A proud and fearless warrior, Kieran Broderick was half-Irish, yet bound to fight for the English crown. So when King Henry decreed that he take an Irish wife to quell rebellion there, he reluctantly agreed. Newly dubbed the earl of Kildare, Kieran travels to Langmore Castle, seat of the lawless O'Shea family, to choose a bride. Yet when he picks Maeve O'Shea, a fetching lass who seems sweetly submissive, he finds himself facing his most daunting battle of all. For Maeve is not biddable in the lease, and she refuses to allow him into her bed. Still, Kieran is determined to conquer the rebelious beauty--body and soul. But first, he must scale the battlements around his lady's heart.
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Set in 1484. King Henry needed someone in the Pale to keep peace. A rebellion was forming in Ireland and word had finally arrived that the two young princes, Edward and Richard, were dead. The King needed someone loyal to England to be Lord of Langmore Castle. Thus, someone would have to wed one of the four O'Shea women that lived in the castle. However, the Statute of Kilkenney prohibits the English from marrying the Irish.
Kieran Broderick was half English and half Irish. Being such and one of Henry's best warriors, he was made Earl of Kildare and sent to Langmore Castle. Kieran hated his Irish heredity and loathed the thought of a wife. Of the four, he chose Maeve O'Shea, even though she was betrothed. In fact, her betrothed, Quaid, was currently in a dungeon for killing two Englishmen. Only the youngest sister, Brighid, would even consider Kieran as a husband, but she was too young. The biggest problem was the brother, Flynn, who often disappeared to side with the rebellion.
Maeve vowed to hate Kieran. She wanted freedom for Ireland, but not at the cost of lives. Kieran loved battle. That was obvious. Yet she saw him help her sisters when he did not have to. Slowly, Kieran and Maeve would learn about each other. But there were so many obstacles.
**** An amazing story! The author was able to show what Ireland faced and the awful feeling of loved ones against loved ones! Recommended! ****
At times fun, at times moving, HIS REBEL BRIDE always kept me turning the pages. After disrupting the King's sober court, Mercenary Kieran Broderick wants to go to Spain and live his free life of battle and women. King Henry has other plans, and sends him off to Ireland. Kieran doesn't want to return to the home of his birth. The memories there aren't good. But he has no choice. The warrior is told to end the rebellion and take a bride from among 4 lawless sisters. They are very interesting! One is widowed and bitter, one is afraid of her own shadow, the youngest is curious about all things relating to sex and isn't afraid to ask. The one Kieran picks is Maeve, who is clever and hates his lying English charm. Kieran views her as a challenge. As they work their way through the tangle of marriage, Kieran begins to treat her sisters as his own and Maeve can't hate him completely anymore. But war comes between them. Their divided loyalties are apparent again and again. And when Maeve learns Kieran has been hiding something from her (I won't spoil it for you), watch out! The history is rich, the dialogue well presented. Most of all, the characters and story will draw you in and keep you furiously reading. Do yourself a favor and try this book!