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The Falcon's Bride

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by Dawn Thompson
 

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At twenty-one, after two Seasons with no takers, Theodosia Barrington should have been grateful to snare Nigel Cosgrove. The earl-to-be was a blue-eyed Adonis, a true catch. And yet, upon her arrival at Cashel Cosgrove, Thea found herself more intrigued by the Irish castle�s legend, the tragic warrior Ros Drumcondra, than by her intended. "The Black Falcon"

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At twenty-one, after two Seasons with no takers, Theodosia Barrington should have been grateful to snare Nigel Cosgrove. The earl-to-be was a blue-eyed Adonis, a true catch. And yet, upon her arrival at Cashel Cosgrove, Thea found herself more intrigued by the Irish castle�s legend, the tragic warrior Ros Drumcondra, than by her intended. "The Black Falcon" Drumcondra was called. His ghost was reputed to wander these halls, making women tremble with fear and desire. Hadn�t he stolen away another�s betrothed, made the woman his love slave? If only Thea herself could suffer such a fate. If only that Gypsy woman had spoken the truth, and Thea was a woman out of time, the one meant to be...The Falcon�s Bride.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Thompson's romantic time-traveler begins in 1811 with Thea Barrington, a young Londoner living with her fiance, Nigel Cosgrove, on his remote Irish estate. Thea's family has much to gain from the wealthy Nigel, so she makes the best of the arrangement despite Nigel's increasingly violent treatment. Thea has another reason to stay on at Nigel's castle-a mysterious gypsy has told Thea that she is destined to become the bride of Ros Drumcondra, also known as the Black Falcon, a half-Gypsy, half-Celt clan chieftain who lost Cashel Cosgrove to Nigel's grandfather more than a hundred years before. Wondering how she could be linked to the fate of this long-lost warrior, Thea stumbles on a portal that takes her back to 1695, the same year Drumcondra disappeared. She is promptly kidnapped and brought to Drumcondra, who, believing she is intended for the Cosgroves, holds her for ransom. Appalled at first by Drumcondra's rough treatment, Thea begins to warm to the handsome chieftain. Though eager to return to her own time, she decides to do what she can to save Drumcondra from the betrayal she believes cost him his life. Readers hoping to make sense of Thompson's time-shifting plot line might find themselves with a headache, but those looking for passion and escape will be pleased. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780505526793
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/29/2006
Series:
Timeswept Series
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Falcon's Bride 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dawn Thompson is proving to be an amazing author. Gothic shape shifters, water lords, vampires, straight historical and soon erotic fantasy. I think this is her only TT and wow. In Thompson's style, she takes something that is old and remarks it as her own. She skillfully moved me through time and then back, giving it that extra turn of the screw. I was never confused as some readers said. I LOVED it. Thompson is a lyrical writer that makes reading her ingenious stories all the more pleasurable. I have yet to get a bad romance from her and cannot wait for more of her book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story had me breathless up to the last exciting and surprising end. The love scenes were beautifully detailed, sexy, and ultra-emotional, not one of the five senses left unexplored. Ros and Thea were two well-written and memorable lovers who fought history and evil and time to be together. Dawn Thompson - keep 'em coming!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Thompson gets better and better with each book. I am not a big fan of Time-Travel, but this book kept me mesmerized from start to finish. Brilliant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based on this new novel and following on the heels of her two previously successful releases of the THE RAVENCLIFF BRIDE and THE WATERLORD, Dawn Thompson is proving not only has she arrived, but is a force to be reckoned with. ************* Setting her latest novel in 1811, we are introduced to Thea Barrington come to Ireland to wed Nigel Cosgrove, the second son of an Earl. Thea is not in love, but the large financial settlement that will shore up her family¿s dwindling coffers will overlook rumors of his unsavory behavior. An unusual storm on the night of her arrival brings with it an old gypsy woman whispering a garbled warning in Thea¿s ear. Disconcerted by the forewarning and then by the tales of ghostly spirits haunting the castle, Thea is shaken when she sees the ghost of Ros Drumcondra that night. ************* The next day as Nigel is reprimanding Thea¿s behavior and attempting to force himself upon her he is viciously attacked by a falcon who saves Thea from further harm. While Nigel is