The Temptress

The Temptress

by Claire Delacroix

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Overview

Esmeraude of Ceinn-beithe is determined 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014826495
Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Series: The Bride Quest , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 477,742
File size: 839 KB

About 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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