A Dangerous Love (Border Chronicles Series #1)

A Dangerous Love (Border Chronicles Series #1)

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by Bertrice Small
     
 

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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

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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 mercy on her. But little does master or servant suspect that love knows no rank.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[A] stylish new historical romance...[an] action-packed erotic tale." -Publishers Weekly  "Packed with history, adventure, and sexy, passionate romance...classic Small." -Booklist  "Bertrice Small is a legend." -Linda Lael Miller
The Barnes & Noble Review
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
Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451219787
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Series:
Border Chronicles Series, #1
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
532,216
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"[A] stylish new historical romance...[an] action-packed erotic tale." -Publishers Weekly "Packed with history, adventure, and sexy, passionate romance...classic Small." -Booklist "Bertrice Small is a legend." -Linda Lael Miller

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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A Dangerous Love (Border Chronicles Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Lynz_in_Love More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off pretty good then it went downhill. Too long & too detailed of insignificant things. Will not read the rest of the series....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
duchessbyday More than 1 year ago
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!
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Great book! A Must read!
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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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Jeffrey Proffitt More than 1 year ago
It is so awsome when you hear another view of a specific family!
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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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