The Crusader's Kiss

The Crusader's Kiss

by Claire Delacroix

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A company of knights chosen to deliver a sealed trunk from the Templar treasury in Jerusalem to safekeeping in Paris. A group of pilgrims seeking the protection of the Templars to return home as the Saracens prepare to besiege the city. A mysterious treasure that someone will even kill to possess...

She trusted no man, until his deeds proved as potent as his touch...
His dream of becoming a knight achieved, Bartholomew heads home to avenge his parents--only to find himself hunted and in need of the assistance of a most unlikely and unpredictable ally. Anna seeks justice with a disregard for the law that shocks Bartholomew, but the bold maiden's tactics are as effective as her kisses are seductive. Does she truly wish to aid him in regaining his legacy, or is she using him as a pawn in some scheme of her own?
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The Champions of St. Euphemia is a medieval romance series, following a company of knights and Templars on a quest from Jerusalem to Paris and on to Scotland, with suspense, mystery, action and adventure. The series is complete with five books:
1. The Crusader's Bride
2. The Crusader's Heart
3. The Crusader's Kiss
4. The Crusader's Vow
5. The Crusader's Handfast

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158050640
Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
Publication date: 01/31/2016
Series: The Champions of St. Euphemia , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 185,703
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bestselling and award-winning author Claire Delacroix has published over seventy novels and novellas. Her first book, Romance of the Rose was published in 1993. She is USA Today and nationally bestselling, and her medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

Claire Delacroix is a pseudonym used by Deborah Cooke for her historical and fantasy romances. Deborah also publishes contemporary and paranormal romances as Deborah Cooke and has written as Claire Cross. Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012. She lives in Canada with her family and is an avid knitter.

