A Dangerous Love (Border Chronicles Series #1)

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Adair Radcliffe is only a child when her family perishes in the War of the Roses, so her real father, the womanizing King Edward IV, takes her in, honoring his promise to her mother. Once Adair turns sixteen, the king marries her off without her knowledge - and to her later outrage - in a wedding by proxy. But when tragedy leaves her a widow twice over, Adair realizes that her already tenuous social position has sunk even lower. Now, all she can do is hope that the Scottish laird to whom she is sold will have ...

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Overview

Adair Radcliffe is only a child when her family perishes in the War of the Roses, so her real father, the womanizing King Edward IV, takes her in, honoring his promise to her mother. Once Adair turns sixteen, the king marries her off without her knowledge - and to her later outrage - in a wedding by proxy. But when tragedy leaves her a widow twice over, Adair realizes that her already tenuous social position has sunk even lower. Now, all she can do is hope that the Scottish laird to whom she is sold will have mercy on her. But little does master or servant suspect that love knows no rank.

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Bestselling romance author Bertrtice Small begins a sexy historical series, the Border Chronicles, with this story of love, loss, and triumph over hard times.

Set in the borderlands between England and Scotland, A Dangerous Love tells the story of Adair Radcliffe, illegitimate daughter of King Edward by the countess of Stanton. Adair, a spirited beauty, is faced with loss at an early age when both her parents are murdered by Lancastrians. Later, she is betrothed to a young husband she refuses to acknowledge or bed; after his death, she achieves some measure of happiness with her second husband. Betrayed by her half sister, Adair finds herself a widow again with her family estate in ruins and is sold by kidnappers at the Michaelmas fair. The lucky bidder? Scottish laird Conal Bruce, who first sees her as a promising wench and housekeeper, then falls hard. He wants to marry her, but this time she's holding out for love. Small delivers a wonderful romance, replete with historical detail and those slow seductions her fans relish. Ginger Curwen
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The prolific Small (Forbidden Pleasures; The Last Heiress) launches a stylish new historical romance with this action-packed erotic tale set in the English and Scottish borderlands just before and during the Tudor period. Small's never-say-die heroine is the beautiful and stubborn Adair Radcliffe, the countess of Stanton-and the bastard daughter of Edward IV. Orphaned at six during the War of the Roses, Lady Adair is taken in by King Edward and raised in the royal nursery. At 16, she flees to her family's estate to avoid a planned marriage. Undeterred, the king marries her by proxy to a 14-year-old. Adair refuses to accept him, and he is killed later by Scottish raiders, freeing her to wed handsome neighbor Andrew Lynbridge. That union ends when Andrew is killed during a dynastic struggle. The new king brands Adair a traitor and strips her of her title and property. Much worse is in store, as Scottish raiders capture and sell her into slavery. She and Conal Bruce, her new master and a local lord, fall in love and wed, and Adair looks to the future in her Scottish home. Small again delivers what her fans have come to expect-a strong heroine and steamy romance-in what promises to be a popular series. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451219787
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Series: Border Chronicles Series , #1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 814,711
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertrice Smallhas written thirty novels of historical romance and two erotic novellas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, founded in 1640. Her light-filled studio includes the paintings of her favorite cover artist, Elaine Duillo, and a large library—but no computer as she works on an IBM Quietwriter 7. Her longtime assistant, Judy Walker, types the final draft. Because she believes in happy endings, Bertrice Small has been married to the same man, her hero, George, for thirty-eight years. They have a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Megan, and two adorable grandchildren, Chandler David and Cora Alexandra. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicki the Cockatiel flourishes along with his fellow housemates, Pookie, the long-haired greige and white, Honeybun, the petite orange lady cat with the cream-colored paws, and Finnegan, the black long-haired baby of the family, who is almost two.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    Loved It!!!

    This was my first Bertrice Small book and all I can say is that I'm going back for seconds. The main character was presented with great depth. I could feel Adair's overwhelming spirit jumping right off the page. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Boring

    Started off pretty good then it went downhill. Too long & too detailed of insignificant things. Will not read the rest of the series....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    A waste of my money

    The main guy didn't come into the story till almost in the middle of the book. Her background was repeated too many times. Yes it is slow.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Who wrote this???!!!!

    I have read Bertrice Small for years. Her books always excelled in character development, rich in historical facts and she has the ability to make you understand and care about her characters. So the question must be asked...who wrote this book? None of those qualities are present. I brought this an ebook and wish I could return it and the hour of my time spent trying to get in to it. It is complete rubbish. I can honestly say it is one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to pick up and try to read. This is the first book of hers that if I had brought it in a store..would be sitting in my trash can. Please if you must read this, take it out of the public library, do not waste your money on it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    Dangerous Is The Best Kind Of Loveee!

