My Lady's Champion
My Lady's Champion

My Lady's Champion

by Claire Delacroix

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback - Original)


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ISBN-13: 9780373289264
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/01/1996
Series: Harlequin Historical Series
Edition description: Original
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.65(h) x 0.90(d)

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My Lady's Champion 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ladyviking2u on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This story is about the war of wills between two strong characters. The hero desperately wants his inheritance at all costs and the heroine desperately wants her inheritance at all costs; much to each others chagrin.Quinn de Sayerne returns home after a traumatic experience battling in the crusades. The only thing that has kept him alive was the thought of claiming Sayerne, his ancestral home. Quinn left his home years earlier because of a disagreement with his father Jerome and was not surprised to find that his recently deceased father had left Sayerne decimated and deserted. The ruthless Jerome de Sayerne had also been a bitter problem for those at nearby Annossy.Melissande d'Annossy has been running her ancestral home Annossy by herself for a number of years, although as a women she could not be granted ownership. Her administration of the estate had been successful until recently when bandits started sabotaging the holding. The new problems at Annossy, which she can not fully handle by herself, put Melissande's freedom and her term as Annossy's leader in jeopardy.Lord de Tully is the liege lord of the Sayerne and Annosy estates among others. He brilliantly manipulates Quinn & Melissande in an effort to solve several of his own problems. He brings the two strangers together and presents them with offers they can not refuse. They must marry and they must produce an heir within a year in order to be invested with the seal of their respective estates. It is certainly not what either had expected. Melissande is outraged for several reasons. Not only does she fear the loss of her independence, she can't abide marriage to Jerome de Sayerne's son and she had once pledged herself to another man. Quinn is no more thrilled than Melissande at the prospect of a loveless marriage but tries to make the best of the situation and continue his own plans to rebuild Sayerne. Melissande fights him all the way. This is where the story goes down hill for me.I did not like Melissande and her haughty attitude. Her habit of wagging her finger at Quinn was annoying as were her silly drunken episodes. Her constant bickering was pointless. I found Melissande to be unreasonable most of the time. For someone who claimed to be so upset at having to break her vow; mind you, a vow made to a man she hadn't seen in 10 years, she was pretty heartless towards Quinn. All he wanted was a chance to fix up his home and try to build something out of their forced, but budding relationship. No matter what he did to appease her, Melissande cut him down. Of course she seemed surprised when he would get upset with her antics. The fact that Quinn was "enchanted" by Melissande seemed far-fetched. As a team though, they complimented each other; he for his warfare skills and she for her estate management skills. Still, it's rather difficult to enjoy a book while having no empathy for a main character. Maybe a prologue about earlier events would have been helpful in understanding Melissande and for that matter, Quinn as well. The mystery of the attacks on Annossy was rather lackluster too. Luckily, there was great comic relief and romance with Bayard and Berthe. By the end of the book, Melissande finally came to her senses but by then I could have cared less. I was also disappointed to find that the epilogue was lacking vital information to the premise of the story. The reader is left to wonder if Quinn achieved his goal in rebuilding Sayerne to it's former glory.
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