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The Rogue
     

The Rogue

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by Claire Delacroix
 

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Dear Reader:

Seductive and mysterious, Merlyn was the laird of Ravensmuir-never had a man so stirred my body and soul. I gave myself to him-willingly, trustingly, passionately-and we soon wed. Then a horrible revelation emerged, shattering my innocence and my marriage...

Five years later, Merlyn returned to my doorstep, desperate for my help. The scoundrel

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Dear Reader:

Seductive and mysterious, Merlyn was the laird of Ravensmuir-never had a man so stirred my body and soul. I gave myself to him-willingly, trustingly, passionately-and we soon wed. Then a horrible revelation emerged, shattering my innocence and my marriage...

Five years later, Merlyn returned to my doorstep, desperate for my help. The scoundrel swore he was haunted by memories of me, that a treasure locked in Ravensmuir could clear his name. Yet I could not surrender to his will again.

Now he is said to be murdered and Ravensmuir has fallen into my hands. But even as I cross the threshold of this cursed keep, I hear his whisper in the darkness, feel his caress in the night, and I know that Merlyn has told me but part of his tale. Should I do as is right and expose his lair? Or dare I trust my alluring but deceptive spouse-the rogue who destroyed my heart?

-Ysabella

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An unconventional heroine and a mystery about forged religious relics lend spice to this beguiling medieval romance from Delacroix, author of the Bride Quest series (The Beauty, etc.). Ysabella is an illiterate peasant living in near poverty with her sister and young brother. The family is reviled by the town for aspiring above its station-five years earlier, impetuous Ysabella married Merlyn Lammergeier, the lord of the manor, only to leave him in a fortnight. While the town assumes she's been cast off, the truth is she refused to live with a man who earned his fortune selling false relics to wealthy lords. Merlyn left Ravensmuir shortly thereafter but has now returned to reclaim his birthright and his bride. When he is attacked and left for dead, Ysabella agrees to play the grieving widow to help discover the assailant. Delacroix does a fine job of integrating historical detail into her plot; Ysabella's illiteracy, for example, is not merely mentioned, but used as a source of conflict between the couple. The story is told in the first person from Ysabella's point of view, which lends it an air of oral history, and the details of the relic trade are engrossing. Though a few plot twists are predictable, readers will treasure this rich and compulsively readable tale. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A beguiling medieval romance from Delacroix...readers will devour this rich and compulsively readable tale."
-Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446611107
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Claire Delacroix published her first romance novel - a medieval romance called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE - in 1993. Since then, she has published over forty romance novels and numerous novellas, including time travel romances, contemporary romances and paranormal romances. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times list of bestselling books. Claire has written under the name Claire Cross and continues to write as Deborah Cooke as well as Claire Delacroix. Claire makes her home in Canada with her family, a large undisciplined garden and a growing number of incomplete knitting projects.