recuperating from his injuries Thea cajoles her brother James into taking her to a nearby pagan landmark where she enters a time warp and is transported back to 1695. There she is rescued, then imprisoned by the very real and very much alive Ros Drumcondra. ************* From the moment he sees her Drumcondra feels bewitched by the force of his attraction, but the Gypsy warlord thinks only of ransoming her back to her betrothed to get back his castle until he realized that the most important prize was Thea herself. Thea was afraid to tell Drumcondra she was from the future, but when his mother scrys the future showing Thea his death, only then does she realize that she has been brought back to the past to save him for a future with her. ************* *** This was an absolutely spellbinding effort by Ms. Thompson. She held me breathless with excitement as the falcon Isor led this dynamic couple back and forth through the portals of time chasing their destiny to find the one place that they could be together to live and love in safety. With each journey layers would be peeled back revealing motivations, and mysterious secrets from the past. The romance and love story was drawn beautifully then enhanced with the skillfully sensual brushstrokes of a master wordsmith. Brilliant writing, a fabulously buff hero, an enigmatic falcon, and delectable elements combining gypsy lore and fantasy time travel combine together to make this one riveting and unforgettable read! I highly recommend this book. ************* Marilyn Rondeau ¿ RIO , Reviewers International Organization
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Falcon¿s Bride delivers on history, betrayal, greed, justice and timeless love.***Our heroine, Thea, is escorted by her brother from England to the Irish castle of her betrothed, Nigel Cosgrove. She knows her family needs the money the marriage would bring, yet it¿s not long before Thea sees a different, dark side of Nigel, and realizes it would be a mistake to wed him, possibly a deadly mistake for her. A potential way out comes in the form of an old Gypsy woman, and a whispered warning to Thea. Before long, Thea learns the dark history of the Cashel Cosgrove, and sees the ghost of the mighty giant, Ros Drumcondra. Then there is a falcon, who effortlessly travels the corridors of time, and protects Thea. Before long, Thea goes back in time and meets The Black Falcon in the flesh, Ros Drumcondra.***The interest in one another begins immediately, and the author slowly transforms lust into love. The love story between the two, and whether Thea can prevent Ros¿s death, makes The Falcon¿s Bride a page turner. I highly recommend The Falcon¿s Bride, and look forward to Ms Thompson¿s next page turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Falcon's Bride is a love story--of a mother's sacrifice for her son, as well as the passion between Ros and Thea. * * * * * Thea Barrington travels to Ireland with the intention of marrying Nigel Cosgrove. While Thea has her doubts, she knows this match will be a good one for her father's finances. Enter one old Gypsy lady who tells Thea she's the Black Falcon's bride. But the Black Falcon is a legend--half Irish lord and half Gypsy, not a real man, and dead long ago. Still, at the Winter Solstice, Thea is drawn to a 5,000-year-old passage tomb called Newgrange, where she is transported to the arms of Ros Drumcondra, the Black Falcon. And the passion begins. * * * * * Talk about a delicioso hero--Ros Drumcondra fills the bill and more. Yum. Thea Barrington is strong enough as well as smart enough to be his match in both wits and passion. The Falcon's Bride is a compelling story you won't want to put down. Every offering from this talented author gets better and better. This book is definitely a keeper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
She ups the bar with each book. I cannot believe how each book is better than the last, when she started so strong. This time its a time travel. Absorbing, compelling, she bridges the strength of old style romances with a freshness that sets her apart. I cannot wait for Blood Moon, the vampire series coming in March.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Falcon's Bride is a love story--of a mother's sacrifice for her son, as well as the passion between Roc and Theo. Theo Barrington travels to Ireland with the intention of marrying Nigel Cosgrove. While Theo has her doubts, she knows this match will be a good one for her father's finances. Enter one old Gypsy lady who tells Theo she's the Black Falcon's bride. But the Black Falcon is a legend--half Irish lord and half Gypsy, not a real man, and dead long ago. Still, at the Winter Solstice, Theo is drawn to a 5,000-year-old passage tomb called Newgrange, where she is transported to the arms of Ros Drumcondra, the Black Falcon. And the passion begins. Talk about a delicioso hero--Ros Drumcondra fills the bill and more. Yum. Theo Barrington is strong enough as well as smart enough to be his match in both wits and passion. The Falcon's Bride is a compelling story you won't want to put down. Every offering from this