love. He returns to Kiltorren to discover that the fiery young innocent has become a woman, a servant on her uncle's estate. Paying penance for Burke's long-ago embrace, she wants nothing to do with him. Burke knows he must earn her trust again. Even as he slowly rekindles her desire, Alys's family attempts to thwart their romance--determined that Alys should not marry before her cousins do. But Burke is a warrior and this battle to win the hand and the heart of his one true love will be his greatest challenge ever. . . .Watch for The Heiress, the crowning novel in the sumptuous Bride Quest trilogy of the three brothers Fitzgavin, which began with The Princess.From the Paperback edition.
Cursed to spend his days as a wolf, at night Rolfe de Viandin was under a different enchantment. One woven by the beauteous Annelise de Sayerne---the woman fated to be his doom and his salvation! Vowing to marry solely for love seemed to Annelise the only way to escape her family's legacy of violence. Yet now she was oathbound to the mysterious Rolfe de Viandin, a man who denied her his trust though he'd managed to capture her heart!
"When you open a book by Claire Delacroix, you open a treasure chest of words, rare and exquisite!"--Rendezvous"I seek a bride, the wealthiest heiress in Ireland."No woman can resist the charms of Rowan de Montvieux. But the dashing rogue is in no hurry to marry--until his family dares him to find a bride . . . or risk losing his inheritance. So Rowan sets out on a Bride Quest, vowing to wed only . . .The Heiress.But his journey is interrupted when a slave merchant offers to sell him a ragged peasant girl who carries herself like a queen. Intrigued and never imagining she is the sought-after Bronwyn of Ballyroyal, an heiress in disguise, Rowan buys her, offering her his protection if she will lead him to the bride he seeks.Never has he met a woman so proud, so beautiful, so defiant. He suspects she is no commoner and vows to uncover her secrets and melt her fiery resolve. But the perilous voyage to Ireland kindles passions that risk both their lives, as the slave girl who would not be mastered slowly takes possession of his wary heart. . . .Don't miss the first two novels in the breathtaking Bride Quest trilogy: The Princess and The Damsel, both available from Dell.From the Paperback edition.
SHE SWORE NEVER TO WELCOME HIM TO HER BEDYet when the Lady Melissande looked upon the rugged face and form of the knight she'd been forced to marry, her resolve melted. For Quinn de Sayerne stirred her in the most unexpected ways, and therein lay the danger-for succumbing to desire meant losing everything she held so dear!"Purely captivating... Tenderly satisfying."-The Medieval Chronicle"A vibrant portrait of a magical era! Beautifully written! A definite winner!"-The Literary Times
She'd Only Herself To Offer,but Gabrielle de Perricault hoped 'twas enough to entice the courageous Yves de Sant-Roux to champion her cause. Though should he pledge his sword to her, a greater danger awaited, for this knight could easily breach the wall that surrounded her heart!Sworn To Escape The Taint Of His Birthby the valor of his deeds, Yves de Sant-Roux forsook any binding ties. Then Gabrielle de Perricault, a lady of rare sense and subtle beauty, promised something he'd never wanted, yet found he couldn't resist-a home, a family...and her!
Black Wind, the Mongols hailed him. Swift, fierce and proud. Yet Kira looked upon Thierry de Pereille and saw, not a man marked by legend, but a warrior who had taken her from the life she knew...to a place of passion beyond her wildest dreams.The woman was a witch. Truly, who else coudl make pearls drop from her mouth? Or ensnare a man with nothing more than a touch? Yet, even as he fought the power that bound them together, Thierry knew he could not deny that the gentle Kira was his destiny.
"I will wed only my one true love!" declared Princess Brianna despite King Henry's decree that she marry one of the sons of the man who had conquered her family's castle. So Brianna issued a seemingly impossible challenge: He who returned with a gift that made her laugh would win her hand. And thus began the bride quest of the three brothers Fitzgavin. . . .Burke and Rowan, knights both, set out at her command. Only Luc remained, refusing to indulge the whims of the glorious Irish princess. Even Brianna's legendary beauty could not tempt him--until she invaded his senses . . . and his soul. But Luc thought a princess had no place in the life of a battle-weary warrior who vowed to lay down his sword forever--until he was forced to take up arms to protect the fair maiden who had seized his heart by divine right.From the Paperback edition.
Determined to live a more respectable life, Merlyn Lammergeier's first order of business is to secure his family holding, Ravensmuir. But when an attempt is made to murder him, Merlyn feigns his own death to discover the reason behind the attack. He knows the one person who can help him is his estranged wife, Ysabella. Merlyn therefore wills Ravensmuir to Ysabella--and then begins to "haunt" her to uncover the truth.
Like a heroine in an ancient tale, Vivienne waited in the highest chamber of Kinfairlie's tower for her fated lover. In the darkness he came for her, cloaked and hooded so that she would not see his face. He loved her sweetly, thoroughly...and Vivienne knew she had met her destiny. But in the morning light, her dream is shattered, Erik Sinclair of Blackleith is no romantic hero but a disinherited warrior who arranged her abduction to regain his own legacy. Outraged by Erik's insistence that he needs her solely to beget a son, yet ensnared by the passion he awakens, Vivienne realizes that there is more merit in her taciturn spouse than he would admit. Erik is sceptical of her growing faith in his honour and her desire to recapture his stolen birthright... Little does he suspect that his rare gem of a bride intends to capture his barricaded heart as well.
It is true that I acted boldly, brazenly, wantonly...and I confess, I have only myself to blame. I knew what sort of man I was dealing with, knew Gawain Lammergeier was a rogue and a thief. Yet when I schemed to seduce him and reclaim what was rightfully mine, I never imagined I would succumb to the charms of this reckless, golden-haired scoundrel. Make no mistake, I took what I came for-the sacred relic stolen from my father that can restore the fortunes of my keep. I should have been content then, to return home with my prize. Alas, I let desire rule me. For I have dared to tempt Gawain-to best me, bewitch me, and even bed me, in pursuit of my treasure. -Lady Evangeline of Inverfyre
The Laird of Kinfairlie's plan to arrange good matches for his sisters couldn't possibly be more successful. He's married off two of them, and they seem blissfully happy. But little does Alexander know, he isn't the only family member with a plan. Vivienne and Madeline think it's high time their charming brother got married too. They wager they can convince him to wed Arabella, the woman they have agreed upon--using any means necessary. Let the games begin! As a widow who believes she has already lost her great love, Arabella is looking for security. Locked in his bedchamber, Alexander almost succumbs to Arabella's charms and seduction. But when real sparks begin to fly between them, the lovely Arabella begins to believe that maybe true love can strike twice, and the roguish Alexander can't help but wonder: why run from the one thing you never knew you wanted?
Drawn Together by DestinyGenevieve de Pereille's music echoed in the hollows of Wolfram's heart, pulling him into an unfamiliar world where his knightly vows faded to a distant murmur. The secret heir to an ancient legacy, she held him fast with the timeless power of love.With silver hair and fierce pale eyes, Wolfram stirred something raw yet beautiful deep inside Genevieve's very being. Yet the handsome warrior was responsible for her brother's death, and she swore he would never escape her righteous vengeance!
Following "The Rogue" and "The Scoundrel, The Warrior" is the final tale in the bestselling author's historical romance trilogy set in medieval Scotland.
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