The Temptress [NOOK Book]

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“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 suitor to follow. Thus begins the Bride Quest of Bayard of Villonne, to compete for the hand of a woman he has never seen...

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The Temptress

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Overview

“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 suitor 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 had 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 weary heart...a treasure Bayard is determined to keep shielded forever.

This edition includes excerpts from THE BEAUTY BRIDE and ONCE UPON A KISS.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014826495
  • Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: The Bride Quest II , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 242,495
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first book in 1992, a medieval romance called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE. Since then, she has published over forty-five romance novels and numerous novellas in a wide variety of sub-genres. She also has written under the name Claire Cross and continues to write as Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her popular Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times' List of Bestselling Books. In 2009, she was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library, the first time that the TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre. In 2012, she was honored to receive the RWA PRO Mentor of the Year award. She makes her home in Canada with her husband.

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She posts most weekdays to her blog, Alive & Knitting, which is here:
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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    Out of the latest trilogy of the Bride Quest II, I liked the Bea

    Out of the latest trilogy of the Bride Quest II, I liked the Beauty the best, then this one and the Countess 3rd best. I lost my patience at times with Esmeraude and felt she was a spoiled brat. I couldn't understand in the Quest, why the parents gave their holding to the child that wasn't Duncan's. I love Claire Delacroix books, and this one is good, gets better as it moves along. As does Esmeraude seems to grow up too. I wish more of the battle that Fenley was explained. You have cross over character's from the previous books, but this can stand alone. It is just a richer experience if you read them all. The bundle of this series, is a good deal. (ljb)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent medieval romance

    In 1194, Bayard returns home from the Crusades, but worries over a pending attack on his family holdings. His family scoffs at his warning, thinking he suffers from paranoia from post Crusader battle syndrome. To keep his Montvieux safe, Bayard knows he must act alone. He decides a marriage of convenience will provide the alliance needed so he accepts an invitation to participate in a contest of brawn and brains to win the grand prize of marriage with Esmeraude. <P>The lovely young lady wants a marriage built on love and trust rather than on military and political needs. She sends her wannabe husbands on a wild chase leaving clues and riddles for her suitors to decipher. Ultimately Bayard finds a disguised damsel in distress and realizes he has found the ultimate award Esmeraude. Though attracted to her, he refuses to let his heart open up to her until a rival forces Bayard to choose between a love of a lifetime or a political union. <P>THE TEMPTRESS is an exciting vividly written medieval romance that take the audience along for a merry ride. The story line is fun and quite entertaining as Esmeraude (picture a twelfth century woman singing ¿You Don¿t Own Me¿) uses her intelligence to implement her plan to marry for love only. As usual Claire Delacroix proves how powerful the historical romance sub-genre can be when a grandmaster writes the tale. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Excellent series...this book was my favorite

    Excellent series...this book was my favorite

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