talented author gets better and better. This book is definitely a keeper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dawn Thompson wove magic that kept me spellbound and the evil chances the loves wouldn't leave them in peace. I cannot wait for more of Ms. Thompson's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the story line was good but i think she ruined the book by never ending the story. i found myself wanting to through the book out the window, but i didnt and keep on reading thinking it would get better. it didnt. i keep on thinking 'ok now the story is going to end' but it just kept on going and going and going. then she kept on pounding in the fact thats shes the 'falcons bride' it was soo hard to forget. so overall the book was not the greatest and not worth the price you pay for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So, put your thinking caps on fellow readers. Don't blink, don't skip around¿there are so many wonderful details. Dawn Thompson is back with another winner, this time even more rich in romance, suspense and pulse-pounding action. Thompson is a glowing example of an author that only gets better with each book published, her craft aging like a fine wine. Her books are keeper shelf worthy for sure! 1811. Theodosia Barrington, or Thea as she prefers to be called, has traveled to Cashel Cosgrove in County Meath, Ireland, to meet with her betrothed and commence with their wedding. Accompanied by her brother, James, it's immediately apparent that Nigel Crosgrove and his mother, the countess, are not quite the nicest of individuals. But there are gains for both sides¿the wealth of the Cosgroves will benefit Thea's family and her by Nigel's side will help stifle the horrible rumors circulating about an alleged crime on Nigel's part. When an elderly Gypsy woman insists upon entry into the castle, she tells Thea of an astounding destiny surrounding the castle's original owner¿one that cannot be true. But when said owner, Ros Drumcondra, appears as a spirit to her, she cannot deny the proud Gypsy warrior's affect on her. When she unknowingly enters a portal to 1695, Thea will encounter the physical proof of her desires, the enigmatic Gypsy chief himself. Thea is in for a mind-bending, time-hopping adventure of a romance because not only will Ros use her to exact revenge on the Cosgroves, he will also enslave her very heart. A book worthy of late-night binge reading doesn't come around very often. I truly hated to put this wonderful book down and was so glad when I could return to it to pick up again. Thea is a wonderful heroine. Full of life, she knows what is in her heart. She reaches for it too with every part of her being. The fact that she is reaching for Ros Drumcondra only reinforces my liking of her. Ros embodies the strong alpha male, yet is still sensitive enough to appreciate a woman like Thea in all the right ways. His virile presence resonates throughout the story and I sympathized greatly with his plight. Thompson is an author that amazes and astounds. Her clear understanding of the time periods she writes in shines through each word written and she writes them in such a way that the reader will understand. Full of action, romance, astoundingly well-written characters, 'The Falcon's Bride' excels in every way imaginable. Another solid, good time-travel romance has been a long time coming. Thank you, Ms. Thompson, for a wonderful journey. As usual, looking forward to your next! K. Montgomery Official Reviewer for The Mystic Castle
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thea Barrington has left her home in Cornwall and traveled to Ireland in order to marry Nigel Cosgrove, the second son of an Earl. A dark cloud hangs over this man but Thea is honor bound to marry him. But while she¿s there she is unsettled by Nigel¿s behavior and begins to wish things were different. On the night of her arrival a old gypsy whispers to her telling her of her fate. Thea doesn¿t know if she should ignore the woman or pay heed to what she says. The decision is made after Nigel tries to hurt her when from out of nowhere a Falcon comes and saves her. While Nigel is abed with his injury, Thea talks her brother James into taking her to mystical building and while she is there she finds herself transported back to 1695 and into the arms of Ros Drumcondra, a gypsy warlord who takes her breath away. Ros Drumcondra is going to make Cian Cosgrove pay for what he¿s taken from him. He thinks he has the upper hand when Thea is dropped into his hands. He¿s not counting on her stealing his heart¿he¿s also surprised when he finds out she¿s from the future and if he¿s to survive he must listen to her. But, is his place by Thea¿s side in the future or must he remain in his time? Can these two find a happy ending when their enemies have different plans for them? Ms. Thompson has done it again! This is an evocative, sensually romantic read which aptly demonstrates why we read romance. Once again, Ms. Thompson has raised the bar on the standards of romance. With time-travel elements, a little gothic feel, mystical gypsy¿s and wonderfully dynamic characters, ¿The Falcon¿s Bride¿ will steal the readers heart. Ms. Thompson is an author I¿ll purchase simply because her name is on the cover.