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Rogue 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although not an easy rrad book, it was interesting. I enjoyed the storyline because here was a woman in love but had her own sense of self. Inately she knew the love of her life was good, but in her mind there was so much doubt... Secrets she held and those he fears make life harder to trustq! I know I was spellbound in reading the story.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This book was based on mistrust but was still very good. There is much drama and many twists and turns. It held my interest. The romance is good. The male is alpha and the female is strong but too distrustful over 50% of the story. I would have liked more future story although I know this book is part of a series.
lucy117 More than 1 year ago
Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review Ysabella of Kinfairlie has run from the man that she has married believing lies. Merlyn of Lammergeier has come in search of his wife to help him. When Ysabelle is told that Merlyn has been murdered, she sets out to find who did it. Merlyn fakes his own death in order to get Ysabelle help. Will love win or lies.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
Ysabella is a commoner, she has no expectations of , well, anything. Her mother has passed and she has the care of her brother and sister to worry about. She was married, but her husband was not to be trusted, so she left him and returned to the village where she was raised. Her husband seeks her out, not right away, but after 5 long years. he needs her help but she is unwilling to bend to his wishes, thinking him the worst kind of liar. He tries to persuade her, but she will not help him. He leaves nd the next day, his faithful man Fitz comes to see Ysabella. What she is given then is a blessing and a curse. I will, unabashedly, admit that I read this in one day. I finished in the early morning hours but was not satisfied. The writing was well done and I found the topic of the relics in the story very intriguing. I also thought Merlyn, Ysabella's husband, did his best, Ysabella is a very headstrong woman. So much so that I could not like her. I felt she used her "convictions" to lash out anytime she felt she needed the upperhand, but it was just fine if she did the same as she accused Merlyn of, as long as it was to save her family. She reminded me of a religious zealot who condems a person for the same sin they feel absolved from after confession. She beat him with her self rightousness. I kept reading hoping for some explaination as to why she was this way, but none came. The story was worth the read, I just wish I new why Ysabella fought so hard against a love so strong. Just to prove she was better? I'm not sure! Like I said, the writing was great, the story intriguing and I will definately read more of this author. Ysabella just rubbed me wrong. *Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Before I begin, you will see that this review is a lot longer than the ones I usually write and I wish I could say it was because there was so much good to talk about, but there wasn't.It was an exercise in frustration.Frustration with him.Frustration with her.This relationship was an example of how the lack of communication and selfishness can lead to heartache.I enjoy Deborah Cooke's Dragonfire series and her Prometheus Project, but I found this book very hard to get into. This is the first historical book I have read by this author and I guess the change in writing style/syntax threw me off. It is like two very different authors wrote this series the other two. The characters themselves were a bit flat, Merlyn especially. Ysabella on the other hand was flip-flopping in her views, one minute she despises him for selling fake holy relics and being a liar, then the next she says she was happy with the thought that while she was burdened with the responsibility (when she left her husband) she was happy knowing that he could be free to roam and live his life even though they were still married.She hated him, then cared for him.The first time they come together, she is asleep and thinks she dreams of her dead husband and their wedding night.When she wakes she realizes that he isn't dead and it wasn't a dream, that they in fact had had sex while she was asleep.Now nothing was mentioned of a possible drug used, so how the hell did she have sex while asleep and not "remember" the actual deed?She talks of smelling the sex.I don't get it.Though after this weird night I have to admit that her character is stronger as she goes on an angry hunt for her "dead" husband.When they are in the cave and he accuses her of lying is where I see the writing style I enjoyed in the Prometheus project and dragon series-impassioned moments and character development that leaves me turning the page (though I have to say at that point he was looking more like a villain). Once she gets out of the cave she justifies his actions like it was no big deal.He was livid and left her in a cave alone and in the dark (which is her greatest fear-he doesn't know this). She is hysterical for a time and then when she calms down, she sees that there is a faint light that leads her out of the dark and back to her husband.She finds her own way out to find her husband no longer livid (it is like night and day with this guy) and so she justifies that her fear isn't that big of a deal and that it isn't his fault.This scene in the cave could have had such intense emotional turmoil between the two characters, it could have been a knot-in-the-throat kind of moment, but instead it was like high emotion, then nothing actually happened kind of feeling.Merlyn remains a bit of a flat character, though he does have moments where he shows potential.Overall, 133 pages in (chapter 8), I really don't like him.Not only does he use her fear against her, but when he comes to realize how much the fear debilitates her and she confesses another fear in hopes of changing his mind against his course of action (not going to spoil it), he then uses that new fear to his benefit.It is like he doesn't love her at all.Yeah, he wasn't taught how to love growing up, but seriously!Oh, I really don't like him.The rest of this review is at rendezvouswitharomance.wordpress.com. I ran out of room here. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
This is not your typical romance. There is a good mystery that is haunting and you just can't put it down!!! I loved that even after everything, she loved him and he her. This book has a little bit of everything, like I said, a mystery, some magic, romance of course, set in a medieval town....a villager who is loved by the lord of the manor fairy tale. Loved it!!!! ***Copy gifted by the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt the beginning was slow. However, once the characters started to develop I enjoyed it. I was surprised by some of the twists and enjoyed the ending. I would recommend to my friends. *I received this book as a gift for an honest review.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was well written, sexy and suspenseful. This story was a medieval romance with a heroine who is a villager and a lord of the manor who falls in love with her. They marry and spend two weeks together, then she leaves him. Five years later he comes back to ask for her help. It includes a mystery and I couldn't put it down while I tried to figure out what was going on. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
seansq More than 1 year ago
Five years ago Ysabella was wooed and wed by Merlyn of Ravensmuir. After 2 weeks of wedded bliss, she fled from him when he lied about the real source of his wealth. Now, just when she thinks he’s returned a reformed man, his manservant arrives in the middle of the night to tell her that he has been attacked and killed. To her surprise, she is now the heir of Ravensmuir – but heir also of its secrets and mysteries. Who is it who keeps watching her? Why does she have such vivid dreams of her happy times with Merlyn? How is she going to keep the castle safe from neighboring lords who want to force her into marriage? The plot was enough to keep me reading on but it took me almost half the book to adjust to the gothic style of speech. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book of the series. “Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.”
LilyPrincess More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the story of Merlyn and Ysabella. They are interesting characters. I found the characters to be interesting and unique within the time of the story. I thought the character development throughout was well written. The story flowed well and kept me interested. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Really enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was wonderful great read.
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I truly enjoyed this book. The plot kept me engaged and guessing, which is difficult to accomplish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Free book, gladly so. Not much to tell in way of plot, nothing new. Characters were stiff, always angry. No flow to the story, not one i would recommend for reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great background to the later stories. I guess i started at the other end so was happy to read this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty well done, the first half of the book was a bit tedious with the self righteous attitude of our heroine but the second half picked up. The end seemed a little hurried. I got this one for free but would pay (not a lot) and would purchase the sequel if it's not too $$$
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story and this author. My only complaint is the overuse of names or similarities such as Alasdair or Rhys or Roland and Rodney. For me, it caused confusion. Overall though, I loved the writing, especially the wit of characters.
Chastel More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the best series...highly recommend
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1371, Merlyn Lammergeir goes to see his estranged wife Ysabella, but she rejects him as she has done for the past five years since she learned he peddled religious relics. Ysabella works extremely hard as an ale maker to provide food and shelter for her sister and brother. The next day she finds out that her spouse died and she inherited his estate Ravensmuir. She moves into the hold.

That night she dreams of making love with Merlyn only to awaken in the morning and know he still lives as her dream was real. When she confronts him, he admits he faked his death because he was framed for murder. Merlyn believes that Ysabella will uncover the culprit and so set in motion his plan by giving her the property. Unbeknownst to Ysabella is that Merlyn has a second objective to reconcile with his spouse.

THE ROGUE is an exciting historical romance that lives up to its title through the dynamic charming Merlyn. Ysabella is a fine lead character, but at times one must wonder about the cost of her obstinacy on her relatives so that she can comply with her so-called values. The intrigue is cleverly handled so that the audience receives a wonderful fourteenth century tale as expected from the gifted Claire Delacroix.

Harriet Klausner