    A Dangerous Love follows the life of Adair Radcliffe. Adair is an amazing heroine, she's headstrong, feisty, and independent. She is sold into slavery in Scotland to Conal Bruce. Conal makes Adair his mistress, but little does he know he wants so much more. Conal is pigheaded, powerful, and an all around man! Ms. Small's writing is amazing! This was the first book I read by her and it definitely will not be the last. :]
    Definitely Recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    Are we talking about the same book??

    I am a huge historical romance fiction fan but this book was awful. The dialoge between the characters was repetive and ridiculous (how many times did everyone have to hear about Adair's paternal backround?? and how can any reader be expected to believe that a 30 year old 'laird' would have NO IDEA what love is???). It was painful to read! Although this author has had some good books published, I would NOT recommend reading this one first.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Fantastic

    Great book! A Must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    I forced myself to finish because I kept thinking " it's got to get better, right?" It did get better, but wasn't worth it.

    **

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Great except for one thing

    I have a problem with the actions of Jane Radcliff. How can you fall in love with a man who basicly pimped you out to the king in exchange for an earldom and then choose to die beside him in battle while telling your prescious six year old to "stop that caterwalling" before shoving her into an excape tunnle with her nurse maid and dog? As a mother, I just don't get it.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Love it!

    It is so awsome when you hear another view of a specific family!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    Awkward Read

    I was excited to start a new series and the description on the back of the book drew me in. However, once I started to actually read the book, I questioned my ability to choice interesting novels. The characters are very hard to become attached to, one reason being the fact that the main characters continue to die, and also because of the terrible dialogue throughout the book. Stories are constantly repeated which makes them become boring and lose their dramatic edge, and corny phrases are thrown in which makes me wonder if I am supposed to laugh or take this moment seriously. For Beatrice Small being such an accomplished writer, I expected more out of her delivery and would not recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    Good Read

    I really enjoyed this book, but it has a very large rollercoaster plot.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    O.K

    THIS BOOK WAS AN OK BOOK. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYBODY GETS KILLED IN THE MAIN CHARACTER'S LIFE. A LITTLE TO MUCH DYING I THINK OTHER THAN THAT THE BOOK WAS GOOD.

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    Love Historical Romance....Get Series

    The Book is great...loved it from start to end ...left wanting more...couldn't wait to start next book....you might as well be prepared to go out and get all in the series.....will make you laugh out loud and I even found myself a little misty at times....enjoy the ride

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

    Bertrice Small is Outstanding!!!!!!!

    As you can see I just think the world of Ms. Small I have been hooked since reading Sky O'Malley. I just got back into reading and I found new LOVE Stories by her and I am on the second book of The Border Chronicles, this series is just as good as the O'Malley series. The books are soooo detailed it's like you're apart of the whole experience.<BR/><BR/>Adair is one hell of a Character I believe she could be Sky O'Malley's cousin or better yet one of her manny great grandchilden. She is so her own person after living her life through her uncle (what can anyone say about this awful man) He was just not happy with himself or his life. I can't wait to finish book 2 so I can start Phillipa book 3.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    At Loss for words!!!

    This book really caught me off guard. I grab this book from the library because I needed something to read while I was waiting for some other books to arrive. I was completely shocked at this quick pick! beatrice Small is a genius! the plot is always changing and is never boring, and it suprised me that Adair lost so much. You rarely find a romance book that actually lets anything bad happen to the characters let alone let one die. Everytime it happened I was like not again this poor girl has gone through enough! But finally after she has lost everything and is raided at her home by the scotts she is enslaved to Conal Bruce, and that is where it really gets good. I actually thought he was gonna die too. But Beatrice Small does not leave any stone unturned she does a very good job about carrying her story to the end. I personally did not find it boring at all, the only downer for me was trying to understand all the names and kings and history of england/scotland. But I really did love how she is very informational about the past for example how alot of the men didn't bathe. I thought it was hysterical when Adair ask Conal to bathe before she sleeps with him and he is like I just bathed 2 months ago, and she is like with soap? and he's like we were swimming! HAHA that is to much. Makes you wonder if they went without brushing their teeth for that long.....hmmmmmm I wonder. But really I thought this book was wonderful the love scenes are really hot and the plot is over the top!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Good book.

    Good book. I enjoyed it. I've been reading her work a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is one of the best Bertrice Small's books ever. I did not want the story to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    Will touch your heart for sure!!!

    I read this book in a day.It was a well wrote story.Loved it all the way.Never got bored.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    Awesome book...As Usual!

    I am still reading the book but I am having a very hard time putting it down! It has definitely kept me up late some nights. Book is very well written and the tragedies the heroine go through makes your heart break. A must read for Small fans!

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