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1811 Ireland, Londoner Theodosia ¿Thea¿ Barrington lives with her wealthy but abusive fiancé Nigel Cosgrove though his increasing use of violence scares her and makes her want to reconsider marrying him although she really has no choice as her family needs his money and power. However, shehas a personal reason for remaining at least at Nigel¿s castle a gypsy told her she will wed Ros ¿Black Falcon¿ Drumcondra, whose grandfather lost Cashel Cosgrove due to betrayal to Nigel's ancestor over a century before. --- Thea enters ancient ruins that are a portal leading her to 1695, the year that the laird allegedly disappeared, but before she can get her bearings, Drumcondra¿s men abduct her. He thinks she is the intended of his enemy, Cosgrove. He holds her for ransom, but quickly her and her captor fall in love. Thea plans to save her beloved¿s life before returning to her time. --- Though the time travel story line takes a bit to understand especially who Drumcondra really is, readers will enjoy this fine historical due to the heroine who is out of place as a Regency lady in seventeenth century environs. The story line is action packed as Thea is a pawn between the two rivals, but chooses love and goes out of her way to insure her beloved survives the upcoming betrayal. Readers will enjoy Dawn Thompson¿s fine time traveling romance. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dawn Thompson has to be one of the hottest rising stars in Historical Romance today. This is so good to hear. In a period when everyone else bemoans the genre is dead, Thompson is making them eat their words. She is a writer who doesn't speak down to readers, but challenges with stories that spellbind the imagination, the heart. Her debut book in Romance (she has two historical fiction works out, Odin's Daughter and its sequel Children of the Wind) was September's release of The Ravencliff Bride. It gave you the eerie qualities of an old-styled Gothic romance, yet she made the premise new again. In March, her second book came out, The Waterlord, a sensual tale of Norse lore that shows she is a force to be reckoned with. This third romance, The Falcon's Bride, will cement her as a talent here to stay, and set up her emergence as a superstar of historical romance with the Spring 2007 release of Blood Moon. The Falcon's Bride taps into the mysterious world of the Gypsies of Ireland. Ros Drumcondra is a warrior of old...really old...lol Thea is hardly prepared by the magic that pulls her away from her world into Drumcondra's. Travelling through time to be with him, Thea finds their love is no shelter from her world or his. There is a dark evil that stalks them through the threads of time. However Drumcondra and his falcon are prepared to battle for their lives and Thea's love. It's a complexly crafted story. You will love Isor the falcon and thrill the Drumcondra's and Thea's love that defies all. It will leave readers, wanting something more from their stories, breathless and eagerly awaiting 2007 Spring release of Blood Moon. Very Highly Recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Falcon¿s Bride, by Dawn Thompson, is an intriguing story that wraps back around itself like a bird soaring lazily through the skies on a sunny afternoon. Think you know what is about to happen? Think again. Ms. Thompson has surely used the falcon as her muse creating a mysterious, powerful and potent love story that effortlessly captures the essence of Ireland, as well as that of Ros Drumcondra and Thea Barrington. Drumcondra, the giant Gypsy warrior fabled to have made a love slave out of his nemesis¿ betrothed, is worthy of every woman¿s erotic dream and naughty thought, but his life is one of much tragedy and loss that transcends time and the truth that could lead to the death of all those close to him. Thea, seduced by Otherworldly magic, is drawn away from her evil betrothed and thrust into the arms of an even more deadly man. But this man, like his falcon, will take her to soar in the heavens, plunge her back to earth and snatch her heart and love away with his talons of powerful passion, fierce loyalty and undaunting justice. But, the Gypsy warrior and his lady are not safe in either time and are forced to fight for their lives and their love with an evil that follows them through the ages like a living nightmare. However, like his bird of prey, Drumcondra¿s attack is swift, sure and deadly...if he can travel through the space and time separating his future and his destiny. I fell in love with Jeta, who weaved in and out of the story like an invisible thread keeping everything and everyone together. Isor, the valiant falcon, is a comprehensive character, who deserves his own book and story...hint, hint, Ms. Thompson. Rarely is an author able to create such a complex and intricate story with success, but Dawn Thompson has accomplished such a feat and I, for one, relished each minute with The Falcon¿s Bride.