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The Crusader's Kiss: The Champions of Saint Euphemia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I think this one is my favorite of the series so far.  Everything seems to have come together well for a great story; strong characters, complex conflict, highs and lows, strong dialogue, and great adventure.  It lacked some of the weaknesses I found in the character development of book one, The Crusader's Bride, and though I enjoyed book two, The Crusader's Heart, this one just seemed to be a stronger well rounded story with the elements that make for a great romance.  I enjoyed it a lot.  I loved how strong Anna was, how noble and honorable Bartholomew was, how well they worked together, and their story was so enjoyable and entertaining. The villain was strong, the conflict was believable and was a good match for the two main characters.  They really had to work together to overcome their obstacles. Definitely a very enjoyable story with all of the aspects I look for in a epic romance. So good! A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.
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Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, entertaining book. A medieval romance, Bartholomew is a knight returning from Jerusalem to avenge his parents and reclaim his holding. Anna is seeking justice and isn't really concerned about the law. They meet in conflict, and warily decide to work together for a period of time. They find themselves drawn towards each other. It was so much fun to read about their journey together and I was sorry to see the story come to an end! This book can be read as a standalone, though it is the third book in a trilogy with related characters. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
dkbrick73 More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by this book, I always thought Bartholomew would match up with Leila, but no. And Anna is perfect for him! What can I say? Each book in this series just gets better and better! I couldn't put it down. A stand alone story, but it's better and more easily understood in the context of the series. Read this one with a tissue handy! They were a gruesome bunch back then! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
mjs44 More than 1 year ago
This is book three in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series. The first two books followed a group of Templar knights and Pilgrims from Jerusalem to Paris to deliver a treasure to the Paris temple. Bartholomew was the squire to Gaston the knight in book one. His life long dream was to become a knight and avenge his parents. Bartholomew is now a knight and has agreed to accompany the remaining knight to Scotland at the request of the Paris temple master to take the Jerusalem treasure to Scotland. It makes little sense that the Paris temple would ask that the treasure be transported to a less secure location in Scotland. However, that's the story. On the way to Scotland they go out of their way to visit Haynesdale at Bartholomew's insistence and are relieve of the treasure by Anna and her brother. Thus we meet Anna. Anna is the heroine in this story and is full of secrets and surprises. Some secrets even she didn't know. Anna is a good match for Bartholomew. She is impetus and balances his thoughtfulness. The body count is pretty high. There are some very nasty people who get theirs in the end, finally. This story had some interesting twists and moral dilemmas, some of which should not have been dilemmas. One should not have to honor an agreement to do a wrong. This book is worth the read just for the unusual twists and turns and to keep track of the treasure. Copy gifted by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
LilyPrincess More than 1 year ago
"The Crusader's Kiss" the the story of Bartholomew and Anna. Bartholomew is knighted at the beginning of the story and from there decides that he need to get back his birthright that was lost when his father died. Anna lives in the forest of that land with her brother and other refugees from the village. Even though they have a bad beginning they are able to work together to get back Bartholomew's heritage and help all of the villagers to get their homes back as well. Along this journey they learn more about their pasts and how each fits with the other's. It is a read and is a well told story. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
The Crusader’s Kiss by Claire Delacroix Claire’s wonderful third in her Champions of St. Euphemia series is about loss, treachery and reclamations. Its stars a foe to lovers, ill-fated couple a potty mouthed, thieving by necessity heroine and an honorable, without reproach knight who have great chemistry and witty repartees. Her period perfect dialogue delivers an exquisite era fact-packed tale that gives readers a genuine peek into the past, character catch-ups and sweeping vistas. The intense darker storyline, the resemblance to the Robin Hood story and OMG ending make it; a one setting can’t put it down, page-turner. Deciding to avenge the theft of his family’s holding with the hope of reclaiming it for himself was not an easy choice for the recently knighted Bartholomew. He was offered a position in the employ of the former Templar Knight Gaston, a man whom he owes his life to, the man who saw him dubbed a knight. But the decision is made so its time to head off to fulfill his destiny. In the forest outside the holding Bartholomew and his fellow travelers are robbed by what appears to be two young boys. When one escapes he’s determined to capture the other and is surprised by what he finds under the clever disguise. Anna and her brother Percy survive by robbing travelers in the forest outside of Haynesdale keep and they’ve just spotted a particularly wealthy group judging by their garments. Just when they think they’ve escaped suddenly the travelers capture Anna and a party from the holding catches Percy. Anna is given a choice by her captors, help them recover their belongings that was taken along with Percy and they will help her get her brother back. She knows she can’t trust knights but she has no choice because she will not leave without Percy.
NanatoAS More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story of the indomitable Annie, driven from her home by a ruthless Baron usurper, and Bartholomew, the orphan turned squire turned knight who we first met in The Crusader’s Bride. They meet when Annie and her little brother Percy steal the backpack containing the reliquary from Bartholomew’s traveling group. When the Baron’s man detains both Percy and the reliquary, Bartholomew and Annie come to an uneasy truce to retrieve both their treasures. Bartholomew’s hidden agenda is to avenge his parents’ murders and retrieve his birthright, the keep stolen from him by the heartless Baron. There were many unexpected twists and turns in the story, which kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning to reach the HEA! Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Future-Author More than 1 year ago
With each book I read from this series I think it is better than the last. Truth is, every one of them are outstanding. Each book could be stand-alone reads but I would recommend beginning with "The Crusader's Bride" since it is the very beginning of each Knight's journey. This book was Bartholomew's story. He leaves the Knight in book 1 after being knighted himself to travel to the castle of his birth. He is the rightful heir but the castle was taken over years prior by a spiteful neighbor. Bartholomew's group carry the treasure from Jerusalem only to have it stolen from them just outside the keep which is where he meets Anna. Because he was forced away from his home at a very young age, the surroundings are yet unfamiliar so he needs Anna to plan his strategy on retrieving the treasure and freeing her brother who was caught and jailed for possessing the treasure. This story was about a knight with honor, trust, and who insists on following the laws. Anna is a female Robin Hood who keeps the villagers safely hidden in the forest away from the evil lord and she is bent on revenge for the what they have done. The two not only learn to work together, but find respect for one another. That mutual respect warms into a love that both feel will be denied by the King but they strive to enjoy the small measure of time they have together anyway. It's Anna's stubborn ways that bring truth to Bartholomew's past. Some things he didn't know. There are secrets-a-plenty for Anna too, but you'll have to read the book to learn them. This book had so many twists and turns, I refused to put the book down. I devoured it in two days and read the last chapter this morning. Awesome read. There's no way anyone could see what happens around the bend in this story. The last third of the book will have your eyes wide and heart thumping. Awesome read! I recommend it